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      ROYAL AIR FORCE MOTOR SPORTS ASSOCIATION (RAFMSA)
              2007 SPEED CHALLENGE REGULATIONS
INTRODUCTION
1.      In order to promote a budget level entry into motor sports for RAFMSA members, the
RAFMSA will organise the RAFMSA 2007 Speed Challenge. This will comprise a series of
Sprints to be held at the RAFMSA motor sports facility at RAF Barkston Heath. Classes and points
scoring are so arranged to ensure fair competition for all grades of cars and drivers, indeed standard
production cars are actively encouraged in this event format.
EVENTS
2.      Seven events are planned for 2007 (see Supplementary Regulations). All participating
drivers must be either full or associate members of the RAFMSA. Additionally, all drivers must
hold a current full Road Traffic Act drivers licence for a motor-car, have a relevant current motor-
sport licence issued by an RAFMSA recognised National Organising Body (NOB), or be enrolled in
the RAFMSA Junior Academy.
3.    Each event shall commence with convoy runs of two laps followed by two rounds of the
Speed Challenge (dependant on conditions). Each round comprising:
       a.      Two practice runs.
       b.      Two timed runs.
4.     Both runs of either the practice or timed sessions may be run consecutively. Drivers of
shared cars should ensure that one of the drivers is at the front of the queue for each session
to prevent delays that may occur due to drivers changing cars towards the end of the sessions.
GENERAL SAFETY
5.      All participants are responsible for ensuring that all members of their team comply with the
requirements of these regulations and any further requirements that may arise during each event.
Each event will comply with the facilities current Safety Management Plan. Copies of this
document and the Facility Risk Assessment are available for perusal at signing-on, and all
participants are advised to read them. Additionally, all participants are to have a copy of, and will
abide by the facilities current Health and Safety Guidelines (extra copies available at signing-on).
Safety Cover will comprise of Motor Sports Association (MSA) licensed Stage Safety Units (SSU)
crewed by at least one MSA licensed Rescue Marshal. In addition to the usual MSA requirements,
one SSU is further equipped with cutting and casualty extrication equipment, whilst the other has an
enhanced fire fighting and heavy recovery capability. Additionally, a MSA licensed Paramedic will
be in attendance. This cover is to provide rapid and effective intervention to an incident until the
County emergency services arrive (the local A&E at Grantham is only 8 miles away). The
organisers accept no responsibility for damage to vehicles should it be necessary to extricate or gain
access to an occupant. All participants and accompanying persons are to remain in the paddock

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area except for accessing the toilet in Building 352D via the track area exit gate. Pedestrians are
only to proceed directly between the exit gate and the building, and are to give way to cars using the
track entry and return routes. There is a 10 mph speed limit throughout the paddock and on the
track access and return routes. There is a 20 mph speed limit for the airfield perimeter track,
consequently cars are not to use the perimeter track for testing (see the Clerk of Course if you
need to road-test the correct operation of one of your cars systems).
6.     Chequered boards or flags indicate the finish line. Once over the finish line cars are to
reduce speed in a controlled manner up to the end of the slowing down straight, from which point
the 10 mph Paddock speed restriction is in force.
7.     Fire extinguishers are located at the control point and the Rescue Units. Medical attention is
available via the control point.
8.      The convoy runs are LOW SPEED EXPLORATORY RUNS to ensure competitors are
familiar with the track and also to ensure (at a safe speed) that the cars respond correctly to the
controls and that the brakes operate. A single passenger is allowed during the convoy runs provided
they are securely seated and wearing a safety belt. Helmets and overalls are not mandatory for the
convoy runs. HOLDING BACK DURING THE CONVOY RUN TO ALLOW PERIODS OF
INCREASED SPEED IS FORBIDDEN.
9.      OVERTAKING ON THE TRACK IS FORBIDDEN. Should a competitor catch up with
another competitor on the track, he is to remain a safe distance behind the competitor in front
commensurate with either driver suddenly losing control. If this causes an aborted run, the
participant is to return to the control point and request a re-run.
CAR PREPARATION AND PARTICIPANT SAFETY
10.      It is the competitors responsibility to ensure that his vehicle is fit for purpose prior to each
run, however if in the opinion of the organisers, a car is deemed to be unsafe (for whatever reason),
it will not be allowed to compete. It is strongly recommended that cars without a current MOT
certificate are regularly examined by a motor engineer regarding vehicle safety. The following
groups of cars are eligible for the RAFMSA Speed Challenge:

       a.      Cars in a roadworthy condition that are currently licensed for the road.

       b.     Cars in a roadworthy condition that are not currently licensed for the road. Such cars
       may have non-safety related surplus equipment such as interior trim, lights and other
       equipment removed provided this does not effect the structural integrity of the car; have an
       adverse effect on brakes, steering or suspension; or provide a passage for flame or
       flammable liquids from the engine compartment or fuel tank compartment into the drivers
       compartment.

       c.      Cars that comply with the relevant safety regulations of an RAFMSA recognised
       motor sports National Organising Body (NOB). Only this category of car will be allowed to
       use “slick” racing tyres providing the relevant NOB regulations allow them. Participants
       using such cars are to bring a copy of the current relevant NOB safety regulations to
       signing-on.
NOTE: Two wheel motor-cycles (of any description), karts, vans and trucks are not permitted.
11.     It is strongly recommended that cars carry a suitable correctly restrained fire-extinguisher
inside the car. Additionally, it is strongly recommended (especially for cars with the ignition switch
in an unusual position) that the ignition switch is clearly marked and the “Off” position indicated.



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12.     Only the driver is allowed in the car during practice and timed runs. During test sessions a
single passenger located in the front passenger seat is allowed provided individual permission has
been given by the Clerk of the Course and that the passenger has signed-on. Every person is to be
securely seated and also restrained by a minimum of a proprietary 3-point harness. Production cars
licensed for the road do not require roll cages or racing harnesses, however it is strongly
recommended these are fitted.
13.     Every person will wear a serviceable, correctly fitting, proprietary crash helmet designed for
either motor-cycling or motor racing. Visors or goggles to BS4110Z (clear or neutral density filter)
or a similar standard are to be worn in open topped cars.
14.     Every person will wear clean, long sleeved, one-piece overalls / flying suits (Service issue
are acceptable). No clothing manufactured from nylon or other similar man-made fibres that may
melt in the presence of flame are to be worn as an outer layer. It is strongly recommended that
MSA recognised helmets and fireproof overalls are worn.

TRACK ACCESS AND EXIT LIGHT SIGNALS
15.    Traffic lights control access to the track, and also the return route to the start line. They
have the following meanings:
       Assembly Area / Track Access.
       Red lights means STOP and wait in the assembly area.
       Green light means proceed with caution to start line.
       Return Route to Start Line.
       Red lights means return to collecting area or to paddock (if end of second run).
       Green light means proceed with caution to start line.
Should the lights fail, all cars are to obey normal hand signals from marshals at the track access and
return area.
FLAG SIGNALS
16.    Marshals will use flags to convey important mandatory safety information to participants.
The colours of the flags and their meanings are:
       Red. A red flag is the only flag used during practice and timed runs. It is used to
       immediately stop the activity, possibly due to a serious safety risk. When a red flag is
       displayed, participating cars are to be immediately aware that there may be a hazard ahead
       and are to come to a complete halt in a controlled manner. Drivers are to assess the track
       ahead of them before proceeding slowly (maximum speed 10 mph) to the next marshal point
       for instructions. Competitors should note that some marshal posts are manned by Safety
       Units and if they have responded to an incident there will be no one there to wave a red flag.
       If this has occurred, the Safety Units will be displaying their red/blue flashing beacons and
       these have the same meaning as a red flag.
       Yellow. A yellow flag may be used in addition to the red flag during test sessions. The sole
       use of a red flag can result in a lot of lost session-time, consequently a yellow flag can be
       used for minor safety risks. For example, should a car spin off the track and not collide with
       any obstacle, the driver may just need to restart a stalled engine then slowly rejoin the track.
       This is a transient hazard that should quickly be rectified and may therefore not warrant a
       red flag. A waved yellow flag will be displayed in the vicinity of the incident and a
       stationary yellow flag may be displayed at the marshal post prior to the post displaying the
       waved yellow. When the yellow flag is in use, drivers are to slow in a controlled and
       progressive manner to below 30 mph or even slower depending on the nature of the incident.

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       When they are safely past the incident they may increase speed. Wayward cars returning to
       the track are to give way to cars on the track. The yellow flag may be upgraded to a red flag
       at any time.

NOISE
17.    The noise from all cars will be continually monitored at the start line and around the
remainder of the facility. Any car suspected of being too noisy will be accurately checked in
accordance with MSA regulation E.12.7. The sound level applicable to Barkston Heath is: Section
G – 110dB(A) measured at 0.5m and 45° to the exhaust outlet. No cars are allowed to exceed this
level.
CLASSES
18.    At the end of the practice runs, the entry list will be split into classes based on 3 second
brackets relating to the Fastest Time Driven (FTD), as follows:
       a.      CLASS 1        FTD + 2.99 seconds.
       b.      CLASS 2        FTD + (3.00 to 5.99 seconds).
       c.      CLASS 3        FTD + (6.00 to 8.99 seconds).
       d.      Further classes will continue to be created until there is a minimum of two
       competitors in the final class. However, if there is a significantly large time discrepancy
       between the two drivers in the final class, the organisers may create a further final
       class.Times exceeding FTD + 6.00 seconds.
TIMING
19.      Cars will be identified by numbers, which will be selected by the organisers. The numbers
are to be a minimum of 15cm high and be displayed either side of the car (in the region of the door
area or inside the rear side windows). It is the competitor’s responsibility to provide materials to
facilitate the production and display of his number (a limited supply of laminated numbers may be
available from the organisers). Competitors sharing cars are to ensure the correct number is
displayed for each competitor. Additional letters, or a different number may be used to indicate the
competitor’s identity.
20.     Electronic light-beam timing will be used when sufficient funds are available. In the
meantime timing will be carried out with stop-watches. When light-beam timing becomes
available, cars are advised (as reaction time to the start light will no longer be included in the time
for a run) to fit a timing-strut as per current MSA regulation L10.12.1. That is: Fitted at the front
with a vertical timing strut. The strut shall be finished in matt black over its total area (254mm high
x 51mm wide). The bottom of the strut shall be not more than 200mm from the ground and the top
not less than 454mm from the ground. No other, or further forward part of the vehicle may
interrupt these dimensions or actuate the timing beams.
21.     There may be a dedicated tyre warming area prior to the start. Wheel-spinning may only be
carried out within this area. The Start-line Marshals will position each car on the start line. Cars
may be started and timed by either:
       a. Lights and Stop-Watches. Two red lights means STOP; a single red indicates the start
          of a five-second countdown; and a green light indicates the stop-watch has started and
          that the competitor should proceed.
       b. Light-Beam Activated Electronic Timing. When light-beam timing becomes available
          and a car is equipped with a timing-strut then the lights start sequence differs. Two Reds
          means STOP; a single red indicates that car is correctly positioned on the start line; a


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           green light indicates track is clear and car may start in its own time, thus negating the
           time taken to react to the light sequence.
       c. Flags and Stop-Watches. Should the start lights fail, all cars will be started by the drop
          of a flag (either green or Union Jack).
22.     Tyres and temporary markers will be positioned to mark chicanes. Additionally, further
markers including flexible posts may be placed at points of the track to prevent cars taking short
cuts. Any competitor displacing a marker, or striking a marker post during a timed run will receive
a 3 second penalty. Should all four wheels of a competitor’s car leave the track during a timed run,
no time will be awarded. These penalties will NOT be awarded during practice runs, however
competitors should note that it will be extremely difficult to match any advantage gained when it
comes to the timed runs.


POINTS
23.    Points will be awarded as follows:
       POINTS =        ____FTD in class__ x 100
                       Drivers’ fastest time
24.     To discourage competitors purposely driving slower during practice, a competitors points
will be reduced by 1.0 point, and limited to 99 points, for timed runs that are over 1.75 seconds
quicker than their best practice run in that event (our records show that most competitors improve
by 0.5 to 1.5 seconds). Additionally, only timed runs that have not exceeded this limit are to be
used to set each class FTD. Whenever the Clerk of Course declares wet-weather conditions this
time difference will increase to 3 seconds.

NOTE 1: Unfortunately, newcomers often fall foul of this rule as they are unfamiliar with the track,
please note that this rule is to ensure fair competition for all. It is not designed to penalise
newcomers!

NOTE 2: The organisers may waive this rule, or apply a different time limit if conditions change
significantly, for instance wet practice and dry timed runs.
25.     All signed-on competitorswho fail to record a timed run will be awarded a minimum of 94.0
points (Note - the slowest car in a bracket will normally score approximately 95 points).
26.     Many Service members are unable to compete a full season due to Service commitments.
Consequently, once a c     ompetitor has competed in an event, there will be an award of 93
points per round missed.
27.5. Points from a competitors best EIGHT rounds will count towards a competitors overall
position in the challenge.
28.     If there is only one competitor in a class then that competitors points will be limited to 99
points. However, if it is the final class then that competitors points will be limited to 98 points.

29.     The facility relies on a great deal of “self-help”, consequently the organisers have the
discretion to award one additional point per season to all competitors that provide valued assistance
regards the operation of the facility. Such assistance includes attending “working days”, being a
marshal or providing a marshal for an event, assisting with the preparation or de-rigging of the track
at each event attended, or providing other valuable services. Every competitor will be given the
opportunity to earn this extra point!


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SPEED CHALLENGE RESULTS / REPORTS
30.     In order to minimise the administrative burden we rely heavily on communication via the
Internet. Please keep the RAFMSA Speed Challenge Co-ordinator informed of your correct e-mail
address. If you are not on the Internet please inform the co-ordinator. Event results and the current
Speed Challenge leaderboard will be displayed in the “RAFMSA Speed Challenge” pages of the
RAFMSA web-site at: www.rafmsa.raf.mod.uk (NOTE: This a new internet-address)
31.     Up to date information and general chit-chat regarding the Speed Challenge will also be
posted on the web-site forum, however the display of certain information (e.g. dates and access
information) on the internet has security implications, consequently, not all of the relevant
information is contained within these regulations or elsewhere on the web-site. Therefore,
competitors may wish to notify me of their e-mail addresses so that Supplementary Regulations and
other information can be sent direct to them. Additionally, results can be group e-mailed to all
competitors for whom I have e-mail addresses. It is recommended that competitors keep an eye on
the web-site forum for the latest information.
AWARDS
31.6. The 2007 awards presentation, lunch and track-day will be the last event of the season. A
minimum of ten awards will be presented.
MEMBERSHIPS
32.     All participants are to be members of the RAFMSA. Please note that it can take several
weeks for the Membership Secretary to process the application forms. Consequently, All Associate
Members (non-Service) are to pass their application forms to the Speed Challenge Co-ordinator for
forwarding on to the Membership Secretary, as this will enable him to keep track of eligible
participants. Those members who have previously set-up a standing order for membership will not
have to re-apply.
POINT OF CONTACT & RAFMSA SPEED CHALLENGE CO-ORDINATOR
Chf Tech Billy Fletcher
CTS RCM
Block C, Room C112
RAF Wyton
Huntingdon
Cambs
PE28 2EA
Tel: Work 01480 52451 (GPTN 95371) Ext 6254
E-Mail: fletcherb152@hqlcr.mod.uk




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                       PADDOCK PLAN


                                       ROUTE
   FIRE RISK WITHIN 10 METRES OF       TO/FROM MAIN
   THIS BUILDING – KEEP CLEAR          GATE



            TOILET                                  CONTROL
                                                    POINT




SIGNING-ON
                                                          TRACK
                                                          ACCESS
                                                          AND
                                                          RETURN
                                                          TO START
                                                          OR
                                                          PADDOCK
                                                          POINT




PADDOCK
All other areas are
out-of-bounds.




TRACK LINK
ROAD AND
ACCESS /RETURN
ROUTE




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            CLOCKWISE TRACK




                 FINISH




                                          START




Chicane 2




                                        Chicane 1




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                   ANTICLOCKWISE TRACK



            Chicane 1

                          START




Chicane 2



                                                FINISH




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