The WEC clarifies the protoloco doctor 'Medical Light'


once passed the 24 Hours of Le Mans, FIA and ACO have made a number of changes in the Sporting Regulations and Technical WEC to clarify some details that were in the air. In this aspect, the most important change is the clarification of the protocol to follow when the ‘Medical Light’ is turned on after an accident. In addition, it has removed the attachment technical let improve the cooling of the engine, transmission, brakes and electrical devices in the cars of the class LMGTE-Pro in the 6 Hours of Mexico. With this change, all AWG shall be with standard specification in Mexico.

The ‘Medical Light’ was introduced at the beginning of the season 2017 at the WEC. This system is able to measure the G-forces of an incident and to make visible the result through a system of lights that can be seen through the windshield. To be connected to the ecu of the car, si the G-forces of the accident exceeding a selected amount is active and the light alerts the rescue services and of the likelihood of having to intervene medically. The first and last time that this light was activated was in the accident that took José María ‘Pechito’ López in the Toyota TS050 Hybrid #7 at Silverstone.

In the crash of ‘Pechito’ López, the argentine drove the car to the pits when the ‘Medical Light’ suggested that possibly was unable to do so with safety. Although the Toyota driver was transported to the medical center for a first exploration, has now scheduled another protocol. The new legislation indicates that if the ‘Medical Light’ is active, the pilot must be attended to right away. The Medical Delegate of the FIA or the Medical Officer responsible for the event, will conduct this first review and only the Race Director may allow the pilot to drive again, always with the approval of the most responsible physician.