Passenger Hotlap – VXR Track Day, Rockingham 2008

Part of the Vauxhall VXR Track Day is the chance to enjoy a flying lap with a pro driver. This year at Rockingham it was an Astra VXR, being hurled around the Rockingham circuit by Paul O’Neill, who until recently raced Vauxhalls in the BTCC. The guys a nutcase, but in the best possible way!

What the video doesn’t really convey is the brutality of the braking and g-forces through the corners – at least that’s my excuse for the poor camera work. As far as road tests go it’s quite extreme, but I can confirm that the Astra’s brakes are powerful, the seatbelts work very well, and the sport seats keep lateral forces in check quite effectively.

A fantastic experience, and one that makes you realise that even though you think you’re good behind the wheel, you’re way off the mark when compared to blokes like Paul O’Neill.


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Author: Chris Auty

Voted the Breakthrough Blogger of 2013 by SEAT and the Guild of Motoring Writers , Chris has lived and breathed cars since he was old enough to say 'faster'. With a penchant for hot hatches and an allergy to public transport, he would much prefer to drive a bad car than never drive at all. Fortunately his family has learned to put up with this obsession and the internet has provided a channel for his ramblings.

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  1. That would be awesome! I could handle someone whowing me how little I know behind the wheel 🙂

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