2023 RS1 SERIES RULES
Each driver must practice, qualify, and race on the same four tires they start with. In the event of a flat, the faulty tire will be exchanged with a used tire.
If necessary due to weather or other considerations, the qualifying and practice sessions may be combined. If this situation occurs, the best time recorded by each driver will be used to set the field for race one. The field inversion will still take place.
Practice times will be utilized to establish qualifying order: fastest at the front on road course, fastest goes last on oval. Descending order prevails in both instances.
All drivers must record a qualifying lap time. If no time is recorded, racers will be permitted to start at the rear of the field. The inversion will take place and points WILL be awarded for qualifying.
Once qualifying begins, if a driver incurs a flat tire the driver will receive a good used, emergency tire as a replacement. No exceptions.
The field for race one will be set by qualifying order with an inversion. For road courses, drivers three seconds or less from the best time will be inverted. Example, if the top five drivers are within three seconds, they will be inverted. For oval tracks, those inverted will be one half second or less from fastest time.
For race number two, drivers will start in the order they finished race one.
Races and re-starts will start with pole sitter on drivers left. Pole car will maintain pace car speed until given the green flag from the starter. Drivers must maintain position until after the Start/Finish on initial start of race. Passing prior to the Start/Finish line is allowed on restarts BUT drivers must maintain formation until the starter throws the green flag. No passing on the inside (drivers left) of Turn 1 on the initial start on an oval. Contraventions to the above rules will be assessed a stop and go penalty at the discretion of the Competition Director.
The RS1 Cup Series will run two, 12-lap races. Challenge Series will run two, 8 lap races on the road courses.
Oval races will combine drivers from both Championships in the same race. Events will be two 100-lap races.
Any race that reaches half distance and must be stopped due to weather or other issue where the race cannot continue will be deemed complete and full championship points awarded.
Drivers are to be buckled in, window nets up and ready to race five minutes before the command to fire engines is to be given. Drivers not in lineup by time to roll will be moved to the rear of the field. Drivers not in line-up due to mechanical issues but joining the field prior to the lights going out on the pace car, may be awarded their starting position at the discretion of the Competition Director.
Caution laps will not be counted, and all restarts will be a double file restart.
There will be an unlimited number of attempts at a green, white checkered finish. The Races will always finish under green unless a time limit for the race is in effect, then it may finish under caution.
The lead lap cars will be restarted in running order and the lapped cars will be restarted in race order at the back of the pack.
Free Pass: In the event of a caution the first car that is one lap down will be given the free pass and return to the lead lap. However, if the “free pass car” is deemed responsible for the caution there will be no free pass awarded.
The free pass car will stay in formation until they are given the go ahead, they will then pass the field on the OUTSIDE and join the back of the field.
If a driver is deemed responsible for causing two caution periods in one race, the Race Director may deem that driver finished for the balance of that race.
The top five qualifiers will be awarded bonus points starting at 5 for the top spot and descending 4, 3, 2, 1.
Championship points will be awarded to each race participant, starting at 30 for the race winner and descending one point for each position that follows. Full points breakout below.
The Challenge Series point structure and procedures are the same as the Cup Series.
To determine the final championship standings the top eight finishes of the ten-race season will be used for each driver.
Each racecar will be delivered to the track at the start of every event with identical baseline set ups at the shop before delivery to the track. Through testing, the Avion team has determined an optimal, neutral set up for the RS1 cars and will use this for all racecars.
The ONLY adjustments that will be permitted at the track are as follows:
Panhard bar adjustment, right side only.
Wing angle, any desired amount of wing may be used within the adjustment range.
Tire air pressure. Drivers are permitted to check pressures & adjust stagger, the Avion crew will assist if desired. Changes however are not recommended.
Pressures will be set for optimal performance at the track where the event is taking place.
Brake bias, front to rear.
Ride height will ONLY be adjusted if the racecar is contacting the track. This adjustment must first be approved and then is only to be performed by an Avion team member
ANY driver or team member raising a hood, lifting a deck lid or attempting to make any changes without the supervision of an Avion team member will start at the rear of the field.
ALL drivers must run the cool box system with ice & water prepared by an Avion team member. No exceptions.
ALL drivers must have an operational radio to receive directions from Race Control. Drivers must confirm their radio is in good working order prior to each race.
CAR/DRIVER WEIGHT RULES
In the spirit of competing with identically prepared cars and ensuring parity, a new weight rule will be implemented for the Cup Series for 2023. All drivers will be weighed prior to the first event to register a nominal weight. This weight will reflect the driver’s weight as suited up, ready for competition with all applicable safety gear including suit, shoes, helmet, HANS and gloves. Any driver weighing less than 200 pounds will be required to add lead ballast to their respective car so that the driver’s weight plus the added lead will be no less than 200 pounds. Ballast will be supplied in lead bars with the smallest increment being 5 pounds. For example, a driver weighing 172 pounds will be required to carry 30 pounds of ballast, a driver weighing 177 pounds would require 25 pounds. All ballast will be mounted on the floor pan, to the left of the driver’s seat, inside the cockpit. The installation method and location will be identical in each car and will be completed by the Avion team. Each ballast piece will be marked with the applicable weight as well as each incremental bar will be identical to other bars of the same nominal weight. Drivers at or over the 200-pound limit will be exempt from the ballast requirement.