Back from my day at Hethel. 9 of us on the course in two groups. Martin Donnelly was one of the instructors for the day. I had the other guy! But no complaints 😎 After briefing, did the first of two runs on the North track. I felt a little slow, and afterwards, disappointed in myself that I didn’t make the most of the session. I mentioned this to Geoff (my instructor) at the start of the second session, and he was surprised by my feelings, and said he thought I did well. The second session was much better in my mind, as I pushed harder and stretched the Elise and myself more. The traction control is left on, which surprised me a bit, with Lotus being Lotus. Had a virtual factory tour due to Covid, then the last session on the South circuit. This was slower and more technical. Getting a good time was down to control and patience. Any over exuberance upset the line for the next corner and problems just snowballed. Last trip out on the circuit was a demo from the instructor.
After that it was a trip to Team Classic Lotus for a tour and talk, which I enjoy greatly. Surprised at how free you were to wonder among the cars with Carbon body panels lying all over the floor. Careful where you place your feet!
It was a full day from 8:30 to after 5. Always leave these things wanted twice the track time, but that’s life!
I’d say the instructors were gentle with you. I have had an experience where the instructor was shouty and harsh. Although an unpleasant experience, I learned more.
Good value for money? These things are always really expensive, but you get to drive someone else’s Elise risking their car, using their tyres and fuel, so that’s got to count for something. Put it this way, I’ll be doing the silver next year.