SO here’s a Christmas road test with a difference. It’s not us at the wheel, but with a serve in excess of 100 mph, it’s Emma Raducanu (left) who is no stranger to power, speed, and agility.
The US Grand Slam winner and British No 1 recently took a break from her athletic training schedule to explore her other passion, when she took the wheel of a 198 mph Porsche 911 GT3 at Brands Hatch, Kent.
For the 20-year-old Briton, the day at Brands Hatch was the next step in her driving programme as a Porsche Brand Ambassador. She took her first lessons in summer at the Porsche Experience Centre Silverstone alongside former endurance world champion and Porsche Brand Ambassador Mark Webber. Now the sports car manufacturer invited her to her local circuit to trade the WTA Tour for the track.
Emma has visited the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Brands Hatch twice this season, meeting the drivers and getting up close to the 911 GT3 Cup race cars in the single marque GT championship. When younger, she entered kart races and moto-cross; now, Emma fired-up her motorsport interest by driving on the 1.2-mile Indy circuit for the first time; and as a special surprise, drove the road-going version of the Carrera Cup race car – the 510 PS 911 GT3.
Emma’s doubles partner for this high-octane induction was Porsche Carrera Cup GB Junior driver Adam Smalley. Sharing his experiences of driving a 911 GT3 Cup to victory, Adam helped guide Emma around the Kent track before swapping seats for some fast demo laps.
Emma went on to explain that having Adam by her side had definitely helped to understand the dips and curves of the Brands Hatch circuit as well as getting to know the 911 GT3 in detail.
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