Starters Instructions

Refer to the Track Layout page for diagrams of track layout, pits layout, start line layout and admin/sales layout.

FROM THE START LINE

Despite our frustrations at hold ups, blowouts and of course water (too much) we still managed over 250 starts at our last event in March 2006. Your Committee has approved (recommended) some changes to start procedures and pits placement to help speed up the turn around of competitors (by the way Rod has survived his massive blowup uninjured - however the same can't be said for the "Bronzed Aussie").

NOW FOR SOME CHANGES

  • All vehicles will only display one class / drivers set of number and letters, these will be displayed on both sides of the vehicle.
  • Chalk / white shoe cleaner will NOT be acceptable.
    WHY?
    Since we are going to use a strict lane staging system at the start line and a pre-staging system in the pits, we should be able to dispense with the black boards
  • Therefore driver number and class must be clearly legible from the start line (See overleaf for suggested sizes and colours)
  • Only 10 vehicles at a time will be permitted out of the pits to the start line at a time
    WHY?
    This should allow drivers / riders to shelter from the sun until it is their turn to run.
  • Another point, don't expect others to wait if your not suited up and ready to roll when your turn comes around
    WHY?
    We don't have time to wait for you.
    AFTER YOUR RUN
  • All 125 MPH vehicles must turn off at, or before, the 4 mile mark
  • All 150 MPH vehicles must turn off at, or before, the 5 mile mark
  • All 175 MPH vehicles must turn off at, or before, the 6 mile mark
  • Only vehicles running over the 175 MPH may use the full course
    WHY?
    By adhering to these guidelines, we should be able to squeeze in an extra 20 runs each day, so it's definitely worthwhile to follow the new guidelines.

    Incidentally the person who made a comment via email that he expected the start line to be operating 12 hours a day without a break is more than welcome to help at the start line, like all volunteers our pay and conditions are truly spectacular!

    See you in 2007

    Cled and Staff.

    GOLDEN RULES ON THE LAKE

  • No cigarette butts on salt
  • Tarps under everything
  • Fuel and Oil in safety abundments
  • After exiting track go past green markers before stopping
  • Remember this is a National Park, if you bring it in you take it out with you, do NOT leave your rubbish behind.

    All Fuel Passbook holders to notify secretary of how much fuel purchased in 2007

    RECOMMENDED CLASS NUMBERS AND SIZES

    CARS

  • Background approx 450mm (round or oval) White with black numbers and lettering approx 80 -100 mm each

    MOTORCYCLES

  • Colours as above - plates fixed to rear of machine approx 300mm (round or oval) numbers and letters approx 50mm each

    START LINE PROCEDURES - officialS

    STARTER
    1. Radio Driver / Vehicle number and class details to time keeper
    2. Wait for "Track Clear" call from Time Keeper
    3. Send vehicle down track (green light)
    4. Wait for Safety Officer to give all clear on next vehicle safety check
    5. Repeat from step 1 for next vehicle
    Switch lights to RED should track be closed by officials.

    SAFETY OFFICER
    1. Call next vehicle to up to staging line
    2. Carry out safety Checks (see instruction sheet)
    3. Notify starter "All Clear"
    4. After vehicle leaves start line, call up vehicle from next lane
    5. Repeat from step 2

    When a red light is displayed (track closed), notify all drivers / riders in staging lanes.

    START LINE PROCEDURES - ALL COMPETITORS

    To ensure an orderly and safe start line the following suggestions are recommended.

    When coming to the start line please position vehicle in an orderly single lane queue. Should you be making a record attempt, please line up in the left lane (lane 1) and notify the starter of you intention.
    NOTE: Special times will be allocated for record runs.

    Each vehicle (car, truck or motorcycle) must display the following information (as per the rulebook)

  • DRIVER / RIDER NUMBER
  • VEHICLE NUMBER (if different)
  • CLASS

    When vehicle on start line leaves, and you are the next vehicle in the staging lane, bring you vehicle to start line and prepare for safety checks.

    Remember if you are not ready on the staging line, we don't have the time to wait; the next vehicle will be called!!

    NOTE: lane positions will be strictly enforced.

    START LINE SAFETY CHECK PROCEDURES - CARS AND TRUCKS

    The following safety checks will be undertaken by your start line official.
    Please assist in implementing these procedures;

    • Check scrutineer pass
    • Check valve caps on all wheels, must be metal caps
    • Safety belts - clamp down, must not be able to force hand between belt and body
    • Helmet strap secure - barely room for finger between strap and chin
    • Wrist restraints - check mounting and wrist fit, not required if safety net fitted
    • Neck brace - required for vehicles with speeds over 125 MPH
    • Racing suit / overalls - fastened and zipped to neck
    • Fire extinguishers - check safety release pins removed
    • Parachute pins - check safety pin removed
    • Gloves - on
    • Helmet visor - down
    • Windows - Up
    • Doors - shut tightly
    • Driver - all clear to go
    • Notify Starter - "Ready"
    • Next competitor - call to start line

    NOTE: ALL DRIVERS / RIDERS / officialS MUST BE ZERO ALCOHOL.
    There will be a breathalyzer at the start line

    START LINE SAFETY CHECK PROCEDURES - MOTOR CYCLES

    • At staging line - fuel on
    • Helmet strap secure - barely room for finger between strap and chin
    • Zip on Leathers - Pulled up to top of jacket, neck clip fastened
    • Boots - fastened
    • Kill switch - lanyard connected
    • Gloves on - fastened
    • Helmet - visor down or goggles on
    • GO!

    SCRUTINEER CHECKS

    • Only synthetic chain oil to be used
    • No total loss oil systems (or catch tank fitted)
    • Metal valve caps on all valves

    TIME TAKEN FOR EACH RUN

    Call up from staging to start line 2 minutes
    Safety Check at start line 30 seconds
    Broadcast details to timers 30 seconds
    Receive all clear from rescue teams and timers 30 seconds
    Time for 4 mile run 3 minutes
    Time for 6 mile run 6 minutes
    Time for turn off to clear strip 1 minute
    Time for rescue teams to ascertain position of last vehicle 1 minute
    Time to broadcast speed of last vehicle 30 seconds
    MINIMUM TIME FOR EACH RUN = 9 MINUTES

    Repeat this by 250 runs �� time disappears quickly when your having fun, doesn't it!!