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V8 racing at Wakefield park?

By shena - 7 October 2012 16

hi all,

I am thinking of buying a voucher from v8race.com for hubbys birthday and wonder if anyone has had experience with Wakefield Parks setup? I am looking at the 6 driving laps and 3 laps front seat passenger ride option, and would love to hear from anyone has done something similar.

Cheers,

Shena

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V8 racing at Wakefield park?
p1 4:22 pm 10 Oct 12

pirate_taco said :

CanberraRIDERS occasionally runs introductory ride days, and I had a go at Wakefield a few months ago through them (thanks Mark!)
Marulan is a good beginners track…etc….

Thanks Glen, interesting.

borizuka 1:44 pm 10 Oct 12

Having driven my own cars at Wakefield I can tell you that 6 laps is nothing and in my opinion not a good value for money. In addition I have seen some of their V8 cars and they are not new or anything.

My bet would be look at Eastern Creek or the RallySchool courses.

pirate_taco 1:12 pm 10 Oct 12

p1 said :

Does anyone have a link to info on track days for motorcycles? It is not something I have ever done, but I would like to give it a whack some time.

CanberraRIDERS occasionally runs introductory ride days, and I had a go at Wakefield a few months ago through them (thanks Mark!)
Marulan is a good beginners track, it is small with tight corners so you never really get high speeds up, but it is more like doing the clyde if there was no oncoming traffic and safe run offs, and I learnt a lot about handling my cruiser doing a ride day there just after I got my Ps.

The websites of the facilities themselves advertise the next public track days, and there will always be groups for all ability levels too.
To be in a fast group you will always need one or two piece leathers, but I believe most of the beginner groups have more relaxed requirements.

Glen Takkenberg
Pirate Party ACT for Ginninderra

p1 12:16 pm 10 Oct 12

Does anyone have a link to info on track days for motorcycles? It is not something I have ever done, but I would like to give it a whack some time.

Keijidosha 9:43 am 10 Oct 12

Another consideration is the advanced driver training or race car experience offered through Fifth Gear Motoring.

The on-track time is substantially more than what is offered by the V8 experience, and the guys from Fifth Gear are really helpful in terms of advice/coaching.

bundah 9:05 am 10 Oct 12

#9
While there are no shortage of high horsepower street machines,they can’t match the cornering speed of the claytons supercars.Going into turn one at Eastern Creek at 160 km/h,for a novice,is quite a rush.So it’s not the acceleration but the cornering speed and late braking that one gets the biggest adrenaline hit from in this particular experience.

Sandman 11:06 pm 09 Oct 12

Cheap said :

Go with eastern creek, their cars are 450bhp. To the poster above – they don’t “limit” you to 3rd and 4th, those are just the only gears you need on that track. The instructor will only use those gears too except on the straight where he’ll use 5th briefly. Also why are you complaining about observation laps in a tarago? The idea is to see the track, not enjoy the ride.

I realise that they need to bring things down to the lower level to suit the punters that have never driven more than an automatic Camry and a Manual Hyundai Getz and the ride in the Tarago wasn’t that bad. (Taragos can be fun. Trust me, i own one) My point was more that 450hp isn’t entirely uncommon in street cars today and there are a fair few people out there for whom the experience may be a bit underwhelming. Underwhelming is fine for a $20 gokart session but you’re talking some serious dollars for the v8experience. Have you ever been in a situation where someone’s given you a present that they think is the bees knees and you don’t have the heart to tell them you’ve got one already because you know how much it was? Im just tying to ensure that the gift giver doesn’t get put in that situation. The ads make it look like you’re “racing a v8 super car” but it’s not quite like that.

Stainless Steel Rat 5:54 pm 08 Oct 12

Got six laps as a wedding pressie last year, went and did them on Friday last week. Great fun. Hard to do well though! They have markers for you as you’re driving around to indicate where to brake, where to turn in, where the apex is and where to point the car for the exit.

You will be given a race suit to wear and a helmet that has speakers. If driving you will also be given a coach in the passenger seat who gives good instruction on things like – ‘stay left, okay turn in now, short shift up to fourth’ – things like that.

It’s a great experience that will show just how hard it is to drive a big V8 fast around a track, but is heaps of fun at the same time.

Also remember that going around the track doesn’t take too long – only a couple of minutes, but driving to Goulburn takes about an hour or so.

If I was to go again, I’d consider more than six laps, but break it up into a couple of sessions. But as I didn’t pay I won’t complain one bit!

Cheap 1:27 pm 08 Oct 12

Go with eastern creek, their cars are 450bhp. To the poster above – they don’t “limit” you to 3rd and 4th, those are just the only gears you need on that track. The instructor will only use those gears too except on the straight where he’ll use 5th briefly. Also why are you complaining about observation laps in a tarago? The idea is to see the track, not enjoy the ride.

bundah 12:16 pm 08 Oct 12

shena said :

thanks everyone for your input, especially sandman – hubby has also owned a few v8 thumpers – in fact still does… I think you answered the question that I should have asked!

I’ve done laps around Eastern Creek and thoroughly enjoyed it and would definitely recommend that track over Wakefield which is slower and less exhilarating.

shena 11:42 am 08 Oct 12

thanks everyone for your input, especially sandman – hubby has also owned a few v8 thumpers – in fact still does… I think you answered the question that I should have asked!

CoffinRX2 8:08 pm 07 Oct 12

The cars are pretty average.

The best experience you can do is http://www.rallyschool.com.au

Sandman 8:07 pm 07 Oct 12

I got sent along to the Eastern Creek one with my Brother in Law for his birthday one year. Value for money kind of depends on the person. The cars are racing cars with v8s in them but they aren’t full on V8 super cars. They basically limit you to 3rd and 4th gear once on the track and at Eastern Creek it wasn’t even the full circuit. My BIL got stuck behind a really slow guy and his instructor wouldn’t let him overtake for 2.5 laps. My instructor was pretty good and would get straight on the radio to to instructor in front if he thought we were going to be impeded too much.

Don’t get me wrong, it was fun, but all the time spent getting there, safety briefing, photo, recon laps in a Tarago , and then waiting your turn for 10 minutes of medium thrills, made it “ok” overall. Personally, I’ve driven some pretty quick street cars, owned a heap of thumping v8’s and hit stupid speeds on 1000cc sports bikes. For what it cost I could have gone and done 3 track days in my own car at Wakefield and gotten a lot more value for money and a better rush.

what_the 7:33 pm 07 Oct 12

If you can do the Eastern Creek one as you get to stretch the legs of the V8 down that nice long straight which Wakefield doesn’t have.

Golden-Alpine 3:52 pm 07 Oct 12

Great idea do it! I did this at Eastern Creek and it was a fantastic experience. I arranged for my father to do it at Wakefield Park for his birthday and he loved it.

Check a few diffferent sites that sell the vouchers for the best deal/value. Buy as many laps as you can afford because it goes so quick, it takes a couple of laps to get into a groove and gain confidence.

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