The Race Driver Training Program is organized and operated by the SCCBC’s Race Drivers Committee. Committee membership is by invitation and is comprised of some of the best racers in the club. Most have won class championships while others have demonstrated themselves capable of excelling in all race conditions.
This intense 3-day course is designed for people who intend to race and as well as those who wish to improve their driving skills. Upon successful completion, and after passing a thorough medical examination, your certificate from this course is recognized by ASN CANADA FIA, CACC, ICSCC, and usually SCCA, toward a novice race license. For further information on novice requirements, contact the CACC Novice Director.
The three day course includes one day of classroom instruction and two days of on-track instruction. Students are assigned an instructor which they may share with a couple of other students. In the classroom session, the students study the Race Driver Training Manual. This covers the basics such as seating position, shifting, racing lines and apexes, and general race procedures.
On-track instruction starts with a complete walking tour of the track and a description of each corner. Next, comes the slow speed dual instruction – the instructor drives the car around the track at slow speed while pointing out the racing line and apex in each of the corners. Then it’s the student’s turn to drive. By the end of the first day on track, the students have increased their driving speed considerably. The second day on the track starts with a short review, then it’s back out on the track. The speed is slowly increased with each session, until the student is comfortable driving the track at racing speeds.
Students are closely observed by the instructors throughout the weekend and are given feedback on a variety of racing techniques including driving position, control in the drivers seat, and corner entry and exit.
At the end of the weekend, those who have successfully completed the course and who intend to go racing may purchase a novice racing license. A novice racer must complete three races under observation before the license may be upgraded. A senior license allows competition in club championship races.
Refer to our driver training frequently asked questions page for answers to our most common questions.
Driver training is typically held twice annually, once in the spring and again the summer. The dates for the year’s driver training sessions are typically released early in the new year. You can find the known schedule for all driver training sessions on our Schedule page.
Applications close one week prior to the first day of the course, or when the maximum number have been received. The 2021 price for the three-day course is $625 (GST & 1 year SCCBC membership included – $60 value!). Register online at sccbc.motorsportreg.com. For more information, contact our Driver Training Coordinator or visit the Race Drivers Committee contact page.
Race Driver Training Requirements
- Provincial (N or higher) or State driver’s license that you have held for a minimum of 6 months (must be produced at registration).
- Snell Foundation approved helmet, SA2010 or newer SA or M classification, must be in very good condition and must be shown during technical inspection (tech)
- Cars must have passenger seat and minimum three point seat belts on both seats. Convertibles and open cars must have CACC approved (race approved) roll bars. M class helmets are not allowed in cars with roll bars. No trucks or minivans are allowed. Vehicles without proper seating and/or restraint systems for both front seats are not permitted.
- Liability waivers must be signed. Note: Your ICBC insurance coverage is NOT valid while you are on the track.
- The RDC reserves the right to refuse entries and suspend participation at any time.
- All fluids must be taken from the track. Bring suitable containers if you will be bleeding brakes or changing fluids at the track.
- Vehicles will be inspected and must be in sound mechanical condition with a fully muffled exhaust to allow normal conversation in the vehicle. Loose articles must be removed.
- Cars must be equipped equally for both driver and passenger safety and comfort. Roll bars must be padded where contact is possible.
- Spare front brake pads are recommended.
- Race cars are NOT permitted. Students must supply a reliable street car.
- Owners of modified vehicles should contact the registrar and discuss the suitability prior to the tech session
All students must have a valid street driver’s license. You will be required to sign a waiver. Minors require signatures and presence of a parent or legal guardian.
For more information on our Race Driver Training Program contact the SCCBC Driver Training Registrar