D.E.C. Meets to Consider 2015 Rules Change Proposals
The Drivers Event Committee (DEC) met at long last on March 18 to consider the proposed rules changes for the 2015 season. This process was supposed to happen at the end of 2014, but busy work travel schedules made the scheduling a challenge. We’ll all endeavor to do better this year.
The DEC members this year were:
· Richard French, Region President
· Tim Smith, Track Chair
· Andrew Blyholder, Autocross Chair
· Terry Zaccone, at large autocross representative
· Larry Adams, at large track representative
Following are the rules proposals that were accepted by the DEC:
Additions are shown in red underline text. Deletions are shown as
1.) 3.0 a – Edit to add Parade Showroom Stock classification option. National showroom stock rules have been approved and used for several years, but never got added to our rules document. Use national’s simplified classifications for Large Regions so as to be consistent with Zone 7.
(a) It is the responsibility of each driver to properly classify their car. Cars may be classified using either the GGR Points Classification system (explained in more detail below) or with the PCA Competition Rules Showroom Stock classifications, for those cars that meet those requirements. The limited classifications for Large Regions (paragraph A-9.3) shall be used. For cars using the GGR Points Classification system,
Unless unless running only in the non-competitive “Fun” category, each entrant shall submit a completed car classification entry, declaring the answers to each modification question as well as base model selection, before registration. These classification entries shall be submitted on-line via GGR’s Points Classification System available from www.pca-ggr.org and will be publicly available for inspection by other competitors. Entries may be maintained from event to event, provided they are current for that event. Drivers who do not classify their car using the aforementioned on-line system will not be eligible for year end trophies or lap records.
2.) 3.0 i – Add E85 to allowed fuels: for competitors wishing to run high compression motors, E85 is a much more economical alternative to high octane race gas. Our current rule is not clear regarding E85. It is a gasoline based fuel, so it should be allowed, however, the alcohol in E85 might be considered a banned oxygen-bearing additive.
(i) Fuel: Any gasoline fuel is permitted, including E85. Additives (non-oxygen bearing ) may be used as long as they do not constitute more than 10% of the fuel.
3.) 3.0 j – substitute “factory supplied” for “normal” aerodynamic devices. “Normal” is vague and not precise.
(j) Aerodynamic Devices
: Which which articulate or adjust when the car is in motion are prohibited, except for the normal factory supplied devices on cars such as C2S, C4S, 993s, 996s, and Boxsters.
4.) 4.1A, 5 – In the last several years, we have had an increasing number of non-Porsche cars participating in our autocross events. This is specifically allowed for PCA members, however, many feel this is being abused by members by assigning non-related, non-Porsche-owning friends as Affiliate members. These affiliate members often appear to have no interest in purchasing a Porsche and are simply taking advantage of our relatively small and well run events to get more track time. The proposed modifications to the wording of this paragraph will limit this allowance. Additionally, we would like to encourage members to bring their Porsches to our events rather than other makes. A financial penalty is added to participation in too many events with other makes.
5. PCA Primary and Family members, but not Affiliate members, may enter and participate in other makes of cars for the normal member registration fee for no more than 50% of the events in any year. Members participating in other makes will be charged the current non-member registration fee for events after they have exceed participation in 50% of the year’s events.
PCA members can compete for timed runs, but not for year end points in other makes of cars, provided that the car passes safety tech.
5.) 4.1A, 6 – Our current practice is to allow a limited number of non-member, non-Porsche entrants at our events as a membership recruitment tool. Add language to specifically allow this practice within recommended limits.
6. The Autocross Chair may allow a limited number of non-member, non-Porsche entrants at each event. (This provision is intended an a membership recruitment tool to allow members to invite non-Porsche owning guests seen as potential future members to experience a PCA autocross event.) The number of such entrants permitted for each event is at the discretion of the Autocross Chair, however a maximum of 5 such entrants is suggested.
6.) 4.3A,a – We had a protest last year regarding drivers switching run groups during an autocross and thereby gaining a competitive advantage by running when weather conditions were more advantageous. We don’t usually allow that behavior, but in this case, the drivers did not ask before doing it. In principle, the protest was appropriate but was denied because we don’t actually have a rule against changing run groups. This change is intended to correct that situation.
a. Cars shall be gridded in groups. A driver may not change run groups without approval from the Autocross or Event Chair.
7.) 4.8, b & h – In the aforementioned protest, the protesting driver was running in the run group after the protestee. As such, it was extremely difficult for the protesting driver to interrupt his runs to submit a written protest within the 30 minute deadline. This rule was obviously written with time trial scheduling in mind rather than autocross. This change is intended to correct that oversight and update the protest fees for easier administration.
b. Every protest shall be made in writing, specifying the protestee’s car number, brief description of car, rules infraction with section number, etc. The protest shall be addressed to the Protest Committee and signed by at least one entrant. For time trials,
Pprotests should be submitted prior to timed runs to allow proper reclassification, but must be submitted within 30 minutes of completion of the last timed run of the protested car. For autocross, protests shall be submitted within 30 minutes of the completion of timed runs for the day. Each protest by another driver in the same class shall be accompanied by a fee of $15.00$20.00 in cash. The fee shall be returned if, and only if, the protest is upheld; otherwise the fee will go to the club treasury..
h. The Protest Committee’s decision may be appealed to the Driver Events Committee. An Appeal shall be in writing, addressed to the GGR Competition Director, shall be accompanied by a
$15.00$20.00 (cash) appeal fee, …
8.) 2.3A,d – Helmet certifications for autocross. We currently have different helmet certification requirements for autocross and track use. The autocross requirement is also based on a fixed date rather than a sliding, self-updating requirement. This modification is to make the requirements for autocross and track use consistent.
d. Driver and passengers must wear approved helmets
(Snell 2000 or newer, M or SA rated). Use of a helmet with the most current Snell certification rating is strongly recommended. Prospective Driver’s Educationn/Tire Trialers should be aware of approved helmet requirements, see paragraph 2.3D (d) for helmet requirements.
For reference, paragraph 2.3D (d), which lists the helmet requirements for track events, reads as follows:
d. Driver and passengers must wear approved helmets which have the current Snell Certification or the one immediately prior. (Six months grace from the availability of a new Snell standard is allowed for compliance with this rule.) Use of a current Snell “SA” certified helmet is strongly recommended.
Due to the lack of availability in the marketplace of current 2015 Snell certified helmets, the DEC also approved an extension of the six months grace period for 2005 certified helmets through the end of the 2015 competition season.
The following proposals were NOT approved:
A.) Proposed modifications to Appendix B2, PAX index numbers for Showroom Stock Classes: Our current PAX index numbers for the Showroom Stock classes were selected for the full PCA National list of Showroom Stock classes. As we’re now using the abbreviated Large Region list of classes, the current numbers are no longer appropriate. Additionally, the current Showroom Stock PAX index numbers are not consistent with the PAX index that would be assigned to these cars if they competed in the normal points classification system. That gives Showroom Stock participants an unfair advantage over other classes. This proposal modified the PAX index numbers to correct this situation, however, the DEC was not satisfied with the proposed solution. The proposal will be reworked and resubmitted for consideration at a later date.
B.). 3.1 Modification Points – Due to the advancements in tire adhesion and wear technology, increase tire modification points as follows:
3 a.) Tires with DOT wear rating 200 201 or greater = 0 pts
b.) Tires with DOT wear rating less than 200 201 but greater than 100 =
25 50 pts
c.) Tires with DOT wear rating less than 101 but greater than 49 =
50 100 pts
d.) Tires with DOT wear rating less than 50 =
100 150 pts
e) Racing slicks or tires with no DOT rating =
175 200 pts
f) Exceptions – the following tire model have been observed to exhibit performance out of line with the manufacturer’s published wear rating. Specific points values are assigned for the following tire models:
Michelin PS Cup 2 = 100 pts
While it was acknowledged that low wear rating tires have definitely improved in grip over the last few years, the consensus of the committee was that high wear rating tires have also improved, so they did not see the need to increase the points disparity between high and low wear rating tires. Additionally, the committee was uncomfortable starting down the road of singling out specific tires for exceptional points assignments. Maintaining such a system in the future is likely to become onerous.
The approved rules changes will be ratified by the full board at the April board meeting. After action by the board, the Autocross Chair, Andrew Blyholder, will update the GGR rules document and publish it on-line as soon as possible.