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RDRC Season 4 - Rules

Discussion in 'RD Rally Championship' started by Rick Bamford, Dec 24, 2011.

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  1. RaceDepartment Rally Championship
    Season 4
     
  2. Contents
    Championship Overview........................................................................... Post 3
    RDRC Directing Team................................................................................ Post 3
    1 - Competing in on-line Rallies at RDF..................................................... Post 3
    1.1 RaceDepartment Licenced Members...................................................................... Post 3
    1.2 RallyClub and RDRC Rallies.................................................................................... Post 3
    2 - Championship Entry.............................................................................. Post 3
    2.1 Driver Sign-up.......................................................................................................... Post 3
    2.2 Championship Entry Form........................................................................................ Post 3
    3 - Sessions and Round entry..................................................................... Post 4
    3.1 Time Zones............................................................................................................... Post 4
    3.2 Round Sign-up.......................................................................................................... Post 4
    3.3 Extra Sessions......................................................................................................... Post 4
    3.4 Re-Runs.................................................................................................................... Post 4
    4 - Non-Original Stages.............................................................................. Post 4
    5 - RSRBR Updates.................................................................................... Post 4
    6 - Realistic Damage................................................................................. Post 4
    7 - Accumulating Damage and Repairs..................................................... Post 4
    8 - Tyre Choice.......................................................................................... Post 5
    9 - Penalty Times...................................................................................... Post 5
    10 - Car Classes......................................................................................... Post 5
    10.1 2WD Cup................................................................................................................... Post 5
    10.2 P-RDRC..................................................................................................................... Post 5
    10.3 S-RDRC..................................................................................................................... Post 5
    10.4 A-RDRC................................................................................................................... Post 5
    10.6 Changing cars during the season........................................................................... Post 5
    11 - Driver Grading Criteria and Eligable Car Classes............................... Post 5
    11.1 Grade 1.................................................................................................................... Post 5
    11.2 Grade 2.................................................................................................................... Post 5
    11.3 Grade 3.................................................................................................................... Post 5
    11.4 Grade 4.................................................................................................................... Post 5
    12 - Teams Championship......................................................................... Post 5
    13 - Points System..................................................................................... Post 5
    14 - Calender............................................................................................. Post 6
    15 - Parc Ferme......................................................................................... Post 6
    16 - Complaints.......................................................................................... Post 6
     
  3. Championship Overview
    The RaceDepartment Rally Championship (RDRC) is an online rally championship using the Richard Burns Rally simulator and RSRBR2012 mod/add-on available from www.rallyesim.com. All drivers must be licenced members of the RaceDepartment forum and agree to follow the rules of the site. The championship will be run over a 7 round calendar starting on 28th January 2012 and finish on 5th June 2012. Each rally will include between 13 to 15 stages and have an upper limit of 120km. Stages will mostly be used twice each rally and only Original format stages will be used to allow the directing team to adjust weather and time-of-day as well as the use of drivers replays for promotion and the adherence to the rules. The RDRC will run as an RSRBR championship event (accessed via the "Public Sessions" button in the RSRBR start-up screen) and use Accumulating/Realistic car damage.
    RDRC Directing team

    Series co-ordinator/Event Director Rick Bamford
    Clerk of Course
    Media Producer (Audio/Video) Roy Magnes
    RaceDepartment Liaison Senad Subasic (Staff)
    RallyClub Liaison Warren Dawes
    Series Scrutineer TBA



    1 - Competing in on-line rallies at RDF

    1.1 - RaceDepartment Licenced Members

    To be able to compete in the RDRC or any series, championship or competition at RacedepartmentForum a driver must first become a licenced member of the forum site. Follow the tutorial in the link below to become a Licenced Member.
    Click here

    1.2 - RallyClub and RDRC Rallies

    To enter a RallyClub or RDRC event a driver should follow the tutorial in the link below.
    Click here

    2 - Championship Entry

    Prior to being eligible to sign-up for the RDRC every new driver must compete in an official RDRC grading event or have a grade from a previous season of the RDRC. These grading events will be created for each driver and must be driven alone so no comparison with other drivers will be possible. The grading event will use 3 stages (tarmac/gravel/snow) run 3 times each and use either a Mitsubishi Lancer evo 9 or Subaru Impreza N14 Prodrive from the N4 car packs. Each driver will be able to nominate which of these cars they wish to use. Damage will be set to realistic/NON-accumulating so each stage will start with a repaired car. The fastest 2 runs of each stage will be averaged and on the basis of this time the drivers’ grade will be established using pre-set target times known only to the directing team. Drivers will then be informed of their grade though PM and can select the appropriate car for the championship and their grade. To obtain a grading event a driver must contact The series co-ordinator (Rick Bamford) to arrange a time and be provided a password. The stage selection for the grading event will not be revealed prior to the session and each grading event may be different. Only stages from the original Richard Burns Rally game will be used. Grading events can be arranged at any time during the season for drivers that wish to sign-up later, however the driver will not be eligible for points or appear in the results before they have signed-up and been graded. Should a driver have a proven record in a rallyesim.com official rally championship they may submit those results to the series co-ordinator instead of competing in a grading event. If a driver with an existing grade from a previous RDRC season wishes to be re-graded they can request to run a grading event. These drivers can be moved into a higher grade from their current grade, but not moved lower. Should a driver fail to score grade points during the season they will fall to the next grade. However, from season 4 a driver will not be able to fall lower than one grade from their highest achieved grade.


    2.1 - Driver Sign-up

    Drivers must Sign-up in the Championship sign-up thread before they will be able to score points for the championship. Here you must state your Name, car, team (if any), RSRBR name and driver grade. A driver can also request a number, as long as it is below their ranked number from the previous season. A championship entry list will be posted on 7th January 2012 stating all drivers in ranked order entered by that date. Any driver entering after that time will be given the next available number regardless of previous participation. This is to allow enough time for those creating skins for drivers to place the correct number on the car.

    Once a driver has completed the grading event or has a current driver grade from RDRC Season 3 they must sign up using the following entry form and post it in the sign-up thread.

    A driver may sign-up for the championship at any time during the season, even if there is only one round remaining.

    2.2 - Championship Entry Form

    ************************************************** ***
    Driver : (RD Name)
    RSRBR name: (RSRBR sign in)
    Number : (Drivers may select a number lower than their ranked number)
    Car : (car and car pack)
    Car Class : (P-RDRC, S-RDRC, A-RDRC, 2WD Cup)
    Driver Grade :
    Team : (If no team is nominated use drivers name)

    I have read and understand the rules and agree to abide by them for the duration of RDRC S4. – Type Yes here
    *******************************************************
     
  4. 3 - Sessions and Round Entry

    3.1 - Time Zones

    3 time zones (EU/US/OC) will be made available on each day of the rally weekend, starting from Saturday to Tuesday. Each session will be identical and provide an opportunity for drivers from all over the world and all walks of life o take part in the event. Each driver will compete in ONE session officially with all of the session times combined to find an overall event winner. Sessions will be numbered 1-4 in regard to the day they are driven on.

    3.2 - Round Sign-up

    Each driver must enter each event to nominate which session they will compete in. Entries for each round will CLOSE at 11:59pm server time the Thursday prior to each round to allow the organizing team to post an official entry list and be able to organize the session creation. If a driver does not enter by the close of entries they may still drive in the rally but they will not be able to score points. Entries should be placed in the following format.

    Driver name - RSRBR name - Session

    3.3 - Extra Sessions

    There will be NO extra sessions created once the round commences. The ONLY exception to the creation of extra sessions will be in the case that the organizers make an error with session creations.

    3.4 - Re-Runs

    A driver does NOT have to compete in the session they first nominate for, however, once the drivers FIRST SPLIT time is registered their results from THAT session will stand. This means that if a driver experiences a server problem between logging in and starting the first stage they can join another session without penalty. However, once they cross the first split marker in the first stage that session will be the one used as their official time. Should a driver experience computer, server or driver issues they should continue the event for as long as they can as they will not be permitted a restart and may still be ble to gain points for the championship.

    3.5 - A driver may compete in multiple sessions for practice, however the results from ONLY the first session they record a time in will be taken as official.

    3.6 - No driver is allowed to re-start a stage during an online session. All drivers are reminded that they can only attempt each stage once in the order shown in the event thread. Should a driver be found to have re-started a stage during an event they will be disqualified from the championship.



    4 - Non-Original Stages

    4.1 - During the course of the championship, a selection of non-original stages will be used. In an effort to make sure the RDRC runs smoothly, only original format stages (included in the main RSRBR download) will be used. The extra surface MOD’s available in RSRBR can also be used so all drivers should familiarise themselves with each of the mods to understand how they change each stages. Should a driver experience difficulty running any of these stages because of random failures or high graphics level requirements they should report this to the event organizers AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. In the event that an RSRBR update is released in the period 2 weeks prior to the event and refer to a stage being used, that stage will be replaced or cancelled by the organizers. As adequate time will have been given for all drivers to make sure these stages work for them and their system, NO leniency will be given for drivers failing to finish a stage or rally due to technical difficulties, power, system or hardware failures or just giving up. NO re-runs will be permitted under ANY circumstances. It is the drivers’ responsibility to ensure their system is updated and running smoothly prior to the event, not the directors.



    5- RSRBR Updates

    5.1 - During the season RSRBR and rallyesim.com will release updates to the RSRBR2012 mod. Should an update be released during the weekend of a championship round it is strongly suggested that a driver DOES NOT update their system until after the round has taken place. In the past these updates have fixed problems while possibly creating others. If drivers update their system and experiences problems with running the championship round due to this, they will not be given any leniency. The directing team reminds all drivers that it is THEIR responsibility to make sure their system and copy of RSRBR is working without issue.


    6 - Realistic Damage

    6.1 - For the first time in the RDRC the damage level will be set to REALISTIC. This will require drivers to be more precise with their driving to avoid mistakes and damaging their car. As well as damage from impact, the cars can suffer from mechanical failure due to abuse of the engine or gearbox. This may require a change of driving style and gear change points to avoid retirements. It is important that newer drivers to RBR or RSRBR understand that Realistic Damage requires a careful driving style and will benefit those that focus on being precise rather than overdrive and make mistakes. Even small errors can cause a DNF and a penalty time for a stage. It is the advice of the Directing team that drives, whether they can spend time practising or not, drive in a realistic manner to finish the rally. Those that are clean, smooth and avoid mistakes will gain the best results.
    It is of great importance that a driver considers the damage model and how it affects their car when selecting it.



    7 - Accumulating Damage and Repairs

    Accumulating damage is used during the RDRC Season. Accumulating damage means any damage your vehicle suffers during a stage will be carried over to the following stages. The car will be automatically repaired at the next service point to brand new. If you retire (DNF) from a stage your vehicle is automatically repaired to new with the exception of the body panels (opening bonnet, doors.) If a driver finishes a stage with an extremely damaged vehicle they can select the ”REPAIR NOW” button between stages. Doing this will cause the driver to be retired from the NEXT stage but start the following stage with a repaired vehicle.
     
  5. 8 - Tyre Choice

    Tyres can only be changed at service points. Therefor all drivers should take note of the surface and weather conditions for the group of stages until the following service and determine the most suitable tyres. Should a driver retire from a stage they will still not be able to change tyres until the following service.



    9 - Penalty Times

    The imposed derived penalty times for not finishing a stage will be set by RSRBR and rallyesim.com. Should the Directors of the RDRC feel the need to modify these times, drivers will be notified in the event post,.



    10 - Car classes

    The following car classes will be used during Season 4. Each driver grade will be limited to the classes they can use and all drivers must use cars only from those listed


    10.1 - 2WD Cup:- A6, A6K (excluding Citroen Saxo T4) , R3 and R2 Car Packs as well as Ford Escort Mk I/II/V, Volvo 242LE, Renault Alpine A310, Renault 8Gordini, Skoda 130, Toyota AE86, Lada 21107

    10.2 - P-RDRC:-N4 car packs (excluding Skoda Octavia, Audi A3 and Renault 5)

    10.3 - S-RDRC:- N4_S2000 car packs

    10.4 - A-RDRC:- A8W99 - 08 car packs

    10.6 - Changing cars during the season

    Each driver should consider the competitiveness, strength and enjoyment of each car before posting their selection in the sign-up thread as drivers will NOT be able to change car once they have signed up for the season.



    11 - Driver Grading Criteria and Eligible Car Classes

    11.1 - Grade 1 -

    To qualify for Grade 1 a driver must have:-

    Finished in the top 5 of an RDRC event in season 3,
    Or set a grade 1 qualifying time in an RDRC Qualifying event.


    Grade 1 drivers can select from A-RDRC or 2WD Cup Car classes.

    11.2 - Grade 2 –

    To qualify for Grade 2 a driver must have:-

    Scored an outright point in the Previous RDRC season,
    Or set a grade 2 qualifying time in an RDRC Qualifying event.


    Grade 2 Drivers can select from A-RDRC, S-RDRC or 2WD Cup Car classes

    11.3 - Grade 3 –

    To qualify for Grade 3 a driver:-

    Would have been classified as grade 2 after the final round of season 3 of the RDRC,
    Or set a grade 3 qualifying time in an RDRC Qualifying event.


    Grade 3 Drivers can select from S-RDRC, P-RDRC or 2WD Cup Car classes

    11.4 - Grade 4 –

    To qualify for Grade 4 a driver must have:-

    Would have been classified as grade 3 or 4 after the final round of season 3 of the RDRC,
    Or set a grade 4 qualifying time in an RDRC Qualifying event.

    Grade 4 Drivers can select fromP-RDRC or 2WD Cup Car classes



    12 - Teams Championship

    12.1 - In addition to the Driver Grade and Car classes, a "Teams" Championship will be conducted. Each team MUST consist of 2 drivers, both driving the same car. Teams points will be taken from the Car Class the members are in and combined to provide a team's score.

    12.2 - A team may be formed at any time during the year, but once a team has registered for the championship no changes will be permitted.

    12.3 - Drivers of 2WD cup cars are not eligible for the teams championship



    13 - Points System

    13.1 - Points tables will be run for
    Overall
    S-RDRC
    P-RDRC
    2WD Cup
    Grade 2
    Grade 3
    Grade 4
    Teams Championship

    13.2 - Points Allocation

    1st - 25
    2nd - 18
    3rd - 15
    4th - 12
    5th - 10
    6th - 8
    7th - 6
    8th - 4
    9th - 2
    10th - 1
     
  6. 14 - Calendar

    14.1 - The RDRC will run once every three (3) weeks in place of that weeks’ RallyClub event and will commence on the weekend of 3rd of March 2012

    Round 1 - 3rd -6th March (Rally of Norway)
    Round 2 - 24th-27st March (Coff Harbour Rally)
    Round 3 - 14th-17th April (Rally Mont Blanc)
    Round 4 - 5th - 8rd May (Ulster Rally)
    Round 5 - 26st – 29th May (Kouvola-Auto Ralli)
    Round 6 - 16th-19th June (Rallye Terre De lÁuxerrois)
    Round 7 - 18th – 21st August (Rally Costa Brava)
    Round 8 - 8th - 11th September (Rally Mexico)
    Round 9 - 29th September - 2nd October (Hokkaido Rally)
    Round 10 - 20th - 23rd October (Rally of Wales)



    15 - Parc Ferme

    15.1 - The top 5 drivers in each CAR CLASS will have to submit their stage replays to the organizers within 5 days of results being posted. 2 RDRC directors will view the replays and must come to a unanimous decision regarding legality.

    15.2 - Should a driver been seen to be taking an illegal line or cut they will:-

    1/ 3 illegal cuts/lines or less during one rally or not submitting replays after the round = Warning

    2/ 4 illegal cuts/lines during one rally = disqualified from the event.

    Should a driver be disqualified twice during the season they will forfeit all points from the championship and not be able to score again until the following season.

    15.3 - The RDRC Season 4 will restrict setups to those deemed legal by rallyesim. To ensure legal setups are used the official setup checker will be used for the top 5 outright drivers and each car class winner. All drivers that change their setups away from the default should use this program to make sure it is legal for this championship.

    http://forum.rallyesim.fr/viewtopic.php?f=68&t=7413



    16 - Complaints

    16.1 - Inflammatory or aggressive posts in the RDRC can put off new drivers form joining the championship. It brings the championship into disrepute. NO inflammatory or aggressive posts will be tolerated. All complaints will be taken seriously and dealt with as quickly as possible.

    16.2 - All grievances should be sent to either the RDRC co-ordinator or the Clerk of Course. Any driver that posts aggressive or inflammatory posts in the RDRC will forum have their results removed from the most resent round. Should a driver continue to post these types of comments publicly they will be reported to the RaceDepartment Staff and lose all of their points in the championship, and/or be banned from completing in the following RDRC season. This rule will also apply to the RDRC Directing team.
     
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  7. Driver Grade list
    (Proposed for Season 4 *)
    * Unless regraded by a Qualifying Rally


    Grade 1

    Nigel Atkins
    Sebastien Levret
    Magnar Haarstadsveen
    Manuel Samaniego
    Warren Dawes
    Simone Demi
    Dariusz Swiderski
    Tor Anders Berven
    Garbor Tim
    Eddie Mann
    Jakub Sulej
    Mark Johnston
    Mark Birney
    John Cunningham
    Jeremy Loveland


    Grade 2

    Jani Nylander
    Gundars Brigis
    Jeff Feaker
    Craig Masters
    Michael Hauskecht
    Tero Leppanen
    Dubravko Sparovec
    Olli Kauppinen
    Rick Bamford
    Ricardo Freitas
    Lukasz Demolin
    Ian Bundell
    Attila Kiss
    Roy Magnes
    Mick Aspinall
    Ludovic Cogotti
    Norbert Leitner
    Viesturs Priede
    Christopher Drennan


    Grade 3

    Peter Lengyel
    Chelton Nunes
    Daniel Tonsberg
    Niko Puntola
    Erik Ljung
    Fernando Agapito
    Patrick Spence
    Jeff Brown
    Karl Raudsepp
    James Knowles
    Corey Twyman
    Norman Bruce
    Pete Mull
    Oscar Hardwick
    Kevin Ledoux
    Adam Jonas
    Erik Tveit
    William Tringas
    Jack Hintz
    Damien Jones
    Eckhart Von Glan
    Keegan Buckley
    Troy Ament
    Aaron DeMarre
    Paul Newton
    Senad Subasic
    Roman Kruszewski
    Samuli Leinonen
    Anthony Pahl
    Mikka Peltola
    Ole Marius Myrvold
    Kevin Hopkins
    Ondrej Kapal
    Chris Williamson
    Yann Laprevotte
    Alastair Walker
    Hubert Smoulders


    Grade 4

    David Jundt
    Alexis Clapano
    Daniel Olsson
    Teemu Toikka
    Tyrone Frith
    Michael Hammond
    Daniel Lovett
    J.P. Sutphin
    Ashok Revanna
    Bobby Goy
    Ben Tusting
    Tomas Rienicke
    Gerben Kelly
    Norbert Serban
    Ryan Walker
    Matt Leonowicz
    Andrew Koojo
    Tim Ling
    Harry Platt
    Taj Johal
    Juen-Jen Wang
    Tim Claessens
    Jonathan Johansson
     
  8. Due to the discussion in the now deleted S4 rules discussion thread. The car packs for Grade 1 drivers has been changed.

    Grade 1 drivers now have the same WRC car selection as Grade 2 drivers. A8W99 - 08
     
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  9. Lada 21107 is now included in the 2WD cup class
     
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  10. The rules for Season 4 of the RaceDepartment Rally Championship have now been re-released. After the feedback in the forum and discussion within the directing team some small changes have been made.

    2. Championship entry - Should a driver fail to score grade points during the season they will fall to the next grade. However, from season 4 a driver will not be able to fall lower than one grade from their highest achieved grade.

    This takes the place of each individual entry under grades.

    10. Car Classes - A-RDRC is now the only WRC car class and will use A8W99 - 08 cars.

    As there stills seams to be some issues with the A8W12 cars we can't include them.

    11. Driver grades - The wording for grade 3 and 4 has been changed to clarify the criteria

    14. The championship calender has been changed. The RDRC will now run 10 rounds starting in March and finishing in October with a break during the EU/US mid year holidays.

    15. The official rallyesim setup checker will be used during this season. For details please view the attached rallyesim thread or contact Rick Bamford.

    As some of the eligable cars and drivers have changed, and to make sure all drivers are still interested in running, sign-up will begin again. If there are no changes to your sign-up feel free to cut and paste your previous sign-up to the new thread.
     
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  11. Rule update:-

    It was pointed out the the A6K car pack includes a 4WD Citroen Saxo T4, the rules have been amended to show that this car is not eligable for the championship and has been excluded from the selection.
     
  12. Rule Update:-

    2WD car packs have been upgraded to include R2 car packs
     
  13. Rule Update:-

    3.6 - No driver is allowed to re-start a stage during an online session. All drivers are reminded that they can only attempt each stage once in the order shown in the event thread. Should a driver be found to have re-started a stage during an event they will be disqualified from the championship.
     
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