Few people know the roads around the German town of Trier as well as two-time world champion Walter Röhrl. When we were allowed to send a piece there with the new Porsche 911 GT3 with Touring Pack, the rally legend also received an invitation from Porsche. Of course, we didn’t let this opportunity pass us by. TopGear asked Walter Röhrl if he had any specific advice on how to drive well and fast with the new GT3 Touring. He didn’t have that, but he did have some golden tips for faster lap times in general.
Push the handlebars, don’t pull
‘In this car [de 911 GT3, red.] it’s not really necessary because the seats are good,’ said Röhrl, ‘but it’s important that you don’t pull on the steering wheel, but push as you round the bend.’ So when you make a left turn, you push the steering wheel up with your right hand. Röhrl explains that this way you automatically brace yourself in your chair and that you have a better sitting position.
This advice is especially useful if you have a car that is not necessarily made for better cornering. The seats in your mother-in-law’s Kia Picanto offer little grip, and pushing against the steering wheel helps you stay seated. The tip also applies to karting. You can suffer from acidity in your shoulders, especially during longer sessions. By not pulling the steering wheel, but pushing it, you spare your shoulders.
Don’t go into the corner too fast
Another important piece of advice that rally hero Walter Röhrl gave us is a well-known one for racing enthusiasts. “Never go into the corner too fast,” he says. If you take too much speed into the corner, you will have to wait longer before you can get back on the gas. You miss valuable acceleration time because you come out of the bend too wide.