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Single Seater Driving Experience

Drive a real racing car on a real racing circuit… the Single Seater Driving Experience might well be the closest you ever get to driving an actual Formula 1 car!

As you sit in the small cockpit, you look out towards the start line, start to build the revs, then drop the clutch and launch down the straight, in a matter of seconds you’ll be taking the corners and barrelling along like a pro…

Develop confidence in a Ford Fiesta Zetec S hot hatch with your instructor before experiencing the full glory of an open-wheeled racer for yourself.

The day concludes with a group debrief and certificate presentation with a prize on offer for ‘driver of the day’!

Single Seater Driving Experience

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Saturday 30th March 2024 | Saturday 20th April 2024 | Saturday 4th May 2024 |Friday 24th May 2024 | Saturday 8th June 2024

Price: £185





Our Single Seater Driving Experience lasts approximately 3.5 hours total which includes:

  • Group briefing inc. details of how to drive the ‘racing line’
  • 3 Sighting laps in Ford Fiesta with your instructor
  • 4 Driving Analysis laps in Ford Fiesta
  • 6 Driving laps in Formula Ford 1600 Single Seater Racing Car
  • 10 driving laps in total  (inc. in/out laps)
  • Individual driving analysis with your instructor
  • Group debrief and certificate presentation with a prize on offer for the ‘Drive of the Day’!
  • 24.1 miles covered
  • All instructors are ARDS registered with a wealth of racing experience


Ford Fiesta Zetec S

  • Top speed – 120 mph
  • 0-60 – 9.6sec
  • Power – 118 bhp

Formula Ford 1600

  • Top speed – 130 mph
  • 0-60 – 4.8 sec
  • Power – 110 bhp


All are accredited members of the Association of Racing Driver Schools (ARDS) and complete annual license reviews


  • 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 manual 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.


Is there a height/weight limit?

For this particular course, the cars  are not suitable for those over 6ft3″, or over 15st


Are Spectators welcome?

Yes, full catering and toilet facilities are available with covered viewing areas accessible via the Strawford Centre and outdoor viewing areas around the track.


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.


Is there anywhere undercover in case of bad weather?
Yes. Cafe Bar H will be open and the top floor of the Strawford Centre offers great views of the circuit.


What do I do about food during the day?
Cafe Bar H will be open 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).


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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