The track day as a dream day

Recently, it has been rather difficult to get one's racing dose. Whether as a driver, fan or photographer. One possible way out is to exchange ideas with like-minded people at a trackday at the weekend.
Text Marko Knab
Photo Christian Franke

Motorsport as a sport for egoists? Certainly not. Sure, on the track everyone wants to be the fastest, that's already in the DNA of the sport. But off the racing line, the camaraderie is great and every paddock is a family. Recently, however, the social component has unfortunately suffered somewhat: races without fans, restrictions on people in the paddock or even completely cancelled events. As the old saying goes, you have to help yourself. Which actually says it all, and explains somewhat, why you should definitely experience a trackday for yourself. Preferably on the BILSTER BERG.

And if you're still not convinced, here are five more reasons.

1) You get to know yourself

Driving at the limit can show you completely new facets - first of all about yourself. Let's put it this way: you often don't know what you're actually capable of. And there's no better place to find out than behind the wheel. At least we think so. By the way, even after just one drive, the tendency to comment on mistakes made by professional racing drivers from the comfort of the sofa decreases. Why? Because you learn for yourself how complicated it can still be.

2) Meet the stars & taxi rides.

And while we're on the subject of professional racing drivers: Of course, you also meet them at a race track. In our case, that's Lars Kern, official works driver at Porsche. He is a class winner in the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring, but also the lap record holder for pretty much every production car from Zuffenhausen that has been driven on the Nordschleife. You can probably never get closer to your idols. And if you ask nicely, you might even enjoy an unforgettable taxi ride in your personal dream car - in the best case even next to the very great idol.

Lars Kern is an official Porsche works driver, class winner at the 24-hour race on the Nürburgring, but also lap record holder for pretty much every production car from Zuffenhausen that has been driven on the Nordschleife.

3) Networking with like-minded people

Even if you've already been to a trackday at BILSTER BERG several times and know most of the faces off the track, there's always someone new at a trackday. And you can usually have a good chat with them. After all, everyone here is a petrolhead. Even if you don't feel like talking, you can still be entertained: thanks to viewing platforms and grandstands, you can simply enjoy the track action.

There is always someone new at a trackday. And you can usually have a really good conversation with them.

After all, everyone here is a petrol head.

4) Car Spotting

Let's be honest: no matter how old we are, each and every one of us is still impressed by (super) sports cars. Because: in all of us there is still that little car spotter from the past. And there's simply no better way to see your personal dream cars in action.

5) Good mood & good food

After the trackday is before the dinner! Every good driving event needs a correspondingly good finale. And this should be characterised by the best of moods, but also good food. Of course, cool drinks and good company are also a must. But for a trackday, you surround yourself with good friends and familiar faces anyway. Which, at the end of the free drive without a winner, still makes for a real win.

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