Flags are used during race meetings to communicate important information and instructions to competitors out on track. In order to complete the ARDS course, you need to be able to demonstrate knowledge of the below flags with 100% accuracy.
Learn these flags before taking your ARDS course, and remember you will not be able to refer to any documents during the written test.
Start (or use where appropriate)
Stationary: Another competitor is following close behind
Waved: Another competitor is trying to overtake
A service car or slow moving vehicle is on the circuit. The white flag will be waved to indicate the sector of the track that the slow moving vehicle is in, and held stationary whilst the vehicle is in the next sector.
Waved: Danger. Slow down sufficiently to ensure that full control of the vehicle can be retained. No overtaking.
Double Waved: Great danger. Slow down considerably. Be prepared for a sudden change from the projected racing line, or take other evasive action including stopping if necessary. No overtaking.
Yellow Flag with Red Stripes
Stationary: Slippery surface ahead
Waved: Slippery surface imminent
Immediately cease driving at racing speed and proceed slowly, without overtaking, and with maximum caution to the pits or start line obeying marshals’ instructions, and being prepared to stop should the track be blocked.
Waved: All clear, at the end of a danger area controlled by yellow flags. Also used to signal the start of a formation lap and shown at all posts during first lap of each practice session and during each formation lap.
End of race or practice
Black and White Diagonal Flag
A warning to the driver that his/her behaviour is suspect and that he/she may be black-flagged on further reports. Displayed together with the driver’s number.
Black Flag with Orange Disc
Notification of apparent mechanical failure or of a fire which may not be obvious to the driver. The car concerned must call at its pit for repairs on the next lap. Displayed together with the driver’s number.
The driver must stop at his/her pit within one lap of receiving the signal and report to the Clerk of the Course. A penalty of disqualification may be enforced. Displayed together with the driver’s number.
Code 60 Flag
The Code 60 flag may be brought into operation to neutralise a race at the sole discretion of the Clerk of the Course, provided that all flag points are in communication with race control, its use will have been confirmed in the SRs, and its operation in accordance with Appendix 4, Operation of Code 60 and explained in the drivers briefing.