What is a Track Day?
In simple terms: A Track Day offers you the opportunity to experience your car on a racetrack, enhance your driving ability and really get to know your own as well as your car's limits. On top of that, it's a lot of fun!
However you must remember one thing at all times: A Track Day with GP Days is not a race! Of course, we want you to drive your car fast but safety is our top priority at GP Days!
What does a typical track day with GP Days look like?
At GP Days, we want to maximise your track time while experiencing as little disruption and traffic as possible. So depending of the track and the expected number of participants, we are either running an Open Pitlane or the GP format (session based).
An Open Pitlane track day gives you maximum flexibility. There is no limit on how much you can drive and you will be able to decide when you enter and leave the track throughout the day. The only disruption you will experience is a mandatory lunch break.
Of course you can leave the track any time to take a break, adjust tyre pressures, tweak your setup as well.
This means you can decide whether you want to drive a couple of long stints, divide your day into several shorter stints, or simply ride in the passenger seat with some other participants or our GP Taxi.
Even though you could literally drive the whole day, remember that neither your car nor yourself will be able a whole day of driving. With GP Days, Open Pitlane means you theoritically get 6h to 8h of pure track time!
Session based Event
A session based Track Day will offer much more structure. The drivers will be divided into 2 - 3 groups which will drive in alternating stints between 30min and 60min long.
While surely offering less flexibility than an open pitlane Track Day, sessions ensure that you won't overdrive your car and get enough rest inbetween the driving sessions.
Depending on the track, a session based Track Day with GP Days will still give you at least between 3h to 4h of net track time! More than enough to truly enjoy your time on track!
The format and theoretical track time will always be disclosed in the track day description.
- All drivers and passengers are obliged to wear a helmet while driving on track (GP Days does not currently offer any rental helmets – However, if you don‘t have a helmet at hand for our events, let us know and we‘ll try to figure out a way!)
- GP Days allows street and non-street legal cars on track (No Open-Wheelers)
- You may use slicks as long as the track is dry
- All cars must adhere to the track’s noise-restrictions – You’ll find those in the track day description. Any breach may result in exclusion from the track day
- All cars must be equipped with a tow hook to ensure a speedy recovery in case of a technical defect
- While on track, the windows of your car shall be closed at least 80% to avoid debris distracting you while driving
- Depending on the weather conditions, your car must be equipped with a working lighting system – It’s at the sole discretion of the track marshals to require you to turn on your lights and/or check the system
- Exterior cameras are only allowed upon prior inspection by GP Days or the track marshals
- If not stated otherwise, all damages to the Armco, tirewall or other track facilities will be charged to the driver
- You may overtake on the left and right
- No matter how fast you think you are, you are required to check your mirrors frequently. If you spot a car that hasn’t been there before it’s faster than you! To facilitate an easy overtake use your indicators
- Indicate right: I’m staying on the right (Overtake left)
- Indicate left: I’m staying left (Overtake right)
- If you want to overtake, always make sure the other driver has seen you
- If you want to use the pitlane during a session, use your indicator to show others you’re leaving the track
- You are generally allowed to overtake on any part of the track, however if we or the track marshals spot you pulling of dangerous manoeuvres such as overtaking in braking zones without knowing the other driver has seen you, you may be excluded from the event
- Please approach any of the GP Days Team Members or Track Officials if you feel that another driver is endangering others
- Yellow Flag: Danger! Absolutely no overtaking. Reduce your speed immediately. A GREEN flag indicates the track is clear
- Blue Flag: Faster Car Approaching! Get ready to be overtaken and watch your mirrors!
- White Flag: Slow car on the track! A slow car such as a tow truck is on the track. Don’t take unnecessary risks and slow down!
- Red and Yellow Flag: Slippery Surface, slow down! Expect the track to be slippery, because of rain or dirt etc.
- Red Flag: Session aborted. Slow down and return to the pitlane immediately.
- Black Flag: We need to have a word. Often shown together with your grid number. Please get back to the pitlane immediately.
- Chequered Flag: End of session. Slow down, and use the last lap to cool down your car!
Behaviour in case of a technical problem or accident:
- If you have a technical problem and suspect you are leaking any fluids, get of the racing line immediately. Where possible, stop next to a marshal post to ensure a speedy recovery of your vehicle
- If you have to stop on track because of a technical problem or accident, get out of the car and behind the crash barrier as soon as possible. Don’t remain in the car!