Section 5: Racing and Drivers Conduct

5.1 Starter’s Orders:

Upon taking to the grid for a standing start, or commencing the formation lap in a manual or rolling start, the driver shall be considered to have started the race.

5.2 Pit stops:

5.2.1 Drivers must adhere to series specific regulations regarding pit entry and exit.
5.2.2 Series organisers must clearly outline (either via photos or video) the pit entry and exit procedure to be followed by competitors.
5.2.3 Drivers are not to enter the pit lane on the final lap of any race and complete the race in the pit lane. Doing so will result in a disqualification. Exemptions may apply and will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

5.3 Points System:

Upon completion of a race event drivers completing the event shall be awarded points in the following order:
1. 230
2. 200
3. 180
4. 160
5. 140
6. 120
7. 100
8. 90
9. 80
10. 70
11. 60
12. 50
13. 40
14. 30
15. 20
16. 10
17. 5 for every position further

5.4 Safety Car:

Standing Starts:
The safety car procedure occurs when three unsuccessful race start attempts have occurred. The series organiser (or a director may override and call an early safety car if the situation requires) will indicate if a safety car start is required. In the event of a safety car start, cars will proceed in single file in race-start order until the specified safety car release point, all cars must proceed at safety car pace (80kph unless stated otherwise by series organiser) until passing the release point. Accelerating above the safety car pace prior to the release point may incur a penalty.

Manual Starts and Rolling Starts:
In the event of an incident on the first corner of the first racing lap where a manual start (formation lap to the grid) or rolling start is used, the safety car is deployed and slows the field to 40kph allowing damaged vehicles time to return to the pits for repairs, once repairs are completed cars will wait in order of exit at the pit exit. Once the last damaged vehicle enters the pit lane the field may accelerate to the safety car pace. Once the last car in the safety car train passes the pit exit the repaired vehicles may rejoin the back of the train. After this the same safety car release point system outlined above applies.

The series organiser must outline the safety car control location in their stewards briefing.

Note: Making a pit stop under safety car does not count towards any race pit stops that need to be made unless otherwise stated by a series organiser.

5.5 Defensive Driving:

5.5.1 Drivers are allowed to make one defensive move. A defensive move is the act of moving off the driver’s current racing line to block a move by a competitor.
5.5.2 Once a defensive move is made, the driver must retain their new line into the next corner.
5.5.3 Excessive weaving on straights to attempt to “break the tow” will be deemed unsportsmanlike and may incur a penalty.
5.5.4 Blue Flags: Drivers that are approached by a vehicle or vehicles that are preparing to lap them must move off the racing line at the earliest convenience and allow the vehicle(s) to pass unhindered unless the event is a multi-class event (please refer to 5.5.5 for multi-class events). Any intentional blocking, defensive driving, or contact while under blue flags may incur a penalty.
5.5.5 Multi-class Blue Flags: Drivers competing in multi-class events faced with blue flags must observe the following:

a) If the passing vehicle is a higher class vehicle, the lower class car must stick to the racing line and allow the faster car to navigate around them.
b) Drivers of higher class vehicles should do everything in their power to make the pass cleanly. With the lower class cars keeping to the racing line the onus is on the faster car to complete the pass safely.
c) If the car is of the same class 5.5.4 BLUE FLAGS ruling should be followed.

5.5.6 Lead drivers that have lapped traffic attempting to un-lap are not required to allow a lapped vehicle to pass and un-lap itself.
5.5.7 At any time vehicles are side-by-side entering a braking zone racing room of a cars width inside the circuit boundaries (white or yellow lines, kerbing is considered outside the boundaries) must be given at all times.

5.6 Driver Etiquette:

5.6.1 Competitors must show full respect to directors, series organisers, series personnel, and other competitors at all times.
5.6.2 Competitors must not instigate or engage in public complaints or insults directed towards other drivers. If you have an issue with another driver, please contact a member of administration (either the series organiser(s) or a director) about the issue privately.
5.6.3 If an incident occurs during a session (practice, qualifying or race session), continue as normal and allow the stewarding process to take place. Do NOT engage in criticism of other driver(s) during sessions as you may find yourself in breach of 5.6.2. Any breach may result in competitors being suspended or excluded from events.
5.6.4 Excessive attempts to distract driver(s) by weaving or flashing headlights may result in an unsportsmanlike conduct warning. Excessive warnings may result in a penalty. Cars should only use flashing lights (where available) when in another class approaching slower traffic, or when preparing to lap cars in the same class.