I've done a couple of track days in mine, as far as a good beginers track goes I can highly recommend Croft in the North East. The track is not over technical but still a good challenge and the straights are more than enough for a remapped R32 to hold it's own. Run-off area should you need it is also massive so less worry about merging with a tire wall should you have a 'moment'...
For the more adventurous, Oulton Park in the North West is a fast track with the added bonus that they have 'drift' circuits at the venue
My advice would be look for a 'Novice' day with a car club, I booked my trackday at Croft through the MLR and got it for £99. You have to hang about with a load of Evo drivers all day, but it's £50 cheaper and you get free tuition on the day. Open pitlane too so it means rather than designated time slots where 'x' number of cars are out, you just pull in and out of the pit lane when you want. Especially good for giving your brakes, fluids and the like a 'cool down' after a couple of hot laps...
Well as for insurance, trackday cover is available from most 'performance car' insurance specialists, however the excess is pretty 'excessive!' I went 'at risk' with mine and just drove very defensively all day, but if you really want to push the car to it's limits then I'd certainly consider it.
As for tyres, It's not as harsh as you'd expect really, but ideally you want some racing based tyres like Toyo R888's. I used my old part worn Pilot Sport2 tyres last time and they were good enough for a full days track time, had to swap them over for the trip home though as they ended up well below the legal limit. Most places sell tyres there and/or have the facilities to fit them, but if you can get a cheap set of 18s and bung some 'track' tyres on them that would be your best bet. Most places offer you a garage for the day but always make sure you chain up the wheels your not using as unfortunately sometimes they 'walk' while your out on the track.
Biggest thing to remember though is to take a few jerry cans with extra fuel, you'll be suprised how much you get through, we ran out of fuel about 3hours early at our first trackday and I ended up on fumes crusing about some random town looking for V-Power
Other than that, make sure you tape up your head & tail lights, this is just incase there is a bump so that they dont end up with a load of glass all over the track and take some blocks of wood to 'chock' your car as your brakes will be very warm and if you put your handbrake on it may 'weld' the pads to the disc, eek!
You'll have a great time though Bud, there so much fun
Lol, well if I'm honest, they weren't too hot to begin with…
Most of the surface damage looks worse than it is after subjecting them to a track surface, after a good few miles on the normal British road surface, the 'scuffing' goes back to what you would see on a normal average road tyre. This is going off my mates Evo though who had new tyres on for the event and then drove home on them after, my 'track tyres' were shot as you can see by the inside wall :bawling:
I've done track days in mine at Castle Combe, Donnington Park and Cadwell Park, as well as a couple of long weekends at the Nurburgring. Donington is a good track for novices as there is a lot of run-off should you have a mishap. Cadwell Park is a bit more demanding but my favourite out of all of them.
I got a quote for insurance and it was going to cost me £500 for a long weekend at the Nurburgring with an excess of 10% of the cars value. That was with these people: http://www.competition-car-insurance.co.uk/home.htm BUT it only covers for damage to your car so if you hit someone else or an armco/fence etc. you have to find the money to pay for them!
As a novice I expect you won't be pushing it too hard, so standard brakes and tyres will probably be ok to start with. However, I've done all of my trackdays on standard pads, suspension and tyres but I've cooked couple of sets of pads and knackered the edges of a set of tyres so if it's something you're going to do regularly I'd advised getting uprated parts. I also found that the brakes started to rumble a bit when they got hot.
As long as you treat the track and other users with respect and drive within your limits you should be fine. At some track days there is the option of getting instruction which I would recommend. Not only does it give you more confidence but you get to learn the turning/apex points of each corner and it just makes you more aware as well.
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