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Posted By: James Allen  |  24 Oct 2011   |  11:46 pm GMT  |  368 comments

We’ve done some great competitions this season, taking the fans closer to the sport of F1 and taking them to Grands Prix and overseas events.

But for those fans who dream of getting behind the wheel, here is something a little bit special; we are delighted to offer JA on F1 readers the chance to experience a 3 hour in-depth driving session on a real simulator, with coaching from Darren Turner, who has over 10 years experience of F1 sim development.

Turner now runs Base Performance Simulators in Banbury. Turner is an expert on F1 simulators. He did the initial development work on the McLaren simulator from 1999 to 2006 and has worked with two other F1 teams on their simulators.

JA on F1 is looking for two readers to go to BPS in Banbury, Oxfordshire on November 9th. Travel is at your own expense, but on that basis there are no entry restrictions as to where you live. As long as you can guarantee you can get yourself to Banbury on that date, you are eligible to win.

All you have to do is watch this VIDEO of an F1 fan driving a McLaren last week, which I posted on the site on Sunday and in the comments section below this post, note down the race number of the single seater racing car I am about to climb into. Your answers will not show publicly. The competition ends on Friday 28th October at 12pm UK time. So please get your entries in before then. We will gather the correct answers and pick out two winners at random.

Expert tuition from Darren Turner


I’ve posted quite a bit on simulators recently as they become increasingly like the real thing. The technology is shrouded in secrecy, but they have developed a very important role in honing skills, training drivers to take the next step up the racing ladder or to master a new circuit.

According to Turner, “Motor racing is one of few sports where practicing your discipline is highly restrictive due to the cost implications. Simulation provides an environment where you can learn the lines of a circuit and try out different things without the pressure of potentially wasting valuable track time or indeed team time.”

Although capable of simulating most kinds of cars, the BPS simulators are targeted at younger drivers and are available to hire and they even sell their simulators for home use; BPS 2.0 is designed to be used in a spare room or garage, while the larger BPS 4.8 requires a room between 20 and 35 square metres. An ideal early Christmas present!

You can find out more about what lies ahead for you at BPS – should you win – by checking out this video.

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the answer is 3...

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3

The number on the single seater race race is 3.

Please pick me pick me coach 😀

Pawel

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6
7

It is car #3

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3

11

James was in Car number 3

13

Car number 3

14

Hi James,

You are about to get into the number 3 car.

Many thanks

Chris

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3

18

Number 3 was the single seater you were jumping into

19

The race number of the single seater racing car you were about to climb into was "3".

20
Konstantinos Giokaris

The Race car number is : 3

23

#3

I have wanted to visit Europe for year and follow the F1 season for almost 20 years. This would be my driving factor. Even if it isn't during the season, I would still pester every team, until they let me into their shops.

25

Car no. 3

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Jacques Heckstall-Smith

3

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22

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Number 3

31

Hi James,

The answer is Silverstone single seater #3

Best regards,

Andris

32

Car number 3

Fingers crossed.

Thanks,

Simon.

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3

34

single seater #3- Great vid! In 2009 I won the SAP McLaren Lowest Lap time at the SAP Worldwide Sapphire Business conference in Orlando. They brought their Vodaphone simulator to the show and all the Europeans couldn't believe an American beat them all. By day 5 it was down to me and a brazilian karter, and I beat him by 1.5 secs with a crowd of a 100 or so gathered around the simulator. Pick me!! I'll fly from the US - great story for the F1 Races being announced this week!

36

The number of the car was 3.

37

Number 8

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Vassilis Alexiadis

The car's number is 3.

41

Car Number 3

43

James, you're standing next to car #3.

46

The car has number 3 on it james.

48

the race car # is 3

thanks

50

its number 3 i hope 🙂

Matt

51

Number 3!!

52

Enjoy your time in car #3!

53
Stephen Coughlan

3

54

The Number seems to be 3. Can't make it to Branbury so you can disregard the entry for the contest, but i thought i'd earn some brownie points should you ever run a contest in India or for the Drive of a lifetime next year... 🙂

55

Looks like it's number 3!

56

It's number 3!

58

3

59

Car number 3

61

The single seater car was No 3 that you were about to enter.

regards Richard Nurse

62

Hi James, I'll go for number 3 🙂

63

Car number 3.

65

Hi James,

Your single seater drive was car number 3.

I bet you wanted to drive the F1 car too.

Regards,

John.

66

Car number 3

67
zidane the great

James do you know how far realistically are some driving simulation games like Rfactor (F1 mods) from professional racing simulators in terms of car handling etc.?

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3

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3

71

Race No. is 3

Cool Competition. Thanks James!

72

Hi James,

Been following your site for just under two years and read the book you wrote reviewing the 2009 season. Great stuff, keep it up!

In the video, the single seater you are about to climb into has '3' written on it.

Regards,

Pablo

73

The car was number 3

74

The car is number 3

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3

76

Race Car number = 3

77

Hi James,

Thanks for the opportunity to enter the competition.

The single seater number that you are about to climb into is number 3

Cheers

Juan

78

Answer, the car was No. 3

81

The Silverstone single seater is number 3 !

I hope I can get a shot in those great simulators ! 🙂

82

About to enter number 3

83

Driver in the video was Anthony Davidson? That appears to be his helmet.

86

Number 3

87

Car number 3!

88

oh boy it is number 3

#3

3

it is three

the first odd prime number.

this one exactly.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3_(number)

racing regards

pierre

89

No 3

Michael Williamson

90

The number on the car is 3

Fingers crossed!

91

The single seater has number 3 on it.

Great prizes as always and whoever wins I hope they have a cracking day.

92
Milan Stefanovic

the race number of the single seater racing car I am about to climb into

is

No. 3

94

The answer is 3

I hope I win!

96

The single seater you were about to get into was number 3!

97

car number 3!

98

I believe its a number 6 single seater you are about to climb into

100

Number 3

101

Dear James,

the orange single seater that you were about to get into was Number 3.

Best Regards

Amol

102

The race number of the single seater racing car that you are about to climb into is 3 (three).

103
Christopher Whyte

Number 3

105

Hi James,

The race number is 3.

Hoping to get lucky,

Matti

Matti Jokipii

Rue des Palmiers 95

1150 Brussels

Belgium

106

The car number was 3

107

The car number you were going to get into (the single seater) looked like 3. So that's what I'll say. #3

Thank you for these opportunities James, the competitions you've brought to the public have been fantastic.

109

Hey man,

your car number is "3".

Please let me have the chance to try the simulator.

110

The number of the single seater was number 3.

Thank you

111

James, the answer is: No 3

112

The number of the single seater car is "3"

114

The race car is number 3

115

Car number 3

thanks

Mark

116

Car number 3 !!!

Great website and great insight! Thanks!

117

Hi James,

The car's number was 3.

Best wishes, Matt

120

Car number: 3.

122

The car number is 3.

What a great prize and thanks for an amazing blog.

Best regards

Mikkel Meisler

123

Number 3

124

Hello James

I'll say the single seater number is 3.

Whooooooooooooooooosh!!!

Rup

125

Better than getting a PlayStation 3 or XBOX 360 for Christmas 😀

126

Number 3. (Winning this would be an absolute dream come true! I've driven in some pretty competitive sim-racing leagues since 2002 and I really want to feel how a proper F1 simulator compares to what I'm experiencing at home).

127

Hi James, watched the video and saw that you were getting into number Three.

Also watched the BPS video, I want one for the living room!

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Yodok Lustenberger

The single-seater car number is : 3

129

Hi James,

The number on the car is 3. I live in Luton so am pretty close to Banbury and could definitely get there on November 9th. Also it is my birthday on November 13th so this would be a fantastic present, fingers crossed!

James Frankland (editor of Williams F1 ezine iGNITION - http://www.attwilliams.com/ezines)

07427 389398

131

The car was Number 3!

133

The race number of the single seater racing car is 3.

134

Number 3

135

The number of the single - seater was 3

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Car no is 3

137

RACE CAR NUMBER 3

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Car Number 3

140

Yes, I can make that date and would like to apply!

andrew_hayter@yahoo.com

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Number 3

142

Number 3 !!

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Stephen Lapthorne

Car number 3.

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Number 3!

146

Hi, the car number James is about to get into is No. 3

Thanks for the opportunity!

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3

148

Number 3.

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3.

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number 3

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single seater nr is 3

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Number 3 😉

154

It is car number 3.

Great contest. Jim Kirkwood

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Car number 3

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3 😀

please please choose me... an F1 sim would make such a nice change from angry birds!!

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Ralph Kozmian-Ledward

Number 3.....

161

Competition entry for the Sim experience: Car number 3

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3

163

The car you are about to get into is number 3, fingers crossed, Derek

166

Number 3

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Car Number: 3

168

Number 3 🙂

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Shaun McGoldrick

3

171

The number on the single seater was 3. Thanks James.

172

Number 3 - The Single Seater

173

The orange single seater is I believe Number 3.

174

The race car number is 3

176

The race number is 3.

Oooh this would be a very nice early christmas present. Keep up the great work.

177

The car is number 3

I can guarantee I can get to Banbury on November 9th

178

James,

The answer is 3, i hope!

Thanks

Will

179

Hi James its number 3.

Thanks

180

No 3

181

The race number of the single seater is 3

182

The race number is a 3.

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3

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James

No. 3 if I have read it correctly upside down. Superb idea and thanks for the opportunity.

Chris

186

The number on the single seater was 3.

187

The car number is 3....

188

the race number is 3

fingers crossed!

Alex

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3 🙂

190

N3 🙂

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Number 3

194

Car number is 3.

Great site James (regardless of whether I win). 😉

195

It's number 3.

I hope I win!

Thanks, James.

Paul

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Igor Trendafilovski

3

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Number 3.

198

The car is number 3.

200

You're driving car number 3.

Fantastic content in all your articles, James. Keeps me right up to date with F1 stuff.

I asked the 'can we see a driver's eye view during races' at the McLaren F1 Forum. Saw footage of this earlier this week and it looked fantastic.

Keep up the good work, James.

Steve

201

Hi, the number of the car is 3.

203

Answer= Car Race Number 3

Jonathan Cooper - Oxfordshire

205

Answer: 3.

206

The single seater you're about to get into is Car number 3.

208

3 - I'm in Reading so not far away. Waiting for your e-mail!!!

209

Car number 3 🙂

211

The car number is 3.

212

BPS 2.0 is on my Christmas wish list...

213
Rupert Richardson

3

215

Great response so far with over 250 entries. Keep 'em coming.

We'll publish all the entries once the end of competition deadline passes, along with the name of the winner

216

It's number 3. *crosses fingers, finds typing speed goes down*

217

Hi James,

I left a comment earlier this morning but it is still awaiting moderation. It that due to them being kept private?

Thanks

218

It's number 3

219

Yes, exactly. We'll publish them all when the deadline passes along with the winner

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3

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No.3 Mr Allen

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Car #3

223

No 3 is the number of the single seater. Thanks James

224

Car number is 3

I now have everything crossed

225

Race number 3

226

hey is that number 3 on your car... yes its number 3.. Hey james you are going to drive number 3 racing car....

227

The car is number 3

Cheers!

228

3

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Car no 3

234

Hi James, absolutely amazing prize! I think the number is 3, fingers crossed!

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Hi James, absolutely amazing prize ! I think the number is 3, fingers crossed!

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No. 3!!

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3.

238

Number 3

Pick me James! I'd love to see how one of these simulators compares to F1 2011 on the Playstation (note Ant Davidson's involvement in development).

Cheers, Will

239

The race number is 3. And now fingers crossed 🙂

241

Answer = Number 3

242

Awesome a must have from Santa! Number 3 is the answer

244

Car number 3

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Number 3.

What an opportunity! Fingers crossed.

246
Martin Theodorou

It's single seater number 3.

Loving the website!

247

3 James cheers!

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Stephen Williams

3

250

The car number was 3. Thanks.

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number 3

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3

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Jamie Pennington

Car number 3

255

The race number of the single seater racing car is #3.

Best regards, Joakim

ps. pick me!

256

Looks like a number 3 to me!

258

3 🙂

259
Justin Fitzgerald

Car 3 🙂

260

Car number three.

263
Christopher Glover

The race number is 3.

264

Nice vid - the number is 3 - let it be, let it be!

265

The car you're about to climb into is car number 3.

266

Race Car Number 3

Thanks

267

Number 3!

269

Looks like number 3 to me. Great site by the way. Like many of your other readers, I check it out regularly so keep entries coming. Thanks

270

number 3

271

Car #3

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Khushvinder Gohlar

single seater #3

273

Looks like a number 3 to me. Thanks for the competition James.

274

Wow, no other F1 website, magazine or organisation offers the quantity and quality of competitions on offer at JA on F1.

Best bit? The prizes are always of interest to genuine motorsport fans!

275

I was lucky enough to see Darren racing in our V8 Supercar category here in Australia last weekend. He was a lat call up to replace Dan Wheldon.

276

Number 3.

278

3.

Thank you, James, for this fantastic opportunity!

280

The number is 3 🙂

281

Hi James,

You are about to get into Car No. 3

Cheers,

Martin.

282

The single seater is number 3, that sim looks fun too.

283

the race car james refers to is number three.

284

No' 3

285

James is racing the Number 3 car

286

It's car number 3. The same one I drove in one of my experiences

287

Car is number 3.

Great website James!

Cheers, Marc

288

That'll be a 3 on the FPA or Formula Jaguar or whatever they call it now.

289

The car is no.3 in response to your competition. Thanks!

290

Thanks for the opportunity James, another really great competition.

Based on my eyesight, the number is 3 (Three).

Keep up the great work.

291

After watching the simulator video repeatedly and not seeing you climb into anything, I read the instructions 🙂

It's number 3.

292

Car number 3

(fingers and toes crossed!)

293

Number 3!

294

Hi James,

the car was orange 3.

Sorry i don't post more, but i do read every article you write, love the strategy guides before the events in particular.

295

No. 3

296

The number on the single-seater is number 3.

298

Car No. 3

299

Is that Ant Davidson driving? Looks like his helmet.

302

Hi, the number of the car is 3.

303

It's car no 3 you're about to get into!

305

#3

Would love to do this!!

306

The car number is 3

307

Car number 3

308

Number 3

309

Hi James,

Car 3 is what you were going to jump not.

Cheers

Ken

310

Cup of tea, number 3.

311
Jonathan Burnett

Car number 3

Jonathan Burnett

Johnburnett321@btinternet.com

312
steven cordingley

Car number 3

313

car number 3..

314

3

315

You are about to climb into #3.

316

3

317

The answer to the car number James is getting in is 3

318

3 as far as I can tell

321

Number 3

What a fantastic competition, and impressive drive - well done!

323

Answer is 3 James, thank you.

324

Hi James,

It's number 3 !

325

Silverstone single-seater number 3.

326

#3!!!!!

Cheers!

327

Your car was number three. What an incredible experience for that guy!

328

Car Number 3!

329

number 3.

331
Jakub Wawrzyniak

Hi James, I believe the magic number is 3.

332

Car number 3. Both Videos look amazing fun!

333

You were about to get into car number 3 James. I'd love a go on one of these sims, just to get an idea of how much difference there is between someone who knows they can drive a fast car fast, and someone that thinks they can. Thanks for the opportunity.

334

N0 3

336

Race number 3

337

Hi James,

The answer is 3

Thanks!

Adam

338

Competition answer: number 3.

340

single seater number 3.

341
Bartosz Orłowski

Number of the car - 3

342

My answer is number 3 James. Fingers crossed! Thank you for such a wonderful opportunity yet again! 🙂

343

no 3 .... fingers crossed!

345

3

346

3 is hopefully the magic number:)

347

number 3

348
Alan Perestrello

3

349

Hi James

Race car no. 3

thanks

350

The car you were about to climb into was the orange number 3 car.

351

3 is the race number of the single seater that James is about to get into!

352

I belive that you were about to hop into car #3

355

Hi James!

Great competition!

Number three.

356

James, Love you work....big fan.

Car number 3 and oh yes very jealous.

358

Race number is 3

359

You are about to climb into the orange car number 3. Incidentally i drove car number 12 which was blue and white when i went last year

360

Hi James,

Is it number 3 you are about to jump into?

Cheers,

Steve.

361

Hi James,

It looks like number 3.

Thanks

Nigel

362

3 (Three)

364

You are about to climb into Car # 3

367

The orange single seater you're about to have a go in is number 3

Thanks for the chance

368

Awesome. James was in Car #3.

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