Race marshals are responsible for the safety of participants and are stationed at critical areas around the race track to warn them of incidents on the course ahead, as well as to assist drivers in the event of crashes, accidents, or other problems.
Race marshals on the circuit make sure that all of the necessary emergency equipment and vehicles are in place, and that they are always ready to respond to an incident at any time. With racing flags and signals, they provide consistent information to drivers; assess the track surface condition; observe competitors for driving behaviour and mechanical condition of their trucks; assist drivers and others in an incident; and communicate information to Race Control, the event’s organisers. Experts in medical response, firefighting, and vehicle recovery make up the emergency services.
The Buddh International circuit’s race control is well equipped and manned. Throughout the event, 50 cameras, communication devices, digital flagging systems, time control, and digital video storage systems are operational. The race Director and Clerk of the Course, along with their team of professionals, are constantly monitoring the weekend’s events and issuing required directions to ensure the race’s safe conduct.
Safety on the Racetrack
Large run-off spaces, energy-absorbing obstacles, and speed traps packed with soft materials are among the various safety features that make a track safe. Race drivers, vehicles, and race circuits all benefit from active and passive safety measures.
Large open regions close to the race track, as well as at the approach and exit of bends, are known as run off areas. These sections allow a truck that has gone off the track to regain control and rejoin the race.
Barriers that absorb energy
Race courses have a variety of barriers in place to absorb the force of an accident and keep the truck from exiting the track. The Buddh International circuit offers a variety of obstacles and energy absorption technologies, including:
Concrete Blocks with Debris Fencing Debris Fence Tecpro Barriers Guard Rails
Barriers by Tecpro
Buddh Circuit has customised foam-filled Tecpro barriers that absorb the first impact of a crash as the first line of defence. These barriers are built in France and have completed rigorous testing as required by the International Automobile Federation (FIA), which is the world’s governing organisation for motorsport.
Barriers that are rigid or fixed
Guard rails or debris fence installed interlocking concrete blocks are the Buddh International Circuit’s second line of defence. The guard rails were made in accordance with the FIA’s specifications. They are triple-height and rise up to one metre above the racetrack’s surface. They are installed in the soil at a depth of 1.2 metres and are designed to absorb high-velocity impacts. In areas where guard rails cannot be built, interlocking concrete blocks with debris fence attached on them are used. They serve the same purpose as guard rails.
The debris barrier that surrounds the Buddh International track was custom-built and imported from Belgium. The third and final line of defence is positioned one metre behind the guard rail and is either 2.6 metres or 3.2 metres high. Steel cabling with a diameter of 16mm runs over the full height and length of the fence at predetermined intervals. These barriers catch flying debris or parts that break or fall away from the vehicles.
Soft Material Traps are a type of trap that is made of soft materials.
Traps are typically placed at the end of a straight path or around a sharp turn or bend. Their principal purpose is to decelerate a truck that has veered off the road before it collides with one of the three lines of defence described earlier. Gravel with a diameter of no less than 6mm and no more than 20mm is placed in the trap.
All of the foregoing crash barriers and absorption systems assure the safety of not only the driver, but also the authorities and spectators that surround the racing circuit.
Trucks and their Safety
The TATA Prima racing trucks have been modified in compliance with the FIA International Sporting Code, Appendix J, Article 290. They comply with all of the laws’ safety and technical requirements, and they are modified in the same way that international racing trucks are modified. The following are some of the most notable features:
- The maximum speed has been set at 160 kilometres per hour.
Brakes with two circuits and “four circuit” protective valves
6 point restraint system (Special seat belts)
In the event of a catastrophic collision, the safety cage protects the driver by preventing the cabin from collapsing.
Fixed-back homologated seats with an extension padded with energy-absorbing and non-flammable material around the driver’s head AFFF Type on-board fire extinguisher
Emergency engine shutdown circuit breaker
Regulations of the Financial Institutions Authority
The International Automobile Federation (FIA) is the world’s governing body for motorsport. TATA Prima truck racing is an official FIA (International Automobile Federation) event.
All FIA regulations, including the International Sports Code, Appendix L, which governs licencing and driving standards, the General Prescriptions of Truck Racing, and the sporting laws, are carefully followed from the start of the race to the end of the post-race technical inspections.