Crew Guide

You do wish to participate in the 8th Czech New Energies Rallye 2019 and don’t know how the competition will be going and what is expecting you? We have prepared the following glossary for you in which we try to explain the most important things in a simple way.

The information below serves only to better understand the course of the competition. In no event shall it replace the full text of the FIA International Sporting Code, Sporting and Technical Regulations for the E-Rally Regularity Cup and the E-Rally Energy Consumption Cup, the Standard Regulations for Rally AS ACR nor Supplementary Regulations of the competition. All these documents can be found in the REGULATIONS section.

REGULARITY RALLY

Principle

The principle of regularity rally is maintaining the exact speed average specified by the organizers on the route of the measured tests, the so-called regularity stages (RS). It is not important who is the quickest in the given section. Czech New Energies Rallye runs on roads open for public traffic without closures, with the exception of the spectators stage at the České Budějovice Exhibition Grounds (Výstaviště). The crew’s duty is to comply with all road traffic rules – the average speed on the RS track will never exceed a maximum of 50 km/h.

Scoring

There is a number of places on the track of all RS unknown to crews where secret (invisible) time measurements take place. The timing points are not located in municipalities marked with a traffic sign nor at least 500 meters after them. This is to avoid the need for the crews to catch up their time losses inside inhabited localities. The key to determining the order after passing the finish of the stage is the sum of the penalty points obtained. A deviation of 1 tenth of a second from the ideal time at each timing point (stage finish needn’t be measured) means a penalty of 1 penalty point. The crew with the least points in total, including any other possible penalties, becomes winner.

From 2019, consumption will also be newly measured in the Czech New Energies Rallye, namely during the whole second leg and the first section of the third leg. When calculating the index establishing the final ranking within the FIA E-Rally Energy Consumption Cup, the nominal theoretical capacity of the car battery, the amount of electricity drawn and penalties.

Timing

The official time of the competition is astronomical time available online at www.time.is. We recommend the crews have their time synchronized on their devices in their own interest. Time measurements on regularity stages take place in each competition vehicle with two special GPS units from the Spanish company ANUBE Sport (www.anube.es), located in the lower right corner of the windscreen and rear window.

COURSE OF THE COMPETITION

Time Control

Each crew must strictly respect the time schedule during the competition. The time shall be written into the Time Card by the timekeeper at the time control (TC). Each TC has its area visibly delimited by panels – its beginning is indicated by a yellow sign and the end by three transverse stripes. The crew may enter the control area within one minute preceding its ideal time. For example, if the ideal time of arrival at TC is 11:34, the crew may enter the zone not earlier than 11:33:00 and submit the Time Card to the timekeeper between 11:34:00 and 11:34:59. Early and late arrivals are penalized, the maximum delay at a time control is 30 minutes.

Road section

A section of the route of the competition between time controls that is not used for regularity stages or Parc Fermé. The average speed for a given section shown in the header of each page of the Road Book is only informative. It is calculated based on the total distance and time that the crew can use for this section. Maintaining the average speed is monitored and scored only on the track of a RS!

Stage start

Crews start into regularity stages in the order they arrive at START post, marked with a clearly visible panel with a black flag in a red field. The start procedure in the Czech New Energies Rallye will be unmanned in 2019 – without a timekeeper and clock. The crew may start to the stage at any time at their own discretion, however it must always be a full minute by the official competition time!

Example: The first crew arrives at START post at 8:43:50. As there is only ten seconds left till the whole minute, they decide to wait until the next minute for start, that is at 8:45:00. As soon as it runs at least 100 meters on the track, it is a signal for the GPS units to continue the time measurement. Warning! Time is not measured from the moment the vehicle is set to motion, but always from the beginning of the minute, that is of the aforementioned start time at 8:45:00. So when the crew starts to the timed stage at 8:45:02 and continues to drive, they have to reckon with the timer running from zero (i.e. the whole minute). In the meantime other crews arrived to start who must not delay their start times unnecessarily and start at one minute intervals, i.e. at 8:46:00, 8:47:00, 8:48:00, etc.

Regularity stage

Different speed averages are set for individual RSs and they can change several times during the stage. Exact places where the average speed changes are indicated in the Time Card. The average speed is set according to the nature of the stage or other local conditions. Crews can use measuring equipment installed in the vehicle to measure their average speed, any mobile applications (e.g. Rabbit Rally – Android, iOS; or Rally Tripmeter – Android, iOS), or choose any calculation system of their own.

The system of measuring and calculating ideal time on the RS route is explained in the following diagram and an itinerary example:

 

 

Parc Fermé

Crews of electric vehicles registered for the FIA Championship must observe the Parc Fermé rules during the competition. The designated area is guarded by the organizer and the crew must place their vehicle there according to the itinerary and the time schedule at the end of each leg or during it. Parc fermé (PF), in the vast majority of cases, is the place where electric cars are being charged. Repairs and other car work unrelated to charging are not permitted. The crew is allowed to enter the PF by the timekeeper not sooner than 15 minutes before the time of leaving for the track (ideal time at time control), the crew shall leave the PF area within 15 minutes after arrival.

Charging of electric vehicles

During the competition crews may charge their electric cars only at the places designated by the organizer. Within the frame of the 8th Czech New Energies Rallye 2019, it is always in a Parc Fermé after scrutineering before the official start of the competition in Tábor and in Rainbach im Mühlkreis in Austria, between individual legs (overnight) and also after the initial sections of the second and third legs.

The only exception is the first leg where the crews may charge on public fast chargers (usually 50 kW) anywhere on the route from start points to TC 2 in České Budějovice, however only there where they are allowed to deviate from the prescribed itinerary – on the territory of Písek and České Budějovice. We ask all crews to take the utmost account of other competitors and only charge as much energy as they will need (of course, with a reserve) to tackle the rest of the leg. Otherwise, their behaviour can be considered unsportsmanlike.

Calibration road section

Part of the route of the first leg, where the crews can set their devices prior to starting to the RS 1 to measure the distance travelled according to the reference value measured by the organizer. The organizer processes the whole competition itinerary with maximum precision following the values obtained from the calibration section. After the finish of the marked section the crews are allowed to return to the start and check the set calibration values.

0,000 – 5,012 km


The author of the Crew Guide for participants in Czech New Energies Rallye is the Clerk of the Course, Pavel Kacerovský.

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