Photo Finish Technology by TAG Heuer

TAG Innovation @ Super One 2012

TAG Innovation @ Super One 2012

The last round of the 2012 Rotax and Honda Super One series held at Shenington Kart Club on the 13th/14th October was the perfect setting for TAG Heuer UK to showcase new technology to the UK karting scene.

David Jones of Sports Timing Systems, the UK distributor for TAG Heuer timing products attended the event to provide a demonstration of the TAG Heuer Photo Finish camera along with a speed trap to help control driver speeds on the approach to the start of a race.

The high speed start line camera produced by TAG Heuer in association with their technical partner Finish Lynx offers timing accuracy at 1/3000th of a second and provides a totally independent backup from the transponder timing system.  With close finishes becoming common place in karting and regular race and championship finishes being decided on thousandths of seconds, the camera offers not only unbeatable timing accuracy with its integrated temperature controlled crystal oscillator but a clear image directly on screen in timekeeping which is saved throughout the event and can be recalled if any dispute should arise. Within seconds, visual evidence to satisfy any discrepancies is available for officials, media, public and spectators and can be disseminated via internet almost instantaneously. The TAG Heuer by Lynx camera can also be utilised as visual evidence of any driver moving out of sequence at the start of a race.

Alongside this TAG Heuer also supplied a photo cell speed monitoring solution that could help control the approach speeds of karts to the start line.  This system was run stand alone over the weekend and only for information purposes but the plan is to fully integrate this with the timing software over the winter break to enable starts to be better monitored and reduce first corner incidents.

Ian Rogers, timekeeper for the Super One series commented “I have been working closely with TAG Heuer for the past three years and during that period they have brought many innovations to the UK karting scene.  The photo finish camera is an excellent piece of equipment and the perfect backup to any timing system, as karting becomes higher profile we need to make sure that we are giving our customers the best available standards”.

For further information on the TAG Heuer range of products contact David Jones of Sports Timing Systems on 01782 561734 or via the web

Further technical information can also be found at

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