If an accident does occur, the DEKRA experts are always involved in the analysis and investigation. On the one hand, to draw conclusions for the safety of all those involved, and on the other, because, in the event of minor damage, the participants usually want to get back on the track as quickly as possible after repairs. But Dammert and his team have to give their approval.
Another must for racing drivers: regular weigh-ins after training sessions and races to make sure that nobody has a weight advantage. This falls into the equal opportunity category, which is also part of DEKRA’s range of tasks. For example, Dammert and his team collect reference samples of fuel and tires before each event, so that they can be double checked against random samples during the racing weekend. After the race, there must still be a certain amount of fuel in the tank, from which another sample is taken.
Individual parameters such as gear changes, acceleration etc. are also meticulously analyzed with the help of data recording and subsequent evaluations. On every race weekend, driving dynamics specialists and drive experts from the DEKRA Technology Center in Klettwitz are on site to support the data analysts. For example, to always be one step ahead in the event of a dispute. “It’s often a kind of race against time with the engineers of the respective teams,” says Dammert. “Because, of course, they know their cars inside and out. But we have to try to stay even better informed about any loopholes or gray areas in the regulations.”
No wonder that all DEKRA experts have the relevant training. Dammert, for example, studied aerospace engineering. The other members of the team must also have studied a technical profession in the automotive sector in order to have the relevant know-how. So that nothing stands in the way of the mission to ensure safety and fairness in motorsports.