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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2006 8:39 am 
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I put this list together for the first Saab track day based on my own previous track day experience and a checklist written by Christopher Darwin, many of whose trackdays I have attended and greatly enjoyed.

Saab Trackday: Checklist

Bill Jones' track day checklist based on lists compiled for previous track days attended:

  • Driving licence
  • Helmets (may be provided by circuit)
  • Clothing (long sleeves and trousers)
  • Wheel nuts tightened
  • All fluid levels checked & caps replaced
  • Car fuelled. i.e. Full (you'll need it!)
  • Loose articles removed/secured
  • Tyre pressures increased for higher speed (if in doubt use Saab's recommendation for load/speed)
  • Windscreen cleaner (anticipate flies)
  • Towing eyes (where separate) just in case
  • Zero tripmeter on arrival if you wish to count laps

Also, bear in mind that some items on the car will wear at an accelerated rate on a track day.

  • Check brake pads - they'll wear a bit (!)
  • Consider tyre wear- if you're down to about 3mm you may not be legal at the end of the day!
  • Ensure your spare is in order.
  • When was your brake fluid last changed (Old fluid will boil more easily and lead to brake fade)

Remember that it isn't a race. It's an opportunity to drive your car as fast as you feel comfortable and explore what it can do in a safe environment. It's also an opportunity to receive professional driving instruction.


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Good Advice Bill. Thanks for that.

Although I have autotested before and done some rallying, this will be my first circuit race. So advice like this is much appreciated.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2006 8:34 pm 
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BillJ wrote:
Remember that it isn't a race.


FUBES wrote:
this will be my first circuit race


It is NOT a race- indeed anyone deemed to be "racing" will be black flagged by the marshalls.

It is about exploring the performance capabilities of yourself and your car in a safe, non-competetive environment.


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Sounded like a slip of the keyboard to me. Easy mistake to make for someone who hasn't been on a track day. No matter how many times I tell some people what a track day is all about they still lapse into the term "racing" when talking about driving fast around a circuit.

Still, worth reinforcing the point, Mark. Competitive driving is against the rules and anyone caught doing so will be dealt with by the marshals.


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Ok, substitute "race" for experience, which was the point I was trying to make LoL. Still looking forward to it, and if I get on the grass, at least I will have my rally experience to fall back on (as I hurtle into the tyre wall LoL).

No, seriously, it will be treated with the respect it deserves. It is the perfect opportunity to see what the T16 will do safely.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2010 1:46 pm 
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Very good checklist. I would suggest the following additions:

• No fluid leaks
• Nothing loose (e.g. seats, exhaust pipes, batteries or bodywork)
• Seatbelts fully functional
• Lights and wipers fully functional
• Demisters full functional

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