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32-year injury-free safety record
Just outside Toronto
Short Name
Two days
Both Intermediate and Advanced configurations at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Driver Development Centre
Starting Times
8:00 AM
Finish Times
Approximately Day 1: 5:30 PM - Day 2: 5:00 PM
(Please note: this is a very approximate estimate due to so many unforcastable variables involved in activities such as this.)
Basic proficiency with a manual transmission.
Fully conversant in English.
Over 6'4" / 275 lbs or have unusual body proportions? You may still fit. See fitment details.
$2495 CDN + 13% sales tax
View Dates / Register Online
Professional facility
Catered lunch in air conditioned tower
All safety equipment provided

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Introduction Schedule You will drive 2008 Van Diemen Formula cars... ...here at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Driver Development Centre Damage Responsibility


Two days of safe excitment for the racing fan wanting a true taste of speed or dedicated drivers looking to fulfill the first 2 days of our 3-day Racing License Course. Check out our course progression, with full laps before lunch on Day 1! Compare with other schools!

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Welcome / Race Shifting and Lines Class
Race Car Introduction Trackside
Fitment of your Race Car
Braking / Shifting Exercises
One 15-minute Lead Follow Lapping Session
Lunch (provided)
One 15-minute Lead Follow Lapping Session
One 15-minute Lead Follow Lapping Session
One 15-minute Lead Follow Lapping Session
Group Driving Tips

The class will prep you for your driving exercises. Your on-track sessions start with Heel-and-Toe Shifting in 'your' Van Diemen Formula SCCA and will progress to lapping the full track, chasing the instructor's pace car! Even on your first day you will already appreciate the advantages of training on a safe but challenging Driver Development Track!

Partial Track Walk
Rain Line And Corner Combination Class
One 15-minute Lead Follow Lapping Session
Group Driving Tips
One "Pass the Pace Car" with some open Lapping Session
Group Driving Tips
Lunch (Provided)
One "Pass the Pace Car" with some open Lapping Session
Group Driving Tips
Open Lapping
Personal Critique From Instuctor
Open Lapping
Personal Critique From Instructor

Your day starts with a lead-follow-drop-back session and then 2 lead-follow-pass-by sessions. With that training under your belt, driving activity progresses to 2 fully-open lapping practice sessions, each with transponder timing and personal critique from your instructor. The goal will be safe, consistant and accurate speed!

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You will drive 2008 Van Diemen Formula cars...

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You will love driving our fleet of modern Van Diemen Formula cars! Everything from their incredible handling and acceleration to their amazing braking capabilities will entice you to want to push yourself and the car to greater heights each and every session. They're a dream come true! [read more]

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...here at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Driver Development Centre

NEW STARTING IN 2014! Purpose-built training track designed from the ground up expressly for driver development. Canadian Tire Motorsport Park owners Carlo Fidani and Ron Fellows have totally revamped the Driver Development Centre! In contrast to our previous 1.7km track length, the new track offers two configurations of 2.2km (intermediate) and 2.9km (advanced).

See our satellite overlay photo, track map and more on our Canadian Tire Motorsport Park page.

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Damage Responsibility

Limits ($CDN) Automatic Reduced
Day 1 $0 $0
Day 2 $10,000 $1900

We provide the opportunity for our customers to be responsible for only a very small portion of the car's value in this course. (The “all in” investment of each of our Van Diemen race cars is $72,000.) Data from our recent history (2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016) indicates that after thousands of race car laps, there were no chargeable damages.

Our automatic damage responsibility amount is $10,000 CDN. (A $5000 deposit is acquired at your onsite registration for your course when you arrive.)


By choosing our Academy, you can enjoy a very low Damage Responsibility Reduction Fee of $145 CDN + 13% sales tax to lower your maximum (per occurrence, even though damages are very rare) to only $1900 CDN! (A $1500 deposit is acquired at your onsite registration for your course when you arrive.)

Should a race car be damaged, drivers are only responsible for up to the amount shown in the table above in any single incident. Considering the potential of some damage, it is only fair that drivers have this minor amount “on the line”. This is really a bonus! Consider that the next time you get in a racecar, you may not enjoy this consideration and might be accountable for the entire cost of the race car!

Compare with other schools and their offers (if any!) of limiting damage responsibility. Remember, the safety of the track is an integral function of the probability of a crash and the extent of damage. Compare facilities! Compare walls and guardrails! There is no driver damage responsibility for damage clearly resulting from mechanical failure!

Wheels Off Fines

While there are many advantages to a driver development track that doesn't contain the 120 mph sweepers, walls & guardrails of Pro Tracks, one of the deterrents can be the comfort / safety level. Some of the more aggressive drivers may feel comfortable with exceeding their capabilities, and thus they may slide off the track.

These seemingly innocent slides through the dirt & rocks eventually require additional maintenance. For 24 years it's been our philosophy that the clean drivers shouldn't share in the cost of this unnecessary / extra maintenance. Thus, only the drivers who choose to exceed their capabilities & skid all 4 wheels off the track are asked to pay towards the maintaining of the fleet.

  • Day 1: None.
  • Day 2: First two are not charged, then if a driver loses control to the point of going all 4 wheels off, the charge will be $200 CDN each.

We hope you won't be overly concerned about the above, since the drivers themselves are in control of these occurrences. Most participants still enjoy spirited driving without needing to be spinning out repetitiously to have fun!

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• 32-year injury-free safety record!
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(905) 983-1114
Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm
(905) 983-1004
Bridgestone Racing Academy
Box 373
Pontypool, ON   L0A 1K0
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