A classic AUTOSPORT Christmas track test
Allan McNish swapped his Audi Le Mans challenger for a test in a P1 Powerboat. AUTOSPORT relives the Scotsman's experience
My phone chirrups – it's a text from AUTOSPORT Towers. It reads: 'Do you like water?' Hmmm, this sounds suspiciously familiar to the similarly cryptic 'do you like sand?' message that led to me driving a Volkswagen Touareg Cross Country Rally Raid car for a track test last year. That was fun. But water? The last boat I'd been offered to drive was the Stranraer-Larne ferry in 1983 when I was 13. My mum didn't quite share my enthusiasm at the prospect of having a go. This time, I type 'tell me more' by way of a somewhat non-committal reply.
A week later and I'm in Southampton's ocean marina, gazing at a UIM Powerboat P1 Supersport World Championship contender bobbing up and down on the water. And guess what? I'm in the driving seat next. I don't know whether to be scared or excited – I think I'm a bit of both – even more so for one very good reason: I don't swim very well.
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