TIMETOATTACK Rules & Regulations
Last Updated: April 21 2014
The TIMETOATTACK Rules & Regulations are created to establish the highest level of participant safety. All participants and cars must accept with all stated rules in both written and oral directions of the event. Failure to accommodate may result in immediate rejection from the event, with no refund of entry fees.
All rules and regulations that are listed will be inspected through, before each event by TIMETOATTACK’s qualified scrutineer. Any car or participant failing to abide by these regulations will not be allowed to enter the event.
Please note, these rules are a subject to change without notice.
For all enquiries regarding the rules and regulations please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0122023031
- All drivers (except Open Class) must be in proper attire minimum acceptable: T-shirt, Jeans and Shoes (no slippers allowed) however it is recommended for full racing attire.
- All drivers are required to wear proper safety Helmets. (Recommended FIA or Snell Approved)
- All drivers must posses a valid driving license
- For Open Class, a driver is required to wear a suit that covers his or her entire body excluding hands, feet, and head. Driving suits shall be one piece and made of the following material: Nomex, PBI, Fypro, Kevlar, IWS (wool), Fiberglass, Durette, FPT, Kynol, Simpson Heat Shield, Leston Super Protex, FPT Linea Sport, or Durette X-400. Combinations of the above listed material are also acceptable as is any one piece suit carrying an SFI 3.2A/1 rating or higher (3.2A/5, 3.2A/10, 3.2A/15, or 3.2A/20)
- (Recommended) Drivers shall wear gloves made from fire resistant material or leather that fully cover the hands and leave no exposed skin when worn with the driving suit
- (Recommended) Shoes made of fire resistant material or common cowhide leather are required. Shoes must cover the entire foot so that there are no exposed areas of skin.
- All entered vehicles must be in good condition and appearance.
- Vehicles with excessive body damage, primered body panels, missing body panels etc., are not allowed.
WHEELS & TYRES
- The general condition of the tyre and rim assembly must be good. There should be no cracks or other damage to the wheel. There should not be cords exposed, bubbles, or other visible damage on the tyre. All lug nuts / bolts must be present and tightly hold the tyre and rim assembly to the car’s hub. No hubcaps or beauty rings are allowed.
STEERING AND SUSPENSION
- The steering mechanism and the suspension of the car should be checked for its general condition. The front and rear wheel bearings should be tight and play-free. There should be very little or no play in the suspension of the car and in the steering mechanism.
- There should be no fluid leaks from the engine. Oil breathers or vents shall return the oil to the engine or shall terminate in a catch tank. All hoses carrying fluids should be in good condition with no cracks or other damage.
- The brakes should be in good working condition and must be able to stop the vehicle in a reasonable distance in a safe and controlled manner. The pedal pressure should be adequate. The fluid level must be above the minimum limit as specified by the manufacturer. The brake lines must be in good condition.
SEATBELTS AND HARNESSES
- The seatbelts should be in good condition. No damage may be present on the seatbelts and they must be the factory configuration. Any harness or any restraint system, other than factory stock MUST be minimum 4 POINT in all respects except for the expiration regulations. Harnesses that are expired for racing may be used providing that they are in at least very good condition.
- The battery shall be securely fastened to the car. No Bungee cords or rubber cords may be used to function as the sole hold down mechanism. An electrically non-conductive material must cover the positive battery terminal. Any battery located inside the driver’s compartment should be fully covered and firmly secured to the chassis (or tub) in a marine type battery case.
- All loose objects in car and trunk should be removed. Floor mats, dash mats, spare tyre, jack, tools, etc. must be removed.
- The vehicle must have at least one rear view mirror affixed such as to provide the driver with good visibility to the rear
- Only motorsport related recording devices are allowed & must be securely mounted with a suction mount or roll bar mount.
- There should be at least two (2) working red brake lights visible from 300 feet to the rear
- It is STRONGLY recommended that all vehicles have at least two (2) easily accessible (and usable) tow eyes; one (1) in front and one (1) in back. They must not protrude dangerously from the car, and they must be accessible without manipulation of the bodywork and/or panels. They should be strong enough to support the weight of the car. If no tow eyes are available, the towing crew will hook onto other things that may cause damage to the driver’s car. The towing crew will not be held liable for that damage. Again, tow eyes are STRONGLY recommended. The tow crew will attempt to avoid damaging the participant’s vehicle. However, should damage occur in the course of towing, or preparing to tow, TIMETOATTACK and/ or the tow crew will not be held responsible for any damages
PROTESTS, REQUEST FOR ACTION, AND APPEAL
- Any entered driver may lodge a protest against another driver disputing the mechanical compliance of their competition vehicle. To lodge a protest, the protestor shall obtain a “Protest Form” from Registration, fill it out, and file it with the Race Director. The Race Director may accept the protest, may extend the time allowed, or may reject the protest. For the protest to be valid, it must meet the following conditions:
- Be filed within thirty (30) minutes of the completion of the race.
- Each part that is being protested must be named specifically.
- Each part may be considered a separate protest, in terms of fees.
- Each part listed shall be accompanied by the rule(s) number that it violates.
- The title of the rulebook must be cited with each rule number.
- Accepted by the Race Director.
- The Race Director reserves the right to modify these rules as cited in this rule guide
REQUEST FOR ACTION (RFA)
- Any entered driver may lodge a protest against another driver’s on-track conduct. The protestor shall obtain a “Request for Action Form” from Registration, fill it out, and file it with the Race Director. The RFA Form must be filed within thirty (30) minutes of the end of the session, in which the incident occurred. The Race Director may accept the RFA, may extend the time allowed, or may reject the RFA.
CLASS RULE COMPLIANCE
- Each competition vehicle must conform to a published set of rules for its class. Any competitor found to have qualified or raced a competition vehicle found to have unauthorized modifications may be penalized
PARTICIPANT CONDUCT – EXPECTATIONS
- It is expected that every participant and driver (entrant) at a event shall conduct themselves according to the highest standards of behavior and sportsmanship, particularly in their relationship with other drivers and Officials, and in a manner that shall not be detrimental to the reputation of TIMETOATTACK. Failure to do so may result in harsh penalties.
- Any unsportsmanlike conduct, on any scale, is not welcome at TIMETOATTACK events. Acts of unsportsmanlike conduct have many forms such as arguing, yelling, intimidation, aggressive physical contact, and losing without grace.
- Other forms are willfully using non-performance technicalities to hurt another competitor’s point standings to the benefit of one’s own, “sandbagging,” and failing to report a mistake in scoring that benefits themselves.
- No form of unsportsmanlike conduct will be tolerated at any TIMETOATTACK event.
- Competitors that show poor sportsmanship due to a mistake in judgment will be educated, and punished if necessary.
- However, competitors that commit repeated acts of unsportsmanlike conduct cannot be educated; therefore expulsion is most likely the only remedy.
KNOWLEDGE AND POSSESSION OF THE RULES
- All drivers must know all of the rules, especially those pertaining to safety items.
- Additionally, all drivers must have the appropriate rule books in their possession, or
- have immediate access to them at all times.
- All participants are required to attend all mandatory meetings. If a driver is unable to attend, and cannot send a representative, he/she must notify the Race Director before the meeting. Some latitude will be given in hardship cases. Failure to attend, or make proper notification, will result in a warning. A second offense during the same season will result in loss of qualifying times and/or race position.
RESPONSIBILITIES FOR VALUABLES
- TIMETOATTACK management encourages all participants to keep their valuables safe. Participants are strictly responsible for the safe keeping of their own belongings. The TIMETOATTACK event management take no responsibility for any loss, damage, or theft of any item while at the event.
- Consumption of alcohol or driving under influence of alcohol by any participant is prohibited.
NARCOTICS AND DANGEROUS DRUGS
- The use of any dangerous drugs or narcotics, as defined by law, by any driver, crewmember, mechanic, or Official is specifically prohibited, unless prescribed by a doctor.
RAIN AND BAD WEATHER
- The event will not be canceled due to bad weather unless ordered by the Event Director. It is the responsibility of the driver to bring appropriate equipment such as rain tyres, clothing, etc.
RULES OF THE PIT LANE AND PADDOCK
- Children under the age of 16 must remain under CLOSE adult supervision at all times. Harsh consequences can result such as severe injury or death! Parents shall not allow their children to play around the facility.
- SMOKING in the Pit Lanes/ Pits is STRICTLY prohibited. If found so, participants will be subjected to a time penalty/ fine.
- No refueling in the pits.
- Speed limit is set at 60km/h at the pit lane.
- Car adjustment, tyre changes should be done in the pits, not pit lane.
- Strictly NO pets allowed.
ON COURSE CONDUCT
- All flag rules must be obeyed.
- Passengers are not allowed in race groups, whether practice, qualifying, or racing. Exceptions may be made as superseded by class rules, Supplementary Regulations, or
- by the Race Director.
- Any driver, deemed by the Race Director, displaying rough or unsportsmanlike driving may be penalized. The Race Director shall determine the course of action. If a driver is determined, by the Race Director, to be at fault in a collision, he/she may be disqualified and expelled from the event. The Race Director has the right to waive or modify this penalty should the situation warrant
RULES FOR OVERTAKING
- The responsibility for the decision to pass another car, and to do it safely, rests with the overtaking driver.
- The overtaken driver should be aware that he/she is being passed and must not impede the pass by blocking. A driver who does not watch his/her mirrors or who appears to be blocking another car seeking a pass may be black-flagged and/or penalized.
- The term “punting” is defined as blatant nose to tail (or side-of-the-nose to side-of-the tail) contact, where the leading car is significantly knocked off of the racing line.
- Once the trailing car has its front wheel next to the driver of the other vehicle, it is considered that the trailing car has a right to be there. And, the leading driver must leave the trailing driver at least one car width of space.
RIGHT TO THE LINE
- The driver in front has the right to choose any line, so long as not to be considered blocking.
- The driver attempting to make a pass shall have the right to the line when their front wheel is next to the driver of the other vehicle, but only before the leading car has turned-in to a corner.
- Blocking of any kind is prohibited in TIMETOATTACK. A driver has no reason to “protect his/her line” because it is not a race.
INCIDENT REVIEW BOARD
- The Race Director may assemble an Incident Review Board (IRB) for the purposes of investigating on-track incidences.
- The Race Director may give the IRB the power to make decisions to determine fault and/or issue penalties.
- All decisions made by the IRB may be appealed to the Race Director.
- The Race Director may elect to override the IRB decisions and/or modify penalties.
YELLOW FLAG- PASSING
- A pass must be completed before the yellow flag station.
- This means that the overtaking driver must be completely in front of the overtaken car before either vehicle breaks the plane perpendicular to the track as defined by the yellow flag.
- No racing to the yellow will be tolerated.
- Harsh penalties WILL result for any passing under yellow flag situations.
- The competitor is required to follow the marked course during competition and shall not gain an advantage by an off-course excursion.
- An off-course excursion is defined as leaving the marked course with all four wheels. The definition of the term “advantage gained” will be left up to the sole discretion of the Race Director.
- Penalties may be assessed for an off-course excursion that affords an advantage to the offender.
- Driving, towing, or pushing a vehicle on the course in the direction opposite to the normal traffic flow is strictly prohibited with the following exceptions:
- When the track is closed, or cleared, as deemed by the Race Director.
- When ordered to do so by the Event Director, or an Emergency Response Team Official.
- Whenever a driver must do so for a short distance, in an extreme emergency and only for the sole purposes of getting out of harm’s way.
- When ordered to do so by a Course Official.
STOPPING ON COURSE
- Stopping on course is expressly prohibited unless in the event of an emergency.
- “Stopping” includes abrupt and/or unexpected slowing to a near stop.
- Stopping to help a disabled car is prohibited. An emergency, for the purposes of this section, is defined as only those concerning medical problems, mechanical failure, on-board fire, or damage from an incident that renders the vehicle unfit to continue.
STOPPING IN AN EMERGENCY
- Anytime a driver is forced to stop in an emergency; the first concern should be to place the car in an area where it will not cause danger to the other drivers. The crew may come to the aid of a disabled car with the approval of the Race Director.
- If a driver is involved in a major crash or roll-over, the driver may exit the vehicle if it is safe to do so. The driver is responsible for determining if and when he/she should exit the vehicle. Once clear of the vehicle the driver will wait in a safe area away from the track surface and impact zones until the Emergency Response Team arrives. A driver that has exited the car may walk back to the paddock by a safe route away from the racing surface and impact areas