Irizar Uk’s race meet

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In the shadow of the stands, the hybrid i4 speeds past on the track with the i6 integral in the foreground. GARETH EVANS

Gareth Evans reports on Irizar UK’s i-Drive event at Rockingham Motor Speedway, which also provided the first opportunity for many to see the firm’s i4H hybrid coach

The air was full of the distinctive and appetising smell of cooked bacon and good coffee – the presence of the butty van was a welcome addition to the impressive line-up of coaches large and small. Friends from across the coach industry caught up over refreshments as they waited for their fellow participants to sign on at Irizar UK’s i-Drive event on Wednesday (August 16) at Rockingham Motor Speedway, Corby. The Northamptonshire venue is well-known to motorsport enthusiasts – and it’s a memorable place to be even for ‘non-petrol head’ types.

The invitation-only i-Drive event offered guests the opportunity to bring their own cars for a track day, giving their machines a work-out on the complex inner circuit and up on to the banked bowl of the main circuit. Other attractions included the chance to drive high performance cars, a bike stunt show and go kart display.

The Irizar UK coach range was represented, including examples of the popular i6 and i4 and i8 Integrals.

A popular attraction was the presence of[…]

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