I have been to a few track days and none do it better than Bookatrack.
Donnington evening TD.
Free drinks on the evening so you feel welcome. Although I only found out about the drinks being free during the briefing instead of during sign on. Professional organisation overall pretty good.
Alot of different power cars so getting past slower cars quickly is important on an open pit evening, especially with short track time.
Slower drivers not pulling over quickly, this not dealt with correctly with enough emphasis at the briefing, like it is when you do a LOT day as they make a big deal of it. As a result people don't pull over quickly.
Familiarisation laps took too long, 1 lap enough, was 5.50 before track was live it's too late for an evening event.
Queue to get on Circuit after a red flag meant I had to wait a good 10 minutes, twice to get on become they said too many cars on track, not ideal with such a short event.
After doing two days at donington through book a track, their organisation was superb with very little loss of track time and a great day! Had a fantastic time and can't wait to do another one. After doing a few track days with other companies, it was very clear from the start that BookATrack is well above the rest and very proffesional about what they do
We attended a Book a Track track evening at Donnington Park this week, 3 hours of un-interupted lapping in open pit format for little over £100 now thats what I call value for money, with free drinks and biscuits to make sure ! :-)
Many thanks BaT for doing such a well organized day at the Ring.
The first thing I recognized was a very clear and unmistakable briefing at the beginning.
Following that I did not have a single issue with the behaviour of other drivers on track.
I have never driven the Ring under such great circumstances before (apart from the unbearable heat, please try to bring a bit cooler weather next time ;-)
Had experience of quite the opposite, as I was doing tourist days at the Ring for years. Most of you might know what is going on on those days. Stopped that in 2010.
Easy to book with, good follow up on any questions, welcoming on arrivals, good safety advice and briefings, a well run setup.
I was very luck to drive at Spa on the 16th/17th July 2013 on a BAT two day event.
I am a regular, a car & car racing driver and have some 30 hours seat time at Spa, as it's a track you keep coming back for more.
You don't always need a test day, as a BAT track day is very well run and policed, and the people are great.
There are times of the day, when I have run without meeting many cars, so there is room, so there is something for every level of experience.
It was strange, that I was disappointed about not using the F1 pits, due to work being done in the pits. However, the event I found better, because we had the opportunity to see some of the cars at Eau Rouge.
From a very satisfied customer.
Well organised event. Second track day completed with book a track. Short to the point breifing, so many track day hosts love the sound of their voice and waffle on and on but they seem to cut the bull and get you out on track.
Very well organised, good cars, quiet track but average instruction from third party instructor.
Everything excellent apart from lack of comms from OEM instructor.
This is the fourth event we've attended with BaT and as always we had an amazing time. This trip was made even more magical by the mystic of the Nordschliefe. #
The BaT crew always run a excellent event, I'm a relative newbie to the track scene and I don't have the best of equipment but thanks to the way the days are structured, the excellent marshalling of the rules and the fact that BaT never oversubscribe the track we can happily mix it up with some serious equipment out on track 100% confident that everybody will be safe and have a great time.
I really enjoy every track day with the BaT team and only recommend them.
Book A Track, have always in my opinion made a track day an enjoyable experience.
Very well organised, and a concise briefing. Definately one of the best.
Only small gripe, (and this goes for all Track day organiser), is that they say about the problem areas on the track (places not to overtake, pit exits etc..) and refer to these by the names of the corners or straights. The only problem is the novice's don't typically know all the names on the circuit if any, and by the time the map is found, the names have been forgotten.
Would be much better if the person giving the briefing points to the map of the circuit, when this advice is given out.
Each time I go back to the Eiffel region and particularly to the Nordschleife, I'm struck with the beauty of the area. Just driving around the local roads is a joy in itself. The track is certainly a challenge to learn and is unlikely to happen on a single visit, but once you've made subsequent visits, the magic of the Nurburgring starts to take hold. This recent trip organised by Bookatrack was one of the best I've experienced. The weather was fantastic, almost too hot at times, and the number of cars meant the circuit was never busy and driving standards were good. No-one needs to be under any undue pressure to move over or overtake immediately. The organisation at Bookatrack days is always very good and Jonny's briefing ensures everyone understands how the days will work safely and what the consequences of not following the rules will be. I really hope Bookatrack made sufficient profit to want to run this event every year. Following the same principles I'm sure the event would grow year upon year.
Just got back from a trip to the 'ring with Bookatrack. The whole experience was incredible. Jonny was great at getting back to me and even managed to get me some last minute instruction. It was a really great couple of days - highly recommended.
Organisation with sign-on, briefing, car checks and track access/egress was good but behaviour of some drivers was frightening through the day.
Reported two dangerous drivers in Porsche and Mini, one of whom scared me witless overtaking on brow at Schwedenkreuz, and although told drivers would be found for discussion about behaviour, both of them repeated their behaviour and Porsche again overtaking in fast braking zone, so complaint seemed pointless. Porsche was around all day so no impact on his day it seemed.
Had been told that as overtaking by consent was not in use, not adhering strictly to rules about not overtaking in bends/in braking zones would result in punishment but similar incidents in afternoon seemed to disprove that.
Would use again and already booked on another European trip but will complain more vociferously about others and really expect more to be done
I have track day'd with Book-a-track several times, locally and in europe. Every experience is excellent with Jonny and the team leading the day ensuring that safety and responsibility are foremost in everyones minds. They ensure every element of the day is enjoyable and offer the extras such as photography, vbox use and use of their cars if you require. Communication with the circuits and marshalls is first class meaning each day runs smooth. I generally would only recommend book-a-track and one other for your track day needs.
Bookatrack deliver well organised track days which make a firm case of enforcing driving standards whilst at the same time enabling people to drive at the pace they came for. No overbearing attitude from the organisers but they do not tolerate people driving like idiots. All in all they strike a great balance and would always be my first choice of track day organiser.
A great trackday, they just let you get on with it within safe rules and a safe environment, and are always there to help.
What's more, there are always free drinks and biscuits available, not a big deal, but a thoughtful touch.
Never used you before always gone on RMA track days. I will certainly be on track
with you within two weeks. Enjoyed the free tea and biscuits.
Nervous going into the event, but enjoyed it and already booked my next evening.
Moved from bikes to cars, so I know the track and the rules and felt comfortable from the sighting laps and throughout.
Friendly staff, open pit lane so no stress, the weather really helped, HOT!
Quite a few race cars which 'made it interesting', but all in all a really well organised event, and fully recommended.
Started the day thinking we had 4 x 30 minute sessions, I timed all of them and 3 were only 15 minutes apart from the last which was 30 minutes, even though fellow competitors said they were all 30 minutes. Quite unclear on where to park our cars and trailers so there was no order atall. Ended up being asked to move by another series. All in all a good day
Did not know what to expect as new to this with all other academy mates, those I spoke to thought 30 min test sessions and two sessions 30 mins apart was not what we were looking for and it led do trouble as inexperience got the better of common sense and the lack of time did not allow for any car adjustment or viewing of footage as well as hydration and reflection.. Avon not opening up till 8:30 was disappointing as could not change tyres till after the second session so half my test was gone before I could get on the right tyres.
As novices session three was not unexpected as I can say without exception all amd I mean all the tuition I have had incl from BAT is about lap times and this is reinforced with the timing published by caterham so to a novice driver if the message is get lap times then that's what we will go for and instructor demos I have experienced have been a master class in speed and car control but smooth they ain't . So testing is you and the car against the clock any way any how and try to punch through personal barriers sometimes beyond ones comfort zone and ability BUT you don't know where the limit is till you try
To my mind 3 red flags in a session is just the result of this culture and an unfortunate but understandable price to pay the actual result was think 3 of 30 odd drivers going off and red flag something like that BUT a pretty clear last session as we all learned from that ......so what if that is the price we pay to learn that lesson we don't need gratuitous comments made about us as the customer when it's our time and money we are burning and no one got hurt its just the price of experience because the actual training is inadequate for the challenge faced by novice academists
Quite a few of us just don't have 5 years to dick around and go on trackdays before going racing and if BAT as the accredited caterham track company don't understand that there needs to be some deep reflection about what BAT and caterham are doing together to prepare drivers for racing and how they are treating their customers
We are chucked in at the deep end and it's all about speed and times and essential car control. novices will get this wrong a lot of the time it cost me £1500 for last week and it will be another £1500 for damage this weekend I accept that is the price of learning and making mistakes but please don't get at me as a customer with your frustration
Sure withdraw your posting but to be honest a public apology to the customers there on the day would be more appropriate and if you don't get that go and think about it
The best operator in the field!
Great service , nice poeple , will keep coming back.
Definitely the leader in trackdays in the UK offering events on all the great UK circuits and many European ones. Highly recommended
Thanks for a great well organised entertaining track day, we had more than enough laps and with only a couple if red flags even this didn't spoil play, thanks again for a great day, I would highly recommend book a track to any body interested in taking part in the track day experience.
Every time we join Johnny and the team for a day in the Caterhams we are reminded just how good they are. We all participate in other racing and track days, but Bookatrack are the best. We'll be back for more very soon!
Well run, good briefing, couldn't be better. I got a ticking off for a naughty overtake (unintentional for the record - I thought he was letting me by), but even this was handled with just the right amount of decorum mixed with seriousness. No patronisation - just the right tone.
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