Track Days can be organised in different formats. I will look at the two most common ways of structuring a Track Day and give you my opinion on what I think is best!
There are almost no restrictions when it comes to entering and leaving the circuit during an Open Pitlane Track Day. You will be able to structure your day on track as you want.
Theoretically, there is no limit on how much you can drive as you will usually get between 6h to 8h of net track time. That is plenty and I definitely do not recommend trying to drive in a circle for 6h!
As you can decide how to structure your day, it is no problem to drive a couple of laps and come back in to check your tyre pressures or take a break! It is all up to you.
To make sure you have a great experience on track, most organisers – including us - implement an upper limit of cars being allowed on track simultaneously. In my experience, you will rarely come across any waiting time to get on track though.
The only time you cannot enter the track is usually during the lunch break (around 1h).
GROUPED / SESSIONED TRACK DAY
As the heading suggests, you will be allocated to a specific group for the day. Depending on the organiser, there will be around 2 – 4 groups.
Each group is assigned a specific schedule and is driving in several sessions throughout the day. Depending on the organiser and the number of groups, a session usually lasts between 20 – 45min.
Oftentimes, organisers put together the groups according to the types of vehicles used or the experience level of the drivers.
The overall track time for Grouped / Sessioned days is usually around 2h – 3h.
SO WHAT IS BEST?
I am all for Open Pitlane! That is why GP Days does not do anything else. In my opinion, there are several key advantages:
Even though Track Days often start around 7 am or 8 am, you can arrive whenever you feel like. Especially in combination with our E-Briefing, you will be ready within in minutes to get on track after you checked-in.
Grouped / Sessioned Track Days are not all bad though!
As some organisers will offer groups specifically for novices, you can get the first track-kilometres under your wheels without having to look in the mirrors to much.
Due to safety reasons, some cars – such as open-wheelers – are usually prohibited during Open Pitlane Track Days! Some organisers offer specific groups for such cars so you can get on track and have some fun!
Let me know in the comments whether you prefer the Open Pitlane or Sessioned Format!