Front bumpers and flags – Judicial news from the ABkC Newsletter
The latest ABkC Newsletter included several immediate and planned judicial changes.
Front Fairing Review
A review of the penalties for the displacement of the Front Fairing in Juniors and Seniors has been held and Council agreed to change the penalty from 10 places to 10 seconds. The original penalty had shown up anomalies with putting the penalised driver behind those who maybe had only done a lap or less.
The other penalties that were changed from 5 place to 10 place have also been changed but Kart Committee have asked that clubs that do not have timing can use 5 place penalties again. Also Kart Committee have asked that the 10s penalty be replaced with a deletion of fastest time for a Timed Qualifying session, as 10 seconds can put a driver from near the front to near the back, rather more severe than intended.
The ABkC has called for guidelines to be published to help clubs administer the front fairing system, e.g. asking drivers to come to the pre-grid with the front fairings off the kart or at least loose, so that they can be fitted under inspection to eliminate cheating such as the use of glue. It is recommended that the designated Judge of Fact scrutineer takes a photograph (showing the kart number) of any displaced fairings at the end of a race, and maybe having all drivers remaining in their karts until the post-race inspection is complete.
The Judicial Trial of using a triumvirate of the MSA Steward, a Clerk and a Club Steward continues to be available for clubs this year. The ABkC view is that this is more appropriate for larger championships if they can find the manpower and a move to a referee system is better for club racing. A system of no appeals for 10 second penalties in heats is recommended and under review.
As members will have read in the MSA Magazine the National Court held an investigation into the premature halt of a race by the simultaneous use of the red flags and a chequer. Kart Committee concluded that in these circumstances the chequer should not be used at that time and that the red flag rules were probably fine. The chequer should then be waved after the incident is over and if the race is not to be continued.
There have been some instances of judicial inquiries on whether a driver passed another whilst a yellow flag is displayed, when the slower driver is for instance recovering from an incident. In this case the recommendation is to use a white flag, seemingly not so much used in kart racing.