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V8THUNDER PENALTY SYSTEM


Last updated 28th June 2020 - changes in red.



Penalty Categories

Three categories of penalties have been defined - Minor, Medium (old Major) and Major (new level). Penalties were re-worded for Summer 2006 to emphasise two key points. Firstly, drivers should hold their line especially when being lapped - drivers must NOT mirror drive. Secondly, drivers should make sufficient attempt to avoid contact with other cars.Race analysis will be conducted after each race within the following terms:

Minor Penalty Offences Include (but are not limited to)...

* Failing to drop to rear at restart if lapped.
* Posting a qualifying time where directed not to by an Admin
* Non race related text or voice chat while under green conditions during a race
* Excessive or overly aggressive defensive driving (i.e. continuously impeding a visibly faster car)
* Jumping the start/restart or laying back to gain an advantage
* Self-spin/crash WITHOUT contact with other car(s) that results in a yellow
* Self-spin/crash WITH avoidable contact with other car(s) (i.e. other car(s) made insufficient attempts at avoidance)
* Failing to hold line/speed causing contact with a car that is alongside and ALSO failing to hold line/speed
* (i.e. one car drifts up, the other drifts down)
* Failing to hold line/speed causing avoidable contact with car behind
* Making avoidable contact with car in front that has failed to hold line/speed
* Creating an avoidable situation from which OTHER cars make contact (e.g. forcing a three-wide, taking a wall-ride)
* Blown engine that could have been prevented (water/oil alert lights on) that results in a yellow
* Speeding through the pit lane in order to gain an advantage (this includes, but is not limited to, passing the leader of the pacing line in order to gain a lap lead or get a lap back)

Medium Penalty Offences Include (but are not limited to)...

* Self-spin/crash involving or causing contact with or between other car(s).
* Failing to call the tow-truck that results in a yellow (e.g. returning to track following a spin that didn't trigger a yellow)
* Causing an avoidable collision as a result of failing to, or being unable to, maintain full racing speed.
* Failing to give back a position or time gained, or position not lost, by cutting the course.
* Failing to hold line causing contact with a car that is alongside and holding line (i.e. drifting up/down track into other car)
* Failing to hold line in a turn causing UNavoidable contact with car behind
* Making avoidable contact with car in front that is holding line and causing a crash or caution as a result.
* Making avoidable contact when the yellow is shown and hitting other car(s)
* Self-spin/crash while approaching/entering/exiting the pits that results in a yellow
* Warp incidents where driver had been made aware of persistent warp and did nothing about it, resulting in an accident
* Passing under yellow (except in the last 10 laps of a race)

Major Penalty

* Gross misconduct towards other drivers (for example, deliberately getting other drivers black flags)
* Deliberately causing a yellow (e.g. stopping on track)
* Hitting or damaging other cars under caution.
* Stopping on the Racing Surface under caution (including grass, runoffs, apron etc.).

Force Majeure

In the event that the reviewer is unable to find one party to be more at fault for an incident that results in a caution, the review reserves the right not to issue penalty points at his/her discretion, this is also extended to penalties being downgraded, or upgraded under special circumstances.

Penalty Points

Minor Incident Penalty - 10 Penalty Points
Medium Incident Penalty - 30 Penalty Points
Major Incident Penalty - 50 Penalty Points

Penalty Point Reductions

Penalty offences can be reduced at the reviewers discretion, if they meet requirements that allow the reviewer to downgrade the severity of the offence.

Requirements include:
1. The incident did not happen in the final stages of the race (fuel window)
2. The impaired car did not make contact with other cars or the retaining wall
3. The impaired car did not lose a significant amount of track position through the incident
4. The nature of the track diminishes the severity of the incident (i.e. short track)
5. The "victim" driver was considered to have bought the incident upon himself (i.e. slamming the door shut)

Reviewing admins are obligated to give reasons for applying a Reduced Penalty in the Race Analysis.

Penalty Points "Championship" effects

Penalty Points are deducted from a drivers and teams championship scores unless otherwise stated. Generally Penalty Points are not deducted from the Cup standings but all other championships they are.

Penalty Point "Until Sanction" Credits

Having a clean race will result in a point credit of 10 being added to a drivers "until sanction" running total (up to the series maximum). If a driver has had a sanction for exceeding accumulative 100 Penalty Points in the season, they will receive the equal amount of maximum penalty points threshold credited to their rolling "until sanction" score at the next race (generally 100), to bring them back into the black, these credits are for "until sanction" accounting only and are not credited back to a drivers championship score, once lost penalty points are not recoverable other than through the penalty appeals procedure.

Exceeding the Penalty Points threshold
The Trophy/Cup series uses a penalty points system. Races are reviewed by a member of the Admin Team after the race is completed and penalties issued. If a driver exceeds 100 accumulative penalty points during a season (as indicated in the Pen column), then the driver will receive a sanction in the form of a rolling scale of additional points deductions, these penalties WILL be deducted from the relevant series standings, but the driver will be free to race the next week as normal (these sanctions apply on a seasonal & series basis) unless this is a second or subsequent offense.

First Sanction - 200 Points Deduction.
Second Sanction - 750 Points Deduction
Third Sanction onwards - All Points Deduction, 1 Race Ban & start from rear each race for remainder of season.


Or the driver may elect to serve a one race ban at the next event and not face the above points deductions.

Policing

All incidents causing yellows will be investigated and taken into account for penalties. Not all yellows will necessarily result in penalties.

In addition, penalties may be awarded for incidents that do not cause a yellow. However, these incidents must be brought to the attention of an admin as soon as possible following the end of a race, and certainly within 24 hours. This is also how races with yellows off will be policed.

Appeals

Drivers may appeal the outcome of any incident in which they were directly involved and received a Medium Penalty for, drivers may not appeal Minor or Major Penalties. Note, however, that, once lodged, appeals may not be withdrawn and may result in member who is appealing receiving an increased penalty. So think carefully before lodging an appeal.

ALL appeals against penalties issued must be sent by PM only within 48 hours of the penalty list being posted. All appeals received after this deadline, or appeals not sent by PM, will not be looked at.

Please note that in order to reduce the large number of unsuccessful appeals, members must show some evidence of having actually looked objectively at the incident in question. Using the penalties outlined above, members must explain in their PM why they feel their penalty is inappropriate and what penalty they would give instead, Appeals that do not include the reasoning as to why the driver disagrees with their penalty and how they would do it themselves if they were reviewing the incident will be rejected.

Penalty Appeal Ruling

A ruling under appeal is final, and cannot be further appealed.