Driving Standards Notes
These Driving Standards Notes must be read in conjunction with VSCRC Series Regulations, Event Supplementary and Further Regulations, Race Meeting Standing Regulations and the general provisions of the CAMS Manual.
RACING ROOM – Giving your competitor racing room is one of the foundation rules of racing. This rule is the basis of all for Driving Standards. At all times, you must not force your competitor off the track by squeezing or failing to give them adequate room to place and race their car.
BLOCKING – Blocking causes collisions (NOTE: Macquarie defines an “accident” as an “event without apparent cause” and the consequences of blocking occur as a result of a deliberate action and therefore CANNOT be an “accident”). NO blocking will be tolerated and will be penalised. However, the following exceptions may apply at the discretion of the DSO or Event Officials.
PROTECTING YOUR LINE – To protect your racing line on a straight you are allowed ONE movement to position your car. Having made such a move, you cannot move back onto the racing line that is two moves. Continuous movement across the track down the straight is considered multiple movements. HOWEVER, protecting your line in this manner (a series of single moves for multiple laps) will also constitute blocking. The above does not apply when passing slower smaller class cars, which are expected to stay on line whilst being passed.
OVERTAKING – At the USUAL TURN IN POINT of the corner (and no later), you MUST have your car’s front wheel at least up to the steering wheel of the car you are overtaking, whilst remaining in complete and effective control of your vehicle at all times. From this point you own the corner, but anything less and you MUST bail out of the move without affecting the other car’s progress and allow your competitor to come across in front of you. At the usual point of turn in you must also have your car under control for your move and the concept of safe overtaking does not include an out of control move up the inside. Vice versa if you are up to the steering wheel of the car you are passing, they must give you racing room, they can stay on the outside of you if they choose but they MUST not crowd in on you or cut across your nose. If your competitor stays on the outside and along side you, then you must give them racing room on the exit of the corner and not seek to crowd them off the circuit in an attempt to force them to “lift”. Overtaking at corners is the most likely circumstance where contact may occur. Late braking, “out of control” moves up the inside and crowding and/or turning-down on another driver on corner exit does not constitute acceptable conduct. Participants MUST allow sufficient room at corners and be prepared to yield to another competitor in the interests of safety even if at the cost of track position – and this applies as much to overtaking cars as to those being overtaken – remember – under the CAMS NCR’s, it is entirely the responsibility of the overtaking driver to execute the manoeuvre safely.
RE-ENTRY TO THE CIRCUIT – If you go off the circuit or run wide make sure it is safe to rejoin the circuit. Wait for a flag marshal’s direction or a clear gap in the traffic. Flick turns in traffic cause collisions.
RESPECTING TRACK LIMITS – Race Meeting Standing Regulations require drivers to respect the track limits. Gaining an advantage by driving outside the track limits is a not permitted under RMSR Section 7.2 and therefore a breach of NCR 183 (vii).
THE “SPECIAL NATURE” OF OUR CATEGORY – our category mixes National Level GT cars, Marque Sports and pure Production Sports cars (FIA GT3, and CAMS Group 2B / 2F respectively). Vehicle capability varies widely and there are circumstances where an entrant in a lesser capability vehicle may be threatened with not qualifying for a start under the 130% rule. At all times, we are expecting all entrants accepted for a state-level event (like the VSCRC) to be able to qualify and the PSCRV Committee may make explicit requests of front running cars in this respect.
All entrants are required to maintain awareness of their place in the relative scheme of an event as it progresses. The leading cars must exercise discretion in terms of lapping slower cars, AND SLOWER CARS must respect the blue flag and be aware of relative lap times by “being ready” to wave the quick cars through. It is expected that two slower cars dicing for position at the back of the field WILL NOT attempt to exploit the circumstances where they are being lapped, AND cars dicing for position at the front of the field lapping a pair (or gaggle) of back-markers ARE NOT to attempt to deliberately gain an advantage by deliberately interposing lapped cars between them. This calls for careful thought and quite deliberate action – difficult for some drivers it is acknowledged, BUT certainly possible. In this regard, please re-read sections 1 to 4 above until you are fully conversant with what those sections are communicating.
We must remember that we are a group of like-minded sports car drivers whose main aim is to compete fairly and in the absence of deliberate car to car contact and/or intimidation for track position gain, and all for our mutual enjoyment.
Participants who incur Infringement Notices for any breaches of the NCRs by event officials and/or are the subject of a guilty finding confirmed by Event Stewards may be excluded from race results at the event and may be excluded from the current meeting plus future meetings.
Participants involved in more serious incidents, especially those under NCR 183 and more particularly NCR 183.ix will be reported to the Victorian State Council Motor Racing Panel and/or be the subject of a PSCRV Committee request to event stewards for specific observation and scrutiny of driving standards as well as requests for subsequent entry to be declined in accordance with NCRs.
Driving standards apply on and adjacent to the racing surface itself, the paddock, marshalling area and also pit lane.
The CAMS Race Meeting Standing Regulations can be found by clicking on the CAMS RMSR link at the bottom of this paragraph, and they form a part of these notes. Entrants and driver should read all sections, but Section 7.2 in particular.
Click here for CAMS Race Meeting Standing Regulations: CAMS 2017 RMSR
All VSCRC Series entrants are asked to confirm their agreement to these driving standards, including the acknowledgement that breaches may result in event exclusion and even extend to exclusion from future events. PSCRV members are bound to these standards as a direct consequence of signing the PSCRV Membership Application.
Entries may not be accepted from competitors who do not confirm their agreement to be bound by this code of driving standards.