Kunos Simulazioni have continued with the previews for their 2019 content update coming soon, and coming for free, this time previewing the unbelievable Audi R8 Safety Car.
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The Race Director will call for a Safety Car intervention whenever circuit vehicles are on the track, when cars need to be guided to avoid workers, when barriers are damaged, medical intervention is needed or other situations where it is deemed necessary.
Full-course-yellow procedures and a safety car may be used together, in which case a speed limit will apply around the full circuit. In this case, marshal posts and timing screens will show both FCY and SC.
Safety Car intervention after FCY At the start of any incident which may need the Safety Car to be deployed, a Full Course Yellow period may be declared before the Safety Car is deployed. In this case, the Safety Car will join the track, with its lights off, and will overtake the cars on track until it reaches the leader. It will then switch on its lights, and the SC boards will be shown. From this point onwards it will proceed according to Article 202.
During the Safety Car period, cars leaving the pit lane or on the track may be restricted by the Full Course Yellow speed limit or other speed limit set by the Race Director, until they reach the cars behind the safety car. In this case marshal posts and timing screens will show both FCY and SC boards.
SAFETY CAR PROCEDURE (in accordance with Appendix H of the ISC, article 2.9) When the order is given to deploy the safety car, all marshal posts will display waved yellow flags and “SC” boards and the orange lights at the Line will be illuminated, for the duration of the intervention.
The safety car will start from its designated location with its orange lights illuminated and will join the track regardless of where the race leader is.
All the competing cars must then form up in line behind the safety car no more than five car lengths apart, and overtaking, with the following exceptions, is forbidden until the cars reach the Line (or the next race neutralisation end point) after the safety car has returned to the pits. Overtaking will be permitted under the following circumstances:
• if a car is signalled to do so from the safety car;
• any car entering the pits may pass another car or the safety car after it has crossed the first safety car line;
• any car leaving the pits may be overtaken by another car on the track before it crosses the second safety car line;
• when the safety car is returning to the pits or its intermediate position, it may be overtaken by cars on the track once it has crossed the safety car line;
• any car stopping in its designated garage area whilst the safety car is using the pit lane may be overtaken;
• if any car slows with an obvious problem.
Any car being driven unnecessarily slowly, erratically or in a manner deemed potentially dangerous to other drivers at any time whilst the safety car is deployed will be reported to the stewards. This will apply whether any such car is being driven on the track, the pit entry the pit lane or the pit exit.
When ordered to do so by the Race Director or, in his absence, the Clerk of the Course, the observer in the safety car will use a green light to signal to any cars between it and the race leader that they should pass. These cars will continue at reduced speed and without overtaking until they reach the line of cars behind the safety car.
The safety car shall be used at least until the car in the lead is behind it and all remaining cars are lined up behind the leader. Once behind the safety car, the race leader must keep within 5 car lengths of it and all remaining cars must keep the formation as tight as possible. However, due to pit stops during the procedure, the Race Director may decide to restart without having all cars lined up behind the Safety Car.
While the safety car is in operation, competing cars may enter the pit lane, but may only rejoin the track when the green light at the end of the pit lane is on. It will be on at all times except when the safety car and the line of cars following it are about to pass or are passing the pit exit.
A car rejoining the track must proceed at an appropriate speed until it reaches the end of the line of cars behind the safety car.
Under certain circumstances, the Race Director or, in his absence, the Clerk of the Course may ask the safety car to use the pit lane. In this case, and provided its orange lights remain illuminated, all cars must follow it into the pit lane without overtaking. Any car entering the pit lane under these circumstances may stop at its designated garage area.
When the Race Director (or his Deputy or the Clerk of the Course in his absence) calls in the safety car, its orange lights will be extinguished; this will be the signal that it will be entering the pit lane at the end of that lap. At this point, the first car in line behind the safety car may dictate the pace and, if necessary, fall more than five car lengths behind it. In order to avoid the likelihood of accidents before the safety car returns to the pits, from the point at which the lights on the car are extinguished, drivers must proceed at a pace which involves no erratic acceleration, braking, or any other manoeuvre which is likely to endanger other drivers or impede the restart. As the safety car is approaching the pit entry, the yellow flags and SC boards at the marshal posts will be withdrawn and replaced by waved green flags with green lights at the Line and at the Intermediate race neutralisation end point(s). These will be displayed until the last car crosses the Line.
Each lap completed while the safety car is deployed will be counted as a race lap.
If the safety car is still deployed at the beginning of the last lap, or is deployed during the last lap, it will enter the pit lane at the end of the lap and the cars will take the chequered flag as normal without overtaking.
STARTING THE RACE BEHIND THE SAFETY CAR In exceptional circumstances, the race may be started behind the safety car. In this case, at any time before the one-minute signal, its orange lights will be turned on. This is the signal to the drivers that the race will be started behind the safety car. When the green lights are illuminated, the safety car will leave the grid with all cars following in grid order no more than 5 car lengths apart. There will be no formation lap and the race will start when the green lights are illuminated.
Overtaking, during the first lap only, is permitted if a car is delayed when leaving its grid position and cars behind cannot avoid passing it without unduly delaying the remainder of the field. In this case, drivers may only overtake to re-establish the original starting order.
Soon after the last car in line behind the safety car passes the end of the pit lane, the pit exit light will turn green; any car in the pit lane may then enter the track and join the line of cars behind the safety car.
Any driver who is delayed leaving the grid may not overtake another moving car if he was stationary after the remainder of the cars had crossed the Line, and must form up at the back of the line of cars behind the safety car. If more than one driver is affected, they must form up at the back of the field in the order in which they left the grid. A penalty will be imposed on any driver who, in the opinion of the Stewards, unnecessarily overtook another car during the first lap.
A safety car may be used as the official car for a rolling start; in this case, the regulations governing the start will apply to it until it resumes its safety car function after the start has been given.
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