Race track system automates marshals and lap times
When Highlands Motorsport Park owner Tony Quinn committed to building New Zealand's longest motor racing circuit he sourced the latest electronics and technology to create the country’s first electronicallycontrolled race track.
The seven-month-old track in Cromwell features a control room that allow officials to take full control of all on-track activities.
Highlands' general manager Mike Sentch says the control room looks like a cross between a television producer’s suite and an airport control tower.
“However it's very intuitive to operate," he says. “A wall of television monitors is connected to 11 cameras around the circuit providing a complete and uninterrupted view of the entire circuit.”
There are 17 light stations to replace the f lag marshal and f lag system that are traditionally used at other circuits around New Zealand. The light stations supplied by Nautech and feature coloured lights that can replicate the traditional f lags.
Timing and lap scoring is managed via a MyLaps system.
“There are 10 timing loops around the circuit that connect with the transponders carried in all competing race cars,” says Sentch.
“These generate sector times, i.e. from one point to another point, as well as complete lap times.
"The amount of information generated by the system is incredible – both for teams and for fans who can access it via a website.”