Castle Combe the Circuit of many achievements and talented drivers have won many races here.

We have been working with Castle Combe for some months now with getting some fresh images and more impacting shots from Race Days, Experience Days, Events held at Castle Combe.

Out on the Race Circuit there are many things to consider, in having a good day out driving at speed, and taking the corners like Lewis Hamilton or any other proffesional race driver.

Here at the Race School, the Instructors are proffesional drivers themselves and know the track like the back of there hand, and they want you to experience the thrill of being in a car, where you have full control but taking into consideration of them teaching you the lines in a few minutes.

We caught up with some people throughout the day and got some of there feedback from the day and how it was to sit in the seat.

We asked 10 people and this is what most of them said without repeating what was said.

  • Staff were very Professional in the approach of teaching us the line to take when entering corners and when to brake to pushing down on the gas. It was very informal and it was like training todo it for real and under pressure, but not a pressure in a bad way but just wanting to go FAST.

 

 

  • Best bit of the day for us, was to watch our granddad smile, and really enjoying the sport that he has always followed. he has been coming to Castle Combe for many of years, and was a Marshall for the circuit some years ago. We spoke with the man behind the wheels of his day out and the best thing he experienced was getting in the Ferrari for 2 Hot Laps, and had a great time and a thrill that he will never forget.

 

  • My wife bought me this for my Birthday which was last week, and i was surprised to say the least. I always wanted to get in a car where i could race out on the circuit on my own. The Formula Ford was awesome and it really felt like i was competing, and with the vibrations and G force and being really low to the track was out of this world. I will be back again for another day for sure!

 

  • Awesome just awesome, i wish the day lasted longer but overall everything was great and the drivers breifing was very interesting. It was serious but not in a strict way, and this is a good thing as i get nervous when under pressure and the instructors were great, and fun to work with throughout the day.

Some facts from the Circuit below but please look at what is on offer at               Castle Combe for YOU……

Nigel Mansell, Ayrton Senna, and David Coulthard all won races in the 70’s and 80’s, and by the 90’s, the circuit hosted rounds of most of the national championships. Circuit opened just 18 months after Silverstone in the summer of 1950, making it one of the longest established circuits in the UK. Until 1999, the circuit followed it’s original layout, around the perimeter of the old air base. In that first year, a young Stirling Moss won a race and over the next few years, names like Mike Hawthorn, Colin Chapman, Les Leston, Roy Salvadori and John Surtees thrilled huge crowds.

By the 60’s, several planning constraints had seen the circuit become run down and although the old Brands Hatch company, Motor Circuit Developments tried hard to develop meetings in the early 70’s with Formula 5000 and other major events, planning problems prevented long term development. However in 1976, the circuit lease was obtained by the current owners and the long road to developing the circuit as a modern national racing venue began.

Today, the circuit boasts modern facilities for competitors and spectators, and the resurfaced and now reshaped circuit providing what is generally recognised as providing the closest circuit racing in British motorsport.

Single Seater Driving Experience

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£185 View Dates & Times

The Single Seater Driving Experience includes…

Briefing

3 x Passenger Instruction laps in the Ford Fiesta S

4 x Driving Analysis laps in the Ford Fiesta S

6 x Driving laps in the Formula Ford Single Seater Racing Car

Debrief

Single Seater Driving Experience, Castle Combe Circuit
Approx Duration: 3.5hrs

Cost: £185

Experience the thrill of driving a racing car on a real race circuit with our Single Seater Driving Experience

Your driving session begins with a detailed briefing. This covers all the aspects of safety and explains the secrets of racing lines, turn in points and apexes. Then it’s time for some practical tuition in the school’s fleet of Ford Fiesta S, featuring the race proven Zetec engine. The cars combined with our experienced instructors and the demanding corners make your seven laps’ instruction really exhilarating and set you up for the ultimate experience, driving the race prepared Formula Ford.

But first, a briefing from one of the pit crew – just like Formula One! Crash helmet on, full harness seat belts tightened and the engine is fired up. Edge out onto the circuit and then it’s up to you. Six laps later and your dream really has become a reality! Then it’s back into the briefing area for your certificate presentation and to pick up your driving assessment sheet.

The Single Seater Driving Experience provides a taster giving good track time and genuine instruction.

Driving Experiences can either be bought for a specific date or as an open voucher. All vouchers are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase and come in an attractive Gift Pack.

Driving Experience Course

 

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£110 View Dates & Times

The Driving Experience Course includes…

Driver Briefing

3 x Passenger Instruction laps in the Ford Fiesta S

5 x Driving Analysis laps in the Ford Fiesta S

2 x High Speed Passenger laps in the Ford Focus ST2

Debriefing

Driving Experience Course at Castle Combe Circuit
Approx Duration: 2 hours

Cost: £110

OTM_6297Experience the thrill of going track side with this excellent taster course. This driving experience will give you a taste for the circuit and will leave you wanting more.

Your experience starts with a safety briefing, followed by an introduction to your instructor. Your instructor will then drive you around the circuit in the Ford Fiesta Zetec S, demonstrating how best to handle the track. Now it is your turn, you will take over the driving seat and proceed to drive the Ford Fiesta Zetec S, around the track, experiencing the thrill of driving on a race circuit. Once you have completed your 5 driving analysis laps, it is time to experience the true colours of the Ford Focus ST2 as driven by your instructors. Time to hold on and enjoy the ride!

Once you have got your legs back, it is back to the Strawford Centre for your debriefing. This is when you find out how you have really done at your driving experience, you will be presented with a certificate and assessment sheet showing you your score.

Driving Experiences can either be bought for a specific date or as an open voucher. All vouchers are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase and come in an attractive Gift Pack.

Lotus Driving Experience

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£355 View Dates & Times

Your Lotus Elise Driving Experience includes…

Driver Briefing

3 x Passenger Instruction laps in a Ford Fiesta S

4 x Driving Analysis laps in a Ford Fiesta S

6 x Driving laps in Formula Ford Racing Car

2 x Passenger Instruction laps in a Ford Focus ST2

4 x Driving Analysis laps in a Ford Focus ST2

2 x Passenger Instruction lap in Lotus Elise

5 x Driving Analysis laps in Lotus Elise

Debriefing

Lotus Elise Driving Experience
Approx Duration: 5 hours

Cost: £355

An action packed driving experience that incorporates four different types of circuit driving.

The Lotus driving experience course begins with a detailed briefing that covers all safety aspects and explains the secrets of racing lines, turning in points and apexes. It is then time for some practical tuition in the Ford Fiesta S before harnessing up and experiencing the Formula Ford racing car on the race circuit.

Once you have completed your laps in the single seater racing car, it is time to progress into the Ford Focus ST2 to see what this car can really do. Finally it is over to the Lotus Elise to experience the amazing handling of this ideal track car.

Then it’s back into the briefing area for your debrief and presentation of your certificate and driving assessment sheet.

In short, a day of driving you will never forget.

Driving Experiences can either be bought for a specific date or as an open voucher. All vouchers are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase and come in an attractive Gift Pack.

Ferrari White Knuckle Ride

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£75 View Dates & Times

Your Ferrari White Knuckle Passenger Ride includes…

Safety & Technique briefing with Instructor

3 High Speed White Knuckle Passenger Laps

Presentation of Personalised Certificate

Cost: £75

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Ferrari White Knuckle Passenger Ride, Castle Combe Circuit
Experience the thrill of being driven at competition speeds, in none other than the Ferrari 360 Modena, around one the fastest race circuits in the country. Sit back and fasten your seatbelt for the ride of your life as you are about to experience how a race circuit should be driven!

Your experience includes three high speed passenger laps in the Ferrari 360 driven by one of our professional instructors who will make your supercar high speed dream become a reality! Then it is back to the briefing area to pick up your Ferrari White Knuckle Ride Certificate.

White Knuckle Rides can either be bought for a specific date or as an open voucher. All vouchers are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase and come in an attractive Gift Pack. Ferrari 360 Modena – the ultimate Super Car!

Rally Drive Experience

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£165 View Dates & Times

Your Rally Drive Experience includes…

• Driver Briefing

• Introductory demonstration lap

• 8 x driving laps; 4 in each car. Last lap will be against the clock.

• Fast Passenger Rally Demonstration Lap with instructor

• Debriefing and presentation of driving analysis sheet

Rally Driving at Castle Combe Circuit

Approx Duration: 3 hours

Cost: £165

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The Experience…

Imagine hurtling down a narrow dirt track, and with a flick of the steering wheel, the instructor dabs the brakes with his left foot! This causes the car to be pitched sharply to the left (or to the right!) and in completely the opposite direction to the approaching corner…! Welcome to Rally Driving at Castle Combe Circuit!

Your half day rally experience starts with one of our senior Rally Driving Instructors giving you an introduction to the sport and explaining techniques and safety procedures.

You will then be introduced to your instructor and to your car as it’s time for Lap 1… the Introduction Lap!

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Introduction Lap…

After being strapped into the car with full competition safety harness and helmet, our experienced instructor will take the wheel giving you expert tuition on car control and how to get the best out of the fully prepared rally car at a modest pace allowing you to take it all in.

Tuition includes…

Correct use of steering, throttle and brakes on the mixed surfaces of the rally stage. Use of the hand brake in the front wheel Toyota Celica GT and how to power slide in the rear wheel drive BMW Coupe! Then, it’s over to you!

Rally Driving Instruction (copyright Mark Campbell) Rally Driving Instruction (copyright Mark Campbell)

Driving Laps…

It’s now your turn to take to the wheel for your driving analysis laps!

You will get to drive both the front wheel drive Toyota Celica GT and the rear wheel drive BMW Coupe each for 4-laps of the rally course. Our instructor will be sitting alongside for some one-to-one tuition plus driving analysis and a timed run in each car on the last lap.

This is your chance to test out the grip of the cars with hand brake turns in the front wheel drive Toyota and some power sliding/drifting in the BMW… throw up that dust!

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High Speed Rally Drive Passenger Laps…

Your driving experience will finish with the ultimate roller coaster ride as your instructor takes back the wheel and demonstrates what the cars can really do with an exhilarating lap of the rally course at proper rally speed.

It’s then back to base for the debrief and presentation of your certificate, driving analysis sheet (and possibly a strong coffee)!!

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The Instructors…

Castle Combe Circuit employs a team of professional instructors all of whom have competed in rallying over the years.

Colin Knott, Chief Instructor, has over 30 years competitive rally driving experience having competed at International Level and is double National Class Champion. He instructs for rally driving, racing and for motor manufacturers both in the UK and in America.

His sons, Richard and Andrew, also instruct. Richard regularly competes at national level and rallies both here in the UK and in the USA. He is a driver trainer for many motor manufacturers and is one of Subaru of America’s approved stunt and promotion drivers. He also appears in film and TV as a stunt actor. Andrew meanwhile rallies competitively when time allows. Like his father and brother, Andrew instructs and competes both in the UK and in the USA.

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Spectators…

Spectators of all ages are very welcome. Please ensure to dress appropriate to the weather as the Rally Drive Course can get rather drafty!!
Toilets and limited undercover areas are available.
Teas and coffees are provided.

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Spectator Passenger Laps…

Subject to availability on the day, we can offer High Speed Rally Drive Passenger Laps in a Subaru Impreza WRX Turbo.

These can be booked on the day (£25 per person) and will include 2-laps of the Rally Course.

Please be advised that these rides are limited in number and subject to availability. Payment by cash on the day only. Subject to standard rallying terms and conditions.