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Security: high-level surveillance for the Circuit…

You would think that a car track is a simple band of tarmac, the most beautiful in the world of course, where fans of speed, either on two or four wheels, can come to challenge the speedometer in total relaxation! Cool, three little laps and then… Wrong! Thrilling experiences and rushes of high voltage adrenaline cannot be found in an anarchic way. To speed along does not simply entail pushing the foot down on the right pedal or opening the right fist wide. Faced with Francorchamps, it is best to remain humble and know your limits.

That’s why all incentive day organisers increase briefings and recommendations to all those one-day Vettels and Rossis. You are driving on a fantastic circuit but it is important that at the end of the day, everyone is happy and satisfied.

The Circuit track is regularly inspected by representatives from Car and Motorbike Federations so conforms to the very strict race security standards in order that amateur drivers can let rip during the week. What’s more, there are five Circuit people, a doctor, an ambulance and track stewards to ensure complete supervision for these days.

The Circuit works in close conjunction with the CHPLT hospital in Verviers and the CHR de la Citadelle hospital in Liège for medical service. Monday last, the Press was invited to follow a full scale simulation test of a motorcyclist coming off the road above Raidillon.

By using a high-fidelity mannequin (one that can talk, breathe, have a measureable  pulse, all of which is computer-controlled), the Press was able to see the rapidity of  intervention (less than one minute between the fall from the bike and the arrival of the first emergency doctor), but also to see the precise, repeated and systematic actions and work performed on the injured. After ten minutes, the “injured party” was transported to the Circuit medical centre from where they could be brought to hospital. The analysis of these interventions was found so invaluable that the emergency services at Liège got in contact with the International Motorbike Federation (FIM) to exchange information.

Besides providing an impeccable security service during our incentive days, the hospital can gain a lot of information about traumas to victims of bike accidents on the road.

Christian Jupsin, the organiser of the motorbike days at Francorchamps explains:  “The mentality of bikers has evolved a lot and today many prefer to let off steam on a circuit rather than take big risks on the road.” Thus Francorchamps and other Belgian circuits play a significant role.


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