LINING UP AT LE MANS
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.
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