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Alberta Advanced Driving School

Friday, May 15 — Saturday, May 16, 2015
Castrol Raceway Park, Nisku, AB

Registration closed May 8, 2015 11:59 PM on May 8, 2015 11:59 PM MDT Registration ends May 8, 2015 11:59 PM on May 8, 2015 11:59 PM MDT Registration opens December 30, 2014 12:00 AM on December 30, 2014 12:00 AM MST Registration runs from December 30, 2014 12:00 AM to May 8, 2015 11:59 PM

Established in 1997, Alberta Advanced Driving School (AADS) is Alberta’s premium track driving school for those with an interest in taking their street car onto the race track.  The school is a partnership between the Northern and Southern Alberta BMW Clubs; however, the school is open to ALL MAKES OF VEHICLES.

Alberta Advanced Driving School is NOT a racing organization.  This is NOT a racing event or a race licensing school.  Our events are non-competitive high-speed driving schools with one-to-one in-car instruction provided, and with coordinated passing.

FORMAT:  Students rotate through a series of instructional branches, in 20-30 minutes sessions throughout the 2-day event.  Instructional branches are as follows:

·  Classroom instruction tailored to the experience level of the student.  For novice groups, this includes basic instruction on: basic track etiquette; flags and signals; entering and exiting the track; passing rules; seating, hand, and mirror position; cornering technique including such concepts as turn-in, apex, and exit; types of corners, including increasing radius, decreasing radius, double-apex, compound curve, and hairpin; and the ideal line.  For more advanced drivers, instruction will include: balance and the effects of weight shift; braking effort; relationship between horsepower curve and acceleration; and skid control.  For the most advanced drivers, theory may include: traction; slip angles; the friction circle; dynamic weight transfer; and oversteer and understeer. Selection of topics is based, in part, on the skill level of the run group as a whole.

·  Driving techniques, practiced on an open, barrier-free paddock (also referred to as a skid pad).  Dependent on timing and skill levels of participants in any particular group, exercises may include:  exploring the limits of adhesion; cornering; wide slalom; accident avoidance; emergency lane change; gas and brake application; threshold braking; and heel-and-toe down-shifting.  In most exercises the emphasis is on control and smoothness, from which suitable habit and instinct will develop.

·  On-track driving at speed.  The road course is where the theory of the classroom and the skid pad exercises are put into practice.  The "race track" is used because it simulates a series of corners just as you might encounter in typical countryside driving, but under controlled conditions that provide an opportunity to more closely approach your driving limits and the limits of your car than would be prudent under normal driving conditions.  Understanding these limits, and how the car can be expected to react under adverse situations can then be incorporated into normal everyday driving making one a safer and more competent driver.

Students are paired with an instructor during all track sessions throughout the two-day school (advanced students may be signed-off for solo driving on the second day, at the discretion of their Instructor).  The Instructor will observe skills, identify areas for improvement, and recommend strategies for improving.  The Instructor may also choose to demonstrate specific techniques, either in the student's vehicle or in their own vehicle.  As a result of this intensive instruction, students should expect to make continuous improvement throughout the two-day course.

SCHEDULE: This is a daytime event taking place over two consecutive days. Tentative schedule is that gates open at 7:00 AM each day; registration from 7:30 - 8:30 AM; school runs from 8:30 to Noon, and again from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. Lunch will be provided onsite for all participants, instructors, and volunteer workers.  Students should expect approximately 2.5 hours on track, 2 hours in the classroom, and 1.5 hours on the skid pad.

RATES for this event:

  • Fee per driver:  $625.00
  • Additional membership fee of $60 applies for non-BMW Club members
  • Helmet rental: $20 (optional - limited availability)

TAXES:  AADS is a CRA-approved educational institution.  An educational tax credit receipt will be issued prior to end of February next year for the amount paid for registration only (excludes membership fee and optional helmet rental).  GST does not apply on educational fees.

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Alberta Advanced Driving School
Contact Richard Dekker
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Castrol Raceway Park
Location Nisku, AB
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