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Driving School: Top of the Class

By Peter Mackinnon

Sat Mar 19 2016

Putting your foot down and eating up the tarmac in front of you is one of the biggest thrills you can ever feel. While you might feel that urge every day, there are one or two things stopping you. First of all, although you might want to race the guy next to you at the red light, you’re not really supposed to do that, are you? And second, unless you’re James Packer you probably can’t afford your own track in the back garden. Hitting a circuit at the weekend is the logical (and legal), fast-track solution. Luckily, Australia has a bundle of racing schools to guarantee you a good time.


Formula Ford Experience (Nationwide)

If you’ve dreamed for many a year of becoming the next Senna, Schumacher, Webber or Villeneuve (Gilles, obviously), then getting your teeth into Formula Ford Experience Australia will get you a step closer. Available at Broadford Road, Marulan, Queensland Raceway, Lakeside Park and Mallala, this school has all the bases covered for the Australian F1 nut. Formula Ford Experience Australia gives you the opportunity to drive in a real, single-seater race car that best replicates F1 race conditions with you in the driver’s seat. This is the closest you’ll get to the true F1 experience without flying to Monte Carlo and blowing your family home’s mortgage at a party with Max Mosley.

You next weekend down at Lakeside Park. Or is it Mark Webber? image:

V8Race (Nationwide)

The opportunity to drive on a real race track is always going to get the blood pumping, so doing it in a V8 will just about knock you out. Classes offered are at novice, intermediate, advanced, and racer level. So take your pick. Test the limits of a Ford or Holden V8 through the V8RACE Experience, the renowned school with tracks in every state. From Sandown and Winton in VIC to Hidden Valley in NT, V8Race caters to every Australian thrill-lover. If you find yourself in or around Sydney, hit Wakefield Park for 6 laps with John Bowe, two-time Bathurst Winner. Who’d knock that offer back?

Hidden Valley Raceway, Darwin, NT photo:

Australia Racing Drivers’ Club (NSW)

The ARDC has played a huge part in the development of Australian motorsport, listing several V8 Supercars competitors of the past and present as members. With a facility like the Sydney Motorsport Park at Eastern Creek, they’ll no doubt be giving us the drivers of the future as well. Since 2012, there’s been the option to split the circuit into two – the north “Druitt” (2.8km) and the south “Amaroo” (1.8km), as well as the extended “Brabham” (4.5km), which has almost 1000m more track to negotiate than the original Grand Prix arrangement. This is top-level stuff, with several kilometres of adrenaline to stomach. For track choice, Eastern Creek is the place to be.

Eastern Creek, Sydney, NSW photo:


Fastlane Racing (WA)

Fastlane Racing prides itself on offering something for everyone. From complete beginners to those who fancy themselves as their local town’s Craig Lowndes, you’re given the tools here to reach your potential. A popular attraction in Western Australia, the school operates out of Barbagallo Raceway in Perth, and can include 2007 V8 Supercars champion Garth Tander amongst their alumni. Their one-to-one tuition is said to be second to none, from introductory lessons to refreshers and advanced classes. So if you fancy making a name for yourself, do what Garth did and hit the Barbagallo track.

2015 V8 Supercars Round at Barbagallo Raceway, Perth, WA. image:

With some of the best tracks on the planet, Australia knows how to keep its enthusiasts enthused. So don’t skip class, take a look at your nearest track for the adrenaline shot you need.


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