Motorsport drainage – race tracks, pit lanes and paddocks
Motorsport race tracks are exposed to extreme dynamic forces from racing vehicles due to harsh braking and fast acceleration. As a result, any excess surface water left on the race track from heavy rainfall could cause vehicles to lose control with serious consequences. Therefore, a safe and efficient motorsport drainage system is essential.
With high speeds from racing vehicles imposing extreme forces on the track surface, a safe and secure drainage system is required to withstand this harsh environment. As racing vehicles cross over the channel system, gratings must also be sturdy enough to accommodate friction and impact forces. If insufficiently secured, the channel system components can be dislodged and thrown into the air at speed, posing a danger to drivers and spectators. The combined system of channel and grating must withstand the strong suction created by downforce from racing vehicles.
Requirements for race track drainage
A race track is more complex than it first appears. Circuits include run-off areas in locations where vehicles may unintentionally leave the track or for safe sanctuary. Positive or negative kerb profiles are included at the edge of the track when it changes direction. Furthermore, designated pit lanes allow drivers to exit the race track briefly to refuel or change tyres. An effectively drained track surface is crucial to ensure optimal safety for the driver and motor racing performance.
Strength and stability during installation and competition:
Subject to possible traffic by site vehicles during installation and race cars crossing at speeds of over 300 km/h, the channel system should be strong, secure and stable during the life of the circuit.
To avoid sharp raised edges on the surface, channels must be laid precisely within a +/- 2 mm tolerance.
The drainage system must ensure a long service life through high-quality materials and careful, precise installation.
At run-off zones there is an increased risk of aquaplaning due to slight surface gradients towards the direction of the track. An efficient drainage system must be installed here to ensure safety.
Durable channels for the pit lane:
Surface drainage within the pit lane area must withstand extreme forces that occur when crossed by racing cars.
The paddock covers a vast surface area, which accommodates motorsports entourage during a racing event. Therefore, the paddock surface area is exposed to traffic from heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), motorhomes, trailers, hospitality units and other commercial vehicles. Furthermore, there is also a high volume of pedestrian traffic from motorsport crew and spectators.
As a result, choosing a paddock drainage system that meets various functional aspects must be considered to withstand load bearing vehicles and ensure pedestrian safety.
Pit lanes and garages are designated areas for motorsport teams pit crew to carry out mechanical work before or during the race event. They require safe cable management for mechanical equipment to perform quick repairs and adjustments to the racing vehicles. The drainage channel must ensure safe removal of any surface water, but also serve as temporary cable routing. The grating must be easily accessible. T and cross connections must also be accessible so that cables and wires can be placed directly from above without being threaded, whilst maintaining the hydraulic capability and structural stability of the channel system.
Facilities provided for spectators on racing circuits require practical and effective drainage for external hard surfaces associated with pedestrian, retail and commercial areas, car parks and viewing stands.
Heelsafe grating options for a safe spectator environment
Grating designs with high aesthetic value
Corrosion-free channel systems for low long-term maintenance costs
Drainage solutions for motorsport – race tracks, pit lanes and paddock areas
Undoubtedly, motorsport drainage solutions must meet the highest safety and stability requirements. The drainage system should serve as viable protection from surface water to ensure the safety of drivers, crew and spectators.
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FASERFIX SUPER channels with a loading class of F 900 meet the demands of the motorsport race tracks. The drainage system has been engineered with maximum safety and performance in mind. The channels can withstand dynamic forces and have a high level of lateral stability.
Channel body is made from fibre-reinforced concrete for optimum strength and stability
Gratings securely fixed with 8 bolts per metre (achieves 16 locking points over one unit for extra strength and safety)
40mm deep channel angle housing and grating dimensions for secure grating fixing and greater resistance to longitudinal and lateral movement
Full access via the top cover for quick cable routing via T and cross connections (for paddock area)
SIDE-LOCK boltless locking mechanism for secure fixing and quick release
For pit lanes and garage areas
Safe, secure and practical cable routing for motorsport technical equipment. SERVICE CHANNELS make access to cable routing quick and easy when required. Cables are installed within the channel to avoid trip hazards on the surface and create a safe working environment for motorsport team members.
Simple installation with various connection possibilities like T and corner connections for quick, cost-effective installation and design flexibility
Channel made of high-quality fibre-reinforced concrete for maximum stability and security
Invisible cable routing for an attractive overall appearance with a large internal cross-section and optionally available cable-routing system
Available in a range of channel widths and depths, with cable trays for flexible space-efficient design
For paddock areas
A high capacity slot channel system which provides efficient interception, storage, transport and discharge of large volumes of surface water from extensive surfaces as typically found in paddock areas. They can endure load bearing forces from HVGs and have a loading class up of up to F 900.
Manufactured from recycled composite (polypropylene) and fitted with a retained grating in durable spheroidal ductile iron
High capacity channel option; reducing channel runs, trash boxes and pipework for a cost-effective drainage solution
Pre-assembled and lightweight for quick, simple installation; eliminates the need for heavy lifting equipment on site
Monolithic system installation and narrow grating design for superior resistance to dynamic forces and heavy loads at the surface