The Peugeot 308 is an excellent family car, but it can also be used for racing at the track if you’re looking for some extra thrills. Track racing is an expensive hobby, but those bitten by the bug love to adapt their cars and race them in their free time. However, you don’t have to take it that far if you don’t want to take things too seriously. You can take your own car to the track and race it if you like, there are plenty of car clubs and commercial businesses that run track days. Let’s take a look at what’s involved in this brief starter guide.
Ask Yourself is This a Great Idea?
The chances are that if you’ve read this far, you probably think this is an amazing idea. Plenty of people all over the world love speed, and it can be a fantastic way to spend your time. If you decide to sign up for a track day event, you can get this urge out of your system in a relatively controlled environment rather than out on the open road.
How Do You Start Track Racing?
A track day event usually lasts for an entire day at the weekend, and there are typically a couple of options. Firstly, you can thrash a nice car belonging to someone else around the track although this will come at a premium price. Next, you could opt to use your own car on the track to try out the experience without spending too much money. The only thing that you need is a helmet, a roadworthy car and plenty of guts. In both cases, there will be a briefing session and a tour of the track with your instructor before you’re let loose on the track for a set number of laps. There will be rules to follow, racing other cars will probably be prohibited, and there will be strict rules on where and how you can overtake other drivers. If you violate these rules, you will probably be called in off the track and asked to leave.
Can Your Car Handle the Experience?
It may not seem too demanding, but pushing a standard road car to the limit for a number of consecutive laps will cause wear and tear on your car. However, a regular track day isn’t a full race, you may notice that an existing issue gets worse, but if your car is well maintained you shouldn’t have any problems. There will be warm up laps, breaks and cool down laps so you won’t be pushing the pedal to the metal for the entire day. If you’re not certain about your car, take it in for some preventative maintenance a week or two before your track day. This will ensure that all of your systems are working as intended, your fluids are topped up, your brakes are in great shape, and your tyres have plenty of grip on the treads.
What Happens if There is an Accident?
If you have any type of accident while driving on a track, it’s likely that you will not be covered by your car insurer. However, on a track you will probably not be anywhere near another car and accidents are far less serious than you may imagine. In many cases, the driver simply overshoots a turn and runs along for a while until they stop in a sand trap.