Could you imagine driving a racing prepared Porsche flat out through the forest, throwing caution to the wind as you throttle on harder trying to set the fastest time of the day? Well, maybe that’s not all that difficult to imagine, just take your last back-country twisty road drive, and accelerate that feeling by about 200%, and you’ve got the idea. Oh, and make the Porsche quite a bit louder. And make the road a closed course. Okay, maybe that’s a bit difficult to imagine. But would any of us shy away from the opportunity? I know I wouldn’t.
Expand your imaginations even further. Champ Ruben Zeltner flogs his 997 GT3 rally car through the forest stages with his wife in the passenger seat reading stage notes. When was the last time you were able to drive with your wife at your side without hearing “Please slow down, honey.” The Zeltners are apparently quite good in German rallyist circles, with Ruben’s wheel-man talents stretching back 35 years. I guess with a proven ability to drive like that, perhaps his wife trusts his driving ability better than my wife does mine.
Ride on board as Ruben drives and Petra calls the notes on the 2015 ADAC Rallye Sulingen Land. Their Porsche throws a nasty, yet aurally pleasant yelp against the hills and dells of the German forest. Petra’s surprisingly pleasant German pacing makes for an interesting soundtrack to the drive. Ruben’s calm, yet hurried driving borders on mesmerizing. What do you have better to do for the next 14 minutes?
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