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Step-by-step: How to go from track novice to racer with MSVT

Monday, January 11 2021

Making the first steps into the world of competitive motor racing may seem daunting at first. You may not even know where to start. But, MSV Trackdays offers a clear route to authentic on-track, four-wheeled competition, even for those who've never yet turned a wheel on a circuit.

And, whilst the pandemic may have brought things to a temporary halt, that doesn't mean you can't start planning how you might want to go about getting on track and following your motor racing dream later this year and beyond.

Step 1 - Get on track!

First and foremost, you need to sample the circuits for the first time. This you can do in your own car. And, novice only sessions are available, so you will be sharing the circuit only with others who are either totally new to track driving, or have minimal experience. This means you can focus on building up to speed at your own pace without worrying about any more experienced, faster drivers on the circuit.

From there, you can progress to road car only track days, which are open solely to road legal machinery, and eventually general track days. MSVT offers a comprehensive range of events and formats throughout the year at Brands Hatch, Donington Park, Oulton Park, Snetterton and Cadwell Park, allowing you to gain all-important experience of some of the country's leading motorsport venues.

Track days are also available at the bespoke Bedford Autodrome driving facility which, whilst not a competitive motorsport venue, offers drivers an unparalleled freedom to push with expansive runoff areas and no Armco.

Step 2 - Learn from the best


Once you've begun your track day adventure, you'll undoubtedly begin willing yourself to find extra marginal performance gains as you drive around the circuit. Some things you may be able to pick up from observing how others drive on track, but nothing beats learning first hand with professional driver coaching from highly experienced ARDS instructor.

This is the quickest route to improving your on-track performance. Our ARDS instructors are some of the best in the business, and the line-up includes current and former racing drivers who will be able to share tricks of the trade and help you achieve an increased level of performance.

Step 3 - Get ready to 'Go Racing'

As and when you feel ready to begin taking the first step towards competitive on-track action, the first thing to do is purchase your Go Racing Pack, which you can buy from MSVT. The pack covers the first year of your Motorsport UK licence fee, includes the race licence application form, which you'll need.

The pack also contains a USB stick with important reading material, including the rules of racing and information that you'll want to remember ahead of your ARDS assessment.

Step 4 - Take the test

You can book your ARDS licence test directly through MSVT, and choose from a selection of dates throughout the year across all of the group's racing circuits. The test includes classroom sessions, a written test, and an on-circuit driven assessment. This is available at Brands Hatch, Donington Park, Oulton Park, Snetterton and Cadwell Park but not Bedford Autodrome.

Upon your successful completion of the test, you will be ready to go racing.

Step 5 - Begin your motor racing journey

Once you're a licence holder, you'll be able to contest club motorsport events. This can feel like a pretty big step, but that's why MSVT has itself branched into motor racing with classes tailor-made for those new to the sport. The Trackday Trophy Series has a very strong emphasis on new drivers, and offers a comprehensive race event format for the first time racer. Alternatively, EnduroKA allow drivers to dive straight into long distance racing, but with an affordable car, with costs split between multiple drivers.

Many of those competing will also be newcomers to the sport, and there is no competitive points structure, so it's a fun, welcoming way to get involved in a supportive environment.

Step 6 - Take it to the next level

MSVT can take customers as far as the world of competitive championship racing with a full season points structure. The Trackday Championship and Supercup enable more advanced racers to battle for silverware at some of the UK's leading circuits, whilst remaining in the MSVT structure from their first on-track experiences.

For more information about going racing with MSVT, click here.