Chas Keeling Trophy (Petit le Mans)
2nd January 2017
All future runs of this event will be known as the Chas Keeling Trophy in memory of our late Chairman, Chas Keeling who passed away on 1st June 2016. Chas is much missed by the club and we hope that running this event will be a fitting memorial to him.
Any 1/24th Chassis currently approved for BSCRA production racing. Modifications to the chassis are allowed in accordance with BSCRA rules. In addition, brackets may be fitted to facilitate mounting of headlights and tail lights. As an alternative to brackets, the lights may be fitted directly to the body shell. The motor bracket on the chassis may be modified as per BSCRA regulations only. Quick release motor mounts are not permitted.
Falcon as allowed in BSCRA Novice Production or JK Hawk 6 motor only. On JK Hawk 6 motors, the standard (Chinese) armature, the standard magnets, bush bearings and standard end bell must be used. The motor in the chassis will be marked during technical inspection and two spares (if using a Falcon) or 1 spare (if using a Hawk) may be lodged with race control prior to the start of the race. The spare motors will also be marked. The motors may be fixed in place with screws and/or soldering. The brushes may be shunted on Hawk motors, but no modifications of any kind are allowed on Falcon motors.
Any Le Mans prototype bodies that raced in 1972 or earlier are permitted. They must be of reasonable scale appearance and painted in realistic colour schemes. Two identically painted spare bodies which will be marked prior to the start of the race may be used. The racing numbers do not need to match. No further bodies may be used in the race.
There will be a free choice of pitch, material and ratio.
Lightweight rubber fronts are permitted as per BSL and Falcon Pro regulations. Front axles (if used) must be mounted in their original position and be one piece. Cars may also use 2 dimensional wheels mounted on the body as per BSCRA regulations
All cars must start the night section of the race with the lighting units fitted and working. The lighting units are a free choice, but must consist of a minimum of 2 white or yellow headlights and 2 red tail lights. It is recommended that the lights remain on after the car de-slots as this will help the marshals to replace the car in the slot. During the sections run in the dark, at least 1 headlight and 1 tail light must be working at all times. Any car not complying with this requirement must be repaired in race time.
Free choice. Cars must have 0.5mm clearance on entry to the track. Any car thought to be running low at any point in the race will be checked by race control with the track power turned off. If remedial action is required, the track power will be switched back on and repairs carried out in race/change time.
There will be a minimum of three and a maximum of four drivers per team. Drivers must drive for at least 2 sections in the light and 2 sections in the dark. Drivers will run for the whole of their segment. Changing of drivers during the segment is not permitted.
The race will start at 1:30pm. There will be 16 segments with 2 minute for the lane change. Cars may be worked on during the lane changes. The length of the segments will vary depending on the number of entries. There will be a 10 minute intermission between segments 8 and 9 to allow the fitting of lights. The house lights will be switched off for segments 9 to 16 inclusive. During segments 9 to 16 inclusive, any car not displaying 1 front light and 1 rear light will be removed from the track and fixed during race time. Lane rotation sequence is as follows, Red to Green, Green to Yellow, Yellow to Blue and Blue to Red. If more than 4 teams are entered, the segment length will be reduced to get a race finish time of around 7:30pm. During the section(s) when teams are sitting out, no work can take place on the car and the car will be placed in parc ferme. Work can only be carried out during lane changes and race time.
Each team will provide 2 marshals at all times during the race. This will allow 1 team member to rest at all times. There will be no track calls during the race unless a car cannot be retrieved by the marshal or is thought to be running on the wrong lane during the night sections, this will allow race control to remain unmanned for the duration of racing. BSCRA Driver conduct rules will apply at all times. Teams will be responsible for providing lighting in their own pit area. This should give adequate light to work on the car, but not dazzle drivers racing in darkness. Teams are responsible for providing torches for their marshals. It is recommended that marshals use a head torch set to minimum illumination. This should enable them to see enough to marshal the track but should not flood the circuit with light.
Cars may be removed from the track at any point on the lap, however, they may only be replaced on the straight section between the start line and first corner. (After the start line)