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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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Awesome. James was in Car #3.


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

Thanks for the chance


You are about to climb into Car # 3


Number 3


3 (Three)


Hi James,

It looks like number 3.




Hi James,

Is it number 3 you are about to jump into?




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


Race number is 3


No. 3


James, Love you work….big fan.

Car number 3 and oh yes very jealous.


Hi James!

Great competition!

Number three.


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


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


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


Hi James

Race car no. 3


Alan Perestrello



number 3


3 is hopefully the magic number:)



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