Motoring with Lady Strakes Column: Why Simply Race is the number 1 simulation centre for racing drivers

Milton Keynes petrolhead Lady Strakes has joined Celebrate:MK as our motoring columnist. She uses her first column to explain her love for Simply Race and why the Stacey Bushes venue is popular with the pro’s…

Motoring columnist Lady Strakes with Simply Race’s Michael Yau

Hello and welcome to my new column for Celebrate:MK!

My name is Serena Straker (AKA Lady Strakes) and I’ll be bringing you all the latest on what’s hot in the MK automotive sector.

Firstly, who am I? Well, I’m basically a petrolhead who regularly attends track days, car festivals and sim racing events. I’m also pursuing a club racing career as a driver in next year’s Cartek Motorsport Puma Cup.

I want to use my first column to talk to you about Simply Race, based in Stacey Bushes, which has simulator racing pods that can be used just for fun or by professional racing drivers.

It has become an invaluable tool for me to prepare for track days as the simulators allow me to practice driving on any track in the world, with any car I wish to choose.

This virtual experience accelerates track learning to improve driving style and gain speed, ready for the real thing.

Colin Turkington, the touring car champion, runs the junior driving club for all the young guns with a shot at making their talent shine. Luckily for them, Colin provides a head-start to what could be a racing career.

Michael Epps also practises there, who is a touring car driver, driving instructor and man of many talents!

I first met him at a test drive event at Biggin Hill, where the last drive available was the Fiat 124 Spider. The car wasn’t the star of the show but I’ve never giggled with excitement and nervousness as much as when I was in the passenger seat next to Michael on this test drive.

I then went to see him race for the first time in the final race of the British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch and I was in awe – he became my inspiration from his driving style.

Not only does Simply Race offer something for the individual, it’s perfect for corporate events or for groups of friends, especially on a Friday where racing is unlimited for the night.

Visit to book and use our voucher in the print magazine or quote ‘Celebrate:MK’ for 20% off in Jan & Feb!

If you would like your business to be featured in a future motoring column by Lady Strakes, drop an email to

This feature was published in the January 2020 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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