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1998 SCCA Club Racing Rule Changes -- GCR


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General Competition Rules


SOURCE     STATUS       SECTION      DESCRIPTION

BL 12/97
BoD 12/97  Eff 1/1/98   6.4.1        Change the second paragraph to read: 
                                     As a minimum, a driver shall be
                                     classified as a starter in at least
                                     four (4) National Championship events,
                                     a finisher in at least three (3)
                                     National Championship events of which
                                     two (2) shall have been in his or her
                                     Division of Record, and qualifying in
                                     the same class (or classes) for which
                                     their entry is accepted, but they may
                                     drive any car eligible for that class.

TB 98-07   Eff 7/1/98   7.5.9        Change  the second to last sentence to
                                     read:  All flag stations shall display
                                     double yellow flags during all pace
                                     laps.

TB 98-07   Eff 7/1/98   8.4.2        Change second sentence to read:  This
                                     may only occur in the pit lane.

TB 98-07   Eff 7/1/98   9.1.6        Change paragraph to read:  Cars shall
                                     not be moved under power of the
                                     starting device while on course, except
                                     to move them from a hazardous position
                                     to one of greater safety or under the
                                     provisions of GCR 8.4.2.

BL 12/97
BoD 12/97
TB 98-02
TB 98-03   Eff 1/1/98   12.1.3       Add Class A (SSA) - Regional Class Only

TB 98-02   Eff 2/1/98   12.1.5       Delete Shelby Can-AM (SCA) - Regional
                                     Class Only from section.

BL 12/97
BoD 12/97
TB 98-02   Eff 1/1/98   12.1.6       Change Formula Mazda (FM) to National
                                     Class; remove option to compete in
                                     Formula Atlantic

BL 12/97
BoD 12/97  Eff 1/1/98   12.1.8       Rename the existing T1 class T2.  Note:
                                     This change was included in the 1998
                                     GCR.

TB 98-06   Eff 6/1/98   12.5.1       Change the last sentence to read:  Rear
                                     numbers and class letters are
                                     recommended.

TB 98-06   Eff 6/1/98   12.21.1      Add to the fifth sentence 'or
                                     equivalent surfactant foam'.  Sentence
                                     to read as follows:  On-Board fire
                                     systems may use AFFF or equivalent
                                     surfactant foam material (i.e. SPA
                                     Lite, ZERO 2000, Coldfire 302), 2.25
                                     liter minimum capacity (by volume).

TB 98-05   Eff 5/1/98   12.26        Correct second sentence to read as
                                     follows:  Alternatively, it may be
                                     mounted below the center of the rear
                                     window or on a bracket welded, clamped
                                     or bolted on the roll cage or dash,
                                     easily accessible through the open
                                     window.

TB 98-03   Eff 3/1/98   12.9         Delete 'Improved Touring' from the
                                     first sentence.  Sentence to read: All
                                     cars shall meet or exceed the minimum
                                     weight specified with driver (except
                                     Showroom Stock which is without the
                                     driver), exactly as they come off the
                                     race circuit at the conclusion of a
                                     race or qualifying session.

TB 98-02   Eff 2/1/98   13.2.1.DD    Change section to read:  Traction
                                     control systems, as installed by the
                                     manufacturer and unmodified, are
                                     allowed only in Touring, Showroom Stock
                                     and Improved Touring.

TB 98-07   Eff 7/1/98   16.1         Change paragraph to read:  At minimum,
                                     all fuel bladders shall be constructed
                                     in accordance with FIA FT-3 or higher
                                     (FT-3.5, FT-5, etc.) specifications.

TB 98-02   Eff 2/1/98   17           Change to second sentence in the first
                                     paragraph to read:  Arm restraints are
                                     required on all open cars including
                                     open Targa tops, sunroofs and T-tops.

TB 98-02   Eff 2/1/98   18.1.6.D     Add to the end of the section as
                                     follows:  Improved Touring roll cage
                                     tubing sizes are calculated based on
                                     the published vehicle weight minus 180
                                     lbs.

TB 98-05   5/1/98       18.4.3.B     Correct last sentence in first
                                     paragraph to read as follows: Full
                                     width front hoop bracing shall be a
                                     minimum dimension of 1.0" diameter by
                                     .080" wall thickness tubing.

TB 98-06   Eff 6/1/98   19.3.7.A     Correct paragraph to read:  The SOM may
                                     extend these time limits in exceptional
                                     cases where the protestor can
                                     demonstrate that evidence pertinent to
                                     the protest was not available within
                                     the time limit, or where the protestor
                                     can demonstrate that he or she was
                                     unable to meet the deadline due to
                                     circumstances beyond his or her
                                     control.  A protest against the
                                     validity of an entry or qualification
                                     and conformity to the rules of an
                                     entrant, driver or car shall be lodged
                                     no later than one hour before the start
                                     of the race segment of a competition.

TB 98-07   Eff 7/1/98   20.9.2       Delete entire paragraph.

TB 98-02   Eff 2/1/98   20.14.3      Change the section to read:  Any
                                     competitor who falsifies a Statement of
                                     facts Affidavit will receive an
                                     automatic penalty consisting of
                                     disqualification from the event and a
                                     sixty (60) day license suspension.  The
                                     imposition of this penalty may be
                                     appealed.

BoD 1/12/98             21           Revisions to GCR Section 21 (Appeals)
                                     were approved.  The section will be
                                     published in its entirety in a future
                                     issue of SportsCar.

TB 98-06   Eff 6/1/98   21           Addendum 1 at the end of this document
                                     is the complete revision of Section 21
                                     previously approved by the Board of
                                     Directors.

1998 SCCA Club Racing Rule Changes

Addendum 1 - GCR Chapter 21

 
21.         APPEALS
 
21.1        RIGHT TO APPEAL
 
Any person, entrant, or organization named as a party to a protest or Chief
Steward's Request for Action, shall have the right to appeal any decision or
penalty imposed by the Stewards of the Meet (SOM).  In addition, the Chief
Steward of the event shall have the right to appeal any decision or penalty
imposed.
 
21.2        JURISDICTION
 
The Chairman of the Board of Directors, SCCA, Inc., will appoint a three (3)
member Court of Appeals each year to review and render a final decision on
any appeal filed under this section. It is the intent of these provisions to
provide for resolution of differences before a Court composed of individuals
with individual and collective expertise in racing matters.
 
21.3        JURISDICTION OF THE FIA
 
A right to appeal to the FIA shall be recognized only if the dispute in
question arises from competition listed on the FIA calendar, and if the
appeal is brought before the ACCUS.
 
21.3.1.     INTERNATIONAL EVENTS 
 
ACCUS has delegated to SCCA the authority to establish Courts of Appeal to
settle disputes arising from International events sanctioned by SCCA.
 
21.3.2.     FULL INTERNATIONAL EVENTS 
 
ACCUS will establish Courts of Appeal to settle disputes arising from Full
International Events.
 
21.4.       APPEALING AN ADVERSE RULING        
 
An appeal permitted under the GCR shall be started by filing a written
notice of appeal with the SCCA, Inc., at its headquarters, or as provided in
section 21.4.3.  The notice of appeal shall specify the party making the
appeal, shall state the decision or portion thereof appealed, shall explain
the reason or reasons why the appeal should be decided in their favor, shall
include all information the appellant wishes the Court to consider, and as
applicable, which part(s) of the GCR, Category Specifications and/or
Supplemental Regulations of an event, are considered to have been enforced
in a manner that was not fair or equitable to the appellant. The Notice of
Appeal shall be U.S. Government postmarked or registered with a carrier
service (i.e., UPS, Federal Express, etc.) within ten (10) days after the
announcement of the decision being appealed has been given to the appellant
and shall include the appropriate appeal fee of $125.00, payable to SCCA,
Inc.  A minimum of $50.00 of the appeal fee will be retained by the SCCA on
all appeals that are filed, unless otherwise determined by the Court of
Appeals.  An appeal properly started may be withdrawn, without penalty, by
written notice to the SCCA, Inc., prior to start of the review of the appeal
by the National Court of Appeals.  Review of the appeal shall have started
when members of the Court have physically received copies of the appeal and
begin review at a regular session of the Court.
 
21.4.1.     FINES, LICENSES, FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS 
 
Fines imposed by the SOM, Chief Steward and/or suspended licenses shall be
received by SCCA, Inc., before an appeal will be heard.  When a Letter of
Probation is issued, the competition license also must be surrendered to the
SOM or Chief Steward, and then forwarded to SCCA, Inc.  Any appeal received
by SCCA, Inc., will not be heard until said license is received by SCCA,
Inc.  Any other financial obligation owed SCCA, Inc., or any of its
chartered Regions, and duly reported to be in arrears to SCCA, Inc., shall
be received by SCCA, Inc., before an appeal will be heard.
 
21.4.2.     STAY OF DECISION 
 
An appeal filed on a penalty rendered by the SOM or other Court involving
either a suspension of competition privileges or expulsion from the SCCA,
will permit the appellant to enter and compete in subsequent races until the
appellant's appeal has been decided and a decision announced by the  Court
of Appeals.  The results and awards from these races shall be considered
Provisional until the Court's ruling upholds or overturns the suspension or
expulsion, at which time the Provisional Results and awards will be
considered Final and Official.  If the Court of Appeals ruling upholds the
suspension or expulsion, the awards won by an appellant in races while
awaiting the Court of Appeals ruling will be considered null and void.  Race
results for those events will be revised to entirely remove the appellant's
name, and other information, from the Final and Official Results.
 
21.4.3.     DUAL SANCTION WEEKENDS 
 
On a dual event weekend, (i.e., where more than one sanction number has been
issued by Club Racing; Double Regional, National, Regional/National, or any
other combination permitted), a party who has had their competition
privileges suspended (per GCR 20.1.0.) may, by filing a Notice of Intent to
Appeal together with the appeal fee with the Chairman of the Stewards of the
Meet (SOM), be allowed to compete in the other event that weekend that is
being conducted under a different sanction number than the one where the
party was suspended.  The notice of appeal shall be filed within ten days of
the date the decision of the SOM was given to the appellant.  THIS APPEAL
CANNOT BE WITHDRAWN.  The party may compete in subsequent events until the
Court of Appeals renders its ruling. On a single event weekend, if a
competitor's competition privileges are suspended by the SOM, that
competitor is prohibited from further competition activities during that
event from the time the decision is rendered.  A notice of an Intent to
Appeal at a single sanctioned event may not be accepted by the SOM for any
reason at any time.
 
21.4.4.     WELL FOUNDED APPEALS
 
For an appeal to be considered well founded, it shall be based on sound
evidence.  Reasonable people may differ on the interpretation of the
evidence.  An appeal may be determined to be well founded even if the
decision of the first Court remains unchanged by the Court of Appeals.
 
21.5.       HEARING APPEALS
 
All properly filed appeals (per GCR 21.4.) shall be heard by the Court.  The
Court will review the SCCA Official Observer's Report, the Notice of Appeal,
containing all the evidence the appellant wishes the Court to consider; and
will make any other inquiries it feels warranted, before making its
decision.  It may, at its discretion, require the appellant to submit any
additional evidence it deems necessary for an equitable decision; hear
directly evidence from any person deemed to have pertinent information or
necessary data prior to making a decision; permit other parties to the
decision under appeal to make written comments on the appellant's Notice of
Appeal; and/or seek information from any source it desires. The Court of
Appeals shall make every effort to make its final decision and render a
decision on the appeal, within (30) days of its receipt of the Notice of
Appeal.

No member of the Court shall have taken part as a competitor or Official in
the event in which the Court will render a decision, or shall have been
directly or indirectly interested or involved in the matters under
consideration.  The Court shall determine the procedure for hearing an
appeal which procedure shall not be subject to appeal.
 
21.6.       JUDGMENT OF THE COURT OF APPEALS
 
After considering all material it deems relevant, the Court of Appeals shall
meet privately, reach its decision, and prepare a written opinion.  It may
decide that the penalty or other action of the SOMs or other body appealed
from should be nullified, mitigated, affirmed, increased, or a different
penalty imposed, but it shall not order a competition to be re-run.  The
Court of Appeals may order a rehearing by the original SOM committee at the
Court's discretion. Penalties imposed by the Court of Appeals shall incur
automatic penalty points outlined in 20.14.1.  The Court may order the
return or forfeiture of appeal fees or of stay bonds.  The Court shall
direct the disposition of protest fees and teardown bonds, if any, in those
cases where the original Court's decision is nullified or otherwise changed.
The Court's decision shall be final, binding and not subject to further
appeals by any other party, either within the SCCA organization or outside
the Club.
 
21.7.       PUBLICATION AND EFFECT OF DECISION
 
SCCA, Inc. will distribute a copy of the final decision of the Court to all
parties of the appeal as soon as possible after the decision becomes final
and will use its best efforts to publish said final decisions as soon as
possible after finalization.  Persons, entrants, or organizations referred
to in each said decision shall have no right of action against SCCA, Inc.,
or any person publishing such notice, and said decision shall be final and
binding.  Any penalty of the Court shall be effective immediately or as
stated in its decision.  Penalties involving time, disqualification,
suspension, or loss of points shall be made effective from the date of the
conclusion of the event involved.
 
21.8.       BAD FAITH APPEALS
 
If the Court determines that the appellant has acted in bad faith or in a
vexatious manner, it may deem such conduct a breach of the GCR and impose
any penalty listed in section 20., for said breach.
 
21.9.       APPEALS AFFECTING FINAL POINTS STANDINGS
 
Notice of appeals affecting the National Championship points standings
within a Division, including all evidence pertaining to the appeal, shall be
U.S. Government Postmarked or registered with a national carrier service
(i.e., UPS, Federal Express, etc), by the National Runoffs Entry deadline
regardless of the time allowed by these rules to file the notice of appeal
(Overnight mail or Fax is recommended).  Runoff invitations to all parties
named in or affected by the appeal will be held until the appeal has been
finalized.  An Intent to Appeal will not be accepted. 

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