*If a car leaves the track limits as a result of a driver error and loses time, then this is not an issue.
*If a car leaves the track limits in order to avoid an incident, this is not an issue, as long as common sense is applied with regard to time gained.
RCR6a/. Two wheels must remain on the track at all times. The track is defined by the surface between the white lines. Persistent abuse resulting in time clearly gained is not allowed.
RCR6b/. Anyone who passes another car following a missed chicane/Leaving the track limits must make every effort to give that place back, when it is safe to do so.
Consequence for Non-Adherence:-
A Track-Cut penalty/Warning may occur if Admin spots the infringement themselves, or if another driver reports to the Admin that excessive cutting/exceeding the track limits was witnessed.
This has to be witnessed at least 3 times by the reporting driver. Admin will review the race and decide if a penalty is due or not. This is usually worked out 10 seconds per cut. This may also remove any fastest lap achieved which in some series carries an extra point.
Anyone who passes a car following a track cut who does not return the position will receive a warning/penalty.
In addition to the time calculation detailed above, penalties may be applied depending on the level of the incident and at the discretion of Admin. These may range from Lap Penalties, to Time Penalties, to Drive Through Penalties, to Grid Penalties, to Removal from the Server, or Removal/DQ from the Race Result.
A/. 2 Wheels up on the curb, at the apex, with 2 wheels just on the White Line/Tarmac is Fine.
B/. 2 Wheels up on the curb, at entry/exit of a corner, with 2 wheels just on the White Line/Tarmac is Fine.
C/. Getting to the point where your tyres are barely on the track may result in post race review. If it's only 1 or 2 times in the whole race, then it'd probably not be an issue. Running consistently this close to the limit of the track will probably mean that other laps will see 'cuts', as the margin for error is so small. If a driver was precise enough to do this every lap, then almost certainly, there would be no penalty.
D/. Although this is only marginally different to the picture above, this behaviour should be avoided if possible, and if reported, will probably attract post race penalties/warnings as per Rule RCR6a/. Running consistently this close to the limit of the track will probably mean that other laps will see 'cuts', as the margin for error is so small. If a driver was precise enough to do this every lap, then almost certainly, there would be no penalty, and it would be just a warning.
E/. Running wide and leaving the track, to maintain greater speed through the corner will also potentially attract post race penalties/warningsas per Rule RCR6a/.
As a comparison to the 'Unacceptable' examples shown above, a few examples from events in the past are given below:-
And my personal favourite below (so far off track we had to go 'wide screen' so be able to see the track and car at the same time):-
Either warnings or penalties were given for these examples. It is the following examples that should be reported if seen (even if the cuts have no effect on your race result, these issues should be reported.
Reports of cars being 2 or 3 pixels off the road (which we have received in the past from members) are of no interest to Admin.
RaceConnect does not want to discourage brave and aggressive treatment of the curbs from it's members. However, for some members, actually being on the curbs, would be a great place to start, to avoid any possible warning/penalty. Attacking the curbs makes for exciting racing and great lap times, which the fastest drivers are able to achieve for lap after lap.
If on the odd occasion, the limit is exceeded, then no penalty would result. What is not fair, is that anyone should try to take an unfair advantage by persistently ignoring track limits, as shown in the examples above.