FIA Medical Commission at Paul Ricard

Philippe Gurdjian, President & CEO of the Paul Ricard HTTT welcomed last Sunday Professor Sid Watkins, President of the FIA Medical Commission, Dr Jean-Jacques Issermann, Vice President and Ian Brown, FIA Racetrack & Safety responsible as well ...

Philippe Gurdjian, President & CEO of the Paul Ricard HTTT welcomed last Sunday Professor Sid Watkins, President of the FIA Medical Commission, Dr Jean-Jacques Issermann, Vice President and Ian Brown, FIA Racetrack & Safety responsible as well as the members of the commission who came to carry out one of their workshops at the first circuit of the third millennium. Renovated and modernized by Philippe Gurdjian in 2002, the new High Tech Test Track has become, in fact, a true reference in terms of safety in motorsport.

The Medical Commission met on Saturday evening for a diner organized by Professor Sid Watkins at the gastronomic restaurant of the Castellet Hotel, and most of the participants chose the opportunity to stay at the 4-star luxury hotel for the night.

On Sunday after the workshop, the Medical Commission completed a full visit of the Paul Ricard HTTT with the President, Philippe Gurdjian. Quite impressed with the 'passive' safety concept (run-offs, traffic lights and Track Video Control Room), the commission was also amazed with the Paul Ricard HTTT Medical Centre, presented by Jean Duby -- Chief doctor of the Paul Ricard Medical Centre, FIA Rally Delegate and member of the FIA commissions.

The new training centre particularly held the attention of Professor Watkins and his guests for its technical qualities, especially with of the new mannequin and for the numerous training possibilities when it comes to improve the aptitudes of people involved in safety problems within motorsports.

"Since Max Mosley, FIA President, came to the High Tech Test Track in July 2002" said Philippe Gurdjian, "the Medical Commission had shown great interest in visiting our installations. I am very happy to have welcomed Professor Sid Watkins and the Commission and I hope to renew the opportunity to organise this kind of event."

"On the most modern track in the world, it was important to have modern medical facilities, adapted to new technologies. This is what we have done here, and our goal is to pursue our work towards high quality. Art and Technology, ahead of Future... this is our way to be..."

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Series Formula 1
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