There will be a six hour enduro at High Plains Raceway in Colorado on September 16, 2018, following a regular two day Club Race. The rules for the Super Enduro are a combination of the normal Club Race rules and special rules relating to the Super Enduro. The regular rules will be referenced here, along with some administrative matters for the Super Enduro, but the Enduro protocols are presented here in full as modified for ease of reference.
Who may race?
Any (i) licensed PCA Club Racer, (ii) anyone admitted to Provisional status, and (iii) any first time rookie who has successfully completed the rookie driving school and the fun race, and has taken a green flag in each of the two championship points sprint races at High Plains which precede the Super Enduro that weekend. Licensing is covered fully in the CR rules, but questions about licensing should be directed to Susan Shire PCA Club Racing License & Program Coordinator, at Susan.Shire@pcaclubracing.org.
To race in the Super Enduro, the driver must have registered for it.
What equipment does the driver need?
All drivers must comply with all of the CR driver equipment and safety rules.
What cars are eligible?
Any Porsche Club Racing eligible sports car with a PCA log book. A car without a 2018 endorsed PCA log book may renew an existing log book by presenting the normal compliance forms at tech. A car without a PCA log book may receive a log book at the event by following the regular PCA Club Racing procedures and presenting the car at tech.
What standards must eligible cars meet?
All cars must comply with the regular PCA Club Racing safety equipment requirements.
How are cars classed?
Cars will be classed under the normal PCA classification rules (except for certain rules applying to tires), but for Super Enduro competition purposes classes will be combined into larger Super Enduro groupings for competition within the groups and podium purposes (i.e., there will not be class winners, there will be group winners). The division of cars into groups is listed in the appendix to these rules. As usual, cars which do not meet stock, prepared, or special (e.g., GTB) groupings will be assigned the appropriate GT class. Cars originating from other race series, such as NASA, WRL, etc. will be classed under PCA rules based on their modifications.
In addition, if five or more cars which comply with the same regular PCA class rules enter the Super Enduro, they will be given their own Super Enduro Group for the Super Enduro.
Tires must meet safety standards, fit the rim width limitations applicable to the car’s base class, and be covered by the fenders. Brand and compound are free.
Super Enduro Rules
Length of race: Six hours, which starts at the green flag or a wave off at the start.
Number of drivers: Each Super Enduro car must have a minimum of two drivers. There is no maximum. Each driver must drive a cumulative minimum of one hour. No driver may drive more than three hours continuously. (A pit stop is not considered a “break” in continuous drive time.) Teams are required to keep a time log of drivers in the car that race officials can review during and after the race.
Required pit stops: Each car must make a minimum of four (4) mandatory 5-minute pit stops in compliance with the pit stop rules.
- All required pit stops shall be for a minimum time of five minutes. Drivers who do not stay in the pits for the minimum five minute stop will be Black Flagged and assessed a stop and go penalty with the stop time being equivalent to the time that the pit stop was short. A crew member or driver shall notify a National Scrutineer when a pit stop is not to be considered a mandatory 5-minute pit stop. If a stop and go penalty for a short stop cannot occur during the race, then a 3 lap penalty shall be assessed at the end of the race. Car must be running ON track when the checkered flag is given to the leader and cross the start/finish loop on the track or in the hot pits to avoid a DNF.
- Any pit stop involving fueling must meet the 5-minute minimum requirement. “Splash and go” refueling is not allowed.
- Failure to satisfy the mandatory number of pit stops will incur a five (5) lap penalty for each missed pit stop. Shorted pit stops will be handled as set forth in rule #1.
- Pits will be open under Full Course Yellow conditions.
- Cars entering the hot pits for the mandatory five minute pit stop will drive past the designated Check In Point (i.e., the pit-in timing loop) and timing of the pit stop will begin when the car passes the timing check point. The car must be at or below the designated pit lane speed limit of 35 MPH at the Check In point. When the driver has determined that his/her pit stop has been completed, the car will pull away from the pit wall, and proceed at or below the pit lane speed past the Check Out Point (i.e., the pit-out timing loop), at which point the car may start accelerating to re-enter the track. Cars which have pulled away from the pit wall may not stop or otherwise impede the exit of other cars from the pit lane in order to optimize their pit stop time. The elapsed time shall be from the time the car passes through Check In until the car passes through Check Out before entering the track.
- A maximum of three persons, including the driver(s), will be allowed over the pit wall to refuel the car and everyone over the wall during fueling must have full fire protective gear. Five gallon fuel containers only over the wall. No restriction on the hose diameter. When not refueling, the maximum is five persons. Any deviation from this standard for crewmembers will result in a stop and go penalty of the car involved.
- Minor repair work; tire changes, and driver changes are allowed during the pit stop. Only one jack can be over the wall, and only 2 wheels can be off the ground at any given time. (Cars with factory-installed air jacks are exempt from this rule.) ONLY ONE IMPACT WRENCH IS ALLOWED OVER THE WALL FOR TIRE CHANGES FOR EACH CAR. No equipment (e.g., jacks, tires) may be placed on the hot side of the pit wall until the car is within the pit stall. The car must run in the same configuration during the whole Enduro; i.e., legal weight, equipment, etc. More extensive repairs – those estimated to take ten or more minutes – must be done in the paddock. Refueling may not occur in the paddock. Cars which enter the paddock during the race may return to the track when repaired, but must not exceed the paddock speed limit and must drive with due regard for others in the paddock.
- The use of generators or electricity in the pits is not allowed. Battery operated tools ARE allowed in the pits, but only AFTER any fueling is completed. Compressed gas bottles taken to the pits must be secured and equipped with protection (e.g., metal cage) for the regulator.
- Fuel may be added to the car only by a driver or pit crew member while wearing a fire-retardant suit, gloves and a full-face helmet with visor down or balaclava with goggles standing at the point where fuel is added to the car. Long hair must be covered by a balaclava. These crew protection requirements also apply to anyone holding a funnel, or cranking a fuel transfer pump wherever located. One person acting as fireman must be present in the hot side of the pit, with full fire safety gear, equipped with a minimum 10 lb., 60BC or 60ABC fire extinguisher with the pin removed during refueling, and positioned to discharge the extinguisher on any fire related to a fuel spill. The fireman may have no other duties until the cap is back on the gas tank. Drivers will be responsible for providing the fire extinguisher.
- During refueling, the car motor must be off, the driver out of the car, and no other work may be performed on the vehicle during refueling. (Checking tire pressures, cleaning windshield, and refilling cool suit is considered “working” on the car.) Fuel jugs must remain capped and on the cold side of the pit wall, and the gas tank must remain capped until the car is off and the driver is out of the car. Fueling is considered complete when the gas tank is capped or otherwise sealed.
- Only plastic containers may be taken over the wall to be used in refueling. Reversible hand-crank refueling pumps screwed onto plastic fuel containers no larger than five gallons are allowed over the wall in the hot pits. If kept on the cold side of the wall they may be up to fifteen gallons capacity. Dry break systems with a “dump bottle” are allowed. Refueling towers and pressurized containers are not allowed. Hand operated pumps from metal barrels up to fifty gallons capacity are allowed on the cold side of the pit wall, but they must have an approved nozzle. Approved nozzles include filling station type nozzles with automatic shutoff, but with the ratchet system disabled, and manual nozzles with a dry break end.
- Fuel may not be spilled during refueling. Fuel not contained in a jug, hose, funnel, or the car’s fuel intake system is a fuel spill. Minor spills will result in a stop and go penalty. Major spills will result in disqualification of the car involved.
- Each pit area will be thoroughly cleaned and swept, and all equipment removed, immediately after each pit stop. It is the responsibility of the entrant(s) to provide cleaning materials and equipment and to ensure that the pit area is clean. Failure to do so will result in a penalty or disqualification.
- Starting grid position will be determined by a separate qualifying session.
- Anyone speeding in the pits will be black flagged after they have exited the pits and shall be assessed a stop, talk to the National Scrutineer, and go penalty.
- Pits will not be closed during full course yellow flag conditions. If a car is in the pits during a full course yellow, it may be held at Pit Exit until the pace car and the main field have passed if a safe re-entry may not be made in the view of the Pit Marshal at Pit Exit.
- If a Black All or a Red All is declared, at the time that the Black All or Red is first shown at Start/Finish, the pit stop timing clock shall stop for cars then serving a mandatory pit stop. The Enduro Race Timing shall continue. The race order shall go back to the order of the cars as they pass Start/Finish behind the on track race leader’s last Green flag lap. No work shall be allowed on any cars during a Black All. The mandatory pit stop timing shall commence at such time as the Green flag is dropped at Start/Finish for the field, once the Black All has been completed. Any cars that have entered the pits under the Black All may remain in the pits but their mandatory pit stop shall not start and no work may occur on those cars until the Green Flag has been dropped on the field. Since the race order shall be the race order for the leader’s last Green Flag lap, the field may be re-ordered in the pits during the Black All.
- Drivers who ignore a Yellow Flag shall be assessed a stop, talk to the National Scrutineer and go penalty.
- If a driver is assessed a stop and go penalty, the car will be Black Flagged. The driver shall immediately pull into pit lane after being shown the Black Flag and go directly to the Black Flag impound area and not to his pit area. No work may be done to the car during the pit stop and drivers who ignore the Black Flag shall be assessed a one minute penalty for each Black Flag passed. Black Flag stops may not be used towards a five-minute mandatory pit stop time.
- Mechanical black flag stops may be used as a mandatory five minute stop, provided that the team notifies the PCA Scrutineer at Black Flag that the stop is intended to count as one of its 4 mandatory pit stops.
- Each car’s team must maintain a log book indicating who is in the car, when they entered the track, and when they returned to the pits. This book shall be constantly updated, and shall be readily available to be shown to a Scrutineer or other race official when requested. If a car enters the paddock after the green flag, the team shall immediately find and notify a Scrutineer or designated race official the name of the driver and the car number, so the race steward can be informed.
- Only the drivers registered for the Super Enduro may be in the car.
- PCA reserves the right to make changes to these rules as needed for safety or competitive reasons.
Super Enduro Class Groupings
Any PCA class with 5 or more cars gets its own SE Group. Otherwise cars are grouped as follows: