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rule changes Decisions taken at the Motor Sports Council meeting of 14 June 2011 that affect regulations in the Competitors’ and Officials’ Yearbook Consultation and ratification

The Motor Sports Council must consider all new regulations proposed by the Specialist Committees. The regulations are first published on the MSA website so that comments may be received before they are presented to the Motor Sports Council for approval, incorporating any modifications that result from the consultation process (which may have included review by another Specialist Committee or Advisory Panel). Approved (G) Officials Date of implementation: 1st January 2012 5.2.17. Ensure that any driver of a Parade, Lead or Safety Car during a Race (n.b. not including the driver of any car controlling a formation lap), is a suitably experienced circuit driver who should have or had previously held a Competition Licence (Q4.9.1).  Reason: Regulating procedures/guidelines issued separately by the MSA.  7.2. The maximum time allowed for scrutiny is shall be such that no more than 10 vehicles per hour are required to be examined per Scrutineer.

7.5.1. National B Scrutineers can take charge of scrutineering at events up to National B status, including race meetings.

rule changes will be published here and will be incorporated into the next edition of the relevant MSA Yearbook(s).

Explanation of format

Regulation changes are shown as red additions or struck through deletions. The dates of implementation are stated immediately above the Regulations, while reasons for the changes are given below. Scrutineer status Applicants must be assessed in person at two events by two different Assessor Scrutineers appointed by the MSA Technical Department.

28.6.3. National B to National A Scrutineer National B Scrutineers appointed from 1st January 2009 may upgrade to National Scrutineer using the following criteria until 31st December 2013. From 1st January 2014 National B Scrutineers will be reappointed with the grade of Scrutineer. Applicants must have: (a) Scrutineered at a minimum of ten meetings, four of which must be National B status of higher. (b) Acted as deputy chief on at least two occasions at National A meetings.

7.5.2. National A Scrutineers can take charge of scrutineering at events up to National A status.

(c) Provided letters of recommendation from at least two Chief Scrutineers with whom they have worked, one of whom must be an International Scrutineer.

28.4.4. The MSA may reduce the minimum requirements dependant dependent upon the number of meetings attended, qualifications, suitability, and aptitude and geographical location.

(a) Applications for upgrade must be made in writing directly to the MSA Technical Department.

28.6.2. Scrutineer to National B Scrutineer

(b) Applicants must have acted as Scrutineer at a minimum of twenty meetings and held a full Scrutineer licence for a minimum of 24 months.

Applicants must have: (a) Officiated as a licensed Scrutineer for at least three years Applications for upgrade must be made in writing directly to the MSA Technical Department. (b) Applicants must have Aacted as Scrutineer at a minimum of ten National B (or higher status) twenty meetings within the preceding 24 months and held a full Scrutineer licence for a minimum of 24 months. (c) Acted as deputy chief on at least two occasions at National B meetings The relevant training module booklet must be completed. (d) Provided letters of recommendation from at least two Chief Scrutineers with whom they have worked, one of whom must have National A or International

(c) The relevant training module booklet must be completed. (d) Applicants must be assessed in person at one event by an Assessor Scrutineer appointed by the MSA Technical Department.

28.6.4. International Scrutineer/Environmental Inspector/Technical Commissioner/Assessor Scrutineer These grades are by appointment of the MSA Appointments Panel only. Applications for these grades should be submitted in the first instance to the Technical Department at the MSA.  Reason: To align regulations with agreed revised grading structure for Scrutineers.

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28. CHART OF TECHNICAL OFFICIALS

9.1.56. As with any item of safety equipment, evidence of damage or excessive wear can render it unsuitable for use. In the case of overalls this could include over frequent, or incorrect, washing, broken seams or stitching and worn patches. Two piece overalls should be avoided, but if worn must overlap and provide flame resistant coverage. National test standards are in the process of being superseded by European norms (CE Marks), which will provide a common standard throughout Europe.

9.1.67. Due to the complex nature of national test standards and variations of detailed testing it is not possible to quote ‘equivalents’ from foreign national standards unless they are FIA approved as detailed above. National test standards are in the process of being superseded by European norms (CE Marks), which will provide a common standard throughout Europe. Notes: *These Scrutineers may take charge of events for which they are licensed. Scrutineers may transfer across the disciplines and become licensed in them after appropriate training. Until 1st January 2014 (G28.6.3.).

9.1.78. Individual competitors are responsible for ensuring their own safety and that appropriate flame resistant overalls are worn when mandatory. 9.1.89. Competitors are also strongly advised to wear Flame Resistant gloves, socks, balaclavas and underwear. Plastic shoes (such as trainers) should be avoided.

(K) Circuit Racing Date of implementation: immediate 9.1. Clean Flame-Resistant overalls must be worn. Flame resistant overalls may be manufactured from Nomex III, Proban or equivalent materials. Acceptable standards:

9.1.1. Racing: FIA 8856-2000 9.1.2. Special Stage Rallies: FIA 8856-2000 FIA 1986 Standard 9.1.23. Karting: As defined in U13.3.

9.1.910. Specific regulations concerning Flame Resistant gloves, socks, balaclavas and underwear are published by the FIA and applicable to International events.  Reason: Following the introduction of ISO standards for industrial protective clothing. EN533:1995 has been replaced with ISO 14116. Garments submitted for testing since 1st March 2009 have been tested against the new ISO standard and may be labelled as such.  (M) Autotests Date of implementation: 1st January 2012 16.8. Tyres from List 1b are not permitted.

32.(h) Tyres from List 1b are not permitted.  Reason: To restrict the use of performance tyres. 

9.1.34. All Other Events (including overalls in accordance with Q10.1.) BS6249 part 1 Index A or B (but not part C) BSEN533 EN533:1995 Index 3 ISO 14116 FIA 8856-2000 FIA 1986 Standard 9.1.45. For FIA Standard Overalls the homologation label will be stitched into the fabric of the garment or on a sewn in label. For International use overalls must comply with: FIA 8856-2000.


(P) Cross Country Events Date of implementation: 1st January 2012 1.2.1. With the exception of Challenge Events, Team and Winch Recovery events, all recovery operations will be under the control of the Clerk of the Course.  Reason: To clarify that winches may be used for self recovery in Challenge Events.  11.4. The Competition For Clubmans events the following is strongly recommended. National B and higher events must be timed by:

Parade, Pace, Lead and Safety Cars (G5.2.17.) 4.9.1. A Safety Car may be used to control or neutralise a race in the event of an incident or a situation in which marshals or competitors are being subjected to such potential danger that the yellow flag is not sufficient protection, providing its use is detailed in SRs, or the Championship Regulations, and in accordance with Appendix 2. The Safety Car will also be used whilst a snatch is in operation at those venues not licensed for snatch operations.

4.9.1.1. When selecting a vehicle for use as a Safety Car consideration should be given to the vehicle’s suitability, and type of vehicles within the race (Convertible vehicles are not deemed suitable).

11.4.1. Certified equipment. 11.4.2. Digital clocks to MSA Specification R or E/B. 11.4.3. Recording clocks printing to seconds, or 11.4.4. Automatic apparatus.  Reason: To relax timing requirements and costs for smaller club Competitive Safaris.  24.2.1. At events of National B status and above and all Hill Rallies, Competitive Safaris, Timed Trials, Team Recovery, Point to Point, and Challenge Events, and Junior Trials, Drivers must produce a Competition Licence [as detailed in Section H], and Passengers must produce a valid Club Membership Card.  Reason: To remove the requirement for a Competition Licence at Clubmans Junior Trials. Those clubs that run JTVs run 4 events per annum and the cost of the Licence, particularly for larger families does not provide value and is a barrier to competition.  (Q) Circuit Racing Date of implementation: 1st January 2012 1.1. A permit for the organisation of a race meeting, championship or series is issued at the sole discretion of the MSA and on the condition that:

4.9.1.2. The Safety Car should be marked “Safety Car” in black letters on a white background (in letters of a similar dimension to those used for race numbers) on both sides of the vehicle and in letters as large and as a clear as is practicable on the rear of the vehicle in such a way that the purpose of the Safety Car is clear and unambiguous. 4.9.1.3. The Safety Car must be equipped with a minimum of two yellow/amber flashing lights securely situated on the roof of the vehicle. The vehicle must be equipped with safety belts. 4.9.1.4. It is recommended that Safety Cars be equipped with rollover protection and have fitted a 2.5kg fire extinguisher to be at the disposal of the driver or observer, for hand use. 4.9.1.5. It is recommended that Safety Cars have the decals removed or covered when on the public highway, and are driven in such a manner as not to bring the sport into disrepute. 4.9.1.6. The driver and observer must sign on as officials of the meeting. 4.9.1.7. No other personnel may be carried aboard the vehicle. 4.9.1.8. Helmets must be worn, but they must not impede communications between the observer and the driver or race control (full-face helmets may require intercoms).

Championships 3.1. Please refer to Section W – Championships.

4.9.1.9. Both the driver and observer must have arms and legs covered with suitable clothing (fire retardant overalls are strongly recommended).

3.2. Series. A series of individual events organised to a common set of Sporting and/or Technical Regulations, with no accumulative winner, must register with the MSA on the prescribed form which will include: (a) title (b) vehicle and (c) minimum licence status. A registration fee will be levied. The Registration will be accepted by the issue of a Series Registration document.

4.9.1.10. Safety belts as fitted to the vehicle must be worn.

3.3. It is the Organising Permit holder’s responsibility to ensure that any Event possesses either a Championship Permit or a Series Registration document, as appropriate.  Reason: To require currently un-registered Series to submit a registration in order to register (and gain agreement for) the title, vehicle type and licence.

4.9.2. A Pace,Lead Car may be used to control the formation lap prior to a rolling start (12.1.(b)). A Pace, Lead Car will not be used to neutralise a race. A Pace Car may also be known as a Lead Car. 4.9.2.1. The Lead car should be marked “LEAD CAR” in black letters on a white background (in letters of a similar dimension to those used for race numbers) on both sides of the vehicle and in letters as large and as clear as is practicable on the rear of the vehicle in such a way that the purpose of the Lead Car is clear and unambiguous. Safety Cars may also act as Lead Cars.


4.9.2.2. The Lead Car must be equipped with a minimum of two yellow flashing lights situated on the roof of the vehicle.

The result will list all competitors who took the start in the race even if they did not take part in the restarted race and will use the first part for purposes of establishing lap records and point scoring where applicable. Any issues for any class in a 4.9.2.3. The Lead Car must be driven as required by G5.2.17. and crewed with an official Championship will be determined from the initial grid not the grid for the restarted race.  acting as an observer who is capable of recognising all the competing cars and who is in permanent radio contact with Race Control. Reason: Clarification.  4.9.2.4. Both the driver and the observer must have signed on as Officials of the Meeting. 14.5. Drivers must use the track at all times. For the avoidance of doubt:

4.9.2.5. Helmets must be worn, but they must not impede communications between the observer and the driver or race control (full-face helmets may require intercoms). 4.9.2.6. It is recommended that Lead Cars have the decals removed when on the public highway and are driven in such a manner as not to bring the sport into disrepute. 4.9.3.1. A Parade Car is deemed to be a vehicle used only to lead the competing cars on their green flag/formation lap, when the start is to be a conventional standing start from the grid, and which will not be used to neutralise a race. Lead Cars and Safety Cars may also act as Parade Cars. 4.9.3.2. The Parade Car must have at least one yellow flashing light situated on the roof of the vehicle. 4.9.3.3. The Parade Car must be driven as required by G5.2.17. and crewed with an official acting as an observer who is capable of recognising all the competing cars and who is in permanent radio contact with Race Control. Both the driver and the observer must have signed on as Officials of the Meeting. 4.9.3.4. It is recommended that Parade Cars have the decals removed or covered when on the public highway and are driven in such a manner as not to bring the sport into disrepute.

4.9.4. Detailed regulations on their use are available from the MSA and they must be fully complied with at all times.  Reason: Regulating procedures/guidelines issued separately by the MSA.  5.2. The minimum size for any flag or appropriately coloured signal panel (15.1.) (other than the Starter’s flag) is 30in x 24in 75cm x 60cm (n.b. International Regulations require the Red flag to be 80cmx100cm minimum).  Reason: Clarification and consistency.  5.4.2. Any race stopped after the leader has completed more than two laps but less than 75% of its duration will be considered as the first part of a two part race. Cars will be restarted from a grid set out in the finishing order, which shall be based upon the order of crossing the finish line at one lap less than at the time of first showing the Red Flag. Only cars which are under their own power at the showing of the Red Flag will be classified. The result will be the order of finishing at the end of the restarted race, unless Championship Regulations specify otherwise.

(a) the white lines defining the track edges are considered to be part of the track but the kerbs are not, and; (b) a driver will be judged to have left the track if no part of the car remains in contact with the track. (c) Should a car leave the track for any reason and without prejudice to (d) below, the driver may rejoin. However, this may only be done when it is safe to do so and without gaining any advantage. (d) Repetition of serious mistakes or the appearance of a lack of control over the car (such as leaving the track) will be reported to the Clerk of Course and may entail the imposition of penalties up to and including the exclusion of any driver concerned.

14.5.1. Should a car leave the track for any reason and without prejudice to 14.5.(c), the driver may rejoin. However, this may only be done when it is safe to do so and without gaining any advantage. A ‘Drive Through’ penalty may be imposed for any driver believed to have gained any advantage (12.6.).  Reason: Gaining an advantage in this respect was not intended to be attributable to penalty points. In addition C2.3. allows for a time penalty without the imposition of points and the breach is not being administered consistently. This amendment addresses these issues.  15.1. Officials’ Signals will be conveyed to drivers by the following flag signals (14.4). Signals (k), (l) and (m) may be displayed by an appropriately coloured panel to which the competitor number may be attached: (k) Black flag with Orange disc displayed with the competitor’s number: Notification of apparent mechanical failure or of a fire which might not be obvious to the driver. The car concerned must call at its pit for repairs on the next lap. (l) 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. (m) Black flag displayed with the competitor’s number: The driver must stop at his pit within one lap of receiving the signal and report to the Clerk of the Course. A penalty of exclusion may be enforced by display of the Black flag.  Reason: Clarification, some organisers are already using such boards and the proposed regulation will align with existing and proposed FIA Regulations.


Reason: To clarify required Safety standards for Sports Libre Cars.  1.1. The Safety Car will be brought into operation to neutralise a race upon the sole Regulations for Sports Libre Cars decision of the Clerk of the Course. The Safety Car will be driven by an experienced Description circuit driver and will carry an observer capable of recognising all competing cars and 14.1. Vehicles that comply with any of the following Groups: who is in permanent radio contact with race control (G5.2.17.).  (a) Any vehicle that does not comply with any other category, as defined in 10.10.1. to 10.10.5. or 10.10.7. or 14.1.(b) or (c). Reason: Clarification.  (a) Special Saloons (R) Rallying Appendix 2: Operation of Safety Car

Date of implementation: 1st January 2012 10.2.3. Start before 23.59hrs or and must finish more than one hour after ½ hour before sunrise.  Reason: To restrict the use of Standard Sections timed to the second when there is the potential to encounter other users.  16.1.5. With the exception of Novice Crews (as defined in SRs), no more than 15% of the Time Controls may be issued to competitors as Rejoin Points.  Reason: The original proposed regulation was withdrawn after consultation following concerns expressed by ANICC at the last meeting of the Regional Committee, and is now presented after revision.  24.4.12. All non-competing vehicles must be parked in a safe an appropriate place at least 30m from a road used as a Special Stage, between a point before the Start control and a point 100m beyond the Finish stop control.

24.4.13. Non-competing cars required solely for purposes of safety may be parked at any place designated safe appropriate by the Stage Commander and/or Safety Officer.  Reason: Amended wording at the request of the Technical Director.  48.10.6.1. For any vehicle issued with an MSA Competition Car Log Book prior to 1st January 2009, the requirements of R48.10.6. are satisfied until 31st December 2012. This is provided that the seat(s) have previously been FIA homologated and in addition the seats have the appropriate seat mountings in accordance with R48.10.6.

(b) Hill Climb Supersports Chassis Cars Must comply with 13.2. or 13.3. and with: Maximum height Maximum rear overhang

90cm from the ground 150cm behind rear wheel axis

(c) Sports Racing Cars (d) Group B Sports Cars. List of eligible cars is held by MSA (e) GT1 Sports Cars (f) World Rally Cars (g) Sports Racing Cars not complying with 14.1.(c)

14.1.1. The Group to which the vehicle conforms must be declared at the time of entry. FIA homologation forms must be presented at scrutineering for vehicles in groups (d), (e) and (f). Vehicles eligible for Sports Libre in accordance with 14.1.(a) or (c) must also comply with the following: Maximum width

Measurement between the outer tyre walls of the front or rear (whichever is the wider) + 20cm Maximum rear overhang 150cm behind rear wheel axis Maximum height (open cars) 90cm from the ground Maximum front aerodynamic device height Not to exceed the top of the front wheel rim

Date of implementation: 1st January 2012 10.1.5. Sports Libre Cars must comply with 14.1.(b) – K1.6.4; 14.1.(c) – K1.6.2., 14.1.(a) and (d) to (f) – FIA International Regulations K1.

Hillclimb Supersports Chassis Cars 14.2.1. In Sports Libre classes must comply with the Hillclimb Supersports Regulations except for: Maximum height 90cm from the ground Maximum rear 150cm behind rearoverhang wheel axis

10.1.5.1. Touring Cars and Sports Cars must comply with Section K, Appendix 2: Drawing number 4 with diagonal across the main hoop or Drawing numbers 5 or 6 with door bars to Drawing number 12(a), 12(g) or 12(h) on driver’s side.

Sports Racing Cars 14.2.2. In Sports Libre classes: Maximum width

(S) Sprints, Hill Climbs and Drag Racing

10.1.5.2. Sports Racing Cars must comply with K1.6.2.

Measurement between the outer tyre walls of the front or rear (whichever is the wider) + 20cm


Maximum rear Maximum height Maximum front Maximum rear

150cm behind overhang rear wheel axis 90 cm from the ground (open cars) not to exceed the top aerofoil height of the front wheel rim aerofoil 90cm from the ground height (closed cars).

14.2.3. Group B Sports Cars, GT1 Sports Cars and World Rally Cars in Sports Libre classes must comply with FIA International Regulations. 14.2.4. Special Saloons in Sports Libre Classes must comply with 12.4.1. to 12.5.13., 12.6.4. to 12.9.2. Engines and tyres are free. 14.2.5. Two seater Sports Racing Cars complying with 14.2.2. but with the driver’s seat crossed by the longitudinal centre line of the car and both seats crossed by the same transversal plane.  Reason: To provide a Category which clearly accounts for those vehicles which fail to comply with the other defined Categories.  (T) Trials Date of implementation: 1st January 2012 12.2. Safety Criteria K.8 is mandatory. The switch must be located on the off side rear of the car and be rearward facing. See Drawing 12.2. K1.6.4.(b) and K2.1.1. three point are recommended.

(U) Karting Date of implementation: 1st January 2012 4.5. The Chief Kart Scrutineer must hold a licence (minimum National B or National grade) valid for the grade of meeting. Licence grades are shown in G28.  Reason: To align regulations with agreed revised grading structure for Scrutineers.  Date of implementation: immediate 18.8. All classes must use axles of magnetic steel material with a maximum external diameter of 50mm and a minimum wall thickness of 1.9mm at all points.

18.8.1. The axle wall thickness at all points (except in keyway housings) must comply as minimum to the dimensions shown in the table below. Exceptionally axles for use in 210 and 250 National classes with a diameter greater than 40mm must have a minimum wall thickness of 2.9mm. Please also refer to class regulations for any variations.  Reason: Safety concerns over 50mm axles in these classes.  (W) Championships Date of implementation: 1st January 2012 1.1. The MSA defines a Championship as ‘an event, or series of events, organised for the purpose of establishing the right to an individual or collective title. Such a competition may also be referred to by other titles, e.g. Challenge, Trophy or Series’, within the context of this section referred to as ‘Championship’. Where reference to ‘Series’ is made, within this section, is defined in Q3.2.

Drawing 12.2. Location of Switch

1.1.4.3. The organisation and control of a Championship or Series shall at all times rest with the Championship Permit holder, subject to these Regulations. 1.1.6. The right to a Championship or Series title resides with the body who originally registered that Championship or Series. However, where a Championship or Series was originally proposed by a commercial body, that body shall have the right to nominate or change the organisers of that Championship or Series, subject to the terms of their contract.

 Reason: To ensure uniformity of location of switch.  9.8.3. Battery powered vehicles may compete in appropriate classes in Car Trials and Classic Reliability Trials, (excluding Sporting Car Trials), subject to SRs.  Reason: To permit the use of battery powered vehicles in Car and Classic Reliability Trials. 

1.1.6.1. Championships or Series bearing the title International, European, British, National or other titles which mean to convey the same impression are normally reserved for Series Championships promoted by, or on behalf of, the MSA. Organisations wishing to make application for such a Championship Series or to be associated with such a title Series, should seek separate approval from the MSA prior to application for a Permit. 1.1.6.2. Championships or Series bearing the title British and including one or more qualifying rounds of International status events, where those rounds are also rounds of an FIA Championship, must submit their Championship calendars by 31st May in the preceding calendar year for approval by the Motor Sports Council. Championships or Series bearing the title British and comprising International events not being rounds of an FIA Championship and/or national events must submit their


Championship calendars by 31st August in the preceding calendar year for approval by the Motor Sports Council.

An additional 2 points will be awarded to each competitor achieving or equalling the race fastest lap, where the race is timed.

1.1.7. The registration of a Championship or Series for a specific class of vehicle does not give the Championship Organiser the right to prevent other Championships or Series for that class of vehicle (subject to the authority of the MSA).

(b) Series Championships with Classes: points will be awarded in each class as follows:

1.1.7.1. Championship and Series Organisers may specify in their Championship Regulations procedures for the gathering of on-board data logging information. 1.1.8. Where a Championship Permit or Series Registration Document has been issued, Championship or Series Sporting and Technical Regulations may not be amended after publication unless the MSA and all competitors registered for the Championship or Series agree in writing to the alteration. Such amendments must be circulated to all Registered Competitors, Championship or Series Stewards, Eligibility Scrutineer, Clubs organising Rounds of the Championship and to the MSA. 1.3. All Car Racing Championship Permit or Series Registration applications must be submitted by a recognised lead Club – no related discussion between the MSA and an applicant will be entered into without the express agreement of the lead club. Normally only Clubs which have been recognised by the MSA for more than two years are permitted to apply for a Championship Permit. The deadlines for Car Racing Championship applications are as follows: 1.3.2. Points Scoring Unless the particular Championship Regulations specify differently, all Commercial Car Racing Championships must utilise the points system as detailed in paragraph (a) or (b) below. Alternative systems of allocation that are approved must be clearly indicated in the particular Championship Regulations. (a) Series Championships without Classes: points will be awarded at 20 – 15 – 12 – 10 – 8 – 6 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1.

4 or more eligible starters in the class 1st – 4; 2nd – 3; 3rd – 2; 4th – 1. 3 eligible starters in the class: 1st – 3; 2nd – 2; 3rd – 1. 2 eligible starters in the class: 1st – 2; 2nd – 1. 1 eligible starter in the class: 1st – 1. One additional point will be awarded to each competitor achieving or equalling the race fastest lap in each class, where the race is timed. Points should be awarded on the basis of the final results of each event.

1.3.3. Maximum Scores Unless the particular Championship regulations specify differently, a competitor’s final total of points that he may count toward his position in the Championship will be calculated as follows: (a) Where there are up to 10 rounds organised in the Series Championship, a competitor shall count his results in the total number of events run less one. (b) Where there are between 11 and 15 rounds organised in the Series Championship, a competitor shall count his results in the total number of events run less two. (c) Where there are over 15 rounds organised in the Series Championship, a competitor shall count his results in the total number of events run less three. (d) Points scored by a driver in different classes within a Series Championship will be totalled separately towards his final placing. However, a change of car within a class will not affect a driver’s points total.


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