Olly welcomed Mobil 1 The Grid to his beautiful home in Yardley Hastings, Northamptonshire today. They were there to film how he prepares for the season, and keeps fit. As running is a major part of Olly’s fitness training, he took them off to nearby Castle Ashby, in the heart of Northamptonshire, and pounded up and down the long driveway – known as The Avenue – for the benefit of the cameras.
This was followed by some ‘tracking shots’, something most drivers become skilled at. While a cameraman might risk life and limb hanging out the back of a vehicle filming racing cars on a track, this was at a bit more of a sedate pace. Did you know that Olly runs at a steady 20 km/h? Our driver for the day was none other than John Hindhaugh who volunteered for the job, and he kept cameraman Tim safe and sound.
When filming at Castle Ashby was finished, Olly’s house was turned upside down with equipment and people. Filming took place in the dining room, with lights, cameras, cables, mikes and people all vying for space. Behind Olly (unseen) was a great display of trophies, awards and prizes representing the highlights of his career including his 1991 McLaren Autosport Young Driver of the Year Award – presented to him by Ayrton Senna – the 1995 British F3 Championship trophy, three Le Mans 24 Hours GT1 winners trophies and the GT2 pole position award from Le Mans last year.