Metro New York Porsche Club
Revised March, 2016
The mission and purpose of the Metro NY Porsche Club of America Autocross Program is to provide a structured environment in which to promote the education and improvement of driving skills in a safe and controlled environment. The Autocross Program is designed to teach each participant advanced car control technique, so that the participants can improve their driving abilities, better understand the handling and dynamics of their vehicle in a real world environment, and become better, safer drivers.
Each Autocross event is entirely a forward-motion, precision driving event, in which a car and driver are timed navigating a unique course laid out on a paved area and marked by road pylons (cones). Autocross is a competitive, educational and social event.
The competitive aspect involves negotiating the pre-designed course in the fastest time with the least amount of penalties (knocked over cones). The competitive aspect takes place on many levels: the driver against himself, striving to improve technique, skills and abilities; the driver against other drivers in his class for class awards and trophies; or against all drivers at the event for finish order and FTD trophy (Fastest Time of Day). The ultimate prize, however, is Autocrosser of the Year; the overall champion for the season.
The educational aspect involves learning the characteristics and dynamics of a car, its strengths, weaknesses and limitations and how it will respond to driver input in a variety of conditions as well as learning how to read, interpret and negotiate a course.
The social aspect involves getting to know the other drivers within the Zone 1, MetroNY PCA while sharing experiences, knowledge of the marque, the sport, and pleasure of Porsche ownership.
Roll bars are recommended for cabriolets, roll bar extensions for Boxsters.
Any questions? Please speak to the Chairman or any member of the Autocross Committee
As safety is our Number One concern,
All participants must arrive on time and register prior to the published close of registration.
NO CARS or DRIVERS WILL BE REGISTERED AFTER 9:00 AM
|7:45 – 8:30||Registration|
|8:15 – 9:00||Tech Inspection (put numbers on car and clean out loose items prior to tech). Drive to the tech inspection area. Cars that are not tech inspected or do not pass tech will NOT run.|
|8:30 – 8:45||Late Registration|
|9:15 – 9:30||Drivers Meeting (all drivers must attend)|
|9:30 – 9:45||Novice Drivers Meeting (all novice drivers must attend)|
|10:00||First Car Off (Running Order will be decided by coin toss.)|
|3:30 approx.||Trophy Ceremony|
All drivers are required to stay at the event for its duration. If you cannot stay for the entire event, please do not register to participate. If you must leave the site for any reason prior to the trophy ceremony, you must advise the Autocross Chairman before leaving.
Any conduct at an Autocross event considered by Metro NY Region PCA to be either unsafe or inconsistent with the spirit or purpose of the Metro NY Region PCA Autocross Program will not be permitted. The Metro NY Region PCA Officers, Board of Directors and the Autocross Chairman reserve the right to immediately suspend driving privileges or refuse entry to any participant that cannot abide by the rules whether stated herein or otherwise implied.
Any driver that cannot adhere to the rules will be disqualified and asked to leave.
Drag racing, speeding, or other inappropriate driving or behavior within the vicinity of the event will result in immediate disqualification and possible suspension.
The rules, guidelines and procedures are intended to promote safe and fair competition within the ideals of good sportsmanship and are based upon PCA Parade Competition Rules for 2007. It is each registrant’s responsibility to read and observe the rules. The attached rules are subject to revision at any time at the discretion of the Autocross Chairman. Revisions, if any, will be discussed at the drivers meeting.
Remember we are here to have fun, enjoy the day, and become better drivers.
GOOD LUCK and BE SAFE.
Points shall be awarded to all PCA members (except as noted below) as follows:
Points shall be awarded using a PAX system of scoring. A PAX value will be assigned to each car class and will be applied to a driver’s time resulting in a PAX time. Drivers will be ranked according to their PAX time and receive points as follow. All competing Porsche vehicles eligible for points with 1st place index car receiving 100 points using the following formula: ((Total # Porsche car – Porsche finishing ahead) / ( Total # Porsche car) * 100 )
Final point totals will be based on number of events for the season – 2 worst events (i.e. we ran 11 so we count 9). If you have only run the minimum number of events none will be dropped. If you have run more than the minimum, only your best events up to the total – 2 will be used to calculate your standing.
Events run in X-class will not be paxed, will not count toward the year-end runoff and will be counted as a dropped event.
Ties will not be broken. In the event of a tie, the drivers will be awarded equal points.
Class awards (trophies) shall be distributed by class as follows:
Awards will be presented to the top 3 places in each class assuming the class has a minimum of 4 cars. In a 3 car class awards will be presented to the first two drivers and in a 2 car class to the first place driver.
Additional awards shall be given for FTD (fastest time of the day) and Fastest Lady. The Fastest Lady Award shall be determined as an index (%) of time against best finisher in her class.
Novices will be classed based upon their car, but an award will be given for Best Novice of the Day which shall be determined as an index (%) of time against the best finisher in their respective class.
Autocrosser of the Year may be determined by a run-off, at the discretion of the Chairman and/or the Autocross Committee.
Showroom Stock Class:
Please note: Turbocharging or Supercharging bumps X01 to X02 or X02 to X03. Rotary engines multiply displacement by 2. (NA Rotary to X02 and Turbo Rotary to X03)
Improved Class: The improved category is for street vehicles with modifications beyond those allowed in the Production Category. The modifications are limited but much more liberal than those in the Showroom Stock or Production Categories.
Modified Class: The M classes shall also include factory racecars, GT cars and the like.
SS cars shall be bumped up within SS to make a class, if no SS class can be completed, the vehicle will be moved into the corresponding “P” Class and bumped from there.
The X classes shall serve as a guide, final X classes will be assigned by Tech at each event.
Rotary (Rtry), Supercharged/Turbocharged (S/Tchg) cars in X classes are bumped up.
All cars will be bumped up as many classes as required to make a complete class, min, two cars/class.
The bump progression shall be from SS to P, P to M (lower number class to higher).
Novices shall include all drivers that have participated in less than three autocrosses within three years and have not “trophied”.
Modifications to cars in SS Class
None Permitted: The vehicle shall be as delivered from the factory, including wheels and tires. Tires with a tread wear rating of less than 140 shall place a car into P class. Non-performance affecting cosmetic changes may be permitted at the discretion of the Autocross Chairman, Tech Chairman and the Autocross Committee.
Modifications to Cars In P, I and M Classes
Suspension: Aftermarket shocks, struts, bushings, sway bars, springs and torsion bars are allowed in P classes. However, stock mounting points are required. No machining. (P)Shock Absorbers: Any shock absorber may be used provided it has no more than a single adjustment.
Exhaust: The addition of a performance exhaust is permitted in P classes. However, all cars must pass noise restrictions for the event to compete. All Metro events are muffled events, the Chairman reserves the right to reject or disqualify any noisy vehicle.
Lightening: The removal, exchange or replacement of any part for the purpose of lightening a car will put a car into modified class. This includes the removal of rear passenger seats; however, the removal of the rear seats for the installation of a cage or roll bar will not be considered lightening. Improved class cars are allowed limited weight reduction, however, they need to retain all required road equipment in order to be street legal. Example: headlights, brake lights, passenger seat.
Wheels and Tires: All DOT approved tires are allowed in (P&I) Production & Improved classes, and must have tread visible at two spots 180 degrees apart at the end of an event. Tires with a tread wear rating below 200 will place a car into (I) improved class. Competition tires must have visible tread depth indicators. All non-DOT approved tires put a car into (M) modified class. At no time may a tire with visible belts showing be allowed to run in any class. Cars with rubbing tires will not be permitted to run during an event. Modifications beyond ‘rolling’ the fender lip to accommodate larger wheels and tires will put a car into modified class.
(Production) Increased Rim Width: Rim width may be increased up to 1.0” over the widest rim available from the factory.
(Production) Wheels: All wheels must be the same diameter as available from the factory for the model range of the automobile.
(Improved) Wheels: Any diameter wheel can be used. Wheel width may be increased up to 2.0” over the widest rim available from the factory.
Engines: Modifications between the exhaust manifold and airbox will place a car into improved. Increase of boost pressure via mechanical (spring or modification to turbo unit) or electronic (chip) methods will place a car into improved. Engine swaps are permitted in improved provided the engine and transmission installed are Porsche based.
Transmission/Differential: Modification to the gearing/gear ratios of the transmission and/or differential will place a car into improved class. Production class cars can run a limited slip differential provided it is a factory unit. Aftermarket LSD units place a car into improved.
Safety is the number one concern at all Metro Autocross events. Immediately report any unsafe condition or concern to the Autocross Chairman, Control or the Chief of Safety.
The addition of safety equipment including but not limited to roll bars, roll cages, fire extinguisher (2.5 lb min. ABC or BC type) with metal bracket mounted to a metal surface and accessible from belted seating position, seat belts/safety harnesses, harness guide bars, steering wheels, aftermarket seats are permitted and recommended.
All drivers and instructors must wear a helmet. Helmets must be Snell 2000 approved or newer (M or SA rated). SA rating is recommended. DOT rated helmets are not permitted. A limited number of loaner helmets are available for the day for a fee of $10 and driver’s licenses will be held as collateral for the loaner helmet during the event (the license will be returned when the helmet is returned). All drivers should invest in their own helmet.
Long sleeve shirts and long pants are suggested. Acceptable fabrics are natural fibers (cotton, wool, silk). Open toed shoes, sandals and bare feet are not permitted. Rubber soled shoes (sneakers, etc) are recommended. Driving shoes and gloves as well as fire resistant clothing is recommended but not required.
All cars must have metal-to-metal seat belts, securely anchored. All drivers and instructors must wear a seat belt or safety harness.
Windows and Sunroofs
Windows, Tops, Sunroofs and Targa Tops:
Windows (in coupes) – The driver can run with either of the windows either fully up or fully down.
Windows (open top cars) – All windows in open top cars, running with their tops down, must remain fully down. If the car is being driven with the top up or targa top on, then the driver’s window must be fully down and the passenger window can be fully up or fully down.
Sliding sunroofs may be fully open or fully closed. Sunroofs may NOT be in the tilted position. “Pop-out” sunroofs must be either closed and locked or removed from the car, they cannot be in the tilted position.
Targa tops may be installed and locked or removed (cannot be stored in vehicle). Convertibles may run with their tops fully up and locked or fully down and secured.
All doors shall remain unlocked.
Items in Car
Loose objects inside the trunk, passenger compartment and glove box must be removed from the car. Loose objects include your tools, tire inflator, radar detector, cell phone, EZ-pass, change, paper and wrappers, garbage, cups, floor mats, etc. Everything must be removed from your car.
Wheels and Tires
All DOT approved tires must have tread visible at two spots 180 degrees apart at the end of an event. Competition and Non-DOT tires must have visible tread depth indicators. At no time may a tire with visible belts showing be allowed to run in any class. All tire and wheel combinations must fit within the wheel wells without rubbing. Cars with rubbing tires will not be permitted to run during an event. Modifications beyond ‘rolling’ the fender lip to accommodate larger wheels and tires will put a car into modified class.
The spare tire must be securely fastened if left in place. If the OEM design does not allow it to be fastened securely, the spare tire may be removed without penalty. The battery must be securely fastened as well.
All cars are to be parked within the designated pit/paddock area, except for authorized vehicles used by control, safety, and the Autocross Committee.
There is no speeding in the pit/paddock area. Tire warming is not permitted.
Only participants, PCA members and their guests are permitted in the Pit/Paddock area.
An event may be postponed, delayed or ‘called’ due to inclement weather based upon the judgment of the MNY PCA Officers, Board, Autocross Chairman or Committee. Once an event is underway, if all cars have completed a run, placing will be awarded on best score based upon completed run groups. (If two runs have been competed by all cars and a run group has started their third run, the placing shall be determined based upon the first two runs only.)
If you are in doubt of the status of an event, please check the autocross section of the Metro PCA website www.metronypca.org for up to the minute details.
Cones, Pylons and Penalties – Each autocross event is run on a unique course laid out by cones and is designed with the safety of course workers, participants and their cars in mind.
Each cone and gate must be properly executed, to avoid penalty points. Each downed or standing out-of-the-box pylon (cone) shall count as a two (2) second penalty. All chalked cones count, including those before the start and after the finish/timing equipment. Helper and pointe cones are not subject to penalty. They are chalked for placement only. If you hit a cone or a cone at a gate you cannot be declared off course.
A course map, when provided shall indicate entrance and exit area, the general course layout, course boundaries and assigned work stations. The map is not drawn to scale.
Walking the Course
It is strongly recommended that all drivers familiarize themselves with the course by walking it prior to the drivers meeting. No wheeled or motorized devices are permitted on the course; this includes bicycles, roller blades, skateboards, ‘go-peds’ and the like.
A participant may only enter (1) one car per event; with a maximum of (2) drivers per car. Participants can only compete in (1) one car per event. Swapping or switching of cars or drivers is not permitted and will result in disqualification from the event.
The instructors for the day will be determined by the Autocross Chairman and provided for novices only. Instructors will be provided after 2 off courses or at the discretion of the Autocross Chairman. If you require an instructor please notify the grid worker. Control will assign an instructor to you for your next run. Instructors are permitted as passengers only. Instructors will not be provided during the participants first run.
Mandatory work assignments are allotted at registration to each driver. Work assignments include flagging, tech and registration. If you are unsure of your work assignment – please ask. You must complete your morning and afternoon work assignments to run. If you do not complete your work assignments you will be disqualified, (your runs will not count, and no points will be awarded.)
Any driver or participant that damages equipment (either accidentally or intentionally) shall be liable for the cost to repair or replace that item and compensate MNYPCA for the repair/replacement of that item.
Control, Radios and Flagging
Each flagging station will have a radio and red flag; a fire extinguisher will, at minimum, be located at control and the start line. Chairs, cameras and other distractions (to the course workers and drivers) are not permitted at flagging stations for safety reasons. Do not stand with your back to any car on the course.
It is the responsibility of the flaggers to maintain safe conditions on the course as well as the location and status of the cones for the purposes of scoring. We cannot have a good event without precise flagging. Please pay attention and be accurate with your calls. All cones shall be checked for placement, reset and re-chalked, if necessary, at each and every flagging change.
All communications shall be addressed through control. No cross communication between flagging stations. Please speak slowly and clearly into the ‘mic’. If a car hits a cone please notify control in the following manner: “Control, station 3, car 43, one cone” control will acknowledge “one cone, car 43, station 3.” If you do not know the car number, describe the car “black 914.”
The red flag indicates an emergency or an unsafe condition. If there is a dangerous situation on the course or you are directed by control to use the red flag, the red flag should be waived immediately. Do not put yourself in harms way when waiving the red flag at a car.
Each car shall have its official number clearly marked on the car. The number on the release waiver form signed at registration will determine the official number of the car for that event. Drivers should attempt to register to use the same number during the season; however no guarantee is made that ‘that’ number will be available at the time of registration. The number(s) shall be at minimum 6″ tall on both sides of the car, clearly visible and legible and in a contrasting color to vehicle. Magnetic or vinyl numbers are highly recommended. Use of impromptu tape should be avoided. Shoe polish or glass paint numbers are not permitted. Vinyl numbers on glass must be white to provide proper contrast. Two driver cars require two numbers; one odd and one even number should be selected.
The Autocross Chairman will determine the official number of timed runs for an event. The quantity of runs will vary depending upon number of cars, length, difficulty, and complexity of the course, weather conditions, etc.
Each run taken will count towards the total number of runs for the day. Runs not taken within your assigned run group will not be scored; they will be entered as DNF, but will count towards the total number of runs for the day. Please take your runs with your run group unless you are directed otherwise by control.
Use of reverse gear on course is prohibited and will result in a DNF.
No passengers are allowed at any time (due to the PCA insurance regulations) – except for pre-approved instructors – as a passenger only. Runs taken with an instructor will count towards the total number of runs for the day.
If a driver observes a cone out of the box, missing or knocked over by someone else, or if the driver was not at fault in hitting the cones, e.g., swerving to avoid collision with something/someone on the course, the driver should come to a safe, immediate and complete stop and indicate the problem to the course worker so as not to be charged with the penalty. Cones/penalties prior to the condition; however, will carry over. Follow the instructions of the course worker/control. You may be instructed to exit the course via the timing lights or to return directly to staging. The return to staging should be completed off course.
Penalties and Time Scores
All cone penalties for each run and its associated rerun(s) will be recorded and indicated as a “+” value in addition to the raw time score (+1, one cone; a two second penalty will be added to the raw time score, +2, two cones; a four second penalty will be added to the raw time score, etc.). The posted best-run score shall be a ‘corrected time’ including assessed time penalties.
If the Red Flag is waved while running, immediately come to a safe and complete stop. Follow the instructions of the course worker/control. Any driver that continues to run the course at speed, after the red flag has been waived, will be disqualified from the event.
Re-runs may be granted by control for a variety of reasons including but not limited to: timing malfunctions, unsafe conditions, red flags, misplaced cone, etc. Re-runs for timed runs must be made as soon as practical, but no later than the first part of the run time for the following group. Re-runs must be separated by at least 10 cars.
The final cone penalty assigned to a re-run will be the number of cones assessed on the initial run plus those incurred on the re-run.
The cars will be split into two run groups – one for odd #’d cars and the other for even #’d cars. The run group shall determine your work assignment and driving time order. (While one run group works, the other run group will run). The run groups may be further split by high/low numbers in order to accommodate larger turnouts. The run group order will be determined by a coin toss at the drivers meeting.
In the interest of fairness to all drivers, hot laps are not permitted. See re-runs for additional information. All drivers are to follow the directions of the grid workers. All attempts should be made to follow the grid. No car should start its next numerical run before the entire run group has completed its run.
An off course or DNF (did not finish) will be entered as a score if a gate/cone is missed or if all four wheels leave the course. A spin on course does not constitute a DNF if no gates have been missed and the car has not left the course boundaries.
A DNS (did not start) will be entered for any run not started. A driver may elect not to take all of the runs for the day.
The timing device will be automatically started and stopped by a competing vehicle. In the event of a major malfunction of the timing system, please refer to the ‘Inclement Weather’ section.
Times recorded per the timing equipment and will be considered as official time, unless protested. In the event of a timing problem, the competing car will be waived off course (red flagged) and given a re-run.
All protests must be presented in writing to the Chairman within 20 minutes of the last run or prior to the awards ceremony (whichever occurs first). Decision of the Chairman is final. The decision need not be made at the event.
Any driver that previews the course either as a passenger or driver on the day of an event will be disqualified; no score or points will be given. A driver at the direction of the Chairman, Autocross Committee or Control for the purpose of addressing course layout and safety may preview the course.
Exhibition Runs and Fun Runs
Exhibition or fun runs will not be permitted until the official completion of an event and will only be permitted at the discretion of the Chairman. The Chairman and/or Autocross Committee reserve the right to charge an additional fee per run for fun and exhibition runs.
It is each driver’s responsibility to read, understand and observe the rules. Any conduct at an Autocross event considered by Metro NY PCA Region to be either unsafe or inconsistent with the spirit or purpose of the Autocross Program will not be permitted. We operate under a zero tolerance policy.
The Metro NY PCA Autocross Chairman and Committee reserves the right to immediately suspend driving privileges or refuse entry to any participant that cannot abide by the rules whether stated herein or otherwise implied. A serious infraction or multiple disqualifications may result in a driver being suspended from participating in multiple events, the remaining season, or a longer duration to be determined by the Autocross Chairman and Committee and/or the MNYPCA Board. All decisions are final.
In the event of a disqualification, no points or trophies will be awarded. No refund of entry fee will be given.
IF YOU ARE UNSURE OF ANY RULE OR PROCEEDURE OR DO NOT UNDERSTAND ITS INTENT OR PURPOSE, DO NOT HESITATE TO ASK THE CHAIRMAN FOR EXPLANATION OR CLARIFICATION.
AUTOCROSSER OF THE YEAR RUN-OFF
The Metro New York Autocrosser of the Year may be determined by a run-off. The top ten finishers, by points accrued at MNYPCA autocross events, including the Zone 1 Autocross, shall qualify.
All participants shall drive the same vehicle for the run-off.
All participants shall preview (inspect) the vehicle during the normal Tech period, and make adjustments to tire pressures only during this period. No adjustments (other than within the passenger compartment) shall be made after the second run has begun.
Driver order shall be determined by a random pick. The top point’s finisher shall select first, the second next, etc.
All runs shall be taken in a ‘round robin’ manner, (1) one run per driver, alternating drivers per the order selected above.
In the event of a mechanical or other failure or for any reason or at the discretion of the Autocross chairman or the MNYPCA Board, the last complete set of runs will count towards scoring.
If two run-off cars are utilized, the final score shall be a combined total of the best run in each vehicle.