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Daily Mirror journalist samples MSV’s M3 Master experience

Tuesday, November 15 2011

Following the Daily Telegraph's Chris Knapman's turn at the wheel of a RallyMaster Peugeot recently, Daily Mirror journalist John Shaw tried his hand at performance driving with a BMW M3 at Bedford Autodrome last week.

Taking part in MSV's M3 Master experience, Shaw was strapped into BMW's legendary saloon and took to the track at the world-famous Bedford Autodrome. The specially-designed facility is the perfect environment for high-speed driving, where huge run-off areas allow drivers to control cars at the limit.  Pushing Shaw all the way was his instructor for the day, MSVR F3 Cup's driver of the year Aaron Steele, who is also part of MSV's talented line-up of driving instructors.

Taking to a wet and slippery track, Shaw was shown how to get to grips with the 420bhp M3 GTP, which has been honed by MSV Chief Executive and former F1 driver Jonathan Palmer. Steele explained the techniques essential to lapping the circuit at high speed as well as the key skills required of a racing driver.

The rear-wheel drive M3 proved to be the perfect car for the occasion, as Shaw explained: "I was surprised at how physically demanding it is to complete just one circuit," he said. "I can't imagine how the professionals do it 60 times under race conditions." However he was left in no doubt about Steele's prowess behind the wheel during a high-speed passenger lap, which completes the M3 Master experience: "when Aaron drove me around at breakneck speed, I confess I had my eyes shut for most of the time," he said. "His handling of the circuit was nothing short of complete mastery."

You can watch Shaw's experience in the video below, as well as enter a competition to win an M3 Master experience with Aaron Steele. MSV's M3 Master experience also makes the perfect Christmas present, and vouchers are available from just £99.

M3 Master

To see MSV's range of driving gifts, including M3 Master, call 0843 453 1000 or click here.