With regards to Lynda's unfortunate accident at the weekend, I think there are some issues we need to bring to CK's attention, which I have raised for my-kart core discussion which I hope we could develop into something constructive.
1. Handling an injured person
2. Flag availability
3. Tyre / safety barriers / signage
4. Anti clockwise track safety
[b]Item 1 [/b]- My-Kart strongly promotes safety and conducts safety briefings. Perhaps we could incorporate a small and simple "what to do" and "what not to do" in the event of an accident involving an injured party / parties.
Also, I think CK need to regularly brief their mechanics / track personnel of the same. Perhaps CK / My-Kart could work together to develop a generic safety plan for the benefit of both parties?
[b]Item 2[/b] - Can we suggest to CK to invest in more yellow and red flags which could be placed at strategic locations around the track. After Lynda's accident, I managed to run from the lap chart zone to the scene of the accident. I had to quickly decide between helping Lynda or avoiding further incidents as herds of drivers came to the straight! Since the mechanics were attending to Lynda, I quickly looked for a flag, a cloth... anything to wave! Obviously there was nothing and I had to do Lobster waves to try and convey my message to the drivers! Luckily the Rainman and myself managed to stop all but 1 driver or it could have become quite messy at that corner. The point I’m making is if there was a red flag available we could have managed the situation a lot better.
[b]Item 3 [/b]- Having spent a bit of time around the scene I noticed how unsafe that particular area was. A hand cut drainage channel had been dug in the grass run off zone. This was “protected” by the tyre wall which Lynda hit. Either way though, the tyre wall was placed BEFORE the run off area at the edge of the track, which seems dangerous to me. Surely, if you leave the track you should have a run off without any obstacles such as drainage channels and only then as a last resort be faced with the impact of the tyre wall? To make matters worse, there is track signage in various locations showing the distance to the corners… the signs are made of polycarbonate material but erected using steel tubing. Mama Lobster had an incident where she nearly got “speared” by the tubing and I noticed at the location of Lynda’s accident the sign was completely flattened. Imagine what could have happened if the sign wasn’t flattened and the tubing had punctured a body part?
[b]Item 4 [/b]- I guess this section should also be read in conjunction with Item 3 above, but it became apparent that the anti clockwise racing lines will direct the drivers into certain parts of the track where we would not normally be if going clockwise. In the case of the location of Lynda’s accident that area of track was dusty and slippery and easy to lose control if going wide. My suggestion is that if we take up our safety concerns with CK, perhaps we could do a track walk with CK both clockwise and anti clockwise to highlight our concerns, because certain dangers are apparent only in the anti clockwise direction due to the different approaches into turns. Alternatively, maybe My Kart could review the race format and run clockwise only instead of alternating?
I hope this feedback is useful for us to commence some discussion which can lead to concluding some safety enhancements jointly with CK.