Frequently Asked Questions
I don’t plan to race but enjoy track days – can you help me?
- Of course. Your objectives might be to improve lines, smoothness and most importantly confidence. This all adds up to more enjoyment on track.
Racing is already costing me a fortune, how do I justify more expense on coaching?
- Presuming you have a limited budget, the secret is to spend your money as effectively as possible. The driver will make the biggest difference to the car’s performance!
Do you use data logging and video?
- I always use a very accurate GPS-log system that will fit any car in only 5 minutes. I have video systems to use when appropriate.
I’m already a front-runner, how can you help me any further?
- I will identify details in your driving that you would not have identified yourself. I have never failed to find even the best drivers at least a few tenths.
Which circuits can I be coached at?
- Any circuit!
I don’t have a race licence; can I still do a session with you?
- Yes. You can do any track club day (not a test day) with a road licence.
My car doesn’t have a passenger seat; can you still help me?
- Yes. There are two options: we could fit the data system and on-board camera to your car for analysis; or we could use one of my two seater race prepared cars.
I’m off the pace; how do I find out if it’s me or the car?
- Early in the day I will assess your current level of driving and also drive a few laps in your car myself. This will allow me to deduce how much there is to find in the car and how much is down to the driver.
I’m new to track days and racing. Should I build more experience first then book coaching?
- In the early stages you must get track miles under your belt but also you need to be practicing the right things. Getting some coaching early is a wise strategy.
I’ve been racing a long time, my driving technique is ingrained. Is it too late for coaching?
- No! We never stop learning. Sometimes it takes a while to undo the habits of a lifetime but it can be done if you are determined to do it. I will show you which elements to focus on to improve whilst leaving the good aspects alone.
What happens on a typical first day with you?
- The exact schedule is tailored to you depending on the format of the day and your level of experience, weather conditions etc. The objective is always for you to make the maximum progress in the time available.
How many coaching sessions do I need?
- Impossible to determine until we’ve done our first session but I will always help maximise your progress given any time or budget constraints.
I’ve had some instruction before but frankly it was of minimal use. Will you be any different?
- Good question! There are literally 100’s of licenced racing instructors in the UK. Of these just a handful are first class, and only one is the best! Bear in mind poor coaching is worse no coaching at all.
One of your slogans is ‘results guaranteed’. What does that mean?
- Before any coaching session we always discuss your objectives and agree realistic targets. If you arrive on the day with the right approach and an open mind I will make sure you achieve your goals.
What sort of improvement in lap times can I realistically expect to see?
- This clearly depends on the starting point but if you want a ballpark guide there is a very good chance that within the first day we can halve the gap that you are off the pace.
I have a loud and open car, how do we communicate?
- I always use an intercom system. Hearing each other is no problem.
Do you provide any reports or data after the coaching day?
Do I have to use my own car or one of yours?
- Either. There are benefits to using your own car but the main techniques and principles apply regardless of the car we are in.
Is a full day the only option and how can I keep the costs down for my first session?
- Most people find a full day one-to-one is the most effective format but a half or shared day is possible with one or more other drivers. At Silverstone, my base, coaching on an hourly basis is possible on certain days.
What type of race and track cars can you supply?
- We own Mazda MX5, Toyota MR2, Funcup and Saker GT race and track day cars. Front wheel drive cars are sourced on request.
How long is a typical full day and how much time on track does a day include?
- Typical day starts with an 08:30 briefing and circuits usually operate until 17:00hrs. Time on track is approximately 2.5 total hours split in to 15 – 20 minute sessions with debriefs in between.
I’m only 15 years old. Am I allowed on track?
- Yes. But only on certain circuits with a minimum Grade ‘A’ ARDS Instructor in car with you at all times.
Is it possible for you to be in car with me on a test day?
- Yes. Within the last 2 years some circuits on selected days do now allow this.
Do you have another question? Please drop me an email or give me a call on 0775 383 5629.