For­mula fun for Corser

Troy trades two wheels for an F1 racer, writes CRAIG DUFF

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TROY Corser showed se­ri­ous pace this week, but it was aboard a BMW-Sauber F1 car rather than his S1000 RR world su­per­bike cham­pi­onship ma­chine.

The Aus­tralian swapped his 150kW bike for Nick Hei­d­feld’s 500kW-plus racer at a BMW fan and part­ner day at Ger­many’s Nur­bur­gring and had no choice but to go hard af­ter Hei­d­feld scraped his leathers first time out.

Corser was amazed by the brak­ing abil­ity of the F1 car, not­ing: ‘‘I can’t be­lieve how hard and late you can brake. I know I was brak­ing too early and I re­ally would like to have a day or two with the car to re­ally see what I can do with it.

‘‘It was just awe­some. The car feels so bal­anced and the brakes are fan­tas­tic, the tyres have un­be­liev­able grip and the steer­ing is very di­rect, but still has a lot of feel­ing.’’

Hei­d­feld started on the pro­duc­tion bike be­fore be­ing given the keys to Corser’s racer.

‘‘I ex­pected the su­per­bike to be a huge leap over the pro­duc­tion ver­sion, a bit like se­ries cars and rac­ers, but I was sur­prised in the end,’’ Hei­d­feld says.

‘‘The dif­fer­ence is huge. On the one hand the Su­per­bike is more ag­gres­sive, builds more grip and has the su­pe­rior brakes, but on the other hand it’s eas­ier to ride be­cause you can con­trol it so well.

‘‘Ob­vi­ously I’m still miles from the limit with the su­per­bike; I would love to have done a lot more laps.’’

Hei­d­feld’s Pol­ish team­mate Robert Ku­bica steered the F1 racer around the short ver­sion of the Nur­bur­gring, and Corser’s team­mate Ruben Xaus was al­lowed be­hind the wheel of BMW’s 320si World Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship car.

There was a se­ri­ous side to the fun, with BMW Motorsport di­rec­tor Mario Theis­sen say­ing: ‘‘It’s easy to ac­cept the ac­co­lades, and we’ve had plenty of them over re­cent years. But we mustn’t let the di­a­logue fal­ter when things get tough.’’

BMW’s su­per­bike and F1 teams have strug­gled to be on the pace this sea­son.

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