RULES

Digital-Motorsports.com iRacing series is a professional esports league that offers the highest standards and quality environment for our all of our drivers to produce fantastic racing, full of breathtaking moments for the fans. To make sure, that everything runs smoothly, there must be certain rules in place. These rules are not here to bind participants down but to ensure ‘fair-play’ standards.

G1. General Digital Motorsport Championship Requirements:

1.1 To compete in the championship you will need an iRacing account with a grade D Licence or above.
1.2 For Pro-Am class you need a minimum of a D licence or a competition licence.
1.3 For Pro class you need a minimum of a C licence or a competition licence.
1.4 Oval Races will not a minimum licence.
1.5 The car used will be announced online a week before each championship opens for registration.
1.6 The set-up will be fixed and will be released via Discord on the iRacing set-ups channel 5 days before each race.
1.7 You will need a stable broadband connection of at least 20mbs and a constant ping to the iRacing server of no less than 500ms.
1.8 Every driver must know these rules, ignorance is no excuse!
1.9 All participants must be at least 16 years old or submit a parental approval form which can be requested.

2. Digital Drivers Championship:

2.1 The Championship will consist of a set number of rounds with point scoring races
2.2 All drivers must cover 60% of the leaders driven distance to be classified in the official results.
2.3 Points will be awarded according to finishing position per official results.
2.4 Points will be awarded for heat and feature races (if applicable).
2.5 Each Driver will drop their lowest full round score of the first five rounds.
2.6 Drivers must count their score in the final round.
2.7 Classified finishers will score points for each race as below.
2.8 Drivers have to use their own iRacing accounts, under their real names and be active subscribers.
2.9 Organisers reserve the right to amend the rules at any time and without prior notification.

3. Pure Driving Championship:

3.1 This Championship will be awarded to the drivers across the entire season that have the lowest number of incidents recorded against them.
If any drivers have the same score at the end of the championship then driver with the most championship points will be awarded the place.


4. Prizes:

4.1 Prizes will be allocated per championship


5. Calendar & Event Format:

5.1 A full race calendar will be published for each championship

5.2 Championship Races will be run on Wednesday nights with a start time of 7pm for practice and racing starting between 8:00-8:30pm

5.3 Drivers must achieve a qualifying lap within 107% of the class leader to be allowed to make a grid start.

5.4 A driver who fails to meet the 107% time may submit an appeal to Race Control.

5.5 A driver who fails to meet the 107% time and is not allowed by Race Control to make a grid start may be requested to make a pit lane start and at the discretion of Race Control be required to undertake additional practice before racing.

5.6 Drivers Must be on the Discord iRacing Voice Channel for drivers briefing as the information communicated in the Drivers Briefing is key to the smooth running of online events. Any driver who fails to not attend Drivers briefing can be removed from the race by race control. Screenshots will be taken of the discord channel when the drivers briefing takes place.


6. Start / finish Procedure:

6.1 The iRacing Championship series will use a grid and standing starts. Race Control has the right to change this to a rolling start if it is deemed necessary.

6.2 Drivers line up on the grid in order of how they qualified. The grid is set by iRacing.

6.3 There are only two applicable grid penalties – starting from the back or the pitlane.

6.4 Gridding is always set to 2 minutes.  Drivers should move to the grid with 30 to 20 seconds remaining.

6.5 Any technical problems (hardware and software) are considered as force majeure and it does not force the organisers to restart the race.

6.6 After the race drivers have to stay on the server at least until all the drivers finish the race.


.6.7 Starting Oval Races

6.7.1 Drivers shall not pass cars in their own pacing line on the left-hand side before the start/finish line. Drivers attempting to improve their position by passing on the left hand side before the start/finish line will be given a black flag Stop-and-Go penalty by Race Control. The leader of the second pace line may not pass the leader of the first pace line (pole position) before the start/finish line. Doing so will result in a black flag Stop-and-Go penalty.


7. Race Control:

7.1 Organisers also serve as a “Race Control” who are responsible for the general conduct of the event in accordance with the regulations. The authority of Race Control shall be final subject to the right of Appeal to the Appeal Judge.

Race control will:
7.2 Ensure that each driver/car is properly identified and eligible to take part in the event.

7.3 Ensure that Drivers have properly qualified for the race.

7.4 Collect reports from the Commentary Team concerning race incidents and take the appropriate actions. Drivers may submit reports of Race incidents for review, which must be submitted within 24 hours of the finish of the race ending.

7.5 At his/her discretion enquire into allegations of improper driving and take appropriate action.

7.6 Impose penalties as outlined below in points 10.1 to 10.7

7.7 Report to the nominated Appeal Judge the penalties imposed.

7.8 Declare the final results of the Heat and Feature race together with any penalties imposed.


8. Driving Standards:

8.1 A driver must at all times drive in a manner compatible with general safety. Drivers are expected to behave in a manner respectful of fellow drivers and the series. Any misbehavior may be subject to penalty, a suspension or the driver being banned from competing.

8.2 Incidents resulting in contact may be the responsibility of any driver involved and may incur penalties.

8.3 Overtaking, according to the circumstances, may be carried out on either the right or the left. A driver may not leave the track without justifiable reason. More than one change of direction to defend a position is not permitted. Any driver moving back towards the normal racing line having earlier defended his position off-line, should leave at least one car width between his own car and the edge of the track on the approach to the corner. Any manoeuvres liable to hinder other drivers are strictly prohibited.

8.4 Careless or dangerous overtaking is going to be penalised. As a rough guide the following circumstances may arise.

- If the overtaking driver is more than halfway past the defender between the start of the braking zone and the corner apex , A collision at the apex is entirely the fault of the defender. Both drivers must leave at least one car width between his own car and the edge of the track when exiting the corner.

- If the overtaking driver has only the front wheel of his car alongside the defender’s rear wheel between the start of the braking zone and the corner apex, A collision at the apex is entirely the fault of the attacker. Both drivers must leave at least one car width between his own car and the edge of the track when exiting the corner.

- If the overtaking driver is the attacker’s front axle is ahead of the defender’s rear axle and the two cars are approximately halfway alongside the defender both drivers must give each other racing room. If a collision occurs in this scenario a racing incident should be submitted to race control for review. Both drivers must leave at least one car width between his own car and the edge of the track when exiting the corner.

The general rule of our racing league is to always leave enough room for a car regardless if it’s on your inside or on your outside.

8.5 Should a car leave the track for any reason, the driver may re join. This may only be done when it is safe to do so and without gaining any advantage. Re joining the track in a dangerous manner which impedes another driver or causes an incident me be subject to penalties as outlined below.

8.6 Repetition of serious mistakes or the appearance of lack of control over the car, may entail the imposition of penalties up to and including exclusion of the driver concerned.

8.7 Yellow flag. This flag indicates a hazard ahead where the driver needs to slow down and prepare to stop should the track be blocked. Passing is forbidden under a yellow flag. Be cautious and you will be able to avoid accidents.

8.8 If being lapped, be considerate and let the faster car through as soon as it is safe to do so. Maintain you racing line and assist the faster car as much as possible. Most importantly always be predictable and make your intentions clear.

8.9 The organisers reserves the right to exclude any driver from this, or any future series

8.10 A driver who causes more than 3 incidents in a race, which result in penalties and/or points on their licence will not be allowed to participate in the next round of the Championship

8.11 A driver who is deemed to have caused and intentional or malicious accident or behaves in reckless manner on track to ruin another driver will be subject to a temporary or permanent ban from racing.

8.12 Track limits are defined by the white lines around the circuit and drivers have to keep at least 2 wheels on the track at all times.

8.13 Track limits are controlled by iRacing and in general the kerbs are not considered as an expansion of track limits In case of an accident, if a driver uses track limits set by the game, which do not comply with the general track limits, then this driver will be in a disadvantage and face a penalty by Race Control.

8.14 Drivers must leave room and must not intentionally squeeze or push another driver off the track regardless of the situation.

8.15 Drivers must remain conscious of the series sponsors and also ensure they have full approval for any skins or logos they are using.

8.16 Pits Stops are allowed to refuel and change tyres during the race. Drivers cannot cross the line at the pit lane entry or pit exit and they have to control their pit lane speed. Car setups are fixed but brake bias adjustments are allowed, no Parc Fermé regulations are in place.

8.17 The organisers or Race control may announce some additional rules in case it would help to make the race safer

8.18 In the Free Practice session, drivers can stop the car and use “Car Reset” but they have to do it safely. There will be a significant penalty in the case that a driver neglects to adhere to this rule due to the safety concerns

8.19 Drivers can use “Car Reset” during the race, but the game simulates towing. If the mechanics can repair the car, the driver can return to the race.

8.20 Drivers need to show respect to Race control and demonstrate a sense of "fair play" to their fellow drivers and represent the the series in a positive light.


9. Appeal Judge:

9.1 An independent Appeal Judge will be nominated for each race. The name of such person shall be notified at Drivers Briefing. The Appeal Judge shall receive any appeals against decisions by Race Control and, if correctly submitted, adjudicate upon them. Such Appeal Judge will nominate at random a driver from the grid to represent drivers and assist with decisions. .

9.2 Any Appeal or post-incident report must be submitted within 24 hours of the event. Submit your race incidents using the official online incident form

the incident report must contain the following information:

- Drivers involved
- Lap Number
- Corner Number

Please include screen shots or video of the incident. Incidents received in any other form or after 24 hours of the race ending will not be processed.


10. Race Penalties:

Race control can give penalties during the race or after the race. Penalties can also come directly from iRacing

10.1 Race Control may impose any penalties including but not limited to the following :

- a)Warning

- b)Drive Through Penalty

- c)Stop and Hold Penalty (Time determined by Race Control)

- d)Post race Time Penalty (Time determined by Race Control)

- e)Lap Deduction (Amount determined by Race Control)

- f)Points Deduction (amount to be determined by Race Control)

- g)Disqualification

- h)Next Event Grid Penalty

-i) Pit Lane Start

-j) Exclusion from this or any event.


Penalties: Further Information

10.2 Drive Through Penalty may not be combined with any service stop. Any breach of this rule may incur further penalties.

10.3 Penalties under 8.1 b and c must be served before the 3rd time the Start/Finish line is crossed. Penalties not served within the allowed period may incur further penalties, up to and including exclusion from the event.

10.4 Any driver deemed to have left the track to gain an advantage may be penalised.

10.5 All drivers must have Race Control audio channel open, and be able to monitor text chat for messages from Race Control during the race.

10.6 A driver who receives a penalty as listed under Article 8.1 above cannot use the round as a dropped score.

10.7 Drivers who receive more than 17 incident points in a race will receive a pit lane start penalty. Should a driver reach 27 incident points in a race, a penalty of exclusion from the race will be imposed

10.8 An experienced independent committee board will be invited to help with any incidents which require further scrutiny or investigation.

11. Post Race Protests and Appeals:

11.1 Protests must be submitted within 24 hours of the end of each race. Race Control will examine the circumstances and make a decision.

11.2 Official results, including any decisions from Protests, will be posted no earlier than 48 hours after the conclusion of the race(s).

11.3 A driver may appeal a penalty imposed by Race Control to the nominated Appeal Judge. The Appeal Judge will review the incident independently and may uphold the appeal, confirm the penalty imposed by Race Control or impose a greater penalty.

11.4 In case of a gross misconduct, a significant incident, drivers can be disqualified from the race or even from the whole championship without a refund.

11.5 Decisions of the Appeal Judge are final.

12. Digital Race Licence:

12.1 Each driver will have a Digital Race licence. This will be tracked over the course of the championship year. A license will be suspended if 12 or more penalty points are incurred in a calendar year. If your licence is suspended, you will not be permitted to take part in Digital Motorsports events until your licence is renewed the following year.

12.2 Penalties imposed by Race Control will incur points on the digital racing licence as follows:

- Warning 0 points
- Drive Through Penalty 1 point
- Stop and Hold Penalty 1 point
- Post Race Time Penalty 1 point
- Lap Deduction 2 points
- Points deduction 2 points
- Disqualification 2 Points
- Next Event Grid Penalty 2 points
- Exclusion from any event 3 points

12.3 The consideration by the event Appeal Judge may vary the licence points as part of the review process. The Appeal Judge may also impose penalties and licence points for offences other than those listed above

12.4 Any Driver who accrues penalty points that gives rise to more than one (1) race suspension over the course of a single season (5 events) will be excluded from the remainder of the season.

12.5 Drivers penalty points will be published alongside the championship standings.

12.6 A race disqualification for exceeding incident limits or not obeying race control /flags carries an automatic 4-point licence penalty.

13. Paint Policy:

13.1 Drivers are encouraged to use personal paint schemes. To create your own team or car livery the car template can be found under the “Paint” section of the iRacing website.

Trading Paints can be used unless you are racing in our PRO Series.

As our PRO races are broadcast live on the iRacing eSports Network there are strict rules regarding branding and brand release. Skins must be created in a TGA format. You can find more details here: https://www.iracing.com/painttextures/

Please upload your Car Liveries in TGA format car_iracingID.tga to on the link provided on the skins folder on the Discord Channel - Skins.