ROB LAD­BROOK DEPUTY EDITOR

Motor Sport News - - Track Test: A Harvester -

This is more of a mo­ment of my life rather than just 2016.

When I got the email invit­ing me to test Ligier’s new LMP3 sportscar, I hon­estly thought it was a wind up. In fact, it was the cul­mi­na­tion of many dif­fer­ent friends around the pad­dock pulling many dif­fer­ent strings.

To drive a car like that has been a long-held dream of mine, be­ing one of those odd fel­lows who’s hooked on en­durance rac­ing, a form of rac­ing that can be pretty Mar­mite to most.

I can’t lie, I was ter­ri­fied on the day I got to drive with the United Au­tosports team at Snet­ter­ton, but as soon as I was buck­led in and the en­gine fired up be­hind me, the nerves faded and sheer en­joy­ment took over.

Af­ter­wards there’s just a sheer sense of priv­i­lege that I got a chance like that. Yes, it was p*ss­ing it down and I was on slicks. Yes, it was on the one freez­ing day we had in an other­wise de­cent sum­mer. Yes, I was hor­ren­dously slow as I was para­noid about break­ing it. Did I care? Not re­ally. Just to ex­pe­ri­ence that mo­ment when you plant your foot and bang up the gears, with the noise, vi­bra­tion and sheer raw­ness of it. It was mag­i­cal.

Adam Maxwell heads the grid for the Hot Rod World Fi­nal, and won it, at Fox­hall Heath Charlie But­ler-henderson es­caped this huge Mini Chal­lenge shunt at Oul­ton

David Bo­gie at­tacked Mull in the syn­ony­mous Ford Es­cort Mk2

An­drew Bourke was un­hurt in this air­borne Alfa Romeo ac­ci­dent at Brands

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