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2021 Ignite Challenge Series Rules

Updated: June 23, 2021

NOTE: As rule clarifications and alterations are made, updated sections will be highlighted in red.

Section 100 – Race Procedures

100.1 Qualifying Procedures

  • Qualifying session will be run as an open timed session
  • Grid order and release is at the discretion of each racer
  • Bump drafting is allowed, but push back rules do apply
  • No blue flags will be given in Qualifying
  • Push back bumper rules shown in 200.1 will apply to qualifying sessions

100.2 Race Start Procedures

  • Tracks will tram lanes will be enforced
  • An acceleration zone will be marked via cones – front row starters should not accelerate prior to the marked zone (penalties for accelerating early will be enforced)
  • Racers are to stay within the tram lines until they have crossed the start finish line
  • Exiting the tram lanes prior to the start finish may result in a 2 second time penalty, at the discretion of the on-track race director
  • The front row will be allowed two starting attempts – if the second attempt is waved, the front two rows may be inverted, at the discretion of the on-track race director

100.3 Race Procedure

  • Race day format consists of 3 Practices, 1 Qualifying and 2 Finals
  • Final 2 grid will be set by fast times from Final 1
  • Lap karts will receive a black flag one lap prior to the leaders approaching and will be pointed off track to avoid interference with the leaders
  • No passing is allowed under yellow flag, a driver may be penalized for gaining an advantage under a local yellow

100.4 90 Second Rule

  • If a racer is unable to make it to the starting grid, or has a mechanical issue for the designated starting time for that session – the racer will have 90 seconds to try to resolve the issue
  • Only applies to competitive on track sessions, Qualifying and Finals
  • The grid may be released at the designated start time, but the race will be held for the duration of the 90 seconds if needed

100.5 Post Crash Incidents

  • Nobody is allowed on track except the race officials and approved series photographers – no parents unless called on track by race director
  • Series will not use full course cautions – instead will red flag the race if needed
  • Racers can restart their own engines, but may not stand or exit the kart to do so – if a racers stands or exits the kart, their race is completed
  • Drivers are responsible for their re-entry onto the track in a safe manner
  • If you crash and are unable to continue, please remain in the kart until a race official arrives

100.6 Wet Weather 

  • A race will be declared dry or wrt tire by the Race Director
  • If a transition is needed, 15 minutes will be allowed to make the change over
  • If a race is beyond halfway before transition, the race is considered complete
  • If a race is transitioned prior to halfway, a single file restart will occur based on the previous lap

100.6 Red Flags

  • Full course cautions will NOT be utilized and we will use red flags if needed
  • If the red flag occurs on the opening lap, a complete double wide restart will be given
  • If a red flag occurs before halfway, a single file restart will be given
  • If a red flag occurs after the halfway mark, the race will be considered complete

100.7 Podium Ceremonies

  • Podium ceremonies will begin 20 minutes after the final checkered flag of the day
  • Podiums may be presented provisionally, before tech has cleared
  • Driving suits or jackets are required and must be completely on for the podium presentation

Section 200 – Penalties

200.1 Push Back Bumpers

  • Push back front bumper brackets will be required on all karts for 2021 and beyond
  • Penalties will be assessed in all competitive sessions, starting with Qualifying
  • The series will utilize a push back bumper no-go gauge to evaluate if a bumper is pushed in far enough to warrant a penalty
  • No zip ties or tape may be used on the upper or lower front bumper tubes, brackets or clamps
  • Only 2 CIK latches may be used to fasten the front bumper
  • No tape may be used on the fairing/bumper connection point
  • Drivers (crew for the younger categories) may be asked to release the clamps by hand, post race as a tech item
  • If a driver attempts to fix their pushed in nose while on track or in the scale line, a 10 position penalty can be assessed
  • Bumper penalty appeal process is listed in Section 300

Qualifying Penalty

  • One side pushed in: 1 position penalty
  • Both sides pushed in: 3 position penalty

Race Penalty

  • One side pushed in: 2 position penalty
  • Both sides pushed in: 4 position penalty

200.2 Avoidable Contact

  • Important note: not all contact requires action – racing is a sport of inches and accidental contact happens
  • Intent is not a deciding factor in if contact is deemed avoidable or punishable
  • Avoidable contact levels are at the complete discretion of the on-track and off-track race directors

Level 1 – Warning

Driver made contact and caused a disadvantage to the driver in front

Level 2 – Timed Penalty

Driver made contact and caused a disadvantage and/or gained advantage to a driver in front through contact deemed avoidable

Level 3 – Position Penalty

Driver made contact and caused a disadvantage and/or gained advantage to a driver in front causing them to lose multiple positions – offending driver is penalized one position behind the receiving driver

Level 4 – Disqualification Penalty

Driver made egregious and/or malicious contact with another driver

200.3 Blocking

  • A proactive effort in blocking to defend your position is allowed – each driver is allowed one move only
  • A reactive effort to block another driver already in the process of making a pass is not allowed and is subject to a position penalty at the discretion of the on-race director

200.4 Mechanical Black Flag

  • Racers can receive a mechanic black flag if:
    • lead weight falls off during a race
    • bodywork comes completely off during a race
    • exhaust silencer is loose or falls off during a race
  • Rear bumpers that are dragging/hanging can be the result of a black flag, at the discretion of the race directors

200.5 Weight & Scaling

  • Racers must scale at, or above the minimum weight for all competitive sessions
  • Driver will get two attempts to roll off the scale, zero and reweigh
  • A driver that weighs light in Qualifying will have all times removed from that session
  • If a racer weighs light during Final 1, they will be disqualified from that session and have their fast time removed for the starting grid on final 2
  • If the scale line is backed up, it is possible only the top 10 karts will be scaled

200.6 Tires

  • New tires are not required at any time during the race weekend
  • Tires will not be painted after sessions
  • If a racer decides to use new tires, they can only do so in Practice and Qualifying – new tires are not allowed on the Race grid

200.7 Code of Conduct

  • The series requires individuals to conduct themselves in a respectful manner towards officials, staff, competitors and crew
  • Drivers can be penalized if their actions, or the actions of their crew, are not respectful and in accordance with the above
  • Violations for on or off track actions include but are not limited to: physical violence, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation and excessive profanity

Section 300 – Penalty Protest & Appeals

300.1 Appeal Submission

  • If a penalty is assessed, the driver will receive a written penalization form at the scales immediately following their race
  • Racers, parents and crew may fill out and submit a written appeal via the form provided by the Ignite Challenge Series, within 20 minutes of their final race
  • Appeals will be made free of charge
  • Reversal of a call is only possible if the evidence submitted clearly shows contradiction beyond a reasonable doubt

300.2 Appeal Evidence & Video Review

  • There are only two penalties that are able to be under review: avoidable contact and push back bumper penalties
  • If a driver uses a GoPro, they are allowed to submit video evidence to the off-track race director for review
  • Teams submitting GoPro for review must supply their own footage and laptop for viewing, SD cards will not be accepted
  • Standard appeal submission rules apply to all video review, there is no informal review process