5. Rule Enforcement

5. Rule Enforcement:

We can’t possibly control all the actions of our drivers, but we have ways to penalise drivers who break the rules.

5.1 Stewards Panel:

After being logged in on the website you can report incidents and other rule violations that occur in a race by sending us the link to the YouTube video using our “Report an incident” system in the right hand menu. (This option is only available when you are logged in on the website).
A proper explanation and/or evidence of the incident must be provided in order for it to be investigated. This will then be looked into by 6 Steward members of the Contest of Speed Team and appropriate action will be taken.

What you can make a stewards enquiry for:

● Racing incidents: If you feel another driver has caused an incident – eg. hitting your car, forcing you off the track, rejoining the track unsafely, or generally driving too aggressively – you should report this to the stewards for investigation.

● Corner cutting: If you witness another driver is persistently gaining time by abusing the track limits during races or qualifying, you should report this to the stewards for investigation.

●Corner Cutting Penalty if a driver is caught on stream or reported by another driver (with footage sent in) about corner cutting to reduce trye degradation/make it in time to do a flying lap/save qualy time that driver will be penalised, the penalty is +20 seconds added to his race time at the end of the race and also a next race qualifying ban

● Removing an unfair time penalty: If you receive a time penalty from the game, and you feel this was awarded unfairly, you can make an enquiry for the penalty to be removed. When making such an enquiry, you need to provide evidence of the penalty being applied. Evidence can be either in the form of video footage, or a picture of the post-race race director screen showing what the penalty was for and the time of when it was applied. Any appeals without this will be dismissed.

Bear in mind that we will not be giving compensation for penalties that affect your position on the track during the race. This includes drive through penalties and extra time spent in the pit box as a result of a stop-go penalty. A stop-go penalty not served in the pits, however, is converted into a time penalty and may therefore be removed if received unfairly.

Warnings for exceeding track limits will normally not be removed, unless it was clearly received unfairly (such as time clearly having been lost, or another driver causing you to go off track). For a warning to be removed, it is required to provide an image or footage of the race director screen showing the full overview of warnings you received throughout the race (alongside evidence of how the warning was received), so that we can see if the removal affects the amount of time penalties you should receive. Direct time penalties (not accumulated through warnings) for corner cutting may be removed or converted into a warning if deemed excessive or it’s obvious that the driver lost time from it.

5.1.1
● Time limit for enquiries: You have up to 1 hour (60 minutes) following the conclusion of the affected race to report an incident to your league steward or any other admin if that is not possible. (Do not worry if you do not receive an immediate reply as this will be time stamped by both WhatsApp and PSN). Failure to report an incident within an hour of the end of the race will make it inadmissible.

Note that there is a time limit until midnight (GMT) next day to provide the stewards with any reported or requested footage for an incident you have been involved in or witnessed during the race. Failure to do so will result in a penalty.

5.2 Penalties:
The stewards have a variety of penalties that may be applied to punish drivers who break our racing rules, depending on the severity of the violation. The available penalties are sorted below, in order of severity. Breaking a rule also leads to penalty points being added to your name – see further down for more details.

(Note that penalties may be added together in the event of multiple violations in a race, which could result in total time penalties of a higher number than what is suggested below)
● 5 seconds – Minor Incident
● 10 seconds – Moderate Incident
● 20 seconds – Major Incident
● Qualifying ban for the next race
● Any time penalty that applies to either a driver retired from the previous race or would otherwise provide no meaningful penalty to the offending driver, will have their time penalty in seconds converted into a grid penalty of the same amount
● Disqualification from the race
● One-race ban
● Multiple-race ban
● Permanent removal from the league

Any penalties will be aimed at the person who has done wrong – we cannot compensate anyone else as a result of someone’s actions. All penalties applied, are for that specific league and are not transferable. All penalties are discussed by the Stewards Panel (consisting of the Steward/admin members of the Contest of Speed Team) before being issued and the driver will always be informed of the outcome. The Stewards Panel is completely neutral and will not include anyone who may be affected by the incident in question.

5.2.1 Steward involved in Racing incident:
It can happen that a Contest of Speed Steward is involved in an racing incident. If this is the case, this Steward is not part of the investigation team.

5.3 Penalty points system:
Contest of Speed will use a “Minor, Moderate & Major” penalty system which will be applied to all incidents that happen during the race.
The penalty points system is a way of keeping track of a driver’s record of breaking the rules of clean racing, and to more severely punish repeat offenders. Penalty points will be applied alongside normal race penalties, as per the list below.

point – Minor Incident;
points – Moderate Incident;
3 points – Major Incident;
Qualifying ban – Blocking or slowing down a competitor on any hot lap when you yourself are not on a hot lap (during qualifying), retirement during qualifying while still being on track or ignoring blue flags for continuous periods during the race.
Race ban – Crashing out on purpose;
League ban – Crashing into a competitor on purpose will result in an automatic removal from the league;

Examples of minor incidents/reasons to get 1 penalty point:

  • Driving dangerously or unsportingly;
  • Causing a minor avoidable collision;
  • Resetting car on track via game menu;
  • Not being able to provide footage to the Stewards;
  • Pressing “X” prior to the start of the formation lap;
  • Disqualification during formation lap
  • retiring on track during qualifying

● In each grand prix you can only receive a maximum of 6 penalty points.
A maximum of 3 penalty points for racing incidents, 1 penalty point for a failure to send in footage when requested by a COS – Steward,  1 penalty point if you are disqualified from the formation lap and 1 penalty point for pressing “X” prior to the start of the formation lap

● If you accumulate 12, 18 and 24 points, you will be awarded a one-race ban.

● If you accumulate 24 points, the driver will in question will have their place in the league under review. On a case by case basis this may result in further bans, suspension or even removal from the league.

Penalty points will usually be reset ahead of a new season.

5.4 Formal Warnings:

While the race penalties and penalty points system are aimed at dealing with on-track issues, the Warning system deals with issues that may occur off the track.
It’s simple – if you receive 3 Formal Warnings, you’re out. Receiving 3 warnings would also see you placed on the blacklist, meaning you will not be allowed to return to one of the Contest of Speed Tiers in the future.

You can receive a Formal Warning for the following:

● No-showing a race without giving prior notice to the League Coordinator
● Rage-quitting or deliberately crashing out of the session for no good reason (as specified in rule 3.4.1)
● Showing abusive behaviour towards another driver, either in the race lobby or in the chats

Note that if we encounter situations where someone’s behaviour gets completely out of hand, Such as racist or homophobic abuse, a ban may be applied directly regardless of Warnings accumulated.

5.5 Reprimand:

Reprimands can be awarded to drivers in the event that they are involved in an incident on track that does not warrant a penalty but is deemed by the Stewards to be befitting of some form of punishment. A reprimand is essentially a “slap on the wrist” for a driver who has misbehaved.

There is no further penalty immediately associated with a reprimand on its own however, if a driver receives 3 reprimands they will be converted into a single penalty point that will be added to their virtual licence. This point will be awarded for unsportsmanlike behaviour.

Continued accrual of reprimands could also incur larger penalties if a driver does not take action to adjust their driving style.

5.6 Blacklist

The blacklist contains the names of drivers who have been removed from the leagues – either through accumulating 50 penalty points or 3 Formal Warnings – and drivers who have left the leagues during an ongoing season with no good reason.

Having your name applied to the blacklist generally means you will not be allowed to rejoin the Contest of Speed Tiers in the future.

 

DISCLAIMER

Contest of speed will only act upon video evidence supplied to the stewards. If you are unable to provide any evidence to validate your innocence of a particular offence or to condemn another driver following your own accusation then the league reserves the right to pass down the harshest possible punishment in light of your potential transgression or to withhold any formal penalty due to lack of evidence.

The Stewards themselves will make the best decision they can, in total impartiality, in keeping with the rules and regulations specified on the website. They will not be involved in the decision making process of any incidents they are involved in or that would give them a direct competitive benefit. There are currently 7 stewards so a decision can always be reached even if multiple are not eligible to discuss the incident.

If you have any concerns over the validity of the stewarding process or want to ask any questions then please contact one of the league admins and they’ll be happy to ease any doubts you might have.

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