Jade put on her helmet and I searched for something to hang on to. The light went green, our Focus ST left bats out of hell standing and we hurtled towards the first corner on the Llandow Circuit.
The cone was heading towards us at such a speed someone seemed to have fired it at us.
“Head for the apex,” she said calmly, slamming it into third gear. “Use the width of the track! Move over to the right!”
We went sideways, then straight and flat-out. The tightest of tight chicanes headed our way, I’ve no idea how we got round it, but it involved bumping straight over a big kerb.
When I mentioned it later, she went all Crocodile Dundee: “Kerb? That’s not a kerb! The big ones’ll have the underside of the car showing.”
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Jade Edwards races in the Ma5da MX-5 Championship, sponsored by Hanro of Switzerland. She works as a freelance instructor, and was one of a team showing journalists what the hot Focus can do.
Photos by Julian Mackie
Thanks to the Ford Motor Company