4. Participation

4. Participation:

4.1 Missing races:

4.1.1
● If you are unable to attend a race, you have to give notice for your absence before 9:30pm (GMT) on the race day (you may still participate if you then find yourself able to race and join the lobby before qualifying starts)

. This is done by informing us via the absence form on the website. It is your responsibility to make sure the Contest of Speed – Steward(s) get(s) your message. Failure to inform the stewards will result in 1 penalty point being added to your race licence.

4.1.2
● When informing Contest of Speed – Steward(s) of your absence, a proper reason must be given for why you can’t attend. No-showing a race because you don’t like the track, simply saying ‘I can’t race this week’, or other similar reasons are not accepted and will be marked as an uninformed absence.

4.1.3
● When informing the Contest of Speed – Steward(s) of your absence, it must be you who contacts the Coordinator, not a friend or fellow member of the tier. Additionally, sufficient notice should be given. For example, 15 minutes before the lobby is set up is not sufficient notice. Letting the Contest of Speed – Steward(s) know after the race will be marked down as uninformed absence unless an acceptable reason is given.

4.1.4
● If you get marked for an uninformed absence, you will be given a reprimand. As per the reprimand system (see section 5.4), accumulating 3 reprimands would see you removed from the league.

4.1.5
● Getting another driver to race under your name is also prohibited and will result in serious punishment.

4.1.6                                                                                                                                                                                                               ● If you are awarded a race ban this must be served at a race where you ARE able to race. We would ask you to prove that you are available to race should there be any doubt. If you would’ve been absent anyway then the race ban will carry over to the next event you are available to attend, including races in separate seasons.

4.2 Connection & Lag:

4.2.1
● It’s an unfortunate aspect of online racing that having a stable connection is critical to being able to race closely with other cars. While we understand that not everyone can have a perfect connection, and that occasional lag can’t be avoided, we reserve the right to remove a driver from the league if their connection is persistently causing major issues for other drivers.

4.2.2
● To be accepted into a league, your connection’s ping towards a UK-located server needs to be lower than 100ms. We may also give drivers with ping up to 150ms a chance, but on a trial basis until it’s proven that their connection can cope.

4.2.3
● If the race is abandoned by all drivers (due to a PSN network error), before 75% of the race is completed the result is declared NULL and void. The race will be rescheduled for another day. Normally the day will be the week after the scheduled last race of the season.
– The rescheduled race will be a full rerun, including a short qualifying session.

● If the race is abandoned by all drivers (due to a PSN network error), after 75% but before the full distance has been completed the result stands and half points are rewarded.

4.3 Pulling out mid-season:

4.3.1
● If you have to pull out of the league while the season is ongoing, you must inform your League Coordinator about the situation. If you leave by simply not showing up for the races, without informing anyone, you will be placed back to the Reserve Drivers list, which means you will not be allowed to rejoin the Tier as a permanent driver for the rest of the season.

4.3.2
● It’s impossible for us to stop you from leaving if you’ve made your mind up, but keep in mind when signing up that pulling out of the league without a proper reason while the season is ongoing will see you placed on the blacklist. A proper reason would be something happening in your life that forces you to quit – something that you didn’t expect when signing up – or that your equipment (hardware or lag issues) render you unable to carry on. However, choosing to quit due to getting bored of the game, having a bad season or because something goes against you, is not a good reason. Remember, when signing up you commit yourself to racing for a full season, not only for a few races.

4.3.3
● If you find yourself in a situation where you’re not enjoying your Tier because all other drivers are too quick or too slow compared to yourself, contact a Steward rather than just giving up, and maybe we can find a solution like placing you back from Tier 1 to Tier 2 or Tier 2 to Tier 3. We may grant league swaps for drivers during the season if it’s clear that they’ve been misplaced, given that this doesn’t upset the balance between the leagues in terms of driver numbers.

4.3.4
● Note that the above rules only apply while the season is ongoing. We obviously don’t have a problem with drivers choosing to leave after a season has finished, for whatever reason.

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