Now there’s the triple bend on the left, so I switch to fifth gear. It’s one of the nastiest corners in Oschersleben. While racing I’ve flown out of this bend in the past. So I switch down to fourth gear and put my foot down again. The Polo copes wonderfully with this. This is where the Dynamic Chassis Control chassis really comes in handy as it doesn’t tip or rock at all. I’m impressed! Hard right again, then full throttle, third gear, fourth gear.
Then into the chicane, things hot up as we tackle a tough, fast change of direction – right, left – hard over the kerbs. I feel the harsh impacts in the car, but it is staying on course. As I exit, I drive up to the green marking behind the kerbs. These aren’t just randomly placed here. To take the racing line you must use every centimetre of the track. Now, on the back straight, I have to rapidly switch into fifth gear, top speed 111 mph – crazy! Almost as fast as racing! Thanks to the seven-gear dual-clutch transmission and with the help of the paddle shifters on the steering wheel, this takes fractions of a second. Then the starting line and finishing line, accelerate, third, fourth, fifth – and finish! Wow!
I drive another circuit to see whether I can take the chicane a bit more softly this time. The Sports Performance Pack is heaps of fun. The fact that the steering reacts so fast and the car doesn’t fly out of the bend is partly due to the additional valve in the shock absorbers that closes when the Sport button is pushed. This further reduces the wobbling in the bends and makes it as fun as driving a race car.