The maximum allowed entries into each Time Attack event will vary based on the number of available transponders, time allotment, track configuration and/or various nonspecific reasons. Registration priority will be on a first come, first served basis. If there is a surplus of registered entrants, a waiting list will be created.
All Time Attack participants must check in with registration FIRST if they have rented a transponder, after which all participants are to check into the Time Attack meeting. Failure to check in during the specified time could result in a forfeited slot to a “waiting list” competitor.
It is the responsibility of each competitor to securely fasten their transponder to the front or rear exterior of their own vehicle, as low as possible to the ground (multiple zip ties are generally preferred). Competitors will be responsible for replacement cost of any damaged transponders (est. $300) due to insufficient securing of the unit to their vehicle.
It is also the competitor’s responsibility to fasten the transponder as close to the racing surface as safely possible, this will ensure the best possible chance of the transponder hitting. If the transponder does not hit (a time is not recorded), UMS Tuning and event officials will attempt to organize a re-run IF time permits and does not hinder the remaining competitors but it is not guaranteed.
UMS Tuning will organize the competitors into “heats” or “run groups” and competitors will be assigned according to lap time potential to reduce the chance of any passing providing all competitors the best opportunity for their quickest lap time. It is the responsibility of each competitor to have an “estimate” of their lap times (GPS based lap timer, stop watch, etc.) available to the Time Attack staff no later than the Time Attack meeting. Once all competitors have checked in, UMS Tuning and grid staff will have run positions to assist with grid placement for each participant.
All competitors will be given 1 warm up lap, 2 “hot” laps and 1 cool down lap. Special attention and launch intervals will be adjusted on grid to better assist with the avoidance of passing situations. It is imperative competitors maintain the gap given by staff when released on to the track, and the lead vehicle doesn’t outrun the competitors behind them. A 50-60% pace should be maintained on the warm up lap. If a pass occurs on track, there is no penalty for either driver. Obviously all drivers are going for their absolute best time therefore passing situations may present themselves. Proper track etiquette would be for the slower vehicle to allow the faster vehicle by. Never contest a corner, and if you see a competitor closing in on you it’s your responsibility to facilitate a safe pass. A simple lift off on a straight or early brake into a corner is all it takes to allow a safe pass in most situations.
Competitors will be disqualified (DQ) from the Time Attack results if they:
- Spin their vehicle more than 90 degrees
- Go off track (e.g. 4 wheels leave the intended racing surface)
- Do more than 1 warm up lap, 2 flying laps and 1 cool down lap
- Missing corner worker flags
If you are DQ’d you will be black flagged and need to return to the hot pits immediately paying close attention to not affect other competitors laps.
To ensure the event runs as efficiently as possible there will be overlap between the cool down lap and warm up laps (e.g. group 2 vehicles will be launched into their warm up lap when group 1 vehicles start their cool down lap). Event etiquette would be for the “cool down lap vehicles” to yield to the warm up lap vehicles, however competitors should maintain a 70-80% pace on their cool down laps to help avoid this scenario.
Once competitors have completed their competition laps, they will be required to take their vehicle to impound and must remain there until all rented transponders have been collected and results have been posted. Results will be shared immediately after the event at the UMS Tuning booth or a predetermined location disclosed at the Time Attack meeting.