LIN­ING UP AT LE MANS

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE -

Driver and car and teams need to be in ex­cep­tional shape these days to sur­vive a 24-hour race.

The era of the dilet­tante turn­ing up and com­pet­ing is over.

One of the train­ing grounds for ex­treme phys­i­cal per­for­mance is run by Porsche GB on its com­plex at Sil­ver­stone cir­cuit. Here, driv­ing ex­perts can teach most of us how to be bet­ter at club or pro­fes­sional level, night rac­ing, off-road skills in the Cayenne, etc.

That is part of what you need to win.

There is also a Hu­man Per­for­mance cen­tre. This can give a va­ri­ety of help, star­ing with a “well­ness check” which analy­ses the body’s con­di­tion, things like blood pres­sure and body com­po­si­tion – fat, mus­cle and so on. That costs £49.

It told me I was 7kg over­weight, or some eight per cent obese. I have now lost that weight. The ma­chine is happy. My read­ings are now all nor­mal or bet­ter.

There are a num­ber of other as­sess­ments, plus phys­i­cal train­ing for, say, cir­cuit race driv­ing, triathlon or desert run­ning.

There is also an an­nual train­ing camp in the New For­est and reg­u­lar cy­cle and run duathlons on the Sil­ver­stone cir­cuit.

More: driving­ex­pe­ri­ence@porsche.co.uk and php@porsche.co.uk

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