How to become a racing driver

Haven’t they ever dreamed of being spectators at the Grand Prix of vintage cars, but of sitting themselves in a race car? Here you’ll find how to do it. Basically, it’s very simple.

Go calmly

In fact, it’s not that complicated to go to the start with a race car, and the race itself is not that difficult. You can read below in three steps how to do it and how to make money by becoming a professional race driver: you need a race license, refractory driving equipment – and of course a race car.

But you don’t need to buy it right away, you can also rent a vehicle and a service first and see if this whole thing gives you pleasure.

But it’s important to take one thing into account: you probably won’t be Formula 1 world champion anymore, which is why you can race calmly. And even if it is not mandatory, it is highly recommended before the first use of an ordinary driving course, with addresses the German Motor Sport Federation. After all, the old saying: “To be first, you have to arrive first”.

The racing license

The driver’s license alone is not enough – before the first use, you need a racing license. Don’t worry, you don’t need to get an additional driver’s license for the circuit – the historical license for motorsport, short for H-Lizenz, you will simply get from the German Motor Sports Federation: the site’s request to download, complete, obtain the medical certificate of fitness to race from the family doctor, send it to the family doctor, send it Ready.

The total costs 189 euros per year (239 euros if you are not a member of a big club like the ADAC or the AvD), which allows you to drive virtually everything except GP racing cars and prototypes in the historical field. For these, you need an international C license, but it only exists when you have reached the top 50 in your class five times in one of the other classes.

But although no courses or other courses have been requested for the normal H licence, Dietmar Lenz of the DMSB urgently recommends a driving course: “You learn the correct behavior on the circuit and especially the signals of the flag.” One- to two-day courses start at 600 euros, the addresses of the organizers are available at the DMSB.

Racing driver

The equipment

Not only do you look as bold as Steve McQueen, but the fireproof suit and helmet are supposed to protect you in an emergency.

Let’s not turn around: motorsport can be very dangerous. If, on the north loop, you take the section of the airfield in wet weather in a slight drift or if you rush into the fox tube at more than 200 years of age, you should do everything possible to be protected in the event of an accident. For example, in the case of a historic passenger car, a solid roller cage, six-point belts, etc. (see also the next chapter).

The optimal driver protection starts with the helmet: drivers of closed cars gladly take the open helmet, but the closed variant and the stable visor are recommended, especially for formula carts – especially because stones are always raised by the previous passenger. Current helmets are usually equipped with HANS recordings, the “Head and Neck Support” is intended to stabilize the driver’s head in the event of an accident. Here too, the decision whether or not to use the system often rests with the driver.

Buying race cars

One day you’ll want to have your own car with GPS navigation for your tour trips – maybe from the start. Anyone who inquires as a beginner in the driving camp, quickly discovers that there are in fact no private cars ready to run or GT below 20,000 euros.

Ready to run means that the car is built according to the rules of The FIA’s Annex K. It does not contain illegal adjustment measures such as a more modern engine, more cylinders, modernized brakes or anything like that, which does not leave the technical marshals leaving you on the tracks.

In addition, there are safety features: a recognized tracksuit cage, a stable race seat, six-point belts, an emergency extinguisher and fire extinguishers. And of course, a valid FIA card that confirms that everything is accurate.

For 20,000 euros, we then find with a little luck an Austin-Healey Sprite, from 25,000 euros also an Alfa Giulia, and with that we are already quite sure the road. Some now dodge in the youngtimer review, because there are sometimes already for only 10,000 euros and Audi 50 or Polo. Now, what happens willingly: Especially beginners racing gifted for crafts think that everything is better and cheaper.