As a member of this league you are expected to comply and adhere to the following rules and regulations. If you have any queries or questions regarding the contents of this section then please contact the iRacing team above.
It must be clear that you should behave in exactly the same way as you would do in an Official iRacing session - therefore, your conduct will still be in line with the iRacing Sporting Code and Regulations (members can find the code here). Failure to do so may result in expulsion from the league.
In short, clean racing is what it's about. Remember why the flags are there and adhere to them at all times. Leave room for cars around you and don't make overly aggressive moves to overtake or defend. Especially in fragile open-wheelers such as the F3, contact with other cars should be avoided at all costs.
Additional note - blue flags:
The rules concerning blue flags will be different to how they are in the official series. Blue flags will be a mandatory rule that must be followed. When shown a blue flag, the driver in question must be ready to let the faster car behind past. Once the car following gets within 1 second, the car with blue flags must allow the car behind past safely at the earliest opportunity, without blocking them.
Additional note - Pit-lane over-speed glitch:
The glitch that allows a driver to go above the given pit-speed limit to gain time is forbidden. At no time should this glitch be used to gain time, and drivers caught doing so will be penalised appropriately.
Everybody will be participating in the Driver Championship, with the driver accumulating the most points being declared the Champion.
Drivers can also team up and take part in the Team Championship. If a driver scores points then this will be added on to their team's score. The team with the most points is declared the Teams Champion.
There are 2 drop weeks permitted - the points score from your 2 worst race nights will be dropped at the completion of the season (including no-shows). Any bonus points scored during a drop week will still count.
Drivers who finish within 90% of the race distance will be classified and eligible to score full Championship points. Drivers that are classified within 75% race distance are eligible to score half points.
Upon registering, drivers can elect to race as part of a team or run as a 'Privateer' entry. This must be specified as part of their registration. Teams that register with only one driver are still eligible to score points in the Team Standings.
There can only be a maximum of two drivers per team entry at any one time. Reserve drivers are permitted to run in a team providing they are one of the two nominated drivers. If a team has changed their driver line-up then they must inform the iRacing Coordinators. A mid-season team line-up change will have to be approved by the iRacing Coordinators.
In the event of more than two drivers wishing to represent a team, drivers are encouraged to form 'B' or second teams if they wish to score points in the Team Standings.
Race sessions will be based on the following format:
70 minute practice beginning from 18:40 (UK time)
3 lap/10 minute solo qualifying beginning from 19:50 (UK time)
40 minute feature race beginning from 20:00 approx (UK time)
10 minute practice beginning from 20:50-21:00 approx (UK time) (session is set to 30 mins in sim, but is skipped forward after 10).
1 lap/5 minute solo qualifying beginning from 21:00-21:10 approx (UK time)
25 minute sprint race beginning from 21:10 approx (UK time).
Race distances will be based on time, due to the structure of the race night.
Weather setting will be set to dynamic weather.
Starting track state will be automatically generated (this usually ends up as Moderately Low Usage).
There will be onemandatory pit-stop fortyres (fuel is optional, depending on starting fuel load) in the feature races. There will be no fuel cap for the races. The sprint races will have no mandatory pit-stop. Every driver must change all four tyres, and must not be completed on the last lap.
If 15 incidents are reached, you will be disqualified from the results after the session, unless reasonable evidence can be shown to prove that the incident that put you over the limit was not your fault.
If 13 incidents are reached, you will be disqualified from the results after the session, unless reasonable evidence can be shown to prove that the incident that put you over the limit was not your fault.
However, the incident limit set in the session will be set to higher than the actual allowed incident limit. This means that in the session, you can hit the incident limit that we have set for DSQ, but the actual incident limit in the session will be higher. The reason for this is so that there is a buffer, should an incident that isn't your fault push you over the incident limit, which would normally DSQ you instantly. Now there is a chance to dispute it after the race. However, the incident limit is still active, just at a greater threshold, therefore an auto-DSQ is still possible. All drivers will be 100% responsible for coming to us should they be put over the incident limit, whether it be during or after the race, in order to avoid being DSQ'd. It is at the co-ordinator's discretion as to whether the DSQ is upheld.
While there are no rules against having fun with your car after the race has finished, getting incident points even after crossing the line while the race is still going on is not advised, as this will make it more difficult for us to know how many incident points you actually got and may result in the wrong number being added to the results. If you did accumulate incident points after the race which ruined a 0x or 1x incident score, or pushed you over the incident limit(s), it is your responsibility to inform the coordinators about this. If you wish to have fun after the race, wait until all cars have finished as these incidents are not recorded on the official results.
You should sign up to the league with the intention of participating in the large majority of races. However, circumstances may prevent you from making some races, in which case it's very important to follow the following procedure:
If you are unable to attend a race, you have to give notice for your absence before the event session starts (Friday 18:40 UK time). This is done by informing the coordinators of your situation in the dedicated 'Absence PM' conversation which will be set up at the start of the season. It's your responsibility to make sure the coordinators receive your message.
Drivers who no-show without informing the coordinators, or without giving a proper reason, will be given a reprimand. 3 uninformed no-shows, whether they are consecutive or not, will result in being removed and blacklisted.
Drivers who need to leave between the feature race and the sprint race must also give a valid reason to the coordinators. Crashing out of the feature race is not a valid reason for missing the following sprint race.
If you have to pull out of the league, you must let us know. If you leave by simply not showing up for the races, you will be placed on the blacklist and not be allowed back into the Championship in the future. The same goes for reserve drivers who are inactive for a long period of time without giving a reason.
If you are removed from the league, you will be placed on the blacklist. You could also be placed on the blacklist for leaving the league without notice or without a proper reason. Drivers who are placed on the blacklist are procedurally not allowed back into the Championship.
In some cases, drivers may be given a second chance if the admins deem there is a reason to believe the driver has changed for the better. However, this will usually come with stricter conditions, and getting removed for a second time will mean permanent exclusion from the leagues.
Drivers are encouraged to call for an investigation into an incident they've been involved in, if they feel a driver has broken the racing etiquette rules. This can range from causing a collision, to dangerously rejoining the track, to excessive weaving on a straight.
Stewards enquiries can be made here, and must be posted within 48 hours of the race. The original post should utilise the enquiry template shown here.
Drivers are required to provide suitable evidence. This must include a video of the cockpit and far chase cam of the cars involved via a streaming site such as YouTube, Twitch or Streamable.
If you're going to need a couple of days to get evidence, you are encouraged to at least make the post stating your intent to have the incident investigated, inside the 48 hours.
It is important for those creating an investigation to give as much detail as possible. After the original post has been made, the driver in question will be allowed to explain their own point of view about the incident.
After being moved to the stewards, we will deliberate over the incident and the investigation will finally be closed with an enquiry outcome.
An enquiry can be closed with finding no driver, a single driver or multiple drivers guilty.
In the event that no drivers are deemed guilty for an incident, the enquiry will be closed with No Further Action.
If a driver is deemed to have breached the rules, they can be given a variety of punishments:
If a driver commits an offence that is deemed not worthy of a tangible penalty, we may give the driver a warning. These will be noted, and if a similar light offence is committed, a greater punishment may be awarded.
We may apply a time penalty if a guilty driver finished the race. These time penalties can vary depending on the severity of their actions. Drivers who should be given a time penalty but failed to finish a race may be given alternative penalties.
Drivers may be given a drive through penalty, that they have to serve in the next race they attend. This can not be served under white flag.
Drivers may be given a qualifying ban for the next race they attend after causing an incident. This means that you cannot qualify, but can join the grid, starting from last.
Drivers may be given a pit-lane start for the next race they attend after causing an incident. This means you cannot qualify and you cannot start the race on the grid. You must wait for the gridding to finish and click on the green icon once it changes to "missed start."
A driver may be disqualified from the race in which they caused an incident.
Drivers may receive a race ban for the feature race of the next race they attend after causing an incident.
If a driver receives any of these penalties, they should serve them without question at the first opportunity. If the penalty is needed to be served, they should be served in a feature race only.
Furthermore, a driver deemed to have breached the rules can also be given Penalty Points.
The Penalty Point System:
The Penalty Point System allows for additional discipline of drivers who consistently break driving etiquette throughout seasons. This is to ensure drivers feel inclined to maintain a respectful driving standard.
The distribution of penalty points is determined by the stewards, though we will base our judgement off of the following guidelines:
- 5 penalty points for a minor case of dangerous driving
- 10 penalty points for a moderate case of dangerous driving
- 15/20 penalty points for a major case of dangerous driving
- 5 penalty points for practice misconduct impeding an unconsenting driver
- 5 penalty points for misconduct under blue flags
- 55 penalty points for intentionally taking out another driver
- x penalty points for general misconduct
The level that an incident involves dangerous driving or misconduct is determined at the discretion of the stewards.
Penalty points accumulated by a driver will carry through seasons. Therefore:
- A driver who obtains 40 penalty points inside their last 12 race nights completed will automatically be given a pit-lane start.
- A driver who obtains 50 penalty points inside their last 12 race nights completed will automatically be given a race ban.
- If their penalty point total then exceeds this, their position in the league will be put under review, with the likely unfortunate outcome that they will be removed from the league and blacklisted.
However, the league coordinators can also hand out these penalties to known repeat offenders, at their discretion.
If you are involved in an on-track incident, don't overreact. It may be frustrating, but you need to stay calm and get on with it. Losing out due to another driver's mistake or recklessness is no excuse for retaliation or acting against the rules. If another driver does something you feel is against the rules, report it to the Stewards after the race rather than argue about it over the microphone.
The stewards panel and the penalty point system are not designed to be malicious - they are only in place to ensure the league can maintain a clean, fun racing environment. So respect your fellow drivers! Keep a friendly atmosphere in the lobby and treat your colleagues as equals, regardless of them being quicker or slower than you. We're all here for a fun time after all.