VIDEO: Testing out the Melbourne Grand Prix circuit

Ahead of the start of the 2017 Formula One season in Melbourne this weekend, I was given the opportunity to test out the circuit for myself...in Sussex.

Lets Race, located in Horley, West Sussex, allows people to experience just what it is like to be a professional driver.

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Pictures supplied by Lets Race SUS-170325-170228001

Ten Formula One racing simulators are positioned in one room complete with cockpit and driving positions.

The sliding platform around the simulators allows you to feel what it’s like to hit speeds close to 200mph.

There are also more than 20 circuits to choose from including Monaco, Bahrain and Silverstone.

It is quite a surreal experience and also a little challenging.

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Pictures supplied by Lets Race SUS-170325-170150001

I’m not sure my fastest lap speed of one minute and 52 seconds – 30 seconds slower than the fastest – is going to worry too many Formula One drivers.

However, forcing the throttle to the floor allowing you to reach speeds of 200mph gives you quite the adrenalin rush.

If you fancy giving it a go then just make sure you hit that brake or, like me, you will be left spinning in the grass.

Before you take your seat on the grid, a helpful member of staff from Lets Race will give you some tips on how to clock up the best lap speed.

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Pictures supplied by Lets Race SUS-170325-170120001

You are then given 15 minutes to practice and get used to the track, the throttle and, most importantly, the brake.

After that, well it’s race time.

Here is your chance for bragging rights against your mates. Time to force yourself to the maximum.

Like I said before, I might not be the next Lewis Hamilton but maybe you could be?

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Pictures supplied by Lets Race SUS-170325-170247001

To find out for yourself or just to get some more information, please visit www.letsrace.co.uk.

Video by Alex Jenkins.

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