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1. Introduction

  1. The Sports Car Open is a racing league, which is organised and run by CoRe SimRacing on the Motorsports Simulation service. The series will utilise a selection of prototype and grand touring cars in a team-based, multiclass series running at different types of circuits from all around the world.
  2. While racing is obviously about competition and trying to achieve the best possible results, we would like to not lose the fun factor, since at the end of the day, it’s still the top priority.
  3. We also expect all drivers and team representatives to treat each other as well as members of the event administration with respect at all times.
  4. We are open to suggestions and constructive criticism as well as ideas and other things that contribute to improving our events in general.

2. Cars and Class Structure

  1. All Sports Car Open events will feature three different classes of cars. Each car class will include the following car models:
    Class Abbreviation Car(s) Ballast / Fuel Cap.
    Prototype P Audi R18
    Porsche 919 Hybrid
    0 kg / 100% (=50 l)
    0 kg / 100% (=62.5 l)
    Prototype Challenge PC HPD ARX-01c 0 kg / 67% (=40.2 kg)
    Grand Touring GT Ferrari 488 GTE
    Ford GT GTE
    Porsche 911 RSR
    0 kg / 100% (=90 l)
    0 kg / 100% (=98 l)
    0 kg / 100% (=106 l)
    1. Should iRacing release a new LMP2 or DPi specification car with similar performance characteristics to the current PC class car, then the series administration can replace the car with the new car if at least 66% of all teams in the class agree to the change.
  2. The series administration reserves itself the right to add ballast or limit the fuel capacity of any car or car class to balance the cars within a class or to modify the balance between the car classes. Such car adjustments will never be made any later than 3 days before the start of warm-up. Generally, no adjustments will be made, unless the event administration feels that there are overly dominant car models within a class or too small or large performance gaps between car classes.
  3. Should an iRacing update affect the performance of one or multiple of the cars in the championship, the event administration can alter or reset any of the previously allocated weight handicaps or fuel capacity restrictions.

3. Timetable and Season Schedule

  1. The series will visit a total of 6 different venues during the 2018-2019 season. The opening and final rounds of the season will be 8 hour races, all other races will be 4 hours long. The session dates and start times as well as the in-sim date and time of day are listed below.
    PQ Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari - Grand Prix - Afternoon 26/08/2018 @ 16:00 UTC
    1 8 hours of Spa-Francorchamps (Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps - GP Pits)
    Session Sim Date & Time Session Start
    Free Practice 1 2018-03-27 @ 10:00 local 27/09/18 @ 18:00 UTC
    Free Practice 2 2018-03-28 @ 12:00 local 28/09/18 @ 18:00 UTC
    Free Practice 3 2018-03-29 @ 14:00 local 29/09/18 @ 18:00 UTC
    Warm-Up 2018-03-30 @ 10:00 local 30/09/18 @ 09:00 UTC
    Qualifying 2018-03-30 @ 11:45 local 30/09/18 @ 10:40 UTC
    Race 2018-03-30 @ 12:10 local 30/09/18 @ 11:00 UTC
    2 4 hours of Monza (Autodromo Nazionale Monza - Grand Prix)
    Session Sim Date & Time Session Start
    Free Practice 1 2018-05-01 @ 13:00 local 01/11/18 @ 19:00 UTC
    Free Practice 2 2018-05-02 @ 13:00 local 02/11/18 @ 19:00 UTC
    Free Practice 3 2018-05-03 @ 13:00 local 03/11/18 @ 19:00 UTC
    Warm-Up 2018-05-04 @ 13:00 local 04/11/18 @ 14:00 UTC
    Qualifying 2018-05-04 @ 14:45 local 04/11/18 @ 15:40 UTC
    Race 2018-05-04 @ 15:10 local 04/11/18 @ 16:00 UTC
    3 4 hours of the Nürburgring (Nürburgring Grand-Prix-Strecke - Grand Prix)
    Session Sim Date & Time Session Start
    Free Practice 1 2018-05-30 @ 13:00 local 29/11/18 @ 19:00 UTC
    Free Practice 2 2018-05-31 @ 13:00 local 30/11/18 @ 19:00 UTC
    Free Practice 3 2018-06-01 @ 13:00 local 01/12/18 @ 19:00 UTC
    Warm-Up 2018-06-02 @ 13:00 local 02/12/18 @ 14:00 UTC
    Qualifying 2018-06-02 @ 14:45 local 02/12/18 @ 15:40 UTC
    Race 2018-06-02 @ 15:10 local 02/12/18 @ 16:00 UTC
    4 4 hours of the Americas (Circuit of the Americas - Grand Prix)
    Session Sim Date & Time Session Start
    Free Practice 1 2019-07-03 @ 14:30 local 03/01/19 @ 19:00 UTC
    Free Practice 2 2019-07-04 @ 14:30 local 04/01/19 @ 19:00 UTC
    Free Practice 3 2019-07-05 @ 14:30 local 05/01/19 @ 19:00 UTC
    Warm-Up 2019-07-06 @ 14:30 local 06/01/19 @ 14:00 UTC
    Qualifying 2019-07-06 @ 16:15 local 06/01/19 @ 15:40 UTC
    Race 2019-07-06 @ 16:40 local 06/01/19 @ 16:00 UTC
    5 4 hours of Interlagos (Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace – Grand Prix)
    Session Sim Date & Time Session Start
    Free Practice 1 2019-01-31 @ 10:00 local 31/01/19 @ 19:00 UTC
    Free Practice 2 2019-02-01 @ 10:00 local 01/02/19 @ 19:00 UTC
    Free Practice 3 2019-02-02 @ 10:00 local 02/02/19 @ 19:00 UTC
    Warm-Up 2019-02-03 @ 10:00 local 03/02/19 @ 14:00 UTC
    Qualifying 2019-02-03 @ 11:45 local 03/02/19 @ 15:40 UTC
    Race 2019-02-03 @ 12:10 local 03/02/19 @ 16:00 UTC
    6 8 hours of Silverstone (Silverstone Circuit - Grand Prix)
    Session Sim Date & Time Session Start
    Free Practice 1 2019-08-21 @ 10:30 local 21/02/19 @ 19:00 UTC
    Free Practice 2 2019-08-22 @ 12:30 local 22/02/19 @ 19:00 UTC
    Free Practice 3 2019-08-23 @ 14:30 local 23/02/19 @ 19:00 UTC
    Warm-Up 2019-08-24 @ 10:30 local 24/02/19 @ 10:00 UTC
    Qualifying 2019-08-24 @ 12:15 local 24/02/19 @ 11:40 UTC
    Race 2019-08-24 @ 12:40 local 24/02/19 @ 12:00 UTC
  2. All sessions will be team sessions. Only registered teams and drivers are allowed to take part.

4. Entry Conditions and Requirements

  1. To be able to enter, every team must have a team manager as well as a driver line-up consisting of at least 2 but no more than 6 drivers. Team managers as well as other non-driving team representatives don't have to fulfil any of the driver requirements.
  2. All driving team members, meaning everyone listed on a team's driver line-up, must meet the minimum requirements for their team's car class at the point of sign-up. The minimum requirements for each car class are listed below.
    Car Clas Minimum Road SR Minimum Road iRating
    Prototype A 2.00 or higher 2500 or higher
    Prototype Challenge B 2.00 or higher 2250 or higher
    Grand Touring C 2.00 or higher 2000 or higher

5. Entry Procedure

  1. The sign-ups for all teams will open on Monday, July 16th, 2018 at 17:00 UTC. From this point onwards, all teams, those with automatic invites and those without will be able to create teams.
    1. Please note that no team will be allowed to enter more than 2 cars into any of the classes. The maximum number of available spaces per car class can be seen below:
      • Prototype (P): 16 cars
      • Prototype Challenge (PC): 14 cars
      • Grand Touring (GT): 24 cars
  2. Teams with automatic invites must enter no later than Sunday, August 5th, 2018 at 23:59 UTC and must pay the full entry fee of $25 in order to claim their automatic invites.
    1. Managers who have used their invite when creating a team but did not pay the entry fee of $25 for that team by the date listed in 5.b, will lose their invited status and will be treated like every other regular entrant from this point onwards.
    2. All other unused automatic invites will also expire on the date listed in 5.b.
  3. The entry deadline for all regular entrants will be on Sunday, August 19th, 2018 at 23:59 UTC.
    1. Should the number of teams entering a class not exceed the number of available slots for that class (see 5.a.1) by the date mentioned in 5.c, then the teams of said class must pay their entry fee of $25 by Saturday, August 25th, 2018 at 23:59 UTC.
    2. Should a class have fewer entries than the categories' maximum car count allows for (see 5.a.1), then the remaining open slots will instead be moved to the next smallest class (e.g.: Only 12 PC cars enter, meaning 2 slots remain open => P will receive the additional 2 slots to make it an 18 car class).
    3. Should the need for a pre-qualifying session disappear through the slot re-allocation described in 5.c.2, then the teams of this class will also have to pay the entry fee of $25 by the deadline described in 5.c.1.
    4. In any case, a team that doesn't have to pre-qualify themselves onto the grid but still fails to pay the entry fee of $25 by the deadline mentioned in 5.c.1 will lose that spot and will be demoted to the waiting list for their class instead. That new open slot would be re-assigned to the next smallest car category as described in 5.c.2.
    5. Teams, in categories with enough entries to require a pre-qualifying session to take place, will be required to pre-qualify themselves into the field, unless their team entered the series using an automatic invite. More information about pre-qualifying can be found in Section 7 of this document.
  4. Should a pre-qualifying session have taken place on Sunday, August 26th, 2018 at 16:00 UTC, the results will be published no later than Tuesday, August 28th, 2018 at 16:00 UTC.
    1. All teams that made it through pre-qualifying will have until Sunday, September 2nd, 2018 at 23:59 UTC to pay their entry fee of $25.
    2. Teams that fail to pay the entry fee of $25 in time will lose their spot to the next team that failed to make the cut in their category. This new team will then have a maximum of 48 hours to pay the entry fee of $25 and claim the slot before this procedure is repeated and the next reserve team team will be given the same time period to pay and claim the slot.
    3. Once a team has claimed a slot by paying the entry fee within 48 hours once they've been given the chance to do so (see 5.d.2), the team that initially qualified for the spot on the grid will become the new first reserve team in their class. All other reserve teams will remain on the waiting list in the same order they were in before the procedure described in 5.d.2 began.
    4. Should a class run out of teams through the procedure described in 5.d.2, then the first team of the next-biggest class that had teams attempting to pre-qualify themselves into the field will go through the same procedure as mentioned above.
  5. Every team that's created during a season will have a team status assigned to it. There are a total of 5 different statuses: 'Pending', 'Reviewed', 'Waiting List', 'Qualified' and 'Confirmed'.
    1. Newly created teams will have their status set to 'Pending' automatically. Once the series administration has checked everything about said newly created team, the team's status will either be changed to 'Reviewed' (for regular entrants) or 'Qualified' if a team enters using an automatic invite.
    2. Once any team with the 'Qualified' status has paid the entry fee of $25 in its entirety, their team's status will be changed to 'Confirmed'.
    3. The 'Waiting List' status will be reserved for teams on the waiting list for their respective class.
  6. After a team has been created, a team manager will only be allowed to edit the driver line-up of his teams. Should he wish to edit further details, he must contact the series administration.
    1. Driver line-ups may not be edited any later than 24 hours before the start of prequalifying and no later than 24 hours before the start of FP1 ahead of each round. All edits made beyond these points will only be valid for future events.
    2. Should a driver, who was added to a team's line-up after the deadline actually compete in the race, the team in question will receive a 60 second stop and hold penalty once said driver has taken over the car
    3. There is only a single scenario under which drivers cannot be moved freely from one team's roster to another: The drivers, who pre-qualified a team's car into the field, must remain part of that car's driver line-up until after the 2nd event of the season has been completed. For transparency reasons, this limitation is also referenced in rule 7.e.
  7. Ahead of the first round of the season, all teams, that have entered a car class with multiple car models, must declare their final car selection for the season no later than Sunday, September 23rd, 2018 at 23:59 UTC.
    1. Rule 5.g does not apply to waiting list teams, who may change their car model up to the point of being asked to fill an open spot in their class.
  8. Should a 'Confirmed' team withdraw, resulting in a free spot within a certain class, the first team on that class' waiting list will be called up to fill the vacant spot for the rest of the season.
    1. In the case of there being no waiting list teams for said car class, the first waiting list team of the next-biggest car class will fill the spot instead.
    2. Substitute teams that replace previously confirmed teams will not have to pay the entry fee.
    3. Substitute teams will not be called up any later than 24 hours before a round's first free practice session, meaning that if a team withdraws after this point or during an ongoing event, that spot will be left vacant until the event's conclusion.
  9. Any team that misses 2 rounds without notifying the series administration of their absence before the event, as well as any team that misses 3 rounds in a row, will be withdrawn from the series if their class' waiting list has any potential replacement teams on it. Any team that withdraws or is withdrawn for inactivity will not be refunded their entry fee.

6. Paint Schemes

  1. All teams are free to submit custom paint schemes, should they wish to use one.
  2. When submitting a paint scheme, every team has to make sure to include information like the team name, car number and car model. All paint scheme files should be named as shown below:
    car_team_XXXXX.tga	(XXXXX should be your team's ID)
  3. All custom paint schemes that are received by the series administration will be reviewed and must be in compliance with the 5 key principles listed below.
    1. Teams must have written permission from the companies involved, to be allowed to run sponsors' logos on their car.
    2. Logos of products that compete with iRacing (such as the Gran Turismo and Forza frachises for example) will not be permitted. The same is the case for logos of automotive brands that compete with the brand of car that they're displayed on.
    3. It will be strictly forbidden for paint schemes to directly or indirectly promote tobacco or any products that are restricted to minors by law (e.g.: alcohol, knives, etc.). They must not include any kind of political message.
    4. No team liveries will be allowed to run 'parodies' of logos or other intellectual property.
    5. Any logo already available in the iRacing Paint Shop may be used.
  4. Should teams elect to use a paint scheme, they must send it to at least 24 hours before the start of first practice for it to be included in the latest version of the paint pack.
    1. Please make sure to include your team’s car number, team name and car class in the subject line of the e-mail when sending the paint file. You may also send multiple paint files in a single mail, but please make it clear which paint is for which car in the mail itself.
  5. Custom decal layers, including the event number boards as well as windscreen banners for all cars, will be used no matter whether a team sent in a paint file or not. These decal layers will also be included in the skin pack.
  6. Custom paint schemes for any single driver session, like both free practice sessions and any eventual test session do not have to be sent in and will not be accepted or included in any kind of skin pack.

7. Pre-Qualifying

  1. Pre-Qualifying will take place on if one or multiple categories require it due to the amount of teams interested in entering exceeding the amount of available slots in the class. The scheduled date for this pre-qualifying session will be Sunday, August 26th, 2018 at 16:00 UTC.
  2. The session will be a 3 hour long open qualifying session in which all teams will run together on-track at the same time. This 180 minute long session will be preceeded by a 45 minute long warm-up session, so all teams can join and get used to the track conditions.
    1. Pre-qualifying will also be the only session of the season that will use default iRacing weather conditions. The time of day will be set to 'afternoon' as it will be for all other events during the season.
    2. Should the number of teams taking part in pre-qualifying exceed 30 cars, or if one class has significantly more teams wanting to pre-qualify than the other(s), then multiple sessions will be created, using the same settings as described in 7.b and 7.b.1.
    3. Which teams would be assigned to which session in this scenario will be decided by the series administration. A list of which teams are meant to be in which session would be published no later than 48 hours before the scheduled start of pre-qualifying.
  3. To pre-qualify, a team must field at least 2 of their drivers in the session. Both of them will be required to set at least one valid timed lap. The sum of both drivers' best laps will be a team's pre-qualifying lap time.
  4. The order in which teams will fill the available slots in each class based on their pre-qualifying time, from the fastest to the slowest team.
    1. The waiting list will also be filled up based on the order of the teams in the pre-qualifying results: First all teams with valid times that failed to make the cut, then all teams with only one valid driver lap time, then all other teams based on their time of sign-up, with those having signed up longer ago being put above those who have signed up more recently.
  5. The drivers, who drove a team's car to pre-qualify it into the field, will be locked into that car's driver line-up for the first 2 events of the season. This limitation does not apply, if an entry not make it through pre-qualifying and ends up on the waiting list. For transparency reasons, this limitation is also mentioned in rule 5.f.3.

8. Warm-up

  1. Warm-up is the session in which all teams and drivers will be able to connect to the race server to prepare and drive practice laps ahead of qualifying and the race session itself.
  2. Teams will be required to register with the correct team and car, meaning that the team ID, team name, car number and car model have to match the information listed on the events' entry list.
  3. Should a team join with the incorrect team ID or car number, they will be allowed to participate in the remaining sessions, but will receive a drive-through penalty within the first 20 minutes of the race.
    1. No penalties will be given to teams who had their car number taken away by a team that registered before them.
  4. Any team that registers with the wrong car model or even registers with multiple teams will be disqualified from the event and refused entry to the qualifying and race sessions.

9. Qualifying

  1. All qualifying sessions will be 20 minute long single car sessions with a maximum of 4 timed laps available to each car.
  2. As per iRacing lone qualifier rules, any member registered for the team will be allowed to qualify the car.
  3. The qualifying driver is not required to start the race, but they will be required to drive the car for at least 1 full lap (meaning it can’t be an out or in lap) during the race.
  4. Every car will be required to set a qualifying time. Teams who do not set a qualifying time or are slower than the fastest car of the class behind them will have to start from pit lane.
  5. The event administration may not allow a team to take the start, if they’re deemed to be a potential danger to other cars on-track during the race or if they haven’t set a fast enough lap time in qualifying (see Rule 9.d).

10. Race

  1. All races will utilise the standard rolling start procedure the iRacing software provides with the following alterations:
    1. The class leaders of all supporting classes should keep a 10 second gap to the last car of the class ahead on the pace lap.
    2. All cars and classes, meaning P, PC and GT must ignore the "green flag" as displayed by iRacing and must remain in their grid formation while also keeping to the pace car speed.
    3. Only the leader of each class will be allowed to initiate the start of their categories’ race by starting to accelerate away from the field in the “starting zone”. Once he has done so, all cars of that class will be free to race. All classes will be subject to this procedure.
    4. Images of the exact beginning and end points of this “starting zone” will be part of the drivers’ briefing, which will be published before the first free practice session.
    5. Teams that start from pit lane must line up at pit exit in a line. They will not be allowed to leave the lane until the race administration declares the pit exit open once the last GT car has passed the first turn. Leaving the pit lane early will result in a 30 second stop-hold penalty.
  2. During the race itself, the fair share driving rule will be enabled with a minimum of 2 drivers and a maximum of 6 drivers being able to drive the car.
    1. As per iRacing rules, a “fair share” is defined as a quarter of an equal share.
      2 drivers with a total of 114 laps driven
      → 114 laps / 2 drivers = 57 laps per driver on an equal share
      → 57 laps / 4 = 14.25 laps → 15 laps minimum per driver
    2. The minimum “fair share” lap count only applies to the number of drivers defined as the minimum required drivers, meaning only 2 drivers have to fulfil it in this series.
  3. Additionally, to make sure people don't take too many liberties with the track limits, especially at more modern circuits with multiple tarmac run-off zones, a formula will be used to calculate a team's maximum number of incident points.
    1. This formula will take both, the number of turns on the circuit as well as the number of laps driven by the team's car into account and looks as follows:
      Formula: (corners per lap * number of laps by car) / 25 = team's incident limit
    2. Using this formula, a team that's driven 112 laps on a circuit with 18 corners would be able to get up to 81 incident points before exceeding the limit. Fractional amounts will always be rounded up to the closest full number.
    3. Exceeding the incident limit will result in the car being disqualified from the race.

11. General Driving Conduct

  1. All drivers must pass in a safe manner and respect their opponents. Both drivers must also take into account leaving room for lag. This applies to lapping manoeuvres just as much as to overtakes for race positions.
  2. Drivers will not be allowed to block and must choose their line ahead of a corner without moving under braking to cover off any attacks from their opponents (blocking meaning that you're reacting to line changes of the car behind to fend off any attempts of the car behind to get alongside).
  3. As this is an event with multiple car classes on-track at the same time, all of which have varying top speeds, braking performance and cornering capabilities, every driver is asked to take care of the previous two rules as well as always acting with common sense.
    1. Lapping cars must at all times be aware of the fact that they are the ones who have to make the passes since they're the faster cars. They can't expect to always have the racing line when doing so and will have to be just that little bit more cautious every now and then to make sure they they don't ruin another team's race along with their own.
    2. On the other side, all lapped drivers must make sure to always behave in a predictable manner. They should stick to the racing line where needed, but that doesn't at all mean that they can't cooperate should they find themselves in a situation where moving slightly off-line or braking slightly earlier will help a lapping car get by just that little bit sooner and faster, helping both cars in the process by losing less time on the race track.
  4. Should someone go off the track, they have to make sure that the track is clear before rejoining the racing surface. Dangerous track re-entries or even causing an incident while you try to rejoin will result in penalties when reported to the event administration.
  5. Under a waved yellow flag, please make sure to pay attention to the road ahead as well as any potentially stationary or slowly moving cars next to or on the race track itself.

12. Red Flags

  1. If the iRacing service fails during a race resulting in drivers being unable to join or stay connected to the server or if the server becomes unstable enough to potentially cause problems for drivers, the event may be stopped or even postponed or cancelled. When this happens the event administration will announce the “red flag” status of the session both in-game (if the session is still accessible) and on the SCO Discord.
  2. The full red flag procedure can be found in Section 19 of this document.
  3. For races that have been red flagged, the race administration will decide on how races are scored on an individual basis.
    1. For example, if a race was interrupted at about the half-way mark of that race and a new session was required, the race administration may score both halves separately from each other, awarding half points for each.
  4. Should the iRacing service as a whole be affected by server issues, meaning that a new session or a restarted race would also run into trouble after a while, the event will be called off.
  5. It will be down the event administration to decide, whether the event will be rescheduled, replaced or cancelled.

13. Protests

  1. Teams may protest any incidents they were involved in or affected by. The only way to do so is by filing a protest via the event protest form at any point after the start of the race to a maximum of 2 hours after the event ending.
    1. Incidents will be investigated at the earliest opportunity and will be judged by at least two different event administration members.
    2. The event administration will attempt to reach a verdict as quickly as possible, to ensure that as many of the protests as possible will result in the guilty parties being penalised during the race.
    3. Should the event administration not be able to reach a verdict during the race because there is too little time left in the race, the penalty (if applicable) will be converted to a post-race penalty.
    4. The verdicts of all post-race investigations will be published within 48 hours of the event’s conclusion.
    5. All protests and verdicts will be tracked in a spreadsheet and published once the results have been declared official.
  2. Frivolous protests will be ignored. Should a team be found to repeatedly file such protests, they may be warned or even penalised for their actions.
  3. The start of every race will automatically be reviewed by the race administration to check whether there were jump start or significant incidents.
  4. All protest verdicts are judgements of fact and cannot be appealed under any circumstances.

14. Penalties

  1. There are several types of penalties that can be assigned following an investigation by the series administration. The list of possible penalties can be found below.
    • Warning
    • Drive-Through Penalty
    • Stop & Hold Penalty of 30 seconds
    • Stop & Hold Penalty of 60 seconds
    • Stop & Hold Penalty of 120 seconds
    • Points Deduction (severity is down to the event administration)
    • Disqualifications
    • Exclusions from Multiple Events
  2. Unlike stop-hold penalties, drive-through penalties cannot be combined with pit stops. Violations of this rule will in a further drive-through penalty.
  3. Once a team has received a drive-through penalty, they must not cross the timing line on the home straight more than 3 times before entering the pit lane to serve their penalty. Black flags (meaning stop-go or stop-hold penalties) should be served at the earliest opportunity that's available to the driver currently in the car.
    1. Failure to serve a drive-through penalty within the prescribed amount of laps will result in the team receiving a 30 second stop-hold penalty.
  4. Repeat offenders will receive harsher penalties, should they be penalised for the same type of misbehaviour multiple times.
  5. Penalties can affect teams as well as drivers individually, meaning a team can just as easily be excluded from competition as individual drivers, depending on the severity of the rule violations they committed.
  6. All warnings and penalties that are assigned during or after the race will be posted in the in-game chat, the list of submitted protests as well as the #race_control channel on the series Discord.

15. Championships

  1. All teams who start a race, fulfil the fair-share requirements and do not exceed their personal incident limit will be classified in their achieved overall race position in the official results. Points will be given to the top 15 cars within each class.
  2. There will be three official championships in the series, one for each class.
    1. The Sports Car Open Prototype title will be awarded to the P team which scores the most points throughout the whole season.
    2. The Sports Car Open Prototype Challenge title will be awarded to the PC team which scores the most points throughout the whole season.
    3. The Sports Car Open Grand Touring title will be awarded to the GT team which scores the most points throughout the whole season.
  3. Championship points will be awarded to the top 15 classified cars within a category using the following scale:
    Class Position Points scored
    1st 25 points
    2nd 20 points
    3rd 16 points
    4th 13 points
    5th 11 points
    6th 10 points
    7th 9 points
    8th 8 points
    9th 7 points
    10th 6 points
    11th 5 points
    12th 4 points
    13th 3 points
    14th 2 points
    15th 1 points
  4. In the event of a tie in points standings, the position in question will go to the team with the most race victories. If neither team has a win or not more than the other, the position goes to the team with the most second place finishes. If the same applies there, the procedure is continued until the tie can be broken. Should this not be possible, both teams will be declared champions.
  5. Following the last round of the season, the top 8 teams in each category will receive automatic invites for the 2019-2020 Sports Car Open season.

16. In-Game Session Settings

  1. This section of the rulebook lists all in-game session settings that have not been brought up at an earlier point in this document.
    1. All sessions will be hosted on the NL-Amsterdam server farm.
    2. Dynamic weather will be used in all sessions. Exceptions include pre-qualifying (should it happen) or other types of test sessions that require fewer variables for more accurate data.
    3. The track state will be always be set to “automatically generated” at the beginning of a session and will carry over to the next sessions on race day. Marbles will be removed between sessions.
    4. Full course cautions as well as fast repairs will be disabled.
    5. All driving aids with the exceptions of clutch assists will be disallowed.
    6. The sim date and time of day will be carried over from session to session on race day. Roughly 5 minutes of in-game time will pass on each session transition.
    7. The Sun Acceleration Multiplier will be set to '1x' at all times.

17. Contact Details and Communication

  1. Should any questions arise, team managers, vice managers, drivers and other persons can contact the event administration using the e-mail address below. Responses to any questions about the regulations, team line-up changes or other inquiries will be sent within 24 hours of us receiving the original message.
    Contact E-Mail Address:
  2. The series administration will also use a Discord server during events, but can also be contacted there at all other points. The permanent invite link to the Sports Car Open Discord can be found below:
    1. The event administration advises all team managers of team mates that are in contact with drivers on-track to be online on the SCO Discord during races. In general, instructions will be given both in-game as well as on Discord, but there's always a chance that in the case of server issues, race control will be affected too, meaning they'll no longer be able to give instructions in-game and must resort to Discord only.
  3. Some members of the event administration can also be contacted via private messages on the iRacing forum. A list of these event administration members can be found below.
    • Dominik Engel
    • Maik Paluch
    • Ronald Großmann
  4. The use of the text and voice chat during qualifying and race sessions is forbidden. While occasional and accidental violations will not have any negative consequences, repeated offences will lead to penalties, especially if the message is intended to call out or insult another participant or event administration member.

18. About This Document

  1. The event regulations will apply to all test, practice, warm-up, qualifying and race sessions which are hosted by the event administration. By entering the event, all teams and drivers automatically agree to all rules and regulations in this document.
  2. This document may be edited to add, remove, modify or replace rules whenever the event administration deems it necessary. All changes made will be in effect immediately unless otherwise specified.
  3. Participants as well as event administration members and general attentive readers are encouraged to point out loopholes, spelling errors and general mistakes so that they can be closed and corrected respectively.

19. Red Flag Restart Procedure

  1. Scenario 1: A mass disconnect occurs, but the session is stable enough to continue the race and the timing data is intact.
    1. All cars left out on-track must slowly return to the pit lane and park in their pit stalls. No overtaking is allowed to occur during this in-lap and teams will be allowed to work on their cars.
    2. After all teams have reconnected and completed their pit work, the restart procedure begins.
    3. Race control will instruct the overall leader to leave the pit lane, do a lap and stop just shy of the timing line to not start a new lap.
    4. One by one, all cars will be called out in order of their overall position. They must also go around the track and park up their car behind the car in front of them in the queue that's been started by the overall race leader.
    5. Drivers should not park their cars bumper to bumper when forming the queue. It's advised to leave a gap of two car lengths to the car ahead.
    6. Cars that have lost laps due to the mass disconnect will be instructed to do an extra lap before parking up at the end of the queue.
    7. The procedure described in 19.a.4 to 19.a.6 will happen with all classes: First P, then PC and then GT.
    8. Once all cars are back out on-track and formed up in the queue, all drivers must enable their pit speed limiters before slowly driving away from their parked positions. When driving away, they must remain in single file formation and in to one another.
    9. The leaders of the PC and GT classes respectively should leave a gap of about 5 seconds to the last car of the class ahead of them.
    10. Once all queued up cars are back rolling, the '10 seconds to green' warning will be given through the race control text chat.
    11. Once those 10 seconds have passed, the 'GREEN FLAG' message will appear in text chat, meaning that the race is back underway and that all cars are allowed to race each other again.
  2. Scenario 2: A new session is required because the current session is no longer accessible or the timing data is incomplete or missing.
    1. A new session will be put up with a short 15 minute practice, 5 minutes of qualifying and the race time that the race originally had, minus the time already passed, minus the time it took to set up the new session and minus another 30 minutes to account for the restart procedure.
    2. All teams will be instructed to join the new session once it's up. The session will attempt to replicate the weather settings of the previous session.
    3. Once the new session switches over to qualifying, nobody will be allowed to set a time. When qualifying transitions into the race session, only the overall leader of the race will be allowed to grid their car.
    4. Once the race starts, race control will instruct the overall leader to do a lap and stop just shy of the timing line to not start a new lap.
    5. One by one, all cars will be called out in order of their overall position. They must also go around the track and park up their car behind the car in front of them in the queue that's been started by the overall race leader.
    6. Drivers should not park their cars bumper to bumper when forming the queue. It's advised to leave a gap of two car lengths to the car ahead.
    7. he procedure described in 19.b.5 and 19.b.6 will happen with all classes: First P, then PC and then GT.
    8. Once all cars are back out on-track and formed up in the queue, all drivers must enable their pit speed limiters before slowly driving away from their parked positions. When driving away, they must remain in single file formation and in to one another.
    9. The leaders of the PC and GT classes respectively should leave a gap of about 5 seconds to the last car of the class ahead of them.
    10. Once all queued up cars are back rolling, the '10 seconds to green' warning will be given through the race control text chat.
    11. Once those 10 seconds have passed, the 'GREEN FLAG' message will appear in text chat, meaning that the race is back underway and that all cars are allowed to race each other again.