NSWPTC Driving Standards

2018 NSW Production Touring Driving Standards

 

 

These Driving Standards must be read in conjunction with the Series Regulations, Event Supplementary and Further Regulations, Race Meeting Standing Regulations and the general provisions of the CAMS Manual.

We must remember that we are a group of like-minded drivers whose main aim is to compete fairly and in the absence of deliberate car to car contact and/or intimidation for track position gain, and all for our mutual enjoyment.
Driving standards apply on and adjacent to the racing surface itself, the paddock, marshalling area and also pit lane.

  • RACING ROOM – Giving your competitor racing room is one of the foundation rules of racing. This rule is the basis of all for Driving Standards. At all times, you must not force your competitor off the track by squeezing or failing to give them adequate room to place and race their car.
  • BLOCKING – Blocking causes incidents. NO blocking will be tolerated and will be penalised.
  • PROTECTING YOUR LINE – To protect your racing line on a straight you are allowed ONE movement to position your car. Having made such a move, you cannot move back onto the racing line – that is two moves. Continuous movement across the track down the straight is considered multiple movements. HOWEVER, protecting your line in this manner (a series of single moves for multiple laps) will also constitute blocking. The above does not apply when passing slower cars, which are expected to stay on line whilst being passed.
  • OVERTAKING – Overtaking at corners is the most likely circumstance where contact may occur. Late braking, divebomb moves up the inside and crowding and/or turning-down on another driver on corner exit does not constitute acceptable conduct. Participants MUST allow sufficient room at corners and be prepared to yield to another competitor in the interests of safety even if at the cost of track position. This applies as much to overtaking cars as to those being overtaken.  Be aware, under the CAMS NCR’s, it is entirely the responsibility of the overtaking driver to execute the manoeuvre safely.

ENTRY – At the USUAL TURN IN POINT of the corner (and no later), you MUST have your car’s front wheel at least up to the steering wheel of the car you are overtaking, whilst remaining in complete and effective control of your vehicle at all times. From this point you own the corner, but anything less and you MUST withdraw from the move without affecting the other cars progress and allow your competitor to come across in front of you. At the usual point of turn in you must also have your car under control for your move.

MID CORNER – The concept of safe overtaking does not include an out of control, divebomb move up the inside. Vice versa if you are up to the steering wheel of the car you are passing, they must give you racing room, they can stay on the outside of you if they choose but they MUST not crowd in on you or cut across your nose.

EXIT – If your competitor stays on the outside and along side you, then you must give them racing room on the exit of the corner and not seek to crowd them off the circuit in an attempt to force them to “lift”.

  • RE-ENTRY TO THE CIRCUIT – If you go off the circuit or run wide make sure it is safe to rejoin the circuit. Where possible wait for a flag marshal’s direction or a clear gap in the traffic.
  • RESPECTING TRACK LIMITS – CAMS Race Meeting Standing Regulations (RMSR) require drivers to respect the track limits. Gaining an advantage by driving outside the track limits is a not permitted under RMSR Section 7.3 and therefore a breach of NCR 183 (vii).
  • AWARENESS – All entrants are required to maintain awareness of their place in the relative scheme of an event as it progresses. Leading cars must exercise discretion in terms of lapping slower cars, and slower cars must respect the blue flag. Additionally it is expected that two or more slower cars dicing for position at the back of the field will not have their racing interfered with by a faster car lapping them.  Generally you will have the speed and position to complete the overtake in a straight line and minimise any interference. This calls for careful thought and quite deliberate action – difficult for some drivers it is acknowledged, BUT certainly possible.  In this regard, please re-read above until you are fully conversant with what those sections are communicating.
  • CAMERAS – All vehicles must have a video camera mounted showing a clear view of the driver and track to the front of the car. The video camera must be mounted, operating and recording during every session. The Driving Standards Officer (DSO) can request any video camera footage at any time. Penalties up to exclusion from the race may be applied for non-provision of camera footage of that race to the DSO.
  • DISCUSSION WITH DSO – The DSO will speak to the driver on a one on one basis. Discussions will not include your crew, family, partner, and sponsors and will at all times be civil.  You are reminded that the COMPETITOR is deemed responsible for the conduct/actions of his/her crew, family, partner, and sponsors.
  • PENALTIES – Participants who incur Infringement Notices for any breaches of the NCRs by event officials and/or are the subject of a guilty finding confirmed by Event Stewards may be excluded from race results at the event and may be excluded from the current meeting plus future meetings. Participants involved in more serious incidents, especially those under NCR 183 and more particularly NCR 183.ix will be reported to the NSW State Council Motor Racing Panel and/or be the subject of a NSWPT Committee request to event stewards for specific observation and scrutiny of driving standards as well as requests for subsequent entry to be declined in accordance with NCRs.

The CAMS Race Meeting Standing Regulations can be found here –

http://docs.cams.com.au/Manual/race/ra01-race-meeting-StandingRegs-2018-1.pdf

and they form a part of these notes.  Entrants and drivers should read all Sections, and Section 7.3 in particular.

7.3 OVERTAKING, CAR CONTROL AND TRACK LIMITS;

(a) An automobile alone on the track may use the full width of the said track, however as soon as it is caught by an automobile which is about to lap it the Driver must allow the faster Driver past at the first possible opportunity. If the Driver who has been caught does not seem to make full use of the rear-view mirrors, flag marshals shall display waved blue flags to indicate that the faster Driver wants to overtake. A Driver who appears to ignore the blue flags shall be reported to the Stewards of the Meeting.

(b) Overtaking, according to the circumstances, may be carried out either on the right or the left. More than one change of direction to defend a position is not permitted. A Driver moving back towards the racing line, having earlier defended his position off-line, should leave at least one automobile width between his own automobile and the edge of the track on the approach to the corner.

Manoeuvres liable to hinder other Drivers such as deliberate crowding of an automobile beyond the edge of the track or any other abnormal change of direction are strictly prohibited. A Driver who appears guilty of any of the above offences shall be reported to the Stewards of the Meeting.

(c) Each Driver must use the track at all times. For the avoidance of doubt:

(i) Each white line defining the track edge is considered to be part of the track but a kerb is not; and

(ii) A Driver shall be judged to have left the track if no part of the automobile remains in contact with the track. Should an automobile leave the track for any reason, and without prejudice to 7.3(d) below, the Driver may rejoin. However, this may only be done when it is safe to do so and without gaining an advantage.

(d) Repetition of serious mistakes or the appearance of a lack of control over the automobile (such as leaving the track) shall be reported to the Stewards of the Meeting and may entail the imposition of penalties up to and including the exclusion of the Driver concerned.

(e) It is not permitted to drive an automobile unnecessarily slowly, erratically or in a manner deemed potentially dangerous to other Drivers at any time.

 

Participation in a NSW PT event confirm an entrants agreement to these driving standards, including the acknowledgment that breaches may result in event exclusion, championship point penalties, and even extend to exclusion from future events.