Fanging the TT-S around Pukekohe

Fanging the TT-S around Pukekohe

Winter is a bit hit and miss with the weather and consequently, after doing probably more than 200 laps around Pukekohe, this was my first wet session on the Southern Hemisphere’s fastest track. I had a pretty sweet car to ‘circulate’ in as well: Audi’s brand spankers TT-S. 0-100 in 5.2 seconds, four-wheel drive, and a seven-speed DSG (oops, S tronic) gearbox courtesy of parent company Volkswagen sounds pretty appealing, and so it was that I took the passenger seat for a couple of familiarisation laps with racing driver Jody Vincent. Then it was my turn to press the pedal to the metal and challenge the ESP through the corners.

Four laps isn’t enough to get comfortable with fanging $100+k of vehicle in the wet with the barriers so close without being a racing driver myself – the last time I thrashed around Pukekohe in anger was a few years ago. Still, the TT-S hit nearly 220kph by the end of the back straight – not bad. But, driving at 220kph at Pukekohe never seems quick because it’s so wide and open. Driving the winding roads around Bombay and Buckland in the manual TT-S at 100kph was just as much fun, if not more!

Winter is a bit hit and miss with the weather and consequently, after doing probably more than 200 laps around Pukekohe, this was my first wet session on the Southern Hemisphere’s fastest track. I had a pretty sweet car to ‘circulate’ in as well: Audi’s brand spankers TT-S. 0-100 in 5.2 seconds, four-wheel drive, and a seven-speed DSG (oops, S tronic) gearbox courtesy of parent company Volkswagen sounds pretty appealing, and so it was that I took the passenger seat for a couple of familiarisation laps with racing driver Jody Vincent. Then it was my turn to press the pedal to the metal and challenge the ESP through the corners.

Four laps isn’t enough to get comfortable with fanging $100+k of vehicle in the wet with the barriers so close without being a racing driver myself – the last time I thrashed around Pukekohe in anger was a few years ago. Still, the TT-S hit nearly 220kph by the end of the back straight – not bad. But, driving at 220kph at Pukekohe never seems quick because it’s so wide and open. Driving the winding roads around Bombay and Buckland in the manual TT-S at 100kph was just as much fun, if not more!

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