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bedford track day. whos done it?

daz-20vt May 7, 2014

  1. daz-20vt

    daz-20vt Well-Known Member

    Hi guys. Im going to be doing bedford gt and was after a little heads up info on it. Ive never done track time before so no idea what to take or how to prepare. Also how hard is this track on the car as ive no idea how my car is at speed. Any general advice help etc would be awesome. Or am i worrying to much about it? Thanks guys daz
  2. jaygemson

    jaygemson Active Member

    I've been to Bedford a few times now. It's a great place for a track day virgin as it's flat with loads of run-off, so very little to hit if you do get it wrong. My best piece of advice is to ramp up the speed slowly to build your confidence. Otherwise enjoy the experience responsibly and you'll have a great day and be able to drive your car home in one piece.

    Regards preparation: Let me google that for you
  3. SootySport

    SootySport Well-Known Member Team Silver

    Bedford is great for newbie trackday goers. It can be a little daunting first time on the GT cct. as it is so long. You should start to remember all the corners by lunch time and how fast to approach each corner. Silverstone National cct would be easier to learn, only 6 corners and bends there and well suited if you have a high powered car.
    You can also go on airfield trackdays, which don't have tyre barriers or armcos to hit, just some small cones and grass as a runoff should you get things wrong, these trackdays are cheap but still well organised. http://www.javelintrackdays.co.uk/trackday/ and http://www.motorsport-events.co.uk/ give good value and cover a good part off the country. Instruction is always available £20-£30 at any track and well worth the extra.
    Going on track can be hard on your car, especially tyres and brakes. Tyres need to be a premium brand, £30 cheapies will overheat and feel like you are driving on jelly after a couple of laps. Brake pads need to be at least OE quality or better, no Kwik Fit specials will take the battering. Brake fluid will boil in a heavy car after a few laps so a complete renewal to a quality brand such as Castrol, ATE or Motul will be required before you venture out on track.

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