What a day! What a day!
Since the stone age, man mistakenly went domesticating animals for transportation when they were better... untamed! Better kept merciless, evil and wild. It was said that an untamed beast would throw the equestrian off its back. But today I was blessed to ride a bad untamed beast that went snorting violently ripping the morning sky before hell broke loose in the arena.
Allow me to start from the beginning...
Few days back I received an invitation from Bahrain Porsche Club for a taxi ride with Fahad Algosaibi (the youngest ever winner in Porsche who made history at the age of 16) in Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge race car at Bahrain International Circuit. Here are two links about this young champion:
The very second I finished reading the invitation I sent a confirmation and went counting the days for a lifetime experience. Woke up this morning at 5:00 am and drove off at 6:30 am to cross the bridge to the beautiful little neighboring kingdom. I was there before anybody else at 8:00 am and I had a chance to sit with this young legend who turned to be a very humble kind young man. We had coffee together before he went warming his car on the track. My turn came at 9:11 am (I had the second slot following a European member). Wore my helmet, gave up my phone and opened the car door.
The first thing that hit me was how unbelievably light the CF door was. It felt literally like a light cartoon board. I sat squeezing myself in (head to my knees), surrounded by cameras, an old gentleman in Porsche racing suit went buckling up my 5 point racing harness seat belt. His hands went here and there, as he pulled each belt he asked me if I'm ok with it. Then I told him "you know I can sue you for sexual harassment!". And everybody burst into laughter The car door got closed and it felt like he spanked the beast for revenge...
I know from my experience with hardcore roller coasters to hold my head back, my back straight up and stretch my legs braking with my two feet hard all the way through. But suddenly my jaws clanged and I am not sure when I could breathe afterwards.
Forgive me but not even Shakespeare could put this experience in words, or James Cameron in a movie... You've got to try it to feel the thrill. I did skydiving, bungee jumping and I'm a licensed shark diver along with other extreme sports... but nothing can relate to another. And riding in a Porsche GT3 Cup car with a champion is a unique experience that I'd rank among the top thrilling experiences I did in my life.
He accelerated like a rocket making a snake maneuver to free the slick tires from debris as we exited the pit. During the first lap honestly my brain malfunctioned. All I remember was being pushed back into my seat under acceleration, being pushed out of my seat under unbelievable downshifting and hard braking then being tossed from side to side on corners.
The second lap however I got my eyes fixed on the speedometer. On a straight line we reached 275 km/hr (in my car I could reach only 220 km/hr two years ago on this line when it was stock). And in every downshift (with braking) the car drops 50 km/hr in a blink which was unrealistic for me to believe my eyes. From 275 km/hr to 220 to 170 to 110 km/hr all in a couple of seconds!!! Then he accelerated exiting a U turn corner from 110 km/hr... UNBELIEVABLE!! How could he comprehend under the intense G Forces between paddles, gearshifts and steering is beyond me. All members who were lucky to have this experience were mostly shocked by the braking power of this beast. And someone added, can you imagine adding other race cars on the track that require the driver's attention in addition to driving?!!
Simply, our Porsches have nothing in common with the GT3 Cup Porsches except the badge! Our Porsche are sadly domesticated, tamed and housebroken. But the way this beast accelerates, brakes, downshifts and steers defies science... and unless you're a licensed racing driver, you won't dare and your mind won't believe a car could do what this beast does!!
The event didn't cost us a penny... I'd redo it in the future even if it would cost me much. I even asked if they'd repeat it in the future to fly my 10 yrs old son from Jordan to Bahrain just to experience it. But I was told the regulations don't allow anybody younger than 18 to ride in a cup car
For now I leave you with some pictures from the event with a thankful heart... Thank you God!