Now, it's just you and the car.
The reassuring kick when you select first gear. You wait for the lights…
One light. Pull the revs to target. 11,000 rpm. Two lights. Three lights. Stay focused on the lights. The only thing that exists is those red lights, and then…
Two-and-a-half times the force of gravity pushing you back, ripping your foot from the pedal.
Don't lose control.
Feed the throttle.
First, second… Racing, up through the gears, clipping the limiter, you hear the beep but upshift on instinct. Cars around you. Left, right. Gaps opening, gaps closing. Where do you go? What line do you take? The decisions cascade and they make or break you.
Brake. Brake as late as you dare, and thread the eye of a needle.
Every sense is alive. A flicker of movement at the corner of your vision, the tiniest vibration through the wheel or seat, the right or wrong note from the engine, the smell of tyre smoke in your nostrils. Everything is telling you what you need to do, but only a few will make the right decisions and all you can do is hope to be one of them.
It's just you and the car, and you are one.
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