The Fair Pass Policy (FPP)

Introduction:

From 2015.1 The Fair Pass Policy (FPP) will come into effect for all championships hosted by Sim Race South Africa.

The FPP aims to simply make what it is understood to be a fair pass more clear in the event of an investigation. The policy states that if a attacking car is more than halfway passed, while maintaining a acceptable amount of speed, the other car during braking and/or on the approach to the apex of a corner, the car about to be passed cannot turn in and must maintain room around the apex of the corner. The attacking car must however allow enough room for the car being passed to maintain track limits. In other words the attacking car is not permitted to run the other car wide off the track.

If the attacking car is not more than half way passed, while maintaining a acceptable amount of speed, the other car during braking and/or on the approach to the apex of a corner, the attacking car must back off and abandon the move before the apex of the corner, abandoning the move as to not run side by side with the other car.

If an investigation is requested the race steward will make decisions based on whether the FPP was in direct contravention or not.

The FPP has been put in place in an attempt to stop do or die moves that lead to unnecessary contact and to bring a sense of patience and strategy to the racing at Sim Race South Africa. If a driver feels that another driver contravened the policy. An email may be sent to the race steward to request an investigation.

The following scenario example will attempt to illustrate what is expected of a sim racing driver here at Sim Race South Africa when they are involved in a scenario which involves one car passing another for position, while respecting the FPP.

Scenario:

approach 1 braking zone

The red car is close behind the green car and is attempting to pass it into a left handed turn.

Green car driver’s responsibilities:

– Understand and respect the position of the red car and that there is a high probability the red car driver will attempt a out-braking manoevre before the apex of the corner. It is too late to change to a defensive line before or in the braking zone. The red car driver has earned his/her current position.

Red car driver’s responsibilities:

–   Understand and respect the position of the green car and that there is a good opportunity to make a pass under braking or just past it at the apex of the corner.

Scenario continued:

 

approach side by side braking zone

The red car has moved to run side by side with the green car in an attempted pass for position.

 

Green car driver’s responsibilities:

– Understand and respect the position of the red car and that it is now side by side with the green car.

– It is now too late to turn in to use the normal racing line and that  there is a high probability a wider line will have to be used to avoid contact with the red car and to navigate the corner safely within the track limits. The red car is now more than halfway passed the green car, therefore the green car cannot use the FPP to his/her advantage.

Red car driver’s responsibilities:

– Understand and respect that the green car has a right to navigate the corner safely within track limits and that contact is to be avoided. The red car is now more than halfway passed the green car, therefore the red car can use the FPP to his/her advantage.

– Understand your braking abilities to brake safe enough not to change lines and make contact with the green car.

 

Scenario continued:

approach side by side apex

The red car is alongside the green car and is about to execute the move for position.

 

Green car driver’s responsibilities:

– Understand and respect the position of the red car and that it is now side by side with your green car as before.

– The FPP is in favour of the Red car at this stage. Maintain the wider line enough to avoid contact with the red car

Red car driver’s responsibilities:

– Understand and respect that the green car has a right to navigate the corner safely within track limits and that contact is to be avoided.

– Maintain the inside line to not run wide and force the green car off track.

 

Scenario continued:

approach side exit

The red car has passed the green car while avoiding contact and track limits have been maintained for both cars.

Green car driver’s responsibilities:

– Maintain line until the red car has made a complete pass.

Red car driver’s responsibilities:

– Understand and respect that the green car has a right to fight back for position at the next corner and the roles might be reversed.

– Only resume your normal racing lines once it is understood the green car has been passed successfully.