BMW TRACK DAY: Whether you're a novice or an expert driver the BMW Car Club has something for you to experience at its track day on February 28. Image: BMW Car Club
The SA BMW Car Club will start its track-day season at Zwartkops Raceway, west of Pretoria, on February 28 with the first round of the 2015 Bridgestone Track Challenge.
According to the club: "We remain resolute to provide the most well-organised, safest and most enjoyable track day that any motoring enthusiast can attend. Even though there is a competitive time-trial and racing series championship on the day, the club is inviting the public to become members and participate."
Whether you're fan of BMWs or simply want to experience a racetrack, there are three ways to become involved:
Bridgestone Hot Laps - A three-lap experience as a passenger. The cost is R100 and "there is no need to pre-register".
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Bridgestone Track School - A basic introduction to driving on a track that includes some theory and practical training in a BMW Driving Experience 335i. It costs R500 or only an additional R150 if you enter the track challenge.
Bridgestone Track Challenge - The club’s racing series, which began in 2010, is also its most popular event. According to the club: "Any make of car is welcome; every level of driving skill is catered for from a complete novice to a seasoned professional. Club membership, an MSA licence, helmet and gloves are required.
"Helmets can be hired for R200 for the duration. You will be placed in a session equivalent to your driving skill and your car's performance and if you finish in the top thee in any of the 10 classes you will be awarded a prize. The cost for this is R850 and you will have enough time allocated to you to complete 100 laps of the circuit."*
SAFETY ON TRACK
The club has been organising events for more than 20 years and it claims a "100% safety record".
The club said: "There are the same number of medics and marshals as on a National race day and the club has strict rules about driving conduct as well as ensuring drivers improve their competency throughout the day.
"Every car is carefully checked for mechanical competence and safety before being allowed on track. The club has earned itself a reputation for running very well thought-out and skilfully executed events, yet all participants agree that the organisers have the knack of keeping them fun, relaxed and very social."
BMW CLUB RACING SERIES
The opening round of the BMW Club Racing Series serves as the maiden race for the new BMW Challenge classof standard BMW E36 328i sedans.
The club said: "In what can best be described as running close to the original Group N rules, this promises some exciting racing. Entry to the circuit is free for the public. Gates open at 8am and the action starts soon after that. Refreshments are available throughout the day."
*The time is there; whether one has the stamina is up to each driver.
For further information, visit www.bmwcarclub.co.za or email the organisers.