An oft-heard complaint amongst enthusiasts in our country is the lack of access to a racetrack facility where they can get an opportunity to really test the potential and limits of their vehicles in a safe and controlled environment. Naturally, expectations were raised with the Buddh International Circuit coming up, as this would finally allow enthusiasts to get an experience of what a world-class racing facility is actually like to drive on. However, in the initial few years there had been limited opportunity to accessing the track due to myriad of events being held there.
However, the management of the facility recently decided to ease that by restarting their Open Track Day events at the circuit, so that enthusiasts would get an opportunity to use the facility at an affordable price. The basic concept of an Open Track Day is simple, one can bring in their own vehicle, both two and four wheeled – as long as the vehicle is in good condition and passes the scrutiny checks and they possess the prescribed safety and riding gear – and drive at the track. This allows the users to not only test the limits of their vehicles, but also their own driving skills.
So, it was heartening to see a very large turnout of cars and bikes present for the Open Track Day held in the first week of May, with the slots for both four and two-wheelers being completely sold out well in advance. Another interesting aspect of the event was the wide variety of machines that were present at the event, right from a Ferrari 458 to much more humble vehicles enjoyed a day at the track. Another attraction at the event was the easy availability of performance measuring and video equipment for rent, which allowed the participants to not only test their driving skills and know their lap timings, but also get video memories of their time spent at the circuit.
Seeing the positive response and large turnout at the event, the management now plans to hold more such events on a regular schedule, to allow more people to enjoy the track and work on their driving skills.