Formula fun for Corser
Troy trades two wheels for an F1 racer, writes CRAIG DUFF
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.