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SPORTING REGULATIONS

DRIFT MASTERS SPORTING REGULATIONS

CONTENTS

CHAPTER 1 – ADMINISTRATION

  • AUTHORITY & TITLE
  • APPLICABLE REGULATIONS
  • DEFINITIONS
  • ELIGIBLE COMPETITORS
  • EVENT REGISTRATION
  • EVENT LAYOUT
  • PADDOCK LAYOUT
  • SPECTATORS

 

CHAPTER 2 – SERIES / EVENT FORMAT

  • EVENT FORMAT & TIMETABLE
  • OFFICIALS BRIEFINGS
  • DRIVERS BRIEFINGS
  • FLAGS
  • PIT LANE / PIT PADDOCK
  • PRACTICE
  • QUALIFYING FORMAT
  • JUDGING CRITERIA – QUALIFYING
  • CHANGEOVER AREAS
  • JUDGING CRITERIA – DRIFT BATTLES

 

CHAPTER 3 – AWARDS

  • OFFICIAL RESULTS
  • TROPHIES
  • SUBSITUTE DRIVERS

 

CHAPTER 4 – TECHNICAL VEHICLE & SAFETY REGULATIONS

  • SCRUTINY
  • ELIGIBLE VEHICLES
  • CHASSIS AND BODY
  • SUSPENSION AND STEERING
  • BRAKES & BRAKE LIGHTS
  • WHEELS AND TYRES
  • ENGINE
  • EXHAUST
  • DRIVETRAIN
  • FUEL
  • ROLL CAGES
  • SEAT BELTS / HARNESSES
  • REPLACEMENT CARS
  • DRIVER APPAREL
  • FURTHER

 

 

CHAPTER 1 – ADMINISTRATION

1.1 AUTHORITIES AND TITLE

Rob Whyte Transport, presents:- Drift Masters

 

1.2 APPLICABLE REGULATIONS

All Events are conducted under the Drift Masters Sporting Regulations; the Drift Masters Supplementary Regulations; these Sporting Regulations; Supplementary and Further Regulations issued by the Promoter; all Supplements, Bulletins, Briefings and Amendments issued from time to time for Events that form part of these Regulations. The purpose of these Regulations is to ensure that all Events are conducted in a manner which secures and enhances the safety of participants, officials, nominees and spectators and which allows the Events to be competitive and fair. All Competitors and Drivers and their Team Members must read, understand and comply with these Regulations. As well as all Supplements, Bulletins, Briefings, Instructions and Amendments issued in writing from time to time by Drift Masters and by promoters of individual events, which form part of the Series described herein. Supplementary Regulations and Entry Form will be made available to all competitors before the event.

 

1.3 DEFINITIONS

1.3.1 Drifting – An activity designed to be undertaken through a series of corners wherein the object of the exercise is to produce as much yaw rate as possible from the vehicle whilst demonstrating the driver’s ability to control the direction and speed of the vehicle through a pre-determined course.

1.3.2 Judging – A judge or panel of judges will establish the order of merit of competitors as they traverse the judged area. Assessment will be made according to car control competence based on the judging criteria

1.3.3 Judges will be appointed as “Judges of Fact” as is appointed by Drift Masters.

1.3.4 Drift battle or Tandem – A competition where two cars battle against one another and are judged according to the judging criteria for Drift Battles. Each battle consists of two passes through the judged area, with each car taking a turn to lead.

1.3.5 Judged Area– the portion of the course where judging will take place. Activities occurring outside the judged area will not be taken into account by the judges. Activities occurring outside the judged area may be taken into account by the Stewards and Clerk of Course as appropriate.

 

1.4 ELIGIBLE COMPETITORS

1.4.1 All Competitors must hold a current Racers Competition license or higher, or an equivalent standard license approved by the sanctioning body.

1.4.2 All drivers must be a minimum of 16 years old.

1.4.3 An application to compete in the Driver Seach is only valid if:

1.4.3.1 The competitor meets the rules outlined in the Drift      Masters Sporting & Supplementary Regulations.

1.4.3.2 The competitors application meets the requirements set         out below:

  • No previous National or International Drifting achievements or history.
  • Has not previously achieving a Top 5 Placing within a recognized Australian State Drifting Championship.

All applications must go via email only to Robert Whyte at driftmasters@yahoo.com.

1.4.3.3 All Application Forms have been fully completed in all   respects;

1.4.4 Drift Masters reserves the right to accept, reject or cancel, at its absolute discretion, any application to Compete whether valid or not.

1.4.5 Refunds for cancellation or withdrawal of an entrant will not be issued under and circumstance.

1.4.6 A driver will only be officially registered as a recognized Driver Search Competitor once in receipt of written acceptance by Drift Masters of their valid registration application.

1.4.7 Once written acceptance has been received payment of the entry fee is required within 7 days.

 

1.5 EVENT REGISTRATION

1.5.1 Drift Masters will distribute the Regulations and Entry Forms to all Competitors via the Drift Masters website.

1.5.2 Competitors must fully complete the Entry Forms (with fees payable) to the Promoter (which ever stated) by the closing date shown on the published Supplementary Regulations.

1.5.3 All communication regarding information detailed on the Entry Form, or relative to entry or withdrawal for any Event, must be in writing by email, directed to Drift Masters. No other form of communication will be officially recognized.

 

1.6 EVENT SCHEDULE

As per Supplementary Regulations

 

1.7 EVENT LAYOUT

1.7.1 Drifting shall be conducted on a sealed surface within the confines of either a Category B circuit or a venue specifically licensed for the activity by Racers Pty Ltd.

1.7.2 Certain parts of the layout will be designated “no drift zones”. In addition to the change over area, these areas may include entry/exit areas and other areas at the discretion of the organizers.

1.7.3 The layout of the track is not subject to restriction based on weather conditions – it may be wet or dry depending on requirements for the event and environmental conditions.

 

1.8 PADDOCK LAYOUT

1.8.1 Competitors must strictly comply with all instructions given by Drift Masters and the promoter of each event as to garage and paddock allocation and use.

1.8.2 Only (1) transporter / support vehicle per entered vehicle is permitted. It must be parked in the designated support vehicle area. It must not be parked in the pits.

1.8.3 All trailers must be removed from the paddock area if requested by the event organizers.

1.8.4 Competing vehicles, transporters, and paddock/garage areas must be kept clean and in good order at all times.

1.8.5 The maximum total amount of fuel permitted to be stored any where in the paddock/garage area by any one team, regardless of the number of cars entered by that team, is 3x 20 liter drums/containers (not including fuel in vehicle fuel tanks).

1.8.6 Competitors are given two (2) pit passes as part of their entry fee to be used for pit crew.

1.8.7 Pit crew must sign on during the accreditation hours set out in the supplementary regulations.

1.8.8 All pit crew MUST be 16 years of age or older.

1.8.9 Entrants are responsible for the behavior of their pit crew.

 

 

1.9 SPECTATORS

The Clerk of the Course must ensure all spectators remain in designated areas behind established first lines of protection as per Racers and circuit operation requirements.

 

CHAPTER 2 – SERIES / EVENT FORMAT

 

2.1 EVENT FORMAT AND TIMETABLE

The final event program is published in the Supplementary Regulations.

 

2.2 OFFICIALS BRIEFING

Officials must also be briefed as to their specific roles. This may be done on a ‘one on one’ basis or in a group briefing. All officials must sign the appropriate disclaimer.

 

2.3 DRIVER BRIEFING

2.3.1 ALL Competitors must attend the Drivers Briefing.

2.3.2 Drivers Briefings may include information on the physical layout of the course, including the judged area and the designated changeover area with precise details in regard to the way in which the event will be conducted.

2.3.3 Drivers Briefings may also include additional information in relation to the application of judging criteria to be used for the event. The judges are the only persons who may advise             competitors and drivers on interpretations on the judging criteria. This will not be the responsibility of the Clerk of Course or Stewards.

2.3.4 The briefing may also include any other information the Clerk of the Course feels necessary to explain.

2.3.5 The briefing will only be open to the competitor and one (1) spotter/crew member from their team. Additional team members will be denied access.

 

2.4 FLAGS

2.4.1 Flag signals will be used around the circuit to warn the driver of certain conditions.

The flags that may be used are:

 

Yellow Flag

This will be used to warn of a problem ahead. Driver must SLOW DOWN and be ready to stop at start line for further instruction. Drivers must not continue drifting.

 

Red Flag

This indicates a severe problem ahead and the driver must cease drifting and prepare to stop immediately. The event has been stopped.

 

2.5 PIT LANE / PIT PADDOCK

2.5.1 Pit Lane shall be defined as the area including the fast lane (lane closest to the pit wall), the inner lane (lane closest to the garages/pit bays), the official’s area, the signaling area and the working area, and bound by the speed limit sign at pit entry and the de-restriction sign at pit exit.

The following must be observed in pit lane:

  • 40 kilometer per hour speed limit;
  • No pit crew under 16 years of age; and
  • The outer lanes must be kept clear at all times.
  • Enclosed footwear and long pants must be worn in pit lane

2.5.2 A speed limit of 10 km/h shall apply in the pit paddock area. Failure by any driver to respect this limit may lead to exclusion from the competition. The imposition of this penalty            shall be at the discretion of the Stewards.

2.5.3 During any session, only signed on and allocated pit crew associated with a vehicle participating in that particular session are permitted in pit lane.

2.5.4 With the permission of the Clerk of Course, Pit Lane may be declared part of the Paddock.

 

2.6 PRACTICE

2.6.1 Practice sessions will be held as per event schedule submitted in the Supplementary Regulations.

2.6.2 Any practice session may be lengthened or shortened at the discretion of the Clerk of Course.

 

2.7 QUALIFYING FORMAT

2.7.1 For Pro Class is outlined in the Supplementary Regulations

2.7.2 For the Driver Search Qualifying does not apply.

 

2.8 JUDGING CRITERIA – QUALIFYING

As Per Supplementary Regulations

 

2.9 CHANGEOVER AREAS

As Per Supplementary Regulations

 

2.10 JUDGING CRITERIA – DRIFT BATTLES

As Per Supplementary Regulations

 

CHAPTER 3 – AWARDS

 

3.1 OFFICIAL RESULTS

Results will distributed by Drift Masters and will be marked deemed official and final.

 

3.2 TROPHIES

3.3.1 Pro Class trophies will be presented on track to the drivers who finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

3.3.2 Driver Search winner will be announced at the completion of the event in the Paddock area.

 

3.3 SUBSITUTE DRIVERS

3.4.1 Substitute drivers are not permitted. Entrants are not permitted to on-sell their spot in the event.

 

CHAPTER 4 – TECHNICAL VEHICLE & SAFETY REGULATIONS

 

4.1 SCRUTINY

4.1.1 The official Scrutiny Session will take place prior to the first official practice session at the event as outlined in the event schedule. A relevant team member must be present with the competing vehicle at the scheduled scrutiny time or risk the competing vehicle not being scrutinized in time for the subsequent session. Any subsequent checks may be conducted at the discretion of the Chief Scrutineer.

4.1.2 Neither Drift Masters, Racers nor their nominees will be held responsible or liable to account or compensate for any delay caused by any form of scrutiny.

4.1.3 On being directed by any authorized official to present the car for additional scrutiny, the competitor must take the car directly to the nominated place and without making any alterations to the car.

 

4.2 ELIGIBLE VEHICLES

4.2.1 Vehicle eligibility will be at the sole discretion of Drift Masters and all Automobiles shall of necessity, in all drifting competitions comply with the Standing Regulations for Drifting.

4.2.2 All vehicles must be, or have been, mass produced and available for purchase from a major manufacturer as an OEM vehicle

4.2.3 Cars not available in Australia, but available for commercial sale overseas are permitted but require approval from event staff

4.2.4 Open wheel vehicles, kit cars, clubman cars and full-tube purpose built racecars, as determined by the event staff, are not permitted.

4.2.5 All vehicles must be rear-wheel-drive and must have 4 wheels with the steering acting on the front wheels only.

4.2.6 Vehicles are limited to one engine, which must be in the factory front, mid or rear position.

 

4.3 CHASSIS and BODY

4.3.1 The body must resemble the OEM manufactures look and feel, it must be clean and free from damage.

4.3.2 The original uni-body must remain intact between the factory suspension strut tops. See example:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.3.3 Any modifications to the chassis rails forward or rearward of the strut-tops must be approved by event staff. Modifications to the guards and panel work for tube frame assemblies is free.

4.3.4 The original roofline must remain intact. Fitment of a carbon-fibre or lightweight roof skin is permitted.

4.3.5 The boot floor can be cut-out and removed to allow fitment of an aftermarket fuel cell and/or lightweight boot floor panel.

4.3.6 Tubbing of the front guards is permitted.

4.3.7 Tubbing of the rear guards is not-permitted, however, wide-body guards or “over-fenders” are permitted as are rolling of the rear guards. New inner guards can be made as long as they do not protrude further inside the body than the stock arch.

4.3.8 Seam/stitch/spot welding of the chassis is permitted

4.3.9 The gearbox tunnel, and the firewall area surrounding it, can be modified to allow fitment of an upgraded gearbox and allow faster removal and installation. Any new material added must be of same thickness and strength as factory. All gearbox tunnel modifications must be approve by event staff. Where the firewall joins to the bottom of the windscreen area and inner guards can not be moved.

4.3.10 Roll Over Protection is not mandatory but highly recommended.

4.3.11 Removal of the factory door side intrusion bars and or lightweight doors are permitted. Inner trim panels; factory and or aftermarket must remain.

4.3.12 Lexan windows are permitted to be used except for the front windscreen, which must be the factory glass. Lexan windows must be installed and secured correctly.

4.3.13 Custom bumper re-enforcement bars or “bash bars” are permitted but must remain inside the external bodywork.

4.3.14 Aero modifications are open as long as protruding bodywork is deemed to not be dangerous to other vehicles or event crew in the pit area.

4.3.15 The fitment of flat floors is prohibited, however, the floor can be replaced by material of equal or greater thickness to help with structural re-enforcement.

4.3.16 Bonnets can be modified to reduced weight and or lightweight replacement can be fitted as long as the structural strength is not deemed unsatisfactory.

4.3.17 Open venting in bonnets is permitted, however no more than 20% of the factory bonnet surface area can be removed.

4.3.18 Only air filters and no moving parts can protrude through the bonnet, they can be no higher than 200mm from the bonnet line. Cam covers are acceptable.

 

4.4 SUSPENSION and STEERING

4.4.1 Cars must use an OEM suspension layout.

4.4.2 Installation of a sub-frame and or suspension set-up from another mass produced vehicle is permitted but must be declared in writing on the vehicle entry form. It then requires approved by event staff.

Some examples of approved suspension conversions are:

  • S13 McPherson Strut front layout into the front of a Skyline
  • S13 rear sub-frame and suspension into a KE70 Corolla
  • R32 GT-R rear sub-frame into S13 Silvia

4.4.3 Replacement front sub-frames can be used as long as they still bolt to the factory position on the chassis rail and the suspension pick up points are within the 30mm allowed area of movement. They are to be installed only for the purpose to make more space available and or save weight.

4.4.4 Rear sub-frames can be modified as long as the layout design remains standard. The bushes can be replaced and or offset. The sub-frame can be modified to allow it to be raised or lowered.

4.4.5 Fitment of a 4-link rear suspension is permitted in cars using a live rear axle and must be approved by event staff.

4.4.6 Replacement adjustable suspension arms are open. Additional arms over factory are not permitted.

4.4.7 The factory suspension arm pick up points are allowed to be moved up to 30mm as long as it still allows the fitment of a factory or replacement adjustable suspension arm as per 4.4.6.

4.4.8 Knuckles may be modified openly.

4.4.9 Replacement bushes and or rose joints are open.

4.4.10 An OEM steering system must be used but the internals can be replaced with a quick rack. Steering racks can be changed between makes and models.

 

4.5 BRAKES and BRAKE LIGHTS

4.5.1 Brake modifications are open

4.5.2 Use of dual calipers is only permitted on the rear.

4.5.3 All factory fitted brake lights must remain and work.

 

4.6 WHEELS and TYRES

As Per Supplementary Regulations

 

4.7 ENGINE

4.7.1 Engine conversions are open but must be available from a mass produced car as OEM fitment.

4.7.2 A Custom produce engine is not permitted. Meaning an engine that can not be found in production vehicles or are not readily available to any competitor. Direct replacement blocks are permitted such as LSX block and billet SR20 blocks. They must be a straight swap engine block.

4.7.3 The firewall is only permitted to be modified to allow the factory fitment of an engine, not to move it back and radically shift the center of gravity of the vehicle further rearward than the factory engine arrangement.

4.7.4 The centreline of the engine, not including ancillaries, from side on must sit within 50mm of the original vehicle engine mount position. Firewall modifications must be listed on the vehicle entry form and pre-approved by event staff. Factory engines can also be moved back by up to 50mm, as long as they do not go further back than the original firewall.

 

4.8 EXHAUST

4.8.1 Cars must finish outside the perimeter of the vehicles body work. No exhaust system is to finish half way under the vehicle.

4.8.2 Cars must run an exhaust system where the primary outlet exits either;

  • At the rear of the car, or,
  • Side pipes must exit behind the B pillar

4.8.3 No exhaust system can be higher than 400mm from ground level.

4.8.4 No exhaust system can protrude further than 100mm from the perimeter or the rear of the vehicle.

4.8.5 External waste gate “screamer” pipes are permitted. They must exit downwards and can be no lower than the exhaust system.

4.8.6 All vehicles noise emitted MUST NOT exceed 95dB.

 

4.9 DRIVETRAIN

4.9.1 All vehicles must use a manual transmission with foot operated clutch.

4.9.2 Aftermarket gear sets are permitted.

4.9.3 OEM gearbox upgrades are permitted.

4.9.4 Bell-housing modifications are permitted but must be inspected and declared safe by event staff.

4.9.5 Aftermarket performance gearboxes are permitted but must be approved by event staff.

4.9.6 Custom one-piece tall-shafts are permitted.

4.9.7 All non-OEM tail-shafts must be inspected and approved by event staff.

4.9.8 Differentials must be available as an OEM part from a major manufacturer.

4.9.9 Diff center modifications are open.

4.9.10 Quick change differentials are permitted as long as they sit in the factory position. Modifications to the rear sub-frame are only allowed to allow this.

4.9.11 Driveshaft modifications are open.

 

4.10 FUEL

4.10.1 Only commercially available petroleum fuels are permitted, including ethanol blends such as E85.

4.10.2 Alcohol based fuels including pure ethanol, methanol and nitro methane are not permitted.

4.10.3 Nitrous oxide systems are permitted. The bottle must be securely fastened to prevent movement during an accident. The system must be free from leaks in the cabin area. The system must also be part of the car’s main electrical system and shut off when the isolator is turned off.

4.10.4 All fuel system components MUST be sealed from passenger compartment.

4.10.5 Aftermarket fuel lines must be firmly secured to the vehicle and declared safe by event staff.

4.10.6 Fuel lines can be run within the cabin if constructed of steel braided or aluminum hard line that is designed to carry the correct fuel type.

4.10.7 Any fuel line passing through the cabin, MUST have no connections within the cabin area, except for, at the front and rear bulkheads. If there is no bulkhead fitting, a grommet MUST be used where the line passes through the hole.

 

4.11 SEAT BELTS / HARNESSES

As Per Supplementary Regulations

 

4.12 DRIVER APPAREL

4.12.1 HEADGEAR

It is compulsory in all drifting competitions, that drivers must wear a, of a standard design, construction and fitting helmet approved by FIA, SFI or Racers.

4.12.1.1 Helmets bearing any of the following marks are           approved for use in racing, speed and drifting events, special stage rallies and other events where helmets are required.

  • AS1698 Australian standard
  • Snell SA95, SA2000, SA2005 USA standard
  • SFI Spec 31.1, 31.2, 31.1A, 31.2A USA standard
  • USA standard E22 (with 03, 04 or 05 amendments)
  • European standard BS 6658-85 Type A and A/FR (incl. amendments)
  • British standard 8860-2004 FIA standard

 

4.12.1.2 No helmet may be modified from its specification as manufactured except in compliance with instructions approved    by the manufacturer and one of the standards organizations            listed above, which certified the model concerned. Any other   modification will render the helmet unacceptable for the    requirements of this regulation.

 

4.12.1.3 Drivers are cautioned against using helmets, which have      been damaged or involved in accidents.

4.12.1.4 Drivers using an open face helmet must drive with all             non-fixed windows in the up position.

4.12.1.5 Goggles or visors must be worn by drivers of open cars.      Those with glass lenses of any kind are not acceptable. Lenses     shall be of a plastic material, with high-impact resistance,     satisfactory optical qualities and complying with Australian       Standard Specification AS 1609-1981, BS4110Z or equivalent   international standard.

NOTE: Goggles must be configured so as to minimize the entry         of dust into the eye from any angle, and be positively retained by       an elastic strap behind the head or helmet. Conventional style    glasses are not acceptable.

 

4.12.2 CLOTHING

4.12.2.1 Drivers must wear clothing that covers ankles to neck to      wrists. Clothing including Racing Suits of flammable synthetic     material, such as nylon, are not acceptable. Further information              is outlined in the events Supplementary Regulations.

4.12.2.2 No driver shall participate in any competition unless   wearing suitable and appropriate closed footwear. Prohibited   are, for example, thongs, Roman sandals and high-heeled shoes.

4.12.2.3 Drivers shall continue to comply with these     requirements until such time as they leave their automobiles.

 

4.13 FURTHER

4.13.1 All cars must have a fire extinguisher on board within reach of the driver and firmly secured.

4.13.2 Cars must have a firmly secured dashboard.

4.13.3 The car battery must be firmly held in place, and if inside the cabin or boot that contains a fuel system, must be covered by a battery box lid.

4.13.4 An externally visible triangle must be placed where the battery is located.

4.13.5 Hazard lights, brake lights and some form of headlights must be operational.

4.13.6 Windscreen wipers must be operational.

4.13.7 It is highly recommended that the Brake, clutch and power steering reservoirs have a liquid absorbing cover.

4.13.9 Cars must have two bonnet restraints. In the case of an OEM bonnet, the factory secondary locking mechanism is sufficient.

14.13.10 All cars must have a minimum (1) front and (1) rear permanently installed external towing apparatus (eyelet or strap) with a minimum hole diameter of 50mm.

14.13.11 Towing apparatus must be contrasting colour to the body work and directional “TOW” signage must be place on the body work.