Video Guide to BriSCA F1: Part 4 – Flags & Mr Starter

Part 4 of our guide to BriSCA Formula 1 Stock Car Racing – ‘Motorsports Best Kept Secret’

Over the course of this series, we will be attempting to address (with the help of videos) the many questions that often face new fans and potential newcomers to the sport.

Flags & Mr Starter

Just as in all motorsports, BriSCA F1 race control communicate signals to the Drivers via a combination of Flag Marshals around the circuit, and of course via the Chief Starter in his box on the start/finish line.

Flags

For the most part, the BriSCA F1 flag system is the same as all other motorsports, but there are a few subtle differences.

  • Green – Start (or restart) of race.
  • Yellow (held static) – Localised incident, reduce speed and prepare to avoid track blockages.
  • Yellow (waved) – Extreme caution, reduce speed to walking pace, adopt single file (await starters instructions)
  • Red – STOP immediately.
  • White with a Blue Spot – Warning of Oil or Debris on track, continue racing
  • White with a Red X – Technical disqualification, retire to the infield immediately
  • Black – Exclusion of an individual driver
  • Union – Race at Half Distance
  • Chequered Flag – Lead car completed the full race distance (remain at race speed until all cars have completed the distance)
  • Chequered Flag + Red – End of race

Mr Starter

For many years the Chief Starters at BriSCA F1 race meetings have been affectionately referred to as ‘Mr Starter’. This term of endearment is probably linked to the fact that a starters role in the race is ingrained into the entertainment of each race as much as the drivers themselves. If the drivers and their cars are the orchestra, then the starter can be seen to be the conductor, keeping each race flowing freely, making sure the racing is hard but fair. Each stadium or promoter normally have their own starter, and each have their own individual style and traits which they bring to the sport.

As well as the responsibility of making sure the race starts properly, with no driver getting the jump over any other, and as well as maintaining the safety of the drivers through the use of safety flags, the starter also has two other important jobs. Keep your eye on the starter and you will clearly see that with the start of each new lap he makes clear arm gestures to point out the top 3 placed drivers in the race. As the race laps count down he will then also start to hold out long white ‘lollipops’ to countdown the last 5 laps in the race.

Video

In this fantastic video recorded at the Kings Lynn circuit, you get the rare chance to watch their ‘Mr Starter’ at work during the closing laps of a race, pointing out the top 3 placed drivers, and using the lollipops to countdown the race. It would be stating the obvious to point out the guts required to do this job.

Click 'Play' Button

Click 'Play' Button

Facebook Network:

What is this?

Latest Posts
Birmingham, 18th April 2015 - Meeting Report and Photo Gallery
Birmingham, 18th April 2015 – Meeting Report and Photo Gallery
Apr 25, 2015

Mickey Randell took a Consolation and Final double at Birmingham.

Upcoming Event: King's Battle, Blauwhuis, 26th & 27th April 2015
Upcoming Event: King’s Battle, Blauwhuis, 26th & 27th April 2015
Apr 24, 2015

Information about the King’s Battle events at Blauwhuis, 26th & 27th April, and photos from previous years.

Upcoming Event: St Maarten, 26th April 2015
Upcoming Event: St Maarten, 26th April 2015
Apr 23, 2015

Information about the upcoming St Maarten meeting, which is part of the King’s Day celebration weekend in the Netherlands.

Stoke, 11th April 2015 - Meeting Report and Photo Gallery
Stoke, 11th April 2015 – Meeting Report and Photo Gallery
Apr 18, 2015

An entertaining meeting at Stoke saw Mark Gilbank dominate.

Belle Vue, 6th April 2015 - Meeting Report and Photo Gallery
Belle Vue, 6th April 2015 – Meeting Report and Photo Gallery
Apr 15, 2015

The Easter Monday trip to Belle Vue saw a return to form for Mick Sworder.

Coventry, 4th April 2015 - Meeting Report and Photo Gallery
Coventry, 4th April 2015 – Meeting Report and Photo Gallery
Apr 13, 2015

The first trip to Coventry of 2015 saw a victory in the meeting Final for birthday boy Paul Harrison.

Skegness, 3rd April 2015 - Meeting Report and Photo Gallery
Skegness, 3rd April 2015 – Meeting Report and Photo Gallery
Apr 9, 2015

The first tarmac meeting of the year saw Frankie Wainman Junior emerge victorious in the Final and claim the highest points score this season (to date).

NEW BOOK: Kings of the Oval by Scott Reeves
NEW BOOK: Kings of the Oval by Scott Reeves
Apr 6, 2015

A new book from Scott Reeves. More details inside.


Track Photography