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Now you should be excited about getting on track! For some it can be easy to forget that it’s just about enjoying yourself. Don’t take it too seriously or feel some kind of pressure to be an accomplished circuit driver in a day. Take it all in and enjoy. Understand that many drivers will be nervous and you will need to make allowances for this and be patient. There is no rush, no winners, trophies or talent scouts.

The full safety briefing can be a lot to take in and so below are some key parts that are useful to know in advance along with some explanation. Please feel free to call or email us during the week with any queries you may have. 0343 4533000 or trackdays@msv.com. These details will provide you with the information that you need to have a safe and enjoyable day. Its best to have a run through the essentials below so you don't get caught out by something you haven't thought of. Shortly before your event you will receive a secondary 'final instructions' email with finer detail including garage allocation (if applicable) - unless you have booked very last minute.

At the circuit any of the event team will be happy to assist if you get stuck on what to do next and where to go. The 'On the day' section will give you an overview of how things run. If you have a question that we haven't covered on our T&C's or full FAQ's then please call us on: 0343 453 3000 (normal landline rate). Asking on the day may be too late.

I have Booked A Track Day

A final joining instructions email will be sent, to the email address used to make the booking, twice prior to the event. First a week prior and then again a day or two before the track day. Check your spam/junk email folder if you haven't received it. This email is essential. The person that made the booking must forward this email to all drivers and passengers included on their booking.

This FAQ section will cover the essentials you need to know in order to take part in your track day. More information is available in our full FAQ section. 

Click HERE to download a summary document that details all our safety measures currently in place for trackdays.

  • On track

    Track Notes

    • On entering the circuit from the pit lane please keep to the right hand side and do not move over until the circuit behind you is clear. When pulling off circuit into the pit lane, use your indicator and stay right early to allow following cars a clear route passed.
    • Use the first few laps to build your pace, warm up your tyres and familiarise yourself with the conditions.
    • Consider other drivers - Leave plenty of space when you overtake other cars. Allow faster drivers past easily by 'lifting off' (do not brake) with indication and slow move to the right.
    • Overtaking is only on the left and the other vehicle is consenting. Do not overtake under brakes or through the corners. The consenting car should make a clear move to the right and ease off the throttle. Powerful cars will need to lift more to give the less powerful but faster car good opportunity to pass comfortably. Being overtaken is ok and a very regular part of track days that you need to get used to - don’t resist. Easy smooth overtaking will avoid ‘bunching’ of cars.
    • Driving standards and tyre noise. Any driver generating excessive, unnecessary or constant tyre squeal or is deemed to be driving in a manner considered unsuitable or to endanger themselves or other track users will be black flagged, removed from the track and given a final warning. If the driver continues to give cause for concern a second black flag will be given and the driver denied access to the track for the rest of the day. Deliberate power slides will be dealt with in exactly the same way. The event team reserve the right to exclude the driver immediately if the situation demands it.
    • If your car breaks down please pop your hand up to signal you are unable to restart. If involved in an incident do not leave your vehicle (unless on fire - move to a safe position behind the barriers). Keep your helmet on. If you see an incident, do not stop unless it is unsafe to continue.
    • Anyone who ignores red flags or the direction of marshals will be asked to leave the venue - the marshals are there for you safety.
    • Do short 15-20 min sessions. After this point everything starts to overheat. Build your pace as the laps tick by. Keep your adrenalin in-check at all times.
    • The medical/safety car has a paramedic on board and can join the circuit via emergency access points. Please be aware that these vehicles have the right of way on the circuit and will overtake on the left so please move over to the right.
    • Talk to people around you that you don’t know – it’s a good thing, the atmosphere is great – tap into it.

    On a track day we use certain flags and lights to signal to all drivers. When you are on your sighting laps please familiarise yourself with the position of the live marshal posts and light positions. The following are the types of flags you will see:

    • Green - indicates live marshal points during the sighting laps.
    • Yellow - Minor incident at that part of the circuit. No overtaking, 30% reduction in speed. It is likely a car is rejoining.
    • Red - Major incident somewhere around circuit. No overtaking anywhere on circuit. 50% reduction in speed. Come into the pit lane immediately. It is likely a car has stopped in a dangerous position.
    • Blue - Reminding a slower car that a faster car is waiting to pass and will need to consent.
    • Yellow & Red Striped - slippery surface or debris at that part of the circuit. Adjust your line or speed accordingly.
    • Black - There is either a mechanical problem with your vehicle, your have failed the drive-by noise test or we need to discuss an aspect of your driving. Please return to the pits immediately and report to a pit lane marshal.
    • Half black and half white – Indicates to a specific car they have exceeded track limits. Multiple flags will result in the black flag and loss of track time.
    • Chequered - The end of the session. Please reduce your speed and return to the pits. No overtaking is allowed during this lap.

    Pit Lane Notes

    • If you have use of a garage, please ensure you adhere to all the terms and conditions displayed therein.
    • Fire lanes must be kept clear at all times.
    • The pit lane is strictly one way, as is the track. The pit lane speed limit is 30mph.
    • Only people taking part in the current session are allowed in the pit lane.
    • It is forbidden to sit on the pit wall.
    • It is forbidden to re-fuel in the pit lane.
    • It is forbidden to smoke in the pit lane or garages.
    • Children under 16 who are not participating are not allowed in the pit lane.

    Services

    • Passengers will need to register and sign on. Please see Regulations and General Information (below) for conditions.
    • Instruction can be booked in advance, and your session will be allocated on arrival. Our professional instructors can provide you with valuable advice about circuit driving and how to get the best out of your car.
    • Most events will have professional sports photographers taking high quality pictures of everyone out on track. Details will be given out in the morning drivers briefing. They can be purchased online after the event.
  • 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 - it's best avoided and frowned upon! Very carefully re-join in the same direction of flow when traffic permits. 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 wristband 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. If broken down, stay in your car and put your hand up out the window. The circuit marshal will assume you are going to re-join if you don’t put your hand up. Breakdowns are the most frequent cause of track time loss – don’t let it be you.

    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 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 will be final and there will be no right of appeal against any penalty or right to review evidence. Furthermore if track limits regulations are abused, especially in a repeated and/or deliberate manner, then MSV reserves the right to exclude both the car and driver individually and MSV will make no refund or compensation.

    Please keep it on the black stuff.

  • Driver and passenger requirements

    Drivers

    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 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.

    Passenger Requirements

    All passengers must wear the appropriate wrist band. Only one passenger may be carried in the vehicle at any one time. Passengers under the age of 18 must have the appropriate section of the registration form signed by their parent or legal guardian. In any case the minimum age for passengers is 14 yrs except at Bedford Autodrome where the minimum age for anyone going on site is 16 yrs.

    All participants

    • All participants must wear a suitable automotive crash helmet. Participants will require a full face helmet and have arms and legs covered if you are in an open top/convertible vehicle. We recommend that helmets comply with current safety requirements of the BSI 6658-85A or BSI 6658-85A/FR, or Motorsport UK/ACU/FIM/FIA standards. In all cases, helmets must be correctly fitted and securely fastened.
    • Seat belts or harnesses must be worn at all times on the venue.
    • Arms and legs must be covered whilst on circuit.
    • If you have any problems with any other drivers on the day, please report to the event team or the Race Control Supervisor.
    • No participant shall consume or be under the influence of alcohol at any time.
    • No participant shall be under the influence of drugs / medication (prescribed or otherwise) or have any pre-existing medical condition noticeable under the appropriate Road Traffic Acts that will adversely affect his or her performance.
    • No timekeeping or pace making of any sort is allowed on the track day.
    • When driving an MSV vehicle on circuit, you will be required to pay up to £2000 in respect of any damage to the vehicle regardless of fault.
    • Each main driver can have up to two passengers and two additional drivers 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 don't but will need to give the car a thorough clean during driver changeover.

      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 using contactless card.

  • Vehicle prep and requirements

    You should always keep your car regularly serviced and in a road/track worthy condition, but for the avoidance of doubt please note the following requirements and recommendations:

    Tyres

    Must be in good condition and check pressures. Do remember to allow your tyres a chance to warm up. Slicks are permitted on General Track Days unless otherwise stated. A Motorsport UK approved roll cage must be fitted when using slicks.

    Brakes

    In good condition and best to check them occasionally through the event.

    Suspension

    Suspension and steering parts will define how well your car handles on the track; always ensure that these components are in good condition.

    Engine

    Your engine will be under greater use than normal. Check all belts and fluid levels are correct.

    Bodywork and chassis

    All vehicles must be 'closed-wheel' for track day events. Open wheels/single seater chassis are not permitted. All cars must have working seat belts regardless of age. The bodywork and chassis should be checked and in good condition. Vehicles must not exceed 1.85M in height.

    Towing eyes

    Make sure that you know where your towing attachment is are located. Towing eyes need to be fitted prior to sighting laps.

    Items in your car

    A simple tool kit is handy to have with you but before you go on the circuit make sure that you remove everything from the car that is not firmly fixed down. Pens and soft drinks cans can become lethal projectiles. Also make sure you remove everything from the boot of the car. In some cases this also means the spare wheel (remember that MotorSport Vision cannot take responsibility for belongings).

    Lights

    Lights must be in working order. Brake lights or rain light must be on the car.

    On board 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.

    Fuel

    You must ensure that you have enough fuel at the start of each session. You are likely to use three times as much fuel as normal road driving. If you run out on track your car will be removed to a safe position. This is an unnecessary disruption for other track users too.

    Insurance

    Insurance is not compulsory and is your choice. It is unlikely that your normal car insurance policy will insure you. There are several specialist companies who provide track day insurance such as A-Plan.

  • Cancellations

    If you are unable to attend the booked track day, please email our sales team as soon as possible. In these circumstances, then, provided MSV Trackdays are notified no later than 14 days prior to the original booking date, MSVT will endeavour to reschedule your booking or provide an MSVT credit towards a later track day (subject to availability) up to the face value of the existing booking*. MSVT are unable to cancel, credit or refund bookings within 14 days of the event at the request of the customer. In most cases a name change is permissible.

    Any MSVT credit must be used within a three month period. For example, if you cancel your track day on the 1st January 2014, you must have booked an alternative date by the 1st April 2014. Any credits not used within the three month period automatically cancel.

    Any amendments/cancellations to track day bookings must be requested by emailing the MSVT team at trackdays@msv.com stating clearly the track day booking details to which the request relates too.

    Any cancellations or amendments to track day bookings requested by you will incur an administration fee of 10% or £20 which ever is the greater. All offers of credit are entirely at the discretion of MSV.

    MSVT may have to cancel a track day due to events beyond its control, for example adverse weather conditions. This will usually be in the interests of safety. Where a track day is cancelled in its entirety for such reasons, MSVT will endeavour to notify participants of the cancellation by email.

    MSVT are unable to reimburse third party costs incurred due to the cancellation and unfortunately cannot guarantee that participants will be informed of such cancellation before the date of the event. Where a track day is cancelled in its entirety for such reasons, MSVT will endeavour to offer a credit note to the value of the original booking to be used against another MSVT event within a three month period.

    *subject to administration charge.

  • Circuit Information

    Choose your circuit by clicking 'more information' below.

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  • Can people come and watch or help me?

    All circuits are currently working behind closed doors with no spectators allowed for track days. 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, free of charge. Except Bedford Autodrome where essential helpers are £10 (booked as a passenger) due to its unusual site layout.

  • Registration and Indemnities
    Registration and Indemnities

    Although we make every endeavour to ensure that risks are controlled, high speed driving is a dangerous activity and in attending the event you are choosing to accept those risks. When taking part in a track day, you do so entirely at your own risk.

    For all MSVT events on circuit you will need to complete an online check-in prior to arrival. This involves an online indemnity and briefing for all drivers. The final joining instructions email sent to you prior to the track day will contain a 'link' that takes you to the check-in and briefing. You should complete the indemnity/check-in straight away. You will need to click the same link again 24hrs 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 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: 0343 453 3000 (landline rate).

  • On the day

    Signing on

    The registration/signing on point will be indicated on your final instructions email. To sign on you will need to have already completed the online check-in and safety briefing. If not you will be sent away to complete before rejoining at the back of the queue. You must produce your valid licence at the point of registration; please note that photocopies cannot be accepted. Participants under the age of 18 will require their parent or guardian to be present, and have countersign the online check-in. Please read our 'Driver and Passenger requirements' section or call us, in advance of your booking, if unsure. During registration you will be issued with a wristband and vehicle sticker (to go, ideally high, on the front of your vehicle). Arrive early - the registration process is not quick and you will miss track time if you all turn up at the end of registration period!

    Noise Testing
    At all circuits, except Donington Park, vehicles must be static noise tested before taking part in any on track activity. The noise test area will be indicated on your final joining instructions email, plus often on the day by a tall orange flag labelled 'Noise Testing'. The noise limit for your event is indicated on the individual event page. Please see the Noise Limits section for further details.

    Sighting Laps
    After registration and noise testing you will be needed for the compulsory sighting laps. All drivers must complete sighting laps prior to track activity. These are an opportunity for you to familiarise yourself with the the circuit and view circuit conditions at a reduced pace.

    If the day is in 'sessions' rather than open pitlane then the colour of your vehicle sticker will indicate the group you are in. The group running order will be confirmed in your final joining instructions email or registration. During the day your group will be called by tannoy. Often the noise of engines and people can muffle the tannoy volume so keep half an eye on what’s on track.

    Photography
    Most events will have professional sports photographers taking high quality pictures of everyone out on track. Details will be given out in the morning drivers briefing. They can be purchased online after the event.

  • Can I hire a helmet?

    Helmet hire is currently not available. You can purchase helmets from stores such as Demon Tweeks. You must bring your own.

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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