Pre-Grille & Start Line Prcedure

When it is your turn there will be an announcement in English to call the “Masters to the grid”. Exit the paddock by gates 2 or 3 and turn right. On arrival at the pre-grille you will be greeted by a marshal who will give you the number of your grid space, drive forward and park up in the relevant box, the numbers are painted on the road. Expect to wait around for quite a while, you will then be told to start your engines and follow the clerk of the course two miles the start line.

The Saint Goueno Masters have an enviable reputation for always being on time so let’s not disappoint ….. please.

Once in the start line (Depart) queue please keep well to the right to maintain access for emergency vehicles.

When directed to the start line you will be lined up by a marshal in the start box, it is not a precision affair, no faffing about with beam breakers here. If you study the quick locals you will notice that they always hang as far back as possible to get the benefit of slight launch through the beam.

The light sequence is red, orange, green. Once green is illuminated you have 10 seconds to make your start, if you don’t go then you loose the run, if you stall half way over the line the clock keeps ticking even if the rear wheels have not crossed.

After crossing the finish (Arrivée) line you will see a marshal with a waved chequered flag, slow down gently and make your way back to the paddock, just keep turning right. Please note that on the return road (Circuit de repli) you will pass by some houses, the residents have the right of vehicle access at all times so be aware. Your adrenaline will still be pumping but please slow down.

Remember if you catch the car in front you will be expected to overtake, he or she will be given blue flags to let him know you are there.

If you are concerned about catching the car in front, signal to the start line marshal that you require a one-minute gap (“une minute”) instead of 30 seconds.

If you are obstructed under yellow flags you do not get another run.

If you are red flagged you do get another run.

Flags.

Flags used on French hillclimbs are as follows:

National: ……………….. Start.

Chequered: …………… Finnish.

Red: ………………………Stop.

Blue: ……………………..Tells slower driver to allow faster car to overtake.

Yellow (one waved) ……Reduce speed, be prepared to take avoiding action, danger ahead.

Yellow (two waved) ……Reduce speed, be prepared to take avoiding action, road ahead

partially or totally blocked. Waved in the immediate vicinity of the incident

Yellow/Red ……………..Slippery surface ahead ie oil.

Green: …………………..Used at marshal posts to signify course is open or has been returned

to a usable state after an incident.

White: ……………………Usually reserved for an intervention vehicle.