Recently CarAdvice ran a competition for 20 lucky people to win a drive in the new BMW M2 at one of the world’s best racetracks – Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. Or, as it’s more simply and somewhat affectionately known, Phillip Island.
The day kicked off with an induction and the expert training required to tackle Australia’s holy grail of motoring.
Winners were then split into two groups, with 10 hitting the track and the other 10 venturing out to the wet skidpan for a timed motorkhana.
The motorkhana circuit allowed drivers to test their skills around the tight course, with patient drivers rewarded when controlling the rear-wheel drive M235i coupe.
Sloppy driving and cone killing resulted in penalties over the timed circuit. The final skill test was driving the car through a slalom into a garage, where stopping early would result in a two second penalty, while stopping late would effectively rule the driver out of the running with a four-second penalty.
Arguably, the drivers having most of the fun were busy punting the M2 and M4 around the Phillip Island track.
That group jumped behind the wheel and traded positions each lap to ensure they had the chance to drive the car at the front of the pack, following the driving instructor at speeds they were comfortable with.
The instructors weren’t hanging around, either, with participants given an opportunity to test the M2 and M4 at their limits.
We doorstopped the winners for their reactions as they hopped out of the car. It’s safe to say that everybody was blown away by the speeds they were hitting and the level of control they had over the car.
The day was topped off with hot laps in the BMW M3 with the driver instructors. The first couple of laps were dealt with at speed, while the last lap was spent predominantly sideways.
Passengers were beside themselves with excitement each time the instructors slid the M3 around the scenic turns of Phillip Island.
If reading this is the first you’ve heard about the day’s events, you probably weren’t one of our winners. But, to relive their experience, check out the full gallery of images and the video we shot on the day. And stay tuned for future competitions here at CarAdvice.
CarAdvice looks forward to bringing you more competitions like this. In the interim, check out the full image gallery by Tom Fraser.