Rule Book clarifications and updates 

 

8 September 2017

Novices

 

Following a BoC meeting, the issue of novices potentially removing their boards too soon and losing confidence was discussed. It has been agreed that in conjunction with BoC approval a driver will be permitted to reinstate their novice boards to improve driving ability or regain confidence. Any positions will not be credited and normal novice rules will apply during this time.

 

I’m sure that you all agree that we must do our upmost to support our young and upcoming drivers.

 

Rule clarification

 

Following a concern raised by a team we have been asked to clarify a rule.

 

It is not permitted to modify the rear subframe nor radius arms in any way that changes the dimensions.

 

The rulebook is quite clear at the start of  CAR SPECIFICATION AND CONSTRUCTION on page 10 in that it states:

 

For both car and engine construction,   IF IT DOES NOT SAY YOU CAN THEN YOU MUST ASSUME YOU CANNOT.

 

In simple terms, parts or components must remain as standard unless it specifically states you can change them. Example -  you cannot widen the subframe or move a location point Etc.

 

Please ensure that you ensure any components are legal within the rulebook. It is your responsibility to ensure that any cars or engines or component purchased either new, second hand or from a constructor are rule compliant.

 

Please ensure that you comply, as we wish to ensure fairness and  do not want to disqualify any driver. The rulebook is there for a reason and applies to ALL teams

 

 

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6 April 2017

FUEL NON RETURN VALVES
Fuel Non return valves were included as an ORCi requirement in Oval Race formulae some time ago. 
In 2016 there was a high profile case involving a Non return valve not being fitted in a particular formula that was dealt with somewhat leniently at the time given some more general issues with regards their fitting and scrutineering with the anticipation that this would be an example to raise the awareness to all drivers that a fully operational/working Non return valve MUST be fitted.
In recent weeks various investigations have revealed that drivers continue to abuse the rule from taking cars to scrutineering and then removing them or fitted and tampered with. 
From the 1st May 2017 drivers are now warned that contravention of this rule WILL result in an automatic mandatory ban under  the technical rules/ penalties  of 6 months. This applies to any driver not having a fully working non return valve fitted and/or it being tampered with in any way.
Issued ORCI 6th April 2017
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3 February 2017

Please click on the link to download this years Rulebook:

National Ministox Rulebook 2017

 

24 December 2016

2017 Rule Clarifications

Following the AGM and the subsequent ratification by the ORCi, the attached is provided as a summary of the car and engine changes. There has been some debate amongst the committee regarding a small number of items that have been overruled, however after discussion with the ORCi it has been communicated that after some intense deliberation that their decision is final and in the best interests of the club and sports future.

 http://www.nationalministoxclub.co.uk/ORCi ratification and rules.pdf

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5 September 2016

We have been asked to communicate the following ORCi ruling: 

"Tyre buffing is allowed only by the use of a manual surform and the wheel/tyre must be still, i.e. not mechanically turning.  The buffing of tyres in the pits on an electric motor or running on a car is strictly forbidden. Neither is it permitted to use a mechanical or electric device on a stationary wheel. This is effective whether in the pits or your transporter.

If you are seen or reported, YOU WILL BE LOADED UP and may face further disciplinary action". 

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25 July 2016

Post Race Checks

As you are all aware, post race checks will be conducted on a random basis at meetings. We would like to remind teams that the club scales and high bar is available to borrow at any meeting to check and ensure compliance. 

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29 June 2016

Drinking

Underage drinking at meetings is not permitted and is illegal.

A team is responsible for any driver, member or person that travels with a team. Should any person underage be found to be drinking or under the influence then that team will be prevented from racing and will be reported to the promoter.

Further action may be taken if deemed appropriate. 

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14 June 2016

Camera's

The use of in-car camera's is NOT permitted at any track unless specific permission has been granted by the promoter. Even if permission is granted then the media must be for personal use only and not shared or uploaded to any public forums.

Should permission be granted then the track reserve the right to confiscate the device or memory card should a situation be deemed appropriate.

Skegness stadium have advised that permission will NOT be granted at their meetings. 

28 May 2016

Rule Clarification

It has been noted that in some cars the rear panel in the boot area is smaller than the body of the car. This panel MUST be full to protect the driver in the event of a fuel tank fire. Basically it must extend to the side and rear of the body and not have any gaps. 

4 May 2016

Gloves and Overalls must be in good condition in order to race. No clothing that is worn or contains holes will be passed to race and you may be prohibited from racing. To uphold driver safety, this takes effect immediately.  

29 April 2016 

Scrutineering

With immediate effect following recent events all drivers must be seated in their car with full race wear, seatbelts and neck device fitted and log book present for scrutineering, we will do our best to inform you via your racereceivers when scrutineering will take place to minimise time waiting.

If you are not present, your car will not be scrutineered and you will go to the back of the queue which may cause you to miss your races. You will not be permitted to race without having been scrutineered.

It is your resonsibility to be present with your car and not the scrutineers job to look for you.

Steel Compliance

Following recent discussions on steel work, we wish to clarify that all steel bars must comply with the rulebook, NON compliance is not an option.

For clarity, the roll cage must be a minimum of 3mm wall thickness unless 34mm tube is used which must be a minimum of 4.5mm thickness. If 38mm tube is used then it must be a minimum of 3.5mm thickness.

Main rails, cross members, nerf bars, underfloor bars, and top and bottom bumper rails must be 3mm minimum thickness.

We appreciate that the changing of an underfloor is an intensive job so you may run a secondary bar of 50 x 25 x 3mm down the full length of the existing bar/bars as a temporary measure until the end of the season.

Full sizes can be found in the rulebook.

If your car has any undersize steel in the cockpit area (central area) then this must be corrected before the car can race, as this impacts directly on driver safety. Nerf rails and bumpers must be corrected from Tuesday 3rd May going forwards.

Telemetry 

The use of any Telemetry or data logging system is not permitted, only basic gauges that give a reading of temperature, pressure and a rev counter that recalls a single maximum revs is permitted.

Car Dimensions 

We have been asked to clarify the length that a car can be built to. A survey was done over the Birmingham/Hednesford weekend of 42 cars and data collected. A tolerance has been added to allow for any variations.

The minimum and maximum distance between the front and rear subframe will be 1500mm - 1650mm (see diagram) 

 

        

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Suspension Parts

The use of Aluminium suspension parts is NOT permitted (drive flanges, hubs, radius arms etc)

The only exception to this is front brake calipers, rear drums, shock absorbers and "high/low tops".

(Enforcement of ruling effective from 31.3.16) 

Rule 132 Clarification

Each driver must have a Dry Powder Extinguisher of 2Kg minimum size fully tested/certified which must be within easy reach whilst petrol is being decanted. 

 

Rule 42 Clarification

A four post roll cage must be constructed.

 

Shape 2016 RULES OF RACING  

  

GENERAL  

The following rules will apply to all formulas that race at ORCi Sanctioned Tracks. Any variation to these rules must be agreed with the Oval Racing Council, and then, only in exceptional circumstances.  

  

At all times while at a race meeting, a driver shall be deemed to be under Racing Rules.  Any driver guilty of any act prejudicial to the sport, including comments on social media sites etc, shall be reported to the appropriate Board of Control or Formula Organiser, for disciplinary action, and may be called upon to appear before the Board or Control or Formula Organiser, to answer the charges.  

  

The interpretation of these rules pertaining to race procedures or lap scoring positions will be decided by the appointed ORCi officials at the race event.   

  

STARTING POSITIONS  

Drivers must start in positions laid down by the Steward of the Meeting and in their correct grade (where applicable) at all times. Special dispensation to start at the rear of the grid will be made, only on application to the Steward of the Meeting, in the case of a driver wishing to test a new car on the occasion of its first meeting or at the Steward of the Meeting's discretion.  

  

CLUTCH STARTS  

At all clutch starts the Start Marshal shall satisfy himself that all drivers are ready on the yellow flag and are in a position where they can see the start signal before dropping the green flag. Any driver moving before the green drops will be liable to immediate exclusion.  

  

ROLLING STARTS  

In the case of a rolling start the drivers shall drive a preliminary lap, or part lap as directed by the Steward of the Meeting, keeping abreast in their proper positions and at a speed set by the inside driver at the front of each grid and/or grade and shall maintain the allotted gap between grades where applicable.  

The race shall be started by the Start Marshal causing the starting flag to be dropped at any time after the leading cars have passed the 4th bend. The lead car may slowly increase speed between bends 3 and 4.  

All drivers must keep rank, and must wait for the starting flag before commencing racing.  

No car must accelerate beyond the rolling lap speed set by the lead car until the Start Marshal has shown the starting flag.  

Any car unable to maintain the pace lap order due to clutch problems must start between the leader and the last car in order to avoid upsetting the start / restart.  

Prior to the start, or re-start, a driver being too far in front or reducing speed on approaching the starting line, may be excluded or docked places at the discretion of the Steward of the Meeting.  

  

START AND FINISH POINTS  

The start and finish of a race or an attempt at a record shall occur when any part of the car passes over the starting or finishing line. In the event of a blocked track, the finishing line shall be deemed to extend a reasonable distance in to the infield.  In formulas where transponders are used, the Steward of the Meeting's decision is final.  

  

RACE PROCEDURE and DISCIPLINE  

No work may be carried out on any car at any time on the race circuit without the permission of the Steward of the Meeting. This permission may be communicated via the Clerk of the Course.  If a driver wishes to carry out work on a race car and that work can be completed within the regulations specified in these rules, the car must first be removed to a safe area within the arena.  The driver must not under any circumstances, leave the confines of the race circuit during a race to perform this work.  

  

After the first green flag of a race has been displayed, any car, having entered that race or any re-run/restart thereof, cannot receive attention from anyone other than the driver and then only when this can be achieved without assistance, i.e. the handing of tools or parts over the safety fence / the carriage of spare parts or tools within the race car / the use of implements from within the arena whether they be part of another car or stadium items is forbidden. It is not permitted to transfer parts from a disabled car within the arena.  

  

In the event of cars becoming entangled, the track staff are permitted to disentangle them during a caution or stoppage and permit them to rejoin at the discretion of the Steward of the Meeting at the rear of the re-formed grid - this is not considered to be 'outside assistance'.  In all cases the primary cause(s) of the suspension/stoppage, shall be excluded for any re-run or re-start of the race and may be officially disqualified from the race.  

In addition, cars being push started will not be deemed as outside assistance provided they were not the cause of the caution or stoppage.  

Please note that after the first green flag of a race, no additional cars are allowed to take part even if the race is a complete re-run  In addition, a car will only be eligible for the re-run/re-start if it was part of that particular race suspension or stoppage.  

  

Drivers who use their car to shield and protect an upturned or damaged car, will not be excluded when the race resumes at the discretion of the Steward of the Meeting, and whenever possible will be re-gridded accordingly.  

  

Please note that the above Race Procedures may be varied via Supplementary Championship Regulations. These are only applicable to the following Championship races: World, British & European. The Supplementary Championship Regulations must be submitted to the ORCi Secretary at least 14 days prior to the event and will be published on the ORCi website and any formula specific website. The regulations must also be circulated in writing to all competitors within the event.  

  

SIGNALS  

The following flag signals will apply in all races unless otherwise stated. At some tracks traffic lights may be used to further emphasise the flag signals.  The Start Marshal, Steward of the Meeting and Flag Marshals shall apply the following rules to the use of flags during racing:-  

The GREEN FLAG indicates the start of the race and will remain until all competitors have passed the start line.  

  

The YELLOW FLAG indicates danger as described below.  

  1. During the rolling lap the Start Marshal will show a yellow flag (covering the green flag).  

  1. The Start Marshal will begin the race by showing the GREEN FLAG.  

  1. (b) Waved yellow flag  i.e. Race Suspension:  

  

A Flag Marshal, wishing to inform the Steward of the Meeting of a serious incident or the presence of hazardous objects or material on the track shall do so by using their radio and/or an 'open' yellow flag held above their head, whereupon the Steward of the Meeting may introduce a Race Suspension. Co-ordination between the Steward of the Meeting, Start Marshal and Flag Marshals in these circumstances is critical.  

  

In the event of a major incident (which includes a car rolling onto its side or roof on the track and in the line of racing) or where loose objects or material on the track may constitute a hazard to spectators, competitors or officials, the Steward of the Meeting may bring the whole circuit under RACE SUSPENSION conditions, without the race being stopped (red flagged) by introducing waved yellow flags.  

In the event of a wheel becoming detached from a car, immediate race suspension will be invoked.  

  

On introduction of a race suspension. ALL CARS MUST SLOW TO ROLLING LAP SPEED (or stop where the lead car is so instructed) and get into single File. THERE WILL BE NO OVERTAKING.  The single file grid may continue to circulate at 5mph (some circuits will implement the use of a Pace Car to control this speed).  In some circumstances it may be necessary to bring the single file grid to a temporary halt under a race suspension (for example, to ease the movement of recovery/rescue vehicles).  Such a temporary halt does not constitute a Red Flag Stoppage.  Any driver unlapping them self or breaking rank from the single file, without authorisation, will be immediately excluded from the restart of the race.  In this situation, drivers are not permitted to leave the seat of their cars or have anyone touch their car.  

  

It is essential that drivers are aware and make their mechanics aware that they will be excluded should their mechanics enter the arena at this time whether or not they receive assistance. Cars must restart in the same condition as before the Race Suspension.  

  

In certain circumstances for safety reasons, the Steward of the Meeting may authorise an official to remove metal etc from a car during a race suspension. In this case this is not considered to be outside assistance.  

  

In preparation for the restart, cars will be lined up in the order prevailing prior to the introduction of race suspension (yellow flags), lap down cars must remain in the position they occupied on the track at that time (not in positional order). The Steward of the Meeting is empowered to re-instate any driver being in his opinion, accidentally taken out of the race during a race suspension.  

  

During a rolling Race Suspension, manual lap scoring is suspended, and electronic lap scoring will utilise the 'noncounting' yellow flag system, to ensure that the appropriate number of racing laps are raced.  

The race can only be restarted by the Start Marshal showing the green flag to the Race Leader. The green flag will be withdrawn after all cars have passed the Start Marshal.  

The RED FLAG is used to denote that the race has been stopped. All drivers must, with care, slow down immediately and STOP as soon as possible. Cars will then remain stationary until the Clerk of the Course gives instruction to reform on the grid or leave the track, (see rule STOPPAGES).  

  

The CHEQUERED FLAG indicates completion of the required number of laps. It will be the intention for all races to be run to their full published distance, wherever possible.  The Chequered Flag shall be waved at the first driver to complete the race distance and held out until cars for paid and/or points places in the race have completed the race distance. Drivers having received the Chequered Flag must continue at race speed until the red flag in conjunction with the chequered flag is displayed, otherwise they may incur a penalty.  Race conditions and rules apply until the red flag is shown with the chequered flag.  

  

RED & CHEQUERED FLAGS (waved together) means the end of the race.  All cars to slow down with care, to make their way to the Pit Gate.  Any offence committed on track after this time will render the driver liable to a penalty.  

  

The BLACK FLAG is shown to a car that has been disqualified and which must retire from racing immediately to the infield, with care.  

  

The BLUE FLAG indicates to a driver that they must hold their line (inside or outside) as there is a much faster car behind that is trying to overtake. (Non Contact Formulas only).  This flag will be given to a driver a maximum of 3 times. Thereafter, a BLUE & WHITE STRIPED flag will be shown which will indicate that the driver must give up their position to the car behind. Failure to do this will result in a black flag being shown - driver disqualified.  

  

The WHITE FLAG WITH a RED CROSS (X) is a TECHNICAL DISQUALIFICATION FLAG. This is used to signal to a driver that they have a problem with their car and must immediately retire to the infield, with care.  

  

The WHITE FLAG WITH BLUE SPOT. Used to warn drivers that there is oil or slippery fluids on the track. However racing may continue.   

  

LAP BOARD indicating the number of laps remaining to be completed must be displayed by the Start Marshal over a minimum of the last three laps.  

  

STOPPAGES (Red Flag)  

A race may only be stopped on instruction from the Steward of the Meeting, in the interests of safety or other contributory factors (Time Limit) etc.  It shall be the intention, whenever possible, to run all races to a conclusion over the published race distance.  The Promoter reserves the right to call a result AT ANY TIME.  

The race may be stopped if the pits gate has to be opened to facilitate entry to the track of either an ambulance or breakdown vehicle, although this can also be done under a yellow flag at the Steward of the Meeting's discretion.  

  1. If any race is stopped after the first 3 laps then the race shall be restarted and run over the balance of laps outstanding to the leading car.  

  1. In preparation for the restart, cars will be lined up in the order prevailing prior to the introduction of the race stoppage (red flags), lap down cars must remain in the position they occupied on the track at that time (not in positional order). The Steward of the Meeting is empowered to re-instate any driver being in his opinion, accidentally taken out of the race during a race stoppage.    

  1. In the event of no cars having completed more than 3 laps of the total distance, the race shall be re-run.  Note that a temporary halt under yellow flags (caution) is not the same as a stoppage under red flags.  

  1. The only cars permitted to take part in any re-run shall be those having taken part in any/all other restart(s) immediately prior to the stoppage. A car missing taking part in a restart shall not be eligible to compete in any subsequent restart of the same race.  

  1. A driver is permitted to leave his car during a red flag period but any work performed must be authorised by the Steward of the Meeting.  

  

SAFETY  

It is an offence for a driver to push, or work on his car within the arena while a race is in progress. It is the driver's responsibility to ensure thacurrent health and safety legislation is adhered to when in the pits area.  

  

DISQUALIFICATION and PENALTIES  

Drivers will be penalised (and may be disqualified) for unnecessarily cutting across the infield or for gaining advantage by leaving the track to pass an opponent. A penalty will be imposed for:-  

  1. Unnecessarily cutting across the infield.  

  1. Gaining advantage by leaving the track to pass an opponent.  This will include the illegal use of kerbs.  

  1. Breaking the rolling lap to gain advantage either by gaining places or by deliberately holding up the start. d) Leading a Start or Re-Start at too fast a speed.  

A driver suffering a flat tyre may receive a technical disqualification (see above) at the discretion of the Steward of the Meeting, having due regard to the number of laps still to run.  

If a driver is penalised for more than one incident during a race or a meeting, the Steward of the Meeting may, at their discretion, disqualify the driver from the rest of the meeting and/or report the driver to the Board of Control or Formula Organiser 

The offending driver may be fined or suspended from driving at future meetings, the amount and period to be decided by the appropriate Board of Control or Formula Organiser 

If a driver, convicted of an offence has a period of their ban suspended, that suspended ban is automatically triggered if the driver is found guilty of an offence of the same nature - i.e. On Track/Racing; Technical; or Behavioral.  

  

FENCING  

A car shall be deemed to have been deliberately 'fenced' when one car has been in contact with the other when it hits the safety fence. This is also known as a 'Follow In'. The offending driver will be disqualified from the race and will be reported to their Board of Control or Formula Organiser for further action.  

This rule does not apply to full contact Banger racing.  

Different classes of oval racing may have their own formula-specific rulings on Fencing.  

  

END OF RACE  

A race shall be deemed ended when the cars for paid and/or points places in the race have completed the race distance. Drivers must continue racing until the Red and Chequered flags are displayed together before slowing down. They must not slow down when only the chequered flag is shown. Drivers who do this may be penalised 

  

INTERPRETATION OF RULES  

Decisions of Officials on interpretation of the rules pertaining to race procedures or lap scoring positions, shall be considered Final. At all times, while on the track, a driver shall be deemed to be under Racing Rules.  

  

AGE LIMITS Junior Formulas  

In Junior Formulas the upper and lower age limits are set by the organising Promoter or Association. I.e. in ORCi Ministox the lower age limit is 11 years and drivers must leave the formula prior to their 16th Birthday.  

Other junior formulas may have other upper and lower age limits determined by the organising ORCi Promoter or Association.  

NB. All drivers under the age of 18 years must have their Licence Application guaranteed by the parent or legal guardian - proof of guardianship may be required.  

  

Senior Formulas - Lower age limit  

All competitors in a Senior Formula must complete a Medical Self Declaration which is included in their Licence Application Form.   

In all Senior Formulas the minimum age for competitors is set at 16 years. No competitor may participate in a Senior Formula prior to their 16th birthday.  

NB. All drivers under the age of 18 years must have their Licence Application guaranteed by the parent or legal guardian - proof of guardianship may be required.  

  

Senior Formulas - Upper age limit  

All competitors in a Senior Formula must complete a Medical Self Declaration which is included in their License Application Form.   

Drivers who reach the age of 55 may, in certain formula, be asked to pass a Medical Examination conducted by their General Practitioner (GP) before applying for their License. Subsequent annual License applications do not require these Medical Examinations up to the age of 65 unless specifically requested by the ORCi.  

All ORCi sanctioned Senior Formulas require drivers to pass a Medical Examination when applying for their License at the age of 65 years and over on an annual basis.  

Any fees due for these Medical Examinations must be paid by the applying driver.  The Medical Examination should be carried out to a standard similar to that required for Life Insurance.  Competitors holding a current HGV license may use this as proof of Medical Condition.  

Applications for a License by competitors over 55 years of age who have not held a license in the previous 5 years in the same or similar formula would not normally be granted.  

In all cases the ultimate decision as to whether a driver is fit to hold a Competition License resides with the ORCi Promoter or Association.  

  

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS   

  

What should I do if I am stationary on track during a race?   

Firstly, look out for a marshal and signal that you are not injured with a "thumbs up".  If you are injured and need assistance give the thumbs down signal, if possible. If eye contact is made with the marshal, and no signal is given, then the marshal will assume that you're injured and this information will be relayed to race control.    

Don't give a thumbs down signal if you are not injured but feel that you're in a dangerous situation - this decision will be taken by the Steward in Race Control.   

  

Any driver who is the cause of a caution or stoppage cannot take part in the re-run.  Drivers who sustain injury or suspected injury must be passed fit by the medical team in order to take further part in the event.  Drivers who feign injury in order to get a race stopped will be loaded up from the event.  

During a race, you must not exit your car whilst on track or on the infield. The only exception to this is when you are in extreme danger within the car, for example in the case of fire. In this case you must exit the car with extreme care, always remembering that there is a danger of other competitors on track.  You should then make your way to the nearest Safe Area. These designated 'Safe Areas' will be identified at the driver's pre meeting briefing or written Drivers Instructions.  

  

When you remain in your car on the track, keep your harness and helmet on, until the end of the race or until the race is cautioned or stopped.  You should then make your way to a designated Safe Area as noted above  

  

What should I do if I need to stop my car because of mechanical failure during a race?    

Retire to the Infield as soon and as safely as possible.  When you have retired to the infield, remain in your car, keeping your harness and helmet on.  You must not get out of your car even under yellow or red flag stoppages, just remain in your car, until the end of the race.  

ORCi 2016 Rules of Racing - Dated 5th February 2016  

 

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OVAL RACING COUNCIL INTERNATIONAL

Competitor Health & Safety Guidance at Race Events

The ORC is the governing body of British Oval Racing and sanctions all official UK tracks.

Oval Racing is the most exciting motorsport around, and as with all motorsport it is important that Health and Safety issues are dealt with, so that we can go and enjoy the sport in safety.

It's vital that you understand the Health and Safety requirements at an Oval Race meeting, for your own sake as well as those around you.

This leaflet will take you through many of the important Health and Safety Issues associated with our sport.

ARRIVE ON TIME

To enjoy a good day of racing, you need to arrive in plenty of time. Set off early, in order to get to the track with sufficient time to park up, unload, and go through the safety check /scrutineering procedure.

Pre-meeting preparations should never be rushed. Make sure you and your pit crew are at the top of your game and are always vigilant and aware of risks to yourselves and the people around you. Don't come racing after a big night out, or if you're tired. If you or your crew are not up to it, others may get hurt.

The start of the day is a very busy time at a race track. Different tracks run their pit parking in different ways. Some have designated areas for particular formulas, others work on a first come first served basis. Everyone is working to ensure that drivers get parked up efficiently and safely. You need to help with this. Follow all Pit Marshal's instructions, and be very aware of pedestrians and other vehicles. Children should be supervised at all times and dogs must be kept on leads. Smoking is not allowed in the Pits or any part of the oval track or infield.

When reversing always ensure that a member of your crew or a Pit Marshal is watching the rear of your vehicle - to make sure that you are reversing safely. Always obey the 5 mph limit in the pit area.

When unloading your car, you must ensure that there are no safety implications for your crew or members of the public. It is your responsibility to ensure that your actions do not impact on the Health and Safety of others.

SIGNING IN

At all Raceways, you must sign a disclaimer before racing - make sure you do this soon after you arrive and make sure you take your Log Book with you.

KEY PERSONNEL

There are two key personnel at every raceway, concerned with the safe running of an event. You need to know their titles and be aware of their roles:

The Steward of the Meeting is generally found in Race Control, and has overall responsibility for the saferunning of an event. The Steward acts as "referee" on the racing, calls for flags to be displayed, and has overall responsibility for the racing related Health and Safety at an event.

Decisions made by the Steward might involve you, and sometimes might be hard to understand as you may not have the benefit of an overview of the Health and Safety status of the event as a whole. You must follow directions given by the Steward, usually via flags, immediately, in order not to compromise your own or others, safety.

The Clerk of the Course is usually found on the Raceway Infield. The Clerk controls the race marshals, and is in overall charge in the event of a racing incident, such as a crash. The Clerk is in constant contact with the Race Steward and has a key role in Health and Safety at an event both on the track and in the pits.

Clerks are highly trained and experienced, and it's vital that you obey any instructions delivered directly from them or via a Race Marshal, immediately and without question.

SCRUTINEERING / SAFETY CHECK

Full details regarding construction rules will have been sent to you when you registered with your ORCi Promoter or Formula Association. It is your responsibility to build your car to the letter of these rules and to present it in a fully legal and safe state.

Scrutineering/Safety checks take place before the start of an event, either where you're parked in the pits or at a designated scrutineering bay. You should present your car as early as possible - so that in the event that there is an issue with your vehicle, you will have a chance to make changes and re-present your car.

If you are required to drive to your Scrutineering/Safety check you must follow the 5 mph rule.

Scrutineers look at both the Technical compliance of the car and at the safety features. Their role is to inspect, as far as is reasonably practicable, the general compliance of your car. However, the responsibility for both Safety and Technical compliance remains yours.

During the meeting, you must ensure that you maintain an effective Health and Safety regime. All work on your car must be carried out safely. Pay particular attention to items such as fully tightening wheel nuts when replacing wheels, carefully securing bonnets after removal and repairs to critical parts like brakes and steering.

Scrutineering in no way removes the responsibility of building a fully legal and safe car from you, and if in doubt you should contact your promoter/formula organiser or the ORCi, and not race your car until you are certain.

Attempting to hide illegal items on your car will incur severe disciplinary action - this could be dangerous to you and others on the track.

ORCi tracks operate a zero tolerance to abusive behavior towards members of staff, and this is particularly relevant at scrutineering. Scrutineers have a vital role in ensuring racing is safe and fair, and must be allowed to perform this job without hindrance.

PIT SAFETY

There is a good record of Pit Safety at UK Oval tracks. You have a role to play in ensuring that this remains the case. When working on your car in the Pits you should be aware at all times that members of the public may be in the pit area, as well as other competitors, mechanics and members of their families. You should make sure that a member of your crew is responsible for ensuring no-one is placed in danger by your work and that members of the public are a safe distance away. Ideally, members of the public should be at least 2 metres away when carrying out any mechanical work.

Normal Health and Safety rules apply within the Pit area. This particularly applies when mechanical equipment is being used like hiabs, stihl saws and welding equipment. You must ensure that the people who are operating this equipment are fully qualified to do so and have the appropriate personal protective equipment such as goggles, gloves and footwear. The actions of your crew remain your responsibility throughout the Raceday.

Fuel should be stored in approved containers and well away from public areas. When re-fueling your vehicle, we strongly advise that a second person armed with a Fire Extinguisher is present. Extra care should be taken if the engine is still hot and be aware of any sparks or anything which may ignite a fire. Keep any members of the public a safe distance from your car when it is being refueled. Ideally, members of the public should be at least 2 metres back when re-fueling.

Please remember that it is an ORCi rule in all formulas that a fully operational Fire Extinguisher is kept with all tow vehicles and its position is known to all your pit crew.

When driving in the pits you must always obey the 5 mph limit. Please remember that Smoking is not allowed in the Pits or any part of the oval track or infield.

Tyre buffing is allowed only by the use of a manual surform and the wheel/tyre must be still, i.e. not mechanically turning. The buffing of tyres in the pits on an electric motor or running on a car is strictly forbidden

When a car is lifted, it must be supported by being hung over the back of the lorry. If it is on a jack it must be supported by an axle stand or by spare wheels.

PERSONAL SAFETY EQUIPMENT

As well as racing a well built and fully legal car, you need the right protective gear to keep safe. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are wearing appropriate safety equipment when entering the racing arena. Your race suit must be fire retardant (Proban or better). Your Helmet must comply with the latest ORCi standards, and have the chin strap fully secured before entering the race arena. Waterproofs should only be worn over a fire retardant race suit and gloves must also be fire retardant. Labels must be present on all these items, as evidence of their specification.

For most formulas, a full race harness is required, 5 point or better. These must be fully tightened before entering the racing arena. All damaged safety items must be discarded. The Clerk of the Course reserves the right to confiscate any item deemed to be unfit, for the duration of the event.

Oval Racing has achieved a good record of safety, and there is a good level of medical cover at all ORCi officially sanctioned events. Safety provision typically includes a medical centre, fully staffed ambulances, a paramedic or doctor.

THE RACE

Most races start with a rolling start. A pace car is sometimes used. During the rolling lap you must hold formation and not overtake other cars.

During a race, the Steward of the Meeting will use a variety of Flags and Signals to communicate with you. The Starter is the primary flagman. You must try to look at the starter on every lap, keeping you informed about the status of the race. There are also Marshals located around the Raceway, who display flags as necessary. It is important that you understand these flags, and know how to respond to them.

Flags/Lights that are relevant to health and safety include:

Green means "Go": it is important they you don't 'Jump' the green flag at the start of the Race

Yellow (Stationary) warns that something is not ideal on the raceway, for example a car has spun out, but the race is continuing.

Yellow (Waved) means race is under Caution: slow down to walking pace, fall into single file when safe to do so, (no overtaking). A Pace car may be used. Follow marshals instructions. Be aware of marshals, tractors and medics on the track. NB. Overtaking on a waved Yellow Flag may result in your exclusion from the remainder of the race.

Red means stop: as quickly, but primarily AS SAFELY, as you can. In extremely dangerous situations a full race stoppage will be called straightaway. In this case you should immediately slow, and stop your vehicle as safely as possible. You should then follow the marshals instructions. This flag is more commonly used in full contact (Banger) racing. The red flag is also used to signal the end of the race following the checkered flag.

Black Flag means you must leave the race track, onto the Infield, quickly and safely.

Red Cross (X) means there is a technical issue with your car, leave the raceway immediately and safely.

Blue Dot on White Background means there is oil or debris on track - continue racing with care.

Blue Flag means that a driver (indicated by the starter) is warned that there is a faster driver behind who is trying to overtake - hold your line. Non contact racing only.

Union Flag means half way stage of the race.

Chequered Flag means End of Race

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What should I do if I am stationary on track during a race?

Firstly, look out for a marshal and signal that you are not injured with a "thumbs up". If you are injured and need assistance give the thumbs down signal, if possible. If eye contact is made with the marshal, and no signal is given, then the marshal will assume that you're injured and this information will be relayed to race control.

Don't give a thumbs down signal if you are not injured but feel that you're in a dangerous situation - this decision will be taken by the Steward in Race Control.

Any driver who is the cause of a caution or stoppage cannot take part in the re-run. Drivers who sustain injury or suspected injury must be passed fit by the medical team in order to take further part in the event. Drivers who feign injury in order to get a race stopped will be loaded up from the event.

During a race, you must not exit your car whilst on track or on the infield. The only exception to this is when you are in extreme danger within the car, for example in the case of fire. In this case you must exit the car with extreme care, always remembering that there is a danger of other competitors on track. You should then make your way to the nearest Safe Area. These designated 'Safe Areas' will be identified at the driver's pre meeting briefing or written Drivers Instructions.

When you remain in your car on the track, keep your harness and helmet on, until the end of the race or until the race is cautioned or stopped. You should then make your way to a designated Safe Area as noted above

What should I do if I need to stop my car because of mechanical failure during a race?

Retire to the Infield as soon and as safely as possible. When you have retired to the infield, remain in your car, keeping your harness and helmet on. You must not get out of your car even under yellow or red flag stoppages, just remain in your car, until the end of the race.

END OF RACE

At the end of a race, it's important that you continue to race after the checkered flag has been shown. It's only when the Red Flag is shown that you should safely stop, and follow marshals instructions.

When going back into the pits you should take extra care as there'll be marshals and members of the public in the pit area. If your car has been damaged during racing, and you're not able to drive with the car fully under control, you should stand at the front of your car and wait for a breakdown vehicle to take you into the Pits.

FIRE

The hazard of fire is a very real one at Oval race meetings. This problem can happen at any time on track or in the pits. Fire Marshals are fully trained to deal with fires in the racing area. There are extinguishers positioned around the track and on the Infield. In the pits area there is a fire point.

However, because of the size of the pits area all drivers are required to have a fully operational fire extinguisher with their tow vehicle. It must be easily accessible and regularly checked and refilled if necessary. You must make all your race crew aware of the position of this extinguisher in case of an emergency.

Please remember that special care should be taken when re-fueling your vehicle; we strongly advise that a second person armed with a Fire Extinguisher is present.

ALCOHOLIC DRINKS/DRUGS

It goes without saying that racing and alcohol/drugs do not mix. The ORCi has a zero tolerance to alcohol/drugs consumption by drivers, crew or staff before or during a race event. The dangers of consuming alcohol/drugs are obvious, not only for the person concerned but also other drivers, pit crews, officials and members of the public.

LEAVING THE STADIUM

At the end of the day, it's important that you leave the stadium carefully. This is a time when accidents can happen, with drivers tired after a big day of racing, and eager to get home. Loading the trailer at the end of the day must be done carefully. The car may be damaged, you and your crew may be tired and there may be spectators around. Therefore, special care should be taken when exiting the pits area especially at night when visibility may be restricted.

SUMMARY

Whilst all motorsport is dangerous, Oval racing has a good history of safe operation over 100s of 1000s of laps and more than 60 years of fantastic racing. You need to play your part to ensure that you, your family and those around you are not endangered by your actions at race events.

The ORC is dedicated to the future of Oval racing, and a vital part of this is to ensure that the excellent safety record of the sport continues.

If you require additional information regarding Health & Safety issues go to the ORCi website at www.orci.co.uk

Have a great season of exciting and safe racing!

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ORCi Driver Safety. Leaflet 2016 - Dated 5th February 2016

 

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Rule Book Amendment:

Page 23 Championship and Annual Trophies

Northern, Whites and Yellows, Reach for the Stars

should not read 1/8th of roof but should say 'The roof edge needs to be a minimum of 6" and to remain the drivers true grade colour.' 

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Bookings:

Bookings must be made 2 weeks prior to the meeting, late bookings shall start at the back of their grade. 

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Roofs:

You are only allowed to display championships via flags, colours or listings as per the Rule Book, but this must not detract from the true grade, it is NOT permitted to have any sponsor information, drivers name or any other markings on any part of the roof. The roof fin must only display the drivers number. The only place for the drivers name is on the visor. 

 

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Statement from the Oval Racing Council International


With immediate effect, drivers will not be allowed to exit their cars whilst the race circuit is live i.e. under "green" racing conditions. This includes both drivers on the race track whose car has become immobilised and those who retire to the infield who must also remain in their cars with both their safety harness and helmet on. The only exception to this is where a car needs to be vacated in emergency conditions - i.e. fire etc. If a driver is in a car and feels there is a problem which officials may not be aware of which potentially makes staying there unsafe, they should indicate this to an official with the "thumbs down" signal who will then ask race control to suspend the race. It should be noted that in all cases, the primary cause(s) of the suspension/stoppage, shall be excluded for any re-run or re-start.

If a waved yellow caution or red flag race stoppage is instigated, drivers who are already on the centre must remain strapped in and with helmets on. Drivers who are in immobilised cars on other parts of the circuit may exit their cars whilst the race is suspended but must go into a designated area which is considered by the promotion to be the safest place to be whilst the race is live, which may well be off the track completely.

Drivers will be informed of where this area is by means of a driver briefing or driver handout. Drivers who are still unsure of where this area is should ensure they find out where it is before racing by contacting the Clerk of the Course or another senior official.

Please note that the above covers all formulas and race tracks within the ORCi