2018 F-Series

                                                          Sporting Competition Regulations

Table of Contents


 General Principles

2.1.Codes of Conduct

2.2.Regulation Adjustments

2.3.Liability Forms





3.2.Safety Apparel







3.9.Fire Safety


 Driver Requirements


4.2.Minor Release Forms


4.4.Substance Abuse Policy





5.2.Mechanics & Crew




Race Overview

6.1.Drivers Meeting (Briefing)





6.6.Speed Limits & Vehicle Restrictions


6.8.Rolling Start

6.9. Gearbox Kart Starting Procedures with Lighted Gantry

6.10. Re-starting

6.11. Race Stoppage & Re-start Procedures

6.12. DNS & DNF

6.13. Disqualification

6.14. Race Finish

6.15. Wet Race


 Race Format



7.3.Three Finals

7.4.Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ)



Technical Safety Overview



8.3.Fueling, Fuel & Oil

8.4.Tire & Wheels

8.5.Race Numbers


8.7.Technical Inspection


8.9.Parc Ferme 


Series Overview


9.2.Race Day Schedule

9.3.Event Cancellation


9.5.Championship Points

9.6.Manufacturer's Points

9.7.Points System


Code Violations

10.1.      Offenses

10.2.      Contact of Karts

10.3.      Warnings

10.4.      Categories of Penalties

10.5.      Penalty Range

10.6.      Protests

10.7.      Appeals


1.  Aims


            This manual contains the rules, regulations and technical requirements that govern The F-Series Gearup Challenge Championship.  This rulebook provides pertinent information to assist in the preparation of racing karts for competition, in addition to, an overview of the rules that apply to The F-Series racing program.

2.  General Principles


2.1  Codes of Conduct

            Unless optional equipment or modifications are specifically permitted by this rule book, they are prohibited.  The intent of the rules is determined by The F-Series.  Each written rule contained herein will override a competitor's interpretation of said rule.  Verbal approval, regarding the interpretation of a rule and/or procedure, from The F-Series, without a written statement from the Technical Department, will be deemed invalid.


2.2  Regulation Adjustments

            The F-Series strives to provide clear regulations and to maintain minimal manual changes throughout the season.  The F-Series will make all attempts to provide 15 day notices for rule changes, however, if it is necessary to implement a rule immediately, an effective date will accompany said changes.  All changes can be located on www.thefseries.com.


2.3  Liability Forms

            The F-Series requires all event participants to sign a waiver of liability prior to any on-track activity or entrance to the pit area.  These executed waivers release The F-Series, the owners, officials, representatives, employees, sponsors and members from any and all liability claims.  Parents or legal guardians of a minor racer are mandated by The F-Series to fill out the Parental Consent Release, Waiver of Liability, and Assumption of Risk Indemnity Agreement prior to participation and/or attendance.  Each minor must present a copy of their birth certificate prior to participation. 


2.4  Disclaimer

            This rule book outlines the guidelines that govern The F-Series Gearup Challenge Championship and requires all participants to understand and comply with the rules contained herein.  These rules ensure that The F-Series is managed fairly and properly and are, in no way, a guarantee or warranty against injury or death to participants, spectators and/or other persons.

3.  Safety


3.1  Overview  

            The goal of The F-Series is to provide participants with a safe and professional racing experience.  Various aspects of the program are continually monitored to ensure the safest events for all participants.


3.2  Safety Apparel 

            All drivers are required to wear appropriate safety gear and are subject to random safety apparel checks.  Participants are subject to finishing result penalties if deemed non-compliant with safety apparel rules and regulations.


3.2.1  Driving Suits

            Suits are to be manufactured for the sole purpose of racing and must be constructed of a heavy abrasion-resistant material.  Nylon and leather are the only acceptable materials; all other apparel is not permitted.  When the driver is in a seated driving position, the suit must cover both ankles and wrists.


3.2.2  Helmets

            All drivers must wear a helmet meeting the standards listed below:

 Snell Foundation Specifications:

2005 SA and M 12/20/2016

2005 K 12/20/2016

K, M or SA 2015 (12/20/2026)

CMS 2007 (youth helmet) 12/20/2019

CMR 2007 (youth helmet) 12/20/2019

K or M 2010 12/20/2021

SA 2010 12/20/2021

CMS 2016 (youth helmet) 12/20/26

CMR 2016 (youth helmet) 12/20/26

SFI Specifications:

24.1/2010 (youth helmet) 12/20/2021

31.1/2010 12/20/2021

41.1/2010 12/20/2021

24.1/2013 (youth helmet) 12/20/24

31.1/2013 (12/20/2024) 41/1/2013 (12/20/2024)  Long Hair

            When driving, hair must be retained within the driver’s protective apparel, using a hair net, hood or balaclava.  Hair cannot be tucked under the helmet, as it may compromise the helmet's performance.


3.2.3  Gloves

            Gloves must be manufactured for racing and offer abrasion-resistant qualities.


3.2.4  Racing Shoes

            Shoes must be manufactured for racing and offer abrasion-resistant qualities.


3.2.5  Neck Brace

            Neck braces are mandatory in junior classes (Formula ROK, Formula R & Formula J) and are optional in Senior classes.  Braces must be SFI-approved foam and/or a Leatt or Valhalla type.  Loss or lack of neck braces during on-track activity will result in a black flag for that specific session, resulting in no awarded points.


3.2.6  Chest Protectors

            All drivers under 13 years of age must wear an SFI-approved chest protector.


3.3  Racetracks

            Tracks and facilities rented by The F-Series management are closely inspected and monitored before an event and throughout the season.  The employees and representatives of The F-Series work diligently with the event facility to provide the participants with the safest event possible.  The F-Series rents these facilities, and as a result, cannot ensure the adequacy, safety, equipment or condition of the race track.  The owner of the facilities and the competitors are ultimately responsible for safety-related matters.  The F-Series reserves the right to cancel, delay or re-schedule any or all events if it is deemed that any competitor’s safety could be compromised.


3.3.1  Course Direction

            Competitors must always adhere to the direction of travel as stated by race officials.  If a competitor independently proceeds in the opposite direction of travel on a track, penalties will apply.


3.3.2  Re-Entry to Racing Surface

            In the event that a competitor exits the racing surface, it is their sole responsibility to safely re-enter the course.  Leaving the racing surface during race sessions will be investigated and if the official timing officer feels that an advantage is gained, penalties will apply.


3.3.3  Stopping on Racing Surface

            In the event that a competitor is forced to stop on the racing surface, they must immediately raise both hands above their head, signaling to both officials and other competitors.  After signaling, the competitor must remove the race vehicle from the racing surface to a safe zone as quickly and safely as possible.


3.4  Competitors

            Every competitor has the right to withdraw from an event due to a real or perceived safety concern.  Drivers are directly responsible for their race vehicle and equipment and are obligated to minimize the possibility of risk of injury or death to themselves and others.  The F-Series does not assume any liability for a participant’s race vehicle or equipment.  Competitors are obligated to report any personal, track condition, venue, official or equipment inadequacy, issue or concern to an F-Series official. 


3.5  Officials

            F-Series officials, first and foremost, prioritize safety and will report directly to the F-Series race director.  If any safety concerns are apparent, race officials have the authority to take necessary action.


3.6  Pits

3.6.1  Pit Lane

            Racing vehicles in-motion must adhere to a moderate speed limit in pit lane.  When entering or exiting the race track, drivers must yield to on-track race vehicles until it is safe to enter.


3.6.2  Staging Area

            The F-Series race director has the right to limit the crew allowed for each, individual driver and may revoke entry permission to any individual or support personnel for misconduct or non-compliance with rules and regulations.  All competitors and crew are required to sign the release waiver of liability before entering the staging area.


3.6.3  Pit Area

            The tent, work and team trailer area must be kept orderly at all times.


3.7  Karts

            All race vehicles must pass pre-technical inspection prior to entering the staging area.  Karts will be subjected to random safety checks throughout the event, as well as, post-technical inspection.  If any race vehicle is found to be non-compliant with the safety rules and regulations, the race vehicle will be suspended from competition until all safety concerns are rectified.


3.8 Accidents

            In the event of an accident, F-Series officials and medical personnel are the only persons authorized to be on-track.  The medical staff at the venue have the authority to examine injured drivers who must be cleared prior to further competition.  If an on-track accident involves one or more drivers, each competitor must fill out an accident report.  Damaged race vehicles are subject to re-inspection before returning to the day's events.  If a race vehicle has sustained sufficient damage to the extent that it cannot compete safely, the use of a second chassis must be approved by the race director.


3.9 Fire Safety

            Properly charged fire extinguishers will be present in pit areas during all F-Series events.  The use of open flames, for any purpose, is forbidden.  All local and state fire safety laws must be obeyed.

4.  Driver Requirements

4.1  Age

               The class structure of the F-Series determines the age requirement for each class.  A driver's racing age shall be determined by the age attained through the calendar year, however a competitor may only move up in classes when that drivers birth date allows him or her to partake in more than 50% of that years official scheduled events at the required age for that specific class. A driver may remain in a lower age division class as long as that participant partakes in at least one round of the championship at the correct age for that particular class. Age requirements can be located on www.thefseries.com


4.2  Minor Release Forms

            Any competitor under 18 years of age requires a parent or legal guardian to sign and date the Parental Consent Release prior to each event.  An Annual Parental Consent form must also be completed.  A certified birth certificate must be kept on file.  Falsification of documents will result in suspension of membership.  Forms can be found on www.thefseries.com.


4.3  Licenses

            All competitors are required to obtain an annual or single event F-Series license prior to competition.  The license is necessary to accrue points for the championship standings and year-end awards. Four levels of licenses are available and will be determined by The F-Series upon the receipt of each competitor's documents.


Class A License:  SR Semipro / Pro drivers

Class B License:  SR Amateur / Semipro drivers

Class C License:  JR Semipro / Pro drivers

Class D License:  JR Amateur / Semipro drivers


4.4  Substance Abuse Policy

            There is a no-tolerance substance abuse policy at F-Series competition events.  Any competitor that is found, or suspected to be, under the influence of any mind-altering substance will be immediately ejected from the premises, reported to the local authorities and banned from competing at any additional F-Series events.


4.5  Ability


            Officials will monitor ability and determine skill level prior to competition.  If officials believe there is a safety concern to the entrant and other competitors, due to the lack of equivalent skill level, a driver may be removed from competition.


5.  Participants


5.1  Spectators

            Anyone attending the event that is not a competitor or crew is restricted from designated competition areas and must adhere to rules and regulations in this manual.


5.2  Mechanics & Crew

            All team personal are required to complete the necessary paperwork prior to race preparation, including the release waiver of liability, assumption of risk, and indemnity agreement; if any team member is found to be in violation of this requirement, they will be subject to penalty.  If any crew member acts inappropriately towards any F-Series officials they are subject to expulsion from the event.  Drivers are ultimately responsible for team members and are subject to penalty for their actions.


5.3  Conduct

            Dangerous, reckless, inappropriate, or careless behavior, verbal arguments or physical altercations towards competitors, spectators and crew, and/or F-Series officials will not be tolerated and will result in expulsion from the event.  Disputes between competitors must be addressed with the race director.  Any physical alterations with officials or another participant will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.


5.4  Apparel

            All drivers and crew must make every effort to present themselves in presentable and tidy attire.  The F-Series will not tolerate inappropriate or offensive apparel and will demand a participant to change.

6.  Race Overview


6.1  Drivers Meeting (Briefing)

            The drivers meeting held at each event is mandatory for all drivers.  The briefing will include details on the track, technical requirements and overall event activities.  Random roll call will determine if drivers are present; failure to attend will result in a penalty.


6.2  Flags

            It is the responsibility of drivers to understand the significance of each flag used by officials.  Repeated failure to obey flag signals may result in penalty and/or expulsion from an event.

Flag signals will be displayed at the finish fine and their significance is outlined as follows:


6.2.1  Red Flag

            This flag indicates a perceived need for medical attention and/or track conditions that require stopping a track session.  When this flag is displayed, all track corners will display a waving red flag.  The red flag may also be used to close a track.


6.2.2  Black and White Checkered Flag

            This flag, waved at the finish line, signifies the end of an on-track event.


6.2.3  Black Flag

            This flag is used to inform a driver that he/she must exit the track.  Should a driver ignore the instructions of this flag, after passing its display twice, the driver may be disqualified and/or penalized. 


6.2.4  Black Flag with Orange Disc

            This flag informs a driver that their kart has mechanical problems and that they must exit the racing surface.  Should a driver ignore the instructions of this flag, after passing its display twice, the driver may be disqualified and/or penalized. 


6.2.5  Rolled Black Flag

               A rolled black flag may be followed by a waved black flag.  This flag serves as a warning to a driver that they have been reported for unsportsmanlike behavior.  Should the behavior continue, the driver may be removed from the on-track event and may be penalized.


6.2.6  White Flag

            This flag may indicate the leader is beginning the final lap of an on-track event.


6.2.7  White Flag and Checkered Flag

            The combination of these rolled flags indicates two laps remaining in the race.  The use of this signal is not mandatory.


6.2.8  Transponder Flag

            This black and yellow cross flag indicates a transponder issue.  The indicated driver should exit to the pit area or as directed by the race director to receive an alternate transponder.  The efforts made by officials to provide an alternate transponder is not mandatory.


6.2.9  Waving Yellow Flag

            A waving yellow flag signifies considerable risks or danger ahead.  Drivers should slow down and approach with extreme caution.  Overtaking is not allowed from the moment the flag is displayed until the clearing of the incident or kart that drew the yellow flag.  Should a driver overtake another driver in the section of the track that is "under yellow,” the driver must relinquish the taken position prior to completion of the lap or be subject to penalty.


6.2.10  Standing Yellow

            A standing yellow flag signifies minimal risk ahead.  Drivers should approach with caution. Overtaking is not allowed from the moment the flag is displayed until the clearing of the incident or kart that drew the yellow flag.  A ten second penalty may be imposed on overtaking karts in the section of the track that is “under yellow.”


6.2.11  Yellow Flag with Red Stripes

            This flag signifies a significant reduction in traction or grip on the racing surface due to the presence of foreign material.  This flag may be displayed until the entire field has been made aware of the hazard. It is permissible to overtake another driver when this flag is displayed.


6.2.12  Blue and Red Flag

            This flag will be waved as an indication to a driver that they are about to be overtaken and must  give way.  This flag signifies a command, not a request.  Drivers failing to yield to overtaking drivers may be immediately removed from the track session via black flag.


6.2.13  Green Flag

            This flag indicates the start of an on-track event.  A green flag also indicates that normal racing conditions apply.

6.2.14 - Aborted Start flag

           This yellow and black cross flag (inverted from the Transponder flag, 6.2.8) indicates that the start of the race has been aborted and that drivers must lineup in the original starting order again to retake the race start. Failure to acknowledge this flag may result in a race stoppage, lap deductions, and penalties.


6.3  Lights

            A lighting system may be utilized at F-Series events at the sole discretion of the race director. Gearbox classes will utilize a lighting system for all F-Series races. Five red lights will illuminate in one second intervals and will turn off from one to five seconds signaling the start of the race.  Lights, which remain illuminated, in conjunction with a set of yellow flags, signal an aborted start.


6.4  Officials

            It is the obligation of all race officials, irrespective of the duties assigned to them, to act honestly, in good faith, to ensure objectivity and discretion, to promote The F-Series rules and regulations and to act in the general interest of the sport of karting.  Officials must be 16 years of age or older.


Official positions may include:


Race Director and Assistants
Competitor Relations Officer
Administrative Secretary
Timing Officer
Chief Scrutineer and Scrutineers
Technical Inspector
Fuel Tester
Tire Tester
Scale Marshal
Flag Marshal
Pit Marshal
Grid Marshal
Noise Control Marshal


6.4.1  Duties of the Race Director

              The race director is responsible for the general conduct of the race and must ensure that sufficient, appropriately-qualified officials are present to monitor the races, disseminate pertinent safety information prior to competition, control competitors and their karts to prevent illegal competition, send karts to the start in correct order and, if necessary, to start them, receive protests from competitors, resolve issues that may arise and to continually communicate with race officials in order to ensure the efficient execution of each event.  The race director may modify rules without prior notice.  There may be a different race director for each competition in the event that multiple races occur simultaneously.


6.4.2  Duties of the Administrative Secretary

            The administrative secretary is responsible for the organization of the race insurance forms, parental consent forms and competitor rosters. If necessary, they will assist the race director prepare information for the drivers meeting.


6.4.3  Duties of the Timing Officer

             The timing officer will monitor the number of laps completed, record race order as karts cross the line, tally and publish points and record final placing for each class.


6.4.4  Duties of Chief Scrutineer, Scrutineers and Technical Inspector

            The scrutineers ensure compliance with the technical aspects of the rule book.  The functions of chief scrutineer, scrutineers, technical inspector, fuel tester and tire tester may be combined; they must report issues and important technical information to the race director.


6.4.5  Flag Marshals and Starters

            Flag marshals will occupy director-assigned posts along the track and signal, by flag, to competitors.  Each marshal must immediately report incidents occurring in their section of the track.


6.4.6  Duties of the Starter

            Starters will signal the start of a competition with flags and boards, report unsatisfactory competitor behavior to the race director and determine if competitors are in breach of conduct rules.


6.4.7  Duties of the Pit/Paddock Marshal

            The pit/paddock marshal is responsible for the general organization, layout and control of the pit area.


6.4.8  Duties of the Grid Marshal

            The grid marshal is responsible for the proper organization, control and position of karts.


6.4.9  Duties of Scale Marshal

            The scale marshal is responsible for weighing karts and drivers at the finish of every competition.  Unsatisfactory weights will be reported to the race director.


6.4.10  Duties of Noise Control Marshal

            The noise control marshal monitors and reports noise levels.


6.4.11  Competitor Relations Officer

            The competitor relations officer will ensure the guiding principles of The F-Series rules and regulation manual are upheld, provide information and clarification on rules and ensure competitors and officials achieve equitable solutions to issues which may arise.


6.5  Staging

            A competitor’s grid placement is determined by qualification, and thereafter, the previous heat.  Drivers in an incorrect gird position should signal by raising their hand above their head.  Competitors may verify their position from the posted notice board.  If a driver starts out of position, penalties will immediately apply.


6.6  Speed Limits & Vehicle Restrictions

            Pit areas are limited to 5 MPH; if this rule is disregarded, penalties will apply.  Karts may not use their engine to drive through the cold pit trailer and work area and may not carry passengers.  All persons operating a registered motor vehicle within the perimeter of The F-Series event must hold a valid, government-issued drivers license.


 6.7  Delays

            Competitors encountering mechanical issues must signal.  If an assisted-start fails, the participant must remove their race vehicle from the racing surface to a safe position.  Exiting the staging lanes will be limited to 90 seconds to re-gain the earned starting position, otherwise, at the discretion of the race director, the competitor must start at the rear of the field.


6.8  Rolling Start

            Each driver must maintain their grid position until the start is signaled; failure to do so may incur a penalty.  The field will complete one full formation lap before the start signal is given. During this lap, it is the driver's responsibility to maintain their grid position.  The practice of weaving to warm or scrub tires during the first rolling lap is permitted except during timed qualifying sessions. The driver on pole position will set the speed that all competitors must maintain.  The starter will give the start signal when satisfied with the starting formation.  Drivers cannot accelerate until the front row of karts have reached the start box. If a kart breaks formation before the start of a race or is non-compliant with the requirements, the starter and/or race director may stop the race and return the class to staging lanes, and may penalize the offending driver(s), allow the race to continue and impose a 10 second penalty to the offending driver(s) or invert the offending driver(s) starting position with the competitors directly behind.


6.9 Gearbox Kart Starting Procedures with lighted Gantry

6.9.1 Pit lane Procedures

 When green signal is given by grid steward, the kart will begin the formation lap with the pole position driver leading.
A 90 second pit lane window will exist for any driver having technical difficulty after the 90 second courtesy pit lane will be closed to take proper grid position. Drivers not being able to take their proper grid position will be able to start from pit lane after all start procedure have commenced and grid steward releases driver.

6.9.2 Formation Lap

During the formation lap practice starts are forbidden and the formation must be kept as tight as possible.
Overtaking during the formation lap is only permitted if a kart is delayed and karts behind cannot avoid passing it without unduly delaying the remainder of the field. In this case, drivers may only overtake to re-establish the original starting order. If a driver is delayed beyond all karts taking their proper grid positions that driver must start from the rear of the field.

6.9.3 Grid Positioning and Starting Procedure

When the karts take their grid position at the end of the formation lap, they will stop on their respective grid positions, keeping their engines running. There will be a standing start, the signal being given by means of lights activated by the permanent starter. Once all the karts have come to a halt the five second light will appear followed by the four, three, two and one second lights. At any time after the one second light appears, the race will be started by extinguishing all red lights.

6.9.4 Aborded Start and Kart Restarting Procedures

         If at the end of the formation lap a problem arises, the following procedures shall apply :
a) If a kart or driver develops a problem that could endanger the start the driver must immediately raise his/her hands above his/her head and the head flag marshal responsible will immediately wave a yellow flag. If the head flag official decides the start should be delayed a one lap signal will be given and all karts able to do so must complete a further formation lap whilst the kart which developed the problem is moved into the pit lane or a safe place.
The driver may also then attempt to rectify the problem and, if successful, the kart may then start from the rear of the field or the end of the pit lane. Should there be more than one kart involved their starting order will be determined by the order in which they reached the end of the pit lane.
Every time this happens the race will be shortened by one lap.

2) If the race has been started the marshals alongside the grid will wave their yellow flags to inform the drivers that a car is stationary on the grid.

3) If, after the start, a kart is immobilized on the starting grid, it shall be the duty of the marshals to push it into a safe place or pit lane by the fastest route. Any driver being pushed from the grid may not attempt to restart the kart. Drivers are permitted to restart themselves and partake in competition but will be disqualified if outside assistance is required.

6.9.5 Results 

          The race will nevertheless count for the Championship no matter how often the procedure is repeated, or how much the race is shortened as a result

6.9.6 Penalties as a result from Starts

         Time or position penalties will be imposed for a false or jump start using the Mylaps timing system which a transponder must be fitted to the kart.

6.10  Re-starting

            Competitors may not re-start their engine, during a race, unless it is a self-starting system.  In the event of a spin or collision, during the rolling laps, prior to the start, cadets, rookies and juniors may re-start with the assistance of delegated officials, at the discretion of the race director.  Seniors may not receive assistance to re-start their karts.  In the event of a spin or stoppage on the track, karts fitted with clutches may continue racing if the driver remains seated in the kart, no other person has lifted, pushed or directly moved the kart to get it mobile and/or the kart proceeds with its own power.  Karts must proceed as soon as safely possible to the direction of racing and within one lap. 

6.10.1 Suspending a Race
Should it become necessary to suspend a race because the circuit is blocked by an accident or unforeseeable outside occurrence that impedes the start procedure or race the Race Director shall order a red flag to be shown on the Line. Simultaneously, red flags will be shown at marshals’ posts provided with these flags. The decision to suspend the race or practice may be taken only by the Race Director.

6.11  Race Stoppage and Re-start Procedure

            Races will only be stopped under extreme emergency by using red flags and/or lights.  If a race is stopped on the first lap, the race will be re-started in original grid order.  All karts must be clear of the out-grid and in formation before the starter signifies the re-start of the race.  When the race is 60% complete, the race can be declared according to positions in the last recorded lap.  Adjustments and repairs are not permitted prior to the re-start of the race.  Any kart determined to be unsafe and/or non-compliant will be excluded from the re-start.


6.12  DNF & DNS

            A “Did Not Finish” competitor will be awarded points for the last lap completed.  A “Did Not Start” competitor may count this event as a points-drop race but will not receive any points for the competition.


6.13  Disqualification

            Competitors DQ’d from qualifying will start at the rear of the following heat's race field (e.g. a driver DQ’d from the first heat race will be placed at the rear of the next heat).  Competitors DQ’d from the main feature will not receive points or awards.  Competitors DQ’d from an LCQ are ineligible to advance to the feature.


6.14  Race Finish

            A checkered flag may be given on the finish line as soon as the leading kart has covered either the full race distance or the greatest distance during the time scheduled for the race.  Should the end of the race be signaled before the leading kart completes the scheduled number of laps or before the prescribed time has elapsed, the race will be declared finished when the leading kart last crossed the finish line before the signal was given. Should the signal indicating the end of the race be delayed for any reason, the race will be deemed to have finished when, under normal circumstances, the end of the race would have been decided if there had been no delay. All karts should travel directly to the scales, without unnecessary delay, and without performing donuts/celebratory laps.  Karts unable to reach the scales and tech area by their own means will be assisted by officials. 

6.15  Wet Race

            The use of rain tires is prohibited until race officials declare a “wet race.”  For the remainder of the day, the use of rains/slicks is at the sole discretion of the driver.  Up to fifteen minutes may be granted to the first group of drivers changing tires.  Drivers may install the slicks/rain tires on the grid.  Delayed drivers and/or late entries will be arranged at the rear of the field in the order they arrive to the track.

7.  Race Format


7.1  Qualification

            Competitors will only be allowed to qualify during their designated class qualifying session.  Each qualifying session will range from seven to ten minutes in duration.  Timing for each qualifying session will commence when the first kart crosses the timing line and will close with a checkered flag.  Competitors will continue to be timed until the completion of their individual lap.  The fastest single lap for each driver, from each class, will determine their respective grid positions. In the event of a tie, the next fastest lap will determine the grid position.  Any competitor who fails to register a qualifying time will start in the rear of the field.  Any driver circulating at less than a race pace or who deliberately interferes with another drivers attempt to qualify may be penalized.  Drivers without a working transponder may be provided with an alternate; this is considered a courtesy.  Practice times will be considered if multiple drivers fail to achieve times.


7.2  Pre-Final

            In the event that the race format is a pre-final and final itinerary, the pre-final will decide the starting positions for the final, points-paying race.  If any penalties are incurred in the pre-final, it may result in an adjusted starting position and/or expulsion from the main event.  Vacant grids will be filled with the next available qualifier.


7.3  Three Finals

            Each race will earn points-paying positions and decide an overall winner by the best average of finishing positions.  Tie breakers will be decided by the day's qualifying results.


7.4  Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ)

            A defined number of drivers who fail to qualify in the pre-final may participate in the LCQ; this race will transfer a defined number of drivers into the pre-final.  The number of laps will be determined by the length of the track and according to The F-Series officials.


7.5  Final Race

            The finishing order of the pre-final determines the grid positions for the single final race format.  Karts that do not finish in the pre-final will be gridded at the rear of the field in the order of laps completed.  Underweight karts, excluded from the points, can use the exclusion as a drop race.

8.  Technical Safety Overview

For detailed competition specifications, please consult The F-Series Technical Regulations Manual.  Infringements upon safety rules and regulations, regarding any racing equipment, will be subject to severe penalties.  The F-Series reserves the right to inspect any competitor’s equipment and fuel. 


8.1  Chassis

            Chassis must be CIK/FIA or F-Series-approved prior to competition.  Karts are required to pass the mandatory safety inspection prior to any on track activity and must possess the approval documentation.


8.2  Engine

            Competing engines must be listed within the current class structure.  All engines must adhere to specified criteria and require technical inspection prior to competition. 


8.3  Fueling, Fuel & Oil

            Fuel additives are forbidden in The F-Series; any use will result in severe penalties.  Fuel and oil must be stored in an approved container, as per the race venue, state and federal regulations.  If the venue location does not offer a designated disposal area, all fluids must be disposed of in a way that meets EPA guidelines. 


8.4  Tires & Wheels

            Tire compound, size and manufacture are specified for each class.  Any modification or use of tire prep chemicals is prohibited and will result in penalties.  Tire wheels require technical inspection prior to competition and must possess approval documentation.  Bar codes or paint may be used to monitor sets of tires registered for competition.


8.5  Race Numbers

            Every competing kart must have a number displayed on all four sides of the chassis.  Each competitor will be assigned a number of their choice, if available, when registering for their annual license.


8.6  Transponders

            Each driver is responsible for the working order of their transponder, whether rented or owned, and must mount it in a manner optimal for the scoring system and loss prevention.  Transponders may not be shared by more than one driver, for any reason, unless authorized by timing officials.  Any driver without a working transponder during the practice sessions may need to forfeit the practice session or be located toward the rear of the grid.  Transponder replacement during qualifying, and/or hand scoring during an event, due to transponder failure or absence, is a courtesy and not an official obligation.


8.7  Technical Inspection

            Every race vehicle and manufactured part must undergo a safety and technical inspection prior to any racing event.  The F-Series reserves the right to disapprove inspected items if there is a safety or competitive advantage concern.  After inspection, approval documentation will be signed and dated.  The vehicle will also be marked for visual proof of inspection through the event.  If the safety inspection is not obtained, penalties will apply.  Scrutineers are responsible for ensuring compliance with the technical aspects of these rules.  Competitors may be asked to undergo random technical inspection of engine, chassis, tires, fuel, weight, etc.  All inspections must be passed to receive points and finishing-positions counted toward championship standings.


8.8  Scaling

            Specific minimum weights are required for each class and must be met at the conclusion of each timed session.  Competitors have one opportunity to re-weigh themselves.  If the competitor fails to meet weight, penalties will apply.


8.9  Parc Ferme

            If parc ferme conditions exist at an F-Series event, race officials will assert and maintain control, fuel must be stored in appropriate containers, karts may not re-fuel, smoking, welding or use of any open flame will be prohibited, karts will be contained to a defined pit area while not racing, karts may not drive within the pit area, and the use of cycles, skateboards, scooters or other motorized vehicles will not be permitted during a race in the cold pits.

9.  Series Overview


9.1  Schedule

            The annual event schedule will be released at the earliest possible date to accommodate all F-Series participants.  The number of annual events may vary due to date accommodation and venue availability.  Details can be found on www.f1series.com.


9.2  Race Day Schedule

            Detailed practice and race day schedules will be available at the F-Series registration booth or on www.fseries.com.  The F-Series will make all attempts to execute this timetable with precision; inclement weather and unforeseen circumstances may affect it.


9.3  Event Cancellation

            While all dates and venues are subject to change, The F-Series will make all attempts to release revisions to the schedule with ample notice.  The F-Series is not responsible for any financial inconvenience caused by the cancellation of an event.  The annual event schedule can be found on www.thefseries.com.


9.4  Classes

            All class and rule structures may change throughout the calendar year to ensure fair and safe competition.  Only gas and oil engines may be utilized and all engines, exhaust and karts must adhere to the regulations set forth in the F-Series Tech Manual, unless otherwise noted.

9.5  Championship Points

            Race finishes will decide championship point standings.  If two or more drivers finish the season with the same number of points, the higher place in the championship will be awarded to the holder of the greatest number of first places. Competitor achievements could affect participation in some classes specifically in mini and micro classes. Points accumulated at races will be calculated throughout the season and listed on www.thefseries.com.


9.5.1  Drops Races

            The championship awards are determined by calculating the total number of races retained for classification, minus one, at season end.  A driver's exclusion and/or disqualification cannot be dropped, though weight infringement can be.


9.6  Manufacturer's Points

            Chassis registered for competition are able to accumulate points for a year-end championship. Points will be awarded to the top eight positions of each class and combine all classes for one championship trophy.  This championship may not use a drop formula.


9.7  Points System

            Race points are awarded as follows:


Finishing Place                       Points Awarded

1st                                            25                            

2nd                                           20

3rd                                            16

4th                                            13

5th                                            11

6th                                            10

7th                                            9

8th                                            8

9th                                            7

10th                                          6

11th                                          5

12th                                          4

13th                                          3

14th                                          2

15th                                          1

10.  Code Violations


10.1  Offenses

            Offenses which may result in penalty or expulsion are listed as follows:


Making a false statement(s) to any official
Making a frivolous complaint or appeal
Assaulting, striking, touching, moving or applying force to another individual
Using offensive, inappropriate, or threatening language
Bullying or speaking to another individual in an intimidating manner
Bribing, attempting to bribe, or acceptance of a bribe
Enabling an ineligible person to enter and/or compete in a race


10.2  Contact of Karts

            A driver who drives or acts in a manner that could endanger themselves or any other person(s) may be penalized.  Overtaking may occur on the left and right side at the curves and turns of the track.  Maneuvers liable to hinder other drivers, such as premature or excessive direction changes, crowding toward the inside or outside of the track, abnormal braking or changes of direction, are strictly prohibited and will be penalized.  During a race, a lone kart may use full width of the track.  If approached on a straight line by a kart, which is either temporarily or consistently faster, the driver shall maintain their race line. 


10.3  Warnings

            Verbal warnings will be issued for minor infringement(s) that do not advantage or disadvantage any competitor, are caused by inexperience, lack of familiarity or error in judgment.  Any competitor under 18 years of age who is called before the race director for a verbal or written warning must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.


10.4  Categories of Penalties

            The race director may impose a penalty consisting of one or more of the following penalties:


10.4.1  Time Penalty

            A time penalty, when added to a competitor's total race time, may alter the original standing for that section of the event.


10.4.2  Place Penalty

            A place penalty alters the finishing order of a competition.  All affected competitors will receive a revised finishing order and corresponding points.


10.4.3  Points Penalty

            A points penalty changes only the points allocated to the penalized competitor's finishing position in that competition; it does not affect the finishing positions.


10.4.4  Exclusion from a Section

            This penalty excludes the competitor from any points and placing entitlements for that section of an event.


10.4.5  Exclusion from the Race

            This penalty excludes competitors from further participation in any section of the class and any entitlements.  Competitors may still compete in other classes.


10.4.6  Exclusion from the Event

            When a competitor and/or driver is excluded from an event, they may not continue to partake.  Points, placings, awards and fees will be forfeited.


10.4.7  Suspension

            Suspension entails the loss of the ability to participate, in any capacity, in any competition held by The F-Series.


10.5  Penalty Range

Abuse or intimidation of an official                                       3 month – 1 year suspension

Assault of an official                                                              1 – 5 year suspension

Alcohol or drug-related offenses                                            1 – 5 year suspension

Assault or intimidation                                                           1 month - 5 year suspension

Non-conforming engine                                                         Exclusion from the event

Non-conforming fuel                                                              Exclusion from the event

Tire treatment                                                                         Exclusion from the event

Causing contact between karts                                               10+ second time penalty

Dangerous or aggressive driving                                            Exclusion from section of event

Failure to attend drivers meeting                                           Place penalty

Driving on-track in opposite direction                                   Exclusion from the event

Failure to obey official orders                                                Exclusion from section of event

Speeding or dangerous driving on the grid                            Exclusion from section of the Event

Failure to slow for yellow flag                                               10 second time penalty

Failure to maintain position for yellow flag                          2 place penalty per position gained

Failure to cease racing for red flag                                        Exclusion from section of the Event


10.6  Protests

            Technical and administrative protests will be reviewed and will not be accepted verbally.  Technical protests relate to the legality of race vehicles and their components; all other protests are considered administrative.  Each protest must be made in writing, citing each F-Series rule(s) breached within 30 minutes of the conclusion of the race finish.  Technical protests require a $250 filing fee; that of an administrative protest is $100.  Protest applications cannot be withdrawn.  The decision of the protest will be considered final.  Only when The F-Series decides in favor of the protesting party, will the protest fee will be refunded.  In the case of a technical protest, which involves the tear down or measurement of an engine, the protested party will be entitled to the protest fee.


10.7  Appeals

            An appeal may be filed by the party who loses a protest and desires further review.  An appeal must be submitted in writing and state specifically the elements of the protest and the grounds for appeal, by the second business day after notification of the ruling or incident in question Appeals will not be accepted for matters without remedy (e.g. an appeal will not be considered if the only means of remedy is to re-run an event).  The appeal may either be filed at the event or mailed, along with a $300 filing fee, to:


The F-Series

503 Bay Ave

Union Beach NJ 07735


The F-Series will take one of three following actions: rule in favor of the appealing party, take appropriate remedial action and refund the filing fee; convene an appeal board; or, determine the appeal to be without merit.  If the appeal is determined to be without merit, an amount, in addition to the $300 filing fee, may be assessed against the appealing party.  Each appeal board will consist of three persons with no interest in the matter at hand to ensure a fair and impartial hearing guided by The F-Series rules and regulations.  The filing fee will be refunded only if the appealing party prevails.