Gravity Club Rules For Quad Bikes Events 2020 SEASON
The following rules and regulations are applicable to all competitive events run by Gravity L.C.Ltd
By participating or spectating at any of Gravity L.C.Ltd events you are agreeing to abide by all these rules and any supplementary rules set out by the I.O.P.D. All rules are subject to change and riders will be advised at the next opportunity which could be when signing on for the next race meeting.
All Competitors are required to hold a IOPD Licence these are available to buy on the day.
The tracks are available to be walked after 5pm on the day before the race.
Spectators are not allowed on the course once racing is underway the club will set aside safe places for spectators to prevent anyone from entering restricted areas.
Clerk of the course Kevin Wheatley and Simon Edmed
Timing / Race Control Alastair Dean
Scrutineering Simon Edmed
Club Secretary Nikki Wheatley email Nikki.firstname.lastname@example.org
Signing on Team Nikki Wheatley
Head Marshal Keith Banyard
All marshals are to report to the signing on desk at arrival please. All marshals are briefed prior to taking up their duties. Even if they do the role regularly you will still need to have a safety briefing.
NO family member/close family friend can be a travelling marshal in their race, but can marshal other races of the day
Group 1 (known as 125cc) – Maximum 100cc 2 stroke and 125cc 4 stroke
Aged 8 -12 years
Riders will only be able to start a race after completing a sighting lap.
New riders in the youth group can be accompanied by a Marshall to guide them round the track and assist if required.
Riders in this group at the age of 12 years old will move into the 250cc group.
All machines to be standard production engine quads. You may add as many aftermarket products as you like; the engine may be re-bored but must not exceed the cc size permitted in your group.
NO HYBRIDS in this group
Group 2 (known as 250cc)– Maximum 200cc 2 stroke and 250cc 4 stroke
Age 12 – 16 years
Riders moving up from the 125cc group will automatically move into this group only.(11 years old may be able to ride but at the discretion of the committee. This is to be on a standard bike with NO performance modifications.)
All quads to be standard production engine quads. You may add as many aftermarket products as you like; the engine may be re-bored but must not exceed the cc size permitted.
NO STROKER CRANKS OR BIG BORE KITS ARE ALLOWED. We reserve the right to test and/or strip bikes throughout the season and any oversized or other illegal bikes will be classed as cheating and the rider disqualified.
Riders will only be able to start a race after completing a sighting lap
The minimum age for youth riders is 8 years old
Up to 125cc 8-12 years
Up to 250 cc 12-16 years
Note: 11 year olds may be permitted to ride a 250cc and 15 year olds to ride a 450cc BUT only if they have been a member of and ridden with Gravity LC in previous years. You MUST be 15 years old minimum to ride 450cc proof of date of birth will be requested. It will also be at the discretion of the committee
All riders under the age of 18 must have a signature of their parent / guardian on their signing on sheet for each meeting. A rider disclaimer is a contract in law and must be signed by people over 18. Rider and parents are agreeing that Gravity LC is providing a suitable track, facilities, and competent officials.
Novice, Clubman, Expert, 4×4 heavies, 4×4 lites, 2 man quads, Over 40.
Riders may choose to race in groups according to their ability rather than age if they prefer.
Riders will only be able to start a race after completing a sighting lap
All 16 year old riders will be required to move to the Novice group or if riding a 4×4 they will need to go on 4×4 lites(up to 800cc) for the first year .This will be at the discretion of the committee. A signed note from a clerk of the course to approve a youth rider change of class will be given.
All Youth and Adults riders will need complete a sighting lap before they are able to race.
Riders/ Safety Equipment
All riders must wear full motocross kit, consisting of properly constructed race trousers, long sleeve shirts and gloves. Boots must be calf length motocross style. Goggles are to be worn at the start of the race and we recommend wearing them throughout the race. Helmets must be in good condition, of ACU gold label standard with a securely fixed strap.
We strongly advise against the use of a Head Camera attachment which could seriously compromise a participant’s safety in the event of a collision.
We recommend you wear body armour, neck brace and a kidney belt
No Hoodies allowed to be worn whilst racing. Long sleeves must be worn.
Long hair must be tied back
All quads must have lanyard/kill switch this is to be used and officials will check whilst in the line up.
Number Boards MUST be fitted in Accordance with the rules from IOPD. It is to everyone’s benefit that Gravity are able to see these at all times in case of incidents or accidents on the track. It is also of benefit for the clubs time keeper should there be any problems with the transponder timing system.
All riders must display an upright fin type board of the correct colour with their rider number clearly visible from both sides, any riders with the incorrect number board colours ,numbers or flat boards displayed will be asked to start at the back of the starting groups.
125 group White background black text
250 group Red background white text
4×4 heavies Red background white text
Novice White background black text
2 man Green background white text
4×4 lites White background black text
Over 40 Yellow background black text
Clubman Blue background white text
Expert Red background white text
Officials and Flags.
Union Jack: start
Yellow: slow down, caution required
Purple: Rider under caution
Black: rider to pull into pits immediately
Red: event to be stopped. Return to start at walking pace.
All competition quads must be presented for a technical inspection prior to a race.
All riders must wear kill switch lanyard and helmets to scrutineering.
Once your quad has passed scrutineering it must remain untouched.
Exhaust system must not exceed the maximum noise level of 94 decibels static test. If the noise level is exceeded expect not to ride. Random noise tests at track-side will be carried out, you will be permitted 98.1 dba at 7.5 metres whilst your quad is under full load. If over 98.1 you will be black flagged, stopped and required to sort it out. If after 2 black flags the machine is still too loud you will take no further part in the event.
Riding in the Pits
Riding in the pits should be limited to the absolute necessary and be strictly at walking pace with helmet and lanyard worn
Parking and Camping Area
Race quads are only allowed to ridden on the actual race day and then only whilst going to or from scrutineering or the race. When quads are parked a suitable parking device must be used, i.e. chocks, parking brake. All areas off the track have a speed restriction to walking pace (1st gear only) and riders must wear helmets and kill switch lanyards. Please respect the safety of others in these areas at all times.
Please do not enter prohibited areas – Signs are displayed for your safety.
Course cutting will not be tolerated. Offenders may be penalized by 1 lap deduction to disqualification. This will be at the discretion of the committee or the Clerk of the course. In the event of a hold up, wait until the track is cleared, unless there is a route available that stays within the boundaries of the flags/posts/tape marking the course, whilst by-passing the obstruction.
Do not reroute yourself off the marked track unless instructed to by a marshal.
Riders must follow the original marked track and not take advantage should flags/posts/tape be destroyed during the course of the race.
Refuelling and Repairs
Quad must be refuelled with DEAD ENGINE in the refuelling pits only.
No refuelling between the sighting lap and the race start
Minimum age for refuelling is 16 years.
Children are not allowed in the refuelling area.
Children under the age of 16 are NOT allowed in the pit area during the race unless they are competing.
Track-side refuelling or refuelling with the engine running will result in a DSQ.
Adult riders may repair their machine at track side only if they carry a repair kit on their person or quad. If official outside assistance is required then the rider and quad will be towed directly back to the pits not through the lap scoring. Riders must go through the lap scoring under their own power.
ALL RIDERS BEING TOWED BACK ON THE LAST LAP WILL BE TAKEN BACK DIRECTLY TO THE PITS RESULTING IN A DNF.
Youth riders: The above applies BUT YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO REPAIR YOUR QUAD AT TRACK SIDE. STAY WITH YOUR QUAD UNTIL AN OFFICIAL ASSISTS YOU.
Each rider must bring a 2.5kg fire extinguisher (dry powder) to the event. This must be brought to scrutineering and then left in the pit area whilst the rider is competing in the race.
Netted areas indicate WALKING PACE ONLY AT ALL TIMES. YOU WILL GET 1 WARNING ONLY TO ADHERE TO THIS. AFTER THAT YOU WILL RECEIVE A PENALTY (MINUS 1 LAP)
All Gravity tracks have visual tape and arrows and double arrowed for any unusual obstruction. Riders are required to stay within the markers.
Championship Points 2020
9 rounds of which 8 rounds to count – Youths
9 rounds of which 8 rounds to count – Adults
1st 50 points, 2nd 46 points then decrease by 2 points down to last place.
5 bonus points per race entered. Dropped round will loos the bonus points as well.
50 bonus points for round 9
Adults – To win your maximum points, riders will have to have ridden at least 50% of the laps of the winning rider in that class
Championship points are non-transferrable between classes or riders.
Riders are not permitted to change Championship class during the season without forfeiting all points.
Riders need to complete a minimum of 5 races to be eligible for Championship points
Championship points will only be awarded to fully paid 2020 season Gravity members.
DNF’s for Adult and 250 classes this season.
Riders must not leave the pits to re-join the race once the chequered flag is put out.
Conditions of hire or loan:
Lost transponders and any not returned or returned in an unusable/damaged state will be invoiced to you at a cost of £300. By entering this event and borrowing transponder you have agreed to the above conditions.
Any deposit paid will be returned when the transponder is returned on the day of the event.
Failure to return the transponder on the day of the event – the club will retain the deposit for administration.
Aggressive and intimidating behaviour, which includes bad language, is not acceptable on, or off, the track and may be penalised by lap deduction or disqualification. At the discretion of the committee.
All Spectators and family/friends of riders MUST NOT walk on the track during racing as this is for your safety as well as for the safety of the RIDERS. ‘Walking on or within 3 meters of the track is prohibited’ Warning signs are around the track restricting access and warning of danger.
Gravity LC will not be except liability for any accidents past prohibited areas to Spectators, Family, and Friends. In the interest of safety and the smooth running of the club, officials’ instructions must be adhered to at all times. Officials reserve the right to have the final decision.
Any dispute must be made within 15 minutes of the final result.
To submit a dispute you must put £50 cash in an envelope, and hand to the secretary. In turn the race director, clerk of the course and another committee member will discuss the issue and decided upon immeadiatley. If the appeal goes in favour of the person making the complaint then they receive the money from the dispute back, if not the club keeps the money.
Please take all your rubbish home. Check your areas before you leave the event.
Anyone leaving rubbish will receive a two race ban or DSQ. Repeat offenders will be excluded from Gravity events.
The Gravity LC Committee reserve the right to review/amend these rules at any time if necessary.
Thank you for taking the time to read and adhere to these rules which have been written with each rider’s safety in mind and also to help us run the club successfully.