2018 Sporting Regulations for the 2019 Sunoco Whelen Challenge
The prize for the 2019 Sunoco Whelen Challenge is a fully sponsored drive in the Whelen sponsored Prototype at the 2019 Rolex 24 At Daytona®. This prize is awarded to the highest average scoring racer competing in one of the qualifying Series or Championships for the Sunoco Whelen Challenge during the 2018 race season.
1.2 Sole Authority
Anglo American Oil Company Ltd. (AAOC) and/or its appointed Sunoco Whelen Challenge organisation is the only authority for awarding all Sunoco Whelen Challenge points, prizes and awards, and naming the Sunoco Whelen Challenge winner. The winner will be notified within two weeks after all qualifying Series and Championships have completed the last races of their seasons. AAOC reserves the right to amend these regulations during the course of the racing season should it be deemed necessary to do so.
Prizes and awards for all races will be distributed by AAOC in accordance with these sporting regulations. Sunoco Whelen Challenge registered racers agree to abide by decisions of AAOC with respect to the establishment and distribution of points and the Sunoco Whelen Challenge award.
1.3.1 Fully paid race seat in the Action Express run Whelen sponsored Daytona Prototype at the 2019 Rolex 24 At Daytona® including pre-race testing.
1.3.2 Return flights from London Gatwick to Orlando/Florida and ground transportation to Daytona Speedway for pre-race testing and the 2019 Rolex 24 At Daytona® are included (subject to flight availability).
1.3.3 Hotel rooms for pre-race testing and the 2019 Rolex 24 At Daytona® race weekend are included.
1.3.4 A top up insurance for the driver’s medical of up to $1 million through IMSA driver scheme is included.
1.3.4.a Personal travel and racing insurance is not included in the prize.
1.3.5 Insurance for the car is covered by Whelen.
1.3.6 All other costs shall be borne by the Sunoco Whelen Challenge winner, including in particular ensuring that he/she has the required licence, which is ideally an FIA International Class B licence or at least an FIA International Class C licence, and that their personal race gear conforms to IMSA regulations (suit, helmet and radio).
1.3.7 The Sunoco Whelen Challenge award cannot be exchanged for cash or any other substitute of any nature and cannot be transferred.
1.3.8 AAOC accepts no liability in respect of the satisfaction of future tax liabilities arising on the prize winner as a result of the prize offered.
1.3.9 Should the Sunoco Whelen Challenge winner be unable to claim the prize, the situation will be resolved by the AAOC at its sole discretion.
1.3.10 The Sunoco Whelen Challenge organisation reserve the right to exclude the Sunoco Whelen Challenge winner from participating in the Rolex 24 At Daytona should he/she be deemed to not have the necessary skills and speed to handle a Daytona Prototype in a safe and appropriate manner.
1.4 Qualifying Drivers, Series and Championships
Pro-drivers competing in the British GT3 and GT4 Championship, British F3 Championship, LMP3 Cup Championship and Radical European Masters (4 cylinder and V8 as separate classes) are eligible to register for the 2019 Sunoco Whelen Challenge*. *AAOC reserves the right to add further series/championships to the 2019 Sunoco Whelen Challenge. Minimum participating age for the Driver is that he must be 18 years old on the 1st of January 2019.
1.5 Registration process
Registration for the Sunoco Whelen Challenge is free. However, a voluntary donation of a minimum of £20 ($30USD) to the 2019 Sunoco Challenge fund towards ‘Racing for a Cure’ part of Team Fox for Parkinson’s Research will be greatly encouraged by the Sunoco Challenge administration. This can be done directly to AAOC personnel or online at www2.michaeljfox.org/goto/2019sunocochallenge. The official registration document must be completed before the start of the first point scoring race. Racers can enter after the first race, but will only score points after official registration documents have been filled in. Note. Racer’s points will still be averaged to the total number of races in the series or championship, even if the racer has entered after the first race or missed rounds in the 2018 season.
1.5.1 Registered racers can only score points from one qualifying series or championship and cannot switch series or championship once points have been scored in one series or championship. Racers signed up for two eligible Championships must decide their Championship preference at the start of the season.
1.5.3 AAOC reserves the right to refuse registrations at its own absolute discretion.
1.6 Points system
Points will be awarded to the first 10 finishers in each race according to the chart below plus 20 points for pole position and 20 points for fastest lap:
1.6.1 In a two-driver car, both drivers will gain points according to race classification.
1.6.2 Points for pole position shall be given to the fastest time from qualifying and will not take into account any specific championship/series regulations. If a qualifying series/championship has one qualifying session for two or more races at the weekend it will be the fastest, second fastest or third fastest time between all drivers that counts towards the pole position points.
1.6.3 Should less than 10 cars in each class start a race, points will be calculated by reference to the number of cars starting the race. E.g. if 8 cars start the race, points from the race including points for fastest lap and qualifying will be calculated on the basis that 80% only of the points normally awarded for race result, fastest lap and pole position will be awarded.
1.6.4 Points will be averaged. This means that each driver’s total points for the race season will be divided by the number of races in the series or championship regardless of how many races the individual racer has competed in the series or championship.
1.6.5 All rounds** in a series or championship count towards the Sunoco Whelen Challenge.
**The last point scoring race towards the Sunoco Whelen Challenge for the eligible series are:
British GT3 and GT4 – 23rd September at Donington Park
British F3 and LMP3 – 14th October at Silverstone
Radical EuroMasters – 23rd September at Monza
1.6.6 Points will be awarded for the first 10 cars even if 10 cars are not classified as finishers according to individual qualifying series scoring system. This means that if only 6 cars are classified as finishers we will award points in the order they are listed including DNF down to tenth position.
1.6.7 Points will be given according to the classification system regardless if the finishers are registered for the Sunoco Whelen Challenge. This means should the top registered Sunoco Whelen Challenge competitor finish in second place he will be given 85 points and not 100 points. The same applies to fastest lap and pole position. However, invitation cars are not counted as starters or finishers.
1.6.8 Pro-driver. In a two-driver team the pro-driver can not be changed during the season other than through exceptional circumstances.
1.6.9 Pole position:
188.8.131.52 British GT3 and GT4 – we will combine the two qualifying sessions and give pole position points for the two overall fastest laps of the combined sessions. If it is one race at the race weekend we will award one pole position point only. Pole Position points will be awarded to the driver (not the driver pairing) that sets the times.
184.108.40.206 British F3 – we will give pole position points for the two overall fastest laps from qualifying.
220.127.116.11 Radical European Masters – we will combine qualifying session 1 and session 2 (Race 1 and Race 2 and give pole position points for the three overall fastest laps of the combined sessions. Pole Position points will be awarded to the driver (not the driver pairing) that sets the times.
1.6.10 One driver in a two-driver race format – should a driver register for the Sunoco Whelen Challenge and single handed compete in a Championship designed for two drivers (all 2018 eligible Championships) he/she will only be awarded 90% of the earned points.
1.6.11 In a Silver / Silver driver situation only 90% points will be awarded. Should a Silver, or higher ranked, driver (or a driver that has previously raced prototype at the Rolex 24 At Daytona) race solo in a two-driver format only 81% of the points will be awarded to the Silver, or higher ranked, driver.
1.6.12 Ties – In the case of a tie in the final point standings, the tie will be broken according to the racers’ relative number of first place finishes, the number of seconds, etc. down to tenth place finishes. If the tie is still not broken, firstly the number of weighted pole position points and secondly the weighted fastest lap points will be decisive. In the unlikelihood that there is still a tie after race results, pole positions and fastest laps are accounted for AAOC reserves the right to choose a suitable vehicle to break the tie.
1.6.13 British GT. Due to the complexity of the balance of performance British GT Drivers will be allowed an extra 10% added to any points earnt.
1.6.14 British F3. Only race one and race three will count towards the Sunoco Whelen Challenge as race two is a completely reversed grid.
1.6.14 Dispute – AAOC will decide any dispute or question about awarded points.
1.7 Registered racer obligations
Registered racers will endeavour to race competitively and fairly. In addition they must make sure that the trademarks of Sunoco Whelen Challenge, Whelen, Rolex 24 At Daytona®, Daytona, Sunoco and Anglo American Oil Company Ltd (the brands) are treated with respect. Should a racer be found to refer to the
brands disrespectfully, AAOC reserves the right in its sole discretion either fully or partly to disallow Sunoco Whelen Challenge points that would otherwise have been collected.
1.7.1 Registered racers agree to clearly display two Sunoco Whelen Challenge logos on the race car visible at the front of each side pod or at the lower part of the front of the race cars’ doors.
1.7.2 Registered racers will display one Sunoco sew-on patch on the right arm of their racing overalls and one Sunoco Whelen Challenge sew-on patch on the breast area of their racing overalls (other positions may be allowed on a case by case approval).
1.7.3 Registered racers agree to use Sunoco Race Fuels throughout the entire 2018 race season to be eligible to score points towards the 2019 Sunoco Whelen Challenge.
1.8 Sunoco Whelen Challenge winner obligations
The winner of the Sunoco Whelen Challenge will not only be awarded the prize according to 1.3 but also be the ambassador for Whelen and Sunoco in Europe and the award of this prize imposes certain specific obligations on the winner, who must:
1.8.1 Wear clothing and race suit as provided by AAOC (there will be a dedicated place for the winner’s private sponsors – however, private sponsors cannot clash with the brands) when and where requested to do so by AAOC.
1.8.2 Appear, with notice, at press conferences and shows when asked to do so by AAOC (travelling cost covered).
1.8.3 Be available for photo-shoots and other marketing and PR activities with reasonable notice.
1.8.4 Any other activities as may be deemed appropriate and reasonable by AAOC.
1.8.5 Social media such as Facebook, Press releases and Twitter must be issued within the spirit of regulation 1.7 This means that no adverse comments can be made concerning, IMSA, Rolex 24 At Daytona, Daytona Motor Speedway, Whelen, Anglo American Oil Company, Sunoco, the Driven Racing Oils and teams involved in testing including all parties employees and principals. This also includes public appearances.
1.8.6 Be available for the duration of the Roar pre-test (4-6th Jan 2019 TBC) and for the Rolex 24 At Daytona (25th Jan-27th Jan 2019 TBC) – excluding travelling to the events.
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