Copy of briefing notes from a press conference held on 9 Dec 1994 in London

Rule changes -- what are they?

The changes to the RACMSA Yearbook are effectively suspensions of current sections of the yearbook, applicable only for the nominated Racing Ahead events. Technically, these are supplementary regulations and their application at these events will be notified in the Final Instructions.

* The maximum number of clerks of the course has been relaxed at Racing Ahead events to accommodate more clerks, allowing for the speedier handling of the event and its associated procedures.

* Practice sessions will be able to be held over as little as six laps, reducing a time- consuming part of an event which are often longer than the races themselves, while continuing to meet the insurance demands of a minimum of three observed laps.

* Final instructions will Inform competitors of grid selection procedures, which could be through a number of methods: practice times, handicaps, finishing order in a previous championship race, current positions in a championship or ballot.

* Formation laps, green flag laps and three minute countdowns all come in for rationalisation, designed to cut the amount of time spent during this phase of a race.

* Any cars running on production tyres or treaded tyres will not have a formation lap and will go straight from assembly areas to grids and form up with engines running. Cars which are slick-shod and have not completed more than 75% of a lap of the track during their journey from the assembly area to the grid will have a formation lap, otherwise they will form up in the same way as non-slick tyred cars.

* No personnel will be allowed on the grid with the exception of officials and the completion of the grid will be signalled by a one minute countdown. not three as previously. Following the one minute board a 30 second signal will be given followed by a five second warning before the start of the race.

* The starting procedure will now see the green light come on not less than two seconds and no more than seven seconds after the showing of the red light, rather than between four and ten seconds. As well as speeding up the procedure this measure should reduce the potential for jumped starts.

* The jump start penalty has been revised as an 'across-the-board' addition of 10 seconds to a driver's time, irrespective of the race distance.

* If the start of a race is delayed, engines may be stopped and the starting procedure will recommence with the one minute signal and not a three minute countdown.

* Stopped races are given attention with revised classification rules. In the event of a two part race (i.e. when the race is stopped between three laps and 50% of its duration) the grid for the restart will be determined by the order of cars one lap less than at the showing of the red nag and the final result will be the order of finishing at the end of the restarted race. Only cars which are racing at the showing of the red flag will be classified.

* In the event of a race stopped after the leader has completed 50% of the duration it will be considered to have finished and the final result will be the order of cars as they cross the finish line. Only cars which are racing at the showing of the red flag will be classified. There is a relaxation of the circuit familiarity stipulations to allow drivers to compete on an unfamiliar track after completing three observed practice laps in the car to raced, instead of the demand for competitors to have driven on the track within four weeks of an event in the same car.

Clive Grounds Tel: 01223 232861 Chairman of Cambridge Car Club Ltd. & RACMSA Steward.