Motoring winner sets track alight
MOTORSPORT fan David Frost didn't hold back when he won an instruction session at Javelin Trackdays' Woodbridge Airfield track day.Mr Frost, 42, entered our competition last month and won the prize of an instruction session -with expert racing driver instructor John Norrington from Ipswich.
MOTORSPORT fan David Frost didn't hold back when he won an instruction session at Javelin Trackdays' Woodbridge Airfield track day.
Mr Frost, 42, entered our competition last month and won the prize of an instruction session -with expert racing driver instructor John Norrington from Ipswich. On Saturday the pair took a Javelin hire car round the circuit so fast that John found himself hanging on round the corners!
Mr Frost who works as an electrical engineer for EDF Energy, usually drives a Skoda Octavia VRS and loved the chance to try the Peugeot 205.
After he took his helmet off afterwards, he said: “That was completely mindblowing!
“John was teaching me which line to take and to go slower into a corner so that you can come out of it faster. He said that smooth driving means faster driving overall. It's a very good track.”
Mr Frost, from Hockney Gardens, Ipswich added: “I couldn't believe it when I won the competition. I never win competitions and to win something I really wanted was just brilliant.”
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John gave an insight into makes a good driver on the road and track: “Driving is a mainly thinking task and I would say composure is above all the crucial factor, and the difference between doing it well or not.
“It's effectively the challenge of active risk management requiring co-ordination, substantial self control and a reasonable degree of intelligence.
“Under competitive conditions, with almost any sport it's that those who can think under pressure who are the most successful and far from being an aggressive activity, circuit driving requires a level of finesse - as can be seen with so many excellent women drivers involved today. A race car at speed feels very much like skiing, sailing, or windsurfing requiring all the same elements of balance and reaction from the driver. Excessive aggression and macho behaviour will merely slow the car down.
“I think probably 80 per cent of people can learn to do it well by building their skills over time. Basic requirements are fitness and eyesight, hand/eye co-ordination, balance and reasonable self confidence.
“Maybe another 20pc will have a truly natural feeling for driving and the other 20pc unfortunately will never acquire it at all.”
Javelin runs track days at Woodbridge about once a month. For more details see www.javelintrackdays.co.uk.