Rally Driving Experience

Mud, dust & a huge adrenaline rush!  Ever wondered what a Scandanavian flick is?  Or just how pro rally drivers slide their cars at seemingly impossible angles through the bends?  Well the answers are waiting for you on the Castle Combe Rally Driving Experience!

Starting with some initial familiarisation laps alongside your instructor, you’ll then take the wheel for your first taste of ‘getting it sideways’!  You’ll hone your skills in both front and rear wheel drive rally cars, with the clock running on your final driving laps in a ‘time trial’ competition…

The experience ends with a high speed ‘white knuckle’ passenger ride in either the BMW or Celica – strap in for the ride of your life as you won’t believe just how fast rallying can be with a pro driver at the wheel!

Assessment sheets on driving technique and ability are handed out at the end of the session at the de-brief together with a certificate.

Rally Driving Experience

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Saturday 02 March 2024 | Saturday 16th March 2024 | Saturday 6th April 2024 | Saturday 27th April 2024

Price: £180





Our Rally Driving Experience is approximately 2 hours in total which includes:

  • Classroom briefing covering safety and rally driving techniques
  • Driving laps in both front and rear wheel drive rally cars
  • Cleaning of cars for health and safety
  • Total of 10 laps of the specially designed, loose surface rally ‘stage’
  • ‘Time Trial’ laps against the clock (in both FWD & RWD cars)
  • High speed passenger lap
  • Individual driving analysis with your instructor
  • Group debrief and certificate presentation with a prize on offer for the ‘Drive of the Day’!
Want to see what it’s like on board before taking to the wheel itself? View here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNqC0wfdPIU

See PetrolHeads latest episode featuring the Castle Combe Rally School here: http://tv.onlymotors.com/dynamic-drivers-petrolheads/


  • FWD Toyota Celica GT
  • RWD BMW E46 2ltr Compacts


Colin Knott – 30 years of experience in national and international championships

Richard Knott – National competitor in the UK and USA, Subaru Stunt & Promo driver

Andrew Knott – Like father & brother a keen rally competitor both here and abroad


  • Driving Experiences can either be bought for a specific date or as an open voucher, to purchase a voucher click here
  • All vouchers are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase
  • Delivered in an attractive Castle Combe Gift Pack




Do you have to have a full driving licence to take part?
Yes and it must be a current licence (unless on the Startline Courses which are targeted towards children aged 12-16yrs before they take their driving test. Click here for details

Is there an age limit?
No, as long as you have a full UK driving licence.

Are Spectators welcome?

Yes, toilet facilities are available and a viewing area for the course.

Do you go ahead if it is raining?
Yes, but obviously we will keep an eye on the weather and if it gets worse then we will rethink, but if you are not contacted you must turn up on the day. If we do need to cancel, then another date can be arranged.

What do I do about food during the day?
Cafe Bar H will be open in the paddock area and offers a selection of snacks, drinks and meals. They accommodate the majority of dietary needs. It offers both indoor and outdoor seating (subject to time of year). Refreshments are not available at the Rally Stage but are available in the main Paddock area.

Is there a weight limit?
Due to the nature of the cars provided, recommended height and weight restrictions do apply to some of the driving experience courses – please see below.

Driving Experience: min 5’1” max 6’4” 20 stone
Driving Experience Advanced: min 5’1” Max 6’2” 16 stone
Single Seater Course: min 5’1” max 6’3” 15 stone
Lotus Driving Experience: min 5’1” Max 6’2” 16 stone
Rally Driving Experience: min 5’1” max 6’4” 16 stone
Please note that these are for guideline purposes only and we have squeezed bigger and smaller people into the cars on the day… sometimes it’s just down to comfort!
Please do contact the Castle Combe Circuit on 01249 479220 if you would like to discuss further… we will always do our best to accommodate where possible!

My son/daughter has only just passed his/her driving test, which course would you recommend?
Probably the Single Seater Driving Experience, as they will be able to experience 2 types of driving and also have one to one tuition with an Instructor.

Do you need to be an experienced driver to book on the Advanced or Elise courses?
No – the Advanced/Elise driving experiences will give you more driving time, extra laps and extra tuition in the saloons.

Are you allowed to race against each other?
No, it is not something we encourage and this will be explained in the safety briefing.

How many people are on the same course, and if I book more than one person in together, will they be in the same group?
The numbers vary according to both the course booked and the time of year. We can make sure that groups (subject to size) are put together, please advise at the time of booking. Our groups are usually 5 per instructor.

What if I can’t make it?

If you cannot attend the event you have booked please ring the circuit office. This needs to be done over 14 days before the event to receive a credit, minus a £20 administration cost, to use for on a different event. Any later and the circuit will not be able to provide any refund.


Castle Combe Circuit Chippenham, Wiltshire SN14 7EY
+ (44) 01249 479438

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