A word from our Founder Falk:
My passion for cars started quite early in life. Some of my fondest childhood memories are several camping trips during Formula 1 at the Nürburgring with my dad. Some sausages on the grill, engine noise in the background – perfect. In addition, my mother accustomed me to driving fast on the motorway as well as being the first person I did a lap of the Nordschleife – she was behind the wheel.
Surely there was some go-karting as a small child here and there, but it never developed into something more serious than a couple of laps on the weekend until I was older. To this day I don’t really know why and keep on wondering what would have happened if I’d have followed this a bit more seriously from the beginning. I guess that’s a classic “It’s all water under the bridge” type of thing.
It wasn’t until I was 13 or 14, that I persuaded my mother to take me to an outdoor track approx. 45min away from where we lived at that time. It turned into a whole day of driving and breaking the lap record. Afterwards, one of the employees at the track let me use his “race kart”. A 390cc 4-Stroke Honda engine with around 25hp. The first stomp on the accelerator and I was hooked – badly. It felt like the fastest thing I ever drove! Well, after all I was around 14, so it probably was. We left the track and I couldn't stop thinking about it.
From being just a hobby, it didn’t take long to turn into semi-professional racing. The more serious it got, the higher the financial burden became. Not only this, having started at 14 I was lacking almost 10 years of experience compared to the other guys in the championship. With high-school coming to the end and university starting I called it quits or being more precise, had to call it quits.
The road to GP Days
Quitting karting didn’t mean I could live without some quick driving. It wasn’t even two weeks after taking delivery of my first car, a MINI Cooper S, that I took it to the Nordschleife. From there, I started modifying the car slightly and ultimately switching to the MINI JCW GP (R53) that I’m still driving today.
Being an avid track day visitor since then, the idea of switching sides and organising my own grew more and more in 2018. By the time 2019 rolled around and New Year's resolutions were due, I promised myself that the first track day is going to happen latest during the second half of this year.
At the end of 2018, I also suggested my wife Leyla to join me on a quick 'Touristenfahrten' stint on the Nürburgring GP circuit. It was her first time on the track, it was raining, we were sliding a lot and she loved it. After we came home she pushed me, even more, to get GP Days working and from the onset became a valuable partner and support to get the entire project going. Especially as she is taking care of the entire operations of our project, be it the accounting side, marketing or managing the contact to the race tracks across Europe.
Driving a – let’s say - medium powered car, I always preferred more technical tracks. Not only was my car's name part inspiration for the Company’s name – GP Days - but also for the philosophy of our track days. As we'll include some of the smaller tracks around Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands drivers of less powerful cars will find that they can give their bigger brothers a good run for their money.
This shouldn’t say that drivers of more powerful cars cannot enjoy our track days as well! We also organise Track Days on Europe’s most beautiful circuits including Bilster Berg, Dijon Prenois and Spa Francorchamps.
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We are looking forward to welcoming you on track!
- Your GP Days Team