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This thread contains all of the rules that apply to racing in all of the official AOR Rallycross (RX) Leagues. Our rules are in place to help us enforce clean and fair racing in the aforementioned leagues, and these must be respected and followed by every competing driver.


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Our rules are designed to promote clean and fair racing in the AOR Rallycross Leagues. In short, driving cleanly means no major corner cutting or track extending to gain time and no major contact with other cars. We understand that accidents can happen, but as a competing driver in our leagues, you are required to do your very best to ensure clean racing at all times. The rules also include guidelines for general behaviour and league participation.


Index
  1. Racing Rules
    • Clean Racing
    • Overtaking
    • Defending
    • Corner Cutting
    • Spatial Awareness
  2. On-Track Regulations
    • In-Game Penalties
    • Being Lapped
    • Jump Starts
    • Pausing the Game
    • Warm-Up Races
  3. General Behaviour
    • Communication
    • Lobby Etiquette
    • Race Etiquette
    • Rage-Quitting
    • Forum Activity
  4. Participation
    • Missing Races
    • Connection & Lag
    • Pulling out Mid-Season
  5. Rule Enforcement
    • Stewards Panel
    • Penalties
    • Reprimand System
    • Blacklist
 
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1. Racing Rules

1.1 Clean Racing

1.1.1
Accidents can happen, but if you are at fault for causing a collision, you are likely to be penalised. Obviously rallycross is a sport where contact is often unavoidable but any major contact, hit or crash will result in a penalty. Using someone as a brake or taking someone out to gain a position is strongly prohibited.

1.1.2
Deliberately crashing and taking another car out will result in being permanently excluded from the league.

1.1.3
If you accidentally take out another car or if you are responsible for causing an incident, you have to slow down and safely let the affected car(s) pass you on the track. If you fail to follow this rule you are likely to receive a harsher penalty by the stewards if the incident is reported after the race. This rule can only be overruled by the affected driver telling you over voice chat to keep going.

1.1.4
The above rule still applies even if lag or connection issues is/are the cause of the incident and if it was obvious that your car’s lag was at fault for the incident.

1.2 Overtaking

1.2.1
Don’t be too aggressive when trying to overtake. As the chasing car, it is generally your responsibility to not make excessive contact with the car in front.

1.3 Defending

1.3.1
Excessive weaving and blocking is not allowed. When defending from another car, choose a line on the track and stick to it and always make sure the attacking car has sufficient time to react to your movement.

1.3.2
Do not force another car off the track by leaving it too little room on corner entry or exit. If the attacking car is alongside you when going into a corner (at the turn-in point), or when exiting a corner, you must always adjust your line to avoid excessive contact. Being sufficiently alongside a car to warrant being left room is generally judged as the attacking car’s front being alongside or ahead of the defending car’s side.

1.4 Corner Cutting

1.4.1
To make it as fair as possible we will let the game take car of most penalties for corner cutting. Drivers to be found persistently cutting corners on purpose will be penalised retrospectively by the stewards.

1.4.2
If you overtake another driver with all four wheels off the track or as a consequence of cutting a corner, you must slow down and give the position back, unless the game gives you a penalty for it.

1.4.3
If a driver is reported to the stewards for a breach of the corner cutting rules, it is up to the stewards’ discretion, which’ll be based on the provided evidence, as to whether they feel the driver had abused the track limits to an extend where a penalty is justified, and if so what type of penalty is appropriate to be handed out. This will depend on the severity and the frequence of the corner cuts. The bottom line is, if you want to make sure you are not in danger of being awarded a penalty by the stewards, make sure it is completely clear that you don’t gain any time from leaving the track.

1.5 Spatial Awareness

1.5.1
Being aware of where another car is, is very important in racing. Therefor you should always be extra aware of the space around your car, especially during starts and on-track battles.

1.5.2
If you spin whilst any other car is close, rejoining the track immediately is ill-advised. Waiting is the best option until the other cars have avoided you.

1.5.3
If you go off the track, rejoin in a manner that is both safe and in no way a danger to other drivers.
 

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2. On-Track Regulations

2.1 In-game Penalties

2.1.1

If you feel that the game has awarded you an unfair time penalty, you can apply for a penalty removal in the Stewards Panel after the race. Bare in mind that only in events like the final can this be applied because in the the knockout heats there is little we can do about afterwards than just give you the points from there. More information about this can be found under the Rule Enforcement section.

2.2 Being Lapped


2.2.1
When being lapped, it is your responsibility to let the leaders through safely at the earliest opportunity, without blocking them.

2.3 Jump Starts

2.3.1
If you move off the grid before the red lights go out, the game will award you with a penalty.

2.3.2
The Officiator/Coordinator present has the power to restart the race following a jump or lag start. This is due to the potential of particularly tight grids in RallyCross having the potential to cause accidental incidents with significant disparity in launch times.

2.4 Pausing the Game

2.4.1
You are fully responsible for your car's actions even while the game is paused, and any incidents or dangerous situations caused as a result of this will be penalised normally.

2.5 Warm-Up Races

2.5.1
It is the responsibility of each driver to check the schedule thread and know their required finishing position for warm up races in both semi finals and finals. Failing to finish in the right position will result in either a rerun of the warm up race and a warning being applied to the offending driver, or the driver is punished by remaining in their effected grid slot if this is a negligibly small difference in position.
 

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3. General Behaviour

3.1 Communication

3.1.1
Please use a working headset while in the race lobby in order to effectively receive any potential messages or instructions from the League Coordinator. Having the ability to communicate with other drivers during the race can also make it easier to avoid - and resolve - any on-track incidents that may occur. Using a headset is not mandatory, but desirable.

3.1.2
PC leagues will have access to a Discord server which acts as the official game chat.

3.2 Lobby Etiquette

3.2.1
Shouting, name-calling and generally speaking rudely is not acceptable. Drivers who are a disruptive influence on the lobby atmosphere will be penalised accordingly, or in extreme cases removed from the league.

3.2.2
Respect the other drivers. Keep a friendly atmosphere in the race lobby and treat your fellow drivers as equals, regardless of them being quicker or slower than you.

3.2.3
Respect the League Coordinator. Listen if they are giving a message, and accept the decisions they make. If you feel any actions/decisions are wrong, address the issue calmly and maturely. Coordinators' decisions are final within the lobby, but may be reviewed later if you feel an error has been made. Please accept that making a call instantly can be tricky and the Coordinator, even if participating in the race, is expected to be entirely neutral.

3.2.4
Only the Coordinator - or the lobby host after consulting with the Coordinator - will start the lobby, continue over to the race and start the race. So please, as a normal driver, do not press the button which initiates the timer. This is to ensure that all the drivers are present, and also that all necessary screenshots of the results can be taken.

3.3 Race Etiquette


3.3.1
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.

3.3.2
If another driver does something you feel is against the rules, report it to the Stewards Panel after the race rather than argue about it over the voice chat.

3.3.3
If you are having a bad race, don't act foolishly. As a driver, you have to accept that some races will be better than others and you can't always have it your way. If you are unable to enjoy the racing due to not always being at the front, this is not the place for you - there are many drivers in the league, and someone always have to be at the back.

3.4 Rage-Quitting

3.4.1
Deliberately quitting the race in any way - whether that is by quitting through the pause menu, getting yourself disqualified or deliberately crashing your car - is not allowed, unless you have a very good reason for doing so. Accepted reasons for quitting could be that you are a danger to other drivers on track due to poor driving or connection issues. Quitting due to being angry at something - rage-quitting, in other words - is not a good reason.

3.5 Forum Activity

3.5.1
You need to be an active member on the AOR forum while being a driver in our leagues. We aren't forcing you to make several posts every day, but we prefer drivers who are involved with the community. We will occasionally check how long it has been since a driver has been logged into his forum account - if you have been inactive on the forum for a long time, you may be removed from the league.

3.5.2
You are expected to behave in a respectful manner on the forum, like in the race lobbies. Please avoid name-calling, baiting and other behaviour that is intended to aggravate other members of the community.
 

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4. Participation

4.1 Missing Races

4.1.1
If you are unable to attend a race, you have to give notice for your absence before the race starts. This is done by informing your League Coordinator of your situation, either by sending them a private message or by making a post in the official race thread. It is your responsibility to make sure the Coordinator gets your message.

4.1.2
When informing the Coordinator of your absence, a proper reason must be given for why you can't attend. No-showing a race because you don't like the track, simply saying 'I can't race this week', or other similar reasons are not accepted and will be marked as an uninformed absence.

4.1.3
When informing the Coordinator of your absence, it must be you who contacts the Coordinator, not a friend or fellow member of the tier. Additionally, sufficient notice should be given. For example, 15 minutes before the lobby is set up is not sufficient notice. Letting the Coordinator know after the race will be marked down as uninformed absence unless an acceptable reason is given.

4.1.4
If you get marked for an uninformed absence, you will be given a reprimand. As per the reprimand system (see section 5.4), accumulating 2 reprimands would see you removed from the league.

4.1.5
Getting another driver to race under your name is also prohibited and will result in serious punishment.

4.2 Connection & Lag

4.2.1
It's an unfortunate aspect of online racing that having a stable connection is critical to being able to race closely with other cars. While we understand that not everyone can have a perfect connection, and that occasional lag can't be avoided, we reserve the right to remove a driver from the league if their connection is persistently causing major issues for other drivers.

4.2.2
To be accepted into a league, your connection's ping towards a UK-located server needs to be lower than 100ms. We may also give drivers with ping up to 150ms a chance, but on a trial basis until it's proven that their connection can cope.

4.3 Pulling out Mid-Season


4.3.1
If you have to pull out of the league while the season is ongoing, you must inform your League Coordinator about the situation. If you leave by simply not showing up for the races, without informing anyone, you will be placed on the blacklist, which means you will not be allowed to rejoin the leagues in the future.

4.3.2
It's impossible for us to stop you from leaving if you've made your mind up, but keep in mind when signing up that pulling out of the league without a proper reason while the season is ongoing will see you placed on the blacklist. A proper reason would be something happening in your life that forces you to quit - something that you didn't expect when signing up - or that your equipment (hardware or lag issues) render you unable to carry on. However, choosing to quit due to getting bored of the game, having a bad season or because something goes against you, is not a good reason. Remember, when signing up you commit yourself to racing for a full season, not only for a few races.

4.3.3
If you find yourself in a situation where you're not enjoying your league because all other drivers are too quick or too slow compared to yourself, contact a member of the DiRT Team rather than just giving up, and maybe we can find a solution.

4.3.4
Note that the above rules only apply while the season is ongoing. We obviously don't have a problem with drivers choosing to leave after a season has finished, for whatever reason.
 

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5. Rule Enforcement

5.1 Stewards Panel

The Stewards Panel forum can be used to report incidents and other rule violations that occur in a race. A proper explanation and/or evidence of the incident must be provided in order for it to be investigated. This will then be looked into by various members of the DiRT Team and appropriate action will be taken.

What you can make a stewards enquiry for:
  • Racing incidents: If you feel another driver has caused an incident - eg. hitting your car, forcing you off the track, rejoining the track unsafely, or generally driving too aggressively, you should report this to the stewards for investigation.
  • Corner cutting: If you witness another driver is persistently gaining time by abusing the track limits, you should report this to the stewards for investigation.
  • Removing an unfair time penalty: If you receive a time penalty from the game, and you feel this was awarded unfairly, you can make an enquiry for the penalty to be removed. When making such an enquiry, you need to provide evidence of the penalty being applied. Evidence can be either in the form of video footage, or a picture of the post-race race director screen showing what the penalty was for and the time of when it was applied. Any appeals without this will be dismissed.
5.1.1
Time limit for enquiries: Note that there is a time limit of 2 days (48 hours) after the race has finished to make a stewards enquiry for an incident you have been involved in or witnessed during the race. If any new rule violations come to light through videos released after this time, it is still possible to report this, but only if this violation is something that would not have been visible to other driver(s) in the race at the time it happened.

5.2 Penalties

The stewards have a variety of penalties that may be applied to punish drivers who break our racing rules, depending on the severity of the violation. The available penalties are sorted below, in order of severity. Breaking a rule also leads to penalty points being added to your name - see further down for more details.
  • Time penalties
  • Points reductions
  • Heat bans
  • Event bans
Any penalties will be aimed at the person who has done wrong - we cannot compensate anyone else as a result of someone's actions. All penalties are discussed by the Stewards Panel (consisting of the members of the DiRT Team - Admins, Moderators and Coordinators - from all platforms) before being issued and the driver will always be informed of the outcome. The Stewards Panel is completely neutral and will not include anyone who may be affected by the incident in question.

Also the penalties might be harsher than in other leagues but this season is also shorter so keep that in mind.

5.3 Reprimand system

While the race penalties and penalty points system are aimed at dealing with on-track issues, the reprimand system deals with issues that may occur off the track.

It's simple - if you receive 2 reprimands, you're out. Receiving 2 reprimands would also see you placed on the blacklist, meaning you will not be allowed to return to the leagues in the future.

You can receive a reprimand for the following:
  • No-showing a race without giving prior notice to the League Coordinator
  • Rage-quitting or deliberately crashing out of the session for no good reason (as specified in rule 3.4.1)
  • Showing abusive behaviour towards another driver, either in the race lobby or on the forum
Note that if we encounter situations where someone's behaviour gets completely out of hand and is extremely serious, a ban may be applied directly regardless of reprimands accumulated.

5.4 Blacklist

The blacklist contains the names of drivers who have been removed from the leagues - through 2 reprimands or continual incidents - and drivers who have left the leagues during an ongoing season with no good reason.

Having your name applied to the blacklist generally means you will not be allowed to rejoin the leagues in the future.
 
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