DAVID EVANS RALLIES EDITOR
Be honest, what’s the fastest you’ve entered a 30mph zone?
Without wishing to crow, I’d wager that you won’t beat the 110mph I pulled going into Kirk Michael in June.
I say I, but the reality is that I was an awe-struck passenger with a nervous giggle. The man to my left was Mark Higgins. The road? Mountain Course, Isle of Man, TT week.
Higgins was after a new record for the 37.73-mile lap and Prodrive had built him the ultimate Subaru WRX. It had 600bhp, 800Nm of torque and DRS. No wonder he eventually managed to round the mountain in 17m25.139s. The maths? Allow me, it’s an average of 128.730mph.
I didn’t get a go in that thing, but Higgy did wheel me around in a road-going WRX. The highlight was a towering approach to Bungalow and Brandywell. The speed carried through both, mind-bending, but still nothing in comparison to what Mark managed alone later that day.
Looking back, the only regret is that my flight left before there was time for Higgy to run me around on his bike.
Next year. Maybe not.