If you’ve never experienced a trackday before, it’s time to get a date in your diary right now. Plan it into your budget, and make time for a brilliant day of speed! A trackday is simple. You take your car (or borrow a sports car), and throw it around a real track for a morning. For a few hours, you can pretend you’re Sebastian Vettel, and race against other petrolheads.
The thrill and excitement is like nothing else. There’s a friendly, but exciting, atmosphere, and you’re free to let the inner speed-demon loose. It’s something that everyone should try at least once, just to experience the rush! Convinced? You should be. Here’s what you need to know before you hit the track.
It is possible to turn up on the day, and book your place on the track. However, we tend to advise booking in advance. It gives you the time to get together all the essential preparation. You’ll need your driving license, a helmet, a tyre pressure gauge, and windscreen cleaner. We also suggest taking some cash for food and supplies. Fill the tank up to the brim, and make sure you bring a change of clothes (it gets hot out there!)
Ready your car
We’re not going to lie, your car will take a bit of a beating. So, if you’re driving an old banger, it might just push it over the edge! If you drive a modern, reliable car, you’ll be fine. However, there are few checks you ought to consider before hitting the track. Make sure the fluids are topped up fully (including plenty of windscreen washer fluid). We strongly suggest changing the tyres before you race. Tip: the Hankook ventus prime 2 K115 are particularly great, especially if the track is a little wet. It’s not uncommon to burn through a set of tyres in one day, so come prepared.
Listen carefully to the rules and safety regulations
Although this is a fun day out, there are strict safety rules in place. And, they exist for a reason. Racing is a lot fun, but you don’t need us to tell you that it’s dangerous. Before you’re let loose on the track, you’ll go through a long safety briefing. Take note of what the experts are telling you. Remember, they won’t hesitate to pull you off if you breach the rules. Have fun, but stay safe.
Check your car before driving away
At the end of the session, take a good, long look at your vehicle. Driving hard and fast is bound to take a toll on your car, so look for signs of damage. Check the tyre tread is above the legal limit (1.6mm), and check the pressure before leaving. Test the brakes and steering, before topping up the fluids if necessary. Essentially, make sure your car is legal before driving away.
If you follow these rules, you’ll have a lot of fun. Remember to enjoy it, ease into the experience, and put your foot down! Have you got any questions about trackdays or racing? Let us know in the comments.