Robinson’s resolve to get me out on track in a TA2 car. In fact, I was pretty much what he was looking for: someone to communicate that these serious racing cars weren’t beyond the realms of possibility, ability and safety for newcomers to the sport with the necessary budget, time and a sensible approach to getting up to speed.
“You’ll be fine,” he reassured me. “Drivers who have jumped onboard TA2 have varying levels of experience and many were late-starters, like me. I was in my fifties when I first started racing.
“If you’ve raced a kart, as surprising as it may sound, you’ll find there are similarities to a TA2 car in the way they handle. They are quite forgiving. Of course, the performance level is much higher.
“Shifting gear is pretty user-friendly, too; just a quick lift off the throttle when upshifting no need to use the clutch. You really only use the clutch to get underway,” he explained.
This conversation took place at the Muscle Car Masters in late October, where four TA2 cars turned demonstration laps, including the #92 Chev Camaro-bodied car owned by Scott Textor.
Queenslander Textor generously supplied his car for my subsequent sample session at one of the Paperclip’s QR Time Attack events, where a handful of cars hit the track at the same time. These tightly controlled sessions, featuring many newcomers, encourage drivers to work on whittling down their lap-times and discourage passing,