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* Your Safety
* No Racing is Allowed
* Passing
* Pit Exit
* Wheels Off Track
* Respect the Other Driver
* Helmets
* Ultimate Rule
* Flags

 

Your Safety Rules
There is no question that there is some risk involved in driving quickly. We try to minimize that risk by spacing the cars out on the track, absolutely no racing, clearly defining passing rules and stopping any aggressive/risky driving.

No Racing is Allowed
In addition for your safety we will have Marshals to report aggressive driving behaviour and passing violations. Offenders will be black flagged.

Passing
Passing rules are simple: passing only on a straight section of track, and only when the car in front signals that it is ready to be passed (hand signal or turn signal blinking). There is no passing is allowed in the turns.
Passing of a slower car does not happen until the driver of the slower car gives the "passing signal". The passing signal can be given by a point by, with the driver pointing to the side to be passed on or it can be indicated by putting on the turn signal on the side he wishes to be passed on.
The slower car should stay on-line and gently come ease up on the throttle after the passing car has moved over into the passing position. Drag racing down the straight will result in a black flag.

Pit Exit
Exiting the pits, the "blend line" must be respected. The car exiting the pits must stay behind the line and signal cars already on track by. Check your mirrors before moving on line.
Run the first lap of each session at a reduced speed to warm up your tires, brakes, vehicle and most importantly, your brain. Look for the flag stations and what flags are being displayed.
If you are pitting, you must signal your intentions to the drivers behind you. The signal is: driver's left arm out the window straight up when entering the corner before the pit entrance.

Wheels Off Track
Any car putting two or more wheels off the pavement must report to the pits for an inspection and discussion. Two incidents by the same driver may lead to missing a driving session. Three incidents and that driver's day will end.

Respect the Other Driver
The ultimate responsibility for safety is with each driver, to drive within their capabilities. None of us is Michael Schumacher or Fernando Alonzo. There is no prize money at stake.
Respect for one another on track will help keep the event safe. That means respect for the other driver's space, respect for your own car, and respect for your own abilities. On-track is not the place to explore limits; it is the place to appreciate how you and your car can work together.
Our groups are just some folks with nice cars enjoying them in a controlled environment. We are a relaxed and happy bunch. However, rules are a necessity. As an event organizer, I try to keep rules and enforcement to a minimum. But bad on-track behaviour will not be tolerated. Safety for all cannot and will not be compromised by any individual.
We as organizers can often spot lapses in concentration, before the driver is even aware of it. Crashes are often caused by fatigue. If you find you have made two mistakes in one lap it is time to come in for a rest. On our days, there is lots of track time.
All of these safety rules will be outlined at the Driver's Meeting before anyone goes out on track.

Helmets
Helmets are optional. Some of our drivers wear them, many do not. It is a personal decision. There are two schools of thought on helmets. Idea one, says that they encourage a feeling of invincibility and more risk-taking is the result. Not good!
Idea two, says the helmet is a constant reminder of risk and as such helps you maintain perspective and drive accordingly. That's good!
If you wear a helmet, the instructor must wear one (equal protection rule).
If you buy a helmet for driving events, make sure it is the latest newest model; Snell 2000 is the minimum standard. Crash standards go up every year and so does helmet technology, if you want protection get the best. Do not buy a used helmet. Helmets are a one-crash item. If dropped once, they are considered scrap. Do not buy a $20 helmet unless you have a brain valued at under $20.

Ultimate Rule
Remember the gas pedal works both ways: it comes up as easily as it goes down. Safe motoring depends on that.

Flags

Green Flag
ĦE The track is open, cars are running at speed
ĦE Passing is allowed in the designated passing zones

Yellow Flag held stationary
ĦE Caution, reduce your speed gradually
ĦE Incident somewhere on track
ĦE No passing

Yellow Flag Waved
ĦE Caution, incident is just ahead
ĦE Slow down immediately, but check your mirrors for following cars
ĦE Be prepared to alter your line through the corner
ĦE There may be a spun car on track or partially on track
ĦE The spun car may have spilt fluids or kicked dirt onto the track
ĦE No passing

Red Flag
ĦE Caution, very serious incident ahead, track may be unusable
ĦE Slow down immediately, do not slam on brakes, check for cars behind you
ĦE At a slow pace proceed to the next manned marshal's station and stop on the edge of the pavement
ĦE Do not get out of the car, keep your seatbelt on
ĦE If wearing a helmet, do not remove it
ĦE Wait for instructions from the marshal

Blue Flag
ĦE There is a car behind you or closing on you at a higher rate of speed
ĦE If you are in a passing zone, you should signal that car to pass you

Blue Flag Waved
ĦE You are being passed by another car
ĦE Maintain your line, and gently reduce your speed to facilitate the pass
ĦE Getting the pass done quickly is for the safety of all
ĦE Failure to follow passing procedures will result in a black flag

Black Flag
ĦE This flag will be held out, then pointed at the driver in question
ĦE Reduce your speed after checking your mirrors and report to the pits
ĦE There may be a problem with your car
ĦE There may be a problem with a rules violation
ĦE Ignoring black flags may result in missing a driving session or expulsion from the event

Chequered Flag
ĦE The session is over
ĦE Slow down after checking your mirrors for following traffic
ĦE Take the rest of the lap to cool the car's engine and brakes
ĦE Exit the track and return to the pits

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