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Svensk Bilsport hosts first FIA Drag Racing Scrutineers Training


The FIA and Sweden’s National Sporting Authority, Svensk Bilsport, have hosted first-ever FIA Drag Racing Scrutineers Training

The event took place from 7-8 May at Tierp Arena, best known as the venue of the country’s FIA European Drag Racing Championship events.

Partly funded through the FIA Sports Grant Programme, the training gathered over 30 scrutineers from the host club but also representatives of several other FIA member clubs: Finland’s AKK, Germany’s DMSB, Netherlands’s KNAF, Motorsport UK as well as Greece’s Hellenic Motorsport Federation.

“Given the nature of the FIA EDRC, accommodating five different classes, each for cars technically vastly different in terms of performance and safety, the scrutineers face a very complex challenge,” said Lars Pettersson, FIA Drag Racing Commission President.

“It is therefore important that they follow the same protocols and use the same technical language regardless of the country. The training allowed us to go through all the procedures and exchange best practices,” he concluded.

“For us in Sweden, it is with pride that we can host the FIA grant project to raise the quality and knowledge of the technicians working within FIA EDRC”, stated Helena Rapp, the Chairman of the Svensk Bilsport Drag Racing Committee.

FIA’s Technical Delegate for FIA EDRC, Frans Steilberg, and Deputy Safety Director, Nuno Costa, were among the speakers, while all the participants received a certificate signed by the FIA’s Technical Director Xavier Mestelan Pinon.

“An initiative such as this safety training is a great way to exchange best practices and ensure everyone has the same knowledge of the safety regulations,” said Costa.

“Everyone in the room shared the same passion for motor sport, and thanks to seminars such as this one we can also be sure that scrutineers have the same understanding of safety regulations and how to interpret them.”

“We also addressed the subject of fake products and forged labels; and were able to deliver tolls and information to allow the scrutineers to identify original safety equipment,” he summarised.

Mestelan Pinon also praised the initiative and recognised its importance. “As the governing body of world motor sport our role is also to ensure that that our knowledge and expertise are shared and available to our member clubs, so that the same procedures and practices that are in place in top-level championships are available for national and regional competitions,” he explained.