Timing lights are $100 per side, payment due upon hitting them. They have never mentioned the cost of hitting the timing display at the drivers meetings but I'd imagine it would be significantly more.Yeah the corner worker looks too close, he's not a line judge, just there to stand cones back up right? He also doesn't have a 'safe spot' I always look for like a tree or pole to get behind, so too close.
Mustang_paul beat me to it, I was in grid at autocross behind a BMW with an LS6 swap and asked him 'how did you pass tech? your blinkers don't work?' he got it and said 'BMW'.
I did the same as you at last weekends autocross (OTM), overpowered the rear tires at the finish line, crossed the line sideways taking out 1 white cone but missing the timing lights on both sides by inches. They get really mad when you hit the timing lights...
A good course doesn't have a safe spot for a worker because there are no trees to hide behind. Safest for the car and driver. The course worker has to judge were trouble is most likely to occur and not stand there. Don't hang out close to the cone most often hit in that section because just before that cone is were the trouble starts!