Earlier this week I was one of the motoring writers invited by Honda to attend the launch of the new Civic Type R over in Bratislava, Slovakia. As you can tell by this “team photo” I had done, I got to spend some time on track with some pretty cool guys.

There is of course a lot to say about the new Type R but I’m not going to get into that right now, instead I’m here to share the footage from my laps around the Slovakia Ring. You’ll see our speed, G-forces, and even hear us speak as we were mic’d up inside the car.

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So, I’ve got two videos to post into this little blog piece for now, the first being my laps around the Ring with my race instructor Norbert (great name!) who was a terrific bloke and really found me the speed with his clear and calm instruction. Second video is me as 3-time BTCC Champion Matt Neal’s passenger, with Gordon Shedden racing us close by!

Matt is a really great bloke, and as you’ll see from the footage a bloody good driver! He and Gordon Shedden (Team Honda Yuasa’s racing drivers) did some really cool stuff on track together and I hope the videos show how much fun it all was. It was a real privilege to spend time with these guys and witness first hand their ability at the wheel.

Here’s my 5 laps:

... and here are my laps with Matt Neal:

I hope you’ve enjoyed watching! If you’ve any questions at all let me know in the comments below, or tweet me @thejonnyedge. Cheers!

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