Novice Drivers Training PLUS Course

5 hours long
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So you want to take the next step and actually go motor racing. The first thing you will need is a Motorsport UK Inter Club licence.

  • Take the Novice Drivers Training Course to get a Motorsport UK Inter Club licence
  • Tuition before the Novie Drivers Training Course in the Lotus Exige
  • Drive the fastest circuit in the UK in a Porsche
Only   £510

Experience Format

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Our senior ARDS Race Instructor will give a full briefing detailing the important information you need to know before getting behind the wheel and heading out on track; circuit layout, racing line, turn in, apex, exit, braking, throttle control, driving Position, steering, pedal control, gear change, understanding paddle shift, overtaking and flag signals. As part of the briefing we have a unique CGI sequence which shows how a vehicle reacts to the inputs made by the driver including; chassis dynamics, weight transfer, oversteer and understeer.

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Instructor Demonstration

2 laps

Our advanced ARDS qualified race instructors will help guests learn the circuit and get the most out of the Lotus Exige and enjoy their time on track

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Guest drives the Lotus Exige - session one

6 laps

Specifically designed with track driving in mind. This highly focused, lightweight sports car produces near race like responses

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Guest drives the Lotus Exige - session two

6 laps

Having already completed six laps in the Lotus Exige and been debriefed by your ARDS instructor, you'll be ready and raring to go for your second session on track

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High Speed Passenger Ride

1 laps

Your ARDS race instructor will finish the experience off with a high speed white knuckle ride in the Lotus Exige

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Novice Drivers Training Course

After a break the Novice Drivers Training Course will start

About the Novice Drivers Training PLUS Course

You can take the Novice Drivers Training Course here at Thruxton in a Porsche Cayman. There is a set procedure to secure your licence which is set out by the Motorsport UK:

  1. Apply to the Motorsport UK for your Go Racing starter pack, which will include:

    • Licence application form
    • Go Racing video
    • Motorsport UK yearbook
    • Starting Motorsport handbook
    • Association of Racing Drivers Schools leaflet.
  2. Have a racing medical examination with your doctor and ensure that the form is signed and returned to you - some doctors may charge for this.

  3. Contact us on 01264 882222 to book your course. The Novice Drivers Training Course consists of the following:

    • Classroom briefing
    • Driving test. The instructor will demonstrate the lines and technique to you before you drive for a minimum of 5 laps.
    • Two multiple-choice exam papers

Please remember that although you will receive tuition and help on your course, the main purpose is to test your suitability to hold a competition licence.

Once you have successfully completed the course you must send all the relevant paperwork to the MSA to be validated:

MSA Motorsport House, Riverside Park, Colnbrook, Slough, SL3 0HG Telephone: 01753 681736

About the Junior ARDS Training Program

Thruxton also runs the Junior ARDS course for 14 to 16-year-olds and up. The cost is £600. Below is the criteria for applicants: 1. The minimum age for a driver to take the course and hold a Race Licence is 14 years old 2. The application must be supported by or received from a Junior Race Championship organizing club. These are BARC (Junior Ginetta), BRSCC (T-Cars) and 750 Motor Club (SaxMax).

Once they have completed the Junior ARDS Training Programme the registered Thruxton Junior ARDS Instructor will sign off their application. Their licence will then be issued in the name of the driver but held by the organizing club of their championship (until they are 16 years old ? then they will hold a full licence).

For more information on the ARDS Junior Driver Training Programme, please call 01264 882222.

The Cars

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Lotus Exige

The Exige is more than capable at high and low speed which makes it the perfect car around Thruxtons fast sweeping curves and complex of corners. To sum the Lotus up - a proper drivers car.

4.9 seconds
Top Speed
149 mph
189 bhp
110 lb/ft
Engine Size
1.8 litre 4 cylinder
5 speed manual
Mid engine rear wheel drive
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Porsche Cayman

The Porsche Cayman is a genuine junior supercar. Similar in looks to the 911 but with a mid-engine layout.

Out on track the car gives incredible feedback, allowing the driver to build in confidence and enjoy the increased power and incredible grip that the car generates.

5.8 seconds
Top Speed
163 mph
261 bhp
221 lb/ft
Engine Size
2.9 litre 6 cylinder
6 speed manual
Mid engine, rear wheel drive
Cars with In-Car Recording

Novice Drivers Training PLUS Course Availability

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Thursday 27 August 2020 - £510
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Gift Pack Options

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Gift Voucher Pack - £2.50

Gift voucher pack includes; our current brochure with details of all our experiences and information about Thruxton, personalised gift voucher with an optional gift message and a list of dates to attend.

Why Buy A Driving Experience From Thruxton

Our Top 5

  1. No on the day pressure to purchase expensive accident damage waiver at registration. The price you see is the price you pay
  2. Thruxton is the fastest race track in the UK and a fully licensed FIA venue - not a disused airfield.
  3. No 70mph speed limits or numerous "cone chicanes" to keep the speed artificially slow
  4. The latest models from Ferrari, Lamborghini and Aston Martin
  5. You drive on the full 2.4 mile circuit as used by the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) and other top class championships plus we have all the expected venue spectator facilities
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Need to Know Information

The Novice Drivers Training Course can be purchased as an open gift voucher valid for 1 year from the date of purchase

The Novice Drivers Training Course operates from Thruxton Circuit in Hampshire

We operate on selected weekdays and Saturdays. Please note: there is a £12 premium if you choose to book on a Saturday, payable when a date is booked

Drivers must hold a full licence | On the day drivers must wear clothes that cover their arms and legs | Helmets, race boots and gloves are provided

Spectators are welcome - free of charge