What is an advanced driving school ?
An advanced driving school is a driver-training event held on a closed course where students learn and practice advanced driving techniques in a safe, controlled environment, governed by strict rules. The program includes a mix of classroom sessions, track sessions and special exercise sessions depending on the facility. Experienced instructors, carefully selected for their knowledge as well as the ability and willingness to share it, deliver these sessions. An instructor accompanies students during all sessions on and off track.
Participants are generally grouped into four run groups: “Beginner”, “Intermediate”, “Advanced” and “Instructor”. This ensures that the run groups are homogenous and provides a safe environment in which the students can develop their abilities.
Passing is only permitted in specified areas where it can be safely executed with the knowledge and consent of both drivers. For this to happen, the driver of the slower vehicle must acknowledge the presence of the faster vehicle and allow the pass by giving a “point-by” which is a “permission” to pass. This means that the slower vehicle has absolute discretion about when and where to give a point-by and the faster vehicle must wait until the signal is given before initiating a pass.
Once the signal is given, the vehicle being passed maintains the standard driving line and lifts slightly off the throttle to facilitate the pass. The vehicle executing the pass drives off-line to come out and make the pass and comes back onto the driving line. The passing vehicle must make every effort to complete the pass safely and quickly within the specified zone. Late passes at corner entry are not tolerated.
Our advanced driving schools are strictly non-competitive events and as such, no timing devices are allowed or tolerated under any circumstances. Volunteer club members organize and manage our events and ensure that we have qualified professional medical staff and flaggers on duty for your safety.
Who can attend?
The BMW Club of Quebec organizes these events for the benefit of its members. Participants must be at least 18 years old and hold a valid driving license for at least two years. Our events are also open to members in good standing from the BMW Club of Canada (BMWCC) and the BMW Car Club of America (BMWCCA) as well as other recognized car clubs such as Porsche Club of America (PCA), Audi Club of North America (ACNA) and others.
All family members and friends are welcome to come and support you. To do so, they must sign a waiver of liability and release form and comply with club rules, which are there to ensure everyone’s safety. These include but are not limited to: All minors must be accompanied by an adult at all times; All pets must be restrained with a leash at all times; Alcohol and drugs are strictly forbidden at all times; Timing and timing devices are strictly forbidden at all times.
What cars are allowed?
We welcome all makes and models of any age as long as they pass the required technical inspections. That being said, with the variety of cars on the market, the creativity of their owners and the harshness of our environment, we have to draw the line somewhere.
All cars must have two seats of the same type, a dashboard, and equivalent seatbelts/harnesses for driver and passenger. All safety equipment should be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and recommendations. Convertibles with original factory fixed hoops may be accepted, provided they comply with the “broomstick” rule. Convertibles with original factory pop-ups and articulated hardtop convertibles will be accepted. Convertibles without approved factory rollover protection systems must be equipped with reinforced roll bars that comply with the “broomstick” rule and be equipped with 5 or 6-point racing harnesses and arm restraints. All convertibles must run with the top up. For further clarification concerning convertibles, please contact the event registrar or our chief instructor.
The BMW Club of Quebec reserves the right to refuse access to any car deemed unfit for track use. If you have doubts, contact the registrar in advance of the event. DO NOT bring your car to an event and try to plead your case.
Is my car fit for track use?
All participants must have a technical inspection performed on their vehicles within 3 weeks of the event date. Based on this inspection, they must complete and submit a technical inspection form declaring their vehicle fit for track use. The inspection MUST be performed (and the tech form completed) by a certified mechanic.
On the day of the event, the club will perform a technical inspection of all the vehicles at the event. The completed inspection form must be submitted to the technical stewards. All cars must pass technical inspection to be allowed on track. The chief instructor makes the final decision regarding admissibility based on the recommendation of the tech stewards and these decisions are irrevocable.
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What safety equipment is needed?
There is a wide variety of safety equipment on the market today. Participants are required to wear a suitable helmet at all times when on the track. Since January 2016, the minimum requirement is SNELL SA-2010 or SNELL M-2010 certification. The sticker proving SNELL standard compliance must be inside the helmet. For cars with gutted or stripped interiors, the minimum requirement is SNELL SA-2010.
Helmets are checked during technical inspection at the track and are considered an integral part of the safety check. If you have any doubts, contact the registrar in advance of the event. DO NOT bring an unsuitable helmet to the track and try to plead your case.
The club has a limited number of helmets available for rental. If you need to rent a helmet, make your arrangements with the event registrar ahead of time. If you are renting a helmet, you will be required to use a balaclava and these are available for purchase through the event registrar.
Sound Level Regulations at Circuit Mont-Tremblant
The sound limit of 92 dB has been in place since 2007.
The rule is applied evenly to everyone without exception.
A sound violation means you are not respecting the regulations of the Track or the Village.
The driver assumes full responsibility to ensure that the vehicle conforms to the sound regulations of the racetrack.
Under no circumstances shall the Club be held accountable for any loss of track time as a result of a sound violation.