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F1’s Flying Finn Valtteri Bottas drives the PalmerSport JP-LM

Friday, July 01 2016

Formula 1 star Valtteri Bottas swapped his Williams FW38 Grand Prix car for the PalmerSport JP-LM Superride car at Bedford Autodrome recently.

The flying Finn was giving high-speed driving lessons to Sky F1 presenter Rachel Brookes, who will be making her race debut at MSV's Oulton Park circuit in July. Rachel, who will be driving a Radical racer similar to the Le Mans prototype-inspired JP-LM, then took advantage of Bedford Autodrome's ultra-safe driving environment to get to grips with the machine.

Bottas1Fresh from his sixth place finish at Baku in Azerbaijan, Valtteri reflected on the race, and his podium finish in the Canadian Grand Prix for a Sky F1 feature to be shown during the Austrian Grand Prix qualifying show from 12:00pm on Saturday 2 July. The 26-year-old then took the two-seater JP-LM for a spin with Rachel in the passenger seat. The Superride car is a more powerful, higher-downforce version of the Le Mans-style machine, which anyone can drive at PalmerSport events.

The piece will air in two parts. The Austrian GP feature will will follow Rachel's progress at an Oulton Track Day, Cadwell Park Test Day and Brands Hatch ARDS test. Part two over the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend (July 23/24) will show the action from Bedford Autodrome.

Bottas2After stepping out of the JP-LM, Valtteri was full of praise for both the car and track. "It's very nice," he said. "For the purpose of events and driving experiences it's great, there's plenty of run-off.

It's quite easy to get into, so it's very good for beginners, but even with some sections around the track you can really get a good challenge, so even for me there were some really interesting technical corners, some nice high-speed corners.

"The cars here are very good to drive, good for any kind of experience in motorsport, so I really recommend this place."

You can experience the JP-LM as part of PalmerSport, the world's best corporate driving experience, which is also available to individuals - click here for more information. You can also experience the Superride JP-LM at Brands Hatch and Oulton Park - click here for more information.