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Ready to enter the world of motor racing?

Then you’ll need a National B Competition Licence before you begin.

This essential qualification provided by the sport’s governing body, the Motorsport Association (MSA), is recognized throughout the UK. It includes both academic and practical assessments, ensuring your suitability and helping to maintain safety at circuits around the country.

Silverstone Motorsport Academy is one of the country’s leading Association of Racing Drivers Schools (ARDS). All our instructors are competitive drivers, ideally placing them to provide the knowledge and skills needed for a successful licence application.

The Junior drivers course is a full day mix of classroom theory and practical driving. Advanced courses are a one day programme that allows you the opportunity to gain a signature on your race licence upgrade.

Your ARDs day will include

  • Learn both: Skid + Control (Auto-test & Skid Car)
  • Lectured on track techniques within one of our Classroom facilities on-site
  • In-depth practical one-to-one coaching session in a Megane Renaultsport, enabling yourself to learn racing lines & circuit driving techniques
  • End of day: Written & Driving assessments (pass or fail course)

To book one of these forthcoming dates or for further enquiries please call 0844 3728 235 or email race@silverstone.co.uk. Office hours are Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 5:30pm.

Why take your ARDs with us?

We hosted the first ever Formula One World Championship race in history in 1950 and we are still the current home of the FORMULA 1 BRITISH GRAND PRIX! There have been epic battles throughout the eras, the world’s best drivers have tried to master it, racing legends have done it and now it’s your time…..

Time to start your racing career in the footsteps of legends….. On the track, you will work with world class instructors who themselves race at the top level of motorsport.  Their sole goal is to help you pass your test, learn a great deal about race driving and most importantly enjoy the experience.

We are here to help……

The Silverstone ARDS briefing covers all aspects of race driving techniques in order to help you understand and learn the physics behind the art of race driving before we go on track.

We cover:

  • Steering technique, in particular how your vision controls the varying application of movement between the foot pedals and the steering wheel.
  • We show you how to choose the correct race lines with the use of video, computer graphics & verbal communication
  • We’ll break down a single corner into four distinct elements: area of approach (brake & gear change technique), area of turn in (steering input), midpoint & the exit of the corner.
  • We cover in detail car weight transfer and its effects, through interactive questions & answers with you.
  • The difference between fast & slow corner technique and also how to read the correct race line for one corner, or a sequence of corners.
  • How vision controls everything we do in a race car. We look at car control, covering understeer and oversteer technique, how to avoid these dangerous situations, how they are caused & most importantly what to do if they happen.

You will then need to take the written exam, we’ll explain in detail the process and offer guidance with any issues you may have to help you perform at your best.

On Track

Here at Silverstone, as part of the ARDS day we offer practical experience in Skid control which we believe is fundamental to the start of a safe racing career.   We are the only school in the country to offer this specialised training in your ARDS course.   We educate you through direct skid experience and analysis of cause and effect for different types of cars.

On the circuit you are assigned to the same instructor for all four sessions of coaching and analysis.  This allows the instructor to focus on the areas that need the most attention thus giving you the best preparation for your on track ARDS practical assessment.  You will leave with a great insight in the art of race driving, the perfect start to your racing career.

Here’s just a few names of those who have mastered the circuit at Silverstone:

Luigi Villoresi, Emmanuel de Graffenried, Giuseppe ‘Nino’ Farina, Jose Froilan Gonzales, Alberto Ascari, Juan Manuel Fangio, Peter Collins, Jack Brabham, Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart, Peter Revson, Emerson Fittipaldi, James Hunt, Clay Regazzoni, John Watson, Alain Prost, Nigel Mansell, Ayrton Senna, Damon Hill, Johnny Herbert, Jacques Villeneuve, Michael Schumacher, David Coulthard, Mika Hakkinen, Rubens Barrichello, Juan Pablo Montoya, Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen, Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber, Nico Rosberg…….. You could be next!

Full Day ARDs

This comprehensive one day programme gives you what “we believe” to be the minimum training required. Over and above our half day programme you’ll enjoy the benefits of learning both skid control and car control. During the course you will learn track techniques during a stimulating lecture in one of our classrooms, master the art of skid control to minimise any potential incidents and maximise the available grip – gaining those valuable tenths of a second, enjoy in-depth practical one-to-one coaching sessions, enabling you to learn racing lines, circuit driving techniques, consistency and safety. This course really has everything you need.

At the end of the day you’ll take driving and written assessments and can start looking forward to entering this exhilarating sport.

Before you set off for the Home of British Motor Racing you’ll need to buy an MSA Go Racing pack. These are available for £95 when purchased from the MSA, who can be contacted on 01753 765000. They contain an application form and the essential course material you’ll need to study before reaching the circuit.

Your Day

  • Duration: 1 day
  • Safety & driving technique briefing
  • Personal on-track tuition
  • Car Control Briefing
  • Car Control Session
  • Lunch Break
  • ARDs briefing
  • Written test
  • Advanced car control
  • ARDs driven assessment & debrief

Requirements

  • Minimum Age: 17
  • Height: 5ft 2ins – 6ft 6ins
  • Maximum weight: 18st
  • Licence required: Yes
  • Period licence held for: Current valid driving licence

Accident Damage Waiver

Accident Damage Waiver reduces the potential cost of accident damage from £5,000 to £1,000 and is available to purchase for £20pp. This waiver can be purchased on the day of your Experience from the Silverstone Experience Centre.

Please click here to view our terms and conditions.

Junior ARDs Course

The Junior Drivers course is a full day mix of classroom theory and practical driving. It does however assume that the pupil has prior experience of driving a manual gearbox car. If the pupil has no prior clutch / gearbox experience then additional tuition will be needed as per our existing young driver assessment and should be recommended prior to the main training.

Content of the course will comprise of the following:

Theory

  • Circuit safety
  • Gear changing and heel & toe technique
  • Driving position and the correct tension and position of seatbelts
  • Braking
  • Racing line
  • Car dynamics and physics
  • Marshals flags and signals
  • Safety Car
  • Action to be taken in the event of accident / breakdown
  • Vehicle recovery and being towed
  • Chronology of a race meeting
  • ARDs written exam

Driving Practice – Circuit

  • Gear changing
  • Down-changing technique
  • Vision – ability to look sufficiently ahead and identify marshals signals
  • Braking
  • Racing line
  • Cornering
  • Heel and toe
  • Lapping with instructor – four 25 minute sessions
  • Race start (if possible)
  • ARDs on-track assessment

Driving Practice – Car Control (Caterham)

Basic car control to appreciate and understand the following:

  • Understeer
  • Oversteer
  • Throttle control
  • Steering input and the use of corrective steering
  • Pulse braking

Requirements

  • Minimum Age: 14
  • Height: 5ft 2ins – 6ft 6ins
  • Maximum weight: 18st
  • Licence required: No
  • Period licence held for: N/A

Accident Damage Waiver

Accident Damage Waiver reduces the potential cost of accidental damage from £5,000 to £1,000 and is available to purchase for £20pp. This waiver can be purchased on the day of your Experience from the Silverstone Experience Centre.

Please click here to view our terms and conditions.

Advanced ARDs

This comprehensive one day programme allows you the opportunity to gain a signature on your race licence upgrade card. During the course you will learn track techniques during a stimulating lecture in one of our classrooms, master the art of skid control to minimise any potential incidents and maximise the available grip – gaining those valuable tenths of a second, enjoy in-depth practical one-to-one coaching sessions, enabling you to learn racing lines, circuit driving techniques, consistency and safety. This course really has everything you need.

Your Day

  • Duration: 1 day
  • Safety & driving technique briefing
  • Personal on-track tuition
  • Car Control Briefing
  • Car Control Session
  • Advanced car control

Requirements

  • Minimum Age: 17
  • Height: 5ft 2ins – 6ft 6ins
  • Maximum weight: 18st
  • Licence required: Yes
  • Period licence held for: Current valid driving licence

Accident Damage Waiver

Accident Damage Waiver reduces the potential cost of accident damage from £5,000 to £1,000 and is available to purchase for £20pp. This waiver can be purchased on the day of your Experience from the Silverstone Experience Centre.

Please click here to view our terms and conditions.

Available Dates

To book any of these dates click on the ‘Buy Full Day ARD’s’ button, or call 0844 3728 236.

Full Day ARDs – £595

  • Friday 30 September
  • Saturday 26 November

Junior ARDs – £695

  • Friday 30 September
  • Saturday 26 November

Advanced ARDs

  • Please speak to a member of the team on 0844 3728 236 for more details.

Before Attending

Driving on circuit is a very different world to the road, so prior circuit driving experience is strongly advised where possible. You maywish to take part in one of our Car Track Days or some Driving Coaching, giving you the opportunity to get out on circuit before your ARDS test. We don’t expect you to set a new lap record around our circuit, but you will need to demonstrate you can drive the circuit consistently and safely over a series of laps during your test.

You must buy a “MSA Go Racing Pack, which contains an application form and the essential course specific material.

These can be purchased here from MSA, for £95.00 or by calling MSA on 01753 765000

Key Information

On the day of your ARDs course you will need to bring the following:

  • ARDs application form, obtained via Motorsport Association (MSA)
  • Safety equipment supplied by Silverstone, although you are welcome to bring your own
  • A valid full driving licence (or completed Young Drivers Assessment)

You will also need to:

  • Complete a medical test.  It is best to do this before taking the ARDs course, without the medical test you will not be able to apply for your licence. If you take the medical test after the ARDs course you will have threemonths from the date of the course to complete the medical test.  Medicaltest results are only valid for six months before sending to MSA
  • Once the ARDs test is passed you will have up to one year to send it to MSA, if the document is not sent within the year, then the test will have to be re-taken
  • When sending your application to MSA you must include a UK postal address

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