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Racing Rules

Racing Rules

1. General
  1. These rules apply to all PRL championship events unless otherwise specified, or unless clearly not applicable.
  2. All drivers are required to read, understand, and abide by these rules. Please contact the Chief Steward if you do not understand a rule.
  3. All PRL members are expected to treat other members with respect. Verbal abuse and swearing are not allowed on voice or text chat.
  4. Cheating is not permitted under any circumstances.
  5. All PRL drivers must speak English.
  6. All drivers are required to be on the appropriate voice communications software with a working microphone for all PRL events or you shall not be invited to the event or kicked from the server. For all PC events, the voice communication software used is TeamSpeak.
  7. You are not permitted to talk during qualifying or the race unless absolutely necessary. Using a push to talk button or a mute button for your microphone is mandatory if available. Also keep in mind that even though you may have reached the end of the session/event, others may still be on track, so wait for the Organiser to indicate that you may talk before doing so.
2. Race Participation
  1. All event participants must be active members of PRL
  2. Races will take place on time without exception. The session lobby shall be created at least 5 minutes before the race is due to start.
  3. If you are late for a race, you may send one message to the organizer asking if you can join. If there is no response, it should be assumed they have started racing and cannot restart for you, and you are not permitted to send any additional messages. You are also not permitted to message other drivers who may be racing. Failure to comply with this rule will result in two successive grid penalties.
  4. All drivers must have a ping under 100ms to a central location that will be added in the signup topic of your championship. This rule may be manage differently for drivers who have prove in that past they didn't lag online even though they have more than 100ms. (Applicable for all games and all platform in the exception of iRacing)
  5. If you refuse to select your assigned car, the session shall be restarted, and you shall not be re-invited. If this violation is repeated for a second time in any subsequent race, you shall be removed from the league.
  6. For racing disciplines involving teams or constructors, you are not permitted to change teams during the season.
  7. Only an Organiser may begin a session or select Go To Track (F1 201x only).
  8. Please be courteous and notify us if you are withdrawing from the league. Please don’t just stop showing up.
  9. If you know you will miss a race, you are required to notify the Organiser, or post in the race thread announcing your absence.
  10. If you miss 2 races in a row without notifying the Organiser, you will forfeit your seat to the first driver on the waiting list, and if you wish to race again, you will be placed at the bottom of the waiting list.
  11. If you miss 3 races in a row with notifying the Organiser you will forfeit your seat to the first driver on the waiting list, and if you wish to race again, you will be placed at the bottom of the waiting list.
  12. 2.9 & 2.10 may be managed differently for championships with a long waiting list and/or for rewarded championships.
  13. If you need to retire during a race for any reason, you must inform the Organiser of the reason otherwise it will be logged as a rage-quit.
  14. If you need to retire from a race for any reason, a driver must responsibly drive to Pit Lane, and from there, they may go to the menu and retire from the session. Purposely wrecking on the track to retire, or giving up control of your car while on the racing surface to go into the menu option to retire is deemed unacceptable to PRL's behavioral standards and will result in a 1 race ban.
  15. A driver is not to flash his headlights in an attempt to make an overtake for position. Flashing headlights may only be used in a situation when coming up on a lapped vehicle so they are aware that a lead lap car is coming up to them.
3. Connections, Disconnections, & Restarts
  1. It is the responsibility of the Organiser to make sure their event is hosted using the most stable connection available. In some cases it may be necessary to have someone other than the Organiser host the event.
  2. Where it’s possible to rejoin the session without a restart, the following rules do not apply.
  3. A race will only be restarted if the conditions of a Mass Disconnect (Rule 4) are met. A race will not be restarted for a fewer amount of drivers, regardless if a lap has been completed or not.
  4. If a race needs to be restarted, refer to Section 12, Restart Procedures.
  5. For racing disciplines where you are required to start on the same tire compound you qualified on, you must still comply with this rule for restarts. Failure to do so will result in a 30 second penalty being added to your race time.
  6. In F1 201x, Weather will be left at Dynamic, regardless of what the original forecast was and Parc Ferme will be set to Off.
  7. Should technical issues prevent the race from taking place, it will be rescheduled for a break week, or after the season. No races will be cancelled.
4. Mass Disconnects
  1. In qualifying, if 9 or more drivers start the session and 6 or more disconnect, or if 8 or less start the session, and 4 or more disconnect, that will be considered a mass disconnect and the session shall be restarted.
  2. If 9 or more drivers start a race, a mass disconnect is defined as 6 drivers being disconnected within the completion of 3 laps of the leader.
  3. If 8 or less drivers start a race, a mass disconnect is defined as 4 drivers being disconnected within the completion of 3 laps of the leader.
  4. Anyone in Spectate Mode is not considered a “driver“.
5. Qualifying
  1. You are not permitted to intentionally crash your car to end your session. In some games, this can lead to an unfair advantage by bypassing tire wear, and it’s also unnecessarily distracting to other drivers. Failure to comply with this rule will result in a 30 second race penalty, or two successive grid penalties.
  2. When not on a hot lap in qualifying, you must try your best to not affect another driver who may be on their hot lap.
  3. In Qualifying, each driver is responsible for ensuring there is enough track space to complete their hot lap. It is not the responsibility of any driver ahead who may also be on their hot lap.
  4. For F1 201x, each top 10 qualifier must fit the same tire compound with which they set their fastest time during Qualifying. This will only be necessary for these cars if dry weather tires were used to set the fastest time in Qualifying and if dry weather tires are used at the start of the race.
6. Race Start
  1. Standing Start:
    1. The countdown to the start of the race will be signaled by sequential red lights. After a short delay, all lights will turn green which means the race has started. The number and layout of sequential lights may differ depending the game.
  2. Rolling Start (for road and oval):
    1. Drivers shall not pass cars in their own pacing line or the other line before the start/finish line. For games who have race control (like iRacing), a penalty will be given automatically.
    2. You can overtake a car before the start/finish line if it lacks of speed, spin or crash. However, make sure to know the game rules (See 5.2.3).
    3. Game rolling start rules and procedure must be respected at all time and can't be change.
7. Pit Etiquette
  1. When you exit the pit-lane, you are not permitted to cross the white line.
  2. Cars on the race track have right-of-way over cars entering the race track from the pits.
  3. If you intend to pit, but are alongside another driver at the pit entrance and they are blocking your entrance to the pits, it is your responsibility to yield by slowing down. Do not swerve in front of other drivers to enter the pits.
8. Car Contact
  1. Contacts and collisions must be avoided.
  2. Bump passes are not permitted. Bump passes are defined as the trailing car creating contact with the leading car in order to gain the preferred line and emerge in front.
  3. If contact between two drivers occurs, the trailing driver will be deemed responsible for the contact unless the contact is caused by the leading driver breaking a rule specified in these regulations.
  4. If you can prevent an incident by steering into the dirt, grass or a wall; you are expected to do so.
  5. If contact between drivers occurs that results in the guilty driver making up places on the innocent driver, the guilty driver must immediately relinquish that position; even if it means the guilty driver has to allow drivers who were not involved in the incident to pass while waiting for the driver they created contact with to resume racing.
  6. If you have to relinquish a position, move off the racing line before you slow down. Coming to a full stop is not allowed. Continue at the slower pace until the other driver passes you.
9. Corner Rights
  1. If a car has sufficient overlap at the turn-in point of the corner, then cornering room must be given by both cars to allow the cars to take the corner together.
    1. ‘Sufficient overlap’ or ‘overlap’ is defined as having any part your front wheels alongside the rear wheels of the car ahead. A following car has right to road at any time that it has overlap. Leading or defending cars must yield to this right to road.
    2. In order to be entitled to space at corner exit, the following car must maintain overlap throughout the corner. Having overlap at turn-in does not grant you space entitlement at corner exit by default. If sufficient overlap is not kept throughout the corner then the leading car has the right to choose any line he wishes at the corner exit and the trailing car must then yield.
    3. If 2 cars enter a corner with overlap and that overlap is maintained throughout the entire corner, the car on the inside must maintain an inside line throughout the entire corner and the car on the outside must maintain an outside line throughout the entire corner. If any car narrows or tightens his radius which results in him ‘crossing lines’ from outside to inside or vice versa that driver will be at fault for any contact that ensues.
10. Defending Your Position
  1. More than one change of direction to defend a position is not permitted. Any driver moving back towards the racing line, having earlier defended his position off-line, should leave at least one car width between his own car and the edge of the track on the approach to the corner.
  2. Any driver defending their position on a straight, and before any braking area, may use the full width of the track during his first move, provided no significant portion of the car attempting to pass is alongside his.
  3. For the avoidance of doubt, if any part of the front wheel of the car attempting to pass is alongside the rear wheel of the car in front this will be deemed to be a ‘significant portion’.
  4. Blocking is not permitted at any time.
    1. Any deviation by a driver from the racing line, that is a reaction to a move from the trailing driver which impedes the trailing drivers forward progress, is not permitted at any time.
    2. You are entitled to choose your racing line, and positioning your car on the inside line is a fair manner to defend your position. However, you must position your car on this defensive line before the trailing driver attempts to pass you, and not as a reaction to his attempt.
    3. The ahead driver must not make any malicious or inappropriate braking or slowing manoeuvres. Leading drivers must never 'brake test' the car(s) behind them, swerve in a braking zone, or try to break a tow. The leading driver is entitled to be slower or use longer and earlier braking zones than the trailing driver. They are also entitled to use whichever racing line they choose.
  5. Manoeuvres liable to hinder other drivers, such as deliberate crowding of a car beyond the edge of the track or any other abnormal change of direction, are not permitted.
11. Being Lapped
  1. As soon as a driver is caught by another driver who is about to lap him, the driver who is about be lapped must allow the lapping driver past at the first available opportunity. He must do this safely, and with minimal disruption. He should be predictable, and he shouldn’t brake hard or quickly change his racing line.
  2. If you have been lapped, you can only attempt to unlap yourself if the lapping car clearly loses pace or makes a mistake which allows you to pass. However, if the lapping car regains pace and catches back up to you, you must again allow it to pass.
12. Restart Procedures

         F1 201x Restart Procedure
         If a race requires a race restart which would result in drivers being in the wrong grid positions, the following procedure must be used to get drivers back into their correct grid positions:
  1. A new lobby will be created with these changes to the regular settings: Qualification setting changed to None and Parc Ferme set to Off.
  2. The Organizer will setup the grid in the same order as the original qualifying results, using the grid editor feature.
  3. Top 10 drivers must use the same tire compound they used to set their fastest lap in qualifying.
13. Recovering from an Incident
  1. A driver recovering from an incident must not impede any other car.
  2. If there is not an opportunity to safely rejoin the track for several seconds, you must wait until it is safe to do so.
  3. If two or more cars involved in a position battle together leave the track for any reason they must rejoin in the order they left the track and without gaining an advantage.
  4. Drivers are not permitted to use a "Reset to Track" option as this can be dangerous to other drivers, and can provide an unfair advantage.
14. Track Limits
  1. Drivers must use the track at all times. For the avoidance of doubt the white lines defining the track edges are considered to be part of the track but the kerbs are not.
  2. A driver will be judged to have left the track if no part of the car remains in contact with the track.
  3. Corner cutting is generally policed by the game, but repeated and excessive corner cutting can be protested and sent to the stewards.
  4. Should a car leave the track the driver may rejoin, however, this may only be done when it is safe to do so and without gaining any advantage.
  5. A driver may not deliberately leave the track without justifiable reason.
  6. If a position is gained by running off track, you must relinquish that position.
15. Reserve Driver Assignment
  1. Reserve drivers can only be assigned to a vacant seat by an Organiser.
  2. If one seat becomes available, the first available reserve will be assigned to it.
  3. If multiple seats become available, the first available reserve will be assigned to the Constructor with the fewest points in the Constructors Championship.
  4. If an additional seat becomes available after a reserve has already been assigned to another seat, that original assignment will not change, even if the second Constructor has fewer points than the first.
16. Championship Tie-Breaker (All Leagues)
  1. In the event where 2 Drivers are tied in points at the end of a Season, the Driver with the most Wins in that Season will be awarded the position in the Final Standings. If both Drivers have the same amount of Wins, then the Driver with the most 2nd Place finishes will be awarded the position in the Final Standings. This can continue on as needed (3rd, 4th, 5th, ect.) until the tie is broken.
  2. In the event where 2 Teams are tied in points at the end of a Season, the Team with the most Driver Wins in that Season will be awarded the position in the Final Standings. If both Teams have the same amount of Driver Wins, then the Team with the most Podiums/Top 5s finishes will be awarded the position in the Final Standings. If the Teams are still tied at this point, then the Team with the highest finishing Driver in the Driver Standings will be awarded the tie breaker.