“Given it’s the 25th anniversary of Britain’s Best Driver’s Car, should we go back to Castle Combe?” they asked. In 1989 it was the track we used for the first what’s now our annual handling test.
“Gulp,” I replied. “Okay, let’s.”
I knew Castle Combe a little, but I’d only ever used it for photoshoots – during which we tend to use a corner or two at a time, sometimes driving both directions. It’s not the way to learn a circuit.
What precious few full laps I’d done suggested Combe is like other tracks based on the perimeter roads of former grass airstrips in the south of England. A long, terrifyingly fast right hander.
Only, as it turns out, it’s not. In fact, it’s as good a circuit as I’ve used during the ten Britain’s Best Driver’s Car tests I’ve taken part in.