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Grand Bayou Race Series Rules 2

GBRS Rules webpage 2


Safety Requirements - Vintage Racing Cars

While strongly urged to comply with GBRS regulations, as a minimum requirement, competitors with historically-significant vintage cars, and not wishing to alter the vehicle from its original homologation, may be pass the Tech Inspection by (1) producing copies of the current regulations of an Approved Sanctioning Body in which the vehicle participates and (2) complying with all regulations contained therein, or (3) having a current Vintage racing logbook with an approved tech entry during the prior ten (10) months and passing the GBRS safety inspection.

Competitor's Responsibility to Comply with Rules and Regulations

It is each competitor's responsibility to obtain, understand and comply with all Rules and Regulations including Supplemental Regulations which apply to him or his car. Non-compliance may result in exclusion or disqualification. Ignorance of the rules shall not be a defense. By entering an event, the owner of a car gives permission for any inspection required to insure rules compliance.


Provisional licenses

Competitors possessing any Racing License issued by an Approved Sanctioning Body will be accepted for a Provisional License. After one GBRS racing event, such competitors may obtain a Racing License if they have no incidents. If they do have an incident during their first event, they are placed on 13/13 Probation and must attend Novice orientations during their 13/13 Probation period. All other rules apply if a second incident occurs.

Novices License

Before being granted a Novice license, the driver must attend a Grand Bayou Series Orientation, and must have completed four (4) hours of on track time. The track time may be done at either a Drivers Education put on by another sanctioning body or during one of the education days held on the Friday before a race. The Orientation will be given the day of the event.

Novice Orientation

A previously unlicensed competitor will be granted a Novice license only after approval of the Grand Bayou Race Series in advance of the event or by the Race Committee on the day of the event. Upon being granted a Novice License, the competitor shall have 2 years to complete four (4) race events without incident. Should an incident occur during the Novice period, thereafter the competitor will remain in the Novice status until successfully completing four (4) events incident free within a two (2) year period. All Novices must attend the Novice Orientation at each event until they are granted a full license. Novices must display an "X" on the car to denote Novice status, which shall be 4 inches tall and be displayed on the rear, front and both sides of the car.

Prior to their first race, Novices must have obtained the signatures of three (3) experienced drivers, one of whom, possessing either a Racing or a Provisional License, has ridden with them and the signatures of two (2) other experienced drivers possessing either a Racing or Provisional License. It is the responsibility of the Novice to obtain such signatures from other drivers at a Drivers Ed or Open Lapping Day.

Signatures must appear in the form of a clearly printed or preferably a typed statement in substantially the following form:

I (printed name) have evaluated (printed name) during ______ (number) on-track sessions in car / from another car (circle one). I feel he/she is comfortable and proficient in driving their car at speed and could participate in the Grand Bayou Road Race Series. By this statement, I do not intend a professional opinion or an expression of a legal nature, but only my opinion that I would feel comfortable racing with ______________________.

Signature of the Provisional/Licensed Driver______________________________________________

Rules for going off track.

Drivers leaving the racing surface ("four wheels off") will be deemed to have been Black Flagged as of the time of the four wheels off and shall report to the pits on the lap that the four wheels off occurred.

Participants failing to make Turn 1 shall re-enter the racing surface at Turn 9. Drivers re-entering must observe and obey the Corner Workers at Turn 1 to allow a safe re-entry which may be at or near the rear of the group.

Any driver leaving the track anywhere else has the responsibility of establishing control over the vehicle and safely returning to the racing surface by looking to the corner workers for information on safe reentry.

Transponders will be used later in the season.

The Grand Bayou Series will be timed and scored using transponders as early as possible in 2002. Competitors are encouraged to assist in the acquisition of the timing and scoring equipment by the payment of a $400.00 advance which will be credited to the account of the competitor for the GBRS in the form of a discounted price on any event in which the competitor participates. The discounted entry fee for competitors advancing payments in this manner will be fixed at $66.66 per event until such credit is used.

The technical specification of such transponders shall be announced by the Race Series and must be in each car prior to participation by the fourth event. Drivers should check the New Orleans Racing Drivers Association (NORDA) website for information on acquisition or rental of the transponders to be used.

Grand Bayou Drivers Championship.

At the end of the season, the driver(s) accumulating the greatest aggregate Series Points will be named Champion(s). The following is how drivers accumulate Series Points.

Points may only be scored in one Class per day and are scored by the finish of the Feature Race. Points are awarded as follows: First Place: 8 points, second place, 6 points, third place: 4 points, fourth place: 2 points and all following finishers shall be awarded one point. Drivers breaking out shall not be awarded any points because they are disqualified.

Race Classes other than the S-T Classes may have separate Championship status. Scoring shall be the same.

Flags and their meanings.

Black with Orange Flag - Also known as the "meatball flag". Shown from either Start/Finish or the Black Flag station, usually with the car number. Your car may have a mechanical fault. Stop in the pit lane at the Black Flag impound and see the Chief Steward on the lap the Flag is shown.

Standing yellow - no passing until you see the next corner working station. There is something on or near the track that dictates you use caution and drive at a more controlled pace. You may not pass after the yellow flag, until after the reason for the flag has been passed, and you are sure that there are no further incidents between that point and the next flag station. This means that you must be able to see the next flag station and determine that it's flag condition is green (no flag). Under DE rules, in order to pass you must be in an allowed passing zone.

Waving Yellow - something is obstructing the course and cars should slow down until they realize what it is then proceed with caution. The same passing rules apply as in the Standing yellow.

Double yellow - entire course is standing yellow. Passing is prohibited on the course. Speed should be greatly reduced and drivers should be very safely in control of their vehicles.

Red - Drive to the inside of the track immediately and stop the car. Wait for instructions from the corner stations. Then proceed as directed.

Black Flag - The Black Flag is used in different ways: (1) When shown furled and pointed specifically at a driver from a corner station, the worker means to indicate a warning, probably to do with overaggressive driving. (2) When shown only from Start/Finish or the Black Flag station, with or without your car number displayed, you have been "Black Flagged" for an infraction of the Rules. Drivers receiving the Black Flag shall report on that lap to the Pit Lane, where the Chief Steward Scrutineer or chief driving instructor will be waiting at the Black Flag impound. You are required to stop and talk to him before proceeding. (3) When the Black Flag is shown from at all stations, the session is halted. Enter the pits as you approach them and await further instructions.

Blue Flag with a white stripe - Advisory flag but when ignored repeatedly, will result in a black flag. Denotes that a faster car is trying to overtake you. Allow them to pass.

Checkered - End of the session, drivers should slow after passing checkered flag, cool down engines and brakes, and wave "thanks" to acknowledge the workers stations.

White - Advisory flag denotes an emergency, service or slow moving vehicle on the course. Proceed with extreme caution.

Green flag - Advisory flag denotes the track is at full speed. Used sometimes after caution or red flags.

Red and Yellow Striped - Advisory flag; "Slippery" flag. There may be oil, water, glycol (very slippery!), or car parts, gravel or trash on the racing surface. Proceed with caution.

Revision as of March 13, 2002

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