Competitors Guide to Rallycross

This information is taken from the draft CAMS Standing Rallycross Regulations. Some minor changes may occur.

1. Competing cars.
Cars will be divided into two categories: Type 1 Rallycross cars, and Type 2 Rallycross cars.
Type 1 Rallycross cars will be cars currently competing in Autocross or similar. A CAMS log book is not required.
Type 2 Rallycross cars may be any car that complies with a CAMS approved rally class. A CAMS log book is required.
Vehicles may be fitted with no more than four tyres.
Specifications for tyres will be included in the meeting supplementary regulations.

2. Licence requirements
Type 1 Rallycross: CAMS Level 2S. Previous experience in at least one Autocross meeting required.
Type 2 Rallycross: CAMS circuit licence (NC, PC, CC, PCC) or Rally licence (NR, CR), Off Road licence (NO, NS)
or
an equivalent junior licence,
a licence of superior status to those mentioned,
an equivalent licence issued by a FIA affiliated ASN.

3. Protective clothing
Type 1 Rallycross: A safety helmet of at least Australian Standard 1698
A frontal head restraint is not required unless a full harness is fitted to the automobile;
Clothing from ankles to neck to wrist - flammable synthetic material, such as nylon, is not acceptable; flame-retardant overalls and underwear are recommended;
Shoes with leather uppers that cover the foot or shoes which have a leather upper but which includes elasticised ankle regions (eg: elastic-sided work boots);
Goggles or helmet visor complying with Schedule D must be worn in all open cars and in closed cars where no windscreen is fitted;

Type 2 Rallycross: Driver apparel shall be to Rally/Road, State Gravel table of Schedule D of the CAMS Manual of Motor Sport:
A safety helmet as specified in the FIA Technical List – FIA (Snell, SF1, BS (see www.fia.com)
A frontal head restraint to FIA-standard (see www.fia.com);
Flame-retardant single layer overalls or superior;
Flame-retardant balaclava is required to be worn;
Shoes with leather uppers that cover the foot or shoes which have a leather upper but which includes elasticised ankle regions (eg: elastic-sided work boots);
Goggles or helmet visor complying with Schedule D must be worn in all open cars and in closed cars where no windscreen is fitted;

4. The track
The track will comprise two different surfaces, tarmac and gravel. Water splashes and jump ups may be included. Approximate lap distance (Broadford) is 1.8 kms.
The track will include a “Joker route” for Type 2 Rallycross events only. This is a variation of the track that must be used by competitors during one lap of each event.
The track will be marked by two types of markers:
(1) Course markers. Witches hats or similar. These are to ensure drivers follow the intended track.
(2) Penalty markers. These are to ensure that no short cutting of the track occurs, and will attract a time penalty if dislodged. Penalty markers will be a different colour to course markers.

5. Driving standards.
Aggressive driving and damage to vehicles will be specifically targeted. Any driver involved in an incident must attend a Stewards enquiry if requested by the Clerk of Course. Drivers found guilty may be subjected to a penalty up to and including exclusion from the meeting, plus a cash penalty as specified in the meeting Supplementary Regulations.

6. Driver grading
There will be three grades of driver, seeded on practice times and driver/car speed potential. Grade 1 drivers will be the 16 fastest, Grade 2 will be the next 16 fastest, and the remainder will be Grade 3. Driver grading may be changed from meeting to meeting, but will not be changed for a given meeting. The final decision as to a driver’s grading shall rest with the Clerk of Course.

7. Format of the meeting.
(1) Checking of documents and scrutiny.

(2) Timed practice. All cars are required to practice, and times will be recorded to assist seeding competitors into grades. Separate practice will be held for each grade of competitor.

(3) Heats.Type 1 Rallycross. There will be three rounds of 2 lap heats. Four cars will start in each heat. The first two cars will start together, followed 20 seconds later by the second two cars. Grid places for the first heat will be decided by ballot. For the following heats the starting order will be varied by moving the cars that started first to start second. Each competing car’s times will be recorded for each heat

(4) Heats. Type 2 Rallycross. There will be three rounds of 3 lap heats. Four cars will run in each heat. All cars will start together in a two plus two grid formation. Grid places for the first heat will be decided by ballot. For the following heats the starting order will be varied by moving the cars that started on the front row to the back row. Each competing car’s times will be recorded for each heat.

(5) Points will be awarded for heats as follows: fastest time 5 points. Second fastest time 4 points Third fastest time 3 points fourth fastest time 2 points. DNF 1 point. Did not start 0 points.

6. Finals. Type 1 Rallycross. The final will be three laps. The four cars with the highest points score from the heats will contest the final Starting order will be determined by points scored in the heats with the highest points scorer in pole position.

7. Finals Type 2 Rallycross. The final will be five laps. The four cars with the highest points score from the heats will contest the final. Starting procedure will be the same as for the heats with the highest points scorer in pole position.

8. Start. Cars will be formed up in start order on a dummy grid. On arrival at the start line cars will be directed into place by the Start Marshal. At 30 seconds from the start time a 30 seconds board will be displayed. At five seconds from start time the Start Marshal shall give a five second signal. At start time the red light will be illuminated. The red light will be extinguished between 3 and 5 seconds later, signifying the start of the event.

9. Finish. The finish of each event shall be signalled by the waving of a black and white chequered flag at the start finish line.
10. Penalties. Penalties for offences against the regulations shall be specified in meeting supplementary regulations.
Please note that his document has no legal force. It is provided to give potential Rallycross competitors an overview of the sport.