General Club Rules

At WSMCC we pride ourselves on running an open, friendly but competitive club; where new members are welcomed and helped at improving their skills and more experienced racers can challenge themselves at higher levels of racing.

 

To ensure that every member (or visitor) gets the most from the Club we expect everyone to follow a few simple Club Rules:-

 

  1. Violence or excessive bad language will not be tolerated
  2. The hall is a non-smoking, alcohol-free zone.
  3. Full Club Members and Visitors should hold up to date BRCA membership (the Club can only cover a driver for a maximum of 3 meetings per year if they do not have their own BRCA membership)
  4. Drivers are requested to arrive on time (usually by 6:00pm) and help set up the track.
  5. Drivers are also expected to help clear away at the end of the meeting. It would be appreciated if Drivers could pack the track up before packing up their personal racing gear.
  6. The stage area is for Race Control ONLY (ie. not for pitting on or for racing from).
  7. Marshalling duties should be completed efficiently, fairly and without reminding. Marshals should be in position at their designated post before the race begins, should avoid distractions (mobile phones etc) and remain focussed on the race in hand.
  8. Minors (under 16s) should have a parent or other responsible adult with them.
  9. Additives – LRP and Nosram Carpet additives are the only ones allowed.
  10. Motors – Touring cars to run either 13.5t blinky or 21.5t boosted. Mardaves to run 13.5t blinky.

 

The proposed annual Club Fees are – Senior Member £15 and Junior Members £10.  Club Members will pay £5 per week to race  Non-Members will pay £6 per week to race.

Race Classes

1:10 scale Touring Cars TC Class

– as BRCA rules and regulations with the following exceptions:-
– Minimum weight to be 1350g ready to race.
– Minimum ride height is 5.0mm
– Any rubber tire is permitted, with the exception of mini-pins and rally blocks. Suggested makes/compounds are the Sorrex 28R or 32R.
– Odorless additives are permitted (LRP/Nosram Carpet Additive. CS High Grip is discouraged due to its long-term effects on the carpet). Please dry tires before racing.
– The maximum motor wind is a 13.5t brushless (or equivalent) but this is only permitted if the driver runs a ‘non-turbo’ type ESC or turns the turbo function off (‘blinky’ function). If the Driver chooses to run their turbo function then the maximum motor wind will be 21.5t. This rule will come into force on 1 March 2013 and will be reviewed again at the Club AGM in June.

1:10 GT and F1 Cars

– as BRCA rules and regulations with the following exceptions:-
– Driver choice of foam tire compound (BRCA Lilac compound recommended for WGT class).
– Odorless additives are permitted (see above). Tires to be touch dry when the car is placed on the track.
– If running 2S LiPo cells or 6-cell NiMH cars are restricted to 21.5t brushless motor (or equivalent) if a turbo type ESC is used and 17.5 if Drivers run no turbo. Cars running 1S LiPo or 4.8V NiMH can run up to a maximum of a 10.5t brushless motor, regardless of ESC type. This comes into force on 1 June 2012.

1:12 scale GT12 Class

– All cars to run either 4-cell NiMH/silver can or 1s LiPo/13.5t Brushless. Other Rules to be as BRCA rules and regulations (as published May 2012) with the following exceptions:-
– GT12 Class – Cars are allowed to use upgrade / optional parts so long as they are supplied by the same manufacturer as the original rolling chassis kit (exceptions – steering turnbuckles, ball cups and studs, servo posts, servo saver, bumpers and body posts may be changed to anything suitable, and drivers have free choice of tyre make and compound). Carbon parts are permitted. Mazda body-shell may be used at club meetings.
– “Super-Dave” Class – this class will be introduced to accommodate homemade / prototype cars and cars that do not fulfil the GT12 rules completely. Drivers racing under this class will not earn points in club championships.
– Any 13.5t motor from the BRCA approved list is allowed (ie no price restrictions as in previous years, but the Corally Pro Red motor is specifically banned).
– Minimum weight for all GT12 classes is 950g.
– In the first instance, during club meetings, all GT12 classes will be run on the track at the same time – ie. the cars will be split into heats according to driver ability and not by make/class. This will apply to both heats and finals. Drivers need to be aware of who is racing in which class, and drive their own races accordingly. In the future, if there are sufficient numbers (a minimum of 2 heats of 4 cars per class was suggested) then the classes will be split into separate heats.
– ESC units are free choice but, if the chosen unit has turbo/boost functions available, it must be run in ‘blinky’ mode (or equivalent) with this function disabled. Drivers need to be able to prove this setting is activated if their chosen unit has no visible means of indicating this. The use of reverse during club meetings is not allowed.

For all classes it is recommended to use a LiPo charge bag when charging and storing your cells.

– The nominated Club scrutineer will oversee the enforcement of these car rules.
 

The Marshal’s Code.

1. The responsibility of a Marshal is to aid all racers to have a safe and fair race.
2. If a Driver cannot fulfil their Marshalling duties for a legitimate reason then it is their responsibility to find a suitable replacement. However, the behaviour and actions of the substitute Marshal remain the responsibility of the Driver not marshalling.
3. A Marshal must be in his/her marshalling position before the race they are to marshal starts. Marshal positions are to be marked clearly and Marshals to wear hi-Vis vests for easy identification.
4. Only nominated Marshals are to marshal during the race – i.e. spectators, parents or friends are not to marshal unless they are a nominated Marshal. Drivers are not to marshal their own cars but remain on the Rostrum for the duration of the race.
5. Marshals are to specifically monitor the area of track immediately around their Marshal Position. They are not to spectate on the race in general. If a car crashes near another Marshal Position whose Marshal is otherwise occupied retrieving a different car then another, nearby nominated Marshal can attend the second car.
6. If a racer crashes (no matter how the crash is caused) they immediately become the lowest priority car on the track – a Marshal must do his/her best to retrieve the crashed car and allow it to continue the race but not at the expense of the other racers on the track. Running across the track excessively and blocking racers’ views can be very off putting and must be avoided whenever possible. However, it is accepted that this is sometimes unavoidable and a Marshal must just do their best.
7. The racer who has crashed must accept this. The cause of the crash (driver error, interference from another racer etc) can be analysed after the race and it will be down to the Race Director to take any necessary action.
8. In retrieving the car the Marshal must do so as quickly as possible, replace it on the track as close to where the crash happened as possible and make a reasonable attempt to have it pointing in the right direction.
9. At this point, any damage to the car or the body-shell that might result in the car not being able to be controlled safely by the driver must be indicated to the driver. The Marshal will then recover the car to the side of the track and leave it by the Marshal Point where the driver has the responsibility to fix/repair any problems. It is not the duty of the Marshal to repair cars on the track during the race (with, perhaps the exception of flicking body-shells out from around the wheels etc). For safety reasons, any repairs required that are located within the body-shell (plugging in battery connectors for example) are the responsibility of the driver.
10. While his/her car is being retrieved, or while he/she is waiting for it to be retrieved, the driver of the crashed car is not to rev their car. A marshal is perfectly within his/her rights not to touch a car whose motor or wheels are turning, but the Marshal must indicate this to the driver in a polite and clear manner.
11. Abusive language or any other anti-social behaviour aimed at Marshals will not be tolerated, nor will any be accepted that is aimed at drivers from Marshals. Persistent offenders from either party ultimately risk exclusion from the club.
12. Marshals have the responsibility to repair the track as best they can during their race and to put track markers back to their original positions at the end of the race.
13. Marshals are to be alert, ready to jump into action and are not to be distracted by spectators or other racers.

 

 

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