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Old 22.06.2020, 00:31
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GP Track days in EU

I'm collecting some information about realistically reachable (GP) tracks that one could do with an own car without driving a million miles to reach the track (and kill the car on the track and then hijacking back to ZH on the remaining change.... ).

Feel free to add tracks of if you have any tips on how to enjoy these tracks responsibly while not going broke in 2 weekends.

Swiss TCS is offering stewarded courses at the following locations:
- Lignieres NE (the only Swiss track)
- Anneau du Rhin (Blitzheim, France)
- Dijon (France)
- price: est. 500 CHF for a day's fun (5+ hours)

Redbull Ring in Austria (Austrian GP)
- 200 EUR per day
- There is a night Autozug (put your car on the train) from Feldkirch (AT) to Graz +50km to the track

Hungaroring (Hungarian GP)
- track days cost 120 EUR with preliminary registration
- once per month, sells our very quickly though
- Autozug Feldkirch - Vienna + 3 more hours driving

Hockenheimring (German GP)
- has 4x15 minutes tickets for 99 EUR a piece
- 3 hour drive there and back, not so bad
- only 1 more date this year

Nürburgring (European GP)
- 30EUR/15 minute ticket on the GP track
- 25 EUR/lap on the Nordschleife
- 5.5 hours each way driving, or Autozug Basel-Frankfurt + 170km

Spa (Belgian GP)
- 100 EUR/25 mins, or 300 EUR/4x25 mins
- Autozug Basel-Düsseldorf + 130km each way

Slovakiaring (used to be a WTCC stop)
- 70EUR/am or pm
- Autozug Feldkirch-Vienna + 130km

Monza (Italian GP)
- 3.5hrs driving each way
- 70 EUR per 25 minute slots
- all dates cancelled this year

Misano (San Marino GP)
- didn't find any info

Catalunya (Spanish GP)
- Barcelona is pretty far, couldn't find any car transport options other than driving 2x1000kms
- track day tickets are 55 EUR each

I'd love to have options for Silverstone / Brands Hatch in the UK, but have no clue how to get there without 2x1200km driving.
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Re: GP Track days in EU

Unlucky year to get that summer sports car on a budget for one season.
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Re: GP Track days in EU

Thanks for the above. It revokes memories on when I used to participate in such events.

There is no easy way of getting to Brands hatch or Silverstone, other than a drive to Calais and the Channel Tunnel. Though my preference has always been the ferry, unless it's a stormy November night in which case the tunnel wins every time!

Coming from Luagno we'd break the journey and stay at the Novotel Metz Amnéville in Hauconcourt. Right next to the highway and 5 minutes from McDonald's in Mondelange!

From here you choose to either go through France - quicker but more expensive fuel and highway tolls. Or via Luxembourg and Belgium, no tolls, cheap booze, fags and fuel but takes about 90 minutes more. Distance is roughly the same, but lower speed limits and more traffic.

Brands hatch is in Kent (and where i grew up) and close to some great shopping centres, such as Bluewater if the other half is less interested in cars and more interested in shopping. However do budget more for the overall cost if this is the case

There are plenty of good hotels at good prices, including the Hilton near the Dartford Bridge and good train connections into London.

Hope this helps a little for anyone considering Brands Hatch, though presently you'll also have to contend with 14 days quarantine, which it seems, according to the popular press, is largely being ignored as it's unenforceable!
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I don't know if this can be of interest, it's a track south of Venice:

http://www.adriaraceway.com/prove-libere-auto/
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Re: GP Track days in EU

Or autocross? All I've found on google about autocross in Switzerland is about very old 4-wheel things that resemble cars driving around in gravel roads. Crashing them is part of the fun.

Anything more entry level like having fun with your daily driver on a "track" marked with cones in a parking?
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Re: GP Track days in EU

Since you're discussing pretty substantial distances, there are also:
Imola [IT], Mugello [IT], Paul Ricard [FR], Magny Cours [IT], Sachsenring[DE], and maybe Zandvoort [NL] although I don't know what's the status with the works they're doing. Then also Portimao in Portugal, and Jerez and Ascari in Spain. Ascari is more like a motorsport resort (like VIR and Monticello in the US).


Tracks organising their own days are cheaper but there is few of them.
It's better to look for organisers that rent out the track for the day, as there just a lot more events available. Also, in some cases you're mentioning below, they are actually tourist days, and not actual track days so you're running a serious risk of having just too many cars out there. Same goes for some of the (cheaper) organisers, but at least at organised track days you know what you can expect more or less.


I had 4 track days booked earlier this year, and they all got cancelled with covid-19, so now I'm trying to see what I can salvage from this year, but with a baby coming it's going to be extremely tricky. I'm hoping to go to AdR end of July, if you're interested hit me up

If you're starting out now, just get a set of proper brake pads and a good tire pressure gauge, and start from there. Don't get a "nice" car in the track unless you're prepared to spend big money The cheapest car will easily run you 300-400 CHF for consumables and servicing per track day, and the cheapest car per day is not necessarily a function of actual car cost but more of durability/preparedness and cost/availability of consumables.
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I don't know if this can be of interest, it's a track south of Venice:

http://www.adriaraceway.com/prove-libere-auto/
Sure might be of interest for some, thanks!
I personally want to do (F1) GP tracks that I know from my simracing titles, so that you don't need to learn the track and then the car on the track and then boom... your outta time.
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Unlucky year to get that summer sports car on a budget for one season.
yeah - I should have started this process last year - but then, covid came, so ... the passes will do some justice though, I'm sure.

Summer is long, it can go until October in certain areas so not all hope is lost.

And even then, I still have 6 years of free service on the car, so I might plan (waaay) ahead for next year.
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