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“The Home of Professional Scale Motorsports”

We take the most exciting sector of the Remote Controlled Car racing scene and through innovative and focused media activity, along with racing format changes make it accessible to a huge global audience.

RCGP attracts top drivers from factory teams, all competing to become the RCGP World Champion. Points will be won at every race for both the drivers and constructors championships, taking the excitement right to the last race.

Each event will create outstanding visuals, relevant content and competitive nail-biting races that will be live streamed across the world to tens of thousands of followers. Our goal is to enhance the enjoyment for everyone involved, providing the best possible coverage for fans, value for money for racers, and growing the excitement throughout the year thanks to the points series.

In the future, we are working towards joining other motorsports events (such as WRX AMA Motocross & MXGP) in order to showcase our product to a whole new audience of motorsport enthusiasts.

Table of Contents

SECTION 1 – ENTRIES

  • Teams apply online for an entry during the year before the RCGP season.
  • Half of the entry fee has to be paid before the end of the year before the season.
  • The second half of the entry fee has to be paid 3 months before the 1st race of the season.
  • All entry fees are non-refundable.
  • If the complete entry fee has not been paid 3 months before the 1st race, the team loses it’s right to enter the series.
  • Teams are required to send the amount of drivers (1 or 2) that they entered to each race.
  • Drivers can be switched but a switch of drivers has to be reported to the RCGP organisation by the team in writing latest 30 days before the event.
  • Both drivers of the team collect points for the team’s championship and also every driver in the series collects personal points for the driver’s championship.
  • RCGP will have wild card team spots open to fill by local fast drivers without a team spot for each GP.
  • The number of wild cards spots are to be determined at the start of the season.
  • The wild card drivers can get championship points, but cannot complete the full series. In case the wild card team has a main sponsor, the team will collect points for the team’s championship.
  • The car brands used by wild card entries must be RCGP approved.
  • RCGP approved cars are the cars of the manufacturers that have a team in the series.

SECTION 2 – CLASSES

RCGP (15 driver limit)
RCGP Junior (15 driver limit)
RC2 (118 driver limit)
eRCGP Electric Buggy (15 drivers)

  • Open classes use a new more exciting qualifying format, followed by standard bump up ladder style finals.
  • The RCGP class uses a completely new and different racing format, unique to the series.
  • One heat of RCGP drivers. Teams of 1 or 2 drivers compete. Maximum entry is 15 drivers.
  • One heat of RCGP Junior Teams of 1 or 2 drivers compete. Maximum entry is 15 drivers. RCGP Teams have priority over all others to enter drivers. ONLY Chassis entered in RCGP may be used. All drivers that qualify for RC2 and are under 18 years old the 1st of January of the series year are eligible. RCGP Junior drivers cannot also race in the RC2 class.
  • RC2, open class for all drivers that are not paid a salary by sponsors or have not made the Worlds, Euros or ROAR Nationals A Final within 5 years of the 1st of January of the series year are eligible.
  • One heat of eRC2, 1:8th Electric Buggy open class for drivers that qualify for RC2. Electronics (speed controller, motor and battery) provided by sponsors included in entry fee.

SECTION 3 – CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS

Drivers’ Championship Points are awarded for each race, with the driver with the most points at the end of the Championship being declared the RCGP World Champion.

  • All races are counted for the championship and there are no drop outs.
  • Saturday’s overall finishing results are counted as one race, and Sunday’s results are counted as another race.
  • Bonus points can be scored by winning the qualifying races. Each qualifying race will reward one point for the winner. Each GP has 4 bonus points available on Saturday, and 4 more on Sunday.
  • Overall TQ earns 1 point towards the Championship.
  • Championship Tie Breakers:

◦ 1st tie breaker: Number of wins.

◦ 2nd tie breaker: Number of 2nd place finishes.

◦ 15th tie breaker: Amount of 15th place finishes.

◦ Last possible tie breaker: Finishing position in the last race.

The Constructor Championship is for the vehicle brands. The same manufacturer may field multiple teams, or a privateer team may use a certain manufacturer’s vehicles, or even different vehicles within the same team, meaning that the constructor and team championships are separate.

  • All races are counted for the championship and there are no drop outs.
  • Constructor points consist of points gathered by adding together the best two drivers points from each race, throughout the season. All drivers that have completed an RCGP race for a team collect points for the constructor whose car they race. This includes wild card entries.
  • Bonus points collected from qualifying races are also added for the constructor. All points collected by a driver are counted for that driver’s car brand’s Constructor Championship points tally.
  • In case a driver switches car brands mid-season, that driver’s points collected until that point in the season stay with the constructor he collected those points for. Switching car brands/teams does not affect the driver’s personal points in the driver championship.

The Team Championship is designed to encourage each team to work together in an attempt to gain the most points as a group. Collaboration and camaraderie at the highest level.

  • The two drivers’ points are added together for Team Championship points.
  • All races count, with no drop outs.
  • Drivers are nominated to a team in writing latest 30 days before the race week end.
  • In case a driver switches teams mid-season, that driver’s points collected until that point in the season stay with the team he collected those points in. Switching teams does not affect the driver’s personal points in the driver championship.

Depending on brands that register for RCGP, there will be Championship points awarded for Engines, Tyres, Servos, and Fuel.

  • The 2 best driver’s points per race are added together.
  • All races count, no drop outs.
FINISHPOINTS
TQ1 pt
1st25 pts
2nd17 pts
3rd14 pts
4th12 pts
5th11 pts
6th10 pts
7th9 pts
8th8 pts
9th7 pts
10th6 pts
11th5 pts
12th4 pts
13th3 pts
14th2 pts
15th1 pt
Qualifying Race Win1 pt

SECTION 4 – RACE WEEKEND FORMAT

Two individual races each GP weekend. Four day format for RCGP Teams.

Thursday
Media day

Friday
Minimum 4 rounds of 5-minute practice.           

Saturday
4 rounds of Time + 2 laps (7min total) Qualifying Races, Double Time + 2 laps (15min total) Main Events.

Sunday
4 rounds of Time + 2 laps (7min total) Qualifying Races, single Time + 2 laps (60min total) Main Event.

Additional Notes:

  •  Friday Seeding Practice will be used for the first Qualifying Race starting order on Saturday.
  • The Saturday race will consist of 4 rounds of qualifying, followed by 2 shorter main events, added together for the overall result.
  • Championship standings will be used for the first Qualifying Race starting order on Sunday.
  • The Sunday race will consist of 4 rounds of qualifying, followed by a single long main event.
  • Both Saturday’s and Sunday’s races award the same amount of points for the championship.

RCGP Friday Seeding Practice

  • 2 or 3 best consecutive lap times (TBD at driver’s meeting) from the last two practice rounds (SP1 and SP2) used for seeding into Saturday’s qualifying heat.
  • Points awarded for ranking in seeding rounds just like in qualifying. Best point score used to seed into qualifying heats.
  • Tie breaker: second best points, third best points. Final tie breaker best time.
  • Seeding results becomes the starting order in Q1 on Saturday.
  • Sunday’s race seeding is directly based on the current Championship standings, taking into account Saturday’s race.

RCGP Qualifying Races

  •  Qualifying Races, 1 heat of up to 15 drivers.
  • Qualifying Races are done as a X-time + 2 laps race following a 3 minute warm up. The amount of time is determined based on the track’s average lap time, resulting in an approximately 7min race. Starting positions are staggered in groups.
  • Race time starts as the starting tone goes off. As the leader crosses the loop for the first time after time has run out, there are 2 laps left. After the leader crosses the line again, the final lap starts. As the leader crosses the finish line to end the final lap, everyone finishes behind the leader and the race is over.
  • The finishing position equals each driver’s qualifying position in the round. Points are awarded as follows :

◦ 1st 0pts

◦ 2nd 2pts

◦ 3rd 3pts

◦          ……

◦ 15th 15pts

 

  • The grid for Q2, Q3 and Q4 are based on the previous Qualifying Race’s finishing order. The grid is inverted halfway, with 15 drivers, 1st place starting 7th , and 7th place starting 1st. 8th-15th start how they finished. With 12 cars the cut of is 1st-6th.
  • All 4 rounds count for qualifying.
  • The driver with the lowest amount of points is the top qualifier, and the driver with the second lowest amount of points is second after qualifying etc.
  • Tie breakers : 1st tie breaker: Best round point score. 2nd tie breaker : 2nd best round point score. 3rd tie breaker: 3rd best round point score. 4th tie breaker: 4th best round point score. Final tie breaker : Best laps/time.

RCGP Main Events

  • After qualifying, drivers are placed into a Main Event according to the qualifying order.
  • Saturday’s Main Event

◦ 2 x time + 2 laps (15 min total) races.

◦ both races added together.

◦ points as in qualifying. 1 St = 0pts, 2 nd = 2pts, 3 rd = 3pts,… 15 th = 15pts.

◦ the 2 nd race breaks a tie. The better placed driver in the 2 nd race wins in a tie.

  • Sunday’s Main Event

◦ Single time + 2 laps (60min total) race.

RC2 Friday Seeding Practice       

  • 2 or 3 best consecutive lap times (TBD at driver’s meeting) from the last two practice rounds (SP1 and SP2) used for seeding into Saturday’s qualifying heat.
  • Points awarded for ranking in seeding rounds just like in qualifying. Best point score used to seed into qualifying heats.
  • Tie breaker: second best points, final tie breaker best time / second best time.
  • Seeding results are used to create the qualifying heats for Saturday. 1st place is car 1 in the last heat. 2nd place is car 2 in the last heat. The last driver is the last car in the 1st
  • The same heats are used for Q1, Q2 and Q3.

 

RC2 Qualifying

  • The first 3 rounds of qualifying are 6-minute heats following a 3 minute warm up. The procedure is the standard IFMAR type qualifying where the loop goes live at the end of warm up, and everyone races on a personal clock.
  • The 2 best points count from 3.
  • The finishing position equals each drivers qualifying position in the round. Points are awarder as follows:
  • 1st 0pts
  • 2nd 2pts
  • 3rd 3pts
  • 120th 120pts

Tie Breakers: 1st tie breaker: Best round point score. 2nd tie breaker: 2nd best round point score. 3rd tie breaker: 3rd best round point score. Final tie breaker: Best laps/time of the three counted races, for that racer. In case the tie has not been broken the laps/time of the next best round score is used.           

RC2 Qualifying Races

  • After the 3 rounds, drivers are re-seeded into Qualifying Races. The fastest 12, (up to 15, depending on entry) drivers go into the last race, for example race 10. TQ starts 1st, 12th starts 12th. 13th overall (16th if 15 driver heats) after qualifying heats starts 1st in race 9. The last driver after qualifying starts last in race 1.
  • The winner of Qualifying Race 10 is TQ. 12th place in Qualifying Race 10 is 12th Last place in Qualifying Race 1 is last qualifier.
  • Qualifying Races are done as a X-time + 2 laps race following a 3 minute warm up. The amount of time is determined based on the track’s average lap time, resulting in an approximately 6min race. Starting positions are staggered in groups or off a gate.
  • Race time starts as the starting tone goes off. As the leader crosses the loop for the first time after time has run out, there are 2 laps left. After the leader crosses the line again, the final lap starts. As the leader crosses the finish line to end the final lap, everyone finishes behind the leader and the race is over.
  • Drivers are placed into A and B ladder style as illustrated in figure 1 below.

12 Driver Heats

AB
1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 152, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16
17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 3118, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32
33, 35, 37, 39, 41, 43, 45, 47,34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48
49, 51, 53, 55, 57, 59, 61, 63,50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 62, 64
65, 67, 69, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79,66, 68, 70, 72, 74, 76, 78, 80
81, 83, 85, 87, 89, 91, 93, 95,82, 84, 86, 88, 90, 92, 94, 96
97, 99, 101, 103, 105, 107, 109, 111, 113, 115, 117, 11998, 100, 102, 104, 106, 108, 110, 112, 114, 116, 118, 120

15 Driver Heats

AB
1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 212, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22
23, 25, 27, 29, 31, 33, 35, 37, 39, 41, 4324, 26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44
45, 47, 49, 51, 53, 55, 57, 59, 61, 63, 6546, 48, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 62, 64, 66
67, 69, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, 83, 85, 8768, 70, 72, 74, 76, 78, 80, 82, 84, 86, 88
89, 91, 93, 95, 97, 99, 101, 103, 105, 107, 10990, 92, 94, 96, 98, 100, 102, 104, 106, 108, 110
111, 113, 115, 117, 119, 121, 123, 125, 127, 129, 131112, 114, 116, 118, 120, 122, 124, 126, 128, 130, 132
133, 135, 137, 139, 141, 143, 145, 147, 149134, 136, 138, 140, 142, 144, 146, 148, 150

 

RC2 Finals

  • Every sub-final has a 3min warm up followed by a 20min race.
  • Each sub-final has 12 drivers. ( up to 15 drivers), and the 4 first drivers bump up to the next sub-final. A sub-final drivers bump to the next A sub-final, and B sub-final drivers bump to the next B sub-final.
  • The first 5 drivers from each Semi Final make the RC2 Main Event, followed by the top 2 from the LCQ resulting in a 12 car main. (With 15 driver heats, it is 7+7+1)
  • The RC2 Main Event is 45min long.
  • Illustration of bump up format below for 12 driver races.

 

RC2 Control Tires

1 set of tires Friday
1 set of tires Saturday for qualifying
1 set for each main (if driver bumped)
1 free set for main final

  • Each RC2 race will be run with a control tyre in order to control costs, and lower the bar of entry. It will be one tread, and one compound of pre glued tyres.
  • Tyres will be available for pre-order online before the event. They will be available for below market rates.
  • All tyres will have to be purchased from RCGP pre-order / at the event.
  • Every driver will be allowed 1 new set for Friday seeding practice, 1 new set for Qualifying, and 1 new set for each sub final. A main finalists will all receive a free set of new tyres for the final.
  • Drivers can run any tyres they want in free practice. Seeding practice on, the marked control tyres must be used.
  • Tyres will be marked and checked from the 1st seeding practice round onward on Friday, and will be personal to each driver.
  • Additive is not allowed, regardless of where it is applied.
  • There are no free tyres included with the race entry.
  • Replacement tires: Go to the RCGP tent and the staff will decide what to do depending on tire damage and on the racing phase drivers are in.

RC2 Fun Races & Events

  • Every RCGP weekend will have a selection of special fun races and helpful events.
  • After free practice on Friday, the track is closed, and a 30min Setup Clinic is organised, where each brand’s representative’s are present to give their setup ideas for cars and engines, for the particular race track. All RC2 drivers will be able to ask questions from RCGP drivers and brand representatives.
  • After qualifying on Saturday, there will be a 8-15 minute Junior Final, with the 12-15 best under 18 year old drivers after qualifying. All RC2 drivers under 18 years old the 1st of January of the series year are eligible.
  • After qualifying on Saturday, there will be a 8-15 minute 40+ Final, with the 12-15 best over 40 year old drivers after qualifying. All drivers at least 40 years old at the time of the event, including turning 40 before the end of Sunday are eligible.
  • At select events, an RC2 Academy Track Day will be organised on the Thursday before the race, intended for Junior drivers under 18 years of age.

Weather – RCGP will adjust the schedule as needed if an event is effected by the weather.

  • Once a race weekend has started the race schedule (excludes media day) and it cannot be completed for any reason then driver and championship points will be awarded based on the current standings in the race as long as at least one qualifying race has been completed.

SECTION 5 – RACE PROCEDURES

  • Track opens (3min warm up).
  • At 1 minute the RD calls the cars in the pit lane.
  • Once all the cars are in the pit lane, after some seconds, the mechanics will be allowed to go to the starting grid.
  • Once all mechanics are ready the countdown will start.
  • At 3 all cars must be put on the ground and mechanics have to stand back immediately. The start will be at the sound of the tone.
  • Starterboxes are allowed on the starting grid, and can be used up to 5 seconds after the start. If the car does not start, it has to be brought back to pit lane after 5 seconds. The RD will call the mechanic back to the pits.
  • When a starting gate is in use, there are a few special rules.
  • There must be a minimum of 2 sets of gates, 6 in front, and 6 behind.
  • When there are more than 12 drivers, allowed combinations of gates, from front to back, 6+6+3, 7+7+1 or 7+8.
  • Mechanics pick a starting gate in qualifying order. 1-6 must pick a gate from the front row. If there is a 3rdrow, row 2 positions must pick a gate from row 2.
  • After all cars are on the gates, the race director gives the sign to fill up the cars. The mechanics then leave. The gates will then drop within a few seconds.
  • A re-start is called if the gates malfunction.
  • A re-start will be called if a car falls off, or gets stuck on a gate.
  • A re-start will never be called due to crashes or accidents after a correctly functioning start.
  • Instructions for what to do in the case of a car flaming out on the gate will be give on a race by race basis. This depends on the track layout.

Marshals must be 15 years old and above. If not they have to find a substitute. No open toed shoes allowed.

If a marshal isn’t at his position when the race starts (not the warm up, the race), the driver will lose their best time. In case it is the marshalling turn for an RC2 final, the driver will have to start last in their final regardless of where they qualified.

  • Technical inspection will be conducted as per the schedule
  • If in doubt team personnel or assistants should check to confirm whether a driver’s car is needed for inspection.
  • The driver will be disqualified from that heat, or final if the car is not left in technical inspection.
  • Decision will be taken by RD and track owner together. The goal is to make things as fair as possible for all drivers.

SECTION 6 – TEAM RULES

The reason we require the items in this section, is that we will be taking photos, videos and other coverage. We work hard to market the sport to outside sponsors and the way we want to impress those possible sponsors is to show that the sport is professional and ready for a bigger more mainstream market.

  • Throughout the 4 day race weekend all team personnel (managers, drivers, mechanics, other personnel) are required to wear matching team apparel for a more professional team look.
  • Teams are given templates by the RCGP which they will use to create their team clothing.
  • Clothing is at the teams expense.
  • All RCGP team personnel will only use the team clothing approved by RCGP.
  • All RCGP team personnel will only have logos on team clothing that are approved by RCGP.
  • RCGP is responsible for setting up each round of RCGP
  • Teams are responsible for ensuring the pits are kept in a professional manner as per RCGP’s directions.
  • RCGP drivers will only use the team body shells, which must be confirmed with RCGP no less than FOUR WEEKS prior to the start of the season.
  • Body shells are the teams expense.
  • RCGP drivers will only use stickers on the car (including but not limited to the body shell and wing) that are approved by RCGP.
  • A car will not be allowed on track without the correct body shell design.

The reason for this is to make it easier and more exciting for the audience, specially live audience, or new people watching online. Each team will have their colour, for example, Sworkz team in the “Red Cars”, HB Racing in the “Silver Cars”. Wing and wheels can be used to create a difference between the two cars, but the bodies need to be identical and have a clear team colours.

  • Team personnel are required to ensure drivers attend all drivers meeting as required in a timely manner.
  • Thursday prior to practice is RCGP media day.
  • All teams are required to attend the media day with their drivers and team personnel present.
  • Track will ONLY be open for teams to work in coordination with RCGP media partners.
  • Team personnel are expected to ensure drivers attend ALL media duties as required and as scheduled in a timely manner
  • Media duties include but are not limited to overlay headshots, photographs, video interviews, live stream commentary, pre race interviews, post race interviews, press conferences, set up clinics and podium presentations

SECTION 7 – PENALTIES

WARNING: Advise from RD (Race Director) to a driver that they are driving too aggressively, without causing any crash.

GIVE BACK THE POSITION: The driver must give back the position to a determined car. If the driver does not give back the position within 1 lap of where the incident took place, the penalty becomes a DRIVE THROUGH.

DRIVE THROUGH: A pass through the pits at a slow speed (slow speed means SLOW SPEED, not full throttle). RD calls a driver (Name and car number) for the penalty, driver has 3 laps to do the penalty. If the driver does not stop during the first lap the RD reminds the driver again, and then a final time on the 3rd lap. If after 3 laps the driver does not do the penalty, they will be black flagged.

STOP & GO: Car enters the pits, the mechanic will raise the car, the RD counts to 5 seconds and says GO! The mechanic drops the car and the car exits the pits. RD calls a driver (Name and car number) for the penalty, driver has 3 laps to do the penalty. If the driver does not stop during the first lap the RD reminds the driver again, and then a final time on the 3rd lap. If after 3 laps the driver does not do the penalty, they will be black flagged.

BLACK FLAG: The driver has to quit the race and is disqualified for that race. (not entire event).

No refueling or other things may be done under penalty pit stops.

  • Hitting a car in front, but only causing the car to lose the position, may be a GIVE BACK position.
  • A collision between 2 cars resulting in a rolled over car may be penalized with DRIVE THROUGH for the car that caused the collision.
  • Jumping on another car (landing from a jump or in the air) causing the other car to lose time, may result in a DRIVE THROUGH.
  • T-bone crash or major crashes will result in a STOP & GO
  • Mechanics that drop the car on another after pit stops will get a DRIVE THROUGH penalty for their driver.
  • Side by side contact is allowed.
  • Fighting on the rostrum or in the pits means black flag for both drivers.
  • WAITING AFTER A CRASH WON’T EXCLUDE ANY PENALTY. It is of course always better to wait, and most of the time this solves the situation. This is the safest choice, but if the offence is bad, waiting is not enough.
  • A protest can be done up to 10 minutes after the end of the race. Protest must be written and given to the RD. Protest cost is 50 euros.
  • Protest can only be done if visible from video footage.
  • RCGP’s discretion up to 50% of the earned team championship points, as well as drivers points (if relevant) at the current race event may be deducted if any team members do not adhere to the team rules in SECTION 6.
  • A car will not be permitted to enter the track without the correct, team branded, RCGP approved body shell.

SECTION 8 – TECHNICAL RULES

Wheelbase
Maximum 330mm

Track Width
Maximum: 310mm
– car width will be measured with a box that the car will be placed in.
– when the car is moved inside the box it should move freely in all positions of the suspension travel. If the box moves along with the car, due to the tyres rubbing on the sides of the boxes, the car will be deemed too wide.

If the car has been visible damaged during the race, causing it to be too wide, it will be deemed legal. 

Car Height
Maximum measured from highest point (excluding antenna tubes): 250 mm

Car Weight:
3000g minimum

 Wing Dimensions
Width: 217mm
Chord: 85mm 

Fuel  Tank

  • Volume: 125cc, with fuel line and any filters.
  • RCGP 125ml beaker used for testing.
  • 5 minutes allowed for retest after first failure
  • 5 minutes allowed after second failure
  • 3 tests maximum (initial + 2 re tests)
  • Measurement on the line, hard to call, always in favor of driver, deemed legal.

Allowed Electrical Devices
Receiver, receiver battery, two servos one for steering and one for throttle, a transponder and if needed an electrical on/off switch is allowed.

Other electrical devices such as gyroscopes or any kind of traction control are forbidden. If a gyro of any kind is discovered in a driver’s car the driver will receive a lifetime ban from all RCGP events.

 Engines
Only 3.5ccm (.21) internal combustion engines are allowed.
Only IFMAR or EFRA homologated exhaust pipes are allowed

Tire Dimensions
Maximum width: 47mm
Maximum diameter: 120mm