PurposeScoringAwardsClassificationSafetyPolicyPassengersNoise ANNOUNCEMENT NEW: Click here for Autocross Protocols during COVID-19 -- Updated 3/26/2021 Please read this document outlining how NER will be running autocross events in 2021. And please practice safe social distancing! I. Purpose By defining the rules in this area, we are trying to maximize the numbers of runs for all PCA members competing in the Autocross Series. If an action or modification is not expressly allowed, it should be assumed to be illegal. Disputes over rules interpretation will be decided by the event chair in consultation with the autocross committee, where applicable. Proposals for rules changes may be submitted to the committee for consideration at anytime, however, decisions on adoption may be deferred until the following season. A. Eligible Entrants Participants must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid driver's license. Registration will be limited to 100 participants per event and will be confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis. Junior Participation Program Children of PCA members who are fully licensed, unrestricted drivers, who have a completed parental permission form, and have signed the Minor Risk Acknowledgment form and are accompanied by their parent may participate. Contact the Registrar for information. B. Cars per Entrant An entrant may drive more than one vehicle at an event provided that the second vehicle has been entered (fees paid), and passed tech inspection before registration closes. No points or trophies will be awarded for runs in the second car, and no entrant who drives a second car will get more runs than any other entrant in his/her run group. C. Entry Fees The cost per event for members and nonmembers will be determined by the Northeast Region Board before the series starts each year and will be published in the NOR'EASTER. See the Autocross Registration webpage for more details. II. Scoring For the purpose of accumulation of points toward the series championship, the following rules shall apply: PCA members of any class except the Novice Class are eligible for the series class championships including Non-Porsches (class 11). Any novice class entrant is eligible for the Novice of the Year award, independent of class position, as voted on by the autocross committee. Points will be awarded 9-6-4-3-2-1 in order of finish. A five-event series is planned. To qualify for the overall points championship, a driver must have participated in at least four events. If, due to weather or other unavoidable circumstances, we only run four events, a driver must have participated in three of those events. Points towards the championship will come from the driver's best four or best three events depending on the number of events in total. Novice Class winners will be transferred to their regular participation class to qualify them for that class championship subsequent to their winning Novice Class at an event. Novice Class participants will also be transferred to their regular class if their best time at any event is faster than that of their regular class winner’s best time for that event. Point ties at the end of the series will be broken by adding the single best runs of each event for each tied entrant for those events, which both entrants attended. The lower total time places higher. Ties within a class at an individual event will be broken by a single run each for the tied entrants. These runs will be done after all other official runs are completed, and within ten minutes of each other. The entrant with the better (that is lower) second -best time may elect to run first or second in the runoff. A two-second penalty will be imposed for knocking over a pylon, or if the pylon remains standing and is outside it's chalk box A re-run is granted if: The driver is flagged or otherwise stopped by a corner worker for safety reasons under no fault of the driver. The driver stops on their own accord for safety reasons under no fault of the driver, subject to approval of event chair. The driver stops and signals an out-of-place cone to the nearest corner worker and the driver has no cone penalties on their run prior to the out-of-place cone. The driver's run was interrupted or not properly recorded due to timing error, weather, or other circumstances and is approved by the event chair. In the event of a re-run, there must be a minimum of 5 (five) intervening cars, before the rerun is taken. If there are no intervening cars due to a re-run being issued at the end of a session, the car must be held for a minimum of sixty (60) seconds. Failure to complete runs prior to the session closing results in a DNS (Did Not Start). Competitors are expected to complete their runs in a timely fashion. Under no circumstances will rule #9 be abridged, if a competitor through his/her own inaction has failed to complete their allotted runs. III. Awards All classes will be eligible for a minimum of three awards irrespective of the number of entrants. Obviously, in less well subscribed classes (i.e. classes with only one or two entrants) the number of awards may be limited by the number of entrants. At the discretion of the autocross committee a "Worker of the Year" and a "Rookie of the Year" trophy may be presented at the annual dinner. IV. Classification By defining the rules in this area, we are trying to afford all entrants the fairest possible competition while keeping a practical upper limit on the number of classes. It is the responsibility of each participant to classify his own car. If a model is not covered here, the participant must apply in a minimum of 1 week in advance for classification. Failure to do so may result in the car running unclassified for the event -or- may be classed at the discretion of the chair. A competitor in the same class may protest a car's classification, but must do so before the first competitive timed run. Conflicts over classification will be resolved via a Classification Committee appointed by the Event Chair. Their decision will be final, and may involve bumping a car into a more appropriate class. A driver may be registered and participate in more than one vehicle for the event. However only one vehicle can be used for competition purposes and must be designated as the competition vehicle for the event prior to the event start. All runs taken in the non-competition vehicle are considered educational runs and will scored as a DNF. The total number of runs taken will not exceed the normal number of competitive runs for the event. A. Class Except for the Novice Class, cars shall be grouped into classes according to the class chart shown below. Those participants qualifying for the Novice Class, as noted in paragraph H below, may drive any vehicle listed in any other class in the chart below. Class Model Year 1 356 (all) 912 (all) 914-4 924 Cayenne (all) Macan (all) Panamera (all) Taycan (all) 1948-1965 1965-1969, 1976 1970-1975 1976-1982 2003- 2014- 2011- 2020- 2 911 914-6 924S 924 Turbo (931) 944 944 S 1965-1977 1970-1972 1986-1988 1979-1982 1983-1989 1987-1989 3-GHS 911 SC 911 Carrera 911 Speedster 964 Carrera 2/4 964 America Roadster 964 RS America 964 Speedster 1978-1983 1984-1989 1989 1989-1994 1992-1993 1993-1994 1994 4 928 (all) 944 Turbo (951) 944 S2 968 986 Boxster (base) 1978-1995 1986-1989 1989-1991 1992-1995 1997-2004 5 911 Turbo (930) 993 Carrera 2/2S/4/4S 986 Boxster S 987 Boxster (base) 987 Cayman (base) 981 Boxster (base) 981 Cayman (base) 1975-1989 1995-1998 2000-2004 2005-2012 2006-2012 2013-2016 2013-2016 6 987 Boxster S 987 Cayman S 981 Boxster S 981 Cayman S 718 Boxster (base) 718 Cayman (base) 2005-2012 2006-2012 2013-2016 2013-2016 2017- 2017- 7 996 Carrera (base) 964 Turbo (965) 997 Carrera (base) 991 Carrera (base) 991 Carrera T 992 Carrera (base) 1999-2005 1990-1994 2005-2012 2012-2019 2018-2019 2020- 8 987 Boxster Spyder 987 Cayman R 981 Boxster Spyder 981 Cayman GTS 718 Boxster S, GTS 718 Cayman S, GTS 996 Carrera S 997 Carrera S (not S-X51) 991 Carrera S, GTS 992 Carrera S, GTS 993 Turbo 2010-2012 2011-2012 2016 2014-2016 2017- 2017- 1999-2005 2005-2008 2012-2019 2020- 1995-1998 9 996 Turbo 997 Carrera S-X51 997 Carrera S, GTS, Speedster 981 Cayman GT4 996 GT3 997 GT3 991 GT3 911 R 997 GT3RS 991 GT3RS 996 GT2 997 GT2, GT2RS 991 GT2RS 997 Turbo 991 Turbo 980 Carrera GT 918 2001-2005 2005-2008 2009-2012 2015-2016 2004-2005 2006-2011 2014- 2016 2006-2011 2016- 2002-2005 2008-2012 2018- 2007-2012 2014-2019 2004-2005 2014-2015 10 Porsche Race and Improved 11 Non-Porsche (all) 12 Novice (all cars) B. Minimum Cars A minimum of one entrant shall constitute a class for any given event. C. Tire Classing For cars in classes where an S/R designation must be determined, classification decided on the basis of the tire wear rating as specified on the sidewall of the tire. Cars equipped with tires displaying a wear rating less than 180, or shod with non-DOT tires, are deemed to be in class 9. For cars other than class 9, all tires must be DOT approved and display a wear rating greater than or equal to 180. Cars with S designated tires can elect to run in R. Cars are classified, not drivers. If a car is co-driven, it must run with a single class designation. D. Free Modifications In this area we have tried to adopt a loosely interpreted, more lenient, version of the Parade Competition Rules (PCR's). This allows for various upgrades and replacement of troublesome items within a model range without bumping an entrant into a modified class. Free modifications allowed in "stock" classes shall be as follows: Changes within class (including engines and transmissions within model range, i.e. body style for years sold in US). See section IV. G. for further clarification on model ranges. Modified ignition and distributor Cross bar supports on shock towers Modified carburetor jets Electric fuel pump Wet sump modification Modified oil cooler/filter Engine rebuilds (cannot exceed factory tolerances and specifications). Substituted chain tensioners/guards Exhaust modifications after the head (not to include open exhaust) Limited suspension modifications (no machining) Substitution of coil springs, torsion bars, shocks, sway bars, coilovers 356 Rear camber compensator Any DOT wheel/tire combination fitting stock fender configuration (Subject to tire rules in Section IV.C. above) Roll bars Spoilers Gear shift linkage Limited slip differentials Cross drilled rotors and/or competition brake pads Carburetors can be substituted for engines originally equipped with MFI or CIS injection systems. Cams, must remain stock. E. Penalized Modifications Cars which have one or more of the following modifications will be placed in the appropriate improved class unless it meets the criteria for the modified class. In this context "stock" is taken to mean components and configurations for the model and year which were/are readily available from Porsche as standard equipment or options as delivered through normal US dealers and intended primarily for street use: Engine Displacement increase from stock of more than 5%. Compression ratio increase by more than 0.1 points. Non-stock camshaft(s) Head modifications beyond polishing (e.g., porting, oversize valves) Turbo/supercharging if not originally so equipped. (Turbo cars) Modifications increasing boost, including waste gate mods, chips, non-stock turbocharger, etc. Nitrous injection Any engine swap outside of the model range. See secton IV. G for further information on model designations. Drive train Non-stock gear ratios (intermediate or final drive) Suspension Relocation of mounting points, including camber plates, etc. Non-stock or modified components which alter the suspension geometry and/or allow adjustment beyond that obtainable within the normal adjustment range. Change of type (e.g., coil-over replacing torsion bar) Body Significant lightening by substitution of stock body panels or glass with lighter weight components. Significant lightening by removal of body components (e.g., bumpers). Lightening by substantial gutting of interior components. F. Race The Race class is for cars originally constructed or modified such that the primarily or sole intended use is racing and competition. A car will be placed in Race if any of the following criteria apply: The car was originally constructed by the factory primarily or solely for racing/competition use. The car is modified such that the primary or sole intended use is racing/competition. i.e., it is no longer "streetable". The car is running on non-DOT racing tires (e.g., racing slicks). The car is unregistered or unregisterable for use on public roads. Cars meeting one or more of the criteria for Race may be placed in an appropriate improved or stock class by appeal to the classification committee. The burden is on the entrant to show why the car should not run in Race. For example, an otherwise stock car which is unregistered and trailered to the event would be placed in the appropriate stock class. Committee decisions are final and apply for the remainder of the season, unless something has been changed which warrants reclassification. Modifications not falling into any of the above categories shall be reviewed by the Classification Chair for suitability and safety. Decisions relative to those items, and classifications or reclassifications by reason of additional modifications, shall be made by the Classification Committee at its discretion. G. Collapsing of Ranges for Earlier Porsche Models. Owners of earlier Porsches face several issues in maintaining their vehicles. To ease these difficulties, each of the following groups is deemed to be a single model. This affords them parts interchangeablity, including engines and transmissions, within the rules as detailed in section IV. D. within each model definition. All 912/911 models produced from 1964 -1989 excluding 1989 964 models (i.e. no 3.6L engine transpants are allowed). All 914-4s. 944S, 944S2. 968. H. Novice Class Participants who have attended four or fewer autocross events in the current and prior seasons have the option of registering in the Novice Class. If a Novice Class participant wins that class at an event, they will be permanently transferred to the appropriate class for the vehicle they are driving. Novice Class participants will also be transferred to their regular class if their best time at any event is faster than that of their regular class winner’s best time for that event. V. Safety All entrants are required to wear an approved helmet in good condition and seatbelts while driving in the events. Acceptable helmets include those with a Snell Memorial Foundation 2010 safety rating or later (2015; 2020), types EA (Elite Automotive Sports), M (Motorcycling), K (Kart Racing), or SA (Competitive Motor Sports). Helmets approved for PCA Club Racing, such as those required for PCA Driver Education events, are also acceptable. A three-point seat belt, with metal to metal fasteners, is required in all vehicles. Four-, five- or six-point harnesses are acceptable if properly installed as defined by the standards of the Driver Education program. Roll bars are recommended in all automobiles. Roll bars or factory rollover devices, such as the roll hoops in Boxsters, are required for all open cars using R-compound tires or tires with a wear rating lower than 180. Roll bars are required in all swing axle automobiles (e.g. 356 convertibles). Roll bar specifications are as defined by SCCA® National Solo® Rules. Tires must have visible tread with no cord showing. If cord shows no runs or further runs will be allowed until the problem is corrected. Footwear must be non-slip. Open-toe shoes or heavy-duty soles, such as those found on hiking shoes or work boots, are NOT permitted. Trucks, SUVs and vans are not allowed to compete in the non-Porsche class. All cars must pass a tech inspection performed prior to the event. The purpose of this tech inspection is to perform a quick visual inspection of the major components including among other things, properly torqued wheels, tires in good condition showing no cording or cracking, battery firmly secured, wheel bearings tight, throttle not sticking, no loose object in the cockpit or trunks. This inspection is a cursory one performed by volunteers. It should in no way be construed as a professional appraisal of a competitors car and its worthiness to compete. All competitors are strongly encouraged to have their vehicle checked prior to an event by the qualified mechanic of their choice. If a car leaves the course surface or hits an obstruction, it must be re-inspected. VI. Policy Objectives Improve driver education and driving skills of novice participants Provide instruction to help develop the basic skills training necessary to effectively compete Instructor Qualifications & Designation Process Must have completed a minimum of twenty (20) autocross events (4 years) Demonstrate an ability to compete at a high level (minimum 1 contested class championship or ten top ten time of day finishes) Demonstrate both the knowledge and ability to communicate clearly on topics pertinent to autocrossing Physics of car control Autocross strategy Line and course analysis Ocular driving techniques Receiving an instructor designation will require the recommendation of two officially designated instructors, as well as the approval of the current autocross chair(s). Rules for Instruction during Autocross Events Rules #3-#5 detailed in the passenger rules section apply Instruction of novices is deemed a work assignment. Identifying Instructors Instructors will be designated at the drivers meeting as their work assignment for the event. Novice participants will be advised of all available instructors during the drivers meeting. VII. Passengers Objectives Improve driver education and driving skills of all participants at all levels of accomplishment. Continue to provide a level playing field on which all participants may compete equally. Rules and Requirements Under no circumstances may anyone other than a registered competitor participate in on course activities. Any participant found to have an unregistered person as a passenger in violation of this rule will be subject to permanent expulsion. If there is more than one person in a car, at least one of the participants must have completed a minimum of 10 (ten) autocrosses (2 years) with NER. Out of region participants with sufficient experience may apply for a waiver which can be issued at the discretion of the autocross chair or his/her designee. Competitors are only allowed to drive the car in which they have registered for the competition. Exceptions to this rule must be approved by the Autocross Chair and will typically only be granted in the case of a kind competitor allowing the owner of a car that breaks to drive his car. While there are no hard numeric limits on the number of passenger rides any participant may take, there is a practical limit. If a participant fails to be ready to take their runs within their designated run session, there will be no make up. The untaken runs for that session are forfeit for the event. See the section on Scoring #8, #9. It is the responsibility of each participant to manage this privilege and it is unacceptable to force workers to remain on station even a minute longer than is necessary. This program is not an avenue for showboating or showing off. Its purpose is to raise the group's level of competency. If any participant is, in the judgement of the autocross chair or his/her designee, misbehaving intentionally, driving erratically or abusing this policy to the detriment of the competition, their privileges can be revoked, they can be suspended from the event and banned from future events. VIII. Noise Increased scrutiny of the use of property used for Autocross events has forced us to adopt a policy for the acceptable noise level and the self-policing of sound levels throughout an event. All cars participating must be muffled. Perimeter checks of sound levels during the event will be taken and recorded. Cars that exceed Devens rules will be barred. The Autocross committee reserves the right to prohibit any car that exhibits excessive noise during the event from participating.