I would say go down and watch a couple of the track days, see the cars and take in the atmosphere, I am sure you will be fine in a 1.0 Polo, it is not a race and as long as you watch your mirrors it will be good fun. The only thing I must warn you about is getting a taste for it, it can get you hooked.
Watch this. low capacity and power doesn't always equal low fun. This looks like it was immense.
Still one of my favourite videos on youtube. I used to do a newspaper round in a Peugeot 106 diesel van. No turbo and no power steering, but lots of fun. Never brake, just scrub off speed sideways. I'm off to the Nurburgring in April, but I'm taking a Nissan and a turbo!
i did a track day at blyton park with 57bhp diesel astra estate, i think yours will be positively sporting
must admit i spent the entire day getting out of peoples way, but still had a blast. plus ive done many many track days in stuff way more powerful and agile, so i felt a bit like tiff needel on 5th gear chucking this about
Place local to me is doing track evenings for £35. Always wanted to have a go.
Only problem is the Polo is only a 1.0 with a snorting 45hp(when new!)
It's had a few handling mods and I can strip some weight out of it, but do you think I'd be a liability on track? Don't want to be a mobile speed hump, especially as I've never been on track before.
Here's a clip of people enjoying their 500cc cars at a Castle Combe track day. Mostly Coopers with 500cc 38hp J.A.P. engines. With the possible exception of a Reliant Robin, you can have fun in anything with an engine regardless of how big or small that engine is.
Political correctness gone technologically mad:- The engines I mentioned above were made by J A Prestwich Industries. They were sold as J.A.P. but without the full stops / periods I've had to put in. This website won't let me type in the 3 letter name without punctuation as it's obviously been programmed to block that unpunctuated 3 letter word because someone hasn't realised that this 3 letter word can be used correctly without intending a casual racial slur.
I was debating doing one in my 59bhp 1.4 Astra and had the same concerns but I was told it's better to go in a car like that with no experience, as the lack of power is less likely to kill me thinking I'm a racing driver. I think the gist of what the guy was saying was if something did happen, it wouldn't be as dramatic as a car with more power. Still need to get out and do it though.
when I do track days occasionally there's something that's just in a league of its own just ridiculously fast and I wonder how much fun it is when everything else is just getting in the way . Last track day I did both my cars were broke so used a 1.6mx5 and had a brilliant day even though I couldn't get past anything else just enjoyed trying to maintain max speed everywhere