Some Basic Guidelines 
Please be aware that we have a mixed group of racers and race/meet day attendees.  There may be small children and families in attendance. So let’s keep RCs Fun for all!!!

  1. No drugs or Alcohol at our events

  2. Offensive language or behaviour will not be tolerated online or at events

  3. No yelling, complaining or whining while attending events or posting online (send us an email if you have an issue)

  4. No horseplay (meaning do not crash into other hobbyists on purpose while on the rally course)

  5. Have good “Pits Etiquette” (keep area clean, leave facility or meet area clean when you leave and no loud offensive music)

  6. No flaming tires, No overcharging batteries and no racing in Pit Areas

  7. “Please Help Others When Possible”  (If you see someone new or someone who is interested in getting into the hobby, share some of your experience with them.  Help them with set up, driving line, and drivers etiquette, as well as how race day goes i.e. transponders, marshalling, etc…  The quicker they can learn the more they will enjoy the hobby and the more likely they will stay with this hobby we enjoy so much)

Driver & Track Etiquette

Driver Etiquette 
R/C is essentially a non contact sport.  For sure there will be racing accidents and occasional bumping (like there are in any motor sport), but we’re not doing demolition derby.  The intent is to race cleanly, to pass cleanly, without crashing other driver’s off the track. 

  1. The track boundaries are there to mark the racetrack. If you accidentally cut across a corner (even if it’s as the result of an accident that’s not your fault) you need to drive back to where you came from, or at the very least to wait to ensure you don’t get an undue advantage.

  2. Be On Time, whether signing up, getting your transponder, putting your car on the track or marshalling don’t make people wait for you. Be sure you are ready to race at least one heat ahead of your race. Make sure your battery is charged and installed, tires are clean, body pins and everything is ready to move to the track.

  3. If your car breaks down, take it off the track. 

  4. Abuse of drivers, officials and marshals is just plain unacceptable.


Passing Etiquette  

  1. If you’re trying to pass another car, the responsibility lies with you to make it a clean pass. For sure push, probe, look for opportunities, but the car in front has the right to their racing line, and you have the responsibility to wait for the opportunity.

  2. If you do crash into a car while trying to pass, racing ethics are to wait until the car you’ve hit is back on track and back in front of you (even if you have to wait for a marshal to intervene).

  3. How to pass – How to let people past you, deserves some discussion. When you are learning to drive it can be difficult to move out of someone’s way without crashing. The best way to let someone pass you is to go slightly wide at a corner. Sudden changes in speed or direction can cause a crash. Slowing down suddenly might cause the car that’s trying to pass to crash into the back of you. If you let the person know when you will go slightly wide then they can take advantage of it to pass.

 

Lapping Etiquette  |

  1. If you’re lapping the car in front, all the same rules apply – it’s your responsibility to find a clean way past. The difference here is that if you are the car being lapped, it’s also your responsibility to make space for the car trying to find a way past. We depend on each other to do that job – and the commentator and race-system will help let you know.


Drivers Stand Etiquette  |  

  1. When entering the drivers’ stand be respectful of racers that are already standing in line to get on the stand, line cutting is frowned upon by most drivers. Always wait until all the drivers from the previous race have exited the stand before getting on the stand.

  2. The biggest no-no on the stand is yelling at other drivers, marshals, or the race director. Most experienced racers won’t flip a truck for the guy screaming his head off like an idiot.

  3. When on the stand be aware of how you are standing on the stand, having your radio hanging out, or leaning way out makes it difficult for other drivers to see sometimes. It’s called the drivers’ stand, not the drivers’ slouch. Stand up when racing. You’ll drive better and you’ll be less likely to block the view of other drivers. Also, if you have a preferred spot on the stand, get there first. Don’t be the last guy on the drivers’ stand and expect other to move for you.


Marshalling Etiquette  | 

  1. It’s standard practice in R/C all over the world that you marshal immediately after you race. If you run two classes, you marshal twice or find someone to take your marshal duties if you have back-to-back races.  We all make mistakes on the race track, and we all want to be marshalled quickly and efficiently – so each of us needs to take that approach to marshalling.  Beginner and entry level classes should get the same respects as the advanced classes!!!!

  2. Within the bounds of your physical capability (remembering that some of you are nearly as old as me, and we don’t move so fast!), marshal well.  Watch your part of the track not the cars racing. Get to crashed cars as quickly as you safely can, put them back on the track as quickly (and safely) as you can.

  3. Much as we all like to chat about our race, check your phone, smoke, have a drink, something to eat etc, while we are marshalling it’s just not the right time for those things. Marshall the way you want to be marshalled.  Fast and safe.

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