Learn to Lap

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Safety
29-year injury-free safety record
Location
Just outside Toronto
Short Name
LL
Duration
Two days
Track
Both Intermediate and Advanced configurations of the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Driver Development Centre
Starting Times
8:30 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.)
Requirements
Basic proficiency with a manual transmission.
Over 6'4" / 275 lbs or have unusual body proportions? You may still fit. See fitment details.
Price
$2495 CDN
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Amenities
Professional facility
Catered lunch in air conditioned tower
All safety equipment provided

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All The Details

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

Introduction

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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Schedule

Activities:
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
Individual Clipboard Instruction

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!

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

Your day starts with passing-by the instructor and enjoying some open lapping in 5, 15-minute sessions. Driving activity progresses for a huge 75 minutes of critiqued Lapping Practice with transponder timing. Particular attention is focused on the management of your level of performance inside the car utilizing a variety of training methods. 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 (Canadian funds)
Day 1 $0
Day 2 $1900

Should a race car be damaged, drivers are only responsible for up to the amount shown at right 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 race car, you may not enjoy this consideration and might be accountable for the entire cost of the race car!

Compare other schools. 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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Mechanic / Racing Course enrollment available.
3½-month and 7-month programs
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We have a 29-year injury-free safety record with modern cars on a purpose-built track. Shouldn't you be getting what you want?

Phone
(905) 983-1114
Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Fax
(905) 983-1004
Mail
Bridgestone Racing Academy
Box 373
Pontypool, ON   L0A 1K0
Canada
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