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Our Young Driver Skills Day, hosted on 22nd August 2024, is a chance for 17–30-year-olds to learn new skills and gain additional driving knowledge through a thrilling half day experience at Thruxton circuit.

The day consists of multiple experiences, allowing you to develop your driving skills in a range of vehicles and terrain which you may not have experienced before!

Learn more about car control, try out new techniques on circuit and off-road, all under the guidance of IAM RoadSmart driving experts and surrounded by like-minded drivers.


The Skills Day is split into two sessions, you can book onto the morning or the afternoon.
After a short briefing session, the fun begins! In four groups of eight you’ll rotate around four skills development sessions, getting a taste of each experience, spending about 45 minutes per activity.
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This event is organised in collaboration and sponsored by Thruxton Circuit.


In a safe and controlled environment, we will help you develop the skills needed to correct and control a sliding car, a situation that you may encounter on the public roads. Not only is this great fun, but more importantly a hugely worthwhile investment in your own and your passengers' safety.
Unlike many venues, Thruxton uses modern front and rear-wheel drive cars so that you will understand and feel how the electronic safety systems, fitted as standard to most cars, will help in adverse conditions, but also how to control a sliding car when all the systems are switched off relying on pure driver skill.
We feel this will give you the best preparation for anything the roads and weather may throw at you!
Car in skid pan
*Images are representative and vehicles are subject to change
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*Images are representative and vehicles are subject to change


Bring the speed right down; the 4x4 course requires a different driving skill. Patience, caution and control are needed as you test yourself off-road.  
After a short briefing including vehicle familiarisation, you will take to the 4x4 course. Overcoming steep inclines & declines, rocks, mud water and a host of other obstacles in a terrain that looks impossible for wheeled access.
All this is great fun, it takes some patience but is hugely satisfying when you get it right.


Drive the latest Porsche Cayman on Thruxton’s historic circuit. This is the generation 2 Cayman with the 2.9 litre engine and manual gearbox. This driving experience is designed to get you out on track with an instructor by your side, in one of the most rewarding two seat sports cars in the world.
Red Porsche Cayman
*Images are representative and vehicles are subject to change


In a Mazda MX5 use control, precision and speed to drive around a cone circuit against the clock to be crowned the winner of the day. The aim of an autotest is to negotiate as quickly as possible a low-speed course without hitting any markers - it is all about car control! 


Each half day costs just £149 and offers an exclusive selection of on track and off-road experiences in one session!


Thruxton Circuit in Hampshire is an FIA and Motorsport UK licenced venue.
Thruxton was originally a wartime airfield. Commissioned in 1941 the airfield was host to both the RAF and USAF and played a major part in the D-Day landings as a base for troop-carrying aircraft and gliders. Motorsport started in 1950 on a track comprising both the runways and perimeter roads. 
Thruxton has seen current Formula 1 drivers race at the track during their careers and hosts the high-speed rounds of the British Touring Car Championship and British Superbike Championship.
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In addition to the circuit, Thruxton is home to a state-of-the-art skid pan facility, a purpose-built kart centre, featuring three different circuits and a 4x4 off-road driving course. Plus, the Thruxton Centre boasts a restaurant and outside viewing terrace facing the track. 
Blue 4 x 4 | IAM RoadSmart
*Images are representative and vehicles are subject to change

You can attend a Skills Day if you are aged between 17 and 30 and the holder of a full UK driving licence (or equivalent). The event is not suitable for provisional driving licence holders.

You will drive vehicles provided by Thruxton Circuit. These are likely to include Porsche Cayman, Mazda and Land Rover Defender. The circuit reserves the right to substitute any of the vehicles to a similar vehicle on the day if necessary. 


Morning session: 
Registration is at 08:00 followed by the compulsory event briefing at 08:30. The morning activities starts at 09:00 and finish at 12:30.

Afternoon session: 
Registration is at 13:00 followed by the compulsory event briefing at 13:30. The afternoon activities starts at 13:50 and finish at 17:00.

We suggest that you wear long trousers, a long-sleeved top and comfortable shoes.

Please be mindful of the weather - you may want to bring sunglasses, a hat and sunscreen. You may be required to wear a helmet and/or safety equipment. No exceptions will be made.

You will work in a group of 8 and rotate around the activities with your group.


Yes, friends and family can attend to watch you on the day. Please note, you cannot have a passenger in your vehicle, this is a circuit rule. 

You are entitled to a full refund of your booking payment if you cancel your booking at least 28 calendar days before the event date. IAM RoadSmart will not issue any refunds under any circumstances for cancellations made less than 28 calendar
 days before the event. We will usually refund your booking payment using the same method originally used by you to pay for the booking.

Refund requests must be made via email to
 Provisional licence holders: we cannot issue a refund if you have not passed your driving test before the date of the event. Please do not try to book unless you have a full driving licence at the time of booking.

Catering is available for you to purchase at Thruxton Circuit. Please note it is not included in the ticket price.

You are also able to bring your own food and drinks if you prefer.  Water is available for purchase at the catering outlet, or you can bring your own water bottle and fill it up at the taps. 

The Young Driver Skills Days will still go ahead if there is wet weather.

In the unlikely event of extreme ice and snow conditions, where use of the circuit is considered unsafe, the Skills Day will be rescheduled to an alternative date as a priority. 

No, the online booking process must be completed by the person who will attending. This is to ensure that the driver agrees to all terms and conditions and safety instructions in the joining instructions and that we have captured all the emergency contact details at check-out. 

No, the online booking process captures important information and declarations about the driver at check-out. This information cannot be amended or transferred to another person. You must not send your ticket to a friend or relative to use, only the named ticket holder will be admitted.

If you can not attend, please email A full refund will be issued if the request is made 28 calendar days before the event.

Please do not turn up on the day without a valid ticket in your name. Tickets can be purchased up to 24 hours before the date of the event. Please click on the 'Buy Now' button above to book your space on our online box office or join the waitlist if no spaces are available. 

You can join the waitlist by providing your email address at the prompt in the online booking process. You will be notified by email if a space become available. Tickets will be available to purchase online on a first-come-first-served basis. 

No, if you cannot attend the date that you have booked, please cancel your ticket by emailing
 A full refund will be issued if the request is made 28 calendar days before the event.