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He can't wait to get in
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That's a lot of smoke, Ben

WRX Experience

Thursday, January 9, 2003
We let Ben loose in a rally car and it seems he's learning to drive sideways … Look out!

Simon Elliott might be the only person in Australia who encourages people to hop into one of his Subaru WRXs and give it a bit of a hammering.

He runs driving courses and chose the WRX because of its extreme strength and because it was designed as a rally car. The cars have not been modified and are fitted with standard tyres.

Simon and his father built a 1.2 kilometre track about halfway between Brisbane and Surfers Paradise. It has been cleared of natural obstacles and spectators must stand behind a metal barrier in a clearly demarcated area. Drivers get the big buzz drifting and gliding their way around the gravel circuit and no-one's yet to leave WRX Experience not wearing a big grin.

Simon's courses are for anyone with a valid driver's licence. A full four-point racing harness must be worn, as well as closed shoes, at least a T-shirt and hat and sunglasses are recommended.

There is fun to be had as well as learning a lot. Instructors constantly assess the progress of students, with a high emphasis placed on safety. In the case of heavy rain, courses are cancelled as the clay content of the track can become very slippery. Light showers don't create a problem.

A WRX Experience includes public liability insurance, registration and driver briefing, in-car circuit awareness with instructor, two solo driving sessions with instructor, a final session of timed and assessed laps, a completion certificate and Driver of the Day presentation. There is a smaller 10 lap session, and if you would like to experience the full adrenalin rush, try Hot Laps, where the instructor takes you on three wild laps of the track.


Alberton, 35 minutes south of Brisbane.


A WRX Experience four-hour course costs $325 per person. They operate daily, year round.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.

More information

WRX Experience
Box 1465 PO
Oxenford 4210
Ph: 1300 550 979

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