Rallycross Jump Start System
The Rallycross Jump Start System uses Infra Red sensors to provide start detection at each grid position. The sensors work in all weather and light conditions and have no moving parts to go wrong.
The system has been continously developed since 2009 in association with Lydden Hill Race Circuit (GBR), RallyCross Timing (NED) and Eurocircuit Valkenswaard (NED).
Up to 18 grid positions are provided and the software allows the user to input the grid layout needed for each event. It's easy to set up the grid for 3:2:3 or 5/6 accros and the start direction can be changed to suit the track. The grid configuration can be changed quickly using a PC app. The controller has a built in colour display which shows the grid configuration. The operator can choose to start on red or green lights.
The sensors are set into the track and directly wired to the controller with buried cables. The sensors are small and require minimal discruption to the tarmac. When not in use they are replaced by "dummies" which protect the wiring and prevent damage to the real sensors when other events are being run.
The control box provides comprehensive starting modes, such as an "F1"style multi light sequence. Other modes are "Rallycross" (all lights on, then off) and "all on" which is used for rolling starts. The built in colour display shows the start sequence and the status of all sensors. If a car jumps, the corresponding sensor changes from green to red. When a jump start occurs, the start sequence is aborted, a horn sounds and the startlights flash. The system has a trackside box display which shows the drivers which cars have caused the jump start.