Rules and Regulations

At RaceStation we want drivers to race cleanly and to show respect for each other on track. However, it is inevitable that incidents will happen on track from time to time, therefore we have a clear set of rules which we ask drivers to stick to at all times

When a driver is entered into a league they will receive a ‘licence’ for that league. If a driver is found to have broken the rules, they may receive a penalty which could mean points added to their licence. Licence points accumulated for a league will not apply to any other league the driver may be competing in

All drivers are able to ask for race incidents to be reviewed by the FIA panel, and can do so by uploading a video replay of the incident in the appeal room for that league

 

General Rules

All drivers must stick to the following rules during a league race

  • All drivers must respect track limits. This means not letting all 4 wheels of the car leave the track, at the apex of a corner and on corner exit. The limit of the track is defined by the white lines at the edge of the circuit
  • If a driver leaves the track, they must return safely without impeding other drivers on track, even if this means waiting to let other cars past
  • When side by side, drivers must leave each other one cars space and should not push each other outside of the white lines unnecessarily
  • When defending, a driver can only make one defensive move. Weaving is not an acceptable defensive. A defensive manoeuvre must be made before reaching the braking zone, and it should not be late or overly aggressive
  • If a driver causes a collision, they must slow down and allow the other driver to catch up. If the collision was due to an unsuccessful overtaking attempt, you must allow the driver to re-pass
  • When entering and exiting the pit lane, drivers must keep all four wheels inside the white lines
  • Blue Flags: Drivers must not ignore blue flags, and should allow cars to pass when it is safe to do so, usually within three marshals posts. At the same time faster cars should not lap backmarkers impatiently. Lapped cars are allowed to un-lap themselves if they are faster, but must do so cleanly
  • Fair Play. Any driver who knowingly exploits a glitch or bug within a game to gain an unfair advantage during a league race will be removed from the results of that race, and may face further penalties such as further race bans or permanent dismissal from the league
  • At the end of a race, the following points will be awarded based on the final classification as follows;

 

Position Points
1st 25
2nd 18
3rd 15
4th 12
5th 10
6th 8
7th 6
8th 4
9th 2
10 1

 

  • If a race is classified before 75% of the full race distance is achieved, half points will be awarded
  • Drivers must have completed 90% of the total race distance to be eligible for classification and to receive points
  • Drivers who finish between 11th and 20th will not be awarded points, however their finishing position will have an effect on their position in the championship table
  • A point will be awarded for the driver who posts the fastest lap during a race, however they will only be eligible for the point if they finish 10th of higher 

 

Driver Licence

  • Every driver is issued with a licence for every type of game they race on, which is renewed every season
  • Points can be accumulated for infringing the rules. As points accumulate on a driver’s licence, penalty points will be issued to the driver, and if a driver gains 12 points they will receive a suspended 2 race ban (however the FIA reserves the right to enact the ban immediately if they feel it is necessary)
  • Points can be accumulated by reserve drivers as well as league drivers.
  • Penalties drivers may face for rule infringements are as follows;

 

During Qualifying

  • Blocking other drivers on a flying lap = 1 penalty point per offence.
  • Crashing your car on purpose = Qualifying ban at next attended event
  • Breaching track limits which gives an advantage = 1 penalty point  per 

 

During a Race

  • Causing a collision – 1 penalty point
  • Causing a collision causing other cars damage – 2 penalty points
  • Causing a collision which destroys another car – 3 penalty points
  • Deliberately causing a collision – Disqualification from the race results and 4 penalty points
  • Forcing another driver off track (outside of the painted white lines): 1 point
  • Deliberately destroying you own car – Qualifying ban at next attended event plus 2 penalty points
  • Failing to hand the position back after causing a collision/illegal overtake – 1 penalty point
  • Passing a car off track and failing to hand the position back – 1 penalty point
  • Illegal blocking or weaving, and/or ignoring the blue flag rule – 1 penalty point
  • Cutting the pit entry or exit to gain an advantage – 1 penalty point

 

Any time penalties issued by the game will stand in the final classification, however a driver may appeal any time penalty that has been unfairly issued by the game with the FIA committee (such as a bogus corner cut penalty)

If a driver accumulates licence points, they will receive penalties at the following thresholds.

  • 4 licence points = Champ points deduction equal to 5th place finish
  • 8 licence points = Champ points deduction equal to 3rd place finish
  • 12 licence points = Champ points deduction equal to 1st place finish. And a 2 race suspended ban (which may be enacted immediately at the discretion of the FIA)

 

  1. Appeals and the FIA committee
  • If you are involved in an incident which you are unhappy about you can submit an appeal to the FIA in the appeals section of your league forum. You will need to show evidence to support this such as a video or screenshots. Any videos will need to be accompanied by a timestamp and a brief explanation telling the FIA what happened from your point of view 
  • Once per week the FIA committee will look at appeals and stewards appeals and if they uphold the appeal the offending driver will be issued with points on their licence.
  • Any site member is free to attend an FIA if the wish to help review incidents and contribute to the decisions made
  • Any driver who has points added to their licence is free to appeal the decision, but will need some form of further evidence to support it (i.e. a different angle of an incident the FIA did not see). Appeals need to be submitted before the next FIA meeting (i.e. within one week)
  • When using the appeals forum, drivers must not use any offensive or abusive language, or conduct any argument with another driver about the appeal in the appeal room. Doing so may void your appeal
  • Appeals can only be raised by drivers who were involved in the incident

 

  1. Game Lobbies
  • Lobby hosts should ensure they have all league participants on their friends list so they can invite drivers to league races ontime
  • A suitable host with a stable connection should be used. A lobby will be created 10 minutes before the session start time and the host will invite drivers
  • All drivers will need to ensure they have a stable internet connection, ideally with a ping of less than 150ms. If issues are noticed with a drivers connection which may cause problems in the race (such as excessive lag) then that driver may be asked to sit out of the race
  • Qualifying sessions will start at the advertised start time for a race. If a driver might be late for the race, they should inform a mod or the league manager (by posting in the absence section of the forum)
  • The start of qualification can be postponed by up to 30 minutes, to allow a driver to race. A delayed start will also result in the Short Qualifying format being used
  • Once a qualifying session has started, the session will not be restarted except in the case of a full lobby disconnection. Drivers are able to re-join and regain control of their cars if disconnected from the game lobby

IMPORTANT: There is a 5 minute break between qualification and the race. Drivers must not press the go to race button

  • Once a race has started it will only be restarted if there is a mass disconnect from the game lobby, and no more than 5 laps have passed. In this scenario, the race can be restarted using a one-shot qualifying session

IMPORTANT: Only a league admin/manager can decide to announce a red flag and restart a session

  • If there is a mass disconnect of a lobby after 5 laps, but before 75% race distance has happened, all drivers will be classified at the last complete lap and half points will be awarded. If this occurs after 75% race distance has occurred then full points will be awarded
  • If turnout is low for a race, follow these guidelines;
    • With 7 or more drivers present a full race distance should take place
    • With 6 drivers a 50% distance can be opted for. Full points awarded

(This is a guideline and drivers who turn up should be consulted on what they would like to do in this situation)

  • 16 or more drivers are required for full qualifying format to be run. 15 or less will result in Q1 being skipped. 10 or less will mean short qualifying being used

 

  1. Site conduct
  • RaceStation is a community of drivers who want to enjoy clean and competitive racing. It is important that all members show respect to each other on track and on the website/forums
  • All members should refrain from repetitive use of swear words or other language which may be deemed offensive in the chat rooms or forums
  • Any form of racist, sexist, homophobic or any other discriminatory language towards another member is strictly prohibited and may result in a temporary or permanent site/race ban
  • Posting spam, unsolicited links or pornographic content on the website is strictly prohibited
  • Posting information regarding other racing leagues is also prohibited unless you have the express consent of an admin site member
  • Failure to comply with the rules in section 5 may result in a members account being temporarily or permanently suspended and they will no longer be allowed to race in our events
  • Drivers must also show due care and attention to the rules in section 1 and 2. Although most people will be involved in an incident from time to time, drivers who show total disregard for the racing rules and other drivers in a league may also have their account suspended
  • RaceStation reserves the right to suspend or delete any members account as it sees fit, without any express notification or warning

 

 

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