Top Driver Shootout 2012 – Event Rules & Format

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  • #1171
    Jeff Roberts
    Keymaster

    You all should have received the invitation e-mail a short while ago. Registration will open at Midnight tonight and I have just decided to leave it open until Friday 11/2/12 at NOON to give people a chance to get in. I was really swamped this week and didn’t get the invite out as early as I would have liked to.

    The Top Driver Shootout (TDS) is on Saturday Nov 3rd at Marina Airfield

    Cost is $60. This includes a catered BBQ lunch (not optional) served on actual tables & chairs!:[ol]

    [ol]
    [li]Mixed Baby Lettuces with a Dijon Red Wine Vinaigrette [/li]
    [li]TexasSpicy BBQ Beef Brisket Sandwiches on Steak Rolls [/li]
    [li]BBQ Chicken [/li]
    [li]Grilled Portabella Mushroom on Steak Rolls[/li]
    [li]Boston Baked Beans (Vegetarian)[/li]
    [li]Sweet Corn on the Cob with Honey Butter [/li]
    [li]Gizdich Ranch Olallieberry Pie with Whipped Cream [/li]
    [/ol]

    If you are going to bring guests who will also enjoy the BBQ, you may add a guest BBQ when you register for the TDS. Guest BBQ is $25/guest. Keep in mind that there will be no passengers allowed in cars at this event.

    [b]TDS Registration[/b]
    1. Registration for the TDS will open at midnight tonight.

    2. Registration will be limited to 60 people, so register early!

    3. You must have your car classified on http://autox.ggcbmwcca.org prior to registering. You may make updates to your online profile up until the day reg closes (Thursday November 1st at noon). Any changes to the car after that will require talking to Brian on the morning of the event. If you need time to talk with Brian, be sure to arrive early.

    Make sure your billing address and credit card on file at motorsportreg.com are current when registering!

    [b]TDS Rules[/b]
    1. You must drive a BMW or Mini to compete for the Fechner Cup.

    2. You will randomly pick a run group when you sign in on the morning of the event. You will not be allowed to switch run groups. You will run in the run group you randomly choose from the hat.

    3. Once you have your run group, you will sign up for a work assignment. The earlier you arrive, the better chance you have to get the work assignment you want.

    4. Multi-driver cars will be separated into different run groups. A car may only run once per run group. Therefore a maximum of three drivers may share a car (as there are only 3 run groups).

    5. When you sign in, you need to let the registration person know who you are sharing a car with so they can make sure you run in different groups.

    6. There will be no driver coaches. Passengers are not allowed in the car. This includes other drivers or guests.

    7. At 9am on the morning of the TDS, the point count assigned to your car is official and is what will be used to adjust your run times. Therefore, you may not make changes to the car that would increase the points value of the car after check-in has closed on the morning of the TDS. You may make changes that will decrease the points value of the car, however the points assigned to the car will not change.

    8. If you are driving a car that is different than what you have classified, then your time will be disqualified. You must be in our computer system with the correct car and the correct car points prior to check-in closing or your times will not count.

    9. If you are late for the start of the driver meeting at 9am the morning of the TDS then you will not be allowed to run. No exceptions!

    [b]TDS Format[/b]
    1. There will be three run groups.
    2. Each group will run in the morning and then again in the afternoon.
    3. There will be 4 runs in the morning and 4 in the afternoon. Note that all runs are official runs, no practice runs.
    4. We will run the course backwards in the afternoon.
    5. Your fastest morning run will be combined with your fastest afternoon run. Times will be adjusted based on your car’s points using the formula ((60/59.901) ^ points) * time * 0.85.
    6. The top 3 drivers from each run group (determined as described in # 5) will compete for the coveted Fechner Cup in the final shootout round.
    7. The course will be reconfigured for the final shootout (loop-back) round.
    8. The finalists will assemble on the grid and run the modified loop-back course thru three rotations of the grid = three timed runs. The driver with the fastest adjusted time will be crowned Top Driver!

    #1185
    an nguyen
    Participant

    2 yrs ago, it was 1 top driver from each group, so 3 total in finale.

    #1186
    Jeff Roberts
    Keymaster

    [quote=”everbruin” post=856]2 yrs ago, it was 1 top driver from each group, so 3 total in finale[/quote]

    These are the same rules from last year. Top 3 from each run group… 9 in the final shootout round.

    #1187
    an nguyen
    Participant

    ok i skipped last yr =).
    also, course walks are allowed before driver mtg right?

    #1188
    Jeff Roberts
    Keymaster

    [quote=”everbruin” post=858]ok i skipped last yr =).[/quote]

    Yes, we really liked how 2009’s event ended up and changed the format as a result. It used to be just the morning and afternoon runs combined best time that won the trophy. The extra round on a loop-back course is a lot of fun.

    [quote]
    also, course walks are allowed before driver mtg right?[/quote]

    Course walk will be after the driver meeting, and again after lunch when it’s reconfigured for the afternoon sessions.

    #1189
    an nguyen
    Participant

    when i did finale loop it was only w/ 2 others, brian and praneil; thanks for clarifying

    #1192
    Jeff Roberts
    Keymaster

    Amended rules I sent via e-mail…

    TDS RULES
    1. You must drive a BMW or Mini to compete for Top Driver and the Fechner Cup!
    2. X-Class cars will drive for fun only.
    3. BMW and Mini drivers will randomly pick a run group when you sign in on the morning of the event. X-Class drivers will be pre-assigned a run group. You will not be allowed to switch run groups. You will run in the run group you randomly choose from the hat, or were assigned ahead of time if an X-Class car.
    4. Once you have your run group, you will sign up for a work assignment. The earlier you arrive, the better chance you have to get the work assignment you want. Everyone must select a work assignment.
    5. Multi-driver cars will be separated into different run groups. A car may only run once per run group. Therefore a maximum of three drivers may share a car (as there are only 3 run groups).
    6. When you sign in, you need to let the registration people know who you are sharing a car with so they make sure you run in different groups.
    7. There will be no driver coaches for BMW/Mini competitors. Passengers are not allowed in any BMW/Mini. This includes other drivers or guests. X-Class drivers may ride with other x-class drivers only.

    Ride-along Rules Defined
    – Any x-class driver may ride with any other x-class driver only.
    – Any guest (non-driver) may ride with any x-class driver only.
    – No BMW/Mini driver may ride with any other drivers.
    – No BMW/Mini drivers may take any passengers.
    – Any BMW/Mini driver found to violate these rules will be immediately disqualified and will forfeit any remaining runs. No refund will be given!

    8. At 9am on the morning of the TDS, the points assigned to your car is official and is what will be used to adjust your run times. Therefore, you may not make changes to the car that will increase the points value of the car after check-in has closed on the morning of the TDS. You may make changes that will decrease the points value of the car, however the points assigned to the car will not change.
    9. If you are driving a car that is different than what you have classified, then your times will be disqualified. You must be in our computer system with the correct car and the correct car points prior to check-in closing or your times will not count.
    10. If you are late for the start of the driver meeting at 9am the morning of the TDS, you will not be allowed to run. No exceptions!

    TDS FORMAT
    1. There will be three run groups.
    2. Each group will run in the morning and then again in the afternoon. We’ll enjoy lunch in between and trophies for class winners will be presented. If you’re not present to receive your trophy, we will make arrangements to get your award to you.
    3. There will be 4 runs in the morning and 4 in the afternoon. Note that all runs are official runs, no practice runs.
    4. We will reconfigure and run the course in the opposite direction in the afternoon.
    5. Your fastest morning run will be combined with your fastest afternoon run. Times will be adjusted based on your car’s points using the formula ((60/59.901) ^ points) * time * 0.85.
    6. The top 3 BMW/Mini drivers from each run group (determined as described in # 5) will compete for the coveted Fechner Cup in the final shootout round. X-Class cars are not eligible for the final round.
    7. The course will be reconfigured again for the shootout round.
    8. If you’re not competing in the shootout round, we ask that you stick around and volunteer to work the course and cheer on your friends as they compete for the Fechner Cup.
    9. The BMW/Mini finalists will assemble on the grid and run the modified loop-back course thru three rotations of the grid = three timed runs. The driver with the fastest adjusted time will be crowned Top Driver!

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