Thundering into turn one at the deceptively named Bilster Berg Driving Resort, the 2017 AMG GT R is popping, crackling and snarling as I downshift under heavy braking before turning into the tight uphill hairpin. Following Mercedes-Benz racing legend Bernt Schneider at close quarters is illustrating two glaring points. One, I’m thankful I’m not tackling this roller coaster of a circuit for the first time without his expert guidance and two, this most hardcore GT iteration is just about too much car for this track (that has nothing in common with the word resort mind you).
Bilster Berg is more roller coaster than racetrack, such is the scope of the elevation change, the blind crests, tight hairpins and buttocks-clenching braking zones. Today, the thunder and lightening that emanates from the AMG GT R reflects the heavily greying sky, that threatens to dump rain on the circuit, making our drive experience even more terrifying than it otherwise might be.