Green light for Winton signalling system upgrades
Competitors and officials at the nation’s action track, Winton Motor Raceway, will enjoy a bright start to 2019, thanks to the state-of-the-art Alitrax lighting system installed at the venue last week.
The Alitrax system replaces the previous Tracksa lights, implemented at the Benalla Auto Club-owned Winton and Wakefield Park circuits in 2010.
The system includes LED light panels at the start-finish line and all flag marshal points; the panels display all standard flag signals, including green, yellow, red, blue, black, bad sportsmanship, chequered and Safety Car. They can be individually controlled from each flag point, as well as a central master panel in race control.
Advantages of the system include improved visibility for competitors, and ease of operation for officials.
BAC Group CEO and acting Winton Operations Manager, Chris Lewis-Williams, was glowing in his remarks about the safety benefits of trackside lighting systems, and said the installation of the Alitrax system is a demonstration of the venue’s commitment to competitor safety.
“Both our circuits led the way with trackside lights when the Tracksa system was introduced – as a competitor, I know from first-hand experience that the lights are a valuable safety feature because they are instantly noticeable,” Mr Lewis-Williams said.
“The Tracksa product has served us well, but it was time to upgrade – we’re proud to partner with Alitrax, a proudly Australian-owned company that produces cutting-edge, high-quality technology.
“The lighting systems have been installed at race tracks in Australia, New Zealand and North America, so it is a genuinely international standard product.”
As well as race meetings, the Alitrax lights will be in use for other events such as Winton’s popular Test and Tune days, where a central operator will be able to signal drivers at any point on the circuit.