1.1 TITLE & JURISDICTION
The 2002 Senior Formula Ford Zetec Championship is organised by the BRITISH RACING AND SPORTS CAR CLUB (BRSCC) and administered by British Motorsport Promoters Ltd (BMP) in accordance with the General Championship Prescriptions of the MSA (The Royal Automobile Club Motor Sports Association) and these Championship Regulations.
MSA Championship Permit No: TBA
Race Status: Nat B
MSA Championship Grade: B
The Championship Organisers reserve the right to amend or vary the Sporting Regulations, subject to MSA Regulation B.8.4. at any time before or during the Championship and further issue additional statements concerning regulations from time to time and all such statements will be issued in an Official Championship Bulletin. This will be issued by the Championship Organisers to all registered competitors either by post or e-mail to the address detailed on the Championship Registration Form or delivery to the competitor by hand. All competitors, teams, manufacturers, team managers and persons associated with any of the above agree to be bound by the Regulations including any amendments, variations or statements relating thereto.
113 Cobden Street
County Durham DL1 4JD
Tel: 01325 264694, Fax: 01325 264945
1.2.2 ELIGIBILITY SCRUTINEER:
23 Hughes Close, Harvington,
Tel: 01386 870919. Fax: 01386 870919.
1.2.3. CHAMPIONSHIP STEWARDS:
J Ward, C Norman, T Iddon, D Wells.
Any three Championship Stewards will constitute a quorum
1.2.4 CLERK OF THE COURSE:
77 Dalehead Road, Leyland,
Lancashire PR25 3BW.
Tel: 01772 435459. Fax: 01772 435459.
1.3 COMPETITOR ELIGIBILITY
1.3.1 Entrants must be in possession of a valid current MSA Entrants Licence, where applicable.
1.3.2 Drivers and Entrant Drivers must be fully paid up valid membership card holding members of the BRSCC, be registered for the Championship and be in possession of a valid MSA Competition (Racing) Senior (B) or above licences. Or in possession of a valid licence and medical issued by the ASN of a member country of the European Union. (E 2.21.4)
1.3.3 All necessary documentation must be presented for checking at all rounds when signing-on. Only those cars complying with the 2002 Technical Regulations for the Championship and/or any amendments to the Technical Regulations issued from time to time by way of an official Competitors Bulletin, in compliance with MSA Regulation B.8.4.(a), will be allowed to compete in any round of the Championship.
1.3.4 Competitors must ensure that their cars comply with the conditions of eligibility and safety throughout qualifying and racing.
1.3.5 Replacement cars are not permitted and a competitor may only use the one car that is originally scrutineered for his/her use at each meeting.
1.4.1 All drivers must register for the Championship by completing the Driver Registration Form in full and returning it, together with the Registration Fee, to the Championship Co-Ordinator prior to the closing date for registrations of 19th March 2002. The Championship Co-Ordinator reserves the right to accept registrations after this date. Acceptance of registration and the terms thereof is at the sole discretion of the Championship Co-Ordinator.
1.4.2 The Registration Fee is £4250.00 (including VAT where applicable) and all cheques should be made payable to BRSCC. Registrations will be accepted from the issue of the draft regulations and will be subject to space as the total number of registrations will be limited to 40 cars.
1.4.4 Upon registration permanent competition numbers for the championship will be issued. Registration numbers will be allocated between 1 and 49, unless additional numbers are required for use by the Championship Co-Ordinator to accommodate additional drivers. Competition number 1 will be allocated to the winning team in the Teams Cup from the 2001 Championship. Competition number 8 has been retired from use and will not be allocated. Competition number 50 will also not be allocated. Drivers or Entrants will not be able to request or select competition numbers. Number panels and numbers will be provided by the Championship Promoters. Only these panels and numbers may be used and they may not be altered in any way by competitors.
1.5.1 The 2002 Championship will be contested over 18 rounds at the following venues.
30/31Mar /1 April Brands Hatch BARC A
20/21 April DH Oulton Park BARC B
5/6 May DH Thruxton BARC B
1/2/3 June DH Silverstone BARC B
21/22/23 June DH Mondello Park BARC B
13/14 July DH Croft BARC B
27/28 July DH Snetterton BARC B
10/11 August DH Knockhill BARC B
25/26 August Brands Hatch BARC A
20/21/22 September DH Donington Park BARC B
1.5.2 Explanation of Event Categories:
Category A: Two qualifying groups of cars, one 20-minute session for each group and one Championship race.
Category B: Two qualifying groups of cars, one 20-minute session for each group and two Championship races.
1.5.3 The Championship Organisers reserve the right to amend the composition of the Championship rounds at any stage of the season and will give as much notice as possible to all competitors through the issuing of an Official Championship Bulletin to all registered competitors. However, the number of Championship rounds will not be increased. (B84a)
1.6.1 Points will be awarded to Competitors listed as classified race finishers in the results for each race.
Drivers Championship: Points will be awarded to the drivers listed as classified finishers in the Final Results as follows:
Pole Position: 1 point
Fastest Lap: 1 point
Teams Cup: Points will be awarded to a maximum of two cars from each team, nominated to and accepted by the Championship Co-Ordinator after official qualification (provided they are listed as a classified finisher in the Final Results) as follows:
Constructors Cup: Points will be awarded to the highest placed car from each constructor
provided they are listed as a classified finisher in the Final Results) as follows:
Nations Cup: Points will be awarded to the highest placed driver from each country as nominated to and accepted by the Championship Co-Ordinator (provided they are listed as a classified finisher in the Final Results) as follows:
Newcomers Cup: Points will be awarded to the highest placed drivers who have not competed in the Championship prior to 2001 (provided they are listed as classified finishers in the Final Results) as follows:
Motorsport News Race Ace: At each round the Championship Co-Ordinator and a representative of Motorsport News will nominate the Race Ace, an award which recognises, in their opinion, the best performance produced by a driver in each Championship round.
Should the driver setting the fastest lap be excluded from the race results for any reason, the point for the fastest race lap will be awarded to the driver who set the next fastest lap. If two or more drivers achieve the same fastest lap time, each driver will be allocated one point.
Where it is not possible to hold an official qualifying session and the grid is formed as per Sporting Regulation 3.4.2., one point for Pole Position will not be awarded.
1.6.2 All rounds will count to determine Championship placings.
1.6.3 Ties will be resolved according to J 3.4 of the current MSA Yearbook.
1.7.1 All awards are to be provided by: BMP LTD
1.7.2 PER ROUND:
There will be no Round by Round or End of Season Prize Money fund. Instead the Championship Organisers will work to establish a support fund to assist all competitors and further details will be provided by way of a Competitors' Bulletin.
Trophies for 1st 2nd & 3rd place drivers.
The organisers/sponsors/promoters reserve the right to provide additional awards for and during the Championship.
In order to qualify for any awards and/or bonus schemes competitors must ensure that the relevant livery requirements, as laid down in the Commercial Regulations, are complied with. Any competitor who fails to adhere to the regulations regarding livery may not be eligible for bonus schemes, points and any prize money payable.
Trophies, medals and champagne are to be provided for presentation at the end of each round, at the end-of-meeting presentation ceremony. All drivers who finish in the top three places at any round are required to attend the podium ceremony as directed by the Championship Co-Ordinator without delay. Failure to attend will be deemed an infringement of the Commercial Regulations. In addition it may be construed as bringing the Championship into disrepute (Championship Regulation 2.3.3.) and could result in loss of points and/or awards.
1.7.6 ENTERTAINMENT TAX LIABILITY:
In accordance with current Government Legislation, the Organisers of every round are legally obliged to withhold tax at the current basic rate on all payments to non-UK resident sportsmen/sportswomen. That is, those persons who do not have a normal permanent residence in the UK. The UK does not include the Isle of Man, Channel Isles or Eire.
This means that the Organisers of every round are required to deduct tax at the relevant rate, from such payments they may make to non-UK residents.
Under certain circumstances, it is possible for competitors to enter into an agreement with the Inland Revenue to limit tax withheld. Any application for such an arrangement must be made in writing and not later than 30 days before their payment is due.
For further information contact: - The Inland Revenue, Foreign Entertainers Unit, 1 Princes Gate, Solihull, West Midlands, B91 3SA Tel: 0121 6062861 Fax: 0121 6062865.
1.7.7 TITLE TO ALL TROPHIES:
In the event of any Provisional Results being revised after any provisional presentations and such revisions affect the distribution of any awards the competitors concerned must return such awards to the BRSCC in good condition within 7 days.
2. SPORTING REGULATIONS - JUDICIAL PROCEDURES
In accordance with Section O of the current MSA Yearbook
In accordance with Section O of the current MSA Yearbook.
Disputes on the Sporting Regulations and/or their application by the Championship Co-Ordinator which arise during the season will be settled by the Championship Stewards in accordance with MSA Regulations, these Regulations and any Official Championship Bulletins that have been issued. The case for any dispute must initially be submitted to the Championship Co-Ordinator in writing together with the appropriate MSA legislated protest or appeal fee. The Championship Stewards' judgement will be subject only to a right of Appeal to the MSA. Any appeal against any decision of the Championship Co-Ordinator must be submitted in writing to the Championship Stewards within 7 days of the date of dispatch of such decision and accompanied by the MSA prescribed appeal fee. Any clarifications necessary during the year will be notified in writing to all registered competitors in an Official Championship Bulletin. The Championship Co-Ordinator reserves the right to impose further penalties on competitors proven by the Officials of any meeting to have behaved on or off the track, in a manner considered likely to bring the Championship into disrepute. Penalties may include individual race bans, loss of Prize/Bonus/Refund monies and/or end of season awards. In the case of repeated offences the Championship Co-Ordinator reserves the right to exclude any competitor for a fixed number of races or the Championship. In such cases no other competitors scores shall be adjusted. 2.3.4. If it appears from the official video recordings or from any other additional evidence that there may have been a breach of driving standards or behaviour on or off the track, in a manner considered to have brought the Championship into disrepute the Championship Co-Ordinator will be entitled to request that the Championship Stewards consider the inception of an enquiry into the matter, notwithstanding that the Clerk of the Course or the Stewards of the Event, may or may not, have already investigated the incident. Penalties may include individual race bans, loss of championship points and/or awards and/or end of season awards. The Championship Stewards judgements will be subject only to the right of appeal to the MSA.
3. SPORTING REGULATIONS - CHAMPIONSHIP RACE MEETINGS & RACE PROCEDURES
3.1.1 As confirmation of a valid registration and receipt of the Championship Registration Fee a race entry form will be issued. This single entry form will cover all rounds/meetings of the Championship for the 2002 season. Should there be any change in the information submitted on the entry form as the season progresses, the competitor must notify the Championship Organisers immediately. In particular the withdrawal of entry for an event must be notified in writing by fax 01325 264945 no later than the Wednesday (0900 hours) prior to an event.
The Championship Organisers are responsible for mailing Supplementary Regulations and a Championship Entry Form to all Registered Competitors in sufficient time for entries to be made prior to the published closing date for the first round to be entered. Competitors are responsible for sending in correctly signed and completed entries prior to the closing date for entry, which will be as detailed on specific entry forms.
3.1.2 Competitors are responsible for sending in correct and complete entries with the correct entry fees prior to the entry selection dates, which shall be 14 days before every round.
3.1.3 All correct and complete entries are to be acknowledged advising the competitors of the acceptance or otherwise, within 5 days of the opening date for entries received in advance of same, or within 5 days of receipt by the organising club after the opening date.
3.1.4 Incorrect or incomplete entries (including driver to be nominated entries) are to be held in abeyance until they are complete and correct. The date of receipt for acceptance of entry purposes shall be the date on which the Secretary of the Meeting receives the missing or corrected information or fee.
3.1.5 Any withdrawal of entry or driver/car changes made after the acceptance of any entry must be notified to the Secretary of the Meeting in writing. If driver/vehicle changes are made after publication of Entry Lists with Final Instructions the competitor concerned must apply for approval of acceptance in accordance with B.12.1.12.
3.1.6 The Maximum entry fee for every round shall be as stipulated in the Supplementary Regulations.
3.1.7 Entry Fee refunds will be as per the policy of the Club as published in the Supplementary Regulations for every round.
3.1.8 Each Race Meeting organiser may accept up to 20% more entries than specified on the Track Licence for the circuit. All accepted competitors may practice.
3.1.9 In the event of any rounds being oversubscribed the Organising Clubs may at their discretion run Qualification Races and if applicable to this championship the procedures for selection are to be as per Final Instructions for the events concerned.
3.1.10 Reserves are to be nominated on the Final List of Entries published with Final Instructions or Amendment Sheet Bulletins. All Reserves will practice and replace withdrawn or retired entries Reserve Number order irrespective of class. If Reserves are given Grid Places prior to issue of the first Grid Sheets for any round the times set in Practice shall determine their grid positions. If Reserves are given places after publication of the grid sheet and prior to cars being collected in the Official "Assembly Areas" they will be placed at the rear of the Grid and be started without any time delay. Otherwise, they will be held in the pit lane and be released to start the Race after the last car to start the GREEN FLAG LAP or last car to take the start has passed the start line or pit lane exit, whichever is the later. Such approval to start MUST be obtained from the Clerk of the Course.
3.1.11 Reserves who practice in the correct session and set a time will take precedence, in reserve number order, over any accepted entry whose practice times are disallowed, or who does not set a time during the official practice for the championship Race.
Organisers will notify competitors of the times and locations for all briefings in the Final Instructions for all meetings, competitors must attend all briefings.
3.3.1 The minimum period of practice to be as specified in the MSA Regulations in respect of circuit lengths.
3.3.2 Should any practice session be disrupted the Clerk of the Course shall not be obliged to resume the session or re-run sessions to achieve the championship/series criteria and the decision of the Clerk of the Course shall be final.
3.3.3 Should the need arise to stop races, RED LIGHTS will be switched on at the Start Line and at all Signalling Points around the circuit in conjunction with Red Flags. This is the signal for all drivers to cease circulating at racing speeds, to slow to a safe and reasonable pace and to return to the starting grid area, which will automatically become a Parc Fermé. Cars may not enter the pits unless directed to do so.
3.4.1 Every driver must complete a minimum of 3 laps practice in the car to be raced and in the correct session in order to qualify. Selection and order of precedence is as set out in the MSA Regulations and the Clerk of the Course and or Stewards of the meeting shall have the right to exclude any driver whose practice times or racing are considered unsatisfactory as per MSA Regulation J 4.4.3.
3.4.2 Car practicing entirely out of session will be placed at the back of the grid (subject to 3.1.10) but without the addition of a time delay.
3.4.3 Where it is not possible to hold a qualifying session through force majeure, the grid for that race will be formed according to the current championship points positions. Where there is a tie on points, the driver with the best results in previous round will take priority.
The standard minimum scheduled distance shall be 15 miles but should any race distance be reduced at the discretion of the Clerk of the Course or Stewards of the meeting it shall still count as a full points scoring round.
3.6.1 All race start countdowns are to have a minimum elapsed period of 3 minutes from the time all cars are released to form up the grid to the start of the Green Flag lap(s) in the formation as specified on the Track Licence for the Circuit.
3.6.2. The Countdown procedures shall be:
1 minute to start of Green Flag lap - Start Engines/Clear Grid.
30 Seconds - Visible and audible warnings for the start of Green Flag lap.
3.6.3 The use of tyre heating/heat retention devices, tyre treatments and compounds is prohibited.
3.6.4 Any cars removed from the grid after the 1-minute stage or driven into the pits on Green Flag shall be held in the pit lane. They may start the race after the last car to take the start from the grid has passed the start line or pit lane exit, whichever is the later.
3.6.5 Any drivers unable to start the Green Flag lap or start are required to indicate their situation as per MSA Regulation J 13.10.2. Any drivers unable to maintain grid positions on the Green Flag to the extent that all other cars are ahead of them may complete the Green Flag Lap. They MUST remain at the rear of the last row of the grid but ahead of any cars to be started with a time delay.
3.6.6 Excessive weaving to warm-up tyres using more than 50% of the track width and falling back in order to accelerate and practice starts, is prohibited.
3.6.7 After the Green Flag lap has been completed and once the starter is satisfied that the cars are ready, a 5 Second Board will be shown to indicate that the start lights are imminent. In the event of any RED/GREEN starting lights failure the Starter will revert to use of the Senior Flag.
3.7 RACE STOPS
3.7.1 Should the need arise to stop races, RED LIGHTS will be switched on at the Start Line and at all Signalling Points around the circuit in conjunction with Red Flags. This is the signal for all drivers to cease circulating at racing speeds, to slow to a safe and reasonable pace and to return to the starting grid area, which will automatically become a Parc Fermé. Cars may not enter the pits unless directed to do so. Work on cars already in the pits must cease when a race is stopped.
3.7.2 If the leader at the time of the Red Flag/Lights being displayed has not completed 2 laps the race will be null and void and will be re-started with drivers in their original grid positions. Retired competitors may be replaced by reserves that shall be started from the back of the grid. Gaps on the grid created by retirements must not be closed prior to the start of the race. The Clerk of the Course is to be responsible for determining the length (in laps) of any restarted race.
3.7.3 If the leader had completed more than 2 laps but less than 50% of the race distance or duration it will be considered as the first part of a two part race. Cars will be restarted from a grid set out in the finishing order derived as J 5.4.4 and the final result will be the order of finishing at the end of the restarted race.
3.7.4 If the race had to be stopped after the leader had completed more than 50% of the race distance, it shall not be restarted and the results will be declared in accordance with MSA Regulation J 5.4.4.
3.7.5 SAFETY CAR:
A Safety Car may be used at all rounds, where track circumstances require it.
The following regulations will apply at all rounds of the Championships, unless drivers are advised to the contrary in Final Instructions for a race meeting or at a Drivers Briefing. The onus lies with the Competitors (Drivers & Teams) to be fully conversant with the Safety Car procedures and to ensure their strict observance at all times:
3.7.6 SAFETY CAR REGULATIONS
a The car must be marked "SAFETY CAR", in letters of similar dimensions to those of the race numbers, on the rear and sides. It should have at least two revolving yellow lights on the roof. It will be driven by an experienced circuit driver. It will carry an Observer nominated by the Race Organisers who is capable of recognising all the competing cars and is in permanent radio contact with Race Control.
b It is the competitors responsibility to familiarise themselves of type & colour of the Safety Car before the start of any race (Note: This car may change from race to race & venue to venue). The safety car standby position will generally be in the pit lane towards the exit. If the stand-by position for the Safety Car is other than the pit lane, this will be announced to all drivers.
c The Safety Car may be brought into operation to neutralise a race upon the decision of the Clerk of the Course. It will be used only if competitors or officials are in immediate physical danger, but the circumstances are not such as to necessitate stopping the race.
d When the order is given to deploy the Safety Car during the race, stationary yellow flags and "SC" boards will be displayed at the start/finish line and at all Flag Posts. These will be maintained until the intervention is over. The Safety Car will be deployed from the gate at Graham Hill bend and all previous post from the start finish line will have already deployed SC boards and Yellow flags as advanced warning of its deployment.
e During the race the Safety Car, with its revolving yellow lights on, will start from the stand-by position and will join the track regardless of where the race leader is.
f All the competing cars will form up in line behind the "Safety Car" no more than 5 car lengths apart. All overtaking is forbidden (except under "g" and "n" below), unless a car is signalled to do so from the Safety Car.
g When ordered to do so by the Clerk of the Course the Observer in the Safety Car will by use of clear hand signals through the open window of the Safety Car , signal to any cars between it and the race leader that they should pass. These cars will then continue at reduced speed and without overtaking until they reach the line of cars behind the Safety Car.
h The Safety Car shall be used at least until the leader is behind it (where feasible) and all the remaining competing cars are lined up behind the leader. Once behind the Safety Car, the race leader must keep within 5 car lengths of it and all remaining cars must keep the formation as tight as possible.
i While the Safety Car is in operation, competing cars may stop at their pit, but may only rejoin the track when the green light at the pit lane exit is on. It will be on at all times except when the Safety Car and the line of cars following it are about to pass or are passing the pit exit. A car rejoining the track will proceed at reduced speed until it reaches the end of the line of cars behind the Safety Car.
j When the Clerk of the Course calls in the Safety Car, it must extinguish all revolving lights and enter the pits at the end of the lap. As the Safety Car is entering the pits, the flags and "SC" board at the Flag Posts and the "SC" board at the start/finish line will be withdrawn.
l When the Safety Car has pulled off the circuit and the competing cars are approaching the start/finish line, a waved green flag and/or green light(s) will be shown there. All flag posts will then show a green flag. Overtaking remains strictly forbidden until the competing cars pass the waved green flag and/or green light/s at the start/finish line. The green flags will be withdrawn after one lap.
m During the first interruption only of a race by the Safety Car the race duration will be suspended by up to a maximum of 3 laps. During any subsequent Safety Car interruption the Safety Car period will count towards the race duration.
n In the exceptional situation that a car suffers a mechanical fault, puncture or other similar problem that causes it to be unable to keep pace with the other cars in formation behind the Safety Car, the driver must clearly indicate his/her intention and make a defined move well off the racing line towards the edge of the track, thus allowing following cars to overtake and maintain formation. The driver of the car in question may be shown the black flag, if he/she does not pit at the earliest opportunity. Circuit safety is paramount at all times.
3.7.7 The onus lies with the competitors (drivers and team) to be fully conversant with Safety Car procedures and to ensure their strict observance at all times.
All vehicles reported involved in contact incidents during races or practice must be re-presented to the Scrutineers before continuing in the races or practice
3.9 PITS AND PIT LANE SAFETY
3.9.1 PITS: Entrants must ensure that the MSA, Circuit Management and Organising Club Safety Regulations are complied with at all times.
3.9.2 PIT LANE: The outer lane or lanes are to be kept unobstructed to allow safe passage of cars at all times. The onus shall be on all Drivers to take due care and drive at minimum speeds in the Pit Lanes.
SPEED LIMIT: 80 kph or as per final instructions
3.9.3 REFUELLING: May only be carried out in accordance with the MSA J 14 Regulations, Circuit Management Regulations and SR's or Final Instructions issued for every meeting.
3.10 RACE FINISHES
After taking the Chequered Flag drivers are required to progressively and safely slow down. Remain behind any competitors ahead of them, return to the pit lane entrance as instructed, comply with any directions given by marshals or officials and to keep their helmets on and harnesses done up while on the circuit or pit lane. At the end of each qualifying session/race all cars must return immediately to Parc Ferme
All Practice Timesheets, Grids, Race Results are deemed provisional until all vehicles are released by Scrutineers after Post Practice/Race Scrutineering and/or after completion of any Judicial or Technical Procedures.
4 CHAMPIONSHIP RACE PENALTIES
4.1 INFRINGEMENTS OF TECHNICAL REGULATIONS
4.1.1 Arising from post practice Scrutineering or Judicial Action.
Minimum Penalty: The provisions of MSA Regulation 0. 3.3.
4.1.2 Arising from post race Scrutineering or Judicial Action:
Minimum Penalty: The provisions of MSA Regulations 0.3.5.1(a) and (b).
For infringement deemed to be of a more serious nature the Clerk of the Course and/or Stewards of the Meeting are to invoke the provisions of Regulation 0 3.5.1(c).
4.2 INFRINGEMENTS OF NON-TECHNICAL MSA REGULATIONS AND THE SPORTING REGULATIONS ISSUED FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP
4.2.1 As per current MSA Judicial Procedure Regulations.
4.2.2 Additional Specific Championship Penalties
Single Qualifying Session, Single Race.
At any meeting, event, official qualifying or race, where any competitor shall be found guilty of any of the following offences, they shall forfeit all points in the championship gained solely at that event to that point during the event and shall be ineligible to score any points for the remainder of that event.
Multiple Qualifying/Multiple Race.
In the case of double-header races or multi-races, where an offence below is committed during any qualifying session(s) or the first race, then points gained for the qualifying session(s) and the first race will be forfeited. Where an offence occurs during any subsequent race then the points solely gained for that race shall be forfeit.
Should two separate offences be committed, then all points shall be forfeited for that whole event, irrespective of the timing of the offence committed at that event. Where a "double header" event take place at the same venue over a weekend and is conducted as two separate race days then this regulation shall only apply to each day individually.
The offences are;
a Reckless or dangerous driving in the course of a meeting. (see O.1.1.5)
b Careless driving in the course of a meeting (see O.1.1.6.)
4.2.3 Breaches of driving standards will be firmly dealt with. If the championship Clerk of the Course wishes to view evidence from the nominated TV company and/or data logging evidence in order to assist with his enquiry into a breach of driving standards he may order that the results remain provisional and he may take judicial action at a later date. However the use of video evidence and/or data logging evidence is at the sole discretion of the championship Clerk of the Course.
4.2.4 Competitors excluded from an event for driving infringements may not drop that round from overall championship scores.
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