Observe days are intimidating issues, it doesn’t matter should you’re a beginner, semi-regular or a well-recognized face to the marshals, chances are high that you simply’ll have a level of nervousness as you trundle down that pit lane for the primary time that day. Being the editor-in-chief at GTspirit, I’ve been fortunate sufficient to drive round dozens of circuits world wide, however these are for press drives the place there I’d typically discover myself alone on a circuit with Le Mans winners, Method 1 drivers or improvement engineers mentoring me in regards to the traits of the automotive and the dream traces by way of every nook and over each undulation. There are technical briefings, lead-follow laps, mechanics to maintain every part in verify, and even periods with telemetry breakdowns.
A public monitor day couldn’t be extra totally different, it’s all on you. Oh yeah, and also you’re most likely in your automotive with little/no monitor insurance coverage and there are dozens of different vehicles on monitor, all jostling for an apex. It solely takes a minute on YouTube or a scroll by way of IG Reels to stumble throughout a catastrophic monitor day fail. That being stated, as I head out of the pits at Silverstone and onto the complete GP structure, I’m not terrified. I’m not anxious a couple of sizzling Corsa with a hot-headed driver dive bombing me into the primary nook, and I don’t have my wing mirrors filled with small displacement sizzling hatches with one thing to show for a TikTok video.
Pirelli PZE Silverstone 2023
I’m heading out onto a Pirelli P Zero Expertise. I’m in my very personal 997 Porsche 911 GT3 and I’ve most likely received one of many least highly effective or useful vehicles on circuit, however I’m not afraid because the circuit is so large that it’s not a case of attempting to maintain out of my very own manner. The occasion is unique too: to maintain the open pit lane format gratifying for all, Pirelli limit ticket gross sales, and to maintain high quality excessive, solely a sure calibre of automotive is allowed to take part. Oh boy, the vehicles… with a Senna, a few Huayras, an SF 90 and numerous Porsche GT vehicles (together with GT4 RSs) pounding across the monitor, you’ll pay simply to be a spectator at this occasion.
To make sure I used to be profiting from my time and extracting essentially the most from my humble GT3, I jumped on the alternative to have a bonafide GT3 class race driver bounce within the passenger seat and information me together with his knowledge and expertise. This was and eye opening expertise, not solely as I’m far slower than I even thought I used to be, but in addition as I had simply swapped my Pirelli SottoZero winter tyres for a set of Trofeo Rs and had no concept the place the bounds of this recent rubber lay.
997 GT3 – Pirelli PZE Silverstone 2023
Having learnt that the Trofeos are a game-changer on monitor, notably within the context of the SottoZero Winters I used for my sighting laps, and labored out the place I used to be going, I loved a 15 minute stint on monitor earlier than I headed again in to regulate my pressures and… take heed to a Q&A with Christian Horner, naturally. Leaping forward to lunch within the BRDC (a scrumptious BBQ and buffet) RedBull offered one other shock, an indication with their 2012 Championship profitable RB8 F1 automotive. Not solely was the F1 automotive’s V8 bark gorgeous contributors, the automotive then pulled off just a few impressively donuts so as to add to the barbecue smoke. Spectacular stuff.
Driving my very own can on monitor was one factor, however the P Zero Expertise has extra to supply. Producers Ferrari and McLaren introduced their newest V6-hybrid supercars for contributors to take out on monitor, Pagani arrived with a Huayra BC and Greystone GT a McLaren 570 GT4 automotive for passenger sizzling laps. Moreover, the Ferrari Roma, Maserati Grecale and new Grandturismo had been supplied for street take a look at drives. If this was all not sufficient to raise the day head and shoulders above the title of ‘Observe Day’, Pirelli supply complimentary massages, barista espresso and, most significantly, limitless gelato to maintain you cool off monitor. These occasions are hosted internationally at circuits together with (however not restricted to) Nurburgring GP, Pink Bull Ring and Mugello. What are you ready for?
RedBull – Pirelli PZE Silverstone 2023