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July 24, 2017, 04:43:57 PM »
Hi all,

I will be looking to do a track day or two next year, I haven't been on a track day as of yet, I was planning to do one in a previous car (mx-engineinwrongplace ) but found that trackday costs were quite high considering the car I had cost me about £500, my MR2 isn't exactly expensive either and was rather concerned when some track days were £400.

Just wondering which tracks might be good to start, I live in Bedford and I know there is a track close as well, how much should I budget for the track day entrance, aware that its probably going to cost me a set of tyres and brake pads not to mention fuel and oil etc.

For me I would be looking to try a few track days to find the limits of the car in a fairly safe environment - best to do it on a wide track with run off than come unstuck on the road!

Open to suggestions on this  s:) :) s:)
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Re: Getting into track days
July 24, 2017, 07:09:02 PM »
Bedford Autodrome would seem the obvious choice. They do evening sessions for £99 (5pm-8pm). These cars don't destroy tyres, no reason why they can't last a few trackdays. It's heavier more powerful cars that destroy tyres - or brakes. My car has done 2 trackdays and 300 miles on the Nurburgring on it's current brakes and tyres, plus 6k road miles and I'd estimate that the tyres are half worn and the brakes less than that. Engine blow ups, however, don't come cheap  s:( :( s:(

I've done quite a few track days in the past but found bedford good humoured, well run, and ego-free which was pleasant. Trackdays tends to be that way in my experience.
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July 24, 2017, 09:11:16 PM »
Bedfords great for beginners. Long runoffs sono chance of hitting anything.
In the off seasons you can get a whole day there for around the £100 mark but in the spring summer expect it to double or more.

You shouldn't go through a set of pads every trackday. Especially if the cars mostly stock
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Re: Getting into track days
July 25, 2017, 07:49:36 AM »
Thanks for the help guys, will look to book some time soon, might actually be better if I went when it was wet anyway!
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Re: Getting into track days
July 25, 2017, 12:54:58 PM »
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Bedfords great for beginners. Long runoffs sono chance of hitting anything.

In a couple of places the barriers are closer, but I agree on the whole there is plenty of run off. Bedford is a good track, proper surfaces and a decent layout, although to be fair it's a bit fast for the MR2 in stock form... but Mitch it'd be an interesting track to see how your times progress as you go through the various levels of modification that you plan, and being so close is be rude to not go for the odd blast!
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July 25, 2017, 01:32:34 PM »
Agreed the back straight is quite long and close to the barrier but most of the technical parts have runoff
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July 25, 2017, 04:35:09 PM »
You'd really have to be trying. In our drivers briefing they said that they stopped staying it's impossible to hit a barrier because a Porsche turbo had managed it.... But it's basically impossible.
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July 25, 2017, 04:55:50 PM »
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Agreed the back straight is quite long and close to the barrier but most of the technical parts have runoff
Indeed mate, that is true, my bro threw our 200sx off at the fast sweepers at about 100 in the wet and we just slid onto the grass no harm done.

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You'd really have to be trying. In our drivers briefing they said that they stopped staying it's impossible to hit a barrier because a Porsche turbo had managed it.... But it's basically impossible.
Yes you're right, trying way harder then Mitch should do on his first track day!! It is a really good venue, well worth a visit even if you are further away.
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July 25, 2017, 05:12:10 PM »
Group booking one weekend maybe?
Not easy I know but we managed it with car limits.
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Re: Getting into track days
July 25, 2017, 08:03:43 PM »
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Group booking one weekend maybe?
Not easy I know but we managed it with car limits.

That sounds like a very good idea. Or car limits.
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July 25, 2017, 08:05:49 PM »
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Group booking one weekend maybe?
Not easy I know but we managed it with car limits.

That sounds like a very good idea. Or car limits.

You volunteering to sort it out?
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July 25, 2017, 08:22:58 PM »
Wish I had the time! Judging by your 147 posts today you are bored with nothing to do, and you have the expertise on these sorts of things!
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July 25, 2017, 09:09:05 PM »
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Wish I had the time! Judging by your 147 posts today you are bored with nothing to do, and you have the expertise on these sorts of things!

Back to work tomorrow
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July 25, 2017, 09:26:16 PM »
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Wish I had the time! Judging by your 147 posts today you are bored with nothing to do, and you have the expertise on these sorts of things!

Back to work tomorrow

Good news. Fully recovered I hope
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July 25, 2017, 09:56:35 PM »
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Wish I had the time! Judging by your 147 posts today you are bored with nothing to do, and you have the expertise on these sorts of things!

Back to work tomorrow

Good news. Fully recovered I hope

Near enough.
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July 25, 2017, 10:23:12 PM »
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Back to work tomorrow

Good news. Fully recovered I hope

Near enough.
Good luck with that Chief, almost not worth bothering on a Wednesday... s;) ;) s;)


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July 25, 2017, 11:23:41 PM »
I'm up for evening or weekend, of anyone is looking at specific dates do post up I'll try and get along. I'm a little tight for cash this coming month but August and September onwards I should be in the clear. There seem to be plenty of us in the Bedford area so shouldn't be too difficult to meet up at the track at some point!
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July 27, 2017, 10:50:19 PM »
Abingdon is another airfield trackday circuit so flat and not a lot to hit so I understand.

Am planning to do a day there soon but next available 22nd September for £139 IIRC, clashes with other plans   s:( :( s:(  

Some venues allow you to do sampler sessions of 20 min for £30 or £40 if you don't want to commit too much cash until you know it's your thing.

Personally, I love TD'S and the little Roadster handles superb.

Just wish it was a faster one.

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July 27, 2017, 10:51:44 PM »
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I'm up for evening or weekend, of anyone is looking at specific dates do post up I'll try and get along. I'm a little tight for cash this coming month but August and September onwards I should be in the clear. There seem to be plenty of us in the Bedford area so shouldn't be too difficult to meet up at the track at some point!

I'm game for a Bedford TD.   s:D :D s:D  

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July 29, 2017, 08:42:49 AM »
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I'm game for a Bedford TD.   s:D :D s:D  

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Abingdon is OK bit not a standout track, still a fun day though. I need to ease up on the spending after doing wheels and tyres last month and MOT tax and ins this month, but after August payday I'll be good to head out to Bedford, it's as good as you'll get without heading to a proper national circuit  s:) :) s:)
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July 30, 2017, 12:14:02 AM »
Anyone know of a good track near Buxton? I'm looking for something tight and technical with a fair bit of run off because I'm fairly new to circuit driving.
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Re: Getting into track days
February 05, 2018, 07:59:50 AM »
Might look into a sampler track session, I think its something I would really enjoy doing but with my engine currently on 175k miles and seemingly using a bit of oil at higher RPMs I might wait until I get the new engine in first.

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February 09, 2018, 11:04:11 PM »
I've since done an evening TD at Brands back in Oct last year.....never again. It was chaos....open pitlane and everyone trying to cram in as much track time as possible.

Lots of bad, aggressive driving and stealing lines going into corners.

Cost about £95 quid.

In the next couple of months, you can get TD's at Cadwell, Brands and Bedford, full days with open pit for around £140....much better value.

If your car is topped up with oil and checked evry session (suggest no more than 20 min at a time) I donb't see why it would let go now, just cos it's higher mileage.

Have yet to wear out a set of brakes or replace tyres and have done about 7 or 8 full days on my AD08R's.

Nice and light these cars and very easy on consumables.

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February 12, 2018, 12:25:25 PM »
I've since done an evening TD at Brands back in Oct last year.....never again. It was chaos....open pitlane and everyone trying to cram in as much track time as possible.

Lots of bad, aggressive driving and stealing lines going into corners.

Cost about £95 quid.

In the next couple of months, you can get TD's at Cadwell, Brands and Bedford, full days with open pit for around £140....much better value.

If your car is topped up with oil and checked evry session (suggest no more than 20 min at a time) I donb't see why it would let go now, just cos it's higher mileage.

Have yet to wear out a set of brakes or replace tyres and have done about 7 or 8 full days on my AD08R's.

Nice and light these cars and very easy on consumables.

Enjoy your car.

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Thanks for the heads up, I will check the oil consumption of my engine, will look to swap out the PCV at some point soon as well which might be part of the issue, Bedford will be the closes and I guess as its not a 'track' so to speak it might be better in terms of space etc.

Will look to see what there is over the summer, I do however have a possibly leaking rear shock though so might just *NEED* to upgrade to coilovers :)

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Yes sounds terminal and with the cost of OEM parts being what they are coilovers would be the sensible option ;)
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