DRIVER TRAINING PROGRAMME

Aston Martin Racing has been competing at the highest levels of motorsport for nearly a decade, winning world titles in sports car racing and at Le Mans.

We are now using this experience in training and managing our own professional racing drivers to offer a programme to turn complete novices into racing drivers with a recognised licence to compete in championships in the UK and overseas.

The comprehensive course can be completed in a matter of a few weeks and will lead to the receipt of a National B racing licence.

Aston Martin Vantage GT4

The car we use in our driver training programme is the Aston Martin Vantage GT4. The Vantage GT4 is the race version of the V8-powered Vantage road car with 445 bhp engines, paddle-shift transmissions but with racing upgrades including Koni adjustable racing suspension, racing brake system and the aero kit. The cars are powerful and easy to drive with a 50:50 weight balance and driver aids such as race-developed ABS and traction control. All cars have safety features including an FIA roll cage and racing fuel tank.

Gaining Your Licence

The day starts with an assessment in a road car at Prodrive’s private test track with instruction from one of our professional driving instructors. After this you move into a racing car. We capture everything on video so we can analyse your driving after your run.

In the afternoon you head to a state of the art racing simulator, specially programmed to mimic the handling characteristics of all of Aston Martin’s race products – GT4, GT3 & GTE.

The simulator is run by current works Aston Martin Racing driver and two time winner of the Le Mans, Darren Turner and you will have people from the team and the GT4 Challenge present on the day. The simulator will provide a constant training theme as you prepare to race different cars and circuits.

If you have chosen a specific circuit to race on we load that circuit into the simulator to ensure you have the right grounding to work up to that real circuit.

Track Day

The next step is to participate in a trackday at a UK race circuit. The circuit is selected based on the circuit you will eventually compete on to ensure you are learning the right car and track characteristics.

One of our driving instructors will be with you throughout the day to give tuition and advice.

We use the latest cameras and tracking software to monitor how you drive the car and during each break will assess the data to find areas you can improve. The driving instructor will talk you through the ARDS pack ready for you to take the test for your National B racing licence.

Licence Day

The last step before competing in your first GT4 Challenge event is to take your ARDS racing licence test.

The ARDS test is normally held at Thruxton circuit. During the 3 hours you will be assessed with the aim of qualifying for your National B race licence.

One of our driving instructors will be with you during the day to ensure you have all the support needed to pass the test successfully.

Competing in a GT4

TEST DAY

The purpose of the test is to hone your skills ready for your first race. One of our instructors will be with you throughout the day to give tuition and advice. We will work from data gathered through the car as well as the in car cameras and tracking software to monitor how you drive the car and during each break will assess the data to find areas you can improve.

RACE DAY

The final step of the programme is to take part in your first GT4 Challenge of Great Britain race. You will compete with the Aston Martin Racing team in a Vantage GT4 car.

Competing in a GT4

Driver Training Packages

The complete race driver training package is designed for 2 people and includes all three modules 1) Assessment & Simulator Sessions 2) Gaining Your Licence 3) Competing in a GT4 and the racewear pack at £42,330 + vat (£21,165 per person). Alternatively, training modules can be purchased separately based on the following:

Assessment & Simulator Sessions

• Programme designed for 2 people
• 1/2 day session at Prodrive test track
• Up to 200 km of circuit driving
• 1/2 day simulator training session
• On track car insurance

£6,800 + VAT (£3,400 per person)

Gaining Your Licence

• Programme designed for 2 people
• 1 day testing at UK circuit in Vantage GT4
• Up to 600 km of circuit driving
• ARDS test coaching to gain racing licence
• On track car insurance

£10,375 + VAT (£5,118 per person)

Competing in a GT4

• Programme designed for 2 people
• GT4 Challenge test day in Vantage GT4
• GT4 Challenge race day in Vantage GT4
• Up to 1,200 km of circuit driving
• 4 hospitality passes to the VIP Race Centre
• On track car insurance

£23,160 + VAT (£11,580 per person)

Further Options

• Racewear pack with helmet, race suit, underwear, gloves, boots, HANS device - £2,200 + VAT
• Custom liveried car for race day - £2,000 + VAT
• Additional VIP Race Centre hospitality passes - £75 + VAT per person

The only items not included in these packages are your travel, accommodation, personal insurance and car insurance excess. Insurance excess per claim is a maximum of £3,500 to £7,500 depending on where accident damage occurs.

Further Details —

Full details of the Driver Training
Programme can be downloaded below.

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Enquiries —

Andrew Williamson
Customer Programmes Manager
+44 (0) 1295 273 355
awilliamson@astonmartinracing.com

Links —

Full details of our Race Car Testing programme.

Race Car Testing