10th of June – RC Race Day information

Race day is nearly upon us and we are at that stage where everyones collaboration is essential to make it a great day.

Please read this top to bottom, including safety and facility messaging as it includes updated points. 

It looks like a lot, but it honestly only takes a few minutes.

1.) Safety

COVID-19 precautions:

  • Social Distancing (min 2m) must be adhered to at all times
  • Everyone must Wear Masks at all times 
  • If you do not feel well or showing symptoms, please do not come, and notify us
  • Body temperatures must be measured upon arrival and documented
  • Hand Sanitizers are placed on all tables and to be used regularly and we ask everyone to help keep surfaces clean 
  • The Race Admin area is only to be occupied by the race administration, not racers
  • Only Race Administration and registered racers occupy pit area and driving stands. Please ask all visitors to spectate from the other side of the track.
  • Drivers Briefing and Awarding must take place outside of the pit tent in a socially distanced manor. 
  • If anyone at any time shows temperature or symptoms, you will need to self isolate in your vehicle while we notify the DHA for guidance on next steps

General Safety

  • We recommend wearing closed shoes to protect your feet during track marshalling
  • We ask everyone’s support to advise spectators and passers-by to not step into the track to avoid Injury. Especially Children 
  • Batteries are to be kept in a LIPO Bag or case while charging, or not in use

Pit Safety during Nitro Races

  • The Pit Area is only to be occupied by the pitman of the active drivers on the stand
  • Only one pitman per driver/ car
  • Pitman should be lined up his drivers on stand (this means driver can look straight down on his pitman)
  • Drivers must significantly slow down entering pit lane
  • Pit man must remove car from pit lane track to refuel and not block other cares entering or exiting
  • Pit man must release car safely on to track (no dropping) and not interfere with other incoming or outgoing cars
  • Driving over the curb to enter or exit the pit lane is forbidden
  • When cars top during race, other than flam out, pitman is to take car to pit area for repair. It is forbidden to repair on track, or leave it area with tools.
  • Drivers stand only accessible for drivers in active heat and race director.

2.) Location 

3.) Facilities 

  • Everyone is to use bins and help keep our area clean and make use of garbage bins close by
  • If bins are full, we have extra bin bags on standby, ask!
  • Toilets are available on site

4.) Schedule and Times

  • We continue to grow, so therefore also the need to respect everyone’s time. Heats will be run on schedule independent of racers being at drivers stand.  
  • Arrival by 05:00 PM 
  • Driver briefing will be at 05:30 PM
  • First qualifier starts at 05:45 PM

See Race Schedule at bottom of page

5.) Upon arrival 

  • Immediately meet us at the administration desk to check in so we can tke your temperature as part of COVID precautions and mark your presence in the race system, and provide you with a transponder if needed (100AED deposit per transponder)

6.) Transponders

  • All registered racers are now showing live on Live RC 
  • If you own a transponder, confirm the number is correct (if not notify Race Admin)
  • If you don’t own a transponder you will receive it from Herb or Ed upon arrival (per point 3)
  • Installation instructions are available here

7.) Class specifications

  • We are very proud our community is growing and our driver’s ability increase. Therefore we must continue to protect our races’ integrity races’ integrity to enable future growth.
  • We will start focusing more on technical adherence to race specifications. This creates an equal playing field and more competition during the race. 
  • Each racers must  have complete the sign up registration form on RC-ME.com acknowledging you have read all class information.
  • Our initial priority will be on motors having the correct number of turns, the ability of ESCs to support Blinky and batteries at max 2S at 8.4V. 
  • As well we’ll be checking the minimum weight of each car.
  • Motors must state their capacity in Turns (not KV)
  • We have 13.5T motors on loan to support with the transition. 
  • Only one chassis may be used for all qualifying heats and finals. The only exception to this rule will be in the case of a broken or bent chassis which may be changed with the Race Director’s approval. The new chassis must be presented to technical inspection for marking before re-building the car

8.) Race 

Qualifiers:

  • For race classes with high participation the drivers will be broken up into several groups.
  • The number of heats each group drivers per class (1:10 TC, 1:0 Nitro,) will vary depending on how many participants are in each class, and our ability to manage schedule for us to start and finish on time on race day.
  • Each class will have up to three qualifying rounds (heats). Heats will be 5 minutes for 1:10 Electric TC and 4 Min for 1:10 Nitro.
  • For each round (heat) drivers will get points, based on number of laps and time of finishing laps.
  • Qualifying Rounds (heats) will have a staggered start where the computer will call out your name up which you start the race.
  • Every driver will have full 5 minutes for Electric TC and 4 Minutes for Nitro on the track.
  • In each round, drivers will score points based on the laps and times achieved.
  • The number of points awarded to the best driver will be equal to 0, second position 2, points, 3rd position 3 points etc. Up to last position one by one.
  • In every round, in case of a tie, the points will be equally awarded to each driver, and the first driver not to tie, will receive points according to their position in the qualifying list.
  • For example:
    • 1st driver will score 0 points
    • 2nd driver will score 2 points
    • 3rd driver will score 3 points
    • 4th driver will score 4 points
    • 5th driver 7 laps, 10:01:00 will score 5 points TIE
    • 6th driver 7 laps, 10:01:00 will score 5 points TIE
    • 7th driver 7 laps, 10:01:00 will score 5 points
    • TIE 8th driver 7 laps, 10:10:00 will score 8 points
  • In the event of a tied position for the final Qualifying positions when ‘best’ scores are added together, only the scores (and laps/times) from counting Rounds added will be used to decide the tie. The discarded Round scores (and laps/times) will not be used to decide any tie. The driver with the lowest individual points within the Round scores added will be awarded the tie: (eg. 1+2+3=6 beats 2+2+2=6). If the tie continues, the next best individual points will be considered: (eg. 1+1+4=6 beats 1+2+3=6).
  • If a comparison of points fails to break the tie, then the laps & times from each drivers lowest point scoring Round will be compared. The driver with the fastest laps & time from their lowest point scoring Round will be awarded the tie. In the unlikely event of these times being equal, then the second best points scoring Round times will be used. If a driver does not score a time (or has his time disqualified) in any Round, the driver scores points equal to 500, DNS (Did Not Start).

  • In the case the race director needs to call a false start, all cars are to remain on the track and drivers are to remain on the stand and follow the race directors instructions. It is not permitted to make any changes or modification to your car in in the time between the false start and restart of the race.

Overall qualifying positions

The results are based on the points where the result is determined as such:

  • Out of  three (3) Qualifying Rounds: each drivers best two (2) point scores (lowest) will be added to count for the Overall Ranking.
  • Out of two or one (2/1) Qualifying Rounds: each drivers best one (1) point score (lowest) will be used to count for the Overall Ranking.

All drivers will be entitled to particpate in a Main final (A,B,C)

Mains (Finals)

  • The groups class will have up to three rounds (heats) that are 5 minutes for Electric TC, and for Nitro 20min for A-Main and 15min for B-Main.
  • The overall amount of Mains (i.e. A-Main, B-Main, C-Main) is determined by the amount of participants per class
  • For each round (heat) drivers will get points, based on number of laps and time of finishing laps.
  • Mains Rounds (heats) will have a Grid Start signaled by the race system or announcement from race admin
  • The Main you participate in and the position on the grid is determined by your results in the qualifying rounds.
  • We aim to run up to 3 rounds (heats_ per Main, and will run minimum 1 if schedule does not permit.

The results are based on the points where the result is determined as such:

  • Out of  three (3) Main Rounds: each drivers best two (2) point scores (lowest) will be added to count for the Overall Final score.
  • Out of two or one (2/1) Main Rounds: each drivers best one (1) point score (lowest) will be used to count for the Overall Ranking.

There will be a podium and top 3 winners determined for each Main (A,B,C) per class (1:10 TC, 1:10 Nitro)

9.) Technical Inspection 

  • At the completion of each round (heat) cars in that heat, whether they finished or not, must be presented for technical inspection and the driver will commence to Track Marshal for next round.
  • At least the 3 top scoring cars per heat will under go inspection
  • We maintain the right to inspect your car at any time.
  • Cars which are not presented for technical inspection at the end of a heat will be disqualified from that heat.
  • Any race damage will be taken into account.
  • At the end of finals, all cars will be impounded and may be inspected.

10.) Driving standards 

  • Please be respectful of other drivers on the track and their equipment 
  • Show Teammanship throughout the entire day and the race. Help each other become faster. If you accidentally jumped a barrier and gained a position via short cut, let that person pass you again. 
  • Intentional ramming is strongly discouraged
  • Speak to each other on the driving stand
  • There will be no use of the track between Qualifier or Mains Heats
  • Cars are to be placed on the straight with no laps driven until the start of the heat unless the Race Director asks you to so
  • Qualifiers are not a Main – focus on clean lines and times
  • If you are on the same lap. If the person behind is lapping, you must give way. 

11.) Track Marshalls

We are one big team that helps each other; everyone is responsible after their race to be a track, Marshall. If you are racing in back-to-back races, please identify someone in the group who can track Marshall on your behalf. 

12.) Food

Please bring your own food and drink

13.) Race Schedule

Arrival Time: by 5:00 PM

Race Briefing: 5:30 PM