Ethan Ackroyd

Starting Karting

Flags

There are 12 flags that concern the kart racer and they are displayed below with an explanation for each. The Black and Yellow quartered and the Green with a Gold 'V' are unique to karting. The others are as you see in motor sport such a s F1 etc..

Flag

Explanation

Flag

Explanation

[1] Stationary

Another competitor is following close behind.

[2] Waved

Another competitor is trying to overtake.

End of race or practice.

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.

Displayed with a white number. The driver must return to pits within one lap of receiving the signal and report to the Clerk of the Course. A penalty of exclusion may be enforced by display of black flag.

Immediately cease driving at racing speed, proceed slowly without overtaking and with maximum caution to pits or start line, obeying marshal's instructions and being prepared to stop if the track is blocked.

Displayed with a white number. Notifying driver of apparent mechanical failure or fire which may not be obvious to driver. The kart must return to pits on next lap for repairs.

[1] Stationary
Danger, slow down ensuring full control of kart is kept. No overtaking

[2] Waved
Great Danger, slow down considerably. Be prepared to suddenly deviate from racing line or take evasive action or stop. No overtaking.

Displayed with a white number. Warning to driver that their behaviour is suspect and that they may be black flagged on further reports.

All clear at end of danger area controlled by yellow flags. Also used to signal start of and throughout formation lap and at all marshal posts during first lap of each practice session.

Flag first displayed after problem report at Start/Finish line then track wise at all posts. On passing flag at Start/Finish race leader must slow down, not exceed 50 mph/80kph. All other karts will line up in close formation behind leader who will act as pace kart until problem resolved. Race resumes with green flag at Start/Finish line and simultaneous withdrawal of yellow/black flags around circuit.

[1] Stationary

Slippery surface ahead

[2] Waved

Slippery surface imminent

Used in karting only. Signifies false start assume grid positions and do another formation lap.

Start lights red during formation lap then turn to green if starter satisfied that all is well as pole sitter approaches.

National flag is used to start race only. Usually only used if lights fail.

 

 
   

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