At our track days we don't drive against each other but with each other. That's why all drivers have to stick to certain rules to guarantee a smooth running of the event which means more track time and also more safety.

Please take the time for a general technical inspection of your car before every sports driver training for your own safety. Since cars are stressed more than usual while driving on a race track as in "regular" traffic, you should also consider some technical driving notes. The other participants and your car will be thankful.

Driving on a circular route stresses important parts of your car quite more than regular traffic. Before each driving on a race track, you should therefore warm up your car slowly. Particularly motor oil, tyres and brakes work only at 100% when they have reached their operating temperature.

 

Vehicle

Engine oil level

Check the engine oil level, it should indicate between "minimum" and "maximum". At minimum, you should now add about ½ liter of oil (approx. 1/10 british gallon). Do not stress your engine with too much oil as wasted oil can lead to a damage.

Please note that the engine oil can only provide its full lubrication effect when it has reached its specific operating temperature. As a rough guide, you can specify 90° degrees C / 194° Fahrenheit . Before reaching this temperature, the engine should be brought to a maximum of half of the maximum rotation.

 

Tyres and air pressure

The tyre pressure should be varied depending on driver training and tyres variant:

  • For driving on the racetrack the air pressure can be lowered slightly to increase the contact surface of the warm tyre. In this case please make sure to get the tyres slowly to temperature after each break, high loads with too little air pressure can result in a damage. After the event please think about increasing the air pressure.
  • At drift trainings it is recommended to increase the air pressure of the back tyre to 3-4 bar / 43-58 PSI. This reduces the surface area and facilitates the introduction of the drift and also reduces wear. Some participants also carry various sets of tyres for changing. This is no problem, as the area offers plenty of space.

 

Gasoline

Basically, you should have enough fuel on board for sporty driving exercises – e.g. to ensure the fuel pump will not suck air at possibly higher lateral acceleration. At most racetracks there is the opportunity to refuel during lunch break. At most circuits a gas station is located nearby the area of the paddock and payment in general can be effected with a EC or credit card. If necessary, please call our hotline.

 

Brakes

If you have installed new brake pads, the following procedure for running-in new pads is recommended before attending a sports driving training:

3–4 braking with moderate pedal pressure from a speed of 160 km/h (=100 mph) down to 80 km/h (50 mph), between cooling phases of 300-400 m (1000-1300ft). Then 2-3 braking with slightly higher pedal pressure from a speed of 180 km/h (110 mph) to 100 km/h (60 mph), cooling phases of min. 500 m (1500 ft). Avoid any complete ABS blocking or ABS control ! Moreover, the new brake pads must be run in by moderate riding for about 300 km (200 miles).

When driving on a racetrack, the brake system of your car is possibly more stressed. Before you leave the track you should take a “cool off”- lap at a modest pace and with only little use of the brake, as these are cooled by the wind. Do not shut off your car with the heated brake since the brake pads can vitrify otherwise, thus stopping efficiency extremely decreases. Some sport brake pads provide their full effect only after a certain temperature. Therefore you should not use full stops in the first round.

Most brake systems are not designed for the racetrack and should be optimized for regular racetrack use. Our technical partners will advise you.
 

 

Interior and trunk

Please get rid of all which might get in the way while driving your car. Bottles or other lying around objects on the rear shelf, the back seat or under the seat will draw attention not only from on the driving, but they can also become dangerous projectiles in any case of an emergency stop or accident. This also applies to the "regular" traffic!

Loose tools or spare cans in the trunk can cause unsightly bumps quickly. If you want to keep your tools and luggage in the trunk, you should store this positively and without much leeway. If the trunk is completely filled - so that nothing can fly around - this cannot happen.

 

Clothing and helmet

  • Wearing a helmet is mandatory for driver and passenger as long as the car is on track.
  • We recomment a motorsports-helmet which meets the current FIA-regulations, an intact motorcycle helmet is also allowed.
  • A closed integral-helmet is required in cars with no roof, in closed cars a jet-helmet is also allowed.
  • HANS-systems are allowed but not required.
  • On drift-trainings there is regularly no requirement for helmets.

At Pistenclub events, driving fun comes first. A "Concours D'Elegance" with champagne, caviar and dresscode can be found elsewhere. We therefore recommend a casual and above all comfortable clothing.

Even if the weather conditions are not always ideal, thick winter jackets should be stowed in the trunk before entering the track. While driving, jeans and t-shirt are offering the greatest freedom of movement in order to keep your car under control at all times. Many sports cars are equipped with narrow pedals, therefore we recommend sneakers with a slim sole. You wouldn’t play tennis in an evening dress, tuxedo or patent leather shoes…

We recommend that all "frequent drivers" should wear a professional and established refractory motorsport drivers equipment, consisting of overalls, underwear, shoes and gloves. The helmet should comply with the FIA standard.

Reference source for motorsport equipment: e.g.: ISA-Racing (10% discount for Pistenclub members).

 

On all French and Italian racetracks a refractory Driver equipment for all participants with racing cars (not street legal) is an obligation!

 

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