Before Speed Week

  • Timing equipment needs to be checked for operation & all parts are in cases including aerials, cables brackets etc are present.
  • Check no old dry cell batteries are in any components of TAG Heuer equipment or GPS units for short track.
  • Make sure SLA batteries are charged & in good condition.


Friday, Saturday, Sunday

  • Use club truck or a 4x4 to tow timing van to the lake.
  • Liase with timing crew as to when & where to position it on the lake.
  • Check doors are fixed closed before travel.
  • Tow slowly over rough tracks & down ramp onto lake.
  • 2 person job to hook & unhook van unless a large bottle jack is available.
  • Set up generator, radio, computer and printer at Timing Van
  • Setup each timing unit
  • Test Timing System


During Speed Week

Monday to Friday


  • Use the closed channel 2-way radio to communicate with Starter & Fire & Rescue.
  • As the radios are running on a repeater, the transmit button must be pressed for 2 seconds prior to speaking.
  • There is a protocol for communications that will be issued closer to the event. 

Typical order of communications:-

    • Start line to confirm next vehicle up
    • Fire & Rescue to confirm track clear
    • Start line to release next vehicle once track clear and timing system armed

Timing Software:-

  • Use the timing software to load the next vehicle and ‘Arm’ the system (once the track is clear)
  • Once the run is complete (visual on the vehicle leaving the track or radio confirmation from Fire & Rescue), end & record the run


At Conclusion of Speed Week

Friday P.M. Pack Up

  • Timing van to be towed back to camp.
  • SLA batteries in timing gear should be charged to full capacity.
  • This should be repeated at regular intervals during the year (every 6 weeks)
  • All timing equipment with dry cell batteries should have them removed before storage.
  • When SLA batteries are replaced write date on them with marker pen.