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Old 03-16-2012, 10:04 PM
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Post EMSA Club Rules

2017 RULES
Electric Motor Sports Association

1. OPTIONAL SUPPORT RACES
King of the Hill
  • Members supply cars for host to choose from. Host cannot supply car. Host chooses car based on visual inspection (no test laps).
  • Member gets two practice laps immediately before their heat.
  • Each heat is one minute long, and is fully marshaled for ONLY the first lap, in order for the competitor to earn at least one valid lap time. After one lap has been completed, the next crash is the end of their heat, whether they complete more laps or not. ALTERNATE version is completing TEN fully marshaled laps, no time limit.
  • Tire cleaning is optional and can be performed once any time before, during, or after the practice laps, but not after the heat begins. Cleaning method provided by host, and everyone must use the same cleaning method (tape, wet rag, etc.)
  • Best lap times noted and tallied through entire series in conjunction with IROC and Series races. Lowest total time wins.
  • Absent racers are given the slowest lap time earned by racers who have participated in at least 50% of the series events.
  • Winner is determined by the lowest total time from all races. Tie breakers to be determined.
Rally
  • Members supply cars for host to choose from. Host cannot supply car. Host chooses car based on visual inspection (no test laps).
  • Each heat is fully marshaled, lap count determined prior to racing. Member gets two practice laps immediately before their heat.
  • Tire cleaning is optional and can be performed once any time before, during, or after the practice laps, but not after the heat begins. Cleaning method provided by host, and everyone must use the same cleaning method (tape, wet rag, etc)
  • Total heat times noted and tallied through entire Rally series in conjunction with IROC and Series races. Lowest total time wins.
  • Absent racers are given the slowest lap time earned by racers who have participated in at least 50% of the series events.
  • Winner is determined by the lowest total time from all races. Tie breakers to be determined.
Other
  • Support races do not change during a series but alternate between Rally, King of the Hill, and other suggestions from one series to the next.
  • Members are encouraged to propose new support race types in any format. Suggestions that may be considered for support races in the future include a Rally with Driver/Navigator pairings, or something that includes handicapping rules.
2. SERIES and IROC FORMAT (2 RACES)
IROC
  • Member supplied cars, usually by track host but anyone can provide 4 or more like cars to race IROC .
  • Cars provided are assigned to a lane, 2 minute heats with a re-slot after 1st minute.
  • One or two rotations based on attendance and time restrictions.
SERIES RACE
  • A selected car is raced in a series which consists of 6 to 8 races subject to club venue availability, preceded by a series test and tune, to be held at a track of the members' choice.
  • A random race grid will be prepared by the race host.
  • A series heat will be a 2 minute heat with a re-slot at after the 1st minute.
  • Two or three rotations based on attendance and time restrictions.
CRASH & BURN
  • IROC and Series races are crash & burn. If you de-slot, you're done for that section of the heat.
RACE THROW OUT
  • 1 Throw Out (lowest race total) per series.
SCORING
  • HEATS: 1 point for each lap completed is combined with position points, 1st=4pts, 2nd=3pts, 3rd=2pts, 4th=1pt. Three lane tracks are assigned 3, 2, and 1 points for place. Two lane tracks use only one bonus point for the winner of the heat.
  • RACE: The total from all heats. The winner receives 10 series points and others receive respective points; 8 - 6 - 5 - 4 - 3 - 2 and 1 for the remainder of the field. Tie breakers: number of wins, 2nds, 3rds, 4ths.
  • SERIES: The Series Champion has the most Series points minus his lowest score (throw out). Tie breakers are: number of events attended; number of wins; total points including throw out.
3. SERIES NOMINATIONS AND VOTE
  • To nominate or vote for the next series, one must have participated in 50% of the previous series races.
  • Series cars will be nominated at the last race of the present running series and will be for the series after next (2 series out).
  • Each nominee will be accompanied with a spec sheet and a car set to that spec.
  • The vote will be held at the second race of the present series. The winning car will be decided by a majority vote. Members must be present to vote.
  • If not covered on spec sheet, refer to CAR SPECIFICATIONS
CAR SPECIFICATIONS
  • Specifications are unique to each series and can be different from standard specs. Anything not mentioned in the series spec defers to the standard specs below.
    • Braids: No braid conditioning of any kind. Cleaning with lighter fluid is OK. Braids must be dry at race.
    • Car Body: Minor exterior parts need not be present, e.g. mirrors, wipers, antennas, etc. However, all wings, bumpers, and drivers must be present during racing and must be repaired by next heat.
    • Livery: All cars must have numbers, with one on each side and one on the top, hood or
      trunk (rear deck) of the car.
    • Running Gear: motors, gears, wheels, etc. must be original type.
    • Wheels & Tires: No silicone tires . Cannot protrude outside car body except Formula cars and limited cars in their stock set up. (aka the "Gaub Clause")
    • Screws: Original/stock, and snug. Must be covered by tape when permitted to be loosened.
    • Maintenance: Taping lead wires to chassis is permitted. Axle bushing or bearings may be glued in. Otherwise, gluing, taping and shoring up loose parts are not allowed unless specified.
    • Manufacturer Discrepancy: Should the same type car be released in a different form, the majority of the type being raced will be used.
    • Default to box stock if not specified.
  • Changes: The series specification is subject to change at the discretion of majority vote among members up to the first race of the series in order to accommodate issues that arise during car acquisition, setup, testing, and tuning.
  • EMSA is a club which puts the emphasis on racing ability, not car building or tuning.
4. CARS & RACERS
  • Racers must use the same car throughout the series.
  • Exception (LEMON RULE): Racer may switch car during a series but forfeits all previous series points. A car may never be switched during a race.
  • Usage of a surrogate or loaner car for an individual race marks that race as the throw-out.
5. CONTROLLERS
  • Standard 2 or 3 wire controller with no additional power available to the car.
  • Wireless controllers such as the Slot.it SCP with CRI, or the Scorpius Wireless controller and WAM are OK.
  • There must be no additional power available at the track/hookups for the controller. Wireless receivers must be powered by the track.
6. BEFORE THE RACE
  • Most hosts will open their doors at 6:00pm. Please respect their time and arrive accordingly.
  • Track will shut down at 6:45 for any pre-race issues, questions or concerns. A pre-race tech may be performed at the marshal's or rules chairman's discretion.
  • Before the 1st race of a series, a more in depth tech can be performed by Rules Chairman and any member he may assign to help.
  • After tech or track shut down cars will not leave staging area.
7. START OF THE RACE (heats)
  • Scorekeeper or grid man announces racers and grids cars to make ready for the race.
  • Racers will make their way to the drivers stations and hook up in a timely manner.
  • If a Car / Racer is absent at the start, the race will continue and that racer will not be allowed to run in that heat. Only an excused racer will be waited for or passed.
  • Cars to be gridded at each track's designated start line (same location).
  • Hook-up rule: In the case of an incorrectly hooked up controller, we will restart the heat, but the offender will be penalized 2 laps for each mistake. Please utilize the XLR connectors whenever possible. (aka the "Clifton Clause")
8. MALFUNCTIONS
  • If a car fails to start, or any malfunction occurs at the start of the heat, it will be an automatic restart. The issue will be checked and resolved, and a restart will take place.
  • If a car starts a race then stops during the race, the car will be treated as a crashed car and removed from the track. A faltering car may continue until it ceases to run or becomes a hazard to the other cars, at which time it will be removed.
  • If the track was the cause, the problem will be fixed as best as it can and the heat will be rerun.
  • If a car has a major malfunction, it may be repaired, but in a timely manner. All repairs will be performed in the presence of Rules Chairman, Race Marshall, or appointed member.
  • BRAIDS: If a racer suspects his car is running badly because of braids, he must ask the Marshal to inspect them. At no time should the car owner do this themselves.
  • SCREWS: 5 Lap Penalty for lost body screws during a race, because of the chance of effecting or hindering the race, the track, or results. Loose screws, if allowed, must be covered with tape as per default spec.
9. MARSHALING AND MARSHALED CARS
  • Cars that have crashed are removed from track and placed on their side or upside down to keep tires clean. Cars will stay impounded during the heat. A racer may examine car only after the heat is completed.
  • Should a car become de-slotted by a corner worker's error, it will be placed back on the track. For any other interference, it will not be put back on the track.
  • After completing a heat, unless you are racing in the next heat, it's your job (common courtesy) to corner marshal for the following race.
  • Marshals need to be alert and aware as not to impede the heat.
  • When marshaling, no controllers around your neck, no drinks or food. Try not to be the cause of someone's out.
10. RACE ETIQUETTE
  • Be courteous and quiet during racing. Racers need to remain plugged in after an out and not distract others.
  • Racers need to step back from the track edge so as not to block other racers view of the track. If blocked, ask the person to move before race starts.
  • Blue Flag. When in the lane next to someone that is one or more laps ahead, and you are not racing that person for position, it is courteous to allow that car to safely pass at the next opportunity (middle of a long straight, NOT in a turn). It does not benefit either racer to "battle" another car when finishing position is not at stake.
  • If not Racing or Marshaling, keep noise down, stay clear of the racers and give the marshals room to do their job.
  • Racers should remain calm and at their driver station when their car has crashed so as to not distract the other racers.
  • Racers need to complete the race they are in. No bailing out when having a poor performance. After the first rotation one may ask to be removed but only receive 1 series point, regardless of where you placed.
  • Late Racers completing only the second rotation will receive their full points scored.
  • NO looking at pre-finish race standings. Being aware of your and others' race positions is a part of racing and the Race Manager should not be used as a tool to help in anyone's strategy.
  • Absolutely NO confrontational arguing! Any threats may result in a race misconduct and/or suspension.
  • As a courtesy to all, racers are respectfully requested to pay attention to personal hygiene.
  • Any questions or concerns should be brought to the attention of the Rules Chairman. Follow up action will be taken by the Rules Chairman.
11.PENALTIES (BAD STUFF)
  • Any break of the above conduct rules may result in a track penalty. First time is a warning, and then upcoming heats will be forfeited. Warnings and penalties are up to the sole discretion of the Rules Chairman, or in his absence, the Head Marshal (track host).
  • 2 Lap Penalty for each incorrect controller hook-up that causes a heat re-start.
  • 5 Lap Penalty for lost body screws during a race, because of the chance of effecting or hindering the race, the track, or results. Please cover loose screws with tape as per default spec.
  • ILLEGAL CAR: If it determined, during pre or post tech, that any car does not comply with the spec sheet, it will forfeit points for that evening. The car must meet spec before it will be allowed to race again.
  • RACE MISCONDUCT: This is a severe infraction where the race has been disrupted due to a person's behavior. Only the Rules Chairman or, in his absence, Head Marshal (track host), may make this call. The offender may be asked to leave the event premises. 2nd offense will have a 1 week suspension, and grounds for expulsion from all EMSA events.
12. Yearly Meeting
  • The first race date of the new year is scheduled for the club's yearly meeting.
  • To have a vote in the club's direction, one must be a club member for a calendar year and participate in 50% of the club's races.
13. Amendments
  • Rule changes can be discussed as time goes on, but will not go in to effect until discussed and receive a majority vote at the next yearly meeting.
  • Should anything not be covered in this edition of the rules, or interpretations of existing rules arise, then the rules chairman may call for a vote by the membership at mid-year.
  • 2017 Rules Chairman is Roger Fossum.



Last edited by MrFlippant; 03-25-2017 at 03:11 PM. Reason: updates for 2017
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