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AOR Formula Renault 2.0 Championship Season 11 - Rules and Regulations


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Championship Conduct:
It should go without saying 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. 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 Formula Renault, contact with other cars should be avoided at all costs.

Additional note - blue flags:
The rules concerning blue flags will be slightly different to how they are in the official series. Blue flags will be a mandatory rule that must be followed. Once shown a blue flag, the driver in question must be ready to let the faster car behind past. Once the car following gets within 0.5 seconds of the blue flagged car ahead, the car with blue flags must allow the car behind past safely at the earliest opportunity, without blocking them.

Additional note - track limits on straights:
The rules concerning track limits will be slightly different to how they are in the official series. On straights, it will be mandatory to stay within the white lines at all times, and using the additional tarmac/asphalt on the straights in order to defend or attack will be illegal. The most notable example of an area that could be exploited is the start/finish straight at Monza.
 

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Championship Scoring:
Everybody will be participating in the Drivers Championship, with the driver with 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 highest points is the Teams Champion.

Overall, there are three drop weeks permitted. There will be three drop weeks, meaning that the points score from your three worst race nights will be dropped at the completion of the season. 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.

Secondary Championships:
In addition to contesting the main championship, some of the drivers in the league will be split into one of two tiers - tier 2 and tier 3 - based on past performance in the league. Drivers who are considered to be above tier 2 level, will not be put into an additional tier as they are considered to be fighting for the overall championship. All drivers will still score towards the main championship, this is an effort to give drivers something more to fight for.

The tiers will be decided based on best finishing positions in feature races or the longer single race from the previous season. Any driver who in the previous season has finished twice on the podium in a feature/long will essentially be "tier 1", as well as finishing once on the feature/long race podium and twice on the podium in a sprint race where in the connected feature race also finished in the top 10 will also be, or finally, any driver that won a sprint race where in the connected feature race they finished in the top 10 will also be in "tier 1". Tier 2 will be decided purely by feature/single race results, and a driver will need to score 2 top 10 finishes to get into tier 2, without passing any of the criteria for tier 1 via the sprint races. Tier 3 will be anyone who scored 1 or less top 10's in feature races.

Each tier will have a separate scoring system, with the positions relative to only those in their tier being counted. E.g a tier 2 driver finishing 7th overall, but 1st in tier 2, would score 16 points towards the main championship, but 32 in the tier 2 standings. These points will obviously be different depending on which format they were earned in.

Drivers that are new to the league and thus do not have any results to base what tier they will be in, will not be placed in any tier.

The points system:

Feature Race:
1st - 32 pts
2nd - 28 pts
3rd - 25 pts
4th - 22 pts
5th - 20 pts
6th - 18 pts
7th - 16 pts
8th - 14 pts
9th - 12 pts
10th - 11 pts
11th - 10 pts
12th - 9 pts
13th - 8 pts
14th - 7 pts
15th - 6 pts
16th - 5 pts
17th - 4 pts
18th - 3 pts
19th - 2 pts
20th - 1 pt
21st-36th - 0 pts

*One bonus point for pole position
**One bonus point for fastest lap
***Two bonus points for classifying in the results with 0x incident points, one bonus point for 1x incident point

Sprint Race:
1st - 20pts
2nd - 17 pts
3rd - 15 pts
4th - 13 pts
5th - 12 pts
6th - 11 pts
7th - 10 pts
8th - 9 pts
9th - 8 pts
10th - 7 pts
11th - 6 pts
12th - 5 pts
13th - 4 pts
14th - 3 pts
15th - 2 pts
16th - 1 pt
17th-36th - 0 pts

*One bonus point for fastest lap
**Two bonus points for classifying in the results with 0x incident points, one bonus point for 1x incident point

Single Race:
1st - 52 pts
2nd - 45 pts
3rd - 40 pts
4th - 35 pts
5th - 32 pts
6th - 29 pts
7th - 26 pts
8th - 23 pts
9th - 20 pts
10th - 18 pts
11th - 16 pts
12th - 14 pts
13th - 12 pts
14th - 10 pts
15th - 8 pts
16th - 6 pts
17th - 4 pts
18th - 3 pts
19th - 2 pts
20th - 1 pt
21st-36th - 0 pts

*One bonus point for pole position
**One bonus point for fastest lap
***Two bonus points for classifying in the results with 0x incident points, one bonus point for 1x incident point
 
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Team Rules:
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.

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.
 

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Race Structure:
Race sessions will be based on the following format this season:

- 70 minute practice beginning from 19:20 (UK time)
- 3 lap/10 minute solo qualifying beginning from 20:30 (UK time)
- Approximately 40 minute feature race (time depending) beginning from 20:40 approx (UK time)
- Approximately 25 minute sprint race (time depending) beginning from 21:30 approx (UK time).
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- 50 minute practice beginning from 19:40 (UK time)
- 3 lap/10 minute solo qualifying beginning from 20:30 (UK time)
- Approximately 60 minute single race (time depending) beginning from 20:40 approx (UK time)

Race distances will be based on time, due to the structure of the race night.

The top 20 drivers in the feature race, including those 1 lap down, will be reversed for the sprint race. If drivers within the top 20 are more than 1 lap down, they will not be reversed.

Weather/Track Conditions:

Weather setting will be replicated based on what is used in the Thursday practice session, which itself is determined prior to the session with a random number generator to make sure the Thursday practice session is the same conditions exactly as the race night. The conditions as they are at the start of the session are what will be carried over to the race night, and will be posted in the race thread soon after the Thursday practice ends. This same weather can be found on the results page from the Thursday practice.

Starting track state will be automatically generated, which usually ends up as Moderately Low Usage.

There will be one mandatory pit-stop for tyres (fuel is optional, depending on starting fuel load) in the feature races and longer single races. There will be no fuel cap for the races. The sprint races will have no mandatory pit-stop for tyres or fuel. Every driver must change at least both of the rear tyres or both of the front tyres, and must not be completed on the last lap. A full four tyre change is also acceptable.

Incidents:

Feature Race:
If 15 incidents are reached, you will be automatically disqualified.

Sprint Race:
If 13 incidents are reached, you will be automatically disqualified.

Single Race:
If 17 incidents are reached, you will be automatically disqualified.

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.
 

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Absences, Quitting & the Blacklist:
You should sign up to the league with the intention of participating in every single race. 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 19:30 UK time). This is done by informing the coordinators of your situation in the dedicated 'absence notification' 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. 2 consecutive no-shows will result in being removed and blacklisted, unless a genuine reason within a week of the second missed race can be given.

Drivers who need to leave between the feature race and the sprint race must also give a valid reason to the coordinators. Crashing out, not finishing, or not finishing on the lead lap 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 the iRacing Team 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 generally not allowed back into the Championship, except in exceptional circumstances.

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, no exceptions.
 

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Stewards Enquiries:
Drivers can call for an investigation into an incident if they feel another driver has broken the racing etiquette rules. This can range from causing a collision to over-aggressive driving.

It is important for those creating an investigation to give as much detail as possible - what lap did the incident take place? Who were the drivers involved etc?

Stewards enquiries can be made here, and must be posted within 24 hours of the race having taken place.

Stewards panel incidents:

Stewards will pro-actively look into any notable incidents that is caused on lap 1, regardless of whether it is brought up to the stewards or not. Incidents between just two drivers will not actively be looked at, unless the stewards deem it is happening too often, or it involves the same drivers.

If deemed appropriate, drivers may be awarded penalties as a result of their actions. Potential stewards penalties include; an informal warning for actions that are deemed to have the potential to cause an incident but in this instance did not, a formal warning where a recurring incident of a similar type will result in potentially harsher penalties, a time penalty being applied to the driver's race time, a qualifying ban for the following race, a forced start from the back of the grid of the sprint race, a forced start from the back of both races, a forced pit-lane start for one or both races, a disqualification from the race results, or in rare cases a temporary or permanent ban from the Championship - depending on the severity and volume of the driver's indiscretion.

The Warning System:

In the event of an offending driver retiring from a race that they have caused an incident at, and a higher punishment is deemed unsuitable, a formal warning can be given

This will work with warnings belonging to two categories. There can be warnings for driving mistakes that cause incidents, and also warnings for careless/reckless driving that cause incidents. Formal warnings can also be given to drivers that have received informal warnings and commit a similar type of action again, under one of the two categories.

If a driver collects 2 formal warnings in a particular category, then the stewards reserve the right to punish the offending driver with a penalty.

A driver's formal warning will expire after the driver has participated in 10 rounds from the round where the warning was awarded. Even after the expiry date, drivers that continue to commit similar types of incidents, and gather warnings, will be put under review to a point where harsher penalties can applied without the formal warning, with their position in the league under review.
 

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Top Tips:
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.

If you see yellow flags but can't see an incident, still be ready to slow down. Do not use an incident ahead as an opportunity to pass other cars who are slowing to avoid an incident.

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.
 
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