2009 GNCC Racing UTV Rules

TimeWednesday, April 1, 2009 | 2:15 PM

The following rules and regulations are solely applicable to Grand National Cross Country events. Please direct all questions and inquiries to Racer Productions, Inc. All decisions by Racer Productions are final.

GENERAL RULES:
1.
The UTV race will be a one (1) hour race starting at 4:30 pm, or as soon thereafter as possible.
2.
UTV registration will be race day held from 2 - 3 pm.  Both the driver and the passenger must be present at registration and sign all required forms.
3.
Drivers are responsible for the actions of their entire pit crew.
4.
Teams will be disqualified for driving on a GNCC course during the 7 days prior to the first day of the event.
5.
AMA membership is not required.
6.
GNCC Racing does not provide medical insurance for competitors, and we urge you not to compete without it.  Medical insurance is the sole responsibility of the competitor.

COMPETITOR ELIGIBILITY:
1.
Teams: All classes require a driver and a passenger.  Driver switches during the race are not permitted.
2. Â  Age:
All competitors, including drivers and passengers, must be at least 18 years old.
3. Â  Fee:
The entry fee per team is $60.

MACHINE ELIGIBILITY AND CLASSIFICATION:
1. Â  Open Modified:
(751-850cc) Production models. Engine and suspension modifications permitted. Polaris RZR S models restricted to Open Modified Class.
2.   Open Limited:
(751-850cc) Production models. The following limited items can be changed or added: tires, wheels, bumpers, skid plates, airbox, filter and exhaust. No other suspension or internal motor modifications permitted.  Bed supports may be removed.  Clutch, ignition and fuel controller changes are not allowed.
3. Â  Lites Modified:
(0-750cc) Production models. Engine and suspension modifications permitted.
4. Â  Lites Limited:
(0-750cc) Production models.  The following limited items can be changed or added: tires, wheels, bumpers, skid plates, airbox, filter and exhaust. No other suspension or internal motor modifications permitted.  Bed supports may be removed.  Clutch, ignition and fuel controller changes are not allowed.
5. Production Rule:
OEM motor and matching frame combination 4-wheel drive model required. Frame geometry must remain as designed by the OEM.

EQUIPMENT:
1.
Four point harnesses and cages are required.  Foot restraints, nets or doors are required.
2.
Harnesses must be securely fastened on both occupants at all times.  Helmets and protective eyewear are required.
3.
All machines must have a silencer/muffler. Machines may be tested by officials any time prior to, during or after the event.
4.
The machine a team leaves the starting line on is the official machine of the team for that event, and may not be switched during the event.
5.
Fuel can only be carried inside the machine's fuel tank.
6.
All machines must have a working kill/off switch.
7.
No horns, bells or other sound devices are permitted on machines.
8.
Machine sound level cannot exceed 99 dbs.

REGISTRATION:
1.
Teams must register for the race before operating their machine anywhere, may not exceed 5 mph when traveling to/from their pit area, and must always wear a helmet.
2.
Teams must first obtain a transponder.  Units can be purchased or rented at each event.  For best results, mount the unit on the front hood or front of the roll cage. It is recommended that transponders be mounted in front of the engine.
3.
Competitors will receive two numbered tags.Place the white numbered tag on the lower left chin of the helmet; place the colored tag on the back of the machine.
4.
All machines and competitor helmets must be taken through Tech Inspection prior to racing for the purpose of inspecting transponder functioning, helmet tag placement, and number assignment. Safety equipment and machine eligibility are the sole responsibility of the competitors.

START PROCEDURE:
1.
Teams will be assigned a Start Row.  Teams shall line up on their assigned row when directed by the race official.  No one is permitted on the starting line until authorized.
2.
A Drivers Meeting will be conducted on the starting line before the start of each race.  All competitors are responsible for attending.
3.
The start of the race will be a live engine, rolling start, as follows:
a.
Teams will roll up to the Start Line when directed and stop;
b.
The Official will throw the green flag signaling the start of the row;
c.
The next row will roll up to the start and stop, awaiting the Official's signal;
d.
Rows will start approximately 5-10 seconds apart.
4.
Teams starting before to the green flag signal will be penalized.

SCORING:
1.   Transponder
scoring is the official scoring procedure for GNCC.
2.
There will be one checkpoint at the Finish Line.  Machines must come to a complete stop at the Finish Line checkpoint.  The section from the Finish Line to the scoring area is a "No Passing" zone.
3.
Teams may not be serviced or pitted in the area between the Finish Line and the Finish Line Checkpoint, or in the area immediately after the Finish Line Checkpoint.

THE COURSE:
1.
A GNCC UTV course will generally be between 3-4 miles in length, and may include trails, footpaths, roads, hills, motocross tracks, or any type of terrain which can be negotiated by a UTV.
2.
The course will be open to inspection Saturday. Teams are permitted to walk or bicycle the course only.
3.
Marking, cutting, tampering with or otherwise changing the course in any manner is strictly prohibited. Course modifications may only be made by an official.
4.
No one, except officials and drivers officially entered, may drive on the race course at any time during the event.

ON TRACK REGULATIONS:
1.
Drivers must remain on the marked course. The marked course is within 25 feet of race arrows.  However, drivers must stay within the confines of the following markers:  double arrows posted on both sides of the trail, ribbons, signs, stakes, hay bales, barrels, motocross track, grass track, etc..
2.
Drivers encountering a traffic jam or bottleneck may go more than 25 feet off the course to get around the bottleneck only. However, the driver must re-enter the course as soon as possible, and upon approaching this section the next lap, must drive the original arrowed section if the track is clear. If the original marking devices are knocked down, the driver must stay on the original marked course. A "bottleneck" is a section of the track that becomes impassable for any reason, with the exception of check points.
3.
Machines may not cut to the inside of a white pole corner marker.
4
.   If a machine leaves the course for any reason it must re-enter where it left.
5.
Drivers may make repairs and otherwise receive mechanical assistance anywhere along the course from anyone.  All such repairs and assistance must be made without causing interference with other competitors and in a suitable area off the racetrack.
6.   Radios
are permitted between pit crew members, but not with or between drivers.
7.
No competitor may drive in such a manner as to endanger life or limb of other riders, officials or the public.  Competitors will be penalized for the reckless operation of their machine or for hitting or injuring an official or any person.  Competitors are solely responsible for their own safety.
8.   Unsportsmanlike conduct
or the deliberate ramming, blocking, or intentional contact with another competitor will result in a penalty.
9.
Team Tactics include blocking, allowing another competitor to pass in order to affect the outcome of the race, or exchanging machines in order for another competitor to continue the race. Competitors involved will be penalized.

RACE FINISHES:
1.
The race officially ends for all contestants at the completion of the lap in which the checkered flag is displayed to the winner.
2.
To be considered as having completed a lap, the driver and his machine must cross the plane of the checkered flag under the machine's unaided ability.  Towing is not allowed. If a machine is towed in from the course, that lap will not count.
3.
Machines will be scored in order of finish and laps completed.  It is not necessary to complete all laps in order to be scored.
4.
Results: Competitors have 30 minutes to finish the race after the overall winner takes the checkered flag.  It is the driver's responsibility to make sure he has all scans. Missing scans may result in a penalty.  A competitor may question the results within the 30-minute period following posting of the final results. After 30 minutes, awards will be given out.
5.
Awards are given at the rate of 1 per 3 team entries, with a minimum of 5 awards per class. To win an award, a team must complete 50% of the laps of the class winner.  One award will be given per team.
6.
Impound: After the race, the top three overall teams, as well as any other team requested by an official to do so, must leave their machines at a designated impound area until released by the official.
7.
Protests must be in writing and specify the grounds for the protest.
8.
Penalties will be assessed at the discretion of the official based on the severity of the offense, and may include one or more of the following: position(s), lap(s), time adjustment, disqualification, suspension, loss of championship points, fine, probation.

NATIONAL CLASS CHAMPIONSHIPS:
Class Championships will be earned by drivers only and will be determined by a driver's best finishes in a minimum number of 3 events.  A driver must enter a minimum of 3 events in order to be eligible for series awards and national class ranking.  The minimum number of events does not have to be in the same class.

Points will be earned in each class per event as follows:

1 - 20

5 - 16

9 - 12

13 - 8

17 - 4

2 - 19

6 - 15

10 - 11

14 - 7

18 - 3

3 - 18

7 - 14

11 - 10

15 - 6

19 - 2

4 - 17

8 - 13

12 - 9

16 - 5

20 - 1

Ties: Ties for the class championship will be broken by the most first place finishes, then by the best finish in the final race of the season if necessary. Ties for other class positions will be broken by the best finish in the final race of the season.

NATIONAL NUMBERS
The electronic scoring system provides a complete overall race finish for each event. Points will be accumulated for National Number assignment and can be viewed as a gage toward overall ranking for the year.

National Numbers will be assigned based on overall finishes in at least 3 and as many as 4 events. The minimum number of events does not have to be in the same class.

Revised: 4.1.09

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