Track Day FAQsWhat is a track day? I donʼt have any motorsport experience, is that a problem? How old do I need to be to hire a car for a track day? Iʼm 6,4 tall and 18 stone, can I hire your cars? What do I need to bring? How does the track day pan out? What happens if I am late? Is the track day cost included in the car hire? Do I get fuel included? What happens in the event of an accident? Am I insured if I crash? What happens if the car breaks down on track? If I crash the car on track, can I use the substitute car? What happens if I get black ﬂagged on track? Can I hire any car from your list? What happens if it rains? Can I cancel my booking if I think itʼs going to rain? How long do I get on track in the Boss Racing cars? Can I take passengers out with me? Can I share a car with a friend so itʼs cheaper? Can family and friends come to spectate? Can I get a video of my session on track? Do we get lunch? Can I book a car for another track that is not on the website?
What is a track day?
A track day is an event organised by many companies in the UK, allowing you to take your own car or a hire car on track under the safety of marshals.
I donʼt have any motorsport experience, is that a problem?
No, not at all. Track days are for everyone as long as you have a full road driving license. Certain companies, such as MSV, cater for the new driver and have specific events for Novice and Road Cars only.
These events limit the level of car, the level of experience with the drivers on track and they also reduce the numbers of cars out at once. This way you will be with drivers and cars of a similar level to each other.
The other kind of track day is called Open Pit Lane events where it is open to all level of cars and drivers, including full race cars. If you are looking to sample a track day for the first time, we recommend that you try a Novice or Road Car event first before trying a Open Pit Lane event.
(Note: The GTS, C400‘s and the Caterham 7 K Series can be used for the novice events. The GTS is the only car that can be used for Road Car events).
How old do I need to be to hire a car for a track day?
You need to be 18 years old or older with a full license to participate in a track day. Passengers need to be 16 years old or older to ride shotgun.
Iʼm 6,4 tall and 18 stone, can I hire your cars?
The Caterham cars and also the Radical have quite a small cockpit, so before booking please get in contact to make sure we can get you in one of those cars. We will be adding a wide body Caterham to our fleet very soon.
What do I need to bring?
At Boss Racing we make things easy for you. When you hire one of our cars, you also get a free crash helmet and racing overalls to use (subject to size). If for any reason our helmet’s do not fit you, the race circuit can provide a varied range of sizes which will be included in your price.
How does the track day pan out?
Whether it’s a Open Pit Lane event, a Road Car or Novice event, the day is organised in much the same way. The day starts with the driver /passenger sign on at the circuit. If it is a full day event then this will take place around 8.30am. We recommend that drivers get to the track earlier to grab a coffee and to sample the buzz around the paddocks before a track day.
Next you will attend a drivers briefing which everyone must attend. If you do not attend, you will not be able to participate in the event. Once the briefing is finished it’s back to the garage where we will have the cars ready for your first laps out on track which is the sighting laps.
The sighting lap parade is where you’ll go out in a group behind a qualified instructor who will show you the track and race lines in a controlled manner. Again, this is compulsory to being allowed to get out on track.
Once the sighting laps are completed and depending whether it’s a session or open pit lane event, you are ready to go out on track and enjoy your day. If you are a novice we will spend a few moments running through the circuit layout and giving you some tips to get you out on track with confidence. We can also arrange for an instructor to go out with you (£25.00 cost) if required.
The day is then broken down into a morning session and an afternoon session (if it’s a full day event). This is a 1 hour lunch break between 1pm - 2pm where can you recharge for the next session. The day finishes between 4:30pm and 5:30pm depending on the time of the year.
What happens if I am late?
As long as we know in advance that you are running late or being held up in traffic, we can then speak to the organisers to arrange a separate driver briefing. Please be aware this is purely up to the organisers on the day and if they are busy they may not get to do your briefing until the afternoon, which means you would miss a whole session out on track. We strongly recommend to plan to get to the track early, taking in to account any rush hour traffic and you’ll be fine.
Is the track day cost included in the car hire?
No, for single car hire the cost of the track day and garage is to be paid by the customer. Boss Racing can do the bookings for you and the costs will be added to the bill. Costs vary from track to track and also depends on the time of year.
Do I get fuel included?
For single car hire, the first full tank of fuel is supplied free. Thereafter fuel is paid for by the driver for the course of the day.
On average and based upon the Caterham K Series, you will use 2-3 full tanks during a days session. The C400 and Radical will use more fuel and this also depends on how you aggressively you drive too.
What happens in the event of an accident?
As with any form of motorsport track dayʼs do carry a degree of risk and unfortunately accidents do happen.
At Boss Racing we minimise the chance of things going wrong by providing you with a car that has been prepared and checked over for your session. However we cannot factor in for driver error or an accident between two cars which is very rare to be honest.
You will be fully briefed by the organisers of the track with regards to what happens in the eventuality of an accident. Every circuit has qualiﬁed marshals and a medical team with full medical support are always present on track in the event that someone has been injured.
Track days are there for you to enjoy with fellow like minded petrolheads like yourself. Give respect on track to each other and you will minimise the chance of anything going wrong and also drive within your limits. itʼs not a race, itʼs a fun safe day on track.
Am I insured if I crash?
Yes, every Boss Racing car that is hired is fully insured for crash damage, this is included in your fee. An excess of £1000.00 for each car is required and will be taken at the booking stage. This is returned to you when the car is checked over at the end of the session.
What happens if the car breaks down on track?
Firstly, you will be recovered by a circuit marshall where he will return you to the garage safely. As with any form of motorsport, car’s that are being driven near the limit constantly will have some wear and tear. At Boss Racing we do what we can to minimise this happening but there is always the risk that a car may breakdown.
The Caterham C400’s are twins, so we would switch you into the other C400 and the Radical would be substituted for a C400.
If I crash the car on track, can I use the substitute car?
No, the substitute car is purely for mechanical issues that may arise. We hope you don’t crash the cars as they cost up to £40,000 each and we don’t want you hurting yourself.
What happens if I get black ﬂagged on track?
You will be briefed regarding all of the flags in the drivers briefing. The marshals do not give out a black flag unless you are deemed to be driving dangerously, or there is something notably wrong with the car which they have seen whilst you are on track.
If it is to do with a mechanical defect then this will be fixed as soon as possible when the car has returned to the garage. If we feel it will take longer than we hoped to fix, we will have you out in the spare car until your original car is fixed.
If in the instance the black flag is due to your erratic driving, we will be to get you to return to the pits where a marshall will explain why you have been blacked flagged and a first warning will be given. If you are then given a further black flag again for erratic or dangerous driving your session will be over.
Black flags are not there to spoil your day, there are there to protect you and other drivers from the danger of motor racing.
Can I hire any car from your list?
We recommend that you hire a car that suits your level of experience. As much as everyone would love to believe they are the next Lewis Hamilton, the truth is we’re not.
Each of our cars comes with it’s own unique characteristics and skill set to drive. The K series is a very forgiving car and great for your first time on track. The Caterhams C400‘s are phenomenal powerful cars and have won their respected championship so they are no slouch. The Radical is for the experienced driver as the car performs best at high speed when the aero effect is in place.
In short yes, you can hire any car, but don’t jeopardise your day by opting for the quickest car when you’ll have more fun learning the way in the smaller engine cars before moving onto the larger ones.
What happens if it rains?
Unfortunately we don’t have any control over the weather. In the instance it rains on the day, each car is fitted with wet running tyres. Track conditions will be slippy and caution is advised in these situations.
Can I cancel my booking if I think itʼs going to rain?
Our cancellation policy is if you cancel in 3 days prior to the booking 50% will be refunded. If you cancel prior to the 3 day period than a credit will be applied that you can use for future events with Boss Racing. Your track booking with the organiser will be up to the discretion of the company as to whether they will refund or credit you.
How long do I get on track in the Boss Racing cars?
As you’ll find out, motor racing is both mentally and physically tiring. We recommend that you do 20 minute sessions in the cars at a time. This will be enough time to warm the tyres up and to get in 10-15 laps depending what circuit you are at.
In each hour of your car hire, we need the car back in the garage for 15/20 minutes at a time where we can check fluids and give the car a once over to ensure everything is okay.
Can I take passengers out with me?
Yes, passengers need to be signed in at the track at the cost of the passenger. Each Passenger for Boss Racing costs an additional £25.00 per person for single car higher. All the cars are two seaters, except the #93 which is single seated.
Can I share a car with a friend so itʼs cheaper?
Yes, each car can be shared with one, two or three friends. We charge an additional £75.00 per driver and you will need to pay a small fee to the track to book each driver in as a driver. The same rules apply as with single person hire where you will all need to do the driver briefing and the car will be rested for checking over in the pits for 20 minutes in each hour.
Can family and friends come to spectate?
Of course, it’s a great day out to share with your family or friends. Children need to be 16 or over to enter the pit area and no pets are allowed.
Can I get a video of my session on track?
Yes and it’s free with Boss Racing, where other companies may charge you for this service. Every car is fitted with Go Pro camera, we will edit the videos and send you a link where you can download your session to view.
If you require photos of the day most tracks have an onsite photographer who sell the images through their own website.
Do we get lunch?
We provide refreshments throughout the day and at lunchtime we have a small buffet for you. This is all included in your fee.
Can I book a car for another track that is not on the website?
We do cover other tracks in the UK and abroad, but please contact us so we can discuss in more detail what you require and get you a price.
Corportate Events FAQsWhat is a corporate event track day? What's included on the corporate day? Can I choose what cars to include in my package? What tracks can we use for the Corporate events? Does everyone get equal time in the car? What clothing do I need to bring? As a group do we need to bring anything else? Can we get instruction on the day? Do we get trophies at the end of the day? Can the garage be branded in our companies corporate identity? Can we arrange speciality lunches? Will we receive an invoice for the day and how can I pay?
What is a corporate event track day?
A corporate event track day is where you come to the race track and we provide you with a day of entertainment driving the race cars round the track of your choice.
The day can be for entertaining clients, rewarding staff, or just a jolly outing for you and a few friends who would like to experience the thrills of motor sport.
What's included on the corporate day?
All of our packages vary with regards to car choice, track location and the number of people included on the day.
In general a standard corporate day consists of groups of 2-4 people sharing a car each with allotted times slots booked in for each driver to ensure everyone get's the same amount of time on track equally.
We provide the mechanics, staff, cars, overalls and crash helmets, a tank of fuel in each car, refreshments and edited video clips. All you need to do is just turn up and enjoy the day.
Can I choose what cars to include in my package?
We do have have set packages available, however if what you require isn't listed then please call and we will be able to discuss your requirements.
What tracks can we use for the Corporate events?
As with our standard track day car hire our local track is Brands Hatch, but we can take the cars to any track in the UK or even Europe. Please call for additional costs.
Does everyone get equal time in the car?
We can arrange a timetable in advance for your day, however it tends to change on the day as people will drop out of a session for either being tired, wanting drinks etc.
Please request a timetable when making the booking and we will discuss time options for each driver.
What clothing do I need to bring?
With all open top cars you will need to be wearing clothes which cover your arms and legs fully.
As a group do we need to bring anything else?
Each driver must bring their driving license to take part in the event and if the driver has their own full face crash helmet we recommend they bring that too. Crash helmets will be supplied to those who do not have one.
Can we get instruction on the day?
Most tracks provide a fully qualified ARDS instructor which can be hired at a cost of £25.00 for twenty minutes tuition. The owners of Boss Racing are also experienced race drivers and will give you information on how to get the best out of the car.
Do we get trophies at the end of the day?
In a word, no. Track days are not competitive events and any form of timing is strictly prohibited by the track.
Can the garage be branded in our companies corporate identity?
Sure, if you have your own marketing collateral such as our up banners, leaflets etc we are happy for you to use these.
We can also provide your names on each of the cars for £10.00 per name.
We work in association with a local creative agency www.formadvertising.co.uk and can provide a design service if required. Notice is required to produce marketing material.
Can we arrange speciality lunches?
With the corporate package we do provide a platter of sandwiches and refreshments for lunch, however we can upgrade to a more lavish lunch option if required.
Notice is required to prepare this and an additional cost will be quoted.
Will we receive an invoice for the day and how can I pay?
Boss acing provides an itemised invoice for your day in advance and this will needed to be paid in full to confirm the booking. We accept debit cards, BACS, cheque and all major credit cards. Credit cards will be liable to a 2% surcharge.