I love track day and I always wait for it eagerly. I just cannot wait to see how my car does on the track. Unfortunately, track day enthusiasts are not many. Most drivers find the whole thing baffling with so many unanswered questions. For instance, you might be wondering what to expect on such a day, especially if it is your very first time to attempt this.
Here is everything you need to know:
Find and then book a track day
If you are sure that all you want is to get out on a track, then you need to find an organizer for track days and book a particular day. Settle for an affordable organizer who will meet your needs. Also, the organizer should strongly enhance your safety.
Choose a circuit
Be sure to find up-to-date and prominent circuits that are authentic. Beginners should choose circuit with lots of safety areas neighboring a corner or “run-off” zone. They help in cases where you make a slight mistake. These zones are relatively safe, so you can spin into them sparing you and your car a lot of damage.
Make a good timetable for your track day
Basically, track day companies vary in terms of day organization. You have to know their timetable and fit your schedule towards that. Timetables have just about the same format, which includes the following:
07:30 – Arriving at the circuit
08:00 – Signing in
08:30 – Give briefing about safety
09:00 – Sighting laps-only by some track day organizers
09:30 – Lapping time circuit accessible
12:30 – (lunch break) Chequered flag
13:30 – Circuit accessible for lapping
17:00 – The end (Chequered flag)
Noise limits for track days
You should expect a lot of noise from race and track days. Most track enthusiasts just love that noise. The noise makes me feel good and full of energy. On the contrary, people residing near track days hate the entire thing about race and track days because of the noise.
Do not hesitate to approach a track day organizer if you really want to try a track day but still hate the noise in the place. Organizers have noise limits. Some circuits have noise monitors directly attached to nearest council offices.
Sessioned & Open Pitlane track days
Only two typical formats for track days are used and this depends on the event & the organizer. Basically, sessioned tracks do the exact thing they say. The drivers and the cars are usually arranged into groups based on experience or speed. They take laps around the circuit in different sessions.
Open pitlane track days means that the pitlane is accessible to all sorts of cars the whole day. It is only closed during lunch break.
These 2 formats have their advantages and disadvantages only that the largest percentage of people goes for the open pitlane track days. Most track day organizers embrace this format too. Track day organizer calendar has details on the day`s format.
The cost of track days
The cost differs depending on the organizers. However, just like other things, what you have paid for is what you get. Cost ranges between $120 – $500. The key cost difference depends on the higher costs for circuits. If more cars are booked then the price will be favorable but fewer cars attract high costs.
Car types to expect
You might be thinking that track days are only meant for the road cars. On the contrary, race cars are included. However, misbehaving drivers are firmly and promptly dealt with.Continue reading