Introducing FIA High-Tech Light Panels Across the UK’s Top Licensed Circuits
This means that in addition to Brands Hatch and Donington Park, which already have some panels installed, there will be wholesale coverage across four MSV circuits, with Oulton Park and Snetterton amongst those to benefit from this latest safety upgrade.
The equipment will be sourced from EM Motorsport, a principal supplier of electronic safety devices, sensors and custom-built systems.
Competitors and marshals will be able to participate in events safe in the knowledge that the most up to date and internationally recognised technology will be fully visible, regardless of weather conditions, removing the associated risk that traditional flag signals present when marshals attempt to relay critical safety messages to competitors.
Jonathan Palmer, MotorSport Vision Chief Executive and Chair of the Association Of Motor Racing Circuit Owners, said: “This is tremendous news, and an enormously progressive step towards further improving safety standards at British racing circuits. At MSV, we’ve had FIA homologated EM Motorsport light panels in place at Brands Hatch and Donington Park for a few years now, but this funding from Motorsport UK and the British Motor Sports Training Trust enables us to really take things to the next level with full trackside coverage at both venues in addition to Oulton Park and Snetterton. And this doesn’t just help us at MSV – all UK circuits certified at FIA Grade 3 or above are eligible to receive funding.
“This superb initiative allows us to further protect both the marshals working trackside, by reducing the need for their presence in some hazardous areas, as well as competitors on the circuit itself. The benefits are far-reaching, increasing safety levels beyond just Motorsport UK-permitted race meetings. Indeed, there are hundreds of car and bike track days and test sessions held each year in addition to motor racing events, all of which will gain from this development.”
Hugh Chambers, CEO, Motorsport UK, said: “Providing a safe environment for our sport to thrive is at the heart of Motorsport UK. It is essential we provide safety for competitors and volunteers alike who deliver the sport every weekend throughout the UK.
“The rollout of FIA High-Tech Light Panels represents a significant step forward in modernising UK race circuits by adopting the latest and most advanced technology.
“Motorsport UK is committed to improving safety and we thank BARC, MSV, Knockhill Racing Circuit, the British Motor Sports Training Trust and EM Motorsport for their engagement and commitment.”
Rod Parkin, Chair of the BMSTT, said: The British Motor Sports Training Trust (BMSTT) was formed as an UK Registered Charity in 1977 with the aim of supporting the training of volunteer motorsport officials and further enhancing medical and safety aspects of our sport. Since that time the Trust has regularly committed significant funds annually towards such initiatives. This new partnership support for the funding of light panels provides an ideal opportunity for the Trust to continue delivering its objectives in respect of both marshals and race circuit safety, promote our activities and raise awareness of the Trust.”
The grant received has really helped our club to improve safety around the track (including new safety fencing and barriers to replace wagon tyres) and has created positive feedback from all our competitors. Applying for the grant was easy, and the help given when doing so was faultless.
Any visit to our cliff top circuit on the exposed North coast of Jersey emphasises the importance of proper safety equipment, which is even more relevant when bad weather further adds to the challenges facing event organisers. Thanks to the grant from the BMSTT these problems are many times reduced, with our old heavy and aged catch fencing curtain now replaced with 15 modern safety barriers in softer impact lower density foam. Last minute cancellations are now a thing of the past, and we are grateful to the Trust for their guidance and support. Sincere thanks from the Channel Islands.
With vehicle construction constantly changing through increased use of lighter and stronger materials, we regularly review the capabilities of both ourselves and our Rescue Unit equipment. After recent trialling, we opted for a new inclined cutter as it offered the improvement in operational capability and enhanced ergonomics and handling that we were looking for, and the Trust grant received made this possible for us. As recently as 2018 grant from the BMSTT also enabled us to source a replacement rescue vehicle. This continuing and valued support enables us to operate an efficient and reliable rescue unit capable of meeting the challenges of today and beyond, and thus maintain safety cover at all our events.
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