Paul Ricard HTTT presented the First FIA Institute Centre of Excellence Trophy
The first FIA Institute Centre of Excellence trophy was presented to Circuit Paul Ricard High Tech Test Track in a pre-awards ceremony at the FIA Gala in Monaco's Sporting Club.
The hand-crafted sterling silver trophy was collected by Paul Ricard's President and CEO Philippe Gurdjian, who commented: "I am very proud to receive this award as is it demonstrates that Paul Ricard has been a pioneer in its development of motor sport safety. I look forward to a long working relationship with the FIA Institute as together we continue to develop new ideas and concepts."
The Centre of Excellence programme forms the cornerstone of the FIA Institute's aim to encourage and incentivise excellence in all aspects of motor sport safety.
The Paul Ricard HTTT was chosen to be the first recipient of the award because of its high safety standards and its continual developments in this field.
It boasts a number of unique safety features. For instance, the circuit has 25 acres of run-off areas, made from a special type of asphalt rather than the gravel beds used at other circuits. This type of run-off system increases safety, reduces the intervention time of the rescue teams and reduces damage to the cars.
Another unique feature is the replacement of flag marshals with a system of lights. Activated by transponders on the cars, this system reacts quicker for the drivers and rescue teams. Thirty-four traffic lights strategically placed around the circuit inform drivers instantly of potential hazards on the track.
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