Navigation Rally Competition
Contents Last Updated: 17 November 2020
Part One – Foreword
Part Two – Introduction to Navigation Rallying
|Article 2||Definition of a Navigation Rally|
|Article 3||Entering a Navigation Rally|
Part Three – Rules Governing the Actual Event
|Article 6||Checks and Controls|
|Article 8||Signs Erected by the Organisers|
|Article 11||Odo Distance|
|Article 12||CRI by Measurement|
|Article 13||Common Route and ‘Traps’|
|Article 15||Tulip Diagrams|
|Article 16||Straight Line maps|
|Article 18||Delays, Claims, Allowances|
|Article 19||Complaints, Protests, Appeals|
Part Four – Diagrams
|The Diagrams Applicable to Appropriate Rules of this Schedule|
Part Five – Hints
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 One – Introduction
The various regulations contained in this Schedule become effective as from the 1st January 2019.
This publication supersedes all previous editions.
Part Two – Introduction to Navigation Rallying
Abbreviations: The following abbreviations, in either upper and/or lower case, are used in this Schedule and may be used in Supplementary Regulations, instructions and documentation pertaining to the event:
|CAS||Change Average Speed|
|CRI||Competitors Running Instruction(s)|
|KPH||Kilometres Per Hour|
|MotorSport NZ||MotorSport New Zealand Inc|
|NSC||National Sporting Code|
|ORS||Open road sign|
|NRCB||Navigation Rally Competition Booklet|
Every driver and co-driver will be required on request to present to the secretary of the meeting for inspection the following:
Eligibility of Vehicles: Navigation Rallies held under these regulations are open to the following types of vehicles; cars, station-wagons, estate cars, SUVs, vans and utilities.
Part Three – Rules Governing the Actual Event
Instructions: The competitors in a Navigation Rally must comply with instructions from many sources. Depending on the level of the Navigation Rally they may come from any or all of the following:
- The Road Code
- The current New Zealand MotorSport Manual
- This Appendix 5 Schedule T, Navigation Rally Competition
- Navigation Rally Organisers Handbook
- MotorSport NZ Navigation Rally Championship Articles
- Supplementary Regulations
- Overriding Instructions
- Manned Check or Control Handouts
- Competitors Running Instructions
Supplementary Regulations: These are issued by the Organiser of a Navigation Rally. They give information regarding the conduct of the event in addition to, or in explanation of, the requirements of the New Zealand Motorsport Manual, the requirements of the Navigation Rally Organisers Handbook and in particular the rules in Appendix 5, Schedule T.
Overriding Instructions: If overriding instructions, additional to the SR, are to be used these must be limited to one(1) only in any one(1) section or subsection.
Manned Check or Control Handouts:
Competitor’s Running Instructions (CRI): CRI are the basic instructions which advise how to negotiate most intersections. But remember to apply other instructions in the SR priority list as applicable.
Except in touring sections/sub-sections, Checks and/or Controls shall be established at intervals to ensure that a competitor following the official or common route does not travel more than six(6) kilometres at any one time without encountering a Check or Control. The six(6) kilometre limit need not apply before the ODO or from the final check to final control where the control is within a city and provided:
The purpose of Checks and Controls will be to establish any one or more of the following:
At all manned Checks and Controls, unless directed in the CRI to do otherwise, each competitor shall:
In any instruction any and all references to signs, notices and/or landmarks must contain the exact words, letters and/or numbers as stated on such signs, or notice or description of such landmarks, and all words, letters and/or numbers must be clearly visible from the competitor’s car along the correct line of approach.
The following shall play no part in the identification of quoted signs:
In the quotation of signs, any and all spaces between the numbers and the letters “km” or “m” of a quoted distance are deemed not to exist. The following examples define the difference between one and two signs:
Checks and Controls: All manned Checks and Controls must be identified by a sign bearing only the word CHECK or CONTROL respectively, and unmanned Checks must be identified by a sign bearing the word CHECK plus at least one additional character. These signs must be a minimum of 45cm wide by 30cm high painted black with white lettering. The minimum height of the letters in the word CHECK or CONTROL is ten(10) cm. For unmanned Time Checks the word TIME must be a minimum height of five(5) cm. (Refer diagrams D10, D11, D12).
Arrows: Travel in the direction indicated by the arrows.
An arrow with a “C” or a reversed “C” superimposed is a clarification arrow to clarify a CRI. The CRI is then deemed completed. (Refer diagram D9,).
- The arrow signs must be a minimum of 45cm wide by 15cm high, painted black with a white arrow the full length of the board.
- No arrows may be erected which are parallel to the competitor’s direction of travel. An arrow erected in a vertical position with the arrowhead pointing upwards as viewed by the approaching competitor signifies the use of the road of least deviation. An arrow erected in a vertical position with the arrowhead pointing downwards as viewed by the approaching competitor signifies a U turn is necessary.
- All signs as per 8.1 and 8.2 must be located on the official route.
Additional signs for clarification of CRI quoting signs: When it is necessary to clarify a CRI without using a directional arrow, the following signs will be used. They shall have the same purpose, excepting the directional requirements, as a clarification arrow. The sign must be a minimum of 30cm wide by 30cm high and painted in white against a black background.
The SR must prescribe the rule to be used to negotiate each intersection until the appropriate instruction can be executed. These rules include:
The SR and CRI may use the following definitions to describe intersections:
Road with Median Strip:
One-way Road: (Refer diagram D30).
- Prohibited Entrances: Where entry to a road is prohibited by local traffic regulations (e.g. No Right Turn, No Left Turn, No Entry, Road Closed, lane markings/arrows on road etc.) then such entrance is deemed to be non-existent.
An instruction may be given at a specific point determinable by odometer reading providing the distance does not exceed twelve(12) kilometres from a previous point in the event (e.g. Change Average Speed at 7.5km from the start of this section. Turn left 5km from last directional instruction).
- Any CRI involving measurement in change of direction must state “Note odo reading” in the CRI from which the measurement starts.
A container capable of completely housing the timepiece and such container to be fitted with a glass or clear plastic top, and fitted with a means of effectively sealing the container in a closed position by means of:
System of Operation: At each manned Check and Control competitors must stop in accordance with Article 6.10.
A straight line map is a diagrammatic representation of the route to be followed by a competitor with the route shown as a straight line. All intersections must be shown. Such intersections must be shown on the side of the road on which they are to be passed by the competitor. The map bears no relationship to the actual angles of intersections of roads nor the actual relative distance between roads.
CRI may contain instructions to be read from a map(s) provided that the map to which such instructions apply has been nominated in the SR as follows:
Map reading instructions must be confined to the following types of instruction or a combination thereof:
Named Roads: A named road means that portion actually named on the map to the nearest side of the next intersection on either end of the name except that named no exit roads are exempt from the proviso of an intersection at the blind end. Where the end of a named road is in doubt the name must be wholly included between perpendiculars to the named road drawn from the ends of that named road (see diagram). Where a portion of a road has two(2) names which apply to it under this definition, then that portion of road can be called by one(1) name only, within any one(1) instruction. Road names are not divisible (e.g. John Smith Road cannot be called Smith Road). (Refer diagrams D36, D37).
State Highway numbers are not to be used as names of roads. Instructions quoting named roads must be confined to the following:
It is permissible to specify a type of bridge or ford. Instructions quoting a bridge and/or ford must be confined to the following:
Breaches of the Traffic Regulations involving excessive speed, dangerous or reckless or negligent driving, including failure to stop at Compulsory Stops;
- Up to 500 points on each occasion, or exclusion for serious offence.
Inconsiderate driving and/or misbehaviour entering or leaving Checks, Controls;
- First Offence: 50 points
- Second Offence: 500 points
- Third Offence: Exclusion.
Exceeding the legal speed limit in a Speed Trap;
- 15 points per kilometre per hour or part thereof in excess of the legal speed limit.
Consumption of intoxicating liquor or illegal non-prescription and banned drugs during the Navigation Rally;
- Immediate exclusion.
- 50 points.
The use of radio transmitting and receiving apparatus, (eg: cellphone, for the purpose of obtaining private assistance);
Failure to comply with officials’ or marshals’ instructions – pertaining to the conduct of the Navigation Rally or failure to obey Navigation Rally rules;
- 50 points on each occasion.
Failure to report on time for vehicle scrutineering and/or competitors’ documentation;
- 25 points.
Failure to report on time for departure from Start Point;
- 25 points on each occasion.
Arrival at the Start line without competition numbers, if required (and/or any other notices/decals required by the SR), mounted on the vehicle, in accordance with the Regulations;
- 20 points.
Late or early arrival at checks or controls where time is recorded. In excess of thirty(30) seconds late or early;
- One tenth of a point per second to a maximum of 180 points.
Failure to pass or stop at a manned Check or Control at which time is recorded, and/or failure to pass or record time at an unmanned Time Check.;
- 180 points.
Stopping, reversing, deliberate deviation from or turning on the official route, so as to delay arrival and/or change approach, executed within sight of a manned Check and/or Control (Marshals or Officials must actually see the infringement occur);
- 150 points on each occasion.
Failure of competitor’s sealed timepiece for each manned Check or Control subsequent to such failure until and including the next manned Check or Control where the timepiece can be reset and re-sealed;
- 180 points on each occasion.
Maximum aggregate points lost at any one(1) manned Check or Control, or unmanned Time Check as listed under headings 20.11-20.14;
- 180 points.
Failing to report within thirty(30) seconds of stopping past a manned Check or Control, except in Touring Section/sub-section;
- 50 points.
Failure to pass and note down the check code at an unmanned Check and/or failure to pass or stop at a manned Check or Control which does not record time;
- 60 points.
Failure to give proper turning and/or stopping signals;
- 25 points.
Incorrect parking (A stationary car for the purpose of these regulations is deemed to be parked);
- 10 points.
Unauthorised opening of CRI;
- 300 points per occasion plus maximum loss of points for each Check and Control throughout the section/s involved.
Falsifying entries on drivers’ cards or tampering with timepieces or seals or failure to have alterations to recorded times signed by an official;
- 300 points up to exclusion.
Part Four – Diagrams
Part Five – Helpful Hints
Preparation for a club event
- You require a motor vehicle with a working speedometer and odometer, a driver, a navigator, a clipboard and pen and a clock or watch. You may also take a timekeeper and passengers.
- You can usually compete in your first one or two Navigation Rallies without having to join a car club. No motorsport licence is required except at MotorSport NZ Championship events, but the driver does of course require a drivers licence.
- Find out the level of event you intend to compete in.
- If it is a ‘fun’ event the only other thing you probably need is a sense of humour. Nevertheless study any rules issued for the event.
- If it is a ‘timekeeping’ Navigation Rally then you need to know what Navigation Rally terminology is used to describe roads and intersections and how to do some basic timekeeping. Study only those sections of the rules.
- If it is a ‘novice’ Navigation Rally find out which sections of the rules will be used and study only those sections.
- If it is your first event be sure to turn up on time for documentation, and ask the organiser if there is an experienced competitor who can assist you with information on the requirements for the event. Look at the sample CHECK boards and any other signs which the organiser has on display in order to be familiar with what you should be looking for during the event.
- Fill in and sign the entry and pay any entry fee.
Supplementary Regulations (SR): (Refer Article 4.6). These should be given to you as soon as you arrive. Study the SR and underline or highlight the information which will be of navigational importance. (There is often much information which only pertains to the details of the running of the event).
Competitors Running Instructions (CRI): (Refer Article 4.10). These will be given to you about two(2) minutes before you start. They are the basic instructions which advise how to negotiate most intersections. BUT remember to apply other instructions listed in the order of priorities as applicable. eg overriding instructions in the SR, or overriding instructions listed at the top of the CRI, or instructions to be carried out at some check boards.
- Tick each instruction as it is completed
- Cross out those that are deleted.
- These will also contain the average speed required and where changes to the average speed apply.
Straight Ahead Rule: Normally the lowest order of priority for instructions is ‘The straight ahead rule’. This means proceed ahead on the road of least deviation, even though this may mean leaving a major road you are on and continuing into a minor road or even a track!
- CRI by distance – refer Article 12
- Tulip diagrams – refer Article 15
- Straight line maps – refer Article 16
- Touring section – refer Article 14.7
- Overriding instruction – refer Article 4.8
- Manned check handout – refer Article 4.9
Common Route and ‘Traps’: (Refer Article 13). You will normally miss an unmanned check if you do not recognise a ‘trap’. This is where the organiser, on purpose, does not obey the rules. Examples are:-
- Traps on signs, where the actual sign and the instruction differ in some way, (eg. Refer Article 8 for rules governing signs).
|Sign reads:||Instruction reads:||Trap is:|
|GIVE WAY||CIVE WAY||instruction misspelt|
|JOHN RD||JOHN ROAD||sign not quoted correctly|
|PICTON 5 KM||PICTON ___||sign not quoted in full|
|VALLEY ROAD||VALLLEY ROAD||instruction misspelt|
|McLEAN Rd||McLEAN Rd||not valid if SR states signs will be quoted in capitals, (however MCLEAN RD would be correct).|
|and many, many more possibilities|
- When you encounter a ‘trap’ check the Order Of Priorities list in the SR and use the appropriate instruction to negotiate the intersection where the ‘trap’ is, usually the straight ahead rule, to find a check code which will put you on the ‘common route’.
- Normally on a well organised Navigation Rally you will not know that you have missed a ‘trap’ until you get the explanation sheet at the finish. The organiser should ensure that competitors who miss the ‘trap’ will rejoin the common route without getting lost.
- It is a rule that organisers must put checks where time is recorded on the ‘common route’. (Refer Article 6.6)