Appendix Four – Schedule Z
Standing Regulations Applicable to All Races
Contents Last Updated: 1 September 2021
|Article 4||Scrutineering, Documentation and Briefings|
|Article 6||Starting Positions|
|Article 7||Assembly / Warm up|
|Article 9||Pit Regulations|
|Article 10||Circuit Regulations|
|Article 11||Official Signals|
|Article 12||Code of Driving Conduct|
|Article 13||Stopping the Practice, Suspending the Race and Restarts|
|Article 14||Safety Car Operation|
|Article 15||Determination of the Finish|
|Article 16||Fuels and Refuelling|
|Article 17||Unsuitable Drivers and Vehicles|
|Article 22||Driving Standard Observers|
|Article 24||Meeting Rides (Hot Laps)|
|Addenda||Flag or Light Signals and Boards|
Note: Text changes from the previous issue of this Schedule are highlighted such. Text changes for grammatical and/or formatting reasons are not highlighted.
Part of this Appendix but published annually in separate publications:
- Schedules to Appendix Four – Articles Governing All MotorSport NZ Race Championships.
- Schedules of MotorSport NZ Championship Class Vehicle Specifications and Regulations
“Pit Lane” means that part of the circuit, track, or course bounded on the outside by the pit wall and on the inside by the extremity of the marked lanes, which provides competing vehicles with access to and from the pits. The pit lane consists of the;
“Practice” or “Official Practice” means that part of a meeting or event provided by the organisers to enable competitors to familiarise themselves with the circuit. The organisers may use lap times recorded during practice to determine starting order or grid positions. Practice can also consist of;
Event Status and duration: MotorSport NZ in keeping with the policy of a natural progression in the status of events and ensuring that some form of control is exercised over the use of venues, has established the following National permit status Race Meeting(s) or Event descriptions and restrictions:
Clubmans Race: A race primarily aimed at providing a low budget competition with no requirement to participate in further events. This type of event being a desirable entry-level event for new competitors and officials to gain experience prior to participating in other higher classification races. Additionally:
- The Class(es) must be approved by MotorSport NZ as a Clubmans Race class(es) by submitting the application documents to MotorSport NZ. Details can be found on the MotorSport NZ website.
- The Meeting or Event is restricted to a single day.
- The event may be a round of any series.
- The event schedule including the classes competing must be submitted with the Stewards report.
Supplementary Regulations: These Regulations apply to all Race Meetings regardless of status. Supplementary Regulations Part One will be those Regulations issued by individual Organisers, which contain:
- Names of Major Officials and Organising Committee.
- Entry fee and closing date of entries.
- Vehicle types and classes.
- Other relevant information.
Supplementary Regulations Part Two is the ‘Acceptance of Entry’, and will contain the following information;
- Other Senior Officials of the Meeting (not already detailed in Part One).
- Time & venue of Documentation & Scrutineering Audit.
- Schedule of practice both unofficial and official.
- Proposed race programme.
- Location and time of driver’s briefing.
Competition Licence Requirements: Competitors participating must be holders of the appropriate competition licences.
For International Races competitors shall hold as a minimum an International Race Grade C (INT C) competition licence, and;
Advertising on vehicles:
Entries, Dates & Fees:
Change of Driver or Vehicle: Unless specifically prohibited by the Supplementary Regulations or by the Articles of any Championship in respect of which MotorSport NZ has issued an organising permit, any Entrant may, up to thirty(30) minutes prior to commencement of any race, with the prior consent of the organiser of the Meeting (or in the case of a race which is a Round of such Championship, the prior consent of both the organiser of the Meeting and the organiser of the Championship):
Refund of Entry Fees:
Starting Positions: These shall be determined by;
When starting positions are determined by practice times:
Once satisfied that all vehicles are in position, the Starter will announce the intention to proceed with the start five(5) seconds before the signal to start is given. This will be indicated by:
Starts by Lights: Initiating the starting light sequence;
Starts by Flag: The Starter will mount the dais and raise aloft the starting flag and hold it utterly motionless for:
- Not less than 3seconds and not more than 5seconds.
- Between 3 and 5seconds the Starter will drop the flag to start the race.
Starts by Lights: After the starting light sequence (8.1(1)(b)) all red light(s) will be illuminated for:
- Not less than 0.2seconds and not more than 3seconds.
- Between 0.2 and 3seconds the Starter will extinguish the red light(s) to start the race.
A maximum of 20seconds after the pole vehicle is in the allocated position the field will be directed away for the Formation Lap behind the ‘Safety Car’.
All vehicles must maintain their grid positions and keep up with the Safety Car. On approach to the start line, the Safety Car will turn off its flashing lights and enter pit lane. The field will then maintain a “grid position” of being alongside the vehicle on the same row with a gap of no more than three(3) vehicle lengths to the vehicle immediately in front. A constant speed of between 70 and 100kph set by the vehicle on pole position must be maintained until the signal to start is given.
If the starter is not satisfied with the field approaching the start line, the starting signal will not be given.
Handicap Race Grid Starts: Unless the Supplementary Regulations advise otherwise, the start procedure is as follows;
Delayed Starts: If, through unforeseen circumstances, the start cannot take place at the appointed time, drivers shall be notified by the display of the “Start Delayed” notice and followed by yellow or amber light(s), which also may be supplemented by audible warning. Engines may then be stopped.
Starts from Pits: Any vehicle missing the release from the dummy grid shall be deemed to be late and may start from the pit exit with the approval of the Clerk of the Course or assistant. It may be moved to the pit exit only with the driver in position, the signal to join the race will be given by the illumination of the green light (or waving of a green flag).
Pit Lane and Signalling Bay:
Entry to Pits:
Exit from Pits:
The “acceleration zone” from the speed de-restriction line in the pit exit lane to the circuit entry point is deemed to be part of the pit area.
Drivers must use the circuit at all times. For the avoidance of doubt, the white lines defining the circuit edges are considered to be part of the circuit, but the kerbs are not.
A driver will be judged to have left the circuit if
either all four(4) tyres of the car do not remain in contact with are outside the white lines defining the circuit edges, or if any one(1) tyre entirely exceeds the outer edge of any kerb.
Should a car leave the circuit the driver may re-join, however this may only be done when it is safe to do so and without gaining an advantage or interfering with any other competitor.
A driver may not deliberately leave the circuit without justifiable reason.
Should a driver be compelled to stop the vehicle, either involuntarily or for any other reason, the vehicle shall be moved off the circuit as soon as practical so that its presence does not constitute a danger. If the stopped vehicle is in a potentially dangerous position, it is the duty of the first intervention marshalls to recover the vehicle from that position. Once the vehicle has stopped at, or has been recovered to, a safer position, then;
Wet Weather conditions:
Drive Through Penalties: The Clerk of the Course may inflict a Drive Through Penalty in the following manner;
Notification of Time Penalties:
Should a windscreen be broken during an Event or Meeting that is not part of a Championship or Sanctioned Series, the vehicle may continue in the Event or Meeting only if the Clerk of the Course is satisfied that all opportunities to fit a replacement windscreen have been exhausted and subject to;
Organisers may require competitors to mount transponders to their vehicles for the purpose of providing lap times during all practice, qualifying and race sessions. Unless otherwise stated in Championship Articles or Schedules the following shall apply.
Unless otherwise stated the transponder shall be mounted securely on:
Competitors using their own electronic on board timing systems shall not:
Note: Refer also to the Addenda to this Schedule.
National Flag or extinguishing of red light(s):
At all times:
Note: The flags and boards that are only displayed at the start/finish line shall still be used.
Truck Race signals:
These occurrences, may result in or from, but not limited to:
- The stopping of a test or qualifying session or the suspension of a race;
- Causing a false start by one(1) or more cars;
- Causing a collision;
- Forcing a driver off the track;
- Preventing an overtaking manoeuvre by a driver;
- Impeding another driver during overtaking;
- Causing an avoidable accident;
- Changing line to block another competitor more than once on a straight.
Stopping the Practice or Suspending the Race:
Should it become necessary to stop the practice or suspend the race because the circuit is blocked by an accident or because weather or other conditions make it too hazardous to continue, the Clerk of the Course shall:
When the signal is given to stop, then;
During a race, then;
Restarting the Qualifying or the Race:
When the Clerk of the Course determines that the track is suitable to recommence, then;
During Qualifying: then;
During a Race, unless the Supplementary Regulations indicate otherwise, the following conditions will apply to races which have been suspended prior to their scheduled completion;
If less than one(1) lap has been completed by the leader; then
Where the leader has completed more than one(1) lap but less than 75% of the scheduled distance or time; then
the field will be released behind the Safety Car for at least one(1) lap and procedures prescribed in Article 14 (Safety Car Operation) shall apply;
- Any vehicle(s) at pit lane exit may rejoin the field as last vehicle(s) once the Safety Car and the field passes.
Safety Car Deployment:
End of Safety Car Deployment:
The finish signal will determine the conclusion of a competition.
Refuelling of competition vehicles may only be carried out:
Driving Standard Observers:
Compliance: Entrants are reminded they or any of their drivers, pit crew and team personnel not complying with any of the requirements of the National Sporting Code, these Standing Regulations, Supplementary Regulations and/or Instructions to Entrants and/or Drivers may result in;
Vehicles: All cars participating in Meeting Rides (Hot Laps) must:
During the meeting:
- Drivers are to report to the Secretariat office to complete, sign and collect their Meeting Passenger Indemnity form.
- Competitors will be supplied a form of individual passenger identification. It is the competitor’s responsibility to ensure that all passengers have signed the Passenger Indemnity form prior to undertaking rides.
- The competitor must submit all Passenger Indemnity forms to the Clerk of the Course no later than thirty(30) minutes prior to the commencement of the meeting ride session.
- Competitors are responsible for ensuring that their passengers are wearing the appropriate safety apparel.
- Team members to take passengers to pre-arranged passenger loading area ready to get in the vehicles.
- A maximum of two(2) team members plus passengers are permitted in the passenger loading areas.
- Team members should be clearly identifiable.
- The Organiser is to ensure that there are sufficient Officials available to check passenger identification and safety apparel prior to the car being released onto the circuit for the Hot Lap.
Warm up: If a Car has not taken part in any test session prior to meeting rides then it must undertake warm up laps (without any passengers) as follows:
Meeting Ride Duration: Each Hot Lap ride will be a maximum of three(3) laps and will consist of only one(1) “flying lap” of the race track for each individual passenger carried. A “flying lap” is one in which a Car carrying a passenger is permitted only to:
Speed and Conduct: At all times during this session a Car must not be driven at full racing speed. The Car is to be driven comfortably within Driver and Car limits. The following conditions are to be observed:
- The Driver must not lose control of the Car or allow all four(4) wheels of the Car to leave the racing surface.
- At all times the Pit exit and Pit entry blend lines must be respected.
Addenda to Schedule Z
Flag or Light signals and boards:
|Red flag:||Red Light:|
During Practice: Waved to signal the practice session has been stopped. Slow down ensuring following vehicles can slow in the space available; proceed with maximum caution to your trackside pit. Do not overtake. Be prepared to stop if required.
During Practice: flashing to signal the practice session has been stopped. Slow down ensuring following vehicles can slow in the space available; proceed with maximum caution to your trackside pit. Do not overtake. Be prepared to stop if required.
|During the Race: Waved to signal the race has been suspended. Stop racing, slow down ensuring following vehicles can slow in the space available; proceed with maximum caution to the red flag control line. Do not overtake. Be prepared to stop if required.||During the Race: flashing to signal the race has been suspended. Stop racing, slow down ensuring following vehicles can slow in the space available; proceed with maximum caution to the red flag control line. Do not overtake. Be prepared to stop if required.|
|Yellow Flag:||Yellow Light(s)|
At all times:
At all times:
|Single Waved: Reduce speed. Do not overtake. There is a hazard on or in close proximity to the circuit.||Flashing together: Reduce speed. Do not overtake. There is a hazard on or in close proximity to the circuit.|
|Double Waved: Reduce speed. Do not overtake. Be prepared to stop. There is a major hazard on or in close proximity to the circuit.||Alternately Flashing: Reduce speed. Do not overtake. Be prepared to stop. There is a major hazard on or in close proximity to the circuit.|
|Yellow/Red Flag:||Yellow/Red Light:|
At all times:
Displayed single waved to warn of debris or deterioration of adhesion that is imminent.
At all times:
Flashing to warn that serious debris or deterioration of adhesion that is imminent.
|Displayed double waved to warn that serious debris or deterioration of adhesion that is imminent.|
|Blue Flag:||Blue Light:|
During Practice: Waved to signal a faster vehicle is catching and may overtake you.
During Practice: flashing to signal a faster vehicle is catching and may overtake you.
|During the Race: Waved to signal another vehicle is about to lap you. Let the other vehicle through, failure to do so may invoke a penalty.||During the Race: flashing to signal another vehicle is about to lap you. Let the other vehicle through, failure to do so may invoke a penalty.|
|Green Flag:||Green Light:|
At all times: Displayed waved to signal the all clear at the end of the danger area marked by yellow flag(s).
At all times: flashing to signal the all clear at the end of the danger area marked by yellow light(s).
|Black Flag *:|
|Shown with this board. OR||Shown with this board.|
During the Race: Within one(1) lap, proceed to drive through the pit lane without breach of the maximum speed limit and without stopping at your pit.
During the Race: You must stop at your pit within one(1) lap of receiving the signal and report to the Clerk of the Course who has additional powers up to exclusion to apply if necessary.
|Black / White flag *:|
|Shown with this board. OR||Shown with this board.|
During the Race: Signifies to the competitor that a judge of fact time penalty has been applied. Does not necessitate return to the pits or that a Drive Through Penalty has been imposed in this instance.
During the Race: A warning that your driving behaviour (unsportsmanlike) has been reported to the Clerk of the Course any further reports will result in a Black flag.
|Black / Orange flag *:|
|Shown with this board.|
At all times: A warning of apparent mechanical failure, or of a fire (which might not be obvious to you), or failure to have rain light illuminated. You must call in at your pit on the next lap.
|White Flag:||White Light:|
Waved to warn you are catching a much slower vehicle that may seriously obstruct you.
flashing to warn you are catching a much slower vehicle that may seriously obstruct you.
|Last Lap Board:|
|Displayed at Finish line to signify that the vehicles are starting the last lap of a Race. (Mandatory for all MotorSport NZ Championship races. Recommended for all other races).|
|Rain Lights Board:|
|When displayed it signifies that the rain lights must be illuminated.|
|Black white chequered flag:|
At all times: End of Race or Finish. End of practice.
|Safety Car Board:||Safety Car Light:|
|When displayed at all Flag posts it signifies that the Safety Car is on the circuit. (Refer Schedule Z Article 14 for full details.)||When Illuminated at all Flag posts it signifies that the Safety Car is on the circuit. (Refer Schedule Z Article 14 for full details.)|
|Boards used in conjunction with Race Starts:|
|Thirty Second Board:|
|When displayed at the start line it signifies that the start is imminent.|
|Five Second Board:|
|When displayed at the front of the grid or from the Starters dais this indicates that the starter is intending to proceed with the start. Not used when starting lights are used.|
|Start Delayed Board:|
|If, through unforeseen circumstances, the start cannot take place at the appointed time, drivers shall be notified by the display of this notice and yellow amber light(s), which may also be supplemented by an audible warning.|
|Signals used at Pit Exit:|
|Used during Practice: Drivers must stop if the red light is on and may proceed to join the circuit when the red is turned off and the green light is on. The red signifies that it is unsafe to join the circuit as a vehicle is approaching the merge point between the pit exit lane and the circuit.||Used for a vehicle starting a race from pit lane: Drivers who are directed to start from pit lane will be held on the red light until the Clerk of the Course orders the red light to be extinguished and the green light turned on.
Note: At Clubmans Race Events flags may be used instead of lights
|Blue Flag used during a race only:|
|Will be shown stationary to warn the vehicle exiting the pits that vehicles on the circuit are approaching the pit exit/circuit proper merge point. Drivers leaving the pit lane will do so on their own responsibility.
Note: A blue light or lights may substitute this flag.
|Pit Speed restriction signs:|
|This sign will be sited at a point on the pit lane entry road adjacent to a white line across the entry lane. From this point forward the maximum speed in the fast lane of the pits is 40kph. When crossing out of the fast lane into the working lane of the pits or to enter the pit paddock the maximum speed reduces immediately to 15kph.|
|This sign will be sited at a point on the fast pit lane exit to the circuit adjacent to a white line (demarcation line) across the exit lane. The distance between the demarcation line and the merge point with the circuit allows vehicles the opportunity to reach at least seventy percent of the speeds of vehicles on the circuit at the merge point.|
During Practice Sessions: