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February 21, 2019

The successful holding of Formula 1 races in Azerbaijan noticeably increased the interest of local and foreign marshals, said Chingiz Mehdiyev, head of the Baku Marshals Club of the Baku City Circuit Operations Company, Trend reports. Motorsport marshals contribute to enjoyable, efficient, and safer motor racing. They are responsible for the safety of competitors and are stationed at various points of danger around race tracks to assist them in case of any collisions, accidents or track problems. Marshals are also known as course workers, corner workers, corner crews, turn marshals, corner...

February 20, 2019

IndyCar announced Tuesday the planned introduction of a new step to improve cockpit safety for drivers in the NTT IndyCar Series. All cars participating in an April 24 open test on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval will be fitted with Advanced Frontal Protection (AFP), a titanium piece made by Dallara. AFP stands a little more than three inches tall and averages three-quarters of an inch in width and is sited in front of the driver along the chassis centerline. It is designed to deflect debris away from the driver, and has passed the same strength tests as Dallara’s roll hoop. NTT...

February 19, 2019

A coronial inquest into the drag racing death of eight-year-old Anita Board has heard the junior sport had "almost a flippant attitude" to enforcing safety rules. Anita died two days after her eighth birthday — the age at which she became eligible to compete in junior drag racing. She was driving her 210cc purple dragster, named Pony Power, in a test run to gain her racing licence when she crashed into a concrete barrier past the finish line at the Perth Motorplex on November 11, 2017. She was taken to hospital but died the next day from catastrophic brain damage. The court...

February 12, 2019

Several Formula 1 drivers may have to take part in pre-season testing without the use of a crash helmet that has been homologated to the FIA’s 2019 safety standards. F1 has a new mandatory helmet standard for 2019 following years of work from the FIA that included extensive military ballistic testing in a bid to further improve driver head protection. All four current F1 helmet suppliers – Stilo, Bell Racing, Schuberth and Arai – were involved in the research and development phase for the new 8860-2018 standard. However, Arai has only passed part of the FIA's performance test and is...

February 6, 2019

Dr Robert Hubbard, the engineer behind the HANS device that has saved many lives in motorsport, passed away on Tuesday. Hubbard, who was a professor of materials science and mechanics at Michigan State University until his retirement in 2006, conceived the HANS device in collaboration with his brother-in-law and IMSA racer Jim Downing. Although it took some time for their pioneering work to be accepted in racing, the HANS has subsequently become compulsory equipment in many categories. Hubbard was closely involved in road safety long before he developed the HANS. He completed a PhD on the...

February 5, 2019

Former Ferrari Formula 1 test driver Luciano Burti says he only survived his 111G accident in the 2001 Belgian Grand Prix thanks to safety improvements triggered by the death of Ayrton Senna. Burti crashed his Prost head on into the Blanchimont tyre barriers after a failed attempt to pass former Jaguar teammate Eddie Irvine, with his car coming to rest under the tyre barriers. In an interview in the latest edition of The Autosport Podcast - available for free via all good podcast suppliers including iTunes and Spotify - Burti recalls the accident and the changes that followed to...

January 28, 2019

Monte Carlo Rally runner-up Thierry Neuville says he is worried about the "dangerous" pace Toyota showed on last weekend's World Rally Championship season opener. Hyundai driver Neuville finished runner-up to the Citroen C3 of Sebastien Ogier, but Ott Tanak had led the rally on Thursday evening and was third on Friday until he had to change a tyre on a stage. That dropped Tanak to seventh, more than two and a half minutes off the lead, but the Toyota driver reeled off six-straight stage wins on Saturday and Sunday morning and recovered to finish third. Tanak's teammates Jari-Matti Latvala...

January 23, 2019

An in-car warning system will be fitted to every car racing at the 2019 Bathurst 12 Hour, in a bid to ease safety concerns across the top of the Mount Panorama circuit. In a first for a Bathurst race, it will be mandatory for every car in the field to be fitted with an in-car warning system for the round-the-clock enduro. The system will work through the Motec Balance of Performance set-up, with race control able to activate lights indicating yellow for a Safety Car and red for a race stoppage. The introduction of additional safety measures comes after a full investigation by the...

January 22, 2019

Toyota Racing New Zealand has announced it is canceling the remaining qualifying sessions and races for its Toyota Racing Series round at Teretonga Park on safety grounds due to gale-force winds. TRNZ said it consulted with team owners and drivers before making the decision, which follows the opening round that was won by Marcus Armstrong in wet conditions. Average winds of 65 km/h on Saturday and gusts of 100 km/h-plus caused significant damage at the track on late Saturday afternoon and evening with the weather forecast for Sunday indicating increases in average winds and of peak gust...

January 17, 2019

Stephane Peterhansel's co-driver David Castera has been cleared of fractures to his spine after the crash that ended the X-raid Mini pair's 2019 Dakar Rally on Wednesday. Peterhansel and Castera endured a heavy landing over a dune 16 miles onto the rally's penultimate stage, with a suspected back injury meaning Castera needed to be transported directly to hospital in Lima. It was the second bad landing on the event for the crew, Peterhansel having claimed they were left with whiplash due to a drop off a dune earlier in the week. Later on Wednesday night, X-raid announced...

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