MAYOR TAKES ON THE BRANDS HATCH CHALLENGEStuart | YLF
Not one to shy from a challenge, the Mayor of Milton Keynes, Cllr Keith McLean visited the newly launched BluePrint Simulator Racing pod in Bletchley to take on the ‘celebrity’ Brands Hatch Lap Challenge.
With gloves and headset on, The Mayor slowly squeezed the throttle of his BMW Z4 GT3 and exited the pit lane to start his lap time challenge. With just one time of 2:03.193 to beat, set by Milton Keynes’ MP Iain Stewart, The Mayor used his experience to take on the prestigious Brands Hatch Circuit.
After 30 minutes of intense driving and progressively faster laps, The Mayor of Milton Keynes recorded a time of 1 minute 51.9 seconds, beating Iain ‘Hamilton’ Stewart.by a close margin, albeit over a slightly longer session. The Mayor said: “The BluePrint driving simulator was very realistic, and I certainly felt as if I had driven the course, albeit badly, when I stepped out of the cockpit. The team at BluePrint were very professional in the way they explained the equipment and provided advice on how to drive the car. This is a great facility for budding racing drivers or just to have fun with friends and family.”
BluePrint is the most advanced multiplayer racing simulator experience in the UK.
Featuring six driving simulators in total, each pod immerses the driver in a wraparound driving experience created by three 40-inch high-definition screens. BluePrint Racing combines racing car steering, pedal and gear controls with rFactor2 software, allowing the driver to select from almost every racing circuit in the world and choose from a huge range of cars. The key selling point of the centre is the incredible Fanatec hardware at the driver’s disposal, which is widely recognised by the sim-racing world as being unrivalled in realism and a league apart from ‘gaming’ hardware used more widely elsewhere.
Ollie Fox, co-owner of BluePrint Simulator Racing, located within the award-winning Formula Fast Indoor Karting in Bletchley said: “it was a great honour to welcome The Mayor of Milton Keynes to BluePrint and for agreeing to take part in our ‘celebrity’ challenge. Driving at speed on a professional circuit is harder than it seems but he did incredibly well for his first time and hopefully he will come back to work his way up the leaderboard.”
If you fancy taking on the Brands Hatch Lap Challenge, contact the team at BluePrint on 01908 904777.
To try the simulator experience for yourself, visit the Blueprint racing website www.blueprintracing.co.uk to check availability or give them a call on 01908 904777 to book your seat.
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