One point two miles. It's not a lot is it? On a motorway, you'd cover that in around a minute with little to no excitement. Try the same distance at speed on someone’s drive, and it’s a very different kettle of fish.
The course at Cholmondeley Power and Speed isn’t carried out on just any old drive, though. There are long straights, tight turns that require huge braking force and plenty of bumps. The biggest one of those comes in the shape of a humpback bridge that virtually guarantees air if you’re travelling reasonably quickly.
It all starts with a small stretch just before the start line on which you can warm your tyres (or showboat). After burning some rubber, you’re faced with a start line that’s slightly downhill. Once you've launched off, you’ve barely time to change up before you’re faced with a narrow bridge that’s outlined with a pair of steel barriers.
To make matters worse, the road is already bending to the right as it crests onto the bridge. If you want to accelerate hard here, you’ve got to hope the rear doesn’t step out and smack that barrier. Get across that fine, and you’re faced with Chestnut Avenue, a near-straight that allows you to build some serious speed.
The trouble with this gentle curve to the right is twofold. Firstly, you’ve got to deal with a course that remains narrow even once you’ve left the bridge. Secondly, there are bumps aplenty, which are ready and waiting to knock you off course. Oh, and a bit of rain reduces grip far more than you might initially expect.