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TV weathergirl Laura Tobin enjoys sunny spell at Brands Hatch

Wednesday, October 21 2015

Breakfast TV weather reporter Laura Tobin made her track driving debut at Brands Hatch yesterday (Tuesday), when she took a lesson in how to drive like James Bond with stunt driver Ben Collins for a Good Morning Britain feature.

Ben, who is famous for his role as Top Gear's Stig, is also known for his stunt driving, which includes recent Bond movies. Taking to the wheel of an Aston Martin Vanquish, he demonstrated some of the techniques of performance driving before swapping seats with Laura.

"It was incredible," Laura said. "It was my first time in a fast car going round a track with a racing driver. Each time I learnt more about the bends, braking, having confidence accelerating, so I think I have a need for speed now."

Bond1Laura was also highly impressed by the challenge offered by the Brands Hatch Indy circuit: "You've got the freedom here to go and do whatever you want and actually you can't be fearful; you have to just go for it, and although I've never driven faster in my life, I've never felt safer."

Ben, who combines stunt driving with racing sportscars, added: "Laura was brilliant. To jump from a Skoda [Laura's daily drive] into an Aston Martin with 575 horsepower is quite a bit of an ask, but she took to it really well, we got some good speeds up and she was doing things in the right order that you would expect of a budding racing driver, so good on her.

Bond2"I still regularly go out on track, I was racing in the World Endurance Championship last year, but you cannot top a circuit like Brands Hatch, it's one of the best in the world. It's got all the character of an old school circuit and even the Indy track, which is short but what you get in that space is incredible; uphill and down dale throughout the course, especially the famous Paddock Hill. I love coming here, and I've always loved it since I raced in Formula 3 and got a pole position here on the Grand Prix circuit, so it's a fantastic place to come to."

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