It is important to be clear what the rules are, so there is a fair competition between participants. If you are taking part then you need to read the rules carefully or you might end up at a disadvantage. Also, don’t assume that all events operate with the same rules!
I’d suggest having a Race Organiser who makes the final decision on what is allowed and not allowed so that there is consistency in the application of the rules. Contact details for the Race Organiser should be available to participants so that participants can clarify their understanding of the rules and ask questions, where necessary, rather than being disqualified on the night.
Rules may be different depending on the track being used, the style of kits, and age or ability of participants. Often there will be iterations of the rules that develop and evolve as participants become more experienced and competitive!
Here is an example of a set of rules that we have used (v2.1), and in a future series of blog posts I plan on elaborating on each of these…
- All items issued in the kit must be used (wood block, axles, wheels)
- The car must have 9mm clearance underneath the body.
- The car must have 44mm clearance between the wheels (width).
- The cars overall weight should not exceed 140g.
- Liquid lubricants are not allowed.
- Bushes (such as washers) are not allowed.
- The allocated race entry number should be displayed on the car.
- The base of the car should be clearly marked with the participant’s name.
- The car should have no moving or loose parts.
- Cars are required to pass an inspection and official weigh‐in before racing.
- Good conduct & sportsmanship is expected of all participants.
- The race organiser and inspection committee’s decision is final.