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Section 10 Racing Rules
T10-5-1    General:
(a)
Only ONE person may operate any race vehicle at any one time. NO PASSENGERS ALLOWED.
(b)
New Competitors must drive a minimum of 3 compulsory practices or start in at least 4 meetings from the rear of the field, before taking part in Open Competition.

T10-5-2    Dangerous Construction:
(a)
The Steward of the meeting may exclude any vehicle the construction of which he deems to be dangerous and shall give full effect to these Regulations and requiring the Machine Examiner to examine every vehicle immediately prior to its taking part in a competition.
(b)
Unnecessary Equipment: (Such as inter alia, lamps, horns and speedometer) may be deemed dangerous.
(c)
The direction of all officials must be strictly obeyed.

T10-5-3    Flags:
    The following flags will be recognised as the standard colours to be used as signals to competitors during     a race:-
    Green    Start
    Red    All competitors stop
    Yellow    Proceed with caution
    White    Last lap for individual competitor
    Black Board    Individual competitor to retire from race immediately upon receiving the black board bearing     the offending competitors number, held out for two laps
    Black & White    Finish
    Chequered
    Black/Yellow    Re-run

T10-5-4    Heats:
(a)
Starts may be arranged in heats. The arrangement and constitution of heats shall be determined by the Promoters and shall be published in the programme, if any.
(b)
A competitor shall start in the heat which has been allotted to him unless by permission of the Clerk of the Course of the meeting.
(c)
Only those competitors, qualified in their heats, shall take part in the semi-finals, and only those competitors qualified in the semi-finals shall take part in the final.
(d)    
Consolidation of Heats: The Clerk of the Course of the Meeting shall be empowered to consolidate, or otherwise modify the arrangements and constitution of heats, if the number of entrants at the start, or other conditions warrant their doing so.

T10-5-5    Starting:
(a)
Competitors proceeding to, and awaiting the start of any race, are under the jurisdiction of the Starter and/or Referee.
(b)
The outside front row car shall be the pacesetter for the start of the race.
(c)
Punctuality in Starting: Competitors shall always be prepared to start in accordance with the programme and when called on to do so. Any Competitor not prepared to start within a reasonable time after being called upon may be excluded from the race.
(d)
Vehicles proceeding to starting points must not be driven at excessive speed around the track, and at no stage shall any crew member ride on any vehicle.
(e)
Starting Positions: In scratch races starting positions shall be balloted for.
    (i) In two (2) men match races of three (3) heats the competitor winning the ballot in the first heat takes     out-side position in the second heat, and     the positions are again decided by ballot for the third heat.
    (ii) In three (3) men match races a ballot shall be taken for the first heat only, and competitors shall take     alternative positions thereafter.
(f)
Any vehicle failing to start after leaving the pits within the time limit of two (2) minutes must be pushed infield clear of the track, and remain there until the conclusion of the race.  
(g)
A Competitor shall be excluded from the race if he delays the start by more than two (2) minutes in all, in any one race. The two (2) minutes shall be calculated from the time or times estimated by the Referee, until his vehicle is again running under its own power.
(h)
Upon receiving the push-off signal any vehicle which has failed to start within one full lap must be pushed to the infield clear of the track, and remain there until the conclusion of the race.

T10-5-6    Driving in Wrong Direction:
(a)
Vehicles must at all times be driven in an anti-clockwise direction.
(b)
Under no circumstances shall a competitor at any time during a meeting or during practice, be permitted to drive a vehicle in the wrong direction of the track.

T10-5-7    Race in Progress:
(a)
Once a race is in progress, the competitors are under the jurisdiction of the referee.
(b)
Crowding or Foul Driving: The Referee may immediately exclude any competitor who in his opinion, crowds or bores whether intentionally or not, or otherwise indulges in any foul or unfair practice during the race.
(c)
Any competitor wilfully blocking, obstructing, or shepherding another competitor off course shall be penalised.
(d)
Looking Back: Looking back is forbidden and competitors doing so render themselves liable for a fine or exclusion.
(e)
Outside Assistance: If during a race any competitor receives outside assistance he shall retire.
(f)
Competitors may have outside assistance only in the form of limited pushing to re-start during Amber Lights or Yellow Flag periods.
(g)
Any competitor who has stopped or retired prior to the Amber Lights or Yellow Flag being displayed cannot restart in the race.
(h)
Drivers may change up to their racing gear only.  Changing gear, or using clutches prohibited during racing or yellow flag/light periods.  (Minisprints/Modified Sprints may use clutches).
(i)
No wheels are permitted over the Pole Line unless evasive action is being taken to avoid an accident or a competitor is shunted onto the infield, then he must wait until the track is clear before returning to the track.
(j)
A Competitor deliberately putting a wheel or wheels over the pole line shall be penalised at the discretion of the Referee of the Meeting.
(k)
Any competitor who has proceeded to the infield and stopped shall be deemed to have retired.

T10-5-8    Emergency Stoppage:
(a)
Red Lights: WHEN RED LIGHTS COME ON OR RED FLAGS ARE DISPLAYED, ALL COMPETITORS MUST STOP AS SAFELY AND AS SOON AS PRACTICABLE AS A REAL EMERGENCY HAS OCCURRED.
(b)
Minor repairs may be carried out but refuelling is prohibited.  Repairs cannot inhibit a restart.

T10-5-9    Amber Light During Race:
(a)
After Amber Lights come on all cars must slow down at once.
(b)
The car which was the prime cause of the incident, causing the Amber Light to come on, shall not be permitted to restart.
(c)
Cars that are not the prime cause of the incident, causing the Amber Light to come on, may rejoin the field at the position they were in at the time of the last recorded lap.
(d)
After the initial evasive action, the lead car must slow down, and the rest of the field close up bumper to bumper on it, in the positions they were in as per the last recorded lap at the start finish line.
(e)
The leading car will take the safest course past the accident, and the rest of the field must follow 'Indian File' behind, using same course as the leader.  It is recommended that passing be done on the outside where possible.
(f)
Any car breaking the line will be black flagged and cannot restart.
(g)
When the track is cleared, the Amber Lights will go out as the lead car approaches the start line, and the race resumes for the number of laps remaining until the finish of the race.
(h)
Laps run while the Amber Lights are on WILL NOT BE COUNTED AS RACE LAPS.
(i)
If it subsequently becomes necessary to stop the race, after running on the caution signal, then restart rules will apply with positions taken from the last recorded lap.
(j)
Amber Lights should be used by flashing on and off and in the event of light failure, orange flags may be used.
(k)
Any driver who wilfully prevents his car being taken off, and enforces a race stoppage, will be immediately suspended for three race meetings. This suspension will be a standard penalty and there will be no redress or right of appeal against the suspension.

T10-5-10    Re-runs:
(a)
Any race stopped in the first lap will be a complete re-run event from the handicap or grid positions of the original start, and is over the original number of laps.
(b)
A competitor may not change his vehicle for the re-run.
(c)  
Vehicles not running at the time the race is stopped may enter for the re-run on the original starting position.
(d)
The vehicle which is the primary cause of the stoppage may also start in the re-run in the original starting position.

T10-5-11    Re-Starts:
(a)
Any race if stopped after one lap has been completed, will be re-started.
(b)
Competing vehicles will form up on the dummy grid in the positions they were in as per the last recorded lap at start finish line. NOT the position you were in at the time the red light came on. The dummy grid positions will be given over the public address system by the lap scorer.
(c)
Any competitor who fails to start in, or has been excluded or retired from a race which is ordered to be restarted, shall be ineligible to take part in the re-start.
(d)
If, in the interest of safety the Referee has stopped a race after one or more competitors have crossed the finishing line at the completion of the race, the race shall not be re-started.
(e)
Any competitor who is not proceeding under power at the time of the incident which results in the display of the 'stop' signal shall be deemed to have retired.
(f)
Any competitor who has proceeded to the infield and stopped, shall be deemed to have retired.
(g)
The car which was the prime cause of the stoppage is not permitted to re-start.
(h)
A Competitor may not change his vehicle for a re-start.

T10-5-12    Withdrawal:
(a)
In any race, any competitor who is lapped may be black boarded, and the competitor must withdraw his vehicle to the infield and remain there until the end of the race.
(b)
Defective Vehicles: In the event of any defect developing in a vehicle during a race which may endanger other competitors, the Starter on instructions from the Referee may give the competitor the black flag, then the competitor concerned must immediately retire from the event.
(c)
Any competitor withdrawing from a race with mechanical trouble, or for any other reason, shall, whenever practical ascertain that the track is clear of other vehicles, and signal his intention of pulling out, then pull onto the infield for a reasonable distance from the track and remain there until the conclusion of the race.
(d)
Should the vehicle remain stopped on the track while the race remains in progress, the driver shall remain strapped in his seat until he is given permission to leave it by an appropriate official. This restriction does not apply should the vehicle be on fire.

T10-5-13    Race Finish:  
(a)
A race is not finished until the chequered flag is displayed and the last competitor has passed the finish line regardless of the number of laps run.  
(b)
From the point when the lead car receives the chequered flag, the race is finished for that vehicle but from that point on if the amber light is shown, all competitors who follow through the finish line are counted in order of passing the line.  
(c)
If the race is stopped on red lights after one or more competitors has received the chequered flag, placings will be given in order of finished vehicles.  The remainder of the field unable to finish will be counted as finishers as per their placings recorded on the lap preceding the stoppage, excluding any competitor causing the stoppage.  
(d)
Once the chequered flag has been displayed for one or more competitors, and the red lights are subsequently shown, the race cannot be restarted - the race is finished.

T10-5-14    Dead Heats:
(a)
In the case of a dead heat, the entrants tying for a place shall divide amongst themselves any prize or prizes attributed to their placing, provided that upon the request of all entrants tying for a place.
(b)
The Referee and the Steward of the meeting may authorise a fresh start and may with the consent of the said entrants, impose modified conditions for the re-run. This does not apply to S N Z. National Championships.

T10-5-15    Avoidance of Delay:
(a)
So that races may be run off with the least amount of delay after a stoppage, or after running on caution, drivers must act on the instructions of the Referee or Official in charge, and follow the rules without question or delay.
(b)
If a competitor is excluded from a race prior to its start, in a series of heats, or during a red light stoppage, he may
continue to race under protest if there is an element of doubt about his exclusion, and this is agreed to by the Steward and Referee.  The decision to exclude or not exclude that Competitor will be made immediately after the race in questionIf necessary, a special protest committee can be set up to hear any protest after the running of the race. Any protests must be lodged in accordance with SNZ rules on the lodgement of protests.

T10-5-16    Amendment of Rules:
(a)
Subject to local conditions, the Rules in this Chapter may be amended in part by the unanimous decisions of the Stipendiary Steward if in attendance, or the Steward of the Meeting, Clerk of Course, and a representative of the class of competitor competing, bearing in mind the following three factors - safety of Competitors, safety of Spectators, and the better promotion of the events.
(b)
These amendments will only be applicable for the meeting at which they are made, and must be displayed on the track notice board.