Whether you have yet to set tires on a track or want to better your performance driving skills, our ASN-approved curriculum is designed to give you the tools to master every corner. During these sessions, the only competition you have is you. Area 27 is setting a new standard for private track education, we provide motorsport enthusiasts with performance driving skills on a world-class circuit – even better? These courses are available to the public. Head coach Kees Nierop and our team of professionals will teach you how to safely explore the limits of your vehicle. Register today and discover your life on track.



  • Winner of the legendary Sebring 12 Hours of Endurance race
  • Porsche factory driver at the 1987 LeMans 24hr and Daytona
  • Canadian GT-1 Champion
  • Rothmans Porsche 944 Champion
  • The only Canadian to have his name on a Porsche factory race car displayed in the new Porsche Museum in Germany.

Kees Nierop

Chief Instructor

  • 5 time winner of the IndyCar Series, 24 podium finishes
  • Winner of the 1996 Player's Toyota Atlantic Championship
  • Most consecutive wins (8), most wins in a season (9), also most consecutive wins from pole (8), most laps led in a season and most accumulated points in a season (239pts)
  • NASCAR, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, driving the No. 32 Ford Fusion for Go FAS Racing.

Patrick Carpentier

Guest Instructor

  • 2017 Race of Champions race winner
  • 2017 IMSA LMP3 podium finisher
  • Nissan Micra Cup multiple race winner (2015-2017)
  • Formula car background: F1600, USF2000, Star Mazda, Indy Lights (2009-2013)
  • Raced for NASCAR Canada in 2014
  • 2011 Western Canadian Driver of the Year

Stefan Rzadzinski

Instructor & Academy 27 Coordinator

  • 10+ years racing experience
  • Two time Porsche GT3 Cup Canada Champion
  • USF2000 Champion
  • Pro Mazda Championship 2nd Place
  • Indy Lights Podium Finisher

Scott Hargrove


  • Driver for OpenRoad AutoGroup & OpenRoad Racing
  • Podium finisher IMSA Weathertech Prototype Championship
  • Race winner of Continental Sports Car Championship
  • Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge 2014 Rookie of the Year
  • Top 5 Finisher of the Daytona 24 Hour Race

Remo Ruscitti


  • Finished 3rd in the 2016 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar championship driving a Porsche GT4 with 3 wins and 3 podiums
  • Finished 2nd in the 2017 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar championship driving a Porsche GT4 with a win at Daytona and two podiums
  • Finished 1st in class in the 2017 25 Hours of Thunderhill endurance race
  • Finished P3 in round 2 of the 2017 Worlds Finals Lamborghini SuperTrofeo in Imola
  • Currently competing in the 2018 IMSA Prototype Challenge in a Ligier LMP3

Cameron Cassels


  • Broke track record for the series at Laguna Seca in first career road race
  • 1 win and 2 podiums in 5 starts of Skip Barber Challenge
  • 3 wins, 5 podiums, 2 track records in a limited conference season in a Porsche 911

Zac Zawisza


2.5 Day


                   April 7 – 9                    July 19 – 21
                  April 16-18                  July 21 -23*
                April 15 – 17                August 19-21
                April 26 – 28             September 4 – 6
                April 28 – 30              October 16 – 18
                 May 10 – 11              October 18 – 20
                   June 1 – 3                


                                     *All ladies school

In the classroom:

  • Theory covering seating position, braking technique, and finding the correct line through corners

  • Track safety – including instruction on the various flags and their meanings, with proper pit entry and exit procedures​


On the circuit:

  • Braking and down shifting techniques

  • Cornering phases

  • Linking turns and establishing correct lines

  • Full circuit follow-the-leader lapping​


Putting it all together:

  • Open lapping sessions with coach critiques

  • Lapping session with student monitored for consistency and improvement, with comprehensive performance evaluation


Public Rate: $2,600  |  Member Rate: $2,100 +GST

This course is designed for drivers who have previous experience with an accredited performance driving school and who would like to improve their skills. Lunch is provided. Participants are required to successfully complete Academy 27’s 2.5 Day Driving Course prior to being eligible for the 1 Day Advanced Lapping Course.

Public Rate: $1,000  |  Member Rate: $750 




April 10                    October 21



April 7 

Exclusively offered to Area 27 members this Race Preparation course will focus on strategy, passing, vision, and starting a race.

Member Rate: $1,000 




Academy 27’s Official Accommodation Host, Watermark Beach Resort and Conference Centre, is happy to provide Academy 27 participants with a Stay and Drive package. Packages include:


  • Two Nights Accommodation
  • $50 Watermark Dining Credit
  • 10% Savings Offer on Yoga, Pilates, Stand-Up Paddle Board Rentals, and on Levia Wellness Spa services
To book today, contact their reservations team: Tel: (888) 755-3480 Em: [email protected]

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