I purchased my Lotus Exige LF1 to take part in car events but also to take on track. I had booked the Silverstone track day in March and have been really looking forward to the day.Read more
When doing a track day I turn up in my Renault Clio V6 Phase II, do the track day and drive home (hopefully). On the few track days I have done most participants do the same, with the few exceptions who bring their cars on trailers (about 10% – 15%).
Well, I turned up early at Silverstone in the new ‘Wing’ pit and parked next to an articulated lorry with ‘FF Corse – Racing with Ferrari livery’. A quick look in their pit garage showed numerous sets of tyres, computers and hospitality for their ‘Gentleman racers’. After a quick chat with the engineers it was apparent that they were taking part in the track day with 2 x F430 GT cars and a 458 GT Car. Next to them was another Ferrari team with a huge truck running a 458 GT, the other side of the pits was David Richards of Prodrive running an Aston Martin team with a massive truck, Toyota GB brought race cars and a massive truck. Then on to the ‘small’ guys with their cars in covered trailers and large transits containing various spares. Every pit garage was taken by some team or another with Lamborghini GT Cars, Porsche GT cars, open cockpit racing cars, Renault race cars. And then there was me, turned up in my Clio V6, no garage, no pit crew, no sets of tyres, no amazing tool kits, no computers, just a small bag of tools (which I probably would not know what to do with if something went wrong), a tyre pressure monitor and an electric tyre pump.