CARCAR Club Rules

These rules apply to all CARCAR Participants at CARCAR events. The race director has the final word with regards to these rules, sanctions and club race management decisions. The following rules outline the responsibility of all participants and the penalties for infractions to these rules. These rules and guidelines are issued to ensure a pleasant, safe, friendly and non-threatening atmosphere for all members, participants and visitors to CARCAR events.

1. Transmitters
DURING PRACTICE: during practice the driver must obtain the proper frequency clip from the frequency board and affix it to the antenna of the transmitter before turning on the transmitter. No transmitter should be turned on without a frequency clip. The offender is responsible for any damaged caused by his/her offense. The frequency clip must be returned to the frequency board upon completion of the practice.

DURING RACES: during races, all transmitters must be turned off while in the pit area. A transmitter may be turned on in the pits only with clearance from the race director. The race director shall issue a red frequency clip for the driver to affix to the antenna.

2. Driver’s Responsibility
Drivers must drive from the drivers stand. Only drivers are allowed on the drivers stand. Drivers may not leave the drivers stand during races until the heat is finished. Drivers must not obstruct or distract other drivers during races. Drivers who cause delays for the start of heats or mains will be positioned at the back of the grid. Drivers must drive with due care and attention. A driver that takes-out or hacks another driver while passing shall be penalized with either a lap penalty or a 10 second stop and go. Drivers are responsible to ensure their car meets the requirements of the class rules. Drivers must stop their cars in a safe area immediately after completion of the heats and mains. Additional laps of the course is not permitted. Drivers must marshal for the following race and follow the rules set out under Marshalling Responsabilty.

3. Chassis Requirements
No car is permitted on the track without a body shell. All cars entered into races must meet minimum requirements set out by CARCAR set out for that particular class.

4. Technical Inspection
The technical director may inspect any car that has been registered and has run in any heat for conformance to the class rules at any time.

5. Marshalling Responsibility
Drivers must corner marshal the heat following their completed heat at the designated point set out by the race director. Should a driver not be able to marshal his/her heat. The driver is held responsible for finding a substitute and informing the race director. The driver is held responsible for all infractions made by the substitute and shall incur any and all penalties resulting. Marshals must attend to the cars in the order that they arrive and pay attention to their area. Marshals may only leave their areas after the completion of the heat.

6. General Etiquette
Abusive or threatening behavior is not tolerated at any time. CARCAR participants must keep the pit and HSC area clean and obstruction free. Failing to do so could result in heat penalties. Bad language is not permitted on or off the track. Drivers are encouraged to have a courteous attitude, help others, volunteer for marshalling and offer assistance in race operations.

7. Penalties
The severity of the offense or infraction will determine the penalty to be assessed by race director and CARCAR official ( President, Vice-President, Treasurer).

Types of penalties:

CARCAR implements a one warning system. After the first warning has been issued the following may be implied. Loss of best qualifier, back grid position, lap penalty, disqualification, ban period. Please remember that these rules are set so that all who participate can enjoy a trouble free day of racing.

Rubber Tires for all Touring Car classes (Race nights only)
Foam Tires for all Pan Car classes: 1/12 scale and 1/10 WGT.
Tamiya Mini – Rubber only

Driver Etiquette
1)Try not to make contact with anyone else. I don’t want my car broken and I don’t think you want yours broken either.

2) If you are faster than me in qualifying and I am holding you back, I’ll move over. When I say “I’ll move over”, I mean getting out of the driving line whether it means taking a WIDE corner or talking with you on the drivers stand. In the mains, it’s a little different because you’re fighting for position, but the same courtesy should apply.

3) If you are a lap or more ahead of me, I will move over AS QUICKLY AS possible. That means not blocking the racing line to hold you off. If you bump me at this point, I have no one to blame but myself.

4) Accidents happen. If we are side by side or in a corner and hit each other while fighting for position, there’s a chance that we will both get into an accident, neither of us will or one of us does. I like the second option. Sometimes letting go of the throttle to let the other person get past is the best decision.

5) Hacking: (Not cool!) Hacking means that you either bump someone intentionally to get them out of your way, or perform a police “PIT” maneuver by tapping them in the back corner of the car.

6) If I accidentally bump you while driving, I’ll apologize right away on the drivers stand. If I’m in the lead and bump you, I’m not trying to do so. I would rather get by you cleanly. If we are fighting for position and I accidentally hack you, I’ll stop and wait for you to get back in front of me. If I drive off, it’s because I honestly believe I didn’t do it on purpose. (See #1)

These are just a few common sense rules for how we should conduct ourselves on the track. If someone is faster than you, then let them past. If someone is holding you back, be patient and talk to them on the drivers stand or after the race.