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Video: The Racing Flag System

By: Chris Nickson - Updated: 11 Oct 2012 | comments*Discuss

In this short video the manager of Speed Karting Warrington, demonstrates the flag system that you will find on all racing circuits.

Video Transcript
Hi, my name is Joe, I'm from Speed Karting in Warrington and on behalf of GoingKarting.co.uk, I'd like to point out a few things to you before you actually get in to your kart.

1 is the circuit layout, each circuit you drive will be different and each circuit will have a circuit diagram on it. Please, familiarise yourself with this circuit before going out on to the track.

And then we have the flag system. All flag systems used are the same universal and out on the circuit, the first flag you're likely to see is a black and white diagonal flag. Now this means you are being warned about your dangerous driving. Normally you are permitted one of these flags out on the circuit before being shown a black flag.

Now if a black flag is shown to you at all you must slow down and come in to the pit lane as soon as possible. A black flag can also be shown to you for mechanical failure out on the circuit, so even if you think you've done nothing wrong, the mechanics, the marshals may find something wrong with your kart, black flag is shown, you must obey the black flag and come in to the pit lane.

Other flags you're likely to see are a yellow flag, some circuits actually use a strobe light. Yellow flag; slow down, no overtaking and be prepared to stop.

A red flag, or a red strobe light, being shown; come to controlled stop immediately and wait the marshals to instruct you of what you are about to do next.

If a blue flag is shown to you out on the circuit this means, move over and allow a faster driver to pass you.

The last flag you're likely to see is the chequered flag. This means the end of the race. Slow down, no over taking and report back to the pit lane in the order that you've been asked to do so.

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