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 rule changes.  
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 1
st January 2020.


VOTING WEB SITE


A  PROPSALS ON CAR STADARDS

A1 - Guide Blade length

The maximum length of the guide flag shall be increased to 28.5mm


Explanation.

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 - " The maximum permitted guide blade length is 25mm" shall be replaced by "The maximum permitted guide blade length is 28.5mm"

A2  - Permitted 1/32 Saloon Motors

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


Explanation

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"


Viper V506-2 and V506-2L

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."


A3 - 1/24 Saloon lower bodywork height

The  lower rear bodywork limit shall be reduced to 12.7mm.


Explanation

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"


A4 - Approval of JK Hawk 7

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.


Explanation

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

list


Part 3 section E3.1.1 under  "Falcon/Hawk Powered Cars - Permitted Motors"   JK Hawk 7 shall be added to the list


A5 - Membership Numbers on 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.


Explanation

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.

Handbook

"E4.1.2 No mixing of manufacturers' parts is allowed"
to be changed to

"E4.1.2  Mixing of manufacturers' parts is allowed"


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B Proposals on the National Championships
     
- for Membership Voting

B1 - Clubman Saloon replaced by F2

The National Clubman Saloon Championship shall be replaced by a National Clubman F2 Championship.


Handbook amendment


 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 - INTRO 32 (BSCRA INTRO 32 Class) and F2 (BSCRA class 1A) "


B2 - Open entry for 1/32 Nationals

The 1/32 Nationals will be open entry for UK based BSCRA members.

Explanation

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 .


Handbook amendment

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.




Handbook amendment

PART 4   - the rules about who is in premier grade:-

"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 - Nationals format - 4 individual qualifying races
(note if B3 is passed this proposal will be withdrawn)

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.

Finals

The finals remain unchanged - 8 lane segmented overall and main grade finals.

Explanation

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 - removal of 1 min qualifying
(note if B3 or B4 are passed this proposal will be withdrawn)

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.

Explanation

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.

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------------------Earlier Postings------------------

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.

Chris Frost

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.   


Chris Frost

BSCRA Secretary, May 2019





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