AO Track Day - Bedford Autodrome on 21st November 09 (DATE CHANGED)
Held in conjunction with
Did you miss NAD this year? Here is your chance to make up for it! Track days are held at real motor racing circuits and offer the driver a chance to have fun with their cars whilst being away from the police, on-coming traffic and speed cameras. In conjunction with Autolusso, the AO team will host it's first ever track day on the 21st November 2009, for proffesionlism we have used
they will run this event for us as we have purchased half of the event!
On the day, you’ll be looked after by one of ET's experienced team of instructors and co-ordinators helping make sure you get the most out of the event. The aim is to make sure both the novice and the experienced track driver get the very most out of the day. If you are experienced, stick to the safety rules and you won’t be nannied. If you are new to track driving we’ll make sure the rules are explained and help you approach your track experience in the right manner. Along with the basic rules, every venue has it’s own additional. These will all be explained in the drivers briefing. As a general rule, track days are split into 3 sessions rotating in 20 minute slots, but not on an AO day! We are going for the
"go out whenever you want and for as long as you like"
(The exact structure of the day may change to take account of, for instance, the weather conditions.)
Book now, do not be worried about hitting something!
The track has been built on the northern section of the former site of the
Royal Aerospace Establishment, Bedford
airbase and took five years to convert to a track using the latest in track laying techniques to provide a quiet and smooth surface. It was designed to be driven by high performance road cars and as such has larger than usual run off areas and does not have sections of
safety barriers which would potentially damage a car seriously if it left the track. Because the track has no
it is not eligible to hold races there or have an area for spectators because of the inability to ensure their safetyWe have selected this track for it's run off areas as seen in this short ETCC video
(Demo video to show run off areas only - We will not be operating races as shown in this video)
X1 Car inc driver =
Additional Driver per car = £50
Additional passengers per car = £10
Click here to book and reserve your place
Need more Info? - (Taken from easytrack.co.uk website)
Is my car suitable?
Most likely yes. Almost all vehicles are welcome on trackdays just so long as they meet safety and noise emission requirements. As a general rule, you car needs be to MOT standard. Seatbelts, brakes, tyres, indicators and lights all need to have to work. Some circuits do have special rules, and one of the most common is that special track prepared cars that do not have wings over their wheels will not be allowed. Each event detail box details any restrictions.
What should I bring to an event?
The most important thing is the right attitude. You need to be aware that motoring events of this nature can be dangerous. A set of simple rules designed to keep you and others safe. If you come prepared to follow those rules, you will be fine, break them and you'll be going home early. Other than that, a suitable & safe car, correct clothing covering both arms and legs, a helmet and the all important full driving licence.
What safety clothing is required?
Helmets are compulsory for all people intending to drive or even a passenger. Easytrack may be able to hire or sell you helmets. We do recommend specialised race overalls too, but understand these are not possible for all. It is compulsory to have both your arms and legs fully covered by your clothing. You will be refused access to the track unless these rules are met.
How are cars tested for noise and will my car pass the noise tests?
The vast majority of tracks in the UK have noise limits imposed on them by their local councils. The limit is 101db for Bedfordshire. They are generally measured in the same way. A noise meter is placed at a 45 degree angle to the exhaust outlet and 50cm away. The car is then held at 3/4 of its maximum rev limit and the highest reading recorded is the cars recorded noise output for the day. If a car is over the official limit, the car will not be allowed onto the circuit. easyTRACK will have no part in this process or a say in its outcome. If you do not know what the noise output of your car is, as a general guide most standard road cars will record lower than 98db (the strictest enforced at any of the venues used by us), indeed many sports exhaust systems will also, but may reach 102-3db. However, if in doubt get the car tested prior to booking an event, you are welcome to visit any event of ours for a test. If your car is too loud for a particular track, fear not, we can hire you extra silencing equipment (subject to availability).
I've never driven on a track before and I would like some pointers, will you have instructors there?
Experienced track users who are also ARDS registered instructors oversee all easyTRACK events. These are available to give you some guidance into track driving. They won't be teaching you to be a racing driver, but they will be sharing the benefits of their racing and trackday experience. It is highly recommended that you take this option, if you are at all unfamiliar with track driving or new to a particular track.
I am concerned I will be `too slow`, and more experienced drivers will be inconsiderate.
Any driver not being "considerate" to others will be removed from the track by the attending marshals immediately. They are the ones in the wrong. Speed is not necessarily an issue. Of course an overly slow driver can cause a nuisance, which is why we select sessions partly on the grounds of people`s prior experience, type of vehicle and where they will feel most comfortable. If sessions are clearly not working out: we change them. We strive to provide a comfortable situation for newcomers and old-hats alike.
What happens if I have an accident?
Although a trackday is generally a very safe time and place to try the limits of driving, in reality accidents can and sadly do happen. It would be dishonest for us to say otherwise. We endeavour to do absolutely everything possible to ensure the safety of drivers, passengers and spectators alike. Part of this is staffing events above and beyond ATDO rules and only using fully qualified and professionally experienced people. Should the unfortunate happen, rest assured that the attending marshals and paramedics will be fully able to cope and that full and proper procedures would be followed.
If I damage my car in an accident, who will pay?
Although trackday accidents are rare, if you decide to take your car on to a track, you must be aware that you are accepting the risk. You will also be required to sign a declaration at the event. This is usual on any trackday. The circuit, easytrack or any other person or company cannot be held responsible, even if an accident is not your fault. It is becoming increasingly unlikely that your road going policy is going to cover you for a trackday so make sure you check with your insurance company first. Make sure you mention that these events are non-competitive and no racing or timing is allowed. Many companies will cover you, for a small additional premium.
I am concerned I will be `too fast`, and less experienced drivers will be annoying.
We make every effort to make all drivers feel relaxed and make sure they are alert and enjoy the day. We run NON-competitive track days. Anyone caught getting aggressive / competitive / dangerous behind the wheel will be removed from the circuit. Having said that we can usually segregate at least 1 session per event to more experienced drivers who may be considerably quicker than the newcomers.
Can I run on slick tyres?
Yes, but they must be in good condition and you may not use them if the track isn't 100% dry.