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Race Day Format

Heres how we run an rc race day at CSOR.

Race control opens at 08.30 & all drivers must book in & pay their entry fees to race.Club timing transponders are handed out to anyone that needs one.We book all the drivers into the race day BBK software in their relevant classes & start the open practice session at 09.00.During this session, drivers can use the track & have their individual lap times announced over the PA system, print outs of your runs can be collected from race control.We ask that all drivers take a turn at marshalling this session, timed practice finishes at 10.00.

All drivers are then sorted into qualifying heats & the running order of each class & the number of qualifying rounds is set up on the software.Qualifying heats are then posted up on the results board in race control & drivers are asked to collect numbers for their cars.We then call a drivers briefing & explain the heats & finals format, marshalling duties & make sure everyone knows what to do.

Qualifying heats start at 10.30, with 10 minutes break between heats.The BBK software is set up to run the heats automatically & gives drivers a 5 minute count down before the heat starts.During this count down, drivers are expected to take all their gear to the pit lane, start & warm up their engines, then top up the fuel tank & go up to the drivers rostrum.The 2 minute warning will sound & the track will open for warm up, a pit lane marshal will put your car on track.Announcements will count down to the start of the heat, once started the next time you cross the line your individual heat time starts.The software then records each lap you complete & announces the drivers running order, when your heat time expires the software announces your car number has finished & you can return to the pit lane.Once the heat is complete, the results are posted up on the board & drivers can check their finishing position, lap times, average & best lap.The next heat is then called up & drivers from the previous heat will go to their designated marshal points & stay on the track until this heat is completed.Once all the qualifying rounds are done, the software sets up the finals, grid order is based on the qualifying results with any rules applied for each class.eg .best 2 times or FTQ.Finals are then posted up on the board & drivers are asked to collect new numbers.

Finals start with a quick drivers briefing, we go over the marshalling for each final, determine whether its a grid or rolling start & remind all drivers of how long their final lasts.Drivers can then plan their own pit strategy & do the final preparations for their race.Drivers for the first final are called to the pit lane & set up their gear in race number order along the pit tables,marshals are called to their posts.The signal is given to fire up the engines.For a rolling start-the cars are released from the pit lane in grid order & complete 1 warm up lap, the software is started manually as car 1 approaches the line & the race starts.For a grid start-cars are released from the pit lane & do a couple of warm up laps.All cars are then called to the grid & your pit mechanic will top up your fuel & hold your car ready for the start.The race software is started & a 10 second count down starts, at 3 seconds the cars are placed down on your grid slot, then the start signal sounds.During the final, the race order is announced every 2 minutes, so drivers know the elapsed time & can prepare for their pit stops.With the pit stops completed the race finishes when the clock counts down to zero & drivers complete their last lap.Final results are then posted on the board & drivers for the next final are called up.Once all the finals are run, drivers with club transponders are asked to return them to race control & the track is open to anyone wanting a run.

About our AMB auto-count equipment-we have a timing loop embedded  in the track, this is our start line & its job is to pick up every timing transponder signal as it passes over.The loop is controlled by our AMB RC3 decoder, which converts each signal into a transponder number & records the precise time it passed the loop.The decoder then sends this information to the laptop running our BBK software, where each unique transponder number is allocated to each driver & the lap is then recorded.Drivers laps are timed to a thousandth of a second & race results can provide all the drivers with their personal best laps/average lap times/race position on each lap & overall result of each qualifying heat & final.CSOR uses the latest BBK software for all our race meetings…..only the best will do.