General Regulations

1: Announcements

The organisers retain the sole right to select and accept entries for their event. It is a competitor’s responsibility to obtain regulations and make his/her entries.

2: Class Structures

Since the formation of the RSA we have always tried to keep our class structure simplified as in the ‘early days’ we started with six classes and we found this suited our ‘pool’ of original competitors and it has worked pretty well over the years.  Over the last 16 years car performance has changed considerably and to maintain a fair class structure within the RSA in the future we feel that some relatively minor modifications to class organisation are  necessary to move forward with the current times.

Our research has discovered a basis for a class structure that we believe to be suitable for us which is commonly used throughout the UK in MSA regulated events at similar venues and events that are very similar to the RSA formula.

Class 1 – Cars up to and including 1250 cc (12 – 17 yrs) *

Class 2 – Cars up to and including 1250 cc (18 Yrs +) * 

Class 3 – Cars over 1251cc up to and including 1400cc

Class 4 – Cars over 1401cc up to and including 1600cc

Class 5 – Cars over 1601cc up to and including 2000cc – 8 valve

Class 6 – Cars over 1601cc – with 16 and more valves and cars
over 2001cc – 8 valve  

Class 7- Specials, (RX, Race & ‘Other’ non rally cars)

Class 8 – All Turbocharged/ Supercharged and 4 WD rally cars

Class 9 – Race Buggies – 600cc original engine capacity

Class 10 – Race Buggies – 750cc original engine capacity

Class 11 – Race Buggies – 1000cc original engine capacity

* Class 1 & 2 cars must be of types 10 years old and greater, be built to recognised (MSA/MI) rally car safety standards and be fitted with a homologated and stamped roll cage from an FIA approved manufacturer.

Cars must use all standard components that were associated with the original build as it left the manufacturers factory. No form of tuning is permitted. The suspension may be up-graded to a competition specification however coil over units are prohibited

Comprehensive details are now available in “Class 1 and 2 Regulations 2017” section of our site. For any clarification on build and eligible specification please contact the RSA on (+44) 07788 598461

(9am – 6pm phone, text 24 hr)

3: PENALTIES

Should the car be found to be ineligible for the class entered on any Championship event all points scored by the driver(s) to date will be forfeited. In addition, any competitor bringing the Association into disrepute through the unauthorised use of private and/or public roads during an event will be ineligible for future events. Also, should any person be found to have made a false claim on their entry form they can/will be excluded from future events.

4: SCORING

The championship point’s allocation has been updated for all the 2017 Championships which include The 2017 RSA Irish Championship, The 2017 RSA NI Championship and the new 2017 RSA Gravel Championship. Points will be allocated to the class finishing positions as follows:

1st – 20, 2nd – 18, 3rd – 16, 4th – 14, 5th – 12, 6th – 10,

 7th – 9, 8th – 8, 9th – 7, 10th – 6

There will an additional 2 points awarded to the Overall Winner of The Rallycar Event and The Overall Winner of the Race Buggy Event. From April 2017 both The Overall Competition Winners will forfeit their class award on the day in favour of The Overall Winners Award. Three class trophies will be awarded to the next fastest class finishers. There will also be an additional bonus point awarded to the competitor in each class with the fastest class stage time of the day.

Championship points will be allocated on the exact finishing positions in each class and the Overall Championship Winners in both disciplines will be the competitor who accumulates the most points in the series when dropped scores, if any are taken into consideration.

Overall ties will be decided in favour of the driver with the most championship round wins or if necessary, the best finishing position in the last round.

General Regulations

  •    All cars must have a professionally built roll over cage – all class 1 and 2 cars must carry F.I.A. homologation stamp of approval.
  •    All cars must have a WORKING exterior battery cut off switch fitted. This must also Kill the Engine.
  •    All vehicles must have two bucket seats and two 4-point F.I.A. approved harnesses which are ‘in date’. Cars must be mechanically sound and have an internal fire extinguisher fitted. Stock cars or any vehicles with damaged bodywork will be refused a scrutineering pass.
  •   All cars must have a ‘wrap over’ battery securing strap fitted.
  •   All competitors must wear competition overalls preferably to a fire retardant specification. An open or full-face type helmet must be of the correct fitment and be stamped to standard BS 6658/1985 or ECE 2205.
  •   All junior drivers must be accompanied by an adult co-driver (17 years or over).

Updated Regulations from 1st January 2011

Helmet Regulations

 

1. Crash helmets bearing an RSA approval sticker must be worn at all times during training, practice and competition. The user must ensure that the helmet is to a standard currently specified that it fits properly, is secured properly and that it is in a serviceable condition. It is strongly recommended that a flame resistant balaclava, helmet bib or face mask also be worn.

2. Total protection can never be given by any headgear, and the best of crash helmets may not entirely prevent head injury or death in a severe accident. Helmet users must understand that helmets are deliberately constructed so that the energy of a severe blow will be absorbed by the helmet and thereby partially destroy it. The damage may not be readily apparent; it is essential therefore that any helmet receiving a blow in an accident is either replaced or returned to the manufacturer for competent inspection – this of necessity must be the responsibility of the helmet user, who will have been aware of the circumstances under which the helmet was struck. It is not possible nor indeed reasonable to expect the scrutineer, in every case, to observe significant damage. Where there is any doubt about the helmet’s fitness for its intended purpose then the Chief Scrutineer is empowered to remove the RSA Approval Sticker and impound the helmet for the duration of the meeting. This should be a rare occurrence since competitors must appreciate that, once a helmet has served its purpose, it is not only sensible but necessary to replace it. It is the competitor himself who must ensure that the helmet which he/she uses is fully fit for its purpose; it is clear that this is a small insurance to pay for one’s life. The competitor also might consider that, should he/she survive an accident, but receive head injuries having knowingly used a previously damaged helmet, he/she could be placing an enormous burden of care upon his/her family.

2.1. Impounding of helmets

Case 1: Pre-Event. If the helmet does not conform with the required Standards or is in a poor or dangerous condition, the Chief Scrutineer will impound the helmet for the duration of the Meeting, removing the RSA sticker. At the close of the Meeting the helmet will be returned, as received, with the exception of the RSA sticker, to the competitor concerned.

Case 2: Accident during the Event. If the competitor is injured and the helmet is damaged, the Chief Scrutineer will impound the helmet and remove theRSA sticker then seek the advice of the Chief Steward as to further action.

Case 3: Accident during Event and competitor evacuated to hospital with head injuries. The Chief Scrutineer will make sure that the helmet has beenseen by the Chief Medical Officer, he will then impound the helmet and remove the RSA Sticker. Unless the Chief Medical Officer wishes to retain the helmet it must be dispatched to the Technical Department at the RSA. Unless specifically called for by the competitor it will be disposed of after six weeks.

3. The competitor is reminded of the following essential criteria when buying or using his/her helmet:
(a) Correct Standard.
(b) Correct Fit.
(c) Security.
(d) Condition.

3.1. Standards.

Helmets bearing one of the under mentioned ‘standards’ may be approved by the RSA subject to other criteria being met.
(a) ALL RSA EVENTS.
FIA 8860-2004.
SNELL SA2005.
SNELL SA2000*.
SFI Foundation 31.1A, 31.2A.
BS 6658 Type A/FR.
In addition the following are acceptable for use:
• SNELL K98 and K2005
• SNELL – FIA CMR2007
• SNELL – FIA CMS2007
• SNELL – FIA CMR2007
• SNELL – FIA CMS2007
Note: Snell standards can be verified by either a self adhesive label or a cloth label.

An RSA sticker to the outside of the helmet in the approximate relocation of the driver’s right ear. Stickers may only be affixed by scrutineers, by the RSA, after the helmet has been checked for conformity with the standard required and is considered to be in a satisfactory condition.
Note that helmet standards are regularly reviewed and updated, and superseded. Standards will periodically cease to be acceptable; hence an element of ‘lifing’ will always remain.

3.2. Fit and Security.

To ensure satisfactory fit and security of your helmet, proceed as follows:
(a) Obtain correct size by measuring the crown of your head.
(b) Check that there is no side-to-side movement; a helmet should be as closely fitting as possible consistent with comfort.
(c) Tighten straps securely – the chin strap must be under tension at all times; ensure therefore that the strap cannot slip. Chin cups are prohibited.
(d) With head forward attempt to pull up the back of
the helmet to ensure the helmet cannot be removed in this way.
(e) Ensure you can see clearly over each shoulder.
(f) Make sure nothing impedes your breathing in the helmet and never cover your nose or mouth other than with a flame resistant balaclava or face mask. Helmets with life-support attachments must only be worn if they are connected to a life-support system.
(g) Never wear a scarf, tie or other loose clothing which could come loose and possibly cause an accident.
(h) Ensure that the visor can be opened with one gloved hand.
(i) Satisfy yourself that the back of the helmet provides protection for your neck.
(j) Do not buy from mail order unless you can satisfactorily carry out the above checks; return a helmet unused if it does not fit.

3.3. Condition and Care of Helmet

(a) The user him/herself must bear the prime responsibility for ensuring that his helmet is fit for the purpose intended, since significant damage to the helmet may have been sustained without this being apparent to the scrutineer.
(b) Anything other than minor superficial damage is likely to result in the scrutineer removing the RSA sticker and impounding the helmet for the event.
(c) It is in everyone’s interest for the competitor to buy the best helmet he can and to look after it (the best is not necessarily the most expensive). A helmet bag should always be used.
(d) There must be no alteration to the structure of a helmet. Where a radio intercom is fitted this should only be done in accordance with the helmet manufacturer’s instructions.
(e) Use only a weak solution of soft soap and water to clean the interior and exterior of the helmet; do not get the interior too wet.
(f) Some moulded plastic helmets although they meet approved standards can be seriously damaged by substances such as petrol, paint, adhesives, cleaning agents and stickers (not the RSA Stickers) such damage may not always be apparent; however, crazing or obvious dulling of the surface finish could indicate serious structural weakening of the helmet and is likely to result in the scrutineer removing the RSA sticker and impounding the helmet for the event.
(g) The helmet should be stored, preferably in a helmet bag, in a cool dry place away from sunlight when not in use. Do not strap the helmet to the roll cage or allow other unrestrained movement which could cause the helmet to be damaged.
(h) A good helmet, properly cared for, is one very Important link in a long chain of safety measures.

Race Suits & Protective Clothing

 

1. Clean Flame-Resistant overalls, must be worn. Flame resistant overalls may be manufactured from Nomex III, Proban or equivalent materials

2. Acceptable standards:

BS6249 part 1 Index A or B (but not part C).

BSEN533

EN533:1995 Index 3

FIA 8856-2000

FIA 1986 Standard.

3. For FIA Standard Overalls the homologation label will be stitched into the fabric of the garment or on a sewn in label.

4. As with any item of safety equipment, evidence of damage or excessive wear can render it unsuitable for use. In the case of overalls this could include over frequent, or incorrect, washing, broken seams or stitching and worn patches. Two piece overalls should be avoided, but if worn must overlap and provide flame resistant coverage.

5. Due to the complex nature of national test standards and variations of detailed testing it is not possible to quote equivalents’from foreign national standards unless they are FIA approved as detailed above.

National test standards are in the process of being superseded by European norms (CE Marks), which will provide a common standard throughout Europe.

6. Individual competitors are responsible for ensuring their own safety and that appropriate flame resistant overalls are worn when mandatory.

7. Competitors are also strongly advised to wear Flame Resistant gloves, socks, balaclavas and underwear. Plastic shoes (such as trainers) should be avoided.

8. Specific regulations concerning Flame Resistant gloves, socks, balaclavas and underwear are published by the FIA and applicable to International events.

9. Exceptionally, drivers of three wheeled cars or buggies, competing may wear ACU or FIM approved leather overalls.

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