Belfast Telegraph

Friday 31 October 2014

North West 200 upgrade all about timing

Mervyn Whyte

North West 200 chiefs are set to add a timely new hi-tech dimension to their annual race against the clock.

A specially designed electronic system will now aid riders in their relentless quest for faster speeds and split-second timing.

Its introduction for next year's May 19 race follows extensive research by the Coleraine & District Motor Club organisers, working alongside Motorcycle Union (Ireland) chief time-keeper Richard Agnew and specialist motorsport company Timing Solutions Ltd, who provide a range of timing systems to high profile sporting events including British Touring Cars and British Superbike.

Company chief executive Graeme Lond recently made his first visit to the 8.9 mile North Coast circuit and met with MCUI time-keepers, local representatives of mobile communications outlet Arqiva, as well as BT Northern Ireland, to review current timing mechanisms in place with a view to further enhancements and improvements.

Race technical director Mervyn Whyte explained: “Each year we look at different ways to raise our organisational and professional standards at the North West to ensure we keep up to speed with global developments and deliver a world class sporting event to both fans and competitors.

“Over the next three years, we aim to introduce a range of upgrades, including live feeds into the paddock and pit lane garages enabling us to highlight retirements, race stoppages and other useful information relevant to teams and competitors.

“We also plan to increase circuit sector timings to provide teams with more precise information on rider times from one course location to another.

“We will also examine the possibility of electronic speed trap provision.”

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