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BBC Radio Kent DJs enjoy thrilling ride at Brands Hatch

Wednesday, April 29 2015

BBC Radio Kent breakfast DJ John Warnett was challenged by co-presenter Maggie Doyle to take his brand new Audi TT on track during an MSV Trackdays event at Brands Hatch today (Wednesday).

Warnett, who presents the Radio Kent show between 6 and 9am alongside Doyle, had been raving about his new car, so when he recently turned 60 years, he was treated to a session on the Indy circuit. Although John has driven on the track before, racing hero Barry Lee was on hand to give him a few tips on the best lines, before Maggie jumped into the passenger seat for a high speed lift from her colleague.

BBCRK1After giving John a high-speed demonstration ride, Barry gave his verdict on the presenter's driving: "He was very nervous, because it's his car and the track was very slippery. I told him to accelerate in increments, because then he won't crash and will be very quick. So he went round and he got very nervous - halfway round Paddock he's braking, which is pushing the car to the outside. Thank goodness he was running round the middle of the circuit everywhere!

"It was good, it's a lovely track and though it's a small circuit you've got everything here, you've got undulations, tight corners, open corners, you've got everything. Super day."

BBCRK2"Barry's a legend, let's be honest," said John. "He took the ABS and anti-skid off, he used the manual gears, and he frightened the life out of me, frankly! Then he asked me to drive round and he was telling me not to brake, when all I wanted to do was slam them on. But I think on the third lap I got it about right and got some good speed.

"I think you go a bit easier in your own car, but when I was in the MSV BMW M3 round here, I didn't mind giving that some welly because it wasn't my car!"

Maggie added: "I was looking at the speedometer all the time to see [how fast he was going] and there was a lot of 37 and 42mphs coming up, but I felt like it was about three times as fast. I felt quite safe, but there was a few times where we went round corners and I thought this is ridiculous.

"It was fantastic, it's the first time I've ever done anything like that actually, so to be in a car on the circuit is completely different. Paddock was frightening, because it was such a steep drop, but really exciting, very exhilarating."

You can hear more about the day on BBC Radio Kent's breakfast show between 6 and 9am next Thursday (7 May).

For more information on MSV Trackdays, click here.