Penalties and Time Limits
Delay limits and penalties for Liaisons and Special stages will be as follows:
Abandonment of a Stage
Each rider / each crew has the right to not finish a liaison or special stage as many times as he wants, but on the condition that he starts the race day!
Competitors, who complete ALL the special stages, and ALL of the liaisons without abandonment, will be classified above the others! Their classification will be above someone who was not able to finish a stage; this includes classification for race day and for the final classification.
If a competitor does not start a day of competition, he will receive an additional penalty of 2h00' but has the right to do so only once in the race, so he can be legible for classification and not considered out of the race (i.e. abandon the race, not just the stage).
Whoever does not start 2 or more race days, is considered to have abandoned the race, but reserves the right to participate in all stages of the race for his personal pleasure.
The time limit on liaisons is +50% of the ideal time. From then on, it is considered that the competitor has abandoned the liaisons stage.
The time limits for the special stages, depends on each particular stage, and is announced before the race, but in any case, it cannot be longer than if the stage was travelled with an average speed of 25km/h.
Meaning, if a competitor is traveling repeatedly slow (and not due to a temporary misfortune, like a flat tire, damage that can be repaired and he continues) will be warned by the race stewards, beyond a certain limit which will leave him behind the flow of the race and of course because of night fall, he is obliged to leave the stage and return via the local roads, in which case he will be classified as abandoning the stage.
If one rider or one crew does not complete or does not try to run liaison, the penalty which will be imposed for classification of the day, is the perfect time for the Liaison. *
That is, if he’s time is 6h45'and the last liaison has a average time of 30 minutes, and he returns with assistance, or bypass the liaison, etc., he will receive a penalty 30' having a total of 7h15'.
If one rider or one crew does not try to run the stage, the penalty which will be imposed for classification of the day, is the maximum time for the corresponding category (Bikes & Quad or 4x4) + minute penalty for the length of the specific stage in kilometers. (i.e. 1-minute penalty for each km of the special stage).*
If one rider or one crew does not complete the special stage, the penalty which will be imposed for classification of the day, is the maximum time for the corresponding category (Bikes & Quad or 4x4) + minute penalty for the length of the rest of the Special Stage, according his track from the GPS Tracking, or the Intermediate timings. For security reasons Intermediate timings will be enforced for both the big 4th liaison dirt stage of the 4th day, and on the large marathon special stages of the 2nd, 3th and 5th days. If the competitor abandons the stage after a check point, the penalty will not calculated in minutes corresponding to a total length of the stage, but will be calculated after the check point that the competitor has past, or EXACTLY for the rest part of the stage according his GPS track.
In case of lost or lack of fuel, asking for help by telephone or marshals is 15 minutes penalty.
*i.e.: If for example a competitor in the 280km special stage, passes the fourth intermediate time check point at 210km and abandons after (e.g. 250km), he will be given the last competitor’s time of the stage, +30' minutes corresponding to the time from 250km to 280km. This so a rider will not be penalized harshly, if he abandons near the end of a long special stage.
7.8 PENALTIES FOR SPEED LIMITS
SPEED CONTROL ZONE
In the zones defined as Speed Control Zones, the speed of the riders, in the Road Sections as well as in the Selective Sections, will be limited to 30, 40, 50, 70 or 90 km/h. Moreover, it is the responsibility of the rider to adapt his speed to the local population and the traffic.
These zones will be marked on the road book by a box marked “DZ” (start of the zone), a FZ box (end of the zone) and the maximum speed allowed. The absence of indicating signs for speed cannot give cause for protest.
Overtaking is authorized, on condition that the maximum speed authorized in the zone is not exceeded.
Speed controls will be done by means of the GPS.
In a Speed Control Zone, if the speed limit is exceeded, a signal can appear on the GPS screen to indicate excess speed with a recording of this.
A deceleration area of 90 meters around the start of the zone as well as an acceleration area of 90 meters around the end of the zone will be allowed.
A Speed Infringement (SI) is made when the maximum speed is exceeded once or several times in the same Speed Control Zone.
When speeding, a pulse signal is recorded in the GPS every 150 m and the speed is shown on the speed page “SPD” on the GPS. Each pulse signal (IMP) will be penalized as follows.
l up to 20 km/h: IMP X 1’
l between 21 and 40 km/h: IMP X 2’
l more than 40 km/h: IMP X 6’
Example: Zone limited to 50 km/h. A rider passes the first two pulse signals at 100 km/h then the 3rd at 80 km/h, the 4th at 52 km/h; the other ones are below the limit.
Calculation: 2 x 6’ + 1 x 2’ + 1 x 1’ Total of the penalties: 15 minutes.
The second Speed Infringement will be when speeding once or several times in another Speed Control Zone. The Number of Speed Infringements (NSI) will be added during the event. From the second offence and for all the following, each pulse signal (IMP) will be penalized as follows:
l up to 20 km/h: IMP X 1’ X NSI
l between 21 et 40 km/h: IMP X 2’ X NSI
l more than 40 km/h: IMP X 6’ X NSI
Example: in the second Speed Control Zone of the rally, limited to 50 km/h, the same rider passes the first pulse signal at 72 km/h, the 2nd at 63 km/h, the 3rd at 51 km/h; the other ones are below the limit.
Calculation: 1 x 2’ + 2 x 1’ Penalties: 4 minutes x 2 which makes a total of 8 minutes of penalties, as it is the 2nd Speed Infringement (NSI = 2), then x three for the third Speed Infringement (NSI = 3), x fourth for the fourth Speed Infringement (NSI = 4) etc.
The controls will be ordered by the Clerk of the Course or the FIM International Jury and executed by a GPS technician in the presence of an official or a Judge of facts.
The FIM International Jury can give a disqualification if the relapse of speeding is considered intentionally.