The Ultimate Guide for Track Day Virgins
Youíve decided that you might want to have a go at taking your car on track, but you donít even know where to start. Well fear not, as we are here to help. Read our ultimate guide for track day virgins and youíll be raring to go.
Choosing the Day
Perhaps you already have one in mind, and perhaps you donít, but doing your research into which track day is the best will mean that the day will run smoothly. It is well worth booking tuition sessions or a track day for novices to boost your confidence.
There are many things that you could bring on a track day, but making sure that you have these essentials will mean that you have everything you need to have a great day.
Helmet Ė Whilst you may be able to rent a helmet on the day (and if this is your plan then you should check first), it is well worth the investment to buy one that fits you properly. Not only will you not be worrying about the residue from someone elseís sweaty head, but it will be safer for you.
Driving Gear Ė Some tracks may ask you to wear specific clothing, but if in doubt you should wear long sleeves and long trousers, making sure that your arms and legs are covered. You could also wear proper driving shoes and gloves, but this is down to personal preference.
Driving Licence Ė Youíre likely to need to show both parts of your driving licence, so itís a good idea to have them both before you book a day at the track.
Track Day Insurance Ė This is important to check because most car insurance providers do not cover track days. You can buy specific track day insurance to cover that particular day.
Ready Your Car Ė You need to make sure that your car is up to the challenge. Check the oil and the coolant and that the wheels and brakes are in good condition. You should also check that your car meets the noise restrictions of the track too.
On The Day
Make sure you have everything you need with regards to your own safety (i.e. helmet), your car (i.e. toolkit) and your comfort (something to eat, drink, money, etc). Fill up with fuel before you get there.
Itís always a good idea to get there early, especially if youíre a newbie. This gives you plenty of time to sign in and show your driving licence, and get your noise tested. Then head along to the briefing, where it is important to pay attention! Then are the sighting laps, where you learn where the pit stops and the marshal posts are.
Remember to have fun, to be safe and that it is not a race. Donít let your ego get bruised by a faster driver- because there will be one!
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