# 5. Driving conduct

# 5.1 General

  1. It is expected that all drivers within the series race in a fair, honest manner, paying consideration to other drivers on the race track. They shall not commit any action that may bring the series into disrepute.
  2. All drivers, and team members, should treat other drivers, team members, and Race Control with respect at all times, not just on track, but also outside the race sessions. Any driver failing to observe this may be penalised at the discretion of the stewards or the organisation, which may go as far as exclusion of the driver.
  3. Any person using insulting, threatening, racist, sexist, homophobic, or any other form of derogatory language, either in written or spoken format, in the series Discord server, iRacing session or elsewhere will face severe penalties, up to and including exclusion from the series.

# 5.2 Passing

  1. It is the responsibility of both the overtaking driver and the driver being overtaken to ensure a safe overtake.
  2. The 'driver of the faster car' is responsible for a safe and sporting overtake of the 'driver of the slower car'.
  3. The 'driver of the slower car' is expected to hold a consistent and predictable line.
  4. It is not allowed to gain an advantage in an unfair manner, e.g. by exceeding track limits or car contact. An unclear situation is not an opportunity for advantage and any apparent disregard for an unsafe situation may be penalized at the discretion of the stewards. A penalty may avoided by giving back any positions or time gained.

# 5.3 Blocking

  1. A driver may not move in reaction, altering their line based on the actions of the pursuing car, or select a defensive line and move back to the racing line in the braking zone.

# 5.4 Incidents and towing

  1. Any driver who, in the opinion of the stewards, is responsible for: an incident where a car spins, goes off-track, suffers mechanical difficulty requiring it to pit directly for repairs, or an incident of contact resulting in a change of position, may be warned or penalised.
  2. In the event of an incident, it is a driver’s, and their team's, responsibility to assess if it is safe for them to resume racing or not.
  3. A car which has sustained damage may be driven back to pit lane under its own power if able to do so. The following rules apply when driving back to the pit lane with damage:
    • The driver must be able to steer the car in both directions.
    • The driver must be able to control the car in such a way that they would not create a further incident.
    • The driver must be able to maintain a speed of at least 50% of the normal racing speed.
    • When the driver's speed is above 80% of normal racing speed, the driver may follow the iRacing procedure for dealing with a black flag with an orange disc. However, if the driver’s speed is below 80% of normal racing speed, the driver must pit at the first possible opportunity.
  4. If a driver is unable to drive their car back to the pits under its own power, it is their responsibility to tow as quickly as possible from a safe location so as not to impede the racing surface.
  5. If a car on a consistent basis runs lap times slower than 110% of the class leader’s fastest lap time, the car may be forced to pit for repairs by Race Control.

# 5.5 Dangerous driving

  1. Any driver who creates a dangerous situation, e.g. rejoining the track into the path of another car or a passing attempt which places another car in a compromised position, may be warned or penalised.

# 5.6 Deliberate contact

  1. Making contact with another car on purpose will be penalised by the organisation and reported to iRacing through the appropriate means.

# 5.7 Track limits

  1. The racing surface is defined by iRacing.
  2. Race Control monitors off-tracks (1x) of all cars.
  3. All cars must stay in contact with the racing surface. Drivers may not leave the racing surface on a consistent basis.
  4. When a car exceeds a predefined limit of off-tracks, the car shall be warned or penalised.
    • First time exceeding the limit: warning
    • Second (and third, fourth etc.) time exceeding the limit: time penalty
  5. All 1x incidents, direct (1x) or indirect (0x -> 1x), are counted towards the limit.
  6. Leaving the racing surface is only allowed when entering or leaving pit lane or to avoid contact or an incident.
  7. Drivers leaving the racing surface may not improve their position at any time over other cars or pass slower class or lapped traffic. Drivers must concede position if leaving the racing surface prevented another car from overtaking them into the following section of the track.
  8. Cars on the track may use any portion of the pit exit that is part of the racing surface.
  9. While a portion of pit exit may be part of the track surface, cars on the track must be aware of cars rejoining while exiting the pits. Any contact that occurs as a result of a car exiting the pit may be penalised at the discretion of the stewards.

# 5.8 Blue flags

  1. A blue flags indicates faster cars are approaching. This flag is informational only.
  2. Article 5.2 explains what is expected from both parties.
  3. During qualifying sessions, a driver who receives a blue flag may not interfere with the car behind them.

# 5.9 Yellow flag

  1. The purpose of the yellow flag is to warn drivers of a dangerous situation ahead.
  2. Drivers must be prepared to take action, including but not limited to: slowing down, stopping, taking evading action, etc.

# 5.10 Rejoining the track

  1. Drivers leaving the track must re-join the race in a safe manner. This must be done parallel to the racing line and not directly onto the racing line. Drivers are allowed to drive off the racing surface if it results in a safer rejoin.
  2. Taking a short cut may result in a penalty at discretion of the stewards.
Last Updated: 6/29/2022, 11:55:29 AM