MSA Team UK completes 24-hour military exercise
13 July 2010 – A group of up-and-coming British racing drivers from the MSA Academy completed a day's worth of endurance training last week as it took to Pippingford Estate in East Sussex, often used by the country's military for training purposes.
The exercises, which tested both physical and mental abilities, included the likes of an assault course, river crossing, raft and shelter building, night navigation and casualty evacuation as former Formula 1 racer and National Race Coach David Brabham joined the crew as well as National Rally Coach Mark Higgins.
“The last 24 hours have tested us all to our absolute limits of endurance,” a tired Brabham said at the end of last week. “This is all about taking the guys out of their comfort zones and putting them under enormous pressure.
“In the future they will be better able to deal with the physical and mental demands of being elite drivers and can draw on those extra reserves of willpower and determination.”
“I’m absolutely destroyed!” added British Formula 3 driver James Calado. “Completing the exercise has been a huge challenge that has definitely toughened me up mentally, which will be of real benefit to my career.
"Plus, I’ve always said that if I weren’t a racing driver I’d be in the Royal Marines, so I’ve enjoyed every minute of it - even being woken up in the middle of the night by thunder flashes!”
With the occasion having been run by VOTwo Events, your chance to see the action in video will come as the BBC includes the best moments in its Formula 1 television coverage later this year.