Starts – The New Ruling

How a race is started is always a cause for debate. Thanks to Guy Parker of the BSCDA. We are happy to give you the race fans the official 2012 ruling on ‘Starts’

Following the formation of the grid and on the instruction of the start marshal, drivers shall drive a preliminary rolling start keeping abreast of any car alongside them and remaining in their allocated grid position.

During the preliminary rolling lap the traffic lights or beacon will show flashing yellow. The start marshal will show a static yellow flag, covering the green flag.

The pole position driver at the front of the grid is responsible for setting the constant speed of the preliminary lap. This should not exceed 5mph (active walking pace).

The pole position driver in each grade is responsible for ensuring that the gap stays at four cars between their car and the car(s) in front and remain at the same distance during the preliminary rolling lap as established at the grid formation.

All officials and other individuals must be clear of the track and in a safe area once the lead car enters the third bend on the preliminary rolling lap.

The race will be deemed to have started when the Green flag is waved by the start marshal either from a rostrum located outside of the safety fence or from an official pace car.

The start marshal shall wave the Green flag at any time after the lead car exits the fourth bend – as marked by either a white painted line across the track OR a brightly coloured marker tyre OR cone to highlight the start position on the exit of turn four.

On the introduction of the green flag the traffic lights or beacon will be changed to indicate green.

Any driver from any grade accelerating too fast during the preliminary rolling lap will be penalised two places by the meeting steward. Drivers will also be penalised for ‘hanging back’ on starts or overtaking other cars before the lead car reaches the starting point and the green flag is dropped.

The start marshal will not start a race if any car has stalled during the preliminary rolling lap.

The race is deemed to have commenced when the start marshal waves the green flag.

Once the green flag has been waved drivers are permitted to accelerate to full racing speed.

Once the green flag has been waved all cars on the grid are deemed to have competed in that race.

Lap scoring will commence once the lead car completes one full lap.

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