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Taylor’s Tour…..

Henry Taylor’s day job is running a mortgage broking business in Eastbourne on the south coast of England, when not taking part in the Seat Cupra Championship.

It’s difficult to keep on racing through the winter in this country as ice forms on race circuits.

I instructed at Brands Hatch a couple of weeks ago and two corners were covered in ice. We had to go out for a few laps to try and warm the circuit up before everyone arrived.

The few winter series are usually just short championships held over a couple of rounds. Winter is mainly used for testing but because of track conditions, you don’t really get a true comparison with summer conditions.

I remember testing a Formula Renault single-seater one December and it was freezing. After the first run I couldn’t actually feel my feet and had to get out and stand next to the heater. You forget that when you are doing 120mph down the straight your feet are in a 120mph wind.

Another winter test I had was back in 1997 for Peugeot Sport UK. I was asked to test the works Peugeot 406 super touring car with Tim Harvey, the 1992 British Touring Car champion. The day started well but then came the snow. It was an experience to drive one of the world’s fastest touring cars on the white stuff. But I managed to be quickest on the day so I was happy with that.

I actually like the bad weather. I once tested a Formula Ford car at Snetterton in torrential rain. Cars were going off on the straight. Everyone decided to come in as it was too dangerous. Except me. I was loving it. Maybe I have a screw loose.


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