Pepsi Max National Hire Kart Challenge Event Regulations
SLIDEWAYS – GO KARTING AUSTRALIA
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Version 3 – 16/8/2017
1. Event Name:
Pepsi Max National Hire Kart Challenge
The QLD crown – 3 Hour (250 laps) Enduro
2. Meeting Title & Date:
September 10th, 2017.
Slideways Enduro Series Round 8
Slideways – Go Karting World
232 Old Pacific Highway, Pimpama.
3. General Regulations & Notes:
3.1: Event is open to a maximum of 14 teams from commencement of opening date of official entries (See section 13 below).
3.2: Compulsory three drivers per team.
3.3: Entry is open to all drivers who meet Slideways Enduro Series entry requirements.
3.4: This event is contest as a part of the Sodi World Series.
4. Major Prize:
The winning team of three drivers (must be 18+ years old – see 5.2) will receive:
– Return flights and accommodation to Melbourne (flying down 16/9, returning 17/9)
– Paid entry to represent Slideways (and Queensland) in the 2017 Pepsi Max National Hire Kart Challenge being held at Le Mans Karting Dandenong, Victoria. (Saturday, 16th Sept 2017).
– Tickets and transfers to the Sandown 500 Supercar event (Sunday, 17th Sept 2017).
5. Major Prize Eligibility:
5.1: The winning drivers must be over the age of 18 years to be eligible to win the prize.
5.2: If a driver of the winning team is under 18 years of age, the fastest qualifying driver from the second placed team will be offered the spot, and so forth until all three driver positions are confirmed.
5.3: If any driver is unavailable to attend, then rule 5.2 will be applied.
6. Compulsory Sign On:
6.1: It is compulsory that all drivers must sign on prior to the drivers briefing in the time allocated.
6.2: Sign on will open at 7.00am and closes at 7.25am.
7. Compulsory Drivers Briefing:
7.1: It is Compulsory that all drivers (and team managers, if utilised) attend the drivers briefing.
7.2: The drivers briefing will commence 7.30am sharp.
7.3: All officials will be introduced, followed by the covering of all penalties and procedures at this briefing.
7.4: 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.
8. Qualifying Format:
8.1: Three separate 10-minute qualifying sessions will be held at:
Q1 – 7.55am
Q2 – 8.10am
Q3 – 8.25am
8.2: Driver’s order will be randomly selected for each of the three qualifying sessions, and they must drive the kart allocated to them in the session they are nominated in.
8.3: All team drivers must individually qualify in a 10-minute qualifying session.
8.4: At the completion of all qualifying sessions, the best lap time recorded from each driver in each team will be added together. The team with the fastest combined time will be awarded pole position, and so forth.
8.5: In the event of tied combined times, the fastest individual lap time will be used to determine the starting order.
8.6: Fastest lap times may be disallowed if the driver has contravened Slideways rules, eg the time was achieved while driving through a yellow flag zone.
9. Kart Allocation:
9.1: All karts race numbers will then be written on the back of a separate business card and then placed in a container.
9.2: Once the grid order is finalised, the team who has secured pole position will select one of their drivers to randomly draw a card from the container.
9.3: The kart number on the card drawn will be the team’s allocated kart – no exceptions. This will be repeated until all teams have drawn a kart from the container.
9.4: Each kart will then be driven by Slideways staff onto that team’s official grid position, then be topped up with fuel and have tyre pressures reset (same settings on all karts) – zero team interference is permitted.
9.5: Slideways GKW’s new single file massed grid will be used for this event, therefore pole position is in line with pit exit
10. Further Regulations – The 3hr (250 laps)
The announcer will call out:
10.1: At five minutes prior to race start – all team drivers are permitted to attend to their allocated kart on the grid to make adjustments to the seating position.
(a) No other adjustment or tampering with the kart is permitted.
(b) A grid photo will be taken of the entire field just prior to 10.2 (see below), we will ask that the co-drivers crouch down either side of their kart in line with the rear wheels, and that the starting driver is already seated in kart.
10.2: At one minute prior to race start – clear grid to all personal, engines started.
10.3: Race commencement is scheduled for 9am.
(a) 10 second board (All drivers ready).
(b) 5 second board (Green flag raised).
(c) Race Start (Green flag waved/lights on).
(d) Race is scheduled for 3hrs/250 laps, whichever comes first.
10.4: Each driver must complete a minimum of three stints – no exceptions.
10.5: Each driver must complete a minimum of 20 laps per stint – no exceptions.
(a) Discretion may be given in the event of possible kart breakdown.
10.6: There is no ruling on the maximum laps a driver can complete in any stint, however both rules.
(a) Unless overturned by CofC due to kart breakdown (see 10.5).
(b) A further compulsory stop may be deemed as required by the CofC if 10.6.a does occur.
10.7: Each driver MUST confirm their name with the PLA (pit lane attendant) prior to getting in the kart (so that the lap count of each driver is recorded) – no exceptions.
(a) Each driver who has just completed a stint must instantly report to the PLA to verify and initial the driver change data as correct BEFORE leaving the pit lane area – no exceptions.
10.8: Any team whose driver locks the rear wheels when coming to a stop in the pit area (as judged by the PLA/CofC) will incur a black flag for a compulsory stop-go pit lane penalty, which must be served within two laps (See 12.1 & 12.2 for more info).
10.9: No driver can accelerate from pit lane without their kart’s seat belt fastened.
(a) Exiting driver is permitted to assist with fastening seat belt for the entering driver.
(b) Any team or its driver/assistant that breaks the retractor mechanism on the seat belt accepts full liability and will be billed accordingly.
(c) In the event that 10.9.b occurs, Slideways and or the CofC may choose one of the following:
(d1) change of kart if available.
(d2) 15 second ‘stop hold’ penalty at every changeover from there onwards – upon signing a further waiver to be presented.
(e) No driver can exit the pits and enter the track at turn one without the PEM’s (Pit Exit Marshall) approval – no exceptions.
11. Officials & Driver/Team Conduct:
11.1: All judicial matters at this race event will be managed by an independent CofC (Clerk of Course), who is a certified by the Confederation of Australian Motorsport.
11.2: The CofC will also act as Judge of Fact, their decision being final.
11.3: The CofC also has the power to 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 section 12.
11.4: Bad sportsmanship, disrespect or threatening behaviour shown towards the CofC, any Slideways staff, any competitor, team member or spectator will likely result in the entire team’s instant exclusion from the event.
(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.
11.5: All team queries during the race must be directed to the CRO, who will liaise any relevant info to the CofC.
11.6: It is permissible for any team driver (or crew chief) to ask (or view) the PLA’s charts for confirmation on any driver’s lap counts/stints.
11.7: All radio communication devices are not allowed. Pit boards may be utilised.
12. Flags/Lights & Signs:
12.1: 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. Ignored black flags may be the subject of further penalties or kart control.
12.2: 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.
– locking of rear wheels at pit stop.
– 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.
12.3: 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.
12.4: 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.
12.5: 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.
12.6: Green flag/lights – Race commencement, restart, track clear of incident.
12.7: Chequered flag – Completion of race, drivers slowly return to the pit area.
12.8: No bumping sign – First warning, you are driving in an unfair manner, if this continues you will receive the last warning sign.
12.9: Last warning sign – You are about to receive the black flag for bumping or excessive blocking.
13. Kart Issues or Breakdown:
13.1: 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.
13.2: 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.
13.3: 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.
13.4: 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.
14. Nominations/Opening of Entries:
14:1 Entries $175 per driver/$525 per team.
14.2: Open from 12:00pm, Sunday August 20th, 2017.
14.3: The first seven entries have been reserved for the top seven placed teams in the Slideways Enduro Series as at the time of updated series point scores on Monday August 21st, for a period of one week until August 28th.
14.4: All remaining entries are offered publicly from the opening date.
14.5: To reserve an entry, a minimum $175 deposit must be taken – no exceptions.
14.6: To secure an entry the total amount of $525 must be paid by Monday 4th September.
15. Acceptance of all event regulations:
Slideways reserves the right to alter the rules of the 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.