This F1 season is shaping up to be a two-car race between Germany’s Nico Rosberg and, of course, Brit Lewis Hamilton. The last two races of the season take place in November, in Brazil and Abu Dhabi respectively, and the table is so tight at the moment that it’s looking like it could go right down to that last race on 27 November.
All this racing around is inspiring us to get behind the wheel. We don’t mean the school run though. No; we want high-octane, pedal-to-the-metal, Top Gear-type driving so we’ve compiled a list of local track days and go-karting experiences for you to enjoy. You’ll have a lucrative sponsorship deal in no time.
Croft Race Circuit gets you behind the wheel of that car you’ve always dreamed of driving and they’ve been doing it for over 20 years. their track is just over two miles in length and Lamborghinis, Astons and ferraris all call it home; all are ready to give you a driving experience you’ll never forget. Juniors are catered for too; youngsters will be taught the essentials of driving safely behind the wheel of a Mini Cooper. Just remember to explain to them why you’ll be doing Michael Caine impressions all day before you take them along and embarrass them.
West Lane, Dalton on Tees DL2 2PL
01325 721815 www.croftcircuit.co.uk
The good people at track days offer a range of full- throttle experiences at teesside Autodrome. At just over two kilometres, the track is fairly short and offers a more technical drive, with off-camber bends, a hill section and one of the biggest bank bends in the uK – ideal for drifting. teesside Autodrome is also the home of an outdoor karting track run by teesside Karting – an extensive circuit that can be modified to suit a variety of needs.
South Tees Motor Sports Park, South Bank Road, Middlesbrough TS6 6XH
01376 809001 www.trackdays.co.uk
01642 231117 www.teessidekarting.co.uk
Karting North East
With more than 20 years’ experience on the track, Karting north east provides a range of adrenalin-fuelled motoring experiences at Warden Law Motorsport Centre in sunderland. they have four different models of kart, catering for all ages and abilities. satisfy your need for speed on their 1,200 metre outdoor karting circuit with a range of race formats, including grand prix, iron man, endurance and timed karting. You can also enjoy rallying in a 1,000cc buggy on a purpose-built course or off-roading in an ex-army Landrover.
Warden Law Motorsport Centre, Sunderland SR3 2PR
0191 521 4050 www.kartingnortheast.com
In Durham, TopGear Karting put on stellar karting experiences, suitable for all abilities of driver. Be sure to get in a few practice laps before having a go at the grand prix, sprint, endurance or iron man events. the circuit at TopGear is completely indoor, 200 metres long and promises to be a real challenge, no matter how much driving experience you’re bringing to the track.
Unit 13 Rennys Lane Industrial Estate, Gilesgate Moor DH1 2RS
0191 3860999 www.durhamkarting.co.uk
F1K Indoor Karting
F1K provides dedicated events for both adults and children at their indoor track in gateshead. these guys are real pros and can give you the inside track on the, well, track (it’s 450 metres long, has nine corners and a main straight of 100 metres), as well as targets for lap times. they even provide hints and tips from gary Cowan, the track specialist.
Forge Road, Dunston NE8 2RB
08444 141141 www.f1k.co.uk