Driving Standards Policy

 

Championship/Series: 5Club Racing Mazda MX‐5 Cup MSA
Championship/Series Permit No: TBA

The following document sets out to provide drivers with a policy that determines what constitutes acceptable and unacceptable driving standards. All drivers must read and agree to follow the conditions outlined in the policy below.

What constitutes unacceptable driving standards?

Taken from the MSA Blue book (Regulation C 1.1.5) it is defined below:

Anyone “Driving in a manner incompatible with general safety, or departing from the standard of a reasonably competent Driver” will be considered to be in breach of the regulations.

The Championship Organisers interpret the regulation to mean that; blocking weaving, squeezing, making unnecessary contact and driving in a manner with causes avoidable contact or damage is classified as unacceptable driving standards. This includes driving beyond the limits of the track tarmac and kerbs.

Driving Standards Policy

The following regulations are entrenched within the Championship/Series. By your participation you agree to be governed by them. You must accept that, if penalised, there is no higher authority to which you can appeal; and therefore no way or reducing or escaping any penalty imposed by the organisers.

The organisers will ensure that these regulations are enforced for the benefit of all competitors within the Championship. A “Driving Standards Officer” (DSO) will be appointed for each round of the championship and will be made known to all competitors beforehand. The DSO will be working with meeting organisers and Championship officials and will investigate all on track incidents, whether initiated by the Clerk of the Course, competitor complaint or by their own observation not withstanding that the Clerk of the Course may have already imposed their own penalty under MSA regulations. The Championship elected DSO is empowered to call a competitor or competitors to investigate any incident. They may request evidence in the form of track observation reports where available from the Clerk of the Course and video evidence from any competitor’s car at the event in question. Following any investigation a report will be made available to the competitors in question as well as the Clerk of the Course. Penalties can be applied and are categorised below;

ON‐TRACK

(1). Driving in a manner which is considered careless by the DSO.

• PENALTY: White card (Warning) ‐ Two white cards issued in 1 season to the same competitor will cause a yellow card to be issued.

(2). Driving in a manner which is considered reckless by the DSO.

• PENALTY: Yellow card (5 second grid penalty in the next available race which must count as a point scoring race and cannot be used as a drop round) ‐ Two yellow cards issued in 1 season to the same competitor will result in a red card being issued.

(3). Driving in a manner which is considered dangerous by the DSO.

• PENALTY: Red card (4 race ban with immediate effect, banned races cannot be used as a drop round) ‐ Two red cards issued to the same competitor in 1 season will result in an immediate ban for the remainder of the season.

OFF‐TRACK

(1). Refusal to co‐operate with the DSO during the investigation of incident:

• PENALTY: Red card (4 race ban with immediate effect, banned races cannot be used as a drop round) ‐ Two red cards in 1 season will result in an immediate ban for the remainder of the season.

NOTES TO DSO – FIXED PENALTIES

• If a competitor is fully outside the track limits and rejoins in a manner that causes another competitor to take avoiding action, the offending (rejoining) driver will receive: PENALTY: Yellow card

• If a competitor when rejoining causes any contact, including that caused by consequential avoidance, the offending driver will receive: PENALTY: Red card

NOTE: These rules are subject to change without notification, please refer to the latest "Blue Book" and published amendments for full and up-to-date information.

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