SPIELBERG – No Camper racing isn’t a throwback to the days of trying to get the best camp site for the weekend racing along Highway 11-17 in Northern Ontario.
Camper racing is a new sport taking charge in Europe.
What do you get when you paint a couple of caravans in Red Bull Racing colours, add your race number, hitch ’em up to a couple of Aston Martin Vanquish convertibles with tow bars and race the crap out of them around the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg? Lots of fun, mayhem and a couple of very happy drivers!
Red Bull Racing drivers, Daniel Ricciardo and Max Versteppan, took over the spectacular mountain home of the upcoming Formula One Austrian Grand Prix (7-9 July), to showcase exactly what Formula 1 drivers would do if let loose in this situation.
“I wasn’t sure if it would be very controlled and just for the ‘glamour shots’ or if we could really have some fun. Fortunately, we got to have some fun,” said Daniel. “It’s like giving a little bit of a sweet to a kid. You want more, so we just kept pushing it until we lost the caravans. He was crying with laughter and so was I.”
Max added: “We were pretty sure that we were going to crash [the caravans]. It wasn’t on purpose but then I started drifting the car a bit and I could see in the mirror that the caravan was on one wheel!”