Novice Driver Training Courses

Obtain your first racing licence by attending one of our ARDS courses at Donington Park

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Quality ARDS Instruction

Our team of grade A & S ARDS instructors are on hand to support you through the licencing process

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Selection of Courses

Choose from one of three training packages suitable for any level of track driver

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The Details

From January 2018 BookaTrack have become the ARDS race school for Donington Park. With the support of ARDS and MSV we have been granted permission to run 'Novice Driver Training Courses' or ARDS courses whereby drivers can obtain their first race licence. In addition to this we can sponsor licenced ARDS instructors to our school. All courses take place on our existing events at Donington Park and are aimed to support new racing drivers in the successful completion of the course and beginning their racing careers. All courses are ran by our experienced ARDS registered instructors, who offer quality instruction and training to all participants. All classroom training and assessments take place at our Donington Park showroom, with all on track training and assessments taking place on either the National or GP circuit. We have three different training packages available, offering varying amounts of instruction and training.

Basic Course

Designed for drivers with track experience this is our standard course that allows you to obtain your race licence with minimal instruction time. For regular track day attendees this can be incorporated into one of our Donington Park track days Please note this course is not suitable for those without track driving experience. This package includes:

  • Introduction to Novice Driver Training Course and DVD of course content
  • Written examination
  • Car brief, short instruction session in one of our course cars
  • Practical 'on track' examination
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Enhanced Course

Our mid level course is designed for drivers who would like some more instruction time to develop their track driving skills in order to successfully complete their Novice Driver Training Course. With an hour of instruction with one of our professional ARDS instruction, you will receive all the necessary support to achieve your race licence. Again, this package can be incorporated into one of our Donington Park track days. Package includes:

  • Introduction to Novice Driver Training Course and DVD of course content
  • Written examination
  • One hour on track ARDS instruction
  • Practical 'on track' examination
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Premium Course

Our premium course includes the ARDS course, but with a full day rental of one of our track prepared cars. The package includes a dedicated ARDS instructor for the duration of the hire who will offer in depth tuition to help you achieve your race licence. Car hire is shared between a maximum of two drivers. In addition to the full day hire we include one of our Drift or Advanced Drift experiences that will allow you to improve vehicle handling and car control. This package includes:

  • Introduction to Novice Driver Training Course and DVD of course content
  • Written and practical 'on track' examination
  • Full day car hire with two hours on track ARDS instruction
  • Drift champion experience (at a later date)
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The Cars

From 2019 ARDS courses will be carried out in a Ginetta G40 or a Caterham Roadsport. Both cars are perfectly suited to track driving and are maintained and set up in our Donington Park workshop.

Ginetta G40 Club Car (GRDC)

G40 race car that is eligible for the superb GRDC championship that supports prestigious British GT championship rounds. 135bhp from a 1.8 4-cylinder Ford Zetec engine mounted to a 5-speed Mazda gearbox. Weighing 840kg this light and agile track and race car offers exceptional handing and performance.

  • T45 tubular chassis and integral safety cage built to FIA standards
  • FIA approved drivers seat and harnesses
  • Controlled Michelin road tyres, 7" x 17" wheels
  • Air conditioning and Internal soundproofing

Caterham Roadsport

The Caterham Roadsport offers the perfect set-up and balance for an introduction to track driving, with 140bhp from a 1.6 Ford Sigma engine mounted to a 6-speed manual gearbox. Limited slip differential for increased traction..

  • Available in both S3 and SV chassis
  • Leather seats with 4-point harnesses
  • 13" Apollo 6 x 8 wheels with Avon ZZS tyres
  • FIA roll bar and windscreen

The Costs

The price for each package is listed below. Please note that these do not include your 'Go Racing' pack and medical.
Experience Price (per head) Duration (approx)
Basic Course £300 2 hours
Enhanced Course £500 Half Day
Premium Course £900 Full Day

The prices include:

• VAT at current rate
• Fuel, consumables and mechanical support
• Tuition and demonstrations from ARDS registered instructors
• Full Insurance with zero excess
• Drift Champion Experience (premium course only)
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