Rules - GT Challenge

You as a driver are required to read and understand the rules below. If you have a question - please contact the Rules Admin

1.0 Code of Conduct

#1 Treat your fellow competitors the same way you would like to be treated.

#2 We will not tolerate racism or prejudiced comments towards another competitor, owner, or admin. This will result in an automatic ban.

#3 Keep language as clean as possible. We all swear, But keep it to a minimum, and have a level of maturity.

#4 Tempers flare, it’s part of racing. However, don’t let those tempers flare to the extent of you becoming kicked from the league.

#5 Intentional wrecking will not be tolerated! This is covered more in depth in the penalties section 10.0

#6 There will be a skill gap between the drivers on track, please remember that we all started in this service as a beginner/ novice at some point. If you notice a driver exhibiting beginner driving tendencies, feel free to offer advice, not criticism. This is a league, the more we bring eachother up, the better the racing will be.

#7 Lastly, driver recruitment for other leagues will not be tolerated! If you want to advertise for your league, great there are tons of forums to do so. Think about if for a minute, would you want someone coming into your league and taking members from it?

To sum up our code of conduct, everyone should be here to help one another. Please ask yourself if you can do that, if the answer is yes, WELCOME!

2.0 League Administration

League administration is what keeps this league healthy and fluent. Without administrators, we wouldn’t have a league!

2.1 League Owner

Eric Thaler

2.2 Admins (this is the ONLY Living section of the Rule Book and may change at any point.)

Points - Admin Team

Roster - Eric Thaler

League Content - Eric Thaler

Recruitment - Justin Thaler

Scheduling & Participation - Joshua Watt

Rules - Justin Gloeckner

Admins are to assist the league owner in driving league rules. They are here to help run the series

Do NOT be afraid to challenge an admin on track. Admins are just like you, a “DRIVER”, if they do something wrong, you should submit an incident.

2.3 Stewards

Stewards are a group of league or non-league members who the admins deemed to be “unbiased” when making decisions on racing penalties. These Stewards are to act as no-one knows who they are. Only Stewards and admins will be in communication. Once an issue has come to an agreement from a Steward, a member of the admin team will discuss the penalty or further action with the parties involved.

3.0 New Members

New members are ALWAYS welcome! No matter what point they enter during a season. However, with that being said, when new members enter during a current season, they are placed on probation (given “Rookie” status). Everyone is encouraged to compete with us. Drive smart, drive clean, and you may wind up on a winning team the next season!

3.1 Equipment

We require that you have a working headset and mic so we can communicate with you during races should something arise. We also do not allow users utilizing gamepads, keyboards, mouses, touchscreens, etc. to race as these are unpredictable and hard for competitors to race around.

4.0 Registration

Drivers are to sign up for the league through the official midwest-motorsports website:

4.1 Discord

This platform is used for communication/information purposes. This is where ALL communication with you and the other members will take place. Please familiarize yourself with this platform and ask an Admin for help if you don’t understand. We do our best within Discord to make it as user friendly as possible.

5.0 Choosing Manufacturer, Car Number, and Series

When you sign up for the league through our web page, please take a look at “Roster” (Located in the information tab) to see what car numbers are available to you. Please note, once you submit a car number and class/manufacturer for the season, you must run this same number and class/manufacturer until the conclusion of the season. Once the season begins to wind down, we will release the sign up for the next season, which will allow for number and manufacturer changes.

6.0 Race Sign

Every race will be posted in #race-sign-in. You must react in order to obtain all points. Please react using the below Emoji’s:

Joining the race = 🏎

Using Provisional = 🚫

Not Joining and Not using Provisional = ❌

If we do not see a reaction, we are just going to assume you are NOT using a provisional nor making the race.

If you are not racing that week, there is no need to contact an admin, just react appropriately.

6.1 Race Sign in and Attendance Policy

Race sign in closes five minutes prior to the race server opening. This allows our admin team to collect the list of drivers in a timely manner, and conduct an internal roll call.

** Please see penalties section for regarding attendance policy **

7.0 Racing

A quick drivers meeting will be held with all drivers. This will start at 7:05 EST.

It is your responsibility as a driver to attend these drivers meetings. During these meetings, conduct for pit road entry and exit, along with other important track notes are discussed.

7.1 Setup

Setup will be Fixed. These setups will be the ones created by iRacing, so if you were to practice before the race (which is highly recommended) you can use their setup to do so. Setups for each track will be posted on the schedule for each week.

7.2 Weather

Weather will be “Generated Weather” with “Dynamic” skies.

7.3 Practice

Practice will be open to all competitors before qualifying. Rules are not enforced during practice, however, remember your fellow competitors are trying to practice as well, so don’t be an asshole.

Practice segment will be 10 minutes in length.

7.4 Qualifying

Qualifying will start at 7:10pm Eastern Time

All Qualifying is open and you will have 10 min to qualify. Race will proceed immediately following the qualifying segment.

7.5 Race Length

Heat event approximately 10 minutes in length.

Feature event approximately 30 minutes in length.

7.6 Fuel Load & Tire Sets

Fuel load will be set for race length plus one lap. Tires will be unlimited

Feature will have one forced pit stop

Faster drivers may burn through the allotted fuel at a faster rate, than the slower drivers. This makes it so drivers will need to strategize, and attempt to be more efficient if they do not wish to pit at some tracks.

7.7 Repairs

There will be one fast repairs available per race.

7.8 Start/Restart

Starts will be rolling. Starting grid for the feature event will be inverted from the finish results of the heat race.

7.9 Cautions

Local cautions only

7.10 Blue Flags

It is the responsibility of the faster class/leading car to pass blue flagged cars cleanly. Blue flagged cars are not to block or intentionally slow cars trying to pass. Blue flagged cars are encouraged to maintain the racing line to avoid unpredictable movements.

7.11 Pitting

Announcing your pits will be a courtesy, if someone is near you and feel they may need a warning, please announce.

When exiting pit road, you must follow the pit line until you pass the blue cone. If you do not follow this, iracing will issue you a black flag for an unsafe pit exit. Once you are past the blue cone, you may enter safely on the back stretch.

Upon entering the track with cars present, you must yield to their line.

7.12 Incidents

Incidents to incur a black flag - 15

Incidents to incur a DQ - 25

Incidents will be incurred for hard collisions or off tracks during the race.

Remember we are promoting clean racing here.

7.13 Black Flags

Black Flags will NOT be cleared, If you ask for a black flag to be cleared and an Admin reviews the footage after the race, and does not find a viable reason, you will be docked 10 points for lying.

8.0 Race Chat

Please keep race chatter quiet during racing conditions. If you would like to set up a private chat for your team to communicate, please do so to keep @all teams and @drivers quiet. Admins will speak up and ask you to quiet your mic if necessary

A race chatter channel is located in the series discord channel. Drivers can enter this channel and talk freely during the races. Please note that these are not actively monitored by admins..

9.0 Reporting Incidents

If there is an incident during a league race that you were involved in, that seems more than a race incident or accidental, it is the drivers responsibility to submit an incident submission for the stewards to review. If it is worth your time to complain about, it is worth a submission. (both parties could occur incur penalties)

Incidents can be reported using the google form in Discord Channel #Incident-Submission.

Some incidents during the race, may be tagged to be reviewed immediately following the conclusion of the race. This will be carried out at Race Controls discretion.

Incident reports may be submitted up to 24 hours following a race. After 24 hours have passed we will no longer accept incident requests from that race.

Once incidents are received, they will be fed to our Stewards. Once an issue has come to an agreement from Stewards, an admin will discuss the penalty or further action with the parties involved. If no penalty is to be issued, we will notify you of this. If a penalty is being assigned, we will notify both parties.

10.0 Penalties

Penalties work as a point deduction within the current series your violation occurred.

The following are league rules that will impact scoring:

  1. Attendance Policy

    • It is your responsibility to indicate whether you are racing, taking a provisional, or not participating in the race. If you do not indicate, then you are considered an idle body.

      • After three consecutive weeks of not RACING, an admin will be sending you a message to check in.

      • If an admin does not hear from you by week 4, you will be removed from the league.

      • You sign up for a race, and you do not take part in that race, you will receive a 5 point penalty.

  2. Intentional Wrecking

    • 35 point deduction and a time penalty for the current and following race.

    • If a competitor is found to have committed multiple offenses during a race, they will be booted from session, and placed on probation until informed otherwise by the admin team.

  3. Start and parks

    • Repeated start and park, or not finishing an entire race will result in a - 5 point deduction for every offense.

  • We will abide by a 3 strike penalty policy.

  • Strikes can be accumulated through reported incidents, or penalties issued by admins for broken rules.

  • Once 3 strikes are obtained, you will receive a 2 race ban. Any penalty after 3 strikes will result in a league ban.

11.0 Points

Our points system will be driven through Sim Racer Hub and a link is provided on the official Midwest Motorsports website. In order to receive the no incident bonus and full points for the race, each competitor must complete 75% of the allotted laps.

Points will be issued out to the podium positions (1-3) following the heat event.

1st = 3

2nd = 2

3rd = 1

Points will be issued out to the top 8 drivers following the featured event.

1st = 15

2nd = 13

3rd = 11

4th = 9

5th= 7

6th = 5

7th = 3

8th = 1

11.1 Bonus Points
Bonus points will be awarded for both the heat and the feature. Bonus points available are listed below:

Fastest Lap - 1 point

No Incidents - 2 points (Must complete 75% of allotted laps to receive)

11.2 End of season Championships

The driver with the most points at the conclusion of the International GT Challenge season, will be crowned the league champion.

12.0 Provisionals

Each competitor is granted 3 provisional per session per series per season. We understand that life happens, and sometimes you just cannot make a race! Provisionals work as noted:

If in the event a provisional is used and less than 15 cars are participating in the race, you will receive the allotted amount of points for whatever position you fall into in the top 15.

There will be no penalty for missing races when no provisionals are left.