KILLARNEY OPEN TRACK DAY
date: 31 January 2015 | Photos: Nishaam Ebrahim | Words: RaceMasteR
Location: Killarney Raceway, Cape Town.
Killarney open track day is officially the first event we covered
for 2015. We aim to bring you more open track days as well as
many other events during the course of 2015, be it at Killarney
or elsewhere. Open track days are always great to attend be it
as a participant or spectator. The vibe is chilled and the venue
is never overcrowded. Free entry for spectators means you can
hang out at the track with likeminded petrol heads at no cost
which is always great.
From personal experience I always recommend that you must do at
least one track day in your life time. Most people’s reply
is that they don’t have the proper vehicle to do one in.
My reply to them is that you don’t need a race car. If you
own a Toyota Tazz, or Aston Martin V12 DBS, you can do a track
It’s the best thing you could do for yourself and your car.
Ok not so much for your car as it can be quite hard on it at times,
brakes, tyres, etc. But what I always tell people is that you
don’t need to go flat out from the get go.
Go at your own pace. One lap at a time. Gradually increase your
speed as you gain confidence. Remember that it’s only a
piece of road. It’s what you do on it that counts. Don’t
get me wrong, never underestimate the track. So many people who
have fell short very badly either crashing or even writing off
their vehicles, like one poor chap did at this very event.
The point is that you will get to learn so much about your car,
the way it handles and reacts in different situations like cornering
and under braking, and most importantly, you learn so much about
yourself. You can push the limits of your skill, safely, in a
controlled environment, with medical support, and gain so much
experience. That in turn makes you a better driver, not only on
the track, but on the road as well.
Top Gear Magazine SA journo Calvin Fisher testing the limits of
the new Lexus IS350 on track... understeer much buddy?
The cost to participate is R450 for non WPMC (Western Province
Motor Club) members and R330 for members. Passengers are welcome
to join at a cost of R70 per person. If you don’t have a
helmet you can hire one at the track for a nominal fee of about
If you are interested in doing a track day you can check out the
or visit the WPMC website here.
If you want to contact Killarney directly you can call them up
on 021 557-1639 or email them on email@example.com. Remember that
if it’s your first time you need to get there early enough
for the compulsory drivers briefing 15 minutes before the start
of the event.
Remember that you will also need to fill out the required paper
work and admin, as well as have your vehicle scrutineered for
safety reasons. You would also want to do the basic checks on
your car before you head out onto the track. Things like water
and oil levels, tyre pressures etc. It’s also good to be
early so there’s no need to rush.
A clear frame of mind is what’s needed in order for you
to drive at the best of your ability. There’s no need to
worry as drivers are grouped according to skill/experience levels.
Novice drivers are put into group 1 while more experienced guys
usually go into group 2, while the experts and race drivers in
racing cars go in group 3.
Never underestimate the track! We've seen so many people crash
at the kink. Situated just after turn 2, it's a tricky little
humped kink that if taken incorrectly, the worst of things could
happen. Like the famous saying by the late rally legend Colin
McRae goes: "If in doubt, flat out!". I say, you're
not Colin McRae! Either way this was a very hard lesson to learn
for the owner of this vehicle. We just hope he's ok!
There are usually experienced guys around who are willing to help
out with advice like racing lines and what to do etc. You could
even contact us here at Raceweb for help regarding your first
track day, we are always willing to help out with driver instructing
(provided we have enough notice).
So in conclusion, I stress, do a track day! It doesn’t matter
what you drive, as long as it’s in proper roadworthy condition
obviously, you will have the time of your life! Below are some
of the highlights that Nish managed to capture from this event.
Enjoy, and we hope to see you ON track soon, wether you have an
Opel Corsa, or a Porsche GT3 RS!