A race meeting consists of a combined practice/qualifying session and the race itself. Each race meeting will be preceded by a mandatory drivers briefing. Any driver that fails to attend the drivers briefing will not be permitted to take part in the race meeting. During the briefing, it will be decided how many driver changes need to take place for each team during the race.
The race meeting begins with a practice session of 30 minutes. At the end of this period, a 15 minute qualifying session will begin. The start of the qualifying session will be marked by a green flag on the start/finish line. The fastest time attained by each team at any point during the qualifying session will determine their starting position in the race.
Races use the “Le Mans” style start. Before the start, each vehicle will be lined up in single file, under marshals’ direction, on the apron facing the pit lane. Engines must be turned off and doors must be closed. The driver that will start the race will stand on the other side of the track, opposite their own vehicle and behind the white line that marks the circuit limits. At this point, the grid will be under starters orders and any other team members must vacate the circuit immediately. The race will be deemed as started when the starting official drops a flag at the start/finish line.
The race will run for 90 minutes. During the race, each team must complete a minimum number of pit stops for driver changes. During a driver change pitstop, a team may opt to either:
1) change drivers, or 2) retain the same driver for a further stint. In the case of the latter, the driver must exist the vehicle by one door and re-enter the vehicle by another door, thus simulating a change of drivers.
In the event of a false start, the race may be aborted by showing red flags at marshal posts around the circuit and optionally a red light on the start/finish gantry. Drivers should proceed back to the start/finish line where they will be re-assembled. At the discretion of officials, the total remaining race time may either continue to count down or be reset.
Rather than abort the start, officials may instead penalise false-starting drivers with a black flag and a 10-second stop-go penalty in the the pit lane.
In the event of a vehicle stopping on circuit, the area of the incident will be covered by waved yellow flags. Competitors must follow marshals’ instructions at all times. No team member except for the driver will be permitted on track to recover a vehicle except for under the express guidance of a marshal or official.
Penalties may be awarded by officials before, during or after the race for any contravention of the rules including, but not limited to: false starts, dangerous driving, advantage by contact, over-taking under yellow flags, excessive speed under yellow flags, pit-lane speeding.
There is no appeals procedure for penalties. Penalties awarded during the race itself will usually take the form of a 10 second stop/go penalty. If a driver is shown a black flag accompanied by their race number, then they must proceed to the pit-lane after completing no more than 3 laps of the circuit. A stop/go penalty cannot count towards the requisite number of driver changes in the race and therefore it is not permitted to change drivers during a stop/go penalty.
If a black flag penalty fails to be served within 3 laps or before the vehicle passes the chequered flag, a 30 second penalty will be added to the competitors race time.
Pits and pit lane safety
Competitors are reminded that the pit lane is a potentially dangerous place. Neither children under the age of 16, not animals are permitted in the pit lane at any point. The pit lane itself should remain clear or personnel except where a driver change is taking place.
Vehicles should only drive in the pits at a fast walking pace and competitors may be penalised with a stop/go penalty if they are deemed to be driving recklessly or with excessive speed.
Points towards the championship will be awarded to the top 6 teams in each race on the following basis:
1st place – 9 points
2nd place – 6 points
3rd place – 4 points
4th place – 3 points
5th place – 2 points
6th place – 1 point
A further 1 point is awarded for the fastest lap during the race. Note there are no points available for qualifying performance.
At the end of the season, points are tallied for all rounds (i.e. no dropped scores) with the championship being awarded to the team that earns the greatest number of points across all races. In the event of a tie, the winner will be based on the team with the greatest number of wins. If this is inconclusive, all other results will be compared with the winner deemed to be the team with the greater number of 2nd places or 3rd places etc. In the event of a dead heat, the team with the earliest first win will be deemed the winner.
Trophies will be awarded in each race for the top 3 teams, unless there are only 3 teams entered (where trophies will be awarded to the top 2 teams). At the end of the season, the overall winning team will receive the “slicedbread Cup”.
The organisers reserve the right the reduce the length of any session in the meeting, including cancellation, in order to maintain timescales.