SBG Sports Software Appointed as FIA Exclusive Official Supplier of Race Control System in a Multi-Year Partnership
SBG signs collaboration with FIA for award-winning RaceWatch as Exclusive Race Control software
The multi-year partnership, which begins on 1 July 2020, will see SBG supply its circuit supervision and incident review system, RaceWatch Race Control, to the majority of major FIA-run series.
The system's applications, RaceWatchMS and RaceWatchID, will provide an integrated Marshalling, Stewarding, Video Review, Scrutineering and Race Management capability with live management of circuit action and detailed review of data, video and radio communications.
The new agreement extends the FIA's almost decade-long relationship with SBG Sports Software, with RaceWatch being used to officiate and manage races in the FIA Formula One World Championship since 2011. It has been additionally utilised in FIA Formula E and the FIA World Endurance Championship since 2015 and is also now being deployed in the FIA World Rally Championship.
Under the new partnership SBG will also join the FIA Industry Working Group leading the development of race management and safety technology for circuits worldwide.
FIA Formula 1 Race Director, Michael Masi said,
"The FIA's decision to select SBG as an official supplier is a result of a trusted relationship over nearly ten years and signals our shared commitment to achieving the highest standards in safety and control for events and circuits around the world."
Gareth Griffith, CEO and Founder of SBG Sports Software added,
"We are honoured and excited by this exclusive recognition which cements our long-term relationship with the FIA and acknowledges how vital race management software is for incident detection and race review.This partnership coincides with SBG's expansion into North America, opening a regional office in Chicago IL to bring our next generation technology to the US motorsport industry."
SBG has been developing RaceWatch since 2008, providing strategy and performance analysis software to world champions Mercedes AMG Petronas Motor Sport throughout their six consecutive world titles. In recent years Renault, Alfa Romeo, Haas and Williams F1 teams have also become valued customers as well as many teams in Formula E and the World Endurance Championship, including championship winning Porsche Motorsport, Audi Sport and Toyota Motorsport, all winners of the world famous Le Mans 24-hour race over the last eight years.
SBG was recognised in 2019 with the prestigious Queens Award for Enterprise in Innovation for RaceWatch, which in the same year also won the Best Technology for Elite Performance category of the Yahoo Sports Technology Awards.