days are where drivers take their own cars onto the race circuit.
format is slightly different than driving
experiences where you get to drive a car that is not yours,
such as a single seater or Ferrari, but on track days you can take
your own car on and push it to it's limits like you are not legally
or safely able to do on UK public roads.
are 2 different types of track day to choose from, 'Session' Track
days or 'Open pit-lane' Track days.
Session Track days are where drivers are split into 3 groups:
Advanced - Have track day experience and are competent
Intermediate - Have some track day experience
Novice - Have no track day experience
start of a "Session" track day will involve a safety briefing
such as the racing flags and then
drivers getting split into their groups. Drivers may also receive
a number that needs to be put onto their vehicle to help with identification
of drivers and cars.
the pit lane opens you will find that it is usually the Advanced
drivers who get to go out first for their session, usually for around
20 minutes. After this they come back into the pits and the Intermediate
group go out on track, again this is for 20 minutes and they then
swap to let the novice drivers out on track for their 20 minute
session. This sequence keeps getting repeated until lunch time when
the pit lane will close and drivers will go for something to eat
and also gives the marshals a break too. After lunch it is back
into the 20 minute cycle of advanced, intermediate and novice until
the end of the session.
pit-lane' Track days
Open pit-lane track days offer drivers the most track time as
you get unlimited track time throughout the full length of the track
day. Usually the pit lane opens at 9am and closes at 5pm with a
short break for dinner.
session track days where you have to fit your driving into 20 minute
slots through out the day you get to choose when you go on track.
Taking breaks is up to you so common sense should be used to make
sure you do take periodic breaks through out the day.
Pit lane track days are usually for those who have been on track
days before, anyone who has never been on a track day might be advised
to do a session track day to begin with to get some experience in
a slightly more controlled environment.
you are going to take your car on a track day then getting track
day insurance is one thing you should consider. Most standard car
insurance policy's will not cover you for use of your car on track
View our guide about track day
insurance for more information and a huge guide on things to
check to make sure your car is going to be at it's best on your
any track day you will be required to wear a helmet. If you are
only planning on doing the odd track day very rarely then you will
be able to hire helmets from the circuit in most cases. If you are
however a regular on track days it could be worth looking at buying
your own helmet, in the long run it will save you money rather than
hiring a helmet every time. You can expect to pay around £20
to hire a helmet for a day.
is important to make sure your car and yourself are all properly
prepared when you go on a track day.
Read our guide with tips and suggested things to do for Track
a car for a Track Day
If you don't want to take your own car out onto the circuit
on a track day then you do have the option to hire a car for the
day. Be warned though that this does cost and increases the cost
of a track day quite a bit. Read more about Track
Day car hire.
racing on a track day is not permitted full stop. If you are found
or considered to be racing against others competitively then you
will be removed from the track and that will be your track day over.
may be required to produce your valid driving license if you are
going to be taking part in a track day. You should check in advance
if this is the case and make sure you have it with you.