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SOUTH WEST TOURING CAR CLUB INC

AUTOCROSS SERIES REGULATIONS

2024

  1. AUTHORITY:

Each round will be conducted under the provisions of the International Sporting Code of the F.A.I., the National Competition Rules (NCR) of Motorsport Australia Limited, Speed Event, Standing Regulations and Further Regulations or Instructions that may be issued.

 

  1. ROUND DESCRIPTION:

The 2024 Series will consist of five day rounds and one day/night round to be held at the club’s Bunbury track behind the Bunbury speedway. Details regarding start and finish times will be detailed in the Supplementary Regulations for each Round.

 

  1. DATES:

          Scheduled dates for the six rounds are on the Home Page 

 

  1. PROMOTERS:

The Series will be promoted and organised by the South West Touring Car Club Inc.

 

  1. ORGANISING COMMITTEE:

The Organising Committee for each round will be detailed in the Supplementary Regulations: Clerk of Course, Secretary of the Event, and Chief Scrutineer.                               

Mailing Address:         SWTCC Autocross Event Secretary

                                    Shane O’Neill

                                                335 South Street

HILTON   WA   6163

 

  1. ENTRIES:

Entries for each round shall close with the Secretary on the Wednesday prior to the Autocross at 5.00 p.m.  NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED.  Entry forms are to be completed in full accompanied by the entry fee and lodged with Secretary of the Event.  Cheques and Money Orders are to be made payable to THE SOUTH WEST TOURING CAR CLUB INC.  Entries received without payment enclosed will not be accepted.  Phone entries and entries on the day will not be accepted.

 

            A limit of three drivers per car will be enforced.

 

            No driver shall be under the age of fourteen years.

 

Drivers aged from fourteen to seventeen years inclusive may be classified as Junior.  Entrants may be asked to produce a copy of their Birth Certificate.

 

The organisers may limit the number of entries or reduce the number of competitive runs and have the right to refuse any entry without assigning any reason therefore in accordance with NCR83.

 

 

 

  1. ENTRY FEES:

ALL ROUNDS                Adult Entry Fee              $60.00

                                    Junior (14-17 y.o.)         $35.00 (proof of age required)

 

  1. PERSONS ELIGIBLE:

The rounds will be Club only and open to holders of at least an MSA Level 2S or 2SJ Licence.

 

Please note – MSA licence renewals must be processed through the MSA office and cannot be renewed on the day. New competitors only may purchase licences on the day.

 

  1. ABANDONMENT:

The Organisers reserve the right to abandon the Round in accordance with the provisions of NCR59.

 

  1. INSURANCE:

Combined Liability Insurance will be effected by the Promoters. Certain public, property, professional indemnity and personal accident insurance is provided by MSA in relation to the event.  Further details can be found in the MSA Insurance Handbook, available at www.motorsportaustralia.org.au

 

EVERY ENTRANT AND DRIVER, BEFORE TAKING PART IN ANY COMPETITION, SHALL SIGN THE DISCLAIMERS AND ENTRANT’S STATEMENT ON THE ROUND ENTRY FORM.

 

  1. VEHICLE ELIGIBILITY:

Eligible vehicles will comply with the following provisions of the current MSA Manual of Motorsport:

All Vehicles:

  • Part Six, Schedule A, B, H and I.
  • Towing points as per technical regulations, Section 6, part 6, Schedule C, No. 6.
  • Headlights in working order (NIGHT ROUND ONLY)
  • Mudflaps to be fitted on all driven wheels.
  • The vehicle owner must be the entrant.
  • Three different drivers may compete in the vehicle
  • Open wheel formula racing cars are NOT eligible to compete
  • Four wheel drive cars will not be eligible for outright points or placing and two wheel drive cars will be given preference when entering.

 

  1. SCRUTINY:

DAY ROUND:             Commences 7.30am and must be completed by 8.30am

 

            DAY/NIGHT ROUND:  Commences 1.00pm and must be completed by 3.00pm

 

All cars must be presented at scrutineering (AS ABOVE) and passed prior to participating in both practice and competition.

 

SWTCC Club Membership cards, appropriate MSA licenses and where issued vehicle log books must be produced at Registration and on request during the meetings.

Vehicles that have not been inspected before and don’t have a SWTCC vehicle log book may be issued with one when obtaining scrutiny forms.

 

 

 

                                        

  1. APPAREL:

Drivers must wear:

  • A helmet that complies with AS1698 and carries marking to the effect, or one that is specifically approved by MSA, also appropriately marked to that effect.
  • Non-flammable clothing, covering from ankles to wrist to throat. No person will be permitted to compete wearing apparel of nylon or similar material.
  • Suitable closed toe footwear with leather uppers. No thongs, sandals or high heels will be permitted.
  • In open cars goggles or visors with lens of other than glass (to AS1609) must be worn

 

  1. SAFETY – CARS:

The attention of competitors is drawn to Schedules A & B of the General requirements for Automobiles found in Section six and the Standing Regulations for Speed Events in the current MSA Manual of Motorsport.

 

All cars must be fitted with Seat Belts to AS E35 or of a type specifically approved by MSA, a securely fitted fire extinguisher which complies with AS1841 (the fitment of a MSA approved “on board” system is acceptable alternative).

 

Vehicle Braking Systems:- With NO EXCEPTIONS vehicles must be fitted with a double circuit braking system, so arranged that the pedal normally operates on the four road wheels and, in the event of leakage at any point in the braking system is still operable on two wheels.

 

  1. COURSE:

The circuit comprises two loops with a combined length of 1.08 kilometres with a gravel / limestone surface.

 

Competition is approved for running in an anti-clockwise direction on the large loop and anti-clockwise direction on the small loop. The track may also be used in a similar manner in a “clockwise” direction, with the start and finish locations being relocated in the approximate locations shown on the track licence. The two individual loops may be operated simultaneously, but only in the same direction.

                                                  

  1. ENTERING AND LEAVING THE CIRCUIT

At the driver’s briefing the Clerk of Course will advise the competitors of the correct procedure for entering and leaving the pit area.  Competitors must obey the Clerk of Course and the Pit Marshall at all times.

 

  1. RESTRICTED AREAS:

All areas inside the marked circuit are restricted, including the designated pit area, track entrance and track exit.  Only competitors, pit crew, official vehicles and officials necessary for the running of the round are permitted in these areas.  The timing shed is off limits to everyone except the Timers, the Starter, the Pit Marshall, the Clerk of Course, Event Secretary and the Stewards of the Meeting.

 

  1. PIT AREA

Pit bays must be left clear of rubbish when the competition is finished.

 

Smoking in the pit area is STRICTLY FORBIDDEN.

 

Children under the age of fourteen years old are not permitted into the pit area once competition has commenced, and cannot be considered part of any competitor’s pit crew. Children may enter the pit area prior to racing, at the lunch break and after the completion of the round ONLY WHEN ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT.

 

Pit Crew for each vehicle is limited to three persons other than the competitor.

(i.e. Single entry competitor + three pit crew = a total of 4 persons in pit area.

       Triple entry competitor + three pit crew = a total of 6 persons in pit area.)

 

 

  1. START, HOLDING AREA:

At the competitor’s briefing the Clerk of Course will indicate the holding area for vehicles                                 waiting their turn to come to the start line.

 

The Chief Pit Marshall will call competitors to this holding area.

 

Competitors when called to the holding area must present themselves ready for competition, That is, in correct safety clothing as follows:

 

  • Sleeves fastened to reach the wrist.
  • Trousers to cover from waist to ankle.
  • Shirts done up from neck to waist.
  • Suitable enclosed footwear on.
  • Helmet on and done up correctly.
  • Safety belt on and done up correctly.
  • Driver’s side window to be closed unless fitted with an approved net.

 

Should a competitor fail to present themselves correctly they may forfeit that particular run of practice or competition.

 

Starting will be by number order as allocated by the Organising Committee.  Changes to the order will be at the sole discretion of the Organisers.  A Competitor failing to report to the start in correct order will forfeit that run, unless permission for early or late attendance has been granted by the Organisers.

                                                                        

The Chief Pit Marshall and his/her assistant will be the Judge of Fact in regard to when the competitor presented themselves and whether they presented themselves ready; for competition.

 

  1. DRIVERS’ BRIEFING:

The attendance of all drivers is required at the drivers’ briefing to be held near the Pit area at:

                        Day rounds:                                           Night Rounds

                        8.45 a.m.                                                     3.15 p.m.

Any driver not present will not compete in the day’s round.  All drivers will be required to sign an attendance sheet or answer a role call at the drivers briefing.

 

  1. TIMING AND STARTING

Timing will be by means of electronic timing devices or stopwatches.  The start is a standing start with engine running.  Two vehicles run on the circuit simultaneously, one starting on the small loop and one on the large loop for both direction ‘A’ and direction ‘B’.

 

  1. WITHDRAWALS:

A competitor will be deemed to have withdrawn if they:

  • Fail to attend scrutiny at the allocated time on the day of the round.
  • Fail to attend the drivers’ briefing on the day of the Round

(At the discretion of the Clerk of Course.)

  • Fail to answer the Pit Marshall’s call to the holding area.
  • Are seen practicing on public roads or on land adjacent to the circuit.
  • Are seen consuming alcohol during or prior to the finish of the rounds.

 

  1. PENALTIES:

Penalties shall be incurred in accordance with CAMS NCR’s for the following:

  • Jumping the start – Plus 20 seconds.
  • Deliberately shortening the circuit or deviating from the course – Double fastest time.
  • Failing to comply with any reasonable order from any official.
  • Failure to comply with any of the Series, Supplementary or Final Regulations.
  • Failure to exit the track on the correct circuit after completion of the run.

 

  1. JUDGES OF FACT:

Judges of Fact refer to NCR 181.  Any decision made by a Judge of Fact must be reported to the Clerk of Course immediately.  A Protest may not be made against the decision of a Judge (see NCR 181(iv)

 

  1. PROTESTS:

Protests will only be accepted if lodged in accordance with the Part XII of the NCR’s.

 

  1. ALCOHOL & SMOKING:

The consumption of alcohol or drugs by drivers and crew is forbidden.  Comsumption of alcohol by any person in the pit, paddock or any other non-public area is forbidden until the conclusion of the round.  Smoking in the pit area or within 10 metres of the pit area is not permitted.

 

  1. REMOVAL OF COMPETITION NUMBERS

Competitors must remove from, or completely cover their competition numbers on their vehicles before leaving the boundaries of the Autocross circuit.

 

  1. GRADING OF COMPETITORS:

Competitors will be graded at the DISCRETION OF THE ORGANISERS into SIX divisions

 

E – Experts; 1 – Grade 1; 2 – Grade 2; 3 – Grade 3; L – Ladies; J – Juniors

 

The grading will take into consideration driver experience, ability, performance attained in any previous autocross competition (i.e. previous Autocross season times) and performance in other motorsport events.

 

First time competitors with unknown driving ability will be placed into division 3.  Based on their performance during the day, their grading will be evaluated and they will be advised during, or at the end of that day. First time drivers, with a known driving ability, will be placed in what is considered to be the appropriate grade and re-evaluated during the day.

 

Once competitors have been graded they will usually remain in that division until the end of the Autocross Series season.

 

Grading of competitors may be reviewed /changed at the discretion of the clubs Executive Committee.

 

This grading system may be reviewed at the end of the Autocross Series season.

 

 

  1. DETERMINATION OF WINNERS:

The number of practice and timed runs each competitor is expected to complete will be defined at the drivers’ briefing for each round.

 

It will be the organiser’s goal to give all competitors the opportunity to have 4 timed runs during the course of the day.  However, the organisers reserve the right to reduce this number if required.

 

The aggregate of all timed runs will count.

 

 

  1. ROUND AWARDS:

Trophies will be awarded in each grade based on driver’s total times for each Round (where a minimum of three entries in each category are received), as follows:

 

EXPERTS                   First                Second           Third

GRADE 1                    First                Second           Third

GRADE 2                    First                Second           Third

GRADE 3                    First                Second           Third

LADIES                       First                Second           Third

JUNIORS                    First                Second           Third    

 

The organisers reserve the right NOT to award trophies where less than three entries per division are received.

 

These awards will be presented at the conclusion of each round

 

  1. SERIES AWARDS:

Series points shall be awarded in each grade for each Round.  Points are awarded according to total times and each drivers round score is added together to determine the Series winners.  Series points are awarded as follows:

 

1st – 25 points             2nd – 20 points 3rd – 16 points             4th – 13 points

5th – 11 points             6th –   10 points            7th –   9 points              8th –    8 points

9th — 7 points               10th – 6 points 11th – 5 points              12th –  4 points

13th – 3 point                14th –   2 points            15th – 1 point

 

The series awards will be presented at the end of the season. The following trophies will be awarded:       

 

EXPERTS                   First                Second           Third

GRADE 1                    First                Second           Third

GRADE 2                    First                Second           Third

GRADE 3                    First                Second           Third

LADIES                       First                Second           Third

JUNIORS                    First                Second           Third    

 

 

33       CATERING:

Catering will be available from the clubs onsite canteen (limited hot food and hot & cold drinks).

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    Committee 

    President:
    Jason Lowther  0407 658 609

    Vice President:
    Jason Humble 0407 995 568

    Secretary:
    Jenny Gerdei 0412 799 806

    Treasurer:
    Brooke Gerdei 0427 629 210

    Autocross Secretary:
    Shane O'Neill 0467 179 674

    Motorkhana Secretary:
    Ross Burton  0424893901

    Track Manager:

    Stewart McMurray  0447622332