If you’ve ever taken part in one of the generic driving experiences that can be found at race circuits across the country, you’ll know how they usually work. You get to drive three or maybe four laps in a car that feels slightly past its best, sitting next to an overbearing instructor who keeps telling you to slow down. Thankfully, the latest Audi Sport Experience follows a different path – maximising the time customers get to spend in each car. This is achieved by limiting numbers and splitting drivers into three groups, meaning you’ll have plenty of time at the wheel of one of the three cars – Audi’s R8 Coupe V10 plus, RS 6 performance or RS 3 Sportback.
I arrive at Thruxton feeling a little apprehensive. The 2.4-mile Hampshire circuit is one of the most intimidating in the country, featuring a handful of fearsomely fast corners – namely the right-hander, Church, which can be taken at over 110mph in the R8.