As part of a range of safety improvements announced for this year’s Spa 24 Hours, SRO has introduced the Sean Edwards Test (SET) – a short computer-based examination designed to ensure amateur drivers in particular have sufficient knowledge of racing flags, signals and procedures.
The test was developed after an approach from Daphne Edwards, president of the Sean Edwards Foundation, which was established in memory of her son, who was killed while instructing at a track day in Australia in October 2013.
Part of the reasoning behind the SET is the increasing number of nationalities now competing in European GT racing, with many countries’ national sporting associations having differing requirements for obtaining an international race license. Also, driver briefings are generally given in English and not all competitors will necessarily have a good enough command of the language to take everything in.
DSC had the opportunity to sit the test at the Blancpain Endurance Series round in Monza. It can be taken on a computer or tablet and consists of 30 multiple-choice questions drawn from a database of around 50 in total, covering things like warning flags, safety car procedures and track markings at pit entry and pit exit. Some questions have more than one correct answer, which is intended to make candidates think a little harder about their responses.
Thankfully, it seems all those hours spent watching race coverage have paid off, as we scored 29 out of 30 for a mark of 96.7 percent.
SRO’s Jacquie Groom said all drivers entered for the Nogaro and Monza rounds had taken the test and any who failed were given an additional briefing. She added that more questions would be added to the database – including some specific to Spa-Francorchamps – in the run up to July’s 24-hour race.