Code 60: what is it?For the Dunlop 24H DUBAI the Dutch National Racing Team (DNRT) is the official organization regarding the regulations. For the international endurance race in DUBAI Dutch president of the DNRT foundation, Huub Vermeulen, came up with the Code 60 rule.
In a nutshell the Code 60 rule signifies danger. All the drivers at the track must slow down to 60 km/h. No one is allowed to overtake. The Code 60 has been created as an alternative for the safety car. The ideology behind the code 60 rule is the fact that all the cars stay in their position, with the same distance. Normally when the safety car is used, all cars collect together behind the safety car. Previously accomplished leads are no longer and cars with arrears experience the advantages. Besides the Code 60 is safer for marshalls, because there are no cars spleading around, trying to catch the back.
The Code 60 rule also is a tactical move, during the Code 60 most of the teams go to the fuel station. The reason therefore is, they don't want to lose any extra time on refuelling. You will see a lot of teams will go PIT IN during Code 60. It is the perfect time for a drivers or tire change and refuelling.
The 8th running of the Dunlop 24H DUBAI is featured by the Code 60 rule. While last year the teams saw the purple flag just a couple of times, today the purple flag have been waved already 6 times within 6 hours.
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