HERE ARE SOME TIPS TO GET STARTED

Autocar - - A CARVOYANT’S GUIDE TO 2019 TOP TIPS -

You can use any car ex­cept a sin­gle­seater, open-wheeler or 4x4, and it must be me­chan­i­cally sound.

Use the cor­rect grade of high-qual­ity en­gine oil.

Road-go­ing brakes are no match for a race track. High-tem­per­a­ture rac­ing brake f luid and fast-road front disc pads make a big dif­fer­ence.

Fit a tow eye or strap to the front. Most fairly mod­ern cars have one, or a place to fit one. Take some ba­sic tools. Buy an ac­cu­rate motorsport pres­sure gauge and a ba­sic foot pump. Pres­sures can rocket when tyres get hot, so mon­i­tor ev­ery ses­sion.

Pe­ri­od­i­cally check the wheel nuts are tight­ened to the cor­rect torque us­ing a torque wrench.

Take a jer­rycan of fuel – it gets used up quickly.

If driv­ing a car to the cir­cuit (rather than tow­ing), make sure your tyres have enough tread to get home legally and safely.

Get your own prop­erly fit­ted crash hel­met. Some driv­ers like to wear gloves and race boots for com­fort too.

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