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Car Track Days Questions Answered

Using your vehicle on circuit is subject to rules and requirements. Although there are no speed restrictions and many of the laws of the road do not apply - a racing circuit is a controlled environment and there are many elements you need to know. These FAQ's cover the questions that we are asked most often.

Booking Your Track Day

It's best not to roll up on the day without checking you tick all the required boxes.

  • What is it all about?

    What is it all about?

    The essence of a track day is simple. A non-competitive event allowing drivers to come to a race circuit and explore their car's performance in a safe, controlled and professional environment. Driver etiquette is of ultimate importance and so there is no close or aggressive overtaking. Overtaking is by invitation between corners and driving is monitored with poor or dangerous driving dealt with swiftly.

    Please read 'What do I need?' and 'What about the car?' to make sure you meet the requirements. To guarantee your place on an event you do need to book in advance.

    You can bring additional drivers and passengers to all our track days. Ideally they should be pre-booked. Groups of passengers and extra drivers must be arranged with the booking team prior to the event on the phone so we know the number of people who will be attending. Spectators are also welcome at all of our events, except events held at Bedford Autodrome. All passengers must at least 14 years of age except events held at Bedford Autodrome where the minimum age is 16.

    Instruction is available at all our events and highly recommended. This is the best investment you could ever make for going faster and safer. There are a range of instruction options to suit your budget.

    Garages can be reserved in advance for a small fee. Please see the booking
    page of your track day for further details. Any garages not reserved on the day are available free on a first come first served basis

     

  • What do I need?

    All drivers must hold one of the following licences and comply with the relevant regulations in order to take part in a track day: DVLA road licence - must be a fully unrestricted valid driving licence issued by the DVLA (or the equivalent foreign licensing authority in the driver's country of residence and be 17 years or above) with the appropriate category clearly indicated. MSA National B (or higher) race licence - must be a current MSA National B (or higher) race licence.

    N.B. Drivers aged 16-18 years must book by phone and gain approval prior to the event. Drivers in this age group with a senior National B must use a vehicle that is relevant and of similar performance to their race car which must also be approved in advance by the MSV Trackdays team. They can only drive on circuit on their own or with an ARDS Grade "A" instructor. They cannot carry general passengers. For drivers aged 16-18 with a valid MSA National B "Junior" Race Licence the additional criteria must also be met:

    • Such driver is using one of the three Junior Championship Vehicles. (Ginetta Junior, SAXMAX, Fiesta Junior)
    • Such driver has an ARDS Grade "A" instructor with them at all times when on circuit.
    • Such driver has, prior to the date of the event, provided written proof of their competence and licence, Instructor's licence details, and what car they plan on using to the MSV Trackdays team.
    • Such driver's parent or legal guardian has signed and completed the relevant section of the Registration Form on the day of the event.

    Equipment Requirements

    All drivers and passengers must wear a suitable crash helmet (not off road style motorcycle helmets) and have their legs covered at all times whilst on circuit. In the case of open top/convertible vehicles, drivers must wear a full face helmet and have arms and legs covered.

     

  • What about the car?

    What about the car?

    The Car

    In the case of road cars - the vehicle must conform to MOT minimum standards for road use or MSA current safety and silencing regulations for track cars. All cars must have working seatbelts regardless of age and fit their towing eye in the front. It must be in good condition both mechanically and bodily and suitable for its intended use on the track. It is your duty to ensure that the vehicle remains in this condition for the duration of the activity, in the interests of your safety and the safety of others at the circuit. Open wheels/single seater chassis are not permitted. Cars using slick tyres must have an MSA/FIM approved roll cage. If MSVT deem the vehicle not in keeping with the event booked it reserves the right to exclude the vehicle without refund.

    Noise Restrictions The vehicle you intend to use must conform to our noise regulations. Full details of these can be found in the FAQ Noise Regulations section. If MSV is of the opinion that any vehicle does not comply with the applicable noise restrictions, the relevant vehicle will be prevented from participating in the remainder of the event unless and until the noise emissions are addressed to bring them within the applicable limit.

    Accident Damage and Insurance

    MSV do not require you to have insurance cover in place on its track days. However, whilst track day accidents are rare, by using your car on track you do so at your own risk. It is unlikely that your normal car insurance policy will cover you for a track day, but you should check with your insurer. There are specialist insurance companies who provide track day insurance.

    When driving an MSV vehicle on circuit, you will be required to pay up to £1500 in respect of any damage to the vehicle regardless of fault.

     

  • What happens on the day?

    A Typical day will run like this:

    Signing On (7:30-8:30)

    Complete and sign the drivers indemnity form, driving licence check and allocation of instruction session if requested.

     

    Noise Testing (8:00-8:30)

    Before taking part in any track day, your vehicle is subject to a noise test. Please see the noise testing regulations to see how this is measured.

     

    Safety Briefing (8:30 - 8:45)

    This will cover everything you need to know about the day from rules of the event, through to car preparation, driving techniques, ettiquette and circuit information.

     

    Familiarisation/Sighting Laps (9:00)

    Familiarisation laps are carried out behind a pace car and give you a chance to experience each bend at a reduced speed and note the live marshal post and circuit conditions before unrestricted track time begins.

     

    Track Time Begins (9:00 - 17:00)

    Events will typically follow one of two formats with an hour break for lunch. Open Pitlane - you can go on and off circuit as you choose. Or sessions - vehicles are grouped according to the users track experience. Sessions are typically 20 minutes on rotation. It's time to put your vehicle through its paces. Warm your tyres, start off slow and build up your pace up throughout the day. There is no rush.

     

     

     

Noise Regulations

All racing circuits have noise restrictions and at MSVT we are unfortunately no exception. It is extremely important that we operate in compliance with our limits so that we also minimise any disturbance to local communities. At MSVT events the noise testing area is indicated by a tall orange flag labelled 'Noise Test'.

  • Static noise testing

    These days, all racing circuits have noise restrictions. It is extremely important that we operate in compliance with our set limits. We must act in accordance with the regulations to ensure the future of trackdays for everyone that abides by the rules. Please help us by making your vehicle as quiet as possible before taking part in any on circuit activity. Anyone wishing to have their car tested before a track day is more than welcome to come to one of our circuits during our events and have a noise test free of charge. It takes just a few minutes.

    The initial test is a static test which is carried out using a handheld meter. Each car is measured 0.5 meters away from the exhaust at a 45 degree angle when the engine is being held at ¾ of the maximum RPM. In cases where the vehicle has two separated exhausts the measurement will be taken as below from the median point between the two.


    For car track days, the noise regulations for each of the circuits are as follows:

    Brands Hatch

    Oulton Park

    Cadwell Park

    Snetterton

    Bedford Autodrome

    Indy Circuit (Daytime) - 105dB(A)

    All circuits - 105dB(A)

    All circuits - 105dB(A)

    Daytime - 105dB(A)

    All circuits - 101dB(A)

    Indy Circuit (Evening) - 102dB(A)
    Please note: we also run some events at 98dB(A).

       

    Evenings - 102dB(A)

     

     

    GP Circuit 101dB(A)

           

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Additional Information
    Factors such as air temperature and humidity can affect the level of noise that your car is producing. If you are ever within 1dB(A) of  a particular limit then we suggest that you strongly consider having your car looked at before making another booking.

     

  • Drive-By noise monitoring

    In addition to the initial static test our circuits have a continuous automated 'drive-by' meter operating to ensure vehicles continue to adhere to the noise restriction in place. 

    If the results of the drive-by monitoring show that your vehicle is exceeding the drive-by then you will be called into the pit-lane to address the noise level being generated.

    The circuits drive by limits are:

    Brands Hatch 92db. Evenings with a 98db static have a 88db drive by

    Oulton Park 92db

    Snetterton 92db

    Bedford Autodrome 87.5db

    Exhausts do get louder with age as the packing deteriorates and it may be that you need to purchase an additional silencer or have the exhaust repacked before attending another event.

     

  • Noise limits for each circuit

    Brands Hatch

    Oulton Park

    Cadwell Park

    Snetterton

    Bedford Autodrome

    Indy Circuit (Daytime) - 105dB(A)

    All circuits - 105dB(A)

    All circuits - 105dB(A)

    Daytime - 105dB(A)

    All circuits - 101dB(A)

    Indy Circuit (Evening) - 102dB(A) Please note: we also run some events at 98dB(A). These events also have an 88dB(A) drive by limit. Please see the booking page of your event for details.

       

    Evenings - 102dB(A)

     

     

    GP Circuit 101dB(A)

           

    Brands Hatch also has a 92dB(A) drive-by limit which is measured at a distance of 20m.

    Oulton Park also has a 92dB(A) drive-by limit which is measured at a distance of 20m.

     

    Snetterton also has a 92dB(A) drive-by limit which is measured at a distance of 20m.

    Bedford Autodrome also has a 87.5dB(A) drive-by limit which is measured at a distance of 20m.

    Tel: 01474 872331

    Tel: 01829 760301

    Tel: 01507 343248

    Tel: 01953 887303

    Tel: 01234 332400

    More information

     

Circuit Facilities

Circuit facilities do vary, please check the details before you travel.

  • Are all the circuits exactly the same?

    In general the services and facilities are broadly the same but there are differences. Please click the circuits page for the specific circuit details.

    There are catering facilities available at all of our events where breakfast,
    lunch and teas and coffees etc. are available.

    At some venues there are fuel pumps on site for track day use. However, at other
    circuits there are petrol stations within a close proximity of the circuit so
    please ask any member of staff for directions.

    Camping is available at most circuits the night before at a cost of £15

    Circuit access is typically from 6:30 in the morning.

     

    More information

     

Other General FAQs

Generic questions that are good to get answered.

  • What happens if the weather is poor?

    t is very rare that we will have to cancel an event due to adverse weather conditions. Usually if the weather results in the circuit being unsafe we will delay circuit activity until it is safe. Our events do take place if it is raining and it's a great opportunity to advance your wet weather skills. If the circuit is deemed unsafe to run without any circuit activity taking place then we will transfer your booking to a suitable alternative.

    Unfortunately we cannot rely on the weather forecast in most cases and the decision not to run is most frequently made on the day of the event.

     

  • What if I am late or forget my licence?

    Dont worry. Your place is safe. Should you arrive late, please report to an MSVT member of staff, where arrangements will be made for you to be individually registered, briefed and sighted. Please note that you will miss out track time if you do arrive late and you may need to wait for a member of the team.

    If you have lost your licence we can use the online DVLA service to check you are still valid. You will need to go to www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence and create a "licence check code". Once you have to code you will need to contact the office the first working day before your event. 

     

  • Is there an alternative to using my own car?

    Yes. If you would rather not use your current car then we have a fleet of the latest track spec Peugeot RCZR and 208 GTI kept at the circuits. There are several packages avalable depending on your budget. All include an in-car instructor. Alternatively we can suggest contacts for track car rental.

    More information

     

  • What are your booking terms and conditions?

    Our booking terms and condtions have a dedicated page and we have tried to look after you and use reader friendly language. Should there be sections you are unclear of, please call us before booking and we will help: 0843 453 3000

    More information

     

  • What happens if I keep running off circuit?

    What happens if I keep running off circuit?

    This information applies to both our car track days and drifting events. There are two parts to this. Firstly if you spin off. You need to come into the pits immediately and report to the marshal. If you don't you will be black flagged. We need to check your car is ok before continuing, discuss your error and note your wrist band number. If you spin again the car may be excluded from the remainder of the day at the discretion of the Chief instructor. A spinning car puts yourself and others (including the marshall's) at risk.

    The second part is putting one or more wheels off the outer 'limits of the circuit'. I.e beyond the white lines. We have the following system in place which runs hand in hand with MSA regulations:You are now permitted to drive on the track asphalt up to and including the white line, and on the full extent of any kerbs (marked red/white). However you are not permitted to put a wheel beyond the white lines or kerbs. If anyone does not comply, the following actions will be taken by the circuit:>

    1st infringement Black/white driving standards flag warning

    2nd infringement Black flag, report to control tower, final warning without penalty

    3rd infringement Black flag, 20 minute track time exclusion

    Further infringements Black flag, 20 minute track time exclusion

    Decisions by circuit staff are final with no right of appeal against any penalty or right to review evidence. If track limits regulations are abused, especially in a repeated and/or deliberate manner MSV will exclude both the car and driver individually and MSV with no refund or compensation.

    Please keep it on the black stuff.

     

  • Can I use my own onboard recording equipment

    Yes you can as long as all in-car camera or other equipment is safely and securely attached, using mounting systems specifically designed for that purpose. The event team do reserve the right to refuse use of the equipment if they deem it unsuitable.

     

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