DANISH PROPOSALS - NOVEMBER 1999:

F2C TEAM RACING RULES

Team Race Site.

4.3.2   Change to: "A team race site must consist of three concentric circles, which shall be marked on the ground":

4.3.2.b   Amend: "A third circle at radius 2,5 meter"

Reason:   Safety: To help pilots find the centre of the circle during racing.

Characteristics of a Team Racing Model.

4.3.4.d   Change to " Minimum dimensions of the fuselage: height: 100 mm" etc.

4.3.4.e   Delete:

4.3.4.k   Delete:

Reason:   The rules are based on historical reasons, It is very difficult to enforce with the present wording, it has no influence on model performance.

Controls - Technical Verification.

4.3.5.b   Change: Control System: It is compulsory for the model to fly anti-clockwise. Two control lines must be used. If constructed of single steel wire each, these must be of 0,30 mm minimum diameter with a minus tolerance of 0,011 mm allowed. If stranded line construction is used, these shall have a minimum of three strands and all strands shall be of equal diameter and the stranded combination shall have a minimum width of 0,34 mm with no minus tolerance allowed. In all cases the lines shall be measured using a suitable instrument with measuring surface diameters of 5 mm minimum and 8 mm maximum.

  Change to: Control System: It is compulsory for the model to fly anti-clockwise. Two control lines must be used. If constructed of single steel wire each, these must be of 0,40 mm minimum diameter with a minus tolerance of 0,011 mm allowed. If stranded line construction is used, these shall have a minimum of three strands and all strands shall be of equal diameter and the stranded combination shall have a minimum width of 0,4 mm with no minus tolerance allowed. In all cases the lines shall be measured using a suitable instrument with measuring surface diameters of 5 mm minimum and 8 mm maximum.

Reason:   Safety: Increasing the line diameter is an easy way to slow down speeds increasing flying safety. Increasing the line diameter also reduces the chances of line breakages.

Organisation of the Races.

4.3.6.c   Amend: When it is not possible to organise a reflight for a team which has been granted an attempt, this team is drawn in the next eliminating race if it is not the last eliminating race. The Jury will ask for volunteer teams from a country or countries to fill up the eliminating race. If there are no volunteers, the team will be allowed to fly alone to complete the eliminating race reflight during the same round.

4.3.6.d   Amend: The teams may be allowed to run their motors just before entering the circle under the organiser's supervision so the running does not interfere with the starting procedure of a heat. Mechanics are not allowed to walk with a running engine.

Reason:   Safety.

4.3.6.e   Amend: A pitting area (4.3.2.(a)) is occupied by each of the models which are to participate in the race. The model of the team designated first during the draw occupies the place chosen by that team. The other teams choose one of the remaining free pitting areas in order of the draw. The chosen pitting areas are considered occupied until the race is finished.

Reason:   Clarification.

4.3.6.f   Amend: After entry to the circuit, it is forbidden to start a motor before the first signal has been given by the Circle Marshal, unless allowed by the Circle Marshal

Reason:   Clarification.

Race from Start to Finish

4.3.7.a   Amend: Three timekeepers are assigned to each team. They stand outside the flight circle, near the pitting area of the model that they control. They are in charge of the timekeeping and lap counting for their particular team. Timekeepers should note infringement of the rule 4.3.7.h and 4.3.9.p

  One timekeeper must signal with a red flag for infringement of 4.3.7.i (Landing outside circle)

  One timekeeper must signal with a green flag for infringement of 4.3.7.n (Pitting inside circle)

Reason:   It is impossible for the jury to pass the same judgement for infringement happening on the far side of the circle, as things happening just in front of them.

Warnings - Eliminations

4.3.9.j   Amend: If the mechanic steps into the flight circle with both feet. Or lies down inside the circle.

Reason   Safety.

Team Qualification and Classification

4.3.10.a   Each competing team must take part in at least one eliminating race to qualify for the semi-finals, but it may participate in two. For World and Continental Championships, the elimination races will be three.

  Amend: Each competing team must take part in at least two eliminating races to qualify for the semi-finals, but it may participate in three.

4.3.10.b   The 6, 9 or 12 teams which register the 6, 9 or 12 best times respectively during the two eliminating races qualify for the semi-finals. If there are zero(0) semi-finalists then all teams are allowed 3 eliminating races.

  Amend: The 6, 9 or 12 teams which register the 6, 9 or 12 best average of the two fastest times respectively , during the three eliminating races qualify for the semi-finals. If there are zero(0) semi-finalists then all teams are allowed 3 eliminating races averaging the two best.

4.3.10.e   The three teams having registered the three best times during the semi-finals qualify for the final race.

  Amend: The three teams having registered the best averaged times (two out of three) during the semi-finals qualify for the final race.

4.3.10.g   The teams which have participated in the semi-finals will be placed next in order of classification, only taking into account the times of flights during the semi-finals. All teams not participating in the semi-finals will be classified according to their best time in any single eliminating race. Classification of any team that retired from any race, or exceeded the official time limit for any race but was not disqualified, shall be ranked according to the number of laps completed.

  Amend: The teams which have participated in the semi-finals will be placed next in order of classification, only taking into account the averaged two times of flights during the semi-finals. All teams not participating in the semi-finals will be classified according to their best averaged time of two eliminating races. Classification of any team that retired from any race, or exceeded the official time limit for any race but was not disqualified, shall be ranked according to the number of laps completed, race time recorded.

Reason:   Safety: Presently pilots will make an all out effort in any individual race. This tests the ability of the other pilots and the jury. Averaging two out of three will make pilots fly safer, not "pressing their luck" with hairy decisions.

  Averaging two heats will also make the lucky draw less obvious and inexperienced teams, not really qualified (unsafe) will not reach the semis etc.

  With the present situation where F2B takes such a long time, there should be enough time to have three elimination heats and three semi-finals, making the contest so much more enjoyable for the competitors.

  One problem is the "lucky" tenth team, entering the semi-final in a reflight, canít average one race.

International Team Classification

4.3.11   International team classification is established by adding the numerical position achieved by each individual team. The lowest team is ranked first, etc. with complete three-team teams ahead of two-team teams which in turn are ranked ahead of single team entries.

  Amend: International team classification is established by adding the averaged two out of three times achieved during the elimination rounds, achieved by each individual team. The lowest team is ranked first, etc. with complete three-team teams ahead of two-team teams which in turn are ranked ahead of single team entries.

Reason:   Gives an incentive for lesser ranked teams to improve their teams placing, by flying the races even if they are last in the ranking.

  With the team classification being based on heat times, there will be no reason for a team to step down from a semi-final race, after securing two good times, to let a countryman in tenth place, have a semi final flight, just for winning the team price.