Bowmanville, June 30, 2016 – Since 1961, the facility formerly known simply as Mosport, has hosted just about every class of road racing on its famed two and a half mile circuit. That includes Formula One (F1), IndyCar, sports cars, stock cars, motorcycles, and even ‘big rig’ trucks. No fewer than sixteen F1 champions including Juan Manuel Fangio, Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart, Emerson Fittipaldi, Mario Andretti and Nick Lauda have raced here. In 1967, almost 60,000 people showed up (in the rain) to the track’s inaugural Canadian Grand Prix.
Canadian Tire Mosport Park is a funny place. Some of the track days are a lot of fun. You get a lot of training in and a chance to practice drills and hot laps. Other days, it’s just not worth the four-hour trip there and back from Toronto. Last week unfortunately, was a case of the latter.
While the Castrol Audi R8 and Porsche Carrera S were great, the staff at Mosport seemed like they were just going through the motions and generally not that interested in being out there. I’m not sure if it’s because the track was busy, because it was a Friday or because their priority was with another group. Aside from some cool photo ops and four lukewarm laps that the instructor wanted over with, this was a total waste of time.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice to do a hot lap with DJ Kennington and Chris Green, but I’m looking for more than just an amusement park ride in a track day experience.
So in the future, if you’re planning on checking out a track day at Mosport or anywhere else for that matter, make sure you get a few thing straight ahead of time. Ask questions!
How much instruction and track time are you getting? How many people are involved that day and what is the car-to-student ratio? Are there any other concurrent track programs going on that day? You don’t want to be sharing a track.
Are the instructors there to train beginners or more advanced drivers? Are they open to both or is it just one or the other? If a car breaks down, is there a replacement available? Answers to questions like these will save you a lot of time and frustration.
Photos: Spiro Mandylor & Chad Cranston, Nikon D4S, Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED