Here we present the rule book of the OWRL. All drivers must have read and accept these rules before competing in any OWRL event. It also serves a guide to which penalties you can expect for certain infringements. But if you drive clean and fair, there is nothing to worry about. For more information on the OWRL and the procedure of the events, please look here.
1. Rule book
The rules here come into effect without any exception at all events, organized by the Open Wheel Racing League (OWRL). Special rules may be added for single events as addition to this rule book. These will be announced at the news and the server info for that event.
2. On-track behavior
All drivers in the OWRL are expected to drive fair. No race will be won in the first corner. Contact with other cars should be avoided at all times. This includes using bumpdrafting to gain speed.
3. Start crashes
In the case of a crash in the first three laps of the event, the OWRL marshals will review the incident and penalize the drivers that caused the incident. Div A/B-incidents will be reviewed after the race. The penalty for causing an incident is a drive through in the next applicable race. OWRL F1-incidents will be reviewed during the race. Drivers causing an incident will receive a drive through in the same race.
3.1 Shift P
Drivers are not allowed to go to the pit or in spectator mode and then return to the track during a race. In qualifying a driver can do this as often as he likes.
The only exception to this rule is in lap 1 of Div A and B races. During this first lap, drivers are allowed to pit and return to the track.
At any other point and during OWRL F1 races, drivers who pit and then return to the track will be disqualified.
4. Yellow flags
LFS has a yellow flag system that all drivers should respect. A driver receiving a yellow flag should be prepared to encounter a crash scene and/or slow cars, and should be ready to slow down if necessary. Overtaking is forbidden during a yellow flag.
Drivers involved in the crash need to move away from the scene as soon and as safe as possible. Slow cars returning to the pits should stay away from the racing line and try not to hinder other cars.
Investigation will only be made after a complaint (see §10). The penalty for not following this rule is a 20 second penalty, added to the finishing time.
Any overtaking attempt should be well prepared, so that in a fight with another driver no unnecessary dangers occur. The driver who is in front entering the corner has the right for that corner. If the driver trying to overtake is fully alongside, the driver who first was ahead has the right for that corner. However, the line on which the other driver is on should be respected and drivers should leave each other enough room to drive side by side through the corner when necessary. Contact should be avoided at all times. Drivers are allowed to defend their position, but may only make one move away from the racing line. Weaving will be penalized. No advantage should be gained by cutting the corner. Two tires should be on track at all times.
Investigation will only be made after a complaint (see §10). The penalty for not following this rule depends on the severity of the incident, and can range from a time penalty up until disqualification. (see §13)
5.1 Blue Flag
In case you get overlapped, you have to let pass the leading drivers without hindering them. This must be done within 3 turns under attention to the track layout. Even the leading drivers has to pay attention, that they don't ruin the race of the slower drivers due risky manouvers.
Investigation will only be made after a complaint (see §10). The penalty for not following this rule is a drive through penalty.
6. Behavior at pit entry and exit
Drivers entering or exiting the pits are not allowed to cross the pit entry/exit line. We have exceptions for some tracks. This will be announced at the news and server info whenever we use such a track. Drivers that are on track can only cross the pit exit line if no driver is leaving the pits.
Investigation will only be made after a complaint (see §10). The penalty for not following this rule is a 10 seconds penalty, added to the finishing time.
7. Drive Through and Stop & Go
A driver receiving a drive through or a stop & go penalty must serve his penalty within three laps from receiving the penalty. Not following this rule will result in disqualification.
Chatting is forbidden during both qualifying and the race, from start to end. The server admin will announce when the chat is closed and opened again by stating “chat closed” and “chat open.” Chatting will only be opened, when the final driver on track has finished qualifying / and race. Any chatting in between will be penalized.
The penalty for chatting is 5 seconds per line.
If a driver uses swear words or threatens another driver, he will receive a 1 race ban or more depending on the severity of the insult.
Cheats and hacks are forbidden.
The penalty for using a cheat or a hack is a loss of the start license and a ban from all OWRL servers.
A driver can file a complaint about any other driver to the OWRL marshals. Only complaints handed before 48 hours after the finish of a race will be handled. A complaint can be filed by posting in the public marshal forum or mailing to -email-, clearly stating: - Division and Server - Involved drivers - Session (qualifying or sprint/main race) - Lap - Description of the incident. If a complaint is too unclear it will not be investigated.
Complaints sent in by mail will be made anonymously. Drivers involved always have the chance to reply.
All drivers that are signed up for an event are expected to participate in that event. Based on the number of signups, the OWRL has to arrange the servers and assign all drivers on those servers based on speed. Drivers that find out they are not able to drive should deregister themselves from the event. If a driver learns he can't participate after the signup deadline, he is requested to send a Private message to one of the admins.
The following rules apply:
We calculate the no show rate as: % no shows = (number of races signed up, but not participated / number of races signed up) X 100
We keep track of it per season. In a new season, the rate will be reset
In a season, we start looking at the no shows after 2 races. Anyone missing more than 50% of the races (so 2 out of 2 or 2 out 3, but not 1 out of 2 of 2 out of 4) first gets a warning for the no shows.
If a driver that has a warning again has a no show, he will receive a 2 race ban for all non OWRL F1-races. The exception to this rule is when his rate of no shows meanwhile has dropped below 50%.
12. Race Marshals
Penalties imposed during or after an event are final and will not be reconsidered.
The final verdict will be posted in the public marshal forum and, in case of a penalty being handed out, mailed to the driver receiving the penalty.
13. Possible penalties
The marshals can give the following penalties:
Causing an incident with 1-2 positions loss to the opponent: 10 seconds
Causing an incident with 3-5 positions loss to the opponent: 20 seconds
Causing an incident with more than 5 positions loss to the opponent: 30 seconds
Causing an incident, opponent has to make a pit stop: 45 seconds
Causing an incident, opponent has to end his race: 60 seconds
Stop and go
Loss of OWRL license.
Penalties can also be combined.
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