The Newlands bought their orange GT3 RS from a friend to replace a white GT3, and since then have covered over 20,000 miles in two years blasting across Europe and sampling on-track action at a number of circuits in the process. Are we jealous? Umm...yes. Very.
You have to be committed though if you're going to rack-up the road and track miles in a GT3RS, as Jan explains. "I have to confess that we've bought a stripped-out E36 M3 as a track day toy now, because it was getting seriously expensive to keep taking the Porsche on track." How expensive, you ask? Well, a set of tyres can cost as much as £1400 and a full set of brake pads is £700. Ouch. There have been other issues too...
"Like many 997s, ours has suffered leaks from the oil seals between the engine and gearbox. The rear main seal has been replaced four times, (twice for the first owner, and twice for us) and the front main seal once. There was also a leak from the seal between the two halves of the crankcase, so the engine was removed, split, rebuilt and refitted - thankfully all under warranty. Fortunately our local Porsche dealership has a good service department with some highly experienced members of staff who really seem to know what they are doing."
The car went in for its four-year/24,000 mile major service earlier this summer, just before the couple drove down to the South of France via the Alps, Route Napoleon, and the Gorge de Verdon. Nice.
Would they think of getting rid? "Only if we needed the money for something else," Jan replies instantly. "Like a 4.0RS - if they ever drop in value!"