AAP mulls stricter drag racing rules

Officials seek ways to improve safety on racetrack
Jul 20, 2010

The Automobile Association Philippines (AAP) is mulling stricter guidelines for the country’s top drag racing series following an accident involving the country’s fastest drag racer in June.

Racing champion Jonathan Tiu’s tube-chassis Mitsubishi Lancer Evo V broke in two when it slammed on a retaining wall at the Clark International Speedway while doing practice runs during the sixth Magnolia Purewater National Drag Racing Championship Series last month (read related story here).

No formal investigation has been conducted following the accident but the AAP, Clark International Speedway owner Johnny Tan and series director Fil Gulfin are already in talks for possible guidelines to make the motorsport safer.

Proposed guidelines include:

  • - Allowing only FIA-approved, carbon fiber roll cages on the track
  • - Requiring a safety cage which will add another level of protection for drivers in case the roll cage gives way
  • - Applying TrackBite on the entire length of the drag strip to ensure all cars will have traction even after crossing the finish line.
  • The use of FIA-approved roll cages and a driver’s safety cage was brought up after it was discovered that Tiu’s roll cage was made from standard metal tubes. When one section of the tube broke, the entire structure weakened.

“Organizers, drivers and the AAP will sit still have to site down again to formalize much stricter safety implementations that is agreeable to all,” the AAP said in a statement. “Rest assured that the AAP is working on possible implementation of stricter safety measures in drag races.

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