Slideways Sprint Series Standing Regulations
SLIDEWAYS – GO KARTING AUSTRALIA
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Version 1– 29/08/2017
1. Series Name:
Slideways Sprint Series 2017
2. Meeting Location:
Slideways – Go Karting World
232 Old Pacific Highway, Pimpama.
3. Meeting Dates:
4. General Regulations & Notes:
4.1: Categories to be contested:
(a) Cadets – ages 7 to 11 years old, and at least 120cm tall
(b) Juniors – ages 12 to 15 years old, and at least 145cm tall
(c) Senior Lights – ages 15 and up, at least 145cm tall, under 80kg
(d) Senior Heavies – ages 15 and up, at least 145cm tall, over 80kg
4.2: In the year of change of age (from 14 to 15 years), the driver can choose to race in the Junior Series, Adult Sprint Series, or both. Slideways reserves the ultimate right to allocate drivers to the most suitable category, based on age, height, safety and insurance considerations.
4.3: Entry numbers may be capped at a minimum of two grids per category:
(a) Cadets – 18 pre-paid entries
(b) All other categories – 28 pre-paid entries
4.4: Slideways reserves to right to cap numbers as per section 4.3 following the cut off from early bird entries, see section 12.1.
4.5: Senior categories may be combined if the combined entry is no more than 15.
4.6: The events count towards the Sodi World Series.
4.7: Slideways utilise the Sodi World Series system for its season point score.
5. Compulsory Sign On:
5.1: It is compulsory that all drivers must sign on prior to the drivers briefing in the time allocated.
5.2: Sign on will open at 8.00am and closes at 8.25am.
6. Compulsory Drivers Briefing:
6.1: It is Compulsory that all drivers attend the drivers briefing.
6.2: The drivers briefing will commence 8.30am sharp.
6.3: All officials will be introduced, followed by the covering of all penalties and procedures at this briefing.
6.4: Special mention will also be made of the CRO (Competitor Relations Officer) who is the nominated point of contact for all competitors. They are in place to help and assist you. This role carries no official capacity, and effectively they are a middle man between competitors and officials. They will be located within the pit lane area.
7. Qualifying Format:
7.1: All drivers will receive 10 minutes of qualifying in their allotted category.
7.2: For categories split over multiple grids, qualifying sessions will be randomly allocated.
7.3: At the completion of all qualifying sessions, split grid lap times will be combined, with the field then split into top/bottom halves based on times, or thirds as required for the races.
7.4: The fastest group in qualifying will be racing for those positions in both races, with the slower group(s) racing for the remaining positions. For example – with 18 Cadet entries, the qualifying sessions will be split into two groups of nine drivers. The faster 50% of qualifiers will race for positions one through nine in both races, while the slower 50% of qualifiers will be racing for positions ten through 18 in both races.
7.5: In the event of tied times, the second fastest time of the starting driver determines the starting order, and so on.
7.6: Fastest lap times may be disallowed if the driver has contravened Slideways rules, for example, the time was achieved while driving through a yellow flag zone.
7.7: Karts will be allocated on a random basis for all sessions/races.
7.8: The qualifying order of the category/split category groups will be communicated in the driver’s briefing.
7.9: The chosen qualifying/race order for each category/split category is designed to limit down time throughout the day, for example, Cadets will alternate with Juniors/Seniors to speed up transitions.
8. Racing Regulations:
8.1: Race commencement is scheduled to commence immediately after qualifying.
(a) 10 second board (All drivers ready).
(b) 5 second – Green flag raised.
(c) Race Start (Green flag waved/lights on).
(d) Race is scheduled 10minutes – 13 laps for Juniors/Seniors, 10 laps for Cadets.
8.2: There will be a progressive grid utilised to determine the starting order for the second race. Where you finish race one is where you start race two.
8.3: All radio communication devices are not allowed. Pit boards may be utilised.
8.4: Medals will be awarded to the top-three finishers in the final “trophy” race only. This applies to single grid categories, and the fastest qualifying groups in split races only.
9. Officials & Driver/Team Conduct:
9.1: All judicial matters at this race event will be managed by an independent CofC (Clerk of Course).
9.2: The CofC will also act as Judge of Fact, their decision being final.
9.3: The CofC also has the power to utilise the kart controller, or impose a time penalty after the event’s conclusion if deemed appropriate. For further details on other penalties that may be applied by the CofC, see sections 10.1 and 10.2.
9.4: Bad sportsmanship, disrespect or threatening behaviour shown towards the CofC, any Slideways staff, any competitor, team member, spectator, driver or their associates, at the event, or in any form of social media before, during or after the event, will likely result in the driver’s instant exclusion from events at Slideways.
(a) Slideways reserves the rights to ban ANY individual or group from its facilities.
(b) Please also note that zero tolerance is given for anyone leaving the facility after the event (or any other time) doing burnouts etc. This is council owned land – please have some respect for our licenced agreement. Police will be notified instantly for failure to comply with this very simple request.
9.5: All queries during the race must be directed to the CRO, who will liaise any relevant info to the CofC.
10. Flags/Lights & Signs:
10.1: Black flag (or board) means RETURN TO PITS, if any driver is given the black flag (or board) they MUST pit within two laps to rectify the issue – no exceptions. Additional penalties or kart control may be utilised if black flags are ignored.
10.2: Likely causes to incur a black flag:
– “stop and go” pit lane penalty issued by CofC to redress one of the following or other item:
– unsporting passing manoeuvre.
– excessive blocking or weaving.
– seat belt not done up properly.
– loose clothing, presenting danger.
– long hair exposed, presenting danger.
– visor has come adrift of helmet.
– kart seat cover exposed, causing danger.
– any safety issue not listed here.
– CofC reserves the right to issue as required.
Under ANY of the above circumstances the race WILL NOT BE STOPPED for a competitor’s benefit at any time.
10.3: Blue flags – you are being lapped, move to the outside of the track and let the faster drivers through without impeding their pace. Failure to do so in a sporting manner, or which results in an incident may cause you to receive the black flag.
10.4: Yellow flag/lights – NO PASSING, caution ahead, raise one hand until past the scene (likely spun driver, or a marshal on track). Failure to adhere to this may incur a black flag.
10.5: Red flag/lights – NO PASSING, raise one hand. waving it and come to a stop as soon as possible (but not abruptly). Failure to do so in a sporting manner, or which results in an incident may cause you to receive the black flag.
10.6: Green flag/lights – Race commencement, restart, track clear of incident.
10.7: Chequered flag – Completion of race, drivers slowly return to the pit area.
10.8: No bumping sign – First warning, you are driving in an unfair manner, if this continues you will receive the last warning sign.
10.9: Last warning sign – You are about to receive the black flag for bumping or excessive blocking.
11. Kart Issues or Breakdown:
11.1: A massive effort is always undertaken to ensure all karts are benchmark tested and equal as possible for all events, with a 0.2sec lap time tolerance the target.
11.2: In the event of a breakdown or stoppage – all endeavours are taken to make the situation as fair as possible FOR ALL CONCERNED, this is always Slideways top priority, but please note – incidents and or mechanical failures, can happen.
11.3: Circumstances causing the issue of stoppage or breakdown will always be taken into consideration when determining the process of play at this point. The time and availability of solutions to remedy such issues fairly for all competitors concerned is has always put Slideways as an industry benchmark.
(a) However, motorsport relies on the “mechanical element” and as such, anything driven without “mechanical sympathy” can be broken – no warranty is implied or given to any such outcome, but Slideways will do its best to ensure fairness to all.
(b) Slideways has limited its capacity of entries to this event to create the fairest solution in the rare occurrence of breakdown by having at least two karts available as spares, if the situation arises. Slideways will also have at least two experienced mechanics on hand at all times.
(c) In unforeseen circumstances, there is a possibility that these spare karts may not be readily available at times, in this instance all endeavours to sort the situation fairly will be taken. Again, no warranty is implied or given to any such outcome being to your own personal satisfaction.
(d) Slideways will do everything possible to ensure all competitors received a fair run.
11.4: The final judgement in these situations will always be made for the betterment of the entire competitor group by the CofC.
(a) Pause Race – Red flag/light.
A kart has stopped on track due to mechanical failure.
(a1) if a mechanical issue occurs and a spare kart is available in exchange, it will be brought to the place where the replacement kart stopped, once the kart is then exchanged the race will return green.
(a2) If no kart is available, the onsite mechanics will give further advice to the CofC and advise of timeframes, it is the decision of the CofC to continue to pause the race, or if the race should then continue.
12. Nominations/Opening of Entries:
12:1 Entries $88 per driver prior to the advertised early bird cut off, $100 per person after the cut off, if available.
12.2: Entries open following on from the previous event.
12.3: Cancellation of race entries within 48 hours of the scheduled race time will result in all prior payments forfeited.
13. Acceptance of all event regulations:
Slideways reserves the right to alter the rules of racing. Any changes to the racing regulations will be communicated prior to the commencement of the race.
Your participation at this event from this moment forward is taken as acknowledgement, acceptance & understanding of all the Event Regulations that are covered herein.
You also acknowledge that motor racing can and will be dangerous, and accept the associated risks that your presence at this event is exposed to today.
If you do not agree with any of this or feel ‘unsafe’ for any reason, you are entitled notify the person on the counter that effective immediately you do not wish to compete at these arranged race events, fill out the refund form with your full name & details which will be duly processed.