General Rules

      Presentation of Cars

All vehicles used i.e. saloons, hatchbacks, must retain the manufacturers original silhouette, i.e. No cut Downs. If a hatchback is used it must be fitted with an original tailgate. Vehicles must be presented in a clean and tidy condition. All body panels, doors, bonnets and wings must be securely attached. Doors bonnet and boot must be securely retained with quick release fixings. Bungee straps and rubber hooks alone are not adequate. If any of the above becomes detached during racing this may incur a penalty. No saloons shall be fitted with dumb irons or structural steel fenders, such as angle irons, joists, tubes or other circular or rectangle section at the front, rear, of cars. Original steel bumpers to be removed. Integral plastic bumpers are permitted. Radiator or any other cooling system pipe’s that run through the driver’s compartment must be of metal and completely shielded from the driver. Ballast in any form is not permitted. Distributors must be fitted with a working vacuum. No distributor protection allowed. Electronic traction control not permitted. Isolator switch must be in the rear driver’s side triangle on the Roll Cage. Towing eyes front and rear are recommended.

 

Body Shells and Suspension Junior - Litre Rod  – Hot hatch.

The body shell and sub frame of all cars must be of steel as standard. Apart from one piece fronts on BL Mini’s which must be detachable as a whole and be clipped with bonnet pins or clips, not bolted. Cars with detachable one piece fronts, steel or otherwise will be allowed 2 lengths of 1”x1” box or round tube of no more than 10 swg bolted at both ends diagonally from flitch panel to sub frame. (See figure 1 page 5)  All internal structural bodywork must be retained, no drilling of structural panels i.e.; - door posts, inner wings, bulkheads and tailgate.

 

All saloons must retain their original or soundly constructed substitute rear parcel shelf. Shock absorbers are free. Springs are free within the manufacturers’ range, Coil over shock absorbers are not permitted, unless fitted as standard. No other suspension modifications, except camber/caster. KPI improvements allowed. Competition springs i.e.:- Polly Springs are not permitted. Standard items may be lowered, (No cutting and welding of springs). No Airfoils, spoilers or air scoops. If arches and sills are fitted, they must not exceed 2” and (50 mm) wide at their uppermost point of fixing. If the original front panels are not available (i.e. Starlets), a replacement panel of not more than 18g, mild steel may be used, but must not exceed past the front edge of the front wing. Suspension must not be adjustable.

 

Hot Rods. Any fibreglass must not exceed 1/4” (6 mm) thick. Kevlar doors, skirts or extension sills are permitted and if constructed of steel must not exceed the original panel part thickness and must not extend past the widest body line. No double skinning of body panels allowed. Any patching of exterior panels must not exceed the thickness of original panel part. Saloons must retain their original or soundly constructed substitute rear parcel shelf. All drivers’ compartments must remain metal and sealed from the track. Both front doors must open with easily accessible fixings. Cut down doors are not permitted. Doors must open on hinges or be detachable. Fibreglass or Kevlar panels may be used to substitute any exterior panels. Any non original engine/body configuration must be fitted with a 10 gauge scatter shield between the engine bell housing and driver. Towing/lifting eyes front and rear are recommended.

 

Engine Sealing. It will be the driver’s responsibility to ensure that the following bolts are drilled to enable the engine to be sealed should the need arise.

Junior, Litre Rod, Euro rod, hot hatch.  1 Head Bolt - 1 Block to Bell housing Bolt - 1 Sump to Block Bolt - 1 Timing Cover Bolt - 1 Inlet Manifold Bolt - 1 Rocker Box Head Bolt - 1 Carb to Manifold Bolt  - 1 Diff/Cover Bolt.  Hot Rods, 1 Sump Bolt - 1 Rocker to Head Bolt. Pinto head Bolt’s cannot be drilled therefore Cam cover on each side to be drilled.

Sharp Edges. Sharp edges of splayed wheel arches and front and rear bumper fixings shall be rounded off. All cars must be of sound construction and condition, and must have a positive fastening on all doors and body parts:- there must be no dangerous sharp edges to bodywork. No more than ONE inch protrusion from any body shell bolts.

Fireproof Bulkheads. All cars must have protective bulkheads of non-- flammable material between the engine and driver, and between the fuel tank and driver, capable of preventing the passage of fluid, flame or steam etc.

Fire Extinguishers Min 1.0 kilogram (optional) CO2 is preferable. Taping in position with adhesive tape will not be permitted. Drivers are reminded they should familiarise themselves with the method of operation of their respective extinguishers.

Fuel Lines and Tanks. Petrol from service station pumps only. Regular off the shelf fuel additives permitted. Fuel lines must run inside the car and be of metal. Where fuel lines pass through the bulkhead it must be protected by fitted grommets in rubber or other suitable material to prevent chafing. Proprietary fuel taps are permitted. Tanks must be of a maximum 4 - gallon capacity and be fitted with a breather vent open below the bottom level of the tank which continues through the floor to prevent spillage if inverted. Tanks must be fitted with non spill caps. Original fuel tanks must be removed.

The tank must be isolated from the driver behind a fireproof bulkhead or in a fireproof box, at the furthest practicable point from the driver and engine compartment; manufactured aluminium race tanks may be used. Any oil pipe that runs through the driver’s compartment must be steel braided or boxed. No catch tanks in drivers cockpit area.

Nitrous Oxide. No injection of Nitrous Oxide or any forced induction of gas of this type is permitted in any class]

 

 

 

 

Roll Bars/Cages and Space Frames. All vehicles must have a soundly constructed full Roll Cage (see diagram figure 2 page 5) fixed to the body or chassis, welded to foot plate minimum size 4”x4” (or 100 millimetre by 100 millimetre) bolted or welded to car. The surrounding floor area must be sound. Minimum requirements for all cages are 1 1/4” (30 millimetres) tube or 1 1/4” box section (30 millimetres x 30 millimetre) of not less than 12 SWG. (2.64mm). Two bracing struts must be fitted to the rear hoop. A centre bar fixed from the front to rear between the main hoops must be fitted, or this maybe diagonal from corner to corner.

A diagonal bracing strut from the top of cage to rear. (See rear view figure 2 page 5) A 1/8 “(3 millimetres) diameter hole must be drilled accessible for scrutineer’s inspection of Roll Cage thickness. All joints must be welded or bolted. If full width hoops are cut and welded there must be additional webs welded or bolted minimum size 2” x 2” x 10 gauge (50 mm x 50 mm). All home built cages must have all roof joints webbed. A “chicken bar” must be fitted at hip height on driver’s side in the door aperture. Heavy Metal - Chassis / Roll Cage must stop 6” short of front and rear panel. Alloy cages are not permitted.

 

Space Frames for Hot Rods.

All body shells must retain the original silhouette with a complete steel roof. The construction of space frame vehicles must have Roll Cage or driver’s cell constructed of round or square section tube. Any construction other than engine / gearbox and suspension supports (forward of front suspension and behind rear suspension) must not be of a type that can be classed as ironing up. Any heavy metal i.e. Chassis / Roll Cage, must stop 6” short of front and rear panel.

Minimum Roll Cage tube sizes, round 30 mm or 1 1/4” diameter.

Square 30 mm x 30 mm or 1 1/4” x 1 1/4” minimum thickness of 3.2mm or 12 SWG. All subject to scrutineer’s discretion.

Alloy cages are not permitted. The scrutineer's decision is final.

 

 

ROLL CAGE DIAGRAMS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Batteries must be securely fixed so they do not become dislodged in the event of any kind of accident. If fitted inside the car driving compartment, they must be securely fitted within a fireproof bag or box. If fitted in the boot the battery must be segregated from the fuel tank and covered in a non-metallic material. Maximum two car sized batteries can be fitted, but must be connected.. If the top up caps are not secure these can leak in case of rollovers. Alkaline batteries are NOT permitted. Alkaline acid continues to burn even after its washed off, sunlight can react it to burn again long after. You have been warned!

Master Switch/ignition Switch on all non contact Groups. Key type ignition switches must not be used. Only lever operated or push / pulled switches will be accepted, and must be marked “On” & “Off”. Isolator switch must be in an accessible position in the event of a roll over. Steering lock mechanisms must be removed.

Brake Lights. All cars must be equipped with at least one anti-crash type operational rear brake light. i.e. fog lights, fitted inside rear window aperture. These must be operated by depression of the car foot brake pedal only.

Starter Motor. Must be fitted and be capable of starting the engine at all times.

 

Wheel Spacers Hot Rods ONLY. Maximum one inch thickness. All nuts securing wheels to be of steel, contact over a minimum length of 1 1/2 times bolt/stud diameter. Safety wheel nuts to prevent wheels pulling off over standard nuts are recommended. Multiple or laminated spacers prohibited.

Wheels Tyres and Brakes. All groups can use alloy wheels (Unless group individual rules say different) provided correct wheel nuts and studs / bolts are used.

Wheels Tyres and Brakes - Junior’s, Litre Rod. Hatch’s.

Wheel diameters are free but must not exceed 6J width. Wheel spacers must not be used unless fitted as standard equipment for the car concerned.

Only conventional road legal tyres permitted. Tyres outside edges must remain within the confines of the bodywork. No more than two wheels to be fitted to one axle. All cars must retain same diameter wheels on the same axle. No stud or chained tyres permitted. Sidewall gaiters are not permitted. Efficient brakes must be on all wheels at all times. Brakes are free within models manufacturers range. Discs must remain standard to engine cc of model used.

Wheels Tyres and Brakes - Hot Rods. Wheel width must not exceed 10J. Tyres outside edges must remain within the confines of the bodywork / arches. Tubed tyres are recommended. No more than two wheels to be fitted to one axle. All cars must retain same diameter wheels on the same axle. No stud or chained tyres permitted. Sidewall gaiters are not permitted. Efficient brakes must be on all wheels at all times. Brakes are free.

Any hotrod not using 8 valve engine will be deemed national. Please make FMC race control aware of your engine size.

Exhaust Systems. All vehicles must have efficient exhaust system. A decibel reading of 95 decibels measured at trackside will be enforced. The exhaust system must be isolated from the driver i.e. beneath the floor or run inside the car, secured (for protection purposes) in casings of sound material. Inadequate / faulty systems or losing part of the exhaust while competing may result in disqualification. Clerk of course discretion.

 

Racing Numbers. Will be allocated when enrolling with the club. All cars must be equipped with a roof fin and be big enough to have solid numbers Black on White preferred (or vice versa) but dark on light (or vice versa) adequate and be a Minimum of (8”) 203 mm in height with no outlining. Door numbers must be solid and a minimum of (12”) 305 mm in height, carried on the side of the vehicle and be clearly visible by track staff at all times. Failure to ensure numbers are minimum height reduces visibility and you may not be lap scored.

Mirrors. Vehicles must be fitted with adequate rear view mirror, glass is not recommended.

Glass. No glass is permitted. Must be removed. Wear gloves whilst removing windows. Use a chisel or Stanley to remove bonded windows. DO NOT just smash out windows and tape up the jagged edges.

Door Net. A non metallic driver’s door net is recommended.

Seat and Harness. Seat belts are compulsory under practice/race conditions and must be of the full harness type (minimum three point fixing) and comply with F.I.A regulations. Push button release must be forward facing, not side facing. (Quick Release is compulsory from 2010) Rear fixing must be at 45 degrees to seat back for non-race high back bucket seats. If seat belts are involved in a severe accident it is recommended that they should be discarded and replaced. Manufactured race seats with the correct slots for the harness to go through are allowed a maximum 45 degree angle point of fixing. Seats must remain in or as near to original position and must not tilt, hinge or fold. Seats must be bolted to a soundly constructed floor at four points. If runners are fitted to the seat, both sides must be bolted together. You may use original seat belt anchorage points if positioned appropriately providing the area is sound. When bolted through the floor, seat belt fixings must have a minimum size plate/washer of approx 3” x 3” x 1/8” (75 mm x 75 mm x 2.6 mm) under floor, through which seat belt fixing must pass. Fibreglass seats are not permitted. Kevlar seats are accepted. Head restraint incorporated in your seat is compulsory.

Crash Helmets & Visors. The wearing of crash helmets and seat belts is compulsory under practice / race conditions. Crash helmets must be class A (EC2205 or P/JO 511) standard and not fitted with a chin pad. In the interest of safety, Helmets that do not comply will be confiscated. You are NOT allowed to use motor cross type helmets, with or without goggles. Visors or goggles are compulsory and must be worn during practice and racing. They must be shatterproof. In the event that either is removed during race conditions the driver may be disqualified.

Clothing. Drivers must wear full race type overalls during practice and racing. Clothing of fireproof material is compulsory. Nylon is not permitted, Gloves are optional but recommended.

Loose equipment. Must be removed prior to scrutineering.

Flag Signals and Race Procedure

All penalties awarded to drivers  ie  Black Flag, Crossed Flag, docking of places will be recorded on lap sheets and signed by the clerk of course on the day.

A Green flag or light will be used to start racing under the direction of the Clerk of Course.

A Red light displayed or Red flag shown by a course official means that all competitors STOP in a safe manner and remain stationary until directed to move by a course official.

Waved Yellow flag. Caution stationary car with driver possibly exiting NO OVERTAKING until you have past obstruction.

Stationary Yellow flag, overtaking is permitted with caution.

Crossed Red and Yellow Flags. Ambulance Required.

A Blue flag directed at a specific driver means that driver is about to be over-taken by a faster car and must pick and hold a racing line. Do NOT straddle the raceway. Failure warrants penalties.

A Black Cross generally means docking of places but maybe you have been noted. The offending driver may continue racing and must report to the clerk of course when the race is finished. Failure warrants further penalties.

A Black flag when issued may be accompanied by a number board, the driver has been observed to have committed a severe offence, or seen to have committed a number of offences or may just have a mechanical problem. The driver must pull off the circuit into the inner area of the course. Report to the clerk of course after the race has finished.

The chequered flag indicates the end of race; you are to keep racing until red flags / lights are shown. No appeal will be heard.

 

The decision of the clerk of course is final.

 

Officials/Marshall’s shall be considered judges of the fact. Trial by video will not be considered. Racing vehicles must finish heats and final under own engine power. The signal to start racing will be by green flags/lights. If a heat or final has to be stopped, the driver or drivers deemed to have been the cause of the stoppage will not be allowed to start the rerun or restart. If a heat or final has progressed over half its total distance then the resulting order of cars at the time will be deemed to be the finishing order and the race concluded. All reruns will be in grid order and run over full race distance later in the meeting. At the clerk of course discretion, only the cars that were still running at the time the race was stopped will be on grid, if a race is stopped and is to be restarted, a competitor may not leave the track to carry out or affect repairs. No outside assistance is permitted unless directed by clerk of course.

 

Number of Laps/Points. Number of laps determined must be shown at start of each race. Points awarded for each race descend from 10 points down to 1 point. 1st=10 - 2nd=8 - 3rd=6 - 4th=5 - 5th=4 - 6th=3 - 7th=2 - 8th=1. ONE attendance point & ONE A pass point (per meeting) will be awarded to each registered competitor. Any driver missing more  than three consecutive events will lose all additional points.

N,H,R,A Hotrods can compete in standard hotrod races, they will start in front of white graders and not be included in the championship points. At lap scorers / C o C discretion.

Overall club champion will be the driver who accumulates the highest number of points over the whole season, and has received minimal disciplinary action.

Driving. Any driver adopting excessive aggressive tactics will be immediately banned from the meeting and will forfeit his / her race entry after being shown the black flag, see rule 28. Deliberate baulking will be penalised. Complaints against a driver can only be lodged by a driver from their class and must be in writing. If a complaint is made about a competitor on the day, a meeting can be held (either on the day or after the meeting) for both parties concerned to put their points of view forward.

Accidents. In the event of an accident only the course marshals, club officials, safety officer and first aid personnel will be permitted on to the circuit. Under no circumstances whatsoever, can CO drivers, mechanics or friends be allowed on the circuit unless specifically directed by the clerk of the course. The driver is responsible for his entourage. In the event of a junior race being stopped due to possible injury, A Parent / Guardian will be directed onto circuit once racing has halted.

Tow Trucks. Tow trucks and breakdown vehicles are there to provide a service and will only enter the circuit at the direction of the circuit officials or marshals. No matter what the circumstances, they must stay behind the safety barrier until authorised to proceed. Tow truck drivers will not tolerate abuse and reserve the right to leave a car / driver where it is should the said car driver/ entourage be abusive.

Protests. Protests against vehicle eligibility must be made in writing including vehicle race number and signed by the protesting competitor. This should be lodged no later than 30 minutes after the end of the final race with the clerk of course or stewards of the meeting accompanied by a £100 fee. The vehicle in question will be examined immediately or sealed to be examined within a period of 60 days. In the case of strip down at the end of season, driver and vehicle must be available for inspection at a venue to be decided. If the driver of the car fails to make the car available for strip down within these periods then the car will be deemed to be illegal. Failure by club officials to strip a car during the period given by the officials will mean that the car is deemed to be legal. Seals must not be broken, except by a person designated to examine the vehicle in question. It is the responsibility of the driver of the protested car, (if not in agreement with immediate examination) to deliver at his own expense such vehicle as is the subject of protest to a place determined by officials. If subsequent findings prove the protest to be unfounded the organisers shall have the authority, unless there are special reasons to the contrary, to order the competitor who lodged the protest to pay for reasonable costs of dismantling and reassembling, transportation and scrutineer's fees. If competitor shall refuse or otherwise fail to comply with any or all of the above regulations, judgment will be given by default and penalties awarded. The scrutineer’s decision is final. A driver who is found to have an illegal car will be suspended at the discretion of the officials. Points can be deducted from the totals gained during the use of an illegal part / component.

Vehicle Eligibility. Club officials / scrutineer’s reserve the right to strip or seal engine and / or components as deemed necessary on the day. No compensation fee will be paid. Competitors with illegal vehicles will be disqualified from the championship, all points forfeited.

Rejection. Club officials reserve the right at all times to reject any car which in their considered opinion represents an attempt to defeat the rules & / or regulations as set down by FMC, even though it may comply with the letter of regulations.

Grading. A grading system for drivers is determined by points, Gold – Silver - Bronze  stripe either side of the roof denotes the class champion. Gold – Silver – Bronze entire roof denotes the club champions from the previous season. These drivers may add a stripe either side of the roof to show their current roof grade. Drivers are responsible for finding out their grid position. Drivers will be graded after 2 championship meetings. A driver may be upgraded on the day in the fairness of the sport to other competing drivers. If a registered driver misses more  than two consecutive championship meets he / she will be automatically started off the back of the grid. The officials reserve the right to re-grade any driver at any event. Visiting drivers should start at the back of their known roof grade or back of the grid, Dependant on the meeting status. This will be decided by Lap scorer & clerk of the course, drivers will be informed before the start of the finals.  Lining up. The top 3 in each class start at the back of the grid, all drivers within 10 points of third place in the championship will be off the back of the grid as a red grade, i.e... Highest points scorer at the back of the grid in descending points order.

Juniors and young drivers must NOT take part in any adult formulas until aged 17yrs for non contacts and18yrs for contact groups (17 with parent permission in writing). Failure to comply warrants immediate action.

Number of Drivers per Car. The number of the drivers per car at championship rounds is One. Once a driver has raced in a particular meeting it is not possible for that driver to exchange, borrow / buy or lend a car with / from / to another competitor for use at said same meeting. No production car will be permitted to race in a Hot Rod class unless entered at the beginning of that meeting. Fleet bangers can be used by other signed on drivers in the Destruction Derby at the end of the day, but race control must be notified of the driver change for safety. No un licensed / un established driver can take part in any DD. Any drivers found responsible for permitting a UN licensed and or UN indemnified person to enter the raceway in their vehicle will result in both parties receiving  an immediate long term suspension.

Indemnity Forms. An indemnity form must be signed by the competing driver before the racing starts. Failure to conform will result in the driver and all concerned being loaded & possibly banned.

 

Conduct at Meeting.

Conditions. It is mandatory that a competitor shall not take part in any competition organised by Fleet Motor Club unless he/she is in a possession of a current competition license or day licence pass issued by Fleet Motor Club, and has signed the indemnity form. Competitors under 18 years of age shall obtain a signature of Parent/Guardian. The indemnification must be signed using correct name, a Nom De Plume is not legal and will not be accepted. Officials and/or drivers must not consume drugs / alcohol during a meeting as they may be banned from that meeting.

Arrival. Only competition car transporters and support vehicles allowed in the pit areas. All other than the above vehicles must be parked in the Spectator car-park. There will be no exception to this rule. Any spectator cars found in the pit area are always in the way of recovery trucks and other drivers and are at risk of damage. FMC are not responsible / liable.

Speed Limit. A speed limit of 5 MPH is imposed in all areas of the premises, this applies to all vehicles whether racing or not. In the interests of safety race cars may not be tried or tested out, any one offending against this regulation will be summarily banned from the meeting and where applicable forfeit his / her entry fee. No warnings will be given.

Scrutineering and Signing On. Upon arrival competitors should proceed to the pit area, unload competition vehicle and then proceed to remove all loose equipment. The competitor shall make certain the vehicle is ready for racing and proceed to the SCRUTINEERING area, taking with him/her their license rule book, crash helmet and visor as these will be inspected. Vehicles and equipment will be inspected for general safety and conformity with these regulations. Provided that the vehicle is considered satisfactory by the scrutineer, the driver will be handed back his signed license rule book which will be required when signing on to race. Competition cars shall be returned to pit area to wait for racing to commence. The driver will have to pay any outstanding fees before receiving permission to race.

Drivers please note you are responsible for the conduct of your mechanics and guests at all times. Your co-operation is earnestly requested in order to preserve the amenities we offer. Failure to comply could result in offenders being banned from meetings. No driver will bring the sport or FMC into disrepute, no obscene language or gestures will be tolerated. Disciplinary action will be issued to those who are reported or seen challenging any official, clerk of course or scrutineer in the execution of their duty. The decision is final.

Litter. The premises do not belong to the club and failure to keep the venue free from litter may result in the loss to all. Glass, metal and plastic can be lethal and must not be left lying around. Litter bags / bins are provided for those unable to take their litter home with them.

Practising. No driver will be permitted to practise without permission from the club officials. Land owners must not be approached or you could be immediately punished. Practising can only be carried out on a specified date & time. Weekdays and on a Saturday between race events. This will be done on a booking basis ONLY via the FMC 0845 number found on the reverse of this rule book.

Race control. Is out of bounds to all except officials. If a complaint needs to be lodged, it must be through a driver’s rep or member of staff. To be considered, it has to be in writing.

Please Note: - The start marshal has no influence on decisions made during a race meeting. His role is to start and stop races safely, no more. However the personal opinion may be needed and the penalty flag be issued.

All persons attending this event are made aware that “Motor Racing can be Dangerous”.

 

Group Rules 2014

 

Junior’s 10 to 17 years of age. Build Rules and Supplements as per Litre Rod

 

JUNIOR - Compulsory Supplements. Drivers door net (non-metallic). Dash Bar, double door bars offside (driver’s side). Single door bar near-side (passenger side). No locked differential. Minimum 14 inch steering wheel, padded steering column. Drivers must wear a neck brace (some exceptions to this rule).  A support bar must be fitted horizontally behind driver’s seat (middle of back of seat). Any problems with Parent/Guardian, driver or their entourage, driver will be penalised. Max Tyre size 6J. All other rules to litre rod Specification.

 

 

 

 

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