Last Friday we gave you a sneak preview of the first images of Challenge Us if You Can No6. Filming took place in September with a Megane Renaultsport 275 Trophy-R, all in the presence of one of our fans, Stephane, who won one of the many competitions we organise at Renault Sport’s Facebook page. Find out what he made of his starring role alongside Renault driver Laurent Hurgon.
Thursday 22 August, my last day of holidays before I return to grey and gloomy Paris.
I was feeling down, until, that is, I got an email from Renault Sport’s marketing department asking me to contact them me about Challenge Us If You Can No6 (a competition I entered on Renault Sport’s Facebook page).
I rushed to the phone, and they told me I’d won. They asked me to keep two days free so I could attend the filming of the sixth instalment of the saga, which will showcase Renault Sport’s latest arrival, the Megane Renaultsport 275 Trophy-R.
As the owner of a Twingo Renaultsport and a Megane 3 Renaultsport, and a regular visitor to the World Series by Renault and the company’s other events, I couldn’t believe my luck. I was so happy and I told them I’d be there.
The big day came and I duly presented myself at Renault Sport’s headquarters in Les Ulis, near Paris, at 7 in the morning. I had no idea what was going to be happening over those next two days and I just decided to go with the flow. All the same, I couldn’t wait for it all to start.
We set off straightaway for Brienne le Château airfield and arrived at 9.30.
The Megane Renaultsport 275 Trophy-R then arrived on the scene. The man at the wheel was none other than Mr #UNDER8 himself, Laurent HURGON, Renault’s development driver and the holder of the Nürburgring’s front-wheel drive lap record with a time of 7:54.36.
The time had come, and my dream was about to begin.
I then met the film crew and the Renault Sport teams, and the roles they each had to perform were explained to me.
They asked me to get ready, which meant pulling on my overalls and my helmet and taking my place alongside Laurent HURGON.
And that was that. The engine roared into action and off we zoomed at the start of two days of high excitement and pure pleasure.
You’ll have to watch the video to find out what happened next.
The hours flew by and it was lunchtime before I knew it, with the car lift serving as a makeshift table (Don’t you just love that rally ambience?).
We set off again in the afternoon, and the shooting scenes came fast and furious. But despite the frenetic pace, everyone had a smile on their face.
The day came to an end at 9 in the evening, though I was still way up high on my cloud.
We all made our way back to the hotel for the most relaxed of evenings.
I still didn’t know the script and I had a few people teasing me about what might happen the following day. I hadn’t a clue what fate had in store for me.
Day two arrived and we met up for breakfast at 7.15 before heading for the airfield.
There was a nice surprise waiting for me, as I was invited to take to the wheel of the Trophy-R. What a buzz!
It’s a fantastic car, and in terms of feeling and performance there’s an unbelievable difference between it and the Megane 3 RS Cup 250.
When filming was over we came together for a group photo. The adventure was over, leaving me with a heavy heart. The video is now with the director for editing.
I loved every minute of it and those two days of sheer madness will stay with me forever.
I took the opportunity to thank the whole film crew and the Renault Sport team for making me feel so welcome, for their sense of fun and their professionalism.
I’d experienced a living dream and it was all down to them.
It was great to find out how a film shoot works and to have the privilege of driving the Renaultsport 275 Trophy-R, though the thing that will always stand out for me was being able to chew the fat with Laurent HURGON. I loved every minute of it, and I’d like to thank him for his patience and kindness. As he himself put it, “It was great to meet you.”
All I can say to you is to try your luck in the next challenges. You never know, you might end up enjoying an unforgettable experience too.
Check out our Challenge Us If You Can! #6 teaser.