BEAU’S A PRETTY ONE, TURNS INTO A MONSTER W
DRIVING the speedy, smoky Corolla Drift car is fast and furious. Beau Yates is fast, I amfurious. He is wickedly quick and spectacular and in control and I amfurious I cannot remotely control his homegrown sideways slider.
It looks so easy from the passenger seat. Yates throws the wheel, pitches the car sideways, then steers on the throttle and works hard to keep the back tyres spinning. He can do it easily at 140km/h on dry bitumen.
It’s the total reverse of the usual ‘‘slow in, fast out’’ motorsport rule, but it works. For him . . . the tame pet Corolla becomes a rampaging monster when I try.
I can get it sideways but there is no way to keep the slides under control. The Corolla flicks and twitches and, even after 30 years of
rally and race driving, I cannot get it to respond the way I want.
When I spin into a gravel trap and drop the nose off I decide to park. Beaten. I’m not alone.
‘‘That has to be the hardest car I have ever driven,’’ says three-times Australian Rally champion Neal Bates, who leads this year’s series in his own TRD Corolla.
‘‘It is evil. I don’t know how Beau does it.’’