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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 FAQs cover the questions that we are asked most often, including those related to COVID-19.

Current COVID distancing measures

Click HERE to download a summary document that details all the safety measures currently in place for trackdays. In addition, here are some frequently asked questions:

  • Can we camp?

    Overnight camping is now permitted at all MSV circuits (except Donington Park and Bedford Autodrome) the night before or nights in-between consecutive events. Toilet facilities (only) will be available overnight - no showers.

  • What changes are there for additional drivers and passengers?

    Each main driver can have up to two additional drivers and two passengers aged 14+ (16+ at Bedford Autodrome). We are not able to offer different combinations of this. Passengers must be from the same household or support bubble as the driver (unless a qualified ARDS instructor). Additional drivers will need to give the car a thorough clean during driver changeover if from different households.

    We must now be aware of all additional drivers and passengers prior to the event. If you need to add either of these after you made the booking please email us their names with your booking details so we can note them as paying on the day.

  • How does the online check-in and briefing work?

    We send a 'final instructions' email twice prior to the track day. The first one is around a week before and the second a working day before. This email will contain comprehensive information on your track day and will feature a link for online check-in and briefing.

    Each participant must check in using this link prior to attending. This involves completing an online indemnity and briefing for all drivers. You should complete the indemnity/check-in straight away. You will then need to click the same link again 24 hours prior to your track day to access the compulsory safety briefing. If you have booked other drivers and passengers you will need to forward the final joining instructions email to them so they can click the same link to register - using their own email and details. Passengers will need to complete the online check-in but not the briefing.

    Our office is open from Monday to Friday 8:30-18:00 should you need us in advance of your track day: trackdays@msv.com

  • Are spectators or helpers allowed to attend?

    All circuits are operating a 'behind closed doors' policy on trackdays, with no spectators permitted. This is necessary to limit numbers in the pit and paddock areas.

    One essential helper (over the age of 16) is allowed per main driver booked, except Bedford Autodrome where essential helpers are £10 (booked as a passenger) due to its unusual site layout.

  • Can I turn up and pay on the day?

    No - in order to comply with the circuits' COVID-secure guidelines we must be aware of all circuit participants in advance and all must register online.

  • Can I hire a helmet?

    Helmet hire is currently not available. You can purchase helmets from suppliers such as Demon Tweeks or Alex Reade.

  • Can we still purchase food and drink on site?

    Yes - our restaurants will be offering a takeaway service with a limited hot food menu and a number of additional safety measures in place. Outdoor (only) seating will be available.

    All customers are welcome to bring their own food and drink to the circuit. 

  • Is there any change in the use of garages?

    Access will be restricted to one car and two people per single garage. Garages must remain fully open at all times (to the front and rear). Additional space in the paddock will be made available to assist with venue-wide social distancing measures. 

  • What if I have to isolate?

    You must not attend an activity if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, are required to self-isolate under Government guidelines, or are subject to travel restrictions under local lockdown conditions. Please notify us via email as soon as possible to discuss re-booking arrangements.

  • Is the Reward Card scheme still running?

    Yes - but the process has changed. After completing every second track day you will need to email your booking order details to trackdays@msv.com We will then cross reference the details and reply, as soon as we can, with your unique 10% discount code. Then you can make the booking online with the discount. We are unable to apply the discount after booking.

Booking Your Track Day

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

  • What is a trackday?
    What is a trackday?

    The essence of a track day is simple. It's 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 upmost importance, so there is no close or aggressive overtaking. Passing 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 all the requirements. To guarantee your place on an event you must 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. All passengers must be 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 at most circuits. 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.
     - Motorsport UK Race Inter Club (National B) (or higher) race licence.

    N.B. Drivers aged under 18 years must book by phone and gain approval prior to the event. Drivers aged 16-18 with a senior Race Inter Club (National B) licence 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 15 to 16 with a valid Motorsport UK Race Interclub Junior (Junior National B) race Licence the additional criteria must also be met:

    • Such driver is using a junior championship vehicle
    • 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 for the event being booked

    Equipment Requirements

    All drivers and passengers must wear a suitable crash helmet (not off road/MX 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 Motorsport UK current safety and silencing regulations for track cars. All cars must have working seat belts regardless of age and fit their towing eye. 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, nor vehicles exceeding 1.85m in height. Cars using slick tyres must have an Motorsport UK/FIA 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 you can arrange your own insurance if preferred. More detail is available in the next dedicated FAQ below.

    When driving an MSV-owned vehicle on circuit, you will be required to pay up to £2,000 in respect of any damage to the vehicle regardless of fault.

  • Trackday Insurance

    Insurance isn’t compulsory for track days, but it may well be worth considering specialist cover. Incidents are exceptionally rare on track day events, however it’s unlikely they will be covered by your regular road insurance policy. Companies such as A-Plan could cover your car from as little as £95 per day and you can find out more about the policies available on their website. A-Plan along with other companies, offers yearly policies too, so there will be something to fit.

  • What happens on the day?

    A Typical day will run like this:

    Signing On (7:30-8:30)

    The registration team will check you have already completed the online check-in process and briefing before they can sign you on. Then they will check your licence is valid and issue you with a wrist band and vehicle sticker. Pre-booked instruction time slots will be arranged too. Arrive early.

     

    Noise Testing (8:00-8:30)

    At all circuits, except Donington Park, your vehicle will be subject to a static noise test. Please see the noise testing regulations to see how this is measured.

     

    Safety Briefing (8:30 - 8:45)

    There may be a supplementary briefing for novices (in addition to the online briefing) which will cover extra information to help you with your day. This will be mentioned on the final joining instructions email if relevant.

     

    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 your 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. Sessions are typically 20 minutes on rotation.

     

  • When can I cancel my booking?

    See our terms and conditions for further information. If you are eligible to cancel please email your booking details and request to trackdays@msv.com.

  • I have a credit for a cancelled event, how can I redeem this?

    Log in to the same MSVT account you used to make the original booking and start your booking as normal. At the 'checkout page' you can scroll to see your credit(s) - press redeem next to the credit(s) and they will deduct from the booking price. Check the final amount is correct before completing the card entry stage. If you need to check your credit status please log into your MSVT account and view 'credit vouchers' under the 'my account' section. There is a £20 reduction in the credit balance for each three month extension period requested. It is worth noting the new date you are booking does not need to take place prior to expiry; you must simply have used your credit to book a date.

Noise Regulations

All racing circuits have noise restrictions that must be complied with. It is extremely important that we operate within these limits so that we 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

    All our trackdays have noise restrictions. It is extremely important that circuits operate in compliance with their set limits. Anyone wishing to have their car tested can come to one of our track days and have a noise test free of charge. Please check with the circuit before coming. It takes just a few minutes for the test.

    For all circuits except Donington Park there is a static test after driver registration 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. There are many variables that will result in different readings at different circuits for the same car.

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

    Brands Hatch

    01474 872 331
    Indy Circuit (Daytime) - 105dB(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.
    GP Circuit 101dB(A) Brands Hatch also has a 92dB(A) drive-by limit which is measured at a distance of 20m.
     

    Oulton Park

    01829 760 301
    All circuits - 105dB(A) Oulton Park also has a 92dB(A) drive-by limit which is measured at a distance of 20m.
     

    Cadwell Park

    01507 343 248
    All circuits - 105dB(A)
     

    Snetterton

    01507 343 248
    Daytime - 105dB(A) Evenings - 102dB(A)
    Snetterton also has a 92dB(A) drive-by limit which is measured at a distance of 20m.
     

    Bedford Autodrome

    01234 332 400
    Bedford Autodrome also has a 87.5dB(A) drive-by limit which is measured at a distance of 20m.

    Donington Park

    01332 810 048
    All circuits - 98dB(drive by only)  Please note that we run some unsilenced events. Please see the booking page of your event for details.

    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 all MSV circuits, except Cadwell Park, have a continuous automated 'drive-by' meter operating to ensure vehicles continue to adhere to the noise restriction in place. If your vehicle exceeds the drive-by limit then you will be called into the pit-lane to make changes before going back on track.

    The circuits drive by limits are: Oulton Park 92db Snetterton 92db Bedford Autodrome 87.5db Donington Park 98db (for quiet days only. Some events are unsilenced)

    There are many variables that will result in different readings at different circuits for the same car.

  • Noise limits for each circuit
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    Brands Hatch

    01474 872 331
    Indy Circuit (Daytime) - 105dB(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.
    GP Circuit 101dB(A) Brands Hatch also has a 92dB(A) drive-by limit which is measured at a distance of 20m.
     

    Oulton Park

    01829 760 301
    All circuits - 105dB(A) Oulton Park also has a 92dB(A) drive-by limit which is measured at a distance of 20m.
     

    Cadwell Park

    01507 343 248
    All circuits - 105dB(A)
     

    Snetterton

    01507 343 248
    Daytime - 105dB(A) Evenings - 102dB(A)
    Snetterton also has a 92dB(A) drive-by limit which is measured at a distance of 20m.
     

    Bedford Autodrome

    01234 332 400
    Bedford Autodrome also has a 87.5dB(A) drive-by limit which is measured at a distance of 20m.

    Donington Park

    01332 810 048
    All circuits - 98dB(drive by only)  Please note that we run some unsilenced events. Please see the booking page of your event for details.

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Other General FAQs

Generic questions that are good to get answered.

  • What are your booking terms and conditions?

    Our booking terms and conditions 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 the weather is poor?

    It is very rare that we will have to cancel an event due to adverse weather conditions. If the circuit is deemed unsafe by the event team we will delay circuit activity until it is safe to proceed. Our events do take place if it is wet. If the circuit is deemed unsafe to run without any circuit activity taking place then we will transfer your booking to a suitable alternative date or issue a credit note. 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?

    Don't 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 and sighted. Please note that you will miss out track time if you do arrive late and you will need to wait for a member of the team to be available.

    If you do not have your licence available you will need to use the online DVLA licence check service to prove you have a valid licence. You will need to go to www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence and go through the process and choose the option to share/print your licence entitlements and bring this with you along with official photo id such as a passport. We cannot verify race licences on the day.

  • What happens if I keep running off circuit?
    What happens if I keep running off circuit?

    This information applies to all our events. There are two parts. Firstly if you go off circuit or spin you must come into the pits immediately and report to the marshal. If not you will be black flagged. We need to check your car is ok before continuing, discuss your error and note your wristband number. If you go off/spin again the car may be excluded from the remainder of the day at the discretion of the Chief instructor. An out of control car puts yourself and others 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 Motorsport UK 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 in-car cameras and other equipment is safely and securely attached to the car only using mounting systems specifically designed for that purpose. Professional 'designed specifically for the purpose' suction mounts/adhesive mounts need a secondary secure fixing such as a tether. The event team do reserve the right to insist on adjustments or refuse use of the equipment if they deem it unsuitable/unsafe.

  • Can people come and watch or help me?

    All circuits are currently working behind closed doors with no spectators allowed.

    One essential helper (over the age of 16) is allowed per main driver booked, free of charge. Except Bedford Autodrome where essential helpers are £10 (booked as a passenger) due to its unusual site layout.

  • Do you have a waiting list if a track day is full?

    Yes. Go onto the booking page of your chosen track day and click the reserve button. A box will expand to reveal a reserves 'text link'. This will email reserves@msv.com with your request. If a space becomes available we will email all those that have registered to let them know a space is now available to book online. This system will run up until one working day prior to the track day.

Circuit Facilities

Circuit facilities do vary, please check the details on the relevant venue website 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 most of our events where breakfast, lunch and teas and coffees etc. are usually 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. Free in the summer and £5 off season.

    Circuit access is typically from 6:30/7:00 in the morning for day events and 15:00 for evenings.

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