Open Karting Championship
Rules & Regulations 2016/17
2016 / 2017
15min – Timed qualifying for the single fastest lap.
20min – Race 1 (Reversed grid of qualifying)
20min –Race 2 (Reverse grid of race 1 including kart change)
The 24 drivers will qualify for the end of series championship final.
20min – Practice
The race will be lined in championship points order.
30min – Race
Championship points will be scored in qualifying and both races.
Points scored from 1st to 10th (10 points-1 point).
Double points will be scored during both rounds in February.
A driver has the use of one Joker round between the months of October and January, the joker will entitle the driver to double points for that chosen round. The joker must be announced to the Clerk of the Course at registration.
The joker will be shown to other drivers via a red ribbon attached to the drivers lapel.
A drivers top 10 rounds out of 12 will count towards the points series total.
The top 24 drivers at the end of the series will qualify for the championship final.
Officials’ Signals will be conveyed to drivers by the following flag signals
(a) Red/Green lights or National flag: Start.
(b) Blue Flag – Waved: Another competitor is trying to overtake, that is not on the same lap.
(c) Yellow Flag –Waved: Danger, slow down sufficiently to ensure that full control of the vehicle can be retained. No overtaking.
1.1. Flashing yellow lights on the Start/Finish gantry indicate a false start.
1.2. Upon display of the full course yellow flashing lights or waved yellow flags all Karts must slow down to a steady pace (as on a rolling start) and must line up in order behind the leader who will act as the pace setter. (No overtaking is permitted).
1.3. The field will remain in close formation, at reduced speed, for as long as it takes to clear the obstruction or remove the hazard.
1.4. Competitors who fail to slow down sufficiently or who overtake under the Yellows may be excluded or otherwise penalised.
1.5. When the Clerk of the Course is satisfied that the problem is resolved, the race will be resumed by the display of a Green Flag at the start/finish line and the simultaneous withdrawal of all Yellow lights and flags around the circuit. Overtaking remains strictly forbidden until having passed the green flag on the start and finish line.
1.6. Single Yellow flag – Waved: Great danger. Slow down considerably. Be prepared to suddenly change from the projected racing line, or take other evasive action including stopping if necessary. No overtaking. (This signal may be supplemented by flashing yellow light(s), as an added warning).
(d) Green flag – Waved: All clear, at the end of a danger area controlled by yellow flags. Also used to signal the start of a formation lap and shown at all posts during first lap of each practice session and during each formation lap.
(e) Red flag: Immediately cease driving at racing speed and proceed slowly, without overtaking, and with maximum caution to pits or start line obeying marshal’s instructions, and being prepared to stop should the track be blocked.
(f) Black and White Rectangular flag split diagonally and displayed with the competitor’s number: A warning, to the driver that his behaviour is suspect and that he may be Black-flagged on further reports.
(h) Black flag displayed with the competitor’s number: The driver must stop in the sin bin on the next lap of receiving the signal. A penalty of exclusion may be enforced by display of the Black flag.
(i) Black and White Chequered flag: End of Race or Practice
Capital Karts will appoint a Disciplinary Officer whose function will be to advise whether disciplinary action should be taken by Capital Karts in respect of any breach of Regulations. In the event that Capital Karts decides to take action, the Disciplinary Officer will either prepare and present the case personally.
2.1. The penalties that may be inflicted are, in order of increasing severity, as follows:
(a) Qualifying lap time (s) disallowed.
(b) Reprimand (1 Point Deducted from Championship total)
(c) Time Penalty (2 Points Deducted from championship total)
(d) Black Flag & Stop/Go Penalty (3 Points Deducted from Championship total)
(e) Exclusion from race meeting
2.2. Time or Position Penalty. The Clerk of the Course, or the Stewards of the Meeting, may impose a penalty for any competitor considered to have obtained an unfair advantage (whether inadvertently or not).
2.3. A competitor who is deemed to have gained an unfair advantage or has disadvantaged another competitor by the manner of his driving will be penalised by a time penalty of 10 seconds.
2.4. Driving in a manner incompatible with general safety, and/or departing from the standard of a reasonably competent driver.
2.5. Abusive language or behaviour, physical assault, or threats of physical assault within the area under control of Capital Karts.
3.1. The Clerk of the Course may permit a change of kart during qualifying only. This is solely at the discretion of the officials.
3.2. No kart changes may take place during the two official races unless a mechanical issue arises.
3.3. A kart change will take place between races 1 and 2 as per the championship format.
3.4. Where possible, novice and experienced Drivers will be allocated separate sessions.
3.5. The Pole position for rolling starts must be on the side of the track that is on the inside of the first corner after the start.
3.6. The start line will be indicated on the track by a painted chequered line.
3.7. In the case of a rolling start, on display of the Green flag, karts will proceed round the course in grid formation at a steady pace to await the starting signal.
3.8. The karts may be preceded by an Official pace vehicle.
3.9. If there is no pace vehicle the Driver in No.1 position will control the speed.
3.10. When the starter is satisfied that the karts are approaching the start line in correct formation, the starting signal will be given by extinguishing the red light or by raising the National flag. If a further lap is required the red lights will remain on or the flag will not be raised.
3.11. It is an offence to break formation before crossing the start line itself and may result in the offender being moved to the back of the grid or otherwise penalised. Such penalties will not incur points.
3.12. Once the signal to start the race has been given, Karts may not stop, intentionally or otherwise to change karts. They may however drive to the pits if they feel there is a mechanical issue with their kart.
3.13. If the officials deem a mechanical issue with the kart during the races, the driver will be allocated a new kart and released back into their original position.
3.14. Should a driver come into the pits with issues relating to the performance of the kart but no mechanical issue is deemed, the driver can change kart but will be released not in their original position.
Stopping of a Race
4.1 The Clerk of the Course (or his designated representative) may decide to stop a race or practice at any time. Should a race be stopped by the display of red flags, the following procedures will apply:
4.2. If 25% or less of the race distance has been completed by the leader, the race will be abandoned, or if possible re-run in its entirety. Unless re-run, the race will be null and void.
4.3. If more than 25% has been completed by the leader, the Clerk of the Course shall, at his discretion, decide to:
(a) Abandon the race. In which case the race (result) shall be declared as the order of finishing on the last full lap completed and before the race was stopped.
(b) Consider the race suspended. In this case the Karts will be restarted in a single file, rolling start. The starting order for the re start of the race shall be the order at the last full lap completed, before the race was stopped. “Drivers one lap down” shall be put in their correct position i.e., behind the drivers on the same lap as the leader. The race distance shall be the full time required to make up the full race distance.