TA2 taster

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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,

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