Track Day Tyres

UK Track Days

A track day is an event organised for non-members of the racetrack to attend for a day of high-performance driving – these range from novice to pro days. The event offers drivers the opportunity to take their own car onto the track and enjoy a day of pushing the limits of their vehicle around a controlled racetrack.

In order to get the most out of a track day it is important to ensure you and your car are fully prepared – for example making sure you have suitable tyres, optimal tyre pressure and correct alignment. 



Open Pit Lane Vs Session Days

Track days are commonly split into one of two formats – open pit lane or a session day. Open pitlanes mean that participants are welcome to spend as little or as much time on track as they like – with the restriction of only a certain number of vehicles allowed on track at one time. A session or group day is where participants are split into groups and then allowed to go on track for a 15-20 minute slot per hour. 

Open Pitlane

Advantages:

Disadvantages:

Total time on track is decided by the driver

Mixed driver ability on track

Fewer total cars on track due to noise restrictions on certain tracks due to local noise restrictions

Fewer cars allowed to book onto track days at certain tracks due to local noise restrictions

More relaxed set up – with track only unavailable during lunch break

Tend to be more expensive to book

Session Days

Advantages:

Disadvantages:

Tend to be cheaper to book as organiser can facilitate more cars

Limited amount of time on track, governed by organisers

No queues in the pitlane to wait to go out

Any stoppages caused by breakdowns or accidents can wipe out track sessions

Groups are organised into ability meaning drivers can get more out of their track time

 



Trackday Tyres

Tyres are a crucial consideration prior to any track day. As the only part of the vehicle in contact with the track, it is pivotal not only for safety but optimal performance. The Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport range is designed with innovative technology and compounds that enable significant improvements to braking distance and lap times without compromising on driver feedback during driver turn-in and under braking.

Two of the SuperSport range of tyres are recommended for track focus: The Eagle F1 SuperSport R and Eagle F1 SuperSport RS

 

Eagle F1 SuperSport R

Exceptional grip and steering precision on dry surfaces, on and off track. 

 

Available in sizes: 18" - 21"

Eagle F1 SuperSport RS

A track ready tyre with exhilarating performance on dry surfaces.

 

Available in sizes: 20" - 21"





Road Worthy Track Day Tyres

Goodyear's Eagle F1 SuperSport range provides outstanding performance both on and off the track - fully road legal. The Eagle F1 SuperSport range is designed to be used on the road for your daily driver and as well as being ready to be pushed to the limits on track - meaning you can drive to and from your track day on the Eagle F1 SuperSport range. The more track focused tyres in the range - Eagle F1 SuperSport R and Eagle F1 SuperSport RS are recommended to be used in dry conditions only. Learn more about road to race tyres by reading our Guide to Trackdays

A race inspired tyre for superior grip and handling on dry roads.

Exceptional grip and steering precision on dry surfaces, on and off track.

A track ready tyre with exhiliarating performance on dry surfaces.



How to Prepare for a Track Day?

Whether you’re a novice or intermediate track day driver, it is important to ensure before booking your track day that you research the track so that you are familiar with what to expect and any rules surrounding vehicles – e.g. noise restrictions on exhausts. Once you have reserved your place, ensure you have suitable clothing for the day, footwear that enables good pedal feel and a helmet – although some tracks will allow you rent these. For the day or session itself, you’ll want to ensure you’re mentally fully focused and ready for a day of track action to get the most of out the driver/vehicle performance. 

How to Prepare Your Car for a Track Day?

Your car should be well maintained ahead of the track day – ideally serviced with a focus on ensuring brake pads are in top conditions and topped up with fresh fluids designed for harsh track day use. It is essential to ensure the basics are correct – mirrors are clear and not obstructed, all lights are working and exhausts are muffled should this be instructed by the track day organiser. Before your track day/session ensure you have plenty of fuel for the day ahead and no loose items in the car that could be a distraction or place extra weight on the vehicle. 

How to Prepare Your Tyres for a Track Day?

Tyres are an integral part of vehicle performance on track, a whole range of forces are transmitted via the tyre’s contact with the track. Engine power, braking forces, lateral forces, vehicle weight, compression or load changes – all result in immense friction work, especially under racetrack conditions.

Before choosing your track day tyres, it is essential to judge the layout and asphalt of the chosen track as these will have a considerable impact on tyres:

  • Long fast curves put more stress on the tyre and tread than short slow curves
  • Aggressive rough surfaces put additional strain on the running surface than smoother surfaces
  • Tyre loads cause both changes in tread temperature and wear:

            o   Especially at the start of a track day as the surface is often dirty with previous debris

            o   Sports tyres with tread compounds similar to those used in motorsport tend to pick up this dirt and debris immediately

            o   Pick up has a negative influence on grip and balance as well as tyre wear and tear.

The first indication of track condition is often which vehicles have driven on it previously. For example, vintage cars often loose small amounts of oil which can lead to a considerable loss of surface grip. Motorcycles use a sharper driving line than cars, which means wear and tear o motorcycle tyres tend to fly into the driving line of cars. This is then collected as pickup from car tyres which again can impact levels of grip.

It is important to ensure initially from a safety perspective that your chosen track tyres are suitable for your vehicle and driving style. Once you have chosen your tyres, always ensure before every track session that there is plenty of tread left, no visible cuts, bulges or uneven wear. Read more on checking your tyres here.  [link to checking your tyres]

The Goodyear SuperSport R and RS are road legal tyres that are designed for dry track usage and must be considered as semi-slick tyres that have limited capacity on wet roads. It is important that drivers adapt their driving style to the conditions of track or road in unclear or dangerous conditions. 





What to expect on the day?

Every track will have different rules and regulations that are required to be followed to ensure the safety of all participants which allows everyone to enjoy their time on track. You will be briefed prior to the day/session start but a few general rules to understand are:

  • No overtaking on corners – only overtake on the straights and to the left of the other car
  • Never stop on track, enter the pitlanes if you need a break or to sort your car
  • Wear safety equipment, seatbelt and helmet
  • Passengers are allowed if they are over 16 years old and wearing a helmet


Track Day Flags

During a track day marshals around the circuit will communicate using a coloured flag system to ensure everyone on track is kept safe. A marshal's role is to see everything on the track before drivers - this could be an oil spill, an accident ahead, etc. This is why it is crucial to understand the flag system used ahead of your track day to help you get the most of out of your day on track. The flags below are not exhaustive and it is recommeneded to check on the day of your track time the system and flags used at that track: 

Yellow Flag

The yellow flag signifies danger ahead - when this is waved you should slow your vehicle and refrain from overtaking the vehicle infront. 

Red Flag

A red flag means there has been an accident on track that could impact other drivers. This means that particular session has come to end - meaning you need to slow down and return to the pitlane immediately.  

Black Flag

A black flag indicates something is wrong with either your car or way you are driving. In this case you should acknowledge the flag, head for the pitlane and report to the event organiser to understand why this flag has been raised.



Blue Flag

A blue flag (which sometimes has a yellow stripe) means there are faster vehicles behind you which you need to let pass. 

Yellow & Red Flag

A yellow and red vertical striped flag signifies to slow down for a hazard on the circuit which could be fluids, debris or an animal. 

Black Flag

The chequered flag is normally waved at the start/finish line, meaning the track session is over and it is time to head back to the pitlane. 



Colin Turkington Recommends Eagle F1 SuperSport

Colin Turkington, four-time reigning BTCC Champion, put our Eagle F1 SuperSport tyres to the test in our BMW M2 Competition with an extensive road and track day test starting at Donington Park. Making for an interesting comparison, Colin was able to switch between his usual BMW 330i MSport BTCC car on Goodyear racing slick tyres to the BMW M2 Competition test car, gripped by the latest Eagle F1 SuperSport tyres. 

"DONINGTON IS TOUGH ON TYRES. NEVERTHELESS, THE RESPONSE AND STABILITY GIVES ME THE CONFIDENCE TO ATTACK FAST CORNERS."

"THE STIFFER SIDEWALL GIVES ME THE FEEL AND FEEDBACK I NEED IN THESE FAST CURVES."

"GOOD INITIAL RESPONSE IS REALLY NOTICEABLE AS SOON AS I TURN THE WHEEL."

"THE REAR END IS PINNED TO THE ROAD. THAT'S WHAT YOU NEED ON A POWERFUL CAR LIKE THIS."

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