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PCGB Sim Series 2021/22 (PCGBSS) Rules and Regulations

1. General:
The Porsche Club of Great Britain Sim Racing Group promotes and runs the PCGB Sim Series. This Series will comprise of eight (8) rounds (events) and the points accumulated from each event will count towards the PCGB Sim Series Championship.
 
2. Calendar 2021-22 Season 4:
13 October Hokenheimring
27 October Redbull Ring
10 November Donington Park (International)
24 November Imola
8 December Watkins Glen
22 December Sebring 120minute Endurance race. Christmas special
5 January Road Atlanta
19 January Monza
 
3. Officials of the event:
  • Organiser: Carl Sharkey
  • Organiser: Mathew Dorrington
  • Organiser: Gavin Halls
  • Organiser: Christian Szaruta
  • Chief Steward: Gavin Halls
  • Steward: Carl Sharkey
  • Stewards: 3 nominated PCGB series drivers rotating per round

4. Classes:
4.1       PCGB Sim Series will consist of the following classes
  • Pro
  • Am
The Pro class will be eligible for competitors that hold a minimum of or above Class D iRacing license at the time of Round 1 and have qualified in the top 20 positions of PXGB pre-season qualifying.

The Am class will be eligible for all competitors that hold a minimum of or above Class D iRacing license at the time of Round 1 and qualified from 21st position and below in official PCGB pre-season qualifying.

4.2       Sandbagging. Any driver judged by the stewards to be too fast for the AM class, i.e. performing noticeably above their pre-season qualifying results in race conditions for the first 3 rounds of the series will be moved up to the Pro class automatically and receive a 10 championship point deduction.

5. PCGB Membership:
All competitors in the PCGB Sim Series must hold a current/valid PCGB Membership/Family membership throughout the entirety of the series.
 
6. Championship:
The number of events in the series is set to 8 rounds utilizing the iRacing platform.
6.1       Each round will utilize the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Car
6.2       A Maximum of 32 cars per class will be admitted per round
6.3       Series registration/entry will be given priority in the order below.
  • Have competed in a previous year’s championship and scored points
  • Have competed in previous rounds of the championship
  • New Entrants
6.4      Entries for the series will close 72hrs before Round 1
6.5      Each Championship round will be made up of a practice session, qualifying, heat, and final.
6.6      The length of time given for practice will be a minimum of 50 minutes for each round
6.7       The 2021/22 PCGB Sim Series drivers title will be awarded to the driver who has scored the highest number of points during the 2021/22 season.
6.8       Points will be awarded for the following. Points will only count for 7 of the 8 proposed rounds. Each driver may drop their worst score across the season.
6.9      Drivers must take part in at least one of the four opening rounds of the championship to be eligible to attend the second half of the season. This is purely to keep driving standards consistent across the grid.
 
Heats
Position
Points
1
10
2
9
3
8
4
7
5
6
6
5
7
4
8
3
9
2
10
1
 
Consolation
Position
Points
1
1
2
1
3
1
4
1
5
1
6
1
7
1
8
1
9
1
10
1
 
Final
Position
Points
1
25
2
22
3
20
4
18
5
16
6
15
7
14
8
13
9
12
10
11
11
10
12
9
13
8
14
7
15
6
16
5
17
4
18
3
19
2
20
1
 
6.10       Should an event be suspended due to ‘force majeure’ i.e. the event is cancelled by the organizer of the event due to technical issues, points will be awarded as per the qualifying positions for that round. Should an event be suspended before qualifying is complete then organizers will try to reschedule that round towards the end of the season.
6.11       Should two or more drivers finish the series with the same number of points then the championship will be awarded to the driver that has secured:
  • The greatest number of wins
  • If the number of wins is the same, the greatest number of second places will be used
  • If the number of second places is the same, the greatest number of third places, and so on until a winner emerges.
6.12       The organizer reserves the right to reject the registration of any participant without specifying the reason.

7. Racing format for Season 4 will be Heat racing:
The top ten finishers from each heat will move forward to the final, all other competitors will compete in the consolation race with the top 10 finishers completing the grid for the final.
7.1       The Christmas Special endurance race will award points as per the official PCGB points table to the top 20 finishing teams. Points will be awarded equally to both drivers on the team based on the team's final finishing position.
7.3        Teams for the Christmas Special endurance round will be formed by matching the highest scoring series drivers with the lowest scoring series drivers. These pairings will be formed after the official standings from round 5 have been released.
7.4       Should a driver find themselves without a team mate then the organizers will supply either a celebrity driver or an alternative, these will be sourced from PCGB members or previous seasons entrants who are available.
 
8. Conduct and Demeanor (Code of Conduct):
8.1       Discord and Social Channels. Drivers are responsible for the conduct of themselves and anyone linked with them (Team members, Family) during the course of the series.
8.2       Drivers, team members are to act in a professional manner at all times during the series.
8.3       At all times Drivers must obey all directions from the organizers, and officials of the event.
 
9. Discipline and Arbitration:
9.1       The Chief Steward of the meeting has the right to penalize all persons involved in any capacity in an event for:
  • Infringements of the regulations
  • Any voluntary or involuntary action accomplished by a person or persons during a meeting, contrary to current regulations or instructions given by an official.
9.2       If a driver/s is under investigation a message will be posted to their Championship Discord channel and a direct message will be sent to the driver/s.
9.3       The Chief Steward may impose any of the following penalties
  • Warnings
  • Pit lane start
  • Disqualification
  • Withdrawal of championship points
  • Suspension
  • Ban
9.4       The Chief Stewards shall give written notification of the penalty which has been imposed to the driver/s concerned.
9.5       The 2021/22 season of the PCGB Sim Series will operate a Yellow Card system for minor driving infringements. A driver may be given a yellow card warning for (but not restricted to) the following incidents.
  • Unsafe rejoin
  • Contact with another car/s
  • Forcing another car/s off track
  • Failing to serve a drive-through
  • Unsportsmanlike conduct
  • Poor driving standards
  • Outburst over the driver voice channel during a race/qualifying/practice session
9.6       If a driver obtains two yellow cards, the stewards may choose to issue a further penalty (Ref 9.5) upon a penalty being issued the Yellow cards will be set to zero again.
9.7       A driver may score a maximum of three yellow cards every two rounds of the series. Exceeding this limit will result in a compulsory pit lane start for both races at the preceding round from when the penalty is issued.
9.8        A single yellow card expires after two penalty free rounds have been completed.
9.9       All penalties issued are non-appealable.
9.10     Proceeding every round a team of deputy stewards will be formed from championship drivers, this team will make decisions on incidents that are tasked to them. The decisions regarding any penalties in regards to the incidents they are tasked to review will be actioned by the chief Steward.
9.11     The Driver Deputy Stewards will be tasked with incident reviews in cases whereby an official or organiser has been party to an incident or infringement of the rules.
9.12     The Stewards decision is final.
 
10. Protests:
10.1      The protest window will open no sooner than 24hrs after the previous series round has ended.
10.2      Any protest must be made using the protest sheet located in google docs.
10.3      All protests must be accompanied by a full description of the incident, car numbers of those involved, times of incident, location on track, and a replay file of the incident.
10.4      Any driver who has been the subject of a protest will be notified by the stewards and asked to provide their feedback before a decision is made by the chief steward
10.5      Counter protests will not be accepted for any penalties once they have been issued by the stewards.
10.6      The steward’s decision is final

​11. Driving Etiquette:
At all times on track during official series rounds drivers must:

11.1      Give sufficient racing room to those around them. This will be judged as at least a cars width between their own car and the track limits when in “close quarters” racing. Sufficient room is defined as the width of a Cup Cars rear wing (widest part of the car)
11.2      Not rejoin the track from the grass of the run off areas in front of other cars that are on track, forcing them to: brake or make evasive maneuvers to avoid an incident, go off track, cause a collision.
11.3      Give back any positions made by causing excessive contact during an overtake. Excessive contact is judged as that which hinders a competitor’s line/speed, forces them off track, or forces a spin.
11.4      Take a drive-through penalty if you cause a collision on the opening lap of a race which results in competitors spinning or going off track. Penalty must be served before the second lap of the race commences.
11.5      Only use the race voice channel for the purpose of overtaking slower cars/directing faster drivers as they overtake you.
11.6      Failure to abide by these rules will result in a penalty as per section (9.5)

12. Paints and Championship decals:
12.1      All drivers must display current championship decals at all times during official race sessions.