Novice Driver Training Courses

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

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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 Caterhams. 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 CDX 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 examination
  • Full day hire of one of our track prepared Caterhams, with dedicated ARDS instructor
  • CDX Drift or Advanced Drift Course
  • Practical 'on track' examination
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The Cars

All of our Novice Driver Training Courses are carried out in our fleet of track prepared Caterham 7's. We use our entry level models for the courses and examples of the car you will use are listed below. Please note that if you are over 6ft 2" you will need one of our SV models.

Caterham CDX Roadsport

Our CDX cars offer 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.

  • White & black, S3 chassis (for drivers under 6ft 2")
  • Leather seats with 4-point harnesses
  • 13" Apollo 6 x 8 wheels with Avon ZZS tyres
  • FIA roll bar and windscreen

Caterham Roadsport CDX SV

Our SV model cars offer a longer and wider chassis for the taller and broader driver.

  • White & black, SV chassis (for drivers over 6ft 2")
  • Leather seats with 4-point harnesses
  • 13" Apollo 6 x 8 wheels with Avon ZZS tyres
  • FIA roll bar and windscreen

Caterham Academy

Entry-level Caterham race car - aimed at novices/first timers. 125bhp from a 1.6 Ford Sigma engine mounted to a 5-speed Mazda gearbox.

  • Black, S3 chassis
  • Tillett race seats with 4-point harnesses
  • 13" Apollo wheels with Avon CR322 tyres
  • Lowered floor, full cage and windscreen

Caterham 310R SV

Perfect for both road and track hire this car has 152bhp from a 1.6 Ford Sigma engine mounted to a 5-speed manual gearbox. Limited slip differential for increased traction.

  • Storm Blue, SV chassis (larger chassis to accommodate taller and broader drivers over 6' 2")
  • Leather seats with 4-point harnesses
  • 13" Apollo wheels with Avon ZZS tyres
  • Lowered floor, track day 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

• Prices include VAT at current rate
• All course booking terms and conditions are the same as our track day ones

Requirements

Before completing your Novice Driver Training Course, you must have purchased a 'Go Racing' starter pack that will give you all information regarding obtaining your first race licence. These are available through us or the Motor Sport Association (MSA) They are £95 (including VAT, delivery and your first licence fee).

If you are over 18 years of age there is also a requirement to have a medical before you are issued with your race licence. Although you can complete your Novice Driver Training Course before your medical, we are unable to refund course fees should you fail your medical at a later date.

For further information regarding ARDS courses and the purpose of ARDS racing schools please visit the ARDS website
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