Tuesday, 15 January 2013

750 Motor Club Teams up with Performance Driving Centre


The 750 Motor Club, one of Britain’s leading organisers of club motorsport, whose offices are based trackside at Donington Park, have teamed up with the Performance Driving Centre to offer an exciting range of race driver training packages designed to fully prepare aspiring racing drivers for their first race meeting. The deal will also offer existing club drivers the opportunity to sharpen their skills behind the wheel.

The Performance Driving Centre was established by Richard Peacock in 1978 and is the longest established race training facility in the UK. The hand-picked team of instructors are all qualified under the ARDS/MSA racing driver instructor licensing scheme and over the years, the PDC team have coached and trained drivers with professional potential all the way up to Grand Prix winners.

In addition to offering the Competition Licence Course, which every aspiring racer needs in order to obtain a National B grade race licence, the 750MC PDC scheme offers the chance to every candidate to see them through to actually participating in their first race. Other options will include:

  • Junior ARDS Course - for 14- to16-year-old driver;
  • Circuit Skills and Racing Procedures (CSRP) - one-to-one tuition with a senior ARDS instructor, demonstration laps showing cornering lines and three 20-minute circuit driving sessions with technical debrief;
  • Intensive one-day Race Training Programme – offering approximately twice the track time of the CSRP course and a detailed analysis of the technical aspects of successful track driving and race craft; and
  • First Race Package – participate in your first race, sharing a car in a two-driver event with one of our senior instructors.

Packages are now available from £295 and each course at Donington Park includes a number of additional benefits such as complimentary membership of the 750 Motor Club as well as access to the world famous Donington Grand Prix Collection.

Christopher Tate, Managing Director at Donington Park, said: “With our on-site partners from 750MC, and the strong past connections between Richard Peacock and this circuit, all here at Donington are delighted with this new race training school. Now, with the Honda Ron Haslam Academy at Donington offering excellent two-wheel training, we have the two great racing disciplines of bikes and cars professionally managed.”

Richard Peacock, of the Performance Driving Centre said: “It has been a cause of concern to me in recent years that UK motorsport has lacked a realistic structure for potential drivers to start racing. I would also like to dispel the theory that unless you are fortunate enough to come from wealthy, indulgent parents and start very young you are wasting your time. Providing you have genuine interest and a reasonable amount of natural ability progression to being competitive can be quite swift. Motor racing will always have a cost but 750MC are the market leaders in providing a variety of cost effective categories. Our current range of courses is practical, down to earth and tailored to the individual. I am delighted to be part of this initiative at Donington in conjunction with 750MC and look forward to seeing new faces on the starting grids and existing competitors becoming more competitive.”