The title says it all. THIS is road racing. Take two classic Porsches and place them on the undulating 2.3 mile road course at Dijon-Prenois, France and you have some magic. The way that driver Andrew Smith is able to handle this car speaks to what being a race driver is. There’s not technology in this car. It is a 2.0L Porsche and it is on the track with similar machines, most notably the #99 car which is part of the Sandy Watson/Andrew Kirklady operation. These guys absolutely battle within inches, maybe centimeters during this video.
The fun part of this is knowing that both of the drivers are working equally as hard on this course. The place was opened in the early 1970s and was longtime host to F1 races. That level of competition has not been seen at Dijon for some time but otherwise the place keeps busy with track days and other series of racing on its sweeping high speed corners.
Modern sports car racing is bad ass. The cars are so advanced, they have technology in them that sometimes makes its way to road cars, and it’s just a whole wad of investment on all sides. That being said, it is this stuff that we really love and cannot get enough of watching. Seeing these guys pour steering input into the car during the corners, feeding the power as they are working the wheel, it is so good.
These are not very high horsepower machines but they are also not friendly to hacks who don’t know what they are doing. Both of these drivers do and that is the magic.