It’s been a most difficult couple of days for SA motorsport on so many levels, sadly elevated by reckless and dangerous posts on the social media in general.
Firstly, we all lost a great friend and a super guy in Gavin – its tragic and motor racing is dangerous – what more can one say beside extend our heartfelt – and heartbroken condolences to his family, friends and fans. Fare well bud, you will be missed😥
There are however one or two vital lessons to be learned here – firstly the tendency to type before you think or know the facts. All that only compounded the grief, anger and sorrow, in so doing implicating people who already had to deal with the horrors of that first-hand trauma. I think a lot of people have some apologising to do.
Secondly and also very significantly, it has now been proven beyond doubt that there were double-yellows waved at the startline – the post before where the previous incident was.
We will never know why Gavin came in so hot, that is not the point here. The point is that we need to all pay more attention to flag signals and perhaps also see to it that flag signals are clear and not missed.
MSA and every other circuit racing body in the world applies one rule to double waved yellow flags as follows: “Reduce speed, do not overtake and be prepared to change direction or stop. There is a hazard wholly or partly blocking the track.”
They drum that and so much more into every karting kid, but how often does anyone consider the rules as written in our later careers?
This tragedy was a very significant wake-up call – not only to everyone who races, but also to all those who have so patently abused their basic rights of expression through inane, unfounded and wholly warranted and untrue posts.
Think we all have a lot to learn out of this past weekend, it’s just so sad that had to happen to open our eyes…
by Michelle Lupini
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Track Day 1st March
There will a TRACK day on the 1`st of March between 12 and 4 pm.