GVC Advanced HPDE at the Glen
This event is open only to advanced drivers and instructors, and is limited to only 75 cars to minimize congestion. It's a great opportunity for skilled drivers to advance their high performance driving skills. The format is "open-track", but with a twist. Drivers will be asked to select one of two run groups, faster and slower, according to pace and comfort level. The two run groups will alternate half-hour track sessions, with the "faster" run group running on the half-hour, and the "slower" group at the top of the hour. On day 1 (Wednesday), the two groups will remain separate for the first two sessions each (8:30 - 10:30 AM) to give drivers a chance to evaluate their choice of run group. For the remainder of day 1 and all of day 2, the run groups will continue to alternate every half-hour, but drivers are free to run with either or both groups any time the track is "green". The only proviso is that drivers respect the "culture" of the group by driving in a manner consistent with the group's pace. Feedback about this format has been overwhelmingly positive, with participants enjoying lots of track time, and expressing little or no complaints about overly aggressive driving, untimely point-byes, or traffic congestion.
All standard BMW CCA safety protocols and passing rules will be in effect.
Due to the nature of this event, and in the interests of keeping traffic reasonable, the number of drivers accepted is limited. To be confirmed for this event, you must satisfy all the following criteria:
- You must be a member of BMW CCA. Priority for filling slots off waitlist will be given to Genesee Valley Chapter members.
- You must be an experienced advanced or expert level driver that has previously driven solo. Examples include:
- BMW CCA: Group S (or equivalent), A and upper-level B drivers (SLIP Level 3 or higher).
- PCA: Black and White run group drivers.
- Driving instructors certified by the Motorsport Safety Foundation (L2 or above).
- Club and professional racers with valid competition licenses.
Please be sure the driving history in your motorsportreg logbook is up to date.
Instruction: Instructors are not assigned to drivers at this event. Instructors with extensive experience driving the Glen will be available for consultation and in-car coaching on an individual basis. However, participants that are clearly not qualified to participate in an event of this type will not be permitted to continue driving.
If you are unsure whether you qualify, please contact GVC Chief Instructor Bill O'Neill.
Guests are welcome to attend and enjoy the sights and sounds of WGI. If your guests will be arriving separately, you must be sure to add them to our guest list so they may gain admittance to the track . All guests must check-in immediately after arrival at the GVC Driver's Resource Center (Kendall Garage Bay 1) to sign the GVC waiver .
Registration options and fees:
Two-day event: $575 (max. 75 drivers)
Garage rental: $70 for half a bay for both days (2 cars per bay max.; 66 bays available)
One-day event (Wed or Thurs): $350 (max. 10 one-day drivers each day; no garage option)
The host hotel is the historic Seneca Lodge (http://www.senecalodge.com/) located at the upper entrance to beautiful Watkins Glen State Park off NY 329. The Lodge is famous for its food and racing heritage. The bar is notable for its collection of over 60 years of racing memorabliia, as well as an extensive selection of fine beverages. Another favorite place to stay very close to the track is the Falls Motel in nearby Montour Falls. http://www.thefallsmotel.com. These lodgings fill quickly, so make reservations early.
Many other accommodations are available in Watkins Glen, from cozy bed-and-breakfasts to the luxurious Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel.
Camping at the track: Not available.
Off-site camping: Available at nearby Watkins Glen State Park and at other private campgrounds.