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There’s more to going fast than lots of power
After another “Speed appreciation” course by courtesy of a mal-adjusted speed camera (but you try to convince them
of that, the odds are not in your favour), I decided my lovely Porsche Boxster will have to go and I’ll seek speed thrills
I’d driven theBoxster on Oulton Park in a track day soon after I bought it, and that showed me what a superb car this
is. However not all the drivers on that day thought that others’ cars were precious, and I was relieved to take it home
without a mark on it.
This has certainly been the best engineered and designed car that I’ve owned. But its success is it’s downfall, a petrol-
head just can’t resist the sound of the lovely engine, the auto gearbox that changes much faster than I can manually,
and the superb chassis. With lots of boot space for a sports car, a fast hood, excellent seats, good reliability, what’s
not to like about these cars? Well a bit more than 22 mpg would be welcome (I can get 29mpg if being moderate
with my right foot on the road, but only got 7 mpg on the track) . But otherwise, absolutely nothing, they are
So, I plan a more sedate road car, and decided to go racing. When you look at the plethora of motor racing classes
that exist, how do you choose? Well for me, I’ve always felt attracted to motor bike powered cars, as the howl of a
motorbike engine doing 14000 rpm is as near to the sound of an F1 that I’ll ever get. Plus you get a sequential
gearbox. So then, what make? There are several. However I saw a Formula Jedi for sale at a reasonable price, and
thought that fitted the bill.
Next snag - racing circuits don’t allow open wheel cars onto track days with road cars. So how do you practice? Or
even learn how the gears work, because at that stage having never had a motor bike, I was unfamiliar with
Fortunately, after talking to a lot of tracks, the track at Anglesey (Trac Mon) told me that they were starting to hold
open wheel track days. I missed the first couple as the Jedi had to have its rol-over bar modified due to a new rule by
the MSA, but I got a couple of track days in in September and November. Track manager Andrew Crighton did my
ARDS training and test, so all being well I’ll do a couple of races in it in 2018.