Minutes of Meetings and Decisions
BSCRA RULE Change Proposals for the 2020 season.
Here's the list for membership voting. Voting commenced on 16th August 2019 and closes at midnight on Friday 27th September 2019.
All members are very welcome discuss the proposals before voting, for example at race meetings or on the BSCRA Members’ Facebook group.
To cast you vote go to the BSCRA Members web site
The results of the voting will be announced by 1st October 2019.
Please remember, these are just proposals, only the ones the majority votes for become
Please remember, the existing 2019 rules remain in force till the end of 2019. Any changes that are voted in will come into force of 1st January 2020.
A PROPSALS ON CAR STADARDS
The maximum length of the guide flag shall be increased to 28.5mm
Guides up to this length are widely available, and are often used at BSCRA meetings. On the few occasions the scrutineers are meticulous enough to spot it, competitors are usually surprised to be told they have to shave some length of their guide blade. The international limit is 28.5mm so there is little risk of manufacturers exceeding that limit.
Changes to Handbook
Car standard A6 -
In 1/32 Saloon and the Club Team Championship. the list of permitted motors / Manufacturers and the endbell bearing rules shall be the same as in 1/24 Production Saloon
The changes align 1/32 saloon with 1/24 saloon thus enabling racers to interchange setups between both classes. Note that armature rules are unchanged, (the shorter shaft length normally used in 1/32 saloon makes swapping armatures between classes impractical)
There is a difference of opinion between the experts about this change.
Common rules would make the same setups eligible in both scales.
A lot of the top racers prefer the ProSlot square hole can for 1/32 saloon, this can is out of production and the rule change would offer more alternatives.
A number of the top motor builders say the setups wouldn't be interchangeable anyway because of the different magnet gaps used for the two classes (Motors for 1/32 saloon work best with larger magnet gaps). They are also concerned this change would allow more expensive parts to be used in 1/32 saloon, and continue to drive up the cost of the best motors.
Changes to Handbook
Add the following to the list at "D2.1 Permitted Motors / Manufacturers"
Kelly / Red Fox: Camen/TWP
Hershman / Fastones
Cahoza 230 and 231, UL Can, part number #232
Kamen K101 setup
"D2.2.3 Free choice of plain bearings for endbell." to be replaced with
"D2.2.3 Free choice of bearings (ball race or plain) for endbell."
The lower rear bodywork limit shall be reduced to 12.7mm.
This aligns BSCRA with the lower height allowed by ISRA
Changes to Handbook
Part 3 H (Car Standards applicable to 1/24 Production Saloon (Class 8)
At H1.6 " The lower edge of the rear bodywork must not be more than 15 mm above the bottom of the chassis...." shall be replaced by
" The lower edge of the rear bodywork must not be more than 12.7 mm above the bottom of the chassis"
The JK Hawk 7 is to be added to the list of approved motors for INTRO 32 and 1/32 super production. NOTE this means Falcons or Hawk R motors remain eligible.
The Hawk 7 has a slightly faster wind than Falcons or Hawk R. It uses the same manufacturing process as the Hawk R and shares many of the same parts. It is already used in BSCRA F2 as well as in the BSL team race and ProAm. The proposers say the Hawk 7 is more consistent the other motors.
Changes to Handbook
Part 2 (INTRO 32) under "Permitted Motors" JK Hawk 7 shall be added to the
Part 3 section E3.1.1 under "Falcon/Hawk Powered Cars -
All cars must have the driver's BSCRA membership number in two places. In team races that number shall be either the club's BSCRA number or at least one of the team's driver's BSCRA membership number.
Changes to Handbook
PART 2 (INTRO 32) In rule B9 " The body shall carry clearly legible racing numbers in a minimum of two appropriate places.2" Shall be replaced by
" The body shall carry the drivers' BSCRA number in at least two APPROPRIATE places, the numbers must be clearly legible. . "
PART 3 Car standards for other classes
In rule B9 (F1 & F2) "Cars must carry a clearly legible racing number in at least one APPROPRIATE place" shall be replaced by
"Cars shall carry the drivers' BSCRA number in at least two APPROPRIATE places, the numbers shall be clearly legible. "
In rules C3, D1.4, E1.3, F1.4, G4, & H1.3 "Cars must carry clearly legible racing numbers in at least two APPROPRIATE places." shall be replaced by
" Cars shall carry the drivers' BSCRA number in at least two APPROPRIATE places, the numbers shall be clearly legible. "
Add to rule D1.4 (1/32 National Club Team Championship Sports/GT cars ) "( In team races that number shall be either the club's BSCRA number or at least one of the team's driver's BSCRA membership number. ) "
A6 Group 12 Armatures
In the classes using Group 12 armatures, any make of armature that has been approved by BSCRA may be used.
The existing BSCRA approval process will be used, new armatures may be submitted to the Competition Rule Committee. The BSCRA approval process includes checking that the armature fully meets the group 12 specification.
Changes to Handbook
As and when new armatures are approved they will be added to the lists in the Handbook.
A7 Super Wasp Motors
In Super Production, mixing of manufacturer’s parts in Super Wasp motor will be allowed.
"E4.1.2 No mixing of manufacturers' parts is allowed"
to be changed to
"E4.1.2 Mixing of manufacturers' parts is allowed"
B Proposals on the National Championships
The National Clubman Saloon Championship shall be replaced by a National Clubman F2 Championship.
PART 4 (National British Championships 1/32 scale)
Delete from rule 1c "In Class 3 (Saloon) at the Nationals Open to Novice drivers only. " (d) Individual INTRO 32 (BSCRA INTRO 32 Class )" to be changed to "
(d) Individual for clubman grade drivers only -
The 1/32 Nationals will be open entry for UK based BSCRA members.
It is proposed that the 1 year experiment with open entry is to be continued for 2020. 2019 has seen lower entries in BSCRA's other individual National events and all but one BOC event so far. One reason for this reduction appears to be a number of competitors concentrating on international racing this year as the ISRA World Championship is in the UK. It is unclear how much this accounts for the fall in numbers in National racing and what difference the lack of Nats qualifying has made.
Areas are encouraged to continue holding area meetings.
Since the 1/32 Nationals entry was limited to 48, the average entry has been 46, so effectively it's been open entry most of the time anyway. Normally there is initially a waiting list for places, then various qualifiers who hadn't made up their minds decide not to enter, and a few more drop out later on for whatever reason. This leaves several of the racers not knowing they have a place till quite late in the day, making it difficult for arrangements such as hotel bookings. The likely numbers are manageable within the Nats timescales .
National British Championships rules 2.5 and 2.7
The 1/32 Nationals will be open entry to UK based members. Overseas members will not be eligible for this event
Alternative 1/32 Nationals Race Format Changes
B3 Removal of finals
Remove the overall and Main grade finals from each class at the 1/32 Nationals. There will be 1 min qualifying and segmented races for everybody. The results will be decided by the totals in the segmented races on a "win from any final" basis.
The Main Grade champion will be the highest placed Main Grade driver unless a Main grade driver wins overall in which case the next Main Grade driver overall will be Main Grade champion (at present drivers in the overall final/ top 8 are not eligible for the main grade final.).
The finals will be 8x4min segmented races.
B3.1 A and B finals (Will be withdrawn if B3 fails)
The A final will be restricted to premier grade drivers, the B final will be restricted to "main grade" drivers , all other finals will be seeded in qualifying order whatever the drivers' grades.
NOTE It is still "win from any final", the champions will be the drivers who do
most laps even if they do it in the lower finals. "Main Grade" means all the grades
except premier, so for example clubman grade drivers are eligible.
Explanation for B3 and B3.1
When the change was made to segmented racing it was proposed as a fairer way to race as everyone would have more race time. While this is true it has also led to a bigger imbalance in track time between those who regularly get into the finals and those who usually don’t. The two finals also take a disproportionate amount of time to run as time has to be given to car preparation. Hence the proposal proposal is to run each class with 1 minute qualifying as we do now but instead of each heat being 8x 3mins we change to everyone having 8 x 4mins. This would reduce the running time by at least an hour per day. B3.1 gives the option to keep the integrity of the overall and main grade finals.
PART 4 -
"2.2 ii) Any finalist in the Overall National Championships in each open class in the last two years (with the current eight lane track, this means the top eight)"
To be replaced by
"2.2 ii) Any finalist in the Overall National Championships (and any driver who finishes in the top 8 overall where no final is run) in each open class in the last two years ."
B 4 -
At the 1/32 Nationals (Saloon, F1 and Sports/GT classes) the each driver will have 4 separate single lane qualifying races replacing the current 1 min qualifying and segmented heats.
Details of the new format
All drivers have 4 separate 3 min qualifying runs, best two to count for qualifying for finals, and for overall positions from 9th downward. Each driver will be allocated either lanes 1,3,5,7 or 2,4,6,8 for their 4 runs.
The finals remain unchanged -
This would take less time than the existing format. It allows each driver 4 chances to set qualifying times (at present they only have one chance). It would allow recovery from incidents of poor marshalling, car failure, catastrophic accidental damage and just simple bad runs.
B5 Nationals format -
At the 1/32 Nationals (Saloon, F1 and Sports/GT classes) the individual 1 minute qualifying runs will be deleted. The segmented heats will be seeded using the latest BSCRA driver rankings.
There is a difference of opinion over the merits of 1 min qualifying: some enjoy the experience others don't.
Removing the 1 min qualifying will shorten the running time for each class.
The seeding of heats uses past performance rather than the drivers speed with the car and track used on race day. This can be expected to increase the speed differential within heats.
Rule Change Proposals
Thanks to those who proposed rule changes. The proposals are now in the review process, and will be prepared for the members voting in August.
The deadline for the 2019 round of rule changes was 1st July 2019, so no further proposals can be accepted.
BSCRA Secretary, July 2019
Request for Proposals
BSCRA members are welcome to propose changes to BSCRA rules. The proposal need to be proposed and seconded by current BSCRA members. All proposals must be received by the BSCRA secretary (Chris Frost ) by 1st July 2019, although we strongly recommend you get any proposals in before the deadline.
The proposals will then be reviewed by the Competition Rules Committee / Council (in consultation with the proposer). BSCRA members will then vote on them and the decision will be published at the beginning of October. Any changes to car and track standards will come into force on 1st January 2020 unless agreed otherwise.
BSCRA Secretary, May 2019
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