BEERS RULES & REGS

 

Management reserves the right at any time cancel, reject or disqualify entire teams, team cars, drivers or crew that are not in the spirit of the BEERS Event without refund.

 

 

Rules & Regulations


1. GENERAL

 

1.0 WARNING! Motor Racing is Dangerous, and accidents can and do happen. All care is taken to protect you, but you are warned that there is a possibility of an accident, causing personal injury or death, damage to property or economic loss.

1.1       Organizers’ Decisions: All Event Organizers Decisions are final. There is no appeals process.

1.2       Unsafe Vehicles and/or Drivers: At Organizers’ discretion, any unsafe car or driver may be removed from the event at any time.

1.3       Prizes and Penalties: Classes/Awards/Trophies will be decided by Event Organizers based on entries and classes.

1.4       Your Entry May Be REJECTED: If Event Organizers deem your vehicle or team to not be in the spirit of the event, does not comply with the rules, or for any other reason, your entry or vehicle may be rejected from competition.

1.5       THE USE OF DRONES IS PROHIBITED. It is a condition of entry that each person agrees not to operate a Remote Piloted Aircraft (including a drone, quadcopter etc.) within the confines of the event precinct without first obtaining written authorization from the Event Organizer

2. ELIGIBILITY

 

2.0       Vehicle Eligibility: Entry limited to mass-produced, four-wheeled vehicles legal for Australian highway use at the time of their manufacture. Vehicles must be acquired and prepared for a maximum of $1985.00 as described. Vehicles must meet all safety standards as specified in this document.  Safety equipment (roll cage, harness, seat, extinguisher etc.) does not count towards the value of the car.

2.1 Vehicle Classes: There are two classes for BEERS, Top Shelf and Slops.  Event Organizers/External Judges will decide which category you fall in, as per 1.1 there is no appeals.  This can be decided on many factors including but not limited to cost, speed, theme, attitude.  Prizes will be separated from Top Shelf and Slops, but categories may be combined due to entry numbers, in which case Top Shelf cars will not be eligible for prizes/trophies.

2.1       Driver Eligibility: All drivers must be aged 16 years or over with a current AASA Club Racing License or approved equivalent, or higher. 

2.2       No Passengers Allowed: 

 

 

3. SAFETY

A. SCRUTINEERING

 

3.A.1       General Scrutineering: Vehicles must meet all safety standards laid out in this section and must pass scrutineering prior to each race.

NOTE: The completion of Scrutineering is for the sole purpose of acceptance into BEERS competition. It does not constitute a check for safety and neither BEERS, nor its officials, officers or agents make any undertaking as to whether the vehicle is safe to drive.  Each team is solely responsible for determining its vehicle’s safety, fitness to race and compliance with rules.

3.A.2   Jack and Axle-stands: Each team must bring at least one sturdy floor-jack, and at least two sturdy axle-stands to scrutineering. Each team is responsible for safely raising their car off the ground during the scrutineering process.

B. APPAREL

 

Please see link for full information - Appendix 4 (aasa.com.au)

 

3.B.1    Each helmet should be chosen to fit the user’s head and the intended use. Each helmet tends to mold to the shape of the user’s head over time and should not be repeatedly shared. Helmets must not be modified, except in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines. Painting of helmets, particularly those with a polycarbonate shell, may weaken the structure, as may the application of non-approved stickers. If air vents or communication equipment are required, consideration should be given to purchasing a helmet to meet those requirements. Helmets must extend to cover the complete ear. “Skull Cap” style helmets must not be used.

Level T1 A helmet to one or more of the following standards: 

• Australian or NZ standard AS/NZS1698 

• European ECE 022 with 04 or 05 amendments 

• Any Level T2 or T3 helmet 

3.B..2 Suit - In the present context, the term “suit” refers to the items of external apparel that cover the torso and limbs of the occupant. Embroidery in Level H2 to H4 suits must only be in the outer layer and utilize flame resistant thread. Badges must be of flame-resistant material and be sewn into the outer layer.

Level H2 Single or two-piece suits to SFI 3.2A Grade 1 (min.)/ SFI 3.4.3.B.3    Fire-Retardant Clothing: Minimum requirement is a 2-layer suit (or a single layer suit with approved fire-retardant undergarments). Race Gloves: minimum requirement is nomex, carbonex or equivalent.

3.B.3 Underwear - Level U1 Single or two-piece underwear from lower neck to wrist to ankles. It is strongly advised that the material should be of non-flammable material (e.g. cotton).

3.B.4 Socks - Level S2 Socks to the SFI 3.3 standard, or recognized international equivalent. 

3.B.5 Footwear - Level B3 Footwear to SFI 3.3 or recognized international equivalent.

3.B.6 Gloves - Where specified, gloves must comply with SFI 3.3 Grade 5 (min.), or recognized international equivalent. Unless specified in event regulations, co-drivers in events that require the use of pace notes do not require gloves.

3.B.7 Balaclava/Hood - Where specified, the balaclava or hood must comply with the SFI 3.3 standard, or recognized international equivalent. Where an SFI certified helmet skirt is used, the balaclava is optional.

C. FUELING RULES

 

3.C.1    Fueling: Designated Fire Marshalls will be on site at the refueling areas, please follow their instructions and directions, they are in charge of the fueling area.  All fueling must be handled in approved fuel containers. During fueling, the car must be turned off (the kill-switch must be in the OFF position); no one can be in the car; and NO other work may be done.  At least two crew members must participate in fueling; all wearing the same safety gear as a driver – helmets included. Visors must be down, to cover faces. At least one team member must have a fire extinguisher in hand, ready to shoot, aimed at the fueler. Fueling locations vary by track and are covered at the Drivers’ Briefings. Participants are responsible for knowing all fueling rules and accepted locations.

 

3.C.2    Drip Pans: All fueling must be done over a sturdy, fuel-compatible drip pan provided by the team.

3.C.3.   Fuel Storage: Storage locations and requirements will be provided by the track upon arrival.

D. ROLLCAGE REGULATIONS

 

Please see link for full information - Appendix 5 (aasa.com.au)

This section applies to a Safety Cage fitted by an aftermarket supplier to a closed series production automobile utilizing a steel monocoque passenger cell. 

 

3.D.1 The AASA defines three classes of Safety Cage structure for a closed automobile. These definitions will provide automobile owners and event organizers with design requirements to suit a variety of activities with differing risk profiles.  AASA Class 2 Roll cage is required for all vehicles.

 

3.D.1.2 A Class 2 structure consists of a Class 1 structure to which is added front legs and a windscreen header as well as side protection in the door openings (Drawing SC-10). This Appendix 1 – Safety Cage Regulations 24/10/2018 V1.1 structure provides greater protection for events with a risk profile including a higher probability of frontal collisions and lateral impacts.  Please refer to AASA Appendix 5 for full roll cage details.

 

3.D.2.1 Safety padding must be fitted to each region of any member of a safety cage structure with which an occupant's helmet may make contact. This region is deemed to include any point within 200mm of an occupant's helmet when the occupant is seated normally with safety harness tightened. Appendix 1 – Safety Cage Regulations 24/10/2018 V1.1 

 

3.D.2.2 Safety padding shall comply with the SFI 45.1 standard, or similar internationally recognized standard. 

 

3.D.2.3 Comfort padding of an alternative material may be attached to the Safety Cage wherever compulsory padding as per 1.18.1 is not required.

 

E. VEHICLE INTERIOR REGULATIONS

 

3.E.1    Driver’s Seat

3.E.1.A - Driver’s Seat Regs: Driver’s seat-back must reach above middle of helmet or higher. Seat must be a One-piece, purpose-built racing seat with properly located, factory provided shoulder harness holes. Molded plastic seats of ABS or similar material are not allowed.  All seats must be very securely mounted to the floor or cage to avoid separation during a crash. All seatbacks must be restrained against rearward failure.

3.E.1.B - All Vehicles must be equipped with the minimum of a driver’s seat. Each seat must be compliant with any one or more of the following:

  • A seat licensed by the SFI Foundation to the SFI 39.2 standard; or 

  • A seat in compliance with the requirements of an internationally recognized motorsport sanctioning body; or 

  • A seat that has no provision for backrest adjustment, incorporates a head restraint and is supplied by a manufacturer recognized by the AASA. 

3.E.1.C - Seats shall be mounted in accordance with the seat manufacturer’s instructions. This shall include the use of each required mounting point and associated components supplied. Seats may be mounted, either separately or in combination, to 

  • the unmodified OEM seat mounting points on the vehicle’s structure; or 

  • the safety cage; or 

  • For seats not mounted to factory mounting positions or roll cage, the seat shall be mounted to the main structure by not fewer than four grade 8.8 bolts of minimum diameter 8mm. Where the seat is affixed to an un-reinforced section of the floor pan, each attachment point shall be reinforced by the use of a steel plate of not less than 75mm x 50mm x 3mm. 

3.E.2    Driver’s Harness:

3.E.2.A - Five or Six-Point Harnesses Mandatory: A five-strap harness is created when a crotch belt is added to what is otherwise a four-strap harness. Contrary to popular belief, this fifth belt is not intended to prevent “submarining” by restraining the occupant at the crotch area in the same manner as the shoulder straps bear on the shoulder. Rather, it is designed to hold the buckle in place low on the body by reacting against the forces applied by the shoulder straps. The primary restraint is always through the lap and shoulder straps. 

3.E.2.B - Harness Mounting:

The safety harness or seat belt must be securely mounted. On cars derived from series production vehicles such mountings shall be positioned to bolt to factory seat belt positions or similar for lower belts, shoulder belts ideally on an angle not greater than 15 degrees below horizontal and not above horizontal.  On series production cars, some or all the original seat belt mounting points may be satisfactory. 

  • Where the original mounting points are not used, additional floor mounting points must be reinforced with a 3mm steel plate of at least 75mm x 50mm on the underside of the body. 

  • Full harness rear mounting points must be to a substantial part of the vehicles structure and reinforced as for floor mounts above, or to the roll cage. 

  • Under no circumstances may a safety harness mounting bolt be used to affix a roll cage to the body shell. 

  • You cannot mount a harness to the parcel shelf

3.E.3    Onboard Fire Extinguisher: 

  • Must be fully charged. 

  • Must meet AS/NZS1841 

  • The mount must be securely attached with bolts so that it can withstand the force of a large impact. Tek screws/self-tapping screws will not be accepted. Large washers fitted under nuts through sheet metal are strongly recommended. 

  • The extinguisher must be held in place to the mount by a metal latch/bracket mechanism. 

  • Plastic brackets are not allowed. 

  • The extinguisher must be in a low, safe position and must be within reach of the driver’s seat while seated.

3.E.4    Window Nets and Driver Egress: Window nets are not mandatory. While a window net can provide hand and arm protection in a rollover, it can also contribute to injury or death in a fire. If you do not use a Window Net, your side Windows must be up. If window nets are fitted, they must be installed as follows:

  • The window net must cover the opening forward to the center of the steering wheel. 

  • It may be altered to ensure unrestricted view of mirrors. 

  • The net must be fastened to ensure that the mechanism can be detached with one hand even if the vehicle is overturned. The lever or handle must be visibly a different color. 

  • Press button systems are allowed provided it is visible from outside the vehicle. 

  • Where an unmodified door (post 1970) retains the original OEM shatterproof window on the drivers or passenger’s door then that is sufficient to comply with these requirements. 

  • Where an automobile retains the original OEM door, latches and hinges then the net may be mounted on the door frame all other automobiles must be mounted to the safety cage.

3.E.5    Fix Sharp Edges: Sharp edges in any location, but especially in and around the cockpit, must be rolled, removed, or securely covered.

3.E.6    Fuel, Oil, and Coolant Lines in the Cockpit: Any fuel, oil, or coolant lines that pass through the driving compartment must be encased by heavy-duty conduit, durable steel, aluminum pipe, or strong metal plate. OE metal lines in good condition in their original location are exempt from this rule, but encasement is still recommended.

3.E.7    No Airbags: All airbags must be disarmed and removed, and all airbag housings must be open for inspection at tech. Remember, airbag removal can be very dangerous. If you don’t know what you’re doing, call in an expert. 

F. ELECTRICAL & MECHANICAL REGULATIONS

 

3.F.1    Master Electrical Kill Switch: All cars must have a racing-type master electrical kill switch easily turned both off and on by the belted-in driver. The control for this switch should be red; the OFF position should be clearly indicated. All electricity must be interrupted by the kill switch.

 

3.F.2    General Battery: All batteries must be fully secured via proper, purpose-built battery brackets, frames, or factory body mounts.  Batteries located in, or visible from, the passenger compartment must be contained in a sealed battery box. Whether enclosed in a box or not, batteries must not rock, shift, or feel loose – they should feel like a solid part of the car.

3.F.2.a Battery and Other Electrical Terminals: All “hot” terminals on batteries, kill switches, and at other exposed points must be covered with insulating material. Rubber terminal covers and/or well-wrapped electrical tape are acceptable. 

G. FUEL SYSTEM REGULATIONS

 

3.G.1   General Fuel System Regs: All fuel system components must be sealed from the passenger compartment. Fuel lines can be run within the cabin if constructed of steel braided or aluminium hard line that is manufactured to withstand fuel type being used. Where the fuel lines pass through the cabin there must not be connections within the cabin, except for at the front and rear bulkheads. Aftermarket fuel lines must be firmly secured to the vehicle and declared safe by event staff. Fixing points/saddles should be at least every 300mm along the path of said fuel lines. Aftermarket fuel cells are to be fitted with a check valve in the vent line to prevent fuel leaking out of the vent hose. These must be marked with the flow direction and must be demonstratable to scrutineering staff. Fuel cells are not mandatory. However, your original fuel tank and systems can be replaced with a “fuel cell” if the original tank is unsafe.

 

3.G.2   Definition of “Fuel Cell”: A fuel cell has all the following:

  • A purpose-built metal container to house the cell

  • A deformable, puncture-resistant inner vessel and/or bladder; and

  • Fuel-resistant anti-splash foam

 

3.G.3   Fuel Cell Installation. If you do decide on the fuel cell option, you must fit your cell into your car with a bulkhead between the driver and the cell. The cell must be securely mounted in a professional manner and in a safe location, where it won’t be damaged in an impact, or drag on the ground if the car leaves the track – in other words, not too far back, and not too low down. All aftermarket fuel components must use threaded fittings and appropriate hose types, and must include all appropriate racecar-quality vents, valves, and other safety features. Fuel-cell installations will be judged on their overall execution and apparent safety.

3.G.3.A - Fuel Cell Safety Structure: Fuel tanks/cells must not be unduly exposed to impacts. Tanks/cells that are very close to the edge of the car; and/or poorly protected by the OE structure; and/or very close to the ground; and/or otherwise highly exposed are extremely likely to fail tech. One or more of the following may improve safety and greatly increase your chances of passing:

  • Sturdy OE bumpers

  • A strong, well mounted tank/cell-protecting cage that’s totally separate from the main rollcage

  • In non-OE systems, moving the cell someplace safer

3.G.3.B - Fuel Cell Vent Lines: All non-OE fuel vent line(s) must end in a safe location that is lower than the bottom of the fuel cell. 

3.G.3.C -Filler Hoses and Attachments: All non-OE filler systems must be constructed of real, professionally made, purpose-built wire (or nylon) reinforced fuel-filler tubing, fasteners and attachments.

3.G.4   OE Tank Removal: If you fit a fuel cell, the OE fuel tank(s) must be removed from the car.

3.G.5   Fuel Bulkhead: The fuel-tank area must be totally separated from the driving compartment. For example, if the fuel tank is in the trunk area, any openings between the trunk and the cockpit must be permanently sealed with bolted, riveted, or welded metal panels. OE fuel tanks that are separate from, and located completely below, the trunk floor or rear cabin floor are acceptable. If the fuel tank can’t be completely separated from the cockpit by metal panels, a metal-encased, FIA-certified fuel cell, with all related compliant fittings, must be used.

3.G.6   Fuel Leaks: There must be no fuel leaks in the entire fuel system throughout the length of the event.  If your vehicle is reported as having a fuel leak you will be brought in to inspect, advise and repair as required.  If the problem persists, your vehicle will be pulled from the event until you can prove the fault is rectified.

3.G.7   Fuel Eligibility: Pump Fuel only.  Unleaded 91/95/98 and Diesel are the only fuels allowed without express prior permission from the Event Organizers.  

H. EXHAUST SYSTEM REGULATIONS

 

3.H.1     General Exhaust System Regs: A factory-quality designed exhaust system is required.  Exhaust should be in good order and constructed properly to avoid failure.  Failure of any part of the exhaust system will require the car to be brought in and repaired before being allowed to renter the track.

3.H.2     Exhaust System Construction: Exhaust system must include at least two professional-quality flexible exhaust hangers aft of the collector. All exhaust joints must be properly slip-jointed, bolted or welded and must not leak. All external pipe work above sill level must be heat shielded. (to prevent danger to pit crews and event staff).

3.H.3     Tailpipe Location: The exhaust must finish outside the perimeter of the vehicle’s bodywork. No exhausts to finish halfway underneath the vehicle. "dropped pipes" are not allowed. Side pipes must exit behind the B pillar (unless otherwise approved by the scrutineer) and the exit/end must not be more than 400mm from ground level. (400mm at the highest point of the exiting exhaust pipe). Exhaust must not exceed more than 100mm past the perimeter or the rear of the vehicle. Exhaust outlet must not be pointing in a steep upwards direction. Upward angle should not be more than 15 degrees.  The exhaust is to exit the vehicle at the rear or behind B pillar, unless otherwise approved by the scrutineer.

 

3.H.4     Maintenance: All teams must maintain their exhaust in good condition, without leaks throughout the entire event.

3.H.5     Noise Limit: Car noise limit is 95dB @ 30m.

I. VEHICLE EXTERIOR REGULATIONS

 

3.I.1     Windshields: Front windscreen must be free from any cracks. Front windscreen must be of factory strength or greater and cannot be polycarbonate. Front windscreen must be free from stickers on the driver’s side (windscreen banners/event stickers excepted).

3.I.2     Bad-Weather Visibility: It’s your job to figure out which bad-weather visibility aids will be most useful for your car. Wipers and Rain-X are all acceptable. If your visibility is compromised during the race for any reason, you may be black-flagged unless you can find a solution.

3.I.3     Guards, Doors, and bonnet required.

3.I.4     Car Numbers: Numbers must be shown on both sides and the bonnet or roof of the vehicle. Car numbers must be at least 12 inches tall and clearly readable. 

3.I.5     Tow-Strap Locations: Please identify (or add) good, strong, clearly marked tow-strap locations to your car – FRONT and REAR. The faster we can get you hooked up, the faster you can get back on the track. (The word “TOW” with an arrow is acceptable marking.)

3.I.6     No Open Sunroofs: Sunroof openings must be covered by a new panel, securely fixed into place.

3.I.7     Open T-Tops and Convertibles: Arm restraints are required when driving an open T-Top or convertible.

3.I.8     Mirrors: All cars must have at least one interior mirror. Cars with OE-type interior mirrors must also have a driver’s-side exterior mirror. Passenger’s-side exterior mirrors are optional. Cars with panoramic or “Wink” syle interior mirrors don’t need exterior mirrors.

3.I.9     Glass, Headlights, and Taillights: Headlights, taillights, and side-marker lights must be removed or taped over. Special condition will apply for continuous 24-hour races, as headlights must be in working condition (low beam only) – see 3.I.9.B below.

3.I.9.A - Brake Lights: At all times, each car must have working brake lights that are easily seen from the rear. The lights should be located where a mild rear-end impact won’t break or obscure them. A good mounting spot is inside the rear windshield area, on top of the parcel shelf. Stock brake lights protected by clear tape are fine.

3.I.9.B - Headlights for Night Racing: In the case of a night race (continuous 24 hour events), headlights will be required. Headlights must be permanently on “low beam” setting (no full beam allowed) and additional spot-lights will be allowed on bars across the front of the car (not roof mounted).

3.I.10   No Flashing Lights or Sirens: No working sirens, flashing lights, or similar emergency vehicle stuff allowed. Anything that makes your car appear like a Safety/emergency vehicle will get you black-flagged.

J. SAFETY REGS UNDER THE BONNET

3.J.1   Engine Firewall: Gaps or holes in the engine firewall must be sealed up with metal plate or OE-type grommets. If you can see through it, we want it closed up. In addition to the required unbroken firewall between engine and cockpit, rear and mid-engined cars must have a sturdy rear window or other complete upper barrier for driver protection against fire, hot oil, angry villagers, etc. Metal, heavy polycarbonate (1/4-inch or thicker), and OE glass are all acceptable.

3.J.2   Coolant: Must not be glycol based.  Water Only preferred but non glycol “racing” coolants are acceptable. A functional catch tank is mandatory.

4. TEAMS & COMMUNICATION

4.1       Definition: An “Entry” consists of one car and usually 4 – 6 drivers/crew members; it exists for one event. A “Team” consists of one or more Entries in one or more events, all sharing one Team Name, one Theme, and one Team Captain; it exists for as long as the Team Captain chooses. An Entry’s minimum Driver count is 4 (no maximum).

4.2       Driver Portability: Any registered driver is allowed to drive any registered car at any time.

4.3       Pit Communication: Every team must have a reliable way to signal its driver on track. A pit board (homemade is fine) is acceptable, as is a helmet-wired radio system. No loose or hand-held receivers are allowed in the car.

4.4       Officials Pit to car communication is handled by the use of standard flags from flag points around the track.  Follow the flag directions at all times, failure to do so will result in a penalty and or disqualification.

5. DRIVING AND PENALTIES

 

5.1       Penalties: Black-flag penalties are assessed for dangerous behaviors and/or poor attitude. These behaviors include, but are not limited to; contact for any reason; wheel(s) leaving the tarmac/track; speeding in the pits; missing/ignoring a safety flag; racing to the yellow or red flag; overly aggressive driving; hitting a wall, cone, tree, safety vehicle, etc; lack of car control; deliberately blocking/hogging the racing line; unsportsmanlike conduct; upsetting the organizers/officials or anyone else at the event etc. 

5.1.A-    Progression of Penalties: Black-flag penalties get increasingly harsh as the number/severity increases – a driver is usually penalized as follows;

  • 1st black flag of day – usually, just a stern chat…

  • 2nd black flag of day – embarrassing penalty at the Judges’ discretion…

  • 3rd black flag of day – same as above but more serious and time consuming…

  • 4th black flag of day – you’d better have DAMNED good bribes and excuses!

  • 5th black flag of day – are you kidding? Your whole team may be ejected for rest of the event!

 

5.2       It’s Always Your Fault: BEERS is an all-fault environment. You are 100% responsible for what happens while you’re in the pits or at the wheel. Your job is to stay out of trouble.  If trouble finds you, take responsibility and figure out how to avoid it the next time.

5.3       Team Lousy-Driving Rule: Teams are held jointly accountable for the penalties earned by their drivers.

5.4       Why Am I Upside-Down? Rule: You’re upside-down because you have no business being out on a racetrack. Any driver who puts a car on its roof is out for the event. Any car that rolls during a race will be removed from the race.

5.5       No Drinking Alcohol Until Track Goes Cold: Participants are absolutely prohibited from drinking alcohol until after the last car leaves the track following the day’s checkered flag. Violators will be ejected from the facility immediately.

5.6       Passing Safety Vehicles: Safety vehicles moving on the track may not be passed unless a wave-by is given by the safety vehicle’s driver or crew.

5.7       Flagging: All flags should be obeyed immediately.  Failure to comply with flag directions will result in large penalties or disqualification.

5.7.A-    Meaning of flags: Flags have the following meanings:

GREEN = GO

Green is shown when the track is clear and unobstructed (normal race conditions).

YELLOW = CAUTION

Slow down to 60kmph.  Travel in single file, no overtaking. Keep an eye on your surroundings to looks for danger/incidents.  You may ONLY return to race speed, overtake and ‘race’ when the Green flag is waved.  No refueling is to take place under a Yellow Flag

 

RED = STOP

Slow down to less than 60kmph.  Proceed single file and bring your car directly into the pits and shut the engine off.  Do not overtake any vehicle.  No refueling is to take place under a Red Flag.

BLACK FLAG + VEHICLE NUMBER = ISSUE OR PENALTY

For an individual black flag, come to the Pits immediately – either you’ve got a mechanical problem, or you/your team has earnt a penalty.

The team @ 24 Hours of Beers wish you a safe and happy event!