Our Reis Race Retro competition winner, Sam Spinnael, headed to Castle Combe last weekend to complete his Ards test. Here we find out how he got on:
“Arriving at the event I was excited about the prospect of driving on a race track. I was greeted by the instructor who explained that Reis Motorsport Insurance had organised a private Ards test.
I instantly felt comfortable with the instructor and explained my previous experience in karting and sim racing. The day started with a video demonstration about the safety measures put in place during an event and it described various racing flags and race procedures. An explanation about Castle Combe’s appropriate racing lines followed.
To assist with my first attempt, cones were placed to determine my breaking, turn in and apex points. The instructor then introduced me to a standard Ford Fiesta and carried out a few laps showing what was expected of me to pass my test.
It was then my turn to drive and the instructor was there to guide me and watch the limit. I enjoyed exploring the car’s capability and managed to carry out 10 laps. Throughout the day, I made sure I asked as many questions as possible to try to understand what was needed, not only for the test, but also when I race on the 31st October.
Post drive, I completed the written assessment, strangely enough this was when my nerves started to kick in! I knew any mistake would jeopardise my success so triple checked my answers before I handed my assessment in.
It was an anxious wait, however I was over the moon when I was told I had passed with a 100% score! I can’t thank Reis Motorsport Insurance enough for organising not only the Ards test but also all the effort to get me to be on the grid at Knockhill.”
Sam will be taking part in a Scottish Motor Racing Club Scottish C1 Cup Race meet at Knockhill on 31st October. Keep up to date with Sam’s journey on our social media and check out our website for regular websites.
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