Code 60 dropped by BRSCC

19th July 2017

The British Racing and Sports Car Club has suspended the use of the new-for-2017 Code 60 procedure following widespread criticism from its drivers.

The virtual safety car equivalent allows for marshals to work on a live circuit as competitors are mandated to drop to a 60 km/h speed limit.

However criticism has been raised as to the ambiguous nature of the regulations in defining how cars must slow down to the speed limit and how to regulate speed with many not running with speedometers.

The backlash to the purple flag peaked at the BRSCC’s Donington Park meeting earlier in the month. Although the weekend was meant to celebrate 60 years of the Lotus/Caterham Seven, confusion during the National Formula Ford races resulted in 50 drivers signing a petition to abandon Code 60.

Chairman of the BRSCC Bernard Cottrell released a statement on the club’s website saying:

“Code 60 has been used at eleven BRSCC meetings this season but there has recently been a groundswell of opinion building from our customers telling us they have concerns with the Code 60 procedure, including problems regulating speed, the visibility of the purple Code 60 flags and how the races are re-started.

“Therefore, with immediate effect, we will be suspending Code 60 and returning to the use of a Safety Car for all remaining BRSCC meetings this season.”

The BRSCC announcement means that the Classic Sports Car Club is now the only domestic club continuing to use the flag.