After a good response to my Questionaire about the first RDRC and how well it worked, we are ready to open a thread for public discussion. These are the draft rules for the second season of the RDRC. These rules ARE NOT FINAL, here is where we can discuss them and fine tune before the season starts. The rules are in black while my thoughts and the reasons behind them are in red. All rules will be finalised by the 24th of November, just after the second last round of this years championship. One thing I would like to say is I was pleasantly suprised that ALL of the feedback I got said the championship was being run well. Thank you to you all. I can only hope that the coming year is just as enjoyable to us all as this has been. RaceDepartment Rally Championship · Format The RaceDeparment Forum Rally Championship will be run over an 8 round calendar. By comparison to the RaceDepartment rally club these events will be endurance events running between 12-14 stages per rally. Stages will mostly be used twice each rally and BTB stages may also be included. All rules from the rally club and RSRBR will stand unless they are super-seeded in this forum. The RaceDepartment Rally Championship will run as an RSRBR Championship event (you can find the button under the Public sessions button in the RSRBR startup screen) and use Accumulating Reduced car damage. Between service points it will not be possible to change tyres so suitable selection for the following group of stages is imperative, (tyre wear may also be an issue). Weather WILL NOT be announced prior to the event, drivers will need to check the stages prior to starting for the conditions of the following stages. If you retire from a stage your car is automatically repaired. If you choose "Fix now" then you will skip the following stage and be given a nominal stage time. · The replies i got regarding the duratino of the championship were were pretty even betwen 12 & 6 months. But most people seamed to want rallies happening more often. Realistic damage, while it is something I REALLY want to use, was seen as not the way to go. Accumulating damage for most people was a good idea though which will introduce a new aspect to the stages in the form of tyre choice and wear. While i have stated that a rally could have 14 stages, this would mean including a super special or short stage in the event. the leangth be kept to the same as current. Schedule The RaceDepartment Forum Rally League will run once every 3 weeks in place of that weeks Club Rally event starting on January 24th/25th. As with the rally club 3 times zones will be made available (EU/US/OC) with the times being combined to find an overall winner. · Rd1 - 24th/25th January · Rd2 - 14th/15th February · Rd3 - 7th/8th March · Rd4 - 28th/29th March · Rd5 - 18th/19th April · Rd6 - 9th/10th May · Rd7 - 30th/31st May · Rd8 - 20th/21st June Championship Drivers in the RaceDepartment Forum Rally league will be split into 2 classes. Both classes will compete on the same stages at the same time and will be separated in the points table. Drivers wishing to score points in the championship will have to register by posting in the Rally League thread. Points will only be awarded once the driver has registered. Car choice must be made prior to the first round that the driver contests and may not be changed for the duration of the season unless the drivers' class changes. Drivers wishing to score points in the league must be registered members of RaceDepartment Forum. Class 1 (A League) "A" League drivers are competing for the outright or overall rally and championship win. Drivers in "A" league must drive cars from Car Packs AW8-07 & AW8-08. Class 2 (Premier League) "Premier" League drives will compete for their own championship within the series as well as being able to score points for the overall championship Drivers in "Premier" League will drive cars from car packs N4-1, N4-2, N4-S2000-1 and N4-S2000-2.(Note: Lancia Delta, Ford Escort, Renault 5 and Skoda Octavia will not be eligable) After a lot of testing I have found that the N4 and N4 S2000 cars should be evenly matched. It will depend on the drivers style and the stage as to who is fastest. I can explaine the testing if you want but........... Note:- If a driver disagrees with their placement in "A" league they can publicly request (in the league thread) for a re-classification to "Premier" league. This will allow any other league driver to object or support them. However the rally directors 'decision will be final. A Premier league driver will be promoted to A league if: 1/ The driver finishes in the top 5 of a Racedepartment Forum Rally Championship event outright This will take effect from the start of the following event 2/ The driver has won the premier league in the previous RDRC season Teams Championship In addition to the 3 drivers championships, a "Teams" Championship will be conducted. Each team MUST consist of 2 drivers. To score points in the Teams championship both drivers must compete in 6 out of the 8 rallies in the season. If either driver misses 3 rounds or more the team will forfeit all points. Team name may be changed at anytime. Once the Championship has started however, it must be posted in the sign-up thread as the following (old team name - New team name) 1. Points system Outright/Premier: 1st - 25 2nd - 18 3rd - 15 4th - 12 5th - 10 6th - 8 7th - 6 8th - 4 9th - 2 10th - 1 Teams Class Points from each team member will be combined to provide a team score. Parc Fermé In the case of a protest or complaint from competitors a drivers stage replays must be emailed to the rally director upon request. All protests must be received within 5 days of the results being posted on RaceDepartment and the protesting driver must ALSO supply their stage replays. The ruling will be by the rally directors and will be final. Note : should the protest concern one of the rally directors themselves, another separate un-involved member will be brought in to judicate A League drivers (as of 9/8/2010) Sebastien Levret (Mayland) 2. Tor Anders Berven (Totte) 3. Jakub Sulej (RIVIVIED) 4. Simone Demi (simonedemi) 5. Rick Bamford (Lucifer) 6. Eddie Mann (EddieX) 7. Warren Dawes (WAD53) 8. Tony Hutchins (FOG_tintops) 9. Ludovic Cogotti (Solcius) 10. Damien Jones (DJones) 11. Łukasz Demolin (Maggot666PL) 12. Gaëtan Legastelois (Fry) These drivers MUST drive in the A league section. Any other driver not on this list can nomiate to compete in A league if they want. Rally Directors may nominate the designated class for any other driver in the interest of fair competition. Ok guys, give me your feedback. lets get these rules tied down.