The following is taken from CARS 2019 Rules and Regulations
The following is a Quick guide only – the CARS Rulebook is Gospel!
CARS National Rally Cross & Rally Sprint Regulations
CARS National Rally Cross and Rally Sprint Regulations
The following are general rules for all Rally Cross and Rally Sprints run by CARS affiliated clubs. Additional rules may be added by an individual region and/or a Rally Cross and Rally Sprint series to supplement these regulations, but these regional or series regulations may not contravene these National Rally Cross and Rally Sprint Regulations.
Rally Cross is an event where participants compete against the clock and total time taken over the competitive sections of the event determines placing. Rally Cross can be a competitive level, but must, first and foremost, be a training forum designed to accent the development of vehicle handling skills while limiting both top and average speeds attainable by competitors.
26.2.1 A Rally Cross is an event generally held on an unpaved, flat surface, wherein the course generally consists of straight sections and connecting turns or corners. Accent in course design is also placed on the general
avoidance of obstacles such as trees, exposures, deep ditches, etc.
26.2.2 Two or more vehicles are permitted on the course simultaneously. Organizers must take measures to insure that there will be no wheel to wheel racing or passing. Organizers may grant a re-run or issue a time
allowance to compensate the affected competitor who slows or stops to avoid passing.
26.2.3 Rally Cross events are to be insured under Rally Cross insurance, available through CARS. The permit and event insurance certificate must be displayed at the event registration.
26.2.4 All persons, involved in the event as participants, officials, workers, crew etc must sign the insurance waiver.
26.2.5 Organizers reserve the right to exclude any vehicle or person from further participation in the event at any time for reasons of perceived safety concerns involving either the condition of the vehicle or the conduct of
26.2.6 A safety plan for each venue used must be submitted annually to the CARS Regional Director. A revised application must be submitted if there are significant changes to the organizational or course structure.
Eligibility of Competitors and Vehicles
(a) The following documents, valid on the day(s) of the event, must be presented at registration:
●driver’s licence for the crew member listed as driver
●vehicle registration (if road licenced vehicle)
●when the owner of the vehicle is not entered as the driver or passenger, a written
authorization from the owner of the vehicle
●for any participant (driver or passenger) under the age of majority of the province, a written
permission signed by a parent or guardian
(b) Passengers (minimum age 12 years, minimum weight 36 kg or (80lbs) and minimum height
145 cm or (4’9”)) are permitted.
(c) If the Rally Cross is being presented as a stage and transit format event, then a co-driver must
be carried. NOTE: Passengers are not permitted under this format of Rally Cross..
(d) If the Rally Cross is being presented as a stage and transit format event with any part of the route on public roads, the vehicle must be a street licenced and insured vehicle.
(a) Vehicles must comply with 12.4.8 to compete.
(b) All loose items in the vehicle must be removed during the event (including from the trunk).
(c) Snap-on hubcaps, detachable fender skirts and trim rings must be removed.
(d) Tires must be in good condition, with no cord or belts showing or cracks in the tread or
(e) Mechanical condition and safety of the vehicle is the responsibility of the competitor.
(f) Vehicles must comply with noise limits as outlined in 12.4.4 Lower noise limits may be set by an Organizer to satisfy local requirements.
(g) Open top (convertible) vehicles that are fitted with a hard top roof may be permitted to compete at the discretion of the Region Scrutineer. The Scrutineer must take into consideration the course topography, layout and conditions. Convertibles with neither hard top nor Roll Over Protection are not permitted to compete.
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26.3.3 Mandatory equipment
(a) Helmets meeting 11.1.6 or bearing “Snell Memorial Foundation” M2000 or SA2000 (or more recent) labels must be worn by all drivers, co-drivers and passengers. Helmets must be in good visible condition, with no visible defects or damage.
(b) Minimum three point seat harnesses must be worn by drivers and passengers.
(c) Vehicles equipped with roll over protection must meet the requirements as specified in 27.3.3 (a) and (d).
26.4.1 Authorizations and Permits
Proper authority for use of the venue(s) must be obtained and such permissions must be available for scrutiny at registration.
26.4.2 Security Measures
Security measures will be in force to insure the safety of competitors, officials and spectators (closing of the course, start and finish locations, communications, recovery, etc.)
26.4.3 Course Design
(a) Each course shall not exceed 3 km long. Several courses may be run simultaneously.
(b) The course shall be arranged such that the maximum average speed for an average competitor shall not exceed 70 km/h and the maximum speed shall not exceed 100 km/h. Course designs that allow maximum speeds to be exceeded should be changed for any future events.
(c) The course shall be arranged such that it is clear of all heavy stationary objects. If this is not possible, tires, hay bales or other compressible barrier shall be used to minimise vehicle damage should contact occur.
(d) The course should be configured in such a way as to minimize the possibility of rollover.
(e) The use of chicanes (consisting of hay bales, pylons or similar soft materials) on straights of greater than 100 m is recommended. The use of jumps is not permitted.
(f) Organizers reserve the right to change the course configuration at any time during the competition should a portion of the course deteriorate.
(g) Marshals shall be placed such that all competing vehicles will be visible at all times while on the route.
(h) A stop box may be used at the end of a run. A time penalty of 10 seconds must be assessed if a vehicle does not stop within the box.
(i) Each driver will be provided an opportunity to walk or drive through the course, or to have a parade lap, prior to the first run.