6. Racing Etiquette
Yes exactly Racing Etiquette! Etiquette exists everywhere and for everyone and motorsport is not exception. Racing etiquette includes racing rules, racing wear, racing friendship, behave on a circuit and out of it...
First of all every Racing Driver must wear special racing uniform approved by MSA(motor sport association): racing suit, crash helmet, racing gloves and shoes. All that ammunition you can by in motorsport shops, or if you visit corporate circuit then they will provide you with suits, crash helmet and gloves.
Next step in racing etiquette is briefing and pit lane. Every time before you starting your practice session, race, championship you have a briefing with Race Director or Race Chairman. Straight after briefing he will take you in to the pit lane. In a pit lane walk on a side of the pit lane or special parts for pedestrians. Get in a kart from right or left sides (depends on which side engine) on opposite side from engine. And when you leaving or enter a pit lane on a kart your speed can be only 2mph.
For every circuit, does not matter outdoor or indoor, exist the same rules, it have been done in order to keep order on a circuit. So who control you driving and how? These brave people are Marshals, Race Director, and Organisers. How they can communicate with you? With special flags (corporate circuits have boards and flags).
Blue - blue flag indicates overtaking. If you are shown this flag, give the way to the faster go karts that are approaching. It’s important to keep an eye out and be cautious as to not cause an accident.
Chequered flag. End of race or practice.
Black flag + kart number = disqualification or time penalisation, driver must go to pit stop next round.
A service or slow moving vehicle is on the circuit. When waved it indicates sector of track vehicle is in, when stationary indicates vehicle in next sector.
Immediately but with maximum caution bring your kart to control stop.
Displayed with a number. Notifying driver of mechanical failure which may not be obvious to driver. The kart must return to pits on next lap for repairs.
yellow flag signals a warning or caution. In a race situation it usually indicates that there has been an accident or spin out in corner ahead. Drivers must slow down and approach with caution to pass the go karts that may be stopped on the track or crashed. No overtaking under this flag.
Warning to driver that their behaviour is suspect and that they may be black flagged on further reports.
green flag may often be used to signal the start of a race. This varies from place to place, as a lighting system may be used in some cases.
Slippery surface ahead.
Used in karting only. Signifies false start assumes grid positions and does another formation lap.
National flag is used to start race only. Usually only used if lights fail.
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