Run Group Promotion Requirements

Published: October 18, 2012; updated: July 4, 2013

This page lists my requirements for run group promotion. These are the minimum requirements, intended for drivers who specifically want to move up one or more groups, and primarily focus on safety and awareness rather than particular driving techniques. Most drivers spend some time at each level working on going faster. See student evaluation for a list of skills that you can work on.

Novice Solo

To drive solo, you must:

Requirements for novice solo are primarily safety. You will note that being fast is not one of them. Nor are you expected to drive a perfect line at this stage.

Bonus points:

If you are better than this, check out intermediate requirements below.

Intermediate Instructed

This is when you are in an intermediate run group with an instructor, either because it is the policy of the organization you are running with to start everyone in the intermediate group with an instructor, because you requested an instructor prior to the event, or because your instructor moved you from novice to intermediate during an event but remains in the car with you.

To be in this group, you must:

Note that the novice solo requirements do not apply to intermediate instructed requirements. This is because you will have an instructor who will be able to fix any issues with your driving.

Requirements for an intermediate group focus on pace, such that you are not holding up all other cars on the track.

Intermediate Solo

This is when you are in an intermediate group without an instructor.

To run in intermediate solo, you must fulfill all of the requirements for novice solo and intermediate instructed groups combined. In other words, you must be safe and have respectable pace to not hold up the rest of your run group.

Bonus points:

Advanced Instructed

This is when you go out in an advanced group with an instructor.

"Advanced instructed" driver is a rare phenomenon. You can take advantage of instruction in an advanced group, in organizations that offer this, to speed up your promotion to advanced solo. Most advanced groups allow passing anywhere including corners; most intermediate groups do not. As an advanced driver you are expected to be comfortable with passing in corners, yet as an intermediate driver you almost never have opportunities to practice this - a chicken and egg problem. Going out in an advanced group with an instructor will allow you to practice passes in corners, and your instructor will help you do so safely.

To be an advanced instructed driver, you must fulfill all requirements for an intermediate solo and you should be close to requirements for advanced solo, below.

Advanced Solo

The highest non-instructor run group. Many organizations allow passing in corners in advanced groups, which demands outstanding awareness of other cars.

To be in an advanced group, you must:

You also should have excellent driving technique, partially because the advanced group is supposed to be the fastest, and partially because you have to have the correct technique to drive close to the limit. There are no absolute rules for what you must do or what you do not have to do, but the more advanced techniques you know and use the better.