Anna loves fast car. You might remember that from a previous post when she went full throttle in a Lotus in Sepang circuit.
So when SingExperience proposed a Formula Car experience, she quipped at me with no hesitation “its your turn now!”
I could not believe I arrived at Pasir Gudang race track in less than 30 minutes from the border.
My excitement was already high. I could see the cars being prepared by the mechanics.
Whilst that was happening, I was given my racing suit to change.
You may ask: "can clothes make a man?" Yes it does, if it means to expense one’s courage to wheel a Formula 1 car.
This was no ordinary suit. I donned the light weight fire-retardant suit which only pros and champions wear in F1.
I became a new “me”, a new man: No more “Max the blogger”, but “Max the driver”. It felt EXTRAORDINARY!
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I sat through a comprehensive and professional driver’s briefing. It continued my transformation… safety procedures, the fundamentals of the car, how to brake and how to accelerate, and more importantly, how “not to” brake or accelerate.
Listening to this, my heart was pumping fast. There were also few other drivers like me all waiting with bated breath.
That was nothing yet.
“Into the cars!”
The message that we all waited for… finally getting into a real Formula car.
The car is narrow, the technicians help to belt-up each driver, help us start the car, and soon ... off we go for the first lap!
Behind the professional driver showing the racing line, where to brake, where to accelerate, the small group is very focused: switching gear is very different from normal cars; breaking requires real pressure; the head balances itself during the turn,…but the fun is so much higher than I expected.
It feels like “the real thing”.
My transformation is complete : I am “Max the racer”!
When the checkered flag is waved to announce the last lap, it feels like the flag announcing "I won!"
The truth is, though the whole experience is pure sensation, we all feel like winners, even though it was no race (this would be madness): we pushed ourselves hard because none of us has ever been behind the wheels of such a car!
Something memorable, something unique, something unforgettable. No equivalent to this!