What’s good about the Ron Haslam Race School?
I’m starting racing in 2016 and want to improve my riding ability and knowledge to prepare myself. The thought of doing the Ron Haslam Race School had me bouncing off the walls like a kid at Christmas in anticipation and I couldn’t wait to get to Donington. It’s a full-on experience; starting with a briefing for what to do on track and the etiquette expected. I was doing the Premier Experience, which meant I was out on a Honda CBR600RR and would get three 15-minute sessions with an instructor. Usually there would be another pupil as well, but because of the odd numbers on the day I had an instructor to myself. The day was absolutely brilliant, despite it raining heavily. The Bridgestone T30 sports-touring tyres fitted to the CBR gave me a very good feel for what was happening between bike and the tarmac, teaching me a lot more about riding in challenging conditions. Each track session was followed by a debrief, where I was told how and where I could improve most, before heading back out to put method into practice. The day was tailored to the areas where I wanted to improve. Personally, as this was my first proper go on a track, I wanted to just get a good feel for circuit riding that I could take with me into the coming season. After I’ve done my first couple of races I’m going to book on again to refine myself even more.
And what’s not?
It would have been nice to carve around the track on a beautiful sunny day, but the Haslams can’t control the weather and riding in the rain actually didn’t detract from the experience. In fact, it probably taught me more about my riding. At £299, it’s not the cheapest way to go about improving either but what you do pick up is invaluable.