Sacramento Chapter Supplemental Regulations

 

 

 

Contents

·        General Event Procedures

·        Course & DNF Procedures

·        Run Group Formats

·        Supplemental KART Procedures

·        Chapter/Region Specific Classes

·        Protest Policy

·        Official Results

·        Awards/Points


 

 

 

General Event Procedures

·        Events will be conducted in accordance with the current SCCA National Solo Rules.  All mandatory sections apply. 

·         Unless otherwise stated in these Supplemental Regulations, there is no difference between rules for Sacramento Chapter class championships and rules for the Sacramento Chapter PAX Championship. (Note that this does not permit mixing and matching class rules for the PAX championship.  Any car competing in the PAX championship must be legal in its specific class).

·        Access to the course inner area and outer boundaries during runs is limited to workers for that group, safety stewards, event chairs and co-chairs, board members, and photographers approved by the event chair. Spectators and other photographers must stay within the spectator boundaries at the start/finish lines and trailer area. A spectator is defined as any participant not directly involved with that run group. Photographers must have a "spotter" in their presence at all times while beyond the spectator boundaries.

·        When the event schedule lists a class it refers to both open and ladies unless otherwise indicated.  For example when the schedule lists AM in a run group it means both AM and AM/L are in that run group.

·        An event may have an event chair and an event co-chair.  The co-chair is typically the person assigned to be the event chair for the alternate day of  a two day event and is the main person called upon to assist the event chair.  The event chair can call upon the event co-chair, as well as other board members or club members, for assistance in performing their duties and running the event.  

 

The event chairs duties are:

1.           Ensure that logistics are in place to get the trailer and consumables like chalk and generator gas to the event. (The event chair isn’t required to do all this by themselves, but does have the responsibility to ensure that individuals are assigned and committed to perform the work).

2.           Course design and layout of the site (paddock, trailer parking, grid, location, etc.)

3.           Ensure that there is a Safety review of the site by the safety steward prior to the start of the event, and that any items requiring correction are corrected.

4.           Ensure that time is not wasted and the event is started on time (or as close as possible).

5.           Ensure that the change over between groups happens quickly and efficiently during the event and that all cars have been through a  technical safety inspection.

6.           Get work groups checked off and placed on course in a timely and safe manner.

7.      Decides whether there will be Fun Runs and the logistics and timeframe for running them.

8.           Works with the Safety Steward to handle and document any issues, incidents or accidents that may occur during the event.

9.           Hold a drivers and/or “new drivers” meeting prior to start of first morning and afternoon run groups (Optional)

10.      Under special circumstances the event chair may grant permission to an entrant wishing to work a group other than their assigned group.

11.      The event chair may adjust the number of runs during the event.  For example they can reduce the number of runs from 4 to 3 or some other number if required to complete the event on time.

12.      The event will by default adhere to the published run group schedule, but the event chair may swap a classes run and work groups for the purpose of  balancing the number of cars in a run group in order to have enough workers, or to make the event run more quickly or efficiently.  For example if AM  runs 1 and works 2, the event chair could change AM to run 2 and work 1 for purposes of  balancing  run and work group sizes.  The event chair cannot however move AM from a morning run group to an afternoon run group or vice versa in this example.

 

·        All decisions made by the event chair regarding items 10, 11 or 12 above.  must be documented and provided for inclusion in the Board minutes.  This information should be provided before results for the event are published.

·        A valid Driver's License is required to be presented at time of registration.

·        Passengers: Any competitor may ride as a passenger at any time without penalty. Passengers must be at least 12 years of age.

·        Wristbands are evidence that a participant has signed the waiver and must be worn on the wrist at all times while attending the event. Different color wristbands will be established for competitors and non-competitors. Competitors without the proper wristband will not be allowed to run.

·        Safety Disqualification: A competitor observed committing unsafe actions is subject to disqualification and could be disqualified and asked to leave the event.

·        Bicycles may be used on course during the course walks.  They must be ridden in a slow and safe manner with consideration given to those walking the course.  Failure to do so could result in a warning, denial of bicycle use or disqualification from the event.

 

 

Course & DNF Procedures

·         Course design: The course design will be in compliance to the published SCCA National Solo Rules. Exceptions to this are at the discretion of the Event Chair as deemed necessary to meet the unique challenges of the site and will need to be approved by the Safety Steward of record for the event.

·         The course will be lined with gypsum or appropriate substance.

·         Course Specific Guidelines:

                          i.      Entrance/Exits to Slaloms will have gates.

                        ii.      Courses will be lined on the outside of the cones.

                      iii.      Key apex cones will be identified with pointer cones.

                      iv.      Every effort will be made to minimize the chance of a competitor getting lost on course.

·         Effort will be made in the design of the start of the course to eliminate or minimize the need for a 'drag race' start and thus decreasing the likelihood of vehicle failure. Where this is in question, the final decision will made by the Event Chair.

·         Pylons exceeding 18 inches in height may not be used as slalom and/or apex cones.

·         The entry and exit lanes are part of the course for scoring and DNF purposes.

·         If there is no practice lap, all pylons are subject to penalty. Pylon penalties are 1 second.

·         On courses that have multiple laps or overlapping course elements (loops. cross-overs etc), a driver may only stop for a down or displaced pylon on their first passage through that portion of the course. Stopping for a down or displaced pylon on subsequent pass(s) through that part of the course will not allow the competitor to be eligible for a re-run.

·         A competitor hitting or disrupting the timing lights (either the start or the finish) will be scored as a DNF.

 

Run Group Formats

·        In the first run group, the first car on the grid will run last (inverted grid).  The exception to this will be Karts. See the Kart Section for details.

·        There shall be a maximum of four drivers per car per run group.

·        There will be a separate grid line for 2 driver cars.  There will be an additional separate grid line for cars with 3 or 4 drivers.  Every effort will be made to give these cars priority for entry into the normal flow of the grid to ensure that these cars finish along with the rest of the Run Group.

·        In cars with multiple drivers, the number distinction must be clearly visible. Scoring errors resulting from multiple driver/number errors are the fault of the contestants and must be protested to the event chairman by the established procedures.

·        Number of runs will typically be 4. Number of runs is subject to modification by the event chair.

·        Filling out entry/score cards: Cards must be filled out completely, including car class designation (base, Ladies, PAX, ST). If a woman decides to run in the Ladies class, she must put "L" with the base class, e.g., "CSPL". An "L" after the number is insufficient information.

·        Failure to Work: All entrants will share the workload. An entrant failing to complete his or her work assignment will be scored as "DNW" (Did Not Work). The published results will reflect a DNW finishing position for the entrant and no points will be awarded for the event. Under special circumstances any entrant wishing to work a group other than their assigned group must receive permission from the event chair.

·        In the event of a mechanical failure, time will be provided to perform repairs. The length of time will be at the discretion of the Event Chair but will normally be 10 minutes. If a competitor needs time to address a mechanical failure, it is the competitors responsibility to immediately contact the event chair and inform them of the situation.

·        In order to receive class points towards series awards, all entrants must run in their assigned run group. To aid in the preparation of accurate results, it is the responsibility of entrants not running in their assigned run group to include "WRG" (Wrong Run Group) on the top margin of their card. During an event, when timing and scoring notes that an entrant is running in the wrong run group, timing and scoring may add "WRG" to the top margin of that entrant's entry card. WRG entrants will be scored in the results as "WRG" or “Fun Run” and will receive zero class points and zero PAX points for the event.

·        Under special circumstances competitors may be allowed to run out of group due to personal conflicts, mechanical problems, or other special non-recurring circumstances, and still have their results count for class and PAX results and points.  Note that previously this was expressly forbidden primarily due to impact on the PAX championship.   This is now allowed under special circumstances but is not meant to be a common practice and requires approval of the event chair, a quorum of board members, and all competitors in that class present at the event.  

The event chair must document these decisions and circumstances and provide it for inclusion in the Board minutes.  This information should be provided before results for the event are published.

·        Fun Runs: Time permitting the event chair may allow fun runs. Fun runs are only for drivers and vehicles which have competed. No other persons or vehicles are allowed on fun runs. Drivers are not allowed to drive the course prior to their own run group. Drivers who violate this rule will have their results voided. Drivers may ride as a passenger prior to their schedule run group.

 

Supplemental Kart Procedures

·        Karts will not be intermixed on course with any other vehicle.

·        While Karts are running, vehicles other than Karts will remain stopped, there will be no movement of these vehicles in the grid area or course entry/exit lanes.

·        Running Order within Run Group

                   i.      When running in the 1st Run Group, Karts will run after the cars

                 ii.      For all other Run Groups, Karts will run before the cars

 

Chapter/Region Specific Classes

·        Classes exist and are supported that are not recognized at the National Level

·        Current Regional Classes that exist are BP and OSP. These classes must adhere to published regional rules or the last valid National Rule Book printed during the last year of National competition for that class.

·        When there is no National PAX established for these classes, it is up to the chapter/region to establish a factor for each regional class. These PAX factors will be posted on the Chapter Website.

·        A National PAX factor is still published for BP which the Chapter will use for competition.

·        The PAX for OSP is not tracked or published nationally and is therefore at the discretion of the chapter/region. Because of the items listed below, the Chapter has decided to use the PAX value established by the region but will not include the class as part of the Chapter's PAX Championship.

                    i.      The rules for OSP are very open and do not provide the level of definition that the other classes provide.  As an example, elements like displacement, minimum weight, track width and aerodynamic limitations are not specified. Since these do exist for the other National Classes, this creates a potentially unfair advantage for OSP.

                  ii.      There are very few cars competing in the class which makes setting a PAX that reflects the full performance capability of the class impossible.

                iii.      There is a precedent set in other venues (Pro Solo) where PAX is used to determine inter-class competitiveness. In such events, classes that are not nationally recognized are not allowed to compete.

·         Classes can be changed at the discretion of board as long as changes are posted prior to the start of the season.

·         Classes may be added at the discretion of the board at any time.

 

Protest Policy

·        Protest fee for Sacramento Chapter events is $25.00.

·        Protest(s) may be filed by a competitor against any other car or competitor. Such protest(s) will be accepted by the Competition Director or the Event Chair(s) only on the day of the event. Conduct-of-event protest(s) (timing errors, cone counts, re-run issues, etc.) should be addressed to the event chair(s) for resolution. Penalties arising from protests submitted by a participant against a car or driver running in a different class will be limited to reduction of PAX points to one point for that event.

·        Late protest(s) may be accepted by the Competition Director based only on improper model classification, rules, bylaws or supplemental regulation violations that were not apparent at the time of the event, or clerical errors in the results. Such late protest(s) may be filed no later than 10 days after results are first posted on the Sacramento Chapter web site. 

·        Protests must be filed in writing using the standard Solo 2 protest form or by other written or typed means so long as the following information is legibly provided:

                          i.      Driver name, car number, and class of car being protested.

                        ii.      Driver name, car number, and class of person filing the protest

                      iii.      Description of alleged violation with reference to the relevant sections of the Solo II rules.

                      iv.      Date, time, and signature of person filing the protest.

                        v.      Date, time and signature of Event Chair or Competition Director receiving the protest.

·        The driver is responsible for the correct determination of his or her car’s class/category. Advice given by board members, event chairs, and fellow competitors is advisory only. Such advice may be subject to error based on incomplete information about vehicle modifications provided by a competitor, a competitor’s own lack of knowledge relative to prior modifications performed on his vehicle, or incomplete knowledge on the part of the person giving the advice.

 

Official Results

·        Results normally become official 10 days after being posted on the Sacramento Chapter web site. In the event the results are protested, the Competition Director, working with the protest committee and/or the Sacramento Chapter Board, must rule on the protest within two weeks of it being given to the Competition Director.  After that time the results will become official.

 

Awards/Points

·        Points are awarded to all competitors based on finishing position in class. Points are awarded with the schedule as follows:

Finish in Class

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

...

27

28

Points

200

160

130

110

90

70

50

30

20

19

18

17

...

2

1

 

·        To be eligible for a year-end Award in a given class, a competitor must have scored points in at least half of the season’s events plus one in that class. (ie, for a year with 12 events, must have scored points in 7 events). One out of four events will be dropped to determine the final season points. (For eight events, six best finishes will be counted; or for seven events, the best six will be counted.). An award will be given to each SCCA member who scores points in an individual class in at least one more than of half the Sacramento Cup Series Events. To be eligible for a PAX trophy, a competitor must have competed in at least half plus one of the events.

·        PAX Championship has been established with the following guidelines:

                         i.      Points awarded based on overall indexed performance.

                       ii.      Points awarded are based on 200 being the max. Points possible.

                    iii.      Trophies for the top 10 positions for Open/Ladies classes will be awarded.

                    iv.      The PAX Championship also includes drops. One out of four events will be dropped to determine the final PAX Points.(For eight events, six best finishes will be counted; or for seven events, the best six will be counted.)

·      Most Improved Driver. The driver that has shown the most improvement over the year will be recognized. Awards will be presented for both the Open and Ladies competitors.

·      100% participation Award. Competitors participating in all of the Sac Cup Points Events (the Enduro is not included) will be eligible for this award.

·      Participants that select to run out of class or as 'Fun Runs' will not score points for either the class or for the PAX championship. Their entry will however count towards the 100% participation Award.

 

 

 

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