Money talks, they say. But when it comes to getting close to our sporting heroes, there's normally a deafening silence. However deep your wallet, you won't get a kickabout with Wayne Rooney or a net session with Andy Murray. Which is why THE RACING SCHOOL's sneak preview of its forthcoming Touring Car Experience really captures the imagination.
The exclusive new driving experience, revealed at Donington Park, will spearhead the school's 2015 activities. It offers a unique opportunity for fans to experience the brute power of the beasts they see raced on the TV screens – both by driving them and sitting alongside the men who have raced them quicker than anyone else.
"Many of us dream of these cars as we're growing up, never believing that we will ever get the chance to drive them ourselves," said Andrew Jordan, the reigning British Touring Car Champion. "But now, thanks to THE RACING SCHOOL, people don't have to be content with watching them from their armchair, or merely racing them on a computer screen: they can actually experience the drama for themselves. Better still, they can drive these amazing machines around the challenging sweeps and dips of Donington Park's National circuit."
The Touring Car Experience will involve driving cars representative of the British Touring Car Championship's supporting cast – a single-seater, Porsche Carrera, Ginetta GT4 and Renault Clio – before progressing to a 300 brake horsepower (bhp) variant of a 2015 BTCC race car. It will culminate in 'hot laps' with BTCC heroes, at racing speeds, in a full-blown Next Generation Touring Car.
The package is designed to give an unprecedented insight into the touring car world. You can experience the contrast between a single-seater, hot hatch, GT and full touring car. The technical panoply encompasses front- and rear-wheel drive, manual and paddle-shift gearboxes, wings, turbo-charging and fly-by-wire throttle.
Not only can you experience these technologies on the racetrack for yourself, you can witness first-hand the techniques that distinguish a champion driver from those of us who only dream!
"Our mission at THE RACING SCHOOL is to transform dreams into reality," commented Managing Director Peter Barnes. "Touring cars resonate with the public because they see superstar drivers racing wheel-to-wheel in cars derived from everyday production models. The Touring Car Experience will bring fans closer to their heroes than ever before."
• THE RACING SCHOOL is Europe's longest-established performance driving school. It offers the most diverse range of experiences of any provider. It maintains a racing fleet of more than 80 vehicles. Circuit passenger rides start from as little as £40, and driving experiences from £125.
• THE RACING SCHOOL's other driving experiences include: Formula 1; Off-road; Single-seater; Supercar; Multiple Supercar; Race training; and Junior. In addition to Donington Park, it operates at the Brands Hatch, Oulton Park and Three Sisters race circuits.
• To book the ultimate driving experience call 01942 270230 or visit www.racing-school.co.uk.