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Get strapped into an open cockpit with legs stretched out into the nose of the car, the steering wheel in front and the gearstick between your legs. Only a couple of inches off the ground, feel every bump and vibration and fight not to oversteer, as the super-responsive car reacts to every tiny adjustment. This is driving at its limits, as done by the professionals. Start with a safety briefing about high-speed driving. At selected locations warm up with a session in a race-prepared sports saloon or sports car with the instructor, to learn the racing line and hone a circuit driving technique. Then strap in to the single-seater, driving solo, putting the theory into practice.
Most circuits operate at weekends and on selected weekdays. Weekends are always busy; please allow several weeks advance booking notice.
You need a full manual driving licence (bring it with you on the day). Restrictions vary according to venue but as a guide the maximum weight is between 16 and 18 stone, minimum height is 5'1'' to 5'2'' and maximum is 6'2'' to 6'5''.
Motor racing may be cancelled or curtailed in extreme weather conditions (like snow, ice or severe rain) which would make driving at speed dangerous. Give the venue a ring if you're in any doubt.
Sessions vary from circuit to circuit, but as a guide your experience will last for one to two hours including briefing, tuition, driving time and a debrief.
The number of participants varies; as a guide there will be around 20 people taking part, sharing six cars.
Spectators are welcome, get them to bring a camera. Spectator facilities vary from circuit to circuit but are generally very good. Pets are not allowed at any circuit.
Wear trousers, a long-sleeved shirt and slim, flat-soled shoes, as the pedals in these cars are close together. Don't wear nylon. A helmet will be provided or you can bring your own if you have one (it will be safety checked before driving).
Everything on time. Good briefing (if you aren't mechanically minded you could have been a little fazed). Superb time on track - no hassle. Gears a bit sticky but overall a great experience. Would recommend it to friends and family.
The experience was exactly as advertised, all the staff were really helpful and the single seaters were seriously fast. Great way to spend a few hours.
I had a great day, enjoying the new experience of driving a racing car for the first time. Everything was on time and there was not much waiting around. The staff were very friendly and helpful. There were not too many other cars on the track at the same time which you had to be aware of or which you had to overtake as they were slower. 4 laps pass fairly quickly.
Well organised, friendly staff, good mix of driving experience. Just what it said on the tin!
Everyone was made very wellcome and were allowed full access to briefing and pit lane. The staff and instructors were very professional and gave you the confidence to have a go at driving very fast cars at high speed. Great day out everyone enjoyed it especialy ME.
The cars are well maintained and the safety briefing is not overly long and you are pretty much left to your own devices. You are normally in groups of threes following a pace car which slowly increases the speed as the laps increase. I would thoroughly recommend the Donnington Circuit as it is the only one I found where you can race round the circuit proper rather than a secondary smaller track. The only small criticism, if there was one, was that the laps were not timed so if you want to go up agaist a friend make sure they time you and then vice versa. Overall I was smiling in the confines of my helmet from the first lap!
From booking in right to the end the day was very well organised. You were told everything you needed to know before you were let into the car. Once out on the track the fun started the feeling of the cars power was immense. The handling was spot on, it gave you confidence to floor the pedal and go flat out just easing a little into the corners. Being at Donnington made it special because it is a fast circuit with some great corners and chicanes to negotiate. The time literally flew by and when i saw the checkered flag i was a little bit saddened at having to give the car back as i was having a great drive. All in all a superb day thanks to the crew and a big thanks to my sons for booking me the experience. I shall be doing it again but maybe extend the drive so as to have more fun. Cheers to all at Donnington for making it a day to remember and making a few of my friends jealous .
Having been a motor racing fan all of my life, driving a single seater on the track was something that I had always wanted to do - but never quite got round to! Years passed and suddenly I realised I might be too old. My son remembered my dream and bought me a Red Letter Day gift voucher for my 70th birthday. Too old? Do not believe it! I went to Thruxton and had an absolutely fantastic day out. I was a little apprehensive but the staff and instructors all put me at my ease. More difficult to drive on a track than I would have believed but the single seater drive was terrific. Additional laps were available and I would recommend taking another 5 laps (more if you can afford it!) as you are better able to appreciate the speeds at which you can ago (and still not fall off the track!!). The hardest part was getting out of the cockpit at the end of the experience - my legs no longer seemed to operate properly. I intend to go again (and again!). Lots of memories. Best wishes John
Absolutly fantastic from start to finish - thanks to all involved, a great day
I did wonder, when I arrived, whether I'd done the right thing by asking for this as a 50th birthday present - after the briefing (and being the only girl there) I was a bit scared! However, once in the car and on the track it was a truly fantastic experience - it didn't matter that I wasn't going as fast as the lads, the team at Donington Park made you feel really relaxed and wanted you to enjoy the experience without any pressure. I would recommend this to any boys who love their toys and to any speed queens.
I've always wanted to experience a real drivers car, and this certainly didn't disappoint. I would recommend this to anyone.
The tuition recieved from the instructors there was excellent. You get taken round in a Mazda 3 to show you the lines, then get to drive a porsche cayman for a few practice laps, before they kit you out and put you into the single seaters for some laps. You are not alone on the track, so there is an opportunity for some real fun.
A good afternoon out. The Saloon car introduction round the circuit was probably the hi light of the whole experience.The instructor, whilst in the Saloon car, give me the confidence to enjoy the rest of it; which I did.
My husband loved the single seater driving experience even if he did spin off the track at one point! Lots if waiting around for the family though next time he would go with a mate.
I had a wonderful thrilling Red Letter Day. The instructors where very good and helpful. The cars were well looked after and perfect driving conditions. Thank you Red Letter Days
Enjoyed every minute, and everyone was very helpful and friendly. The briefing was really helpful and educational! Now I will watch Formula 1 with a great deal more interest ... and respect.
The day was professionally organised from start to finish. From the first friendly welcome, through professional guidance and tuition to helpful reviewing of the day and super photographs to record the days events. The site was very accessible to accompanying family and they too were made to feel welcome and not a nuisance - even being invited to attend the drivers briefing. We will be back soon.
Couldn't have been happier with the whole experience in every aspect. Many Thanks.
I chose Thruxton as it is the fastest circuit in the UK and I liked the selection of vehicles that we got to drive. The instructors were very helpful and the track had been set-up with helpful markers to aid our breaking and to keep to the racing line. The single seaters were the best part of the day though - I could have spent all afternoon on the track! On our day, Tiff Needell was also at the circuit and you could purchase his time to take you round the track. I couldn't afford it, but as part of the experience package, I got to have a flying lap with a Dutch rally driver which was a lot of fun! There were also many other super cars on display which you could purchase race laps in if you wished. All-in-all, a very enjoyable day and I have some professional photos as a souvenir of my time on the track. I look forward to my next birthday surprise.
Thruxton venue was excellent, friendly and well organised.
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