As usual, Sutcliffe and I had one of our informal ‘dices’. You learn an awful lot about a car’s behaviour if you follow it closely around a circuit.
At last year’s handling day at Goodwood I was in a Panamera and Sutters was in the Jag XFR. Two facts: one, unless Steve is eating a burger on his lap or bending down to tie a shoelace, I can’t keep up with him. Two, the Jag has a lot more power than the Porsche. That I could keep up with him means that the Porsche handles extremely well and that is not difficult to drive quickly.
This year we had a nice tussle in the Scirocco and Mégane, swapping cars after a few laps. Educational and great fun. There was a time when we’d have headed for the fastest cars present and hammered those around chasing each others’ tails.