G-1: Drivers must be signed up and a paid member of the HCOT Series to run in series events. HCOT entry fee is $10.00 per class (this covers all HCOT events). The driver will be provided with one sticker per class signed in; it is to be placed on the car body in location specified in the class rules. Additional HCOT stickers may be purchased for $1.00 each.
G-2: Rulings from the HCOT officials are final. If a situation arises that is not clearly covered in the rules, HCOT officials will evaluate the situation and rule accordingly by vote when deemed necessary on the spot.
G-3: No participant shall subject any HCOT official to verbal and/or physical abuse or to any other competitor during a HCOT event. No use of profane and/or threatening language will be used or tolerated during HCOT events. Anyone taking part in such conduct will find their points taken away for that event and asked to leave the event.
G-4: No driver, car owner or crew member will have any claim for damages or expenses against HCOT officials for any reason. Use of LIPO charging bags will be at the discretion of the host track directors.
TURN MARSHALLING RULES:
TM -1: Drivers must turn marshal the race immediately following their own race.
TM-2: Substitute turn marshals will only be permitted with approval from HCOT officials.
TM-3: TURN MARSHALS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO PERFORM REPAIRS TO DAMAGED RACE CARS. Minor things such as body tucks can be corrected, If a car is removed from the track due to damage and cannot compete, it will be turned over and set out of harm’s way of the racing line (as possible), these cars are not permitted to return to the track and must wait for their next heat to compete again.
TM-4: Any car being marshaled should be returned to the same point in which it left the racing surface and in the correct direction of travel.
TM-5: Anyone failing to perform their turn marshal duties after their race will have their qualifying laps taken away for that race in which they have just completed. These rules also hold for the main events as well and main laps may be taken away as well.
GENERAL RACING EVENT RULES:
GR-1: No Backup Drivers: Driver who entered class must qualify and run main for said class.
GR-2: No Backup Cars: The car that is to run mains must be the car that is run in qualifiers.
GR-3: If a car is removed from the race track for repairs, the car may not re-enter that race, no exceptions.
GR-4: A car may not enter any race after it has already begun. Drivers must be on time and have the car on the starting grid.
GR-5: All cars will be confirmed to “check in” with the race system before the race begins. Neither HCOT nor the host track is responsible for transponder malfunctions once the race begins. No lap count modifications can be made. Transponders are the driver’s responsibility to properly power, mount and secure in the vehicles.
GR-6: A car may not run without a properly secured body; if the body comes off during a race, the car must be pulled off.
GR-7: Tire compound/additives will be at the discretion of the host track directors. Odorless compounds are always desired.
GR-8: A numbered “Chip Draw” system will be used to determine the first heat line up. Second and third heats will be resorted based on qualifying order to that point. There must be a minimum of 3 entries to allow the class to run at a given event (race directors discretion can override).
GR-9: An HCOT event consists of 3 heat races and a main, there will be 2 minutes between races and 15-20 minute break between rounds. Up to 2 additional minutes can be used to account for unplanned tech, driver, or equipment anomalies if you are not on the grid by this time the race can be started without you at which point you must sit that race out. Based on the time when we get to the 2nd and/or 3rd round we may exercise the right to increase car counts up to the designated main car counts for the venue to reduce the number races in the 2nd and 3rd rounds.
GR-10: A Main Grids – B, C, D, Etc mains will be divided equally at race director discretion. The tone to start the races will be turned off during the mains. The race announcer will say the pole sitters name followed by off the pole. At this point the pole sitter starts the race, no one is to move before the pole sitter does.
· The Gate Long Track (>140ft) – 8
· The Gate Short Track (<140ft) - 6
· Big Dog R/C – 6 (Mudboss 5)
· Beaver – 6 (Mudboss 5)
· Austintown – 6 if <140ft 8 if >140ft
· Craftworld – 6 if <140ft 8 if >140ft
· CB Club – 4
GR-10a: A Main Grids Continued - In the event the number of entries exceeds the A Main grid limit stated above by one entry an extra car will be added to the A main. Example if there are 5 entries in a given class at the CB club then 5 cars would start in the A only for that class.
GR-11: Use of LIPO safes or charging bags may be required at certain tracks, be sure to always have one with you in case it is needed, if a host facility requires the use of this safety device you will not be able to charge batteries in the building without one. In addition if any charger is viewed by HCOT officials or track/facility personnel as being setup to “blatantly overcharge the voltage” of a given battery you will be asked to leave for the day. Excessive over voltage charging poses a fire risk that we and the host facilities are not willing to take.
GENERAL TECH RULES:
GT-1: It is the driver’s responsibility to ensure his/her car meets all tech inspection rules prior to the start of any HCOT series race or event. All inspection fixtures/scales will be provided so that the driver may check their car before and anytime during an event.
GT-2: All cars must be presented to the tech inspection table with body off before the race and will remain there until cars are called to the track, no exceptions.
GT-3: If a car passes tech inspection and a technical illegality is missed/overlooked, the car is still illegal and subject to disqualification.
GT-4: General items which will be inspected are as follows: (also see rules per class)
Battery: Battery capacity according to class rules. See Use of LIPO bags will be at the discretion of host track director. Batteries must be securely taped with battery strapping tape to the chassis at time of tech. LIPO batteries are not to be more than 10 degrees Fahrenheit above ambient room temperature as compared to a sample battery at tech table, battery temp can be checked several places on battery and the highest temp will be used to determine whether it passes tech, if your battery is 10.1 degrees or more over temp you will have to sit that round or main out to allow your battery to cool. No artificial heating or cooling will be permitted, if a racer is observed to be doing so it will result in a DQ for the event this includes intentional over voltage charging and subsequent discharging to produce internal heat. All receiver packs are limited to 2s Lipo or Life with up to a 500mah capacity. During the 2015/2016 season there is expected to be a new SPEC pack released, if this occurs the new battery will be permitted for use no earlier that January 1st 2016 at which time either SPEC pack may be used in all classes requiring the use of the current SMC 4000 SPEC pack. All Spec (current and next generation) packs must be inspected by HCOT officials and a seal placed on the case prior to use in any HCOT event, this inspection must occur with battery removed from car.
Motor: Ensure current legal, no mismatch of end bells, rotors, stators, etc. Motors are not to read 5 degrees below ambient room temperature as measured at the tech table. No artificial heating or cooling will be permitted, if a racer is observed to be doing so it will result in a DQ for the event.
ESC: Receiver packs may not be used in conjunction with boosters or ESCs that have internal boosters. If a receiver pack is necessary the red wire must be removed from the ESC receiver connection on all setups that require a receiver pack. Since all of our 1S classes are SPEC, the only version of the MAMBA speed control that will be allowed is the 1S version, the ESC must not be opened or removed from its case and have software version 1.26 installed, Any ESC that appears to have been tampered with or is found to have the incorrect software installed will be disqualified, this includes if found in a post tech.
Radio System: No wirelessly controlled ESC/Radio/Receiver combination systems will be permitted. This includes Bluetooth, WiFi or any other proprietary communications protocol that will allow the management of the ESC wirelessly via the radio, smart phone, tablet, laptop, smart watch or any proprietary control box/mechanism.
Weight: Cars must meet minimum weight requirement per class.
Bottom Chassis Ride Height – Cars will be run over a ride height inspection gage set to current HCOT established rules per class. The car must pass cleanly over the gage without causing a tire to be lifted in which it can spin freely. Note: this does now include any button head screws which may be protruding lower than the main chassis. The body should be trimmed such that the bottom of the body is of the same level as the bottom of the main chassis; body must clear the right height gage also.
GT-5: Top 3 cars in the A Mains can be tech’d following the mains or as requested by HCOT officials. This inspection is at the discretion of HCOT officials and if requested will take place immediately after the A Main event while the cars are at the tech table. A car may not be removed from the tech table for this inspection. The driver will be responsible for getting tools for removal and tear down of the motors as well as opening up their own motor. Any driver refusing to perform this inspection if called for will be DQ’d on the spot and the 4th placing driver in the event will have his car inspected and if legal will be given the points for that position and all other drivers will advance up one position as well (including the following mains). Note: No driver will be singled out for this inspection if requested all top 3 drivers must perform the tear down. HCOT officials are not responsible for any damage and/or missing parts which may result from this inspection.
GT-6: Any motor found to contain an illegal part will have that part turned over to HCOT officials and will not be returned or replaced and the driver will be DQ’d from the event. The part will stay with the Tour series and be available for inspection purposes only until the entire Tour series is over at which time it may be destroyed. Blatant cheating of any sort will result in the loss of all earned points to the event the cheating took place at.
GT-7: All 2s LIPO batteries must read equal to or less than 8.44 volts by the HCOT volt meter. All 1s LIPO packs must read equal to or less than 4.22 volts by the HCOT volt meter, this meter is available for everyone during all practice times to allow you to calibrate your chargers. A driver with an over charged battery will have his voltage recorded and be given 1 attempt to bring a battery down to the required voltage if identified as overcharged to 4.23v for 1S packs and 8.46v for 2S packs. If a 1S LIPO is brought to tech 4.24v or over it must be discharged to 4.20v and a 2S pack that reads 8.47v or over will be required to discharge to 8.40v and LIPO batteries are not to be more than 10 degrees Fahrenheit above ambient room temperature as measured on the sample battery at the tech table. Drivers must return to their pit to discharge batteries to correct voltage and then return to end of tech line to go through tech. Intentional overcharging of batteries will not be tolerated due to the obvious safety issues this poses.
GT-8: Tech inspection will be done prior to races, Bodies must be off, battery leads must be accessible at tech time, and driver will attach volt meter leads to check battery voltage.
HOOTER CHASSIS OUTLAW TOUR POINTS (ALL CLASSES):
HP-1: HCOT series points will be awarded as follows: Note: it is encouraged that a driver compete in all Tour events to support the tracks which are willing to host our events, as a result a bonus point system is in place to encourage drivers to make all events. SEE BELOW.
HP-2: The Series will comprise of an eight (8) race schedule with the drivers 2 lowest points scoring events dropped.
HP-3: Drivers will not receive any competition points if he or she does not line up on the grid and attempt to start in their respective Main/Feature during the event. If a driver participates in all 8 events for a given class he or she will be awarded a 5 point bonus at the end of the season.
HP-4: The top qualifier at the event will receive 1 point bonus for that event.
HP-5: Points Breakdown: Points only awarded to the driver in the event, not the car.
HP-6: In the event of a tie in points the position will be decided by the actual points without the drop, if a tie would still exist the number of wins will then decide.
The only rule changes allowed will be due to major industry changes, such as the unavailability of a motor, battery, tire or body type which would negatively impact the competitive balance of the class. The intent is to have the same rules in effect for a season to keep costs down and put the emphasis on chassis, tuning and driving ability.