Le CARIBEAN RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
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|1. General Outline
2. Vehicle regulations (supplement to FIA appendix J)
3. Event Parameters (for route-setters)
4. Championship structure
5. Calendar of Events
1. GENERAL OUTLINE
a. Entry fees.
Each club shall be responsible for collecting CRC entry fees to be passed on to the CRC Treasurer. The cost of
entry to the CRC shall be US $300.00 and this will entitle the competitor to free vehicle transportation and any
other benefits that can be provided by the CRC organisers. No foreign entree will be refused on an event, even
if the competitor has not entered the championship, but CRC benefits may not be available free of charge. CRC entries
shall be closed at the end of March and a list of all entries shared among the various clubs. Clubs will be expected,
as is the current practice, to secure all necessary funding for vehicle importation etc. from the event sponsor.
Competitors will have to pay event entry and insurance costs in each country they compete in - these costs will
be made known to all clubs before the end of February. Entry fees will be used by the CRC management committee
to finance/subsidise travel of 3 officials (if possible) from each country to each event.
b. Event calendar structuring.
Each country will stay with their traditional event dates for 1998. Future dates will be discussed with hosts,
sponsors and shippers. Trinidad will try to move their date forward if possible to avoid poor weather.
c. CRC sponsor.
The sponsor of the CRC shall be expected to provide funds for prizes for each class being contested as well as
funding for promotion, including overseas advertising. These funds shall be administered by the CRC Man. Com. Local
event funding will be provided by event sponsors, as is currently the practice, to run individual events.
d. CRC management committee.
Each country entered shall be represented by two members on the management committee, to be elected by the local
ASN. At any meeting a quorum shall be made up of no less than one member from each country. The 1998 Management
Committee Members are as follows:
Trinidad Shelford Robinson, Rawle Mahabir - P.R. and Marketing
Jamaica Rene McDaniel - Vice Chairman, Anthony Hale - Secratary/Treasurer
Barbados Derek Roach - Chairman, Greg Cozier - Technical Director
Guadeloupe Luc Petrelluzzi, Pierre Mathurin e. Scrutineers.
In addition to the above, each country will appoint one scrutineer that will be present at each championship event.
All scrutineering will be done by this "Scrutineers Panel" in consultation with the CRC Man. Com. Tech.
The CRC will be contested in the following classes:
CLASS N1. 0 - 1400 cc's
CLASS N2. 1401 cc's - 1600 cc's
CLASS N3. 1601 cc's - 2000 cc's
CLASS N4. 2,000 cc's- 3,500 cc's
CLASS A5. 0 - 1400 cc's
CLASS A6. 1401 cc's - 1600 cc's
CLASS A7. 1601 cc's - 2000 cc's
CLASS A8. 2,000 cc's - 3,500 cc's
Class N1, N2, N3 and N4 - Cars up to 3,500 cc's may be entered in these classes but must meet the 1998 FIA Group
N regulations in their entirety but with the additional allowance of the removal of rear seats, carpets and roof
lining. No homologation will be required in this class; the vehicle specification will be determined by the chassis/VIN
number and manufacturers' brochure for the model in question where there is no homologation. Fully homologated
Group N cars may also be entered in this class but must be presented for scrutineering with their homologation
papers. Weight limits will be as listed in the manufacturers brochure or homologation papers. Classes A5, A6 and
A7 - Only 2wd cars may be entered in these classes. These may be modified in accordance with the FIA Group A regulations
with the CRC "Option Variant" and "Kit Variant" appendices applied but without the need for
the vehicle or fitted components to be homologated. By extension, the FIA Group A rules may also be applied without
the homologation requirement. The class weights applied will be as listed in the FIA regulations for rallies, regardless
of whether the event is a rally, hill-sprint etc.
Class A8 - Cars up to 3,500 cc's may be entered in this class but must meet the 1998 FIA Group A regulations with
the CRC "Option Variants" applied but without the homologation requirement. Fully homologated Group A
and World Rally Cars may also be entered in this class but must be presented for scrutineering with their homologation
Option Variant - A variant of the series production model concerned: accessory, equipment, or element delivered
at the express request of the customer for a supplementary charge. The following equipment or parts may be fitted
without a production minimum.
1. External oil pressure regulators.
2. When installing the restructure, if there are any mechanical parts within 15 cm, measured from the compressor
wheel, hampering the installation of the restructure, it will be possible to request that these parts be moved,
as long as this gives no other advantage.
3. Engine flywheel of the same diameter as the original and weighing at least two-thirds the weight of the original,
only if this original flywheel is made up of two parts.
4. Flywheels for automatic gearboxes.
5. A flywheel made from steel for a manual gearbox, when the standard gearbox is automatic and the flywheel is
made from aluminium.
6. Fuel tanks, the fitting of which does not require any modifications to be made to the bodywork other than those
which are strictly necessary to allow the passage of tubes and of couplings for refuelling, and for its fixations;
tank filler holes may be situated in the windows.
7. Propeller shafts and semi-propeller shafts and their joints.
8. One automatic gearbox.
9. A manual gearbox (with or without synchronization). The number of ratios is free.
10. A transfer box case and its fixations.
11. Hydraulic clutch system.
12. Final drive ratios, or transfer box ratios.
13. Hydraulic clutch system.
14. Suspension parts in the following circumstances: - The elements can be mounted at the original anchorage points,
on the body shell or chassis, reinforced according to appendix J. - The elements can be mounted on the body shell
or the chassis using the original attachments (also with screws having a greater diameter). The rotational axis
must remain in the same position as originally, with a maximum travel of 20 mm. Under both circumstances, the kinematic
operation of the suspension must remain original. The suspension joint supports situated on the body or on the
chassis may also be moved by 20 mm in relation to their original position, within the framework of moving the rotational
axis of the suspension parts.
15. The following can also be fitted/changed with a McPherson type suspension: - An eccentric upper anchorage point
which is completely contained within 20 mm of its original position, and can be mounted on the body shell. Attachments
on the shell may be removed or added (while respecting the 20 mm mentioned above). - A new lower arm (compression
strut), providing that in the original car there is an anti-roll bar; this may be repositioned. The anchorage point
on the body shell or on the chassis must use anchorage screws with at least the same diameter as the original ones.
16. Anti-roll bars may be fitted, even if the model in question is not originally fitted with them, and even if
their anchorage points are modified.
17. Springs/shock-absorber units are accepted in these conditions, but it must be stated on the form that the original
springs must be removed.
18. Water cooling systems for suspension dampers.
19. Front or rear subframe, to the exclusion of a subframe joining the front to the rear, with free material and
shape, on condition: - That it is interchangeable with the original part. - That it is possible to dismount the
part (no attachment by welding). - That the suspension attachment points are respected within the framework of
the present regulations.
20. McPherson struts attached by eccentric top-mounts.
21. Central wheel bolting system.
22. Complete or partial braking systems, including anti-lock systems (in particular, disc brakes may be fitted
in lieu of drum brakes), position of the brakes, brake calipers, brake distributor (possibly in the cockpit).
23. Air intake for cooling the brakes, insofar as its cross-section is less than 78.4 cm squared, its maximum dimensions
less than 25 cm, and the position of the air intake is no further forward than the lowest point of the spoiler
or of the front bumper. It is not possible to fit more than one intake for one pipe channeling air to the brake.
24. Brake cooling systems.
25. Steering ratios, providing that the parts are commercially available.
26. Power steering.
27. Steering arms.
28. Steering columns, steering racks (and also their attachments systems).
29. Sun roof.
30. Rollbars (in steel only).
31. Seat supports and anchorages.
32. Safety harness attachment points. Kit Variant - These variants are authorised only for Gp A models with 2-wheel
drive and normally aspirated engines with a maximum cylinder capacity of 2 litres, and must respect these characteristics.
These models must be taken from a "family" of 25,000 units produced in 12 consecutive months. - Furthermore,
cars fitted with a kit and used on open roads must be officially registered for road use. - The nominal cylinder
capacity of the car equipped with a kit will be limited to a maximum of 2,000 cc. - Engines produced in quantities
of 2,500 in 12 consecutive months by the particular manufacturer may be fitted in any member of the chosen family
of cars. The following parts may be fitted/changed:
1. Intake and exhaust manifolds.
2. Injection/carburettors - The injection/carburation system is of free design (so a carburettor may be changed
for another, or for injection, a monopoint injection may be changed for a multipoint injection, or vice versa).
If the injectors are mounted on the cylinder head in the original model, they may be changed within the context
of a change of manifolds.
3. Crankshaft and engine flywheel - With no change of material (e.g. ferrous material remaining ferrous material)
4. Sleeving, resleeving, boring.
5. Diameter of the valves - only for engines with two valves per cylinder.
6. Diameter of the main crankshaft bearings.
7. Connecting rods - with no change of materials.
8. Front aerodynamic device/front bumper - The material and the shape are of free design, limited by the vertical
plane passing through the axis of the front wheels and the horizontal plane passing through the axis of the front
wheels and the horizontal plane passing through the lowest point of the door opening of the family (25,000 units).
- Limited by the overall length of the original vehicle. - Maximum width not to exceed that of the original vehicle
plus 140 mm. - Limited to the front by the vertical projection of the bumper of the original model. - The material
of the bumper must remain unchanged (plastic being considered a composite material). - The safety elements allowing
the absorption of impact between the bumper and the chassis must be kept. - Modification of the lateral part of
the front bumper according to the requirements of the wing/fender extensions. - The free lower part of the front
aerodynamic devices must not protrude in relation to the upper part, when seen from a vertical projection. - An
opening may be made in the bumper (the part situated above the plane passing through the lowest point of the door
opening of the family), but its surface area must be subtracted from the 800 cm square authorised in the engine
bonnet. This opening must not effect the structural integrity of the bumper. - Front grille restylings are permitted,
provided that they remain within the increase authorised for the bumper and do not increase the aerodynamic performance
of the car.
9. Rear aerodynamic device. - The material and the shape are of free design, contained within the overall length
and width of the original vehicle. The cross-section and supports must be contained within a square with sides
measuring 170 mm, regardless of the position of the wing/spoiler and that of its supports. - One single device
must be present at the rear of the car, either the replacement, the one from the model or the one from the family.
This device must respect the above dimensions. - The given dimensions for the rear aerodynamic device (170 x 170)
are those of a rectangular box in which this device must be able to fit, whatever its shape. - This device must
be rigid and offer no possibility for the penetration of air (groove, hole, opening etc.). - The wing must be made
in one single piece (a single profile and no adjustment flap) and must be in conformity with the road regulations
of the country in which the vehicle is registered. - The wing must be completely contained within the front projection
of the car without its rear view mirrors. - The maximum width of the carrier profile must not exceed 110 cm. -
When viewed from the side the whole of the aerofoil must be contained within the square parallelogram of 170 x
170 mm, including the side plates for attachments. - Attachments onto the glass is prohibited, only support is
authorised. - The side plates may extend beyond 110 cm when seen from the front, but must not generate any aerodynamic
force. - The wing should be checked with the car horizontal.
10. Grille-covered opening in the engine bonnet (including the radiator grille). This must be of the same shape
as the original part cut out of the bodywork and with a surface of 800 cm squared maximum.
11. Widening the wings/bumpers. - Increase the width by a maximum of 140 mm in relation to the family of car (25,000
units). This width must under no circumstances exceed the maximum width authorised in the country in which the
vehicle is registered. - This increase may be obtained by means of an extension or a new part. The lateral part
of the front and rear bumpers must follow the volume of the wing. The making of new inner and outer wheel arches
will be authorised. The housings, side members, subframes and mounting points must remain in conformity with Appendix
J, Group A. - The wheel arches may be modified in order to house the wheels authorised. - The bulkhead separating
the engine from the cockpit may be hammered in order to allow the passage of the wheel. -The crossrails and side-members
must, under no circumstances, be modified or cut. - Only the lateral parts of the front bumpers, which must follow
the volume of the wing, may be modified through the kit. - The material of the outer wing/fender fitted may be
different from the material of the model from which it is derived. - These wings and wheel arches must not give
rise to any additional aerodynamic effect and must have no air intakes or outlets. - For 4/5 door cars localized
modifications of the rear doors will be authorised to allow the passage of the wheel.
12. Wheels, in the following conditions: Maximum diameter of the complete wheel must not exceed 650 mm, width in
accordance with the Group A regulations. Rim diameter is free.
13. Underbody protection: material free.
14. Upper radiator support: The upper front cross member may be cut or modified between the headlamps of the kit
car to be homologated. This cutting or modification must not effect the rigidity of the chassis structure. This
cross member may be replaced with a different support.
3. EVENT PARAMETERS The route setters' and organisers' guidelines are as follows:
a. Rally must be of at least two day duration with an even number of special stages.
b. No less than 100 Km of stages.
c. No more than 200 Km of stages.
d. No route (leg) longer than six hours after which stages will be canceled if running late.
e. No stage shorter than 2 Km (excluding Super Specials which will not count in the results)
f. No stage longer than 25 Km
g. No more than 50% of stage miles changed from year to year except in completely "blind" rally.
4. CHAMPIONSHIP STRUCTURE
a. The positions being contested will be as follows:
1. Drivers' Champion - driver who accrues the maximum class and overall position points - only scores from six
"events" can be applied.
2. Nations' Champion - At the briefing meeting before each event the MSA officials of the various countries will
nominate a national team of ten entrants, out of all nationals entered in the CRC, to represent the nation on the
event (no more than two in each class). At the end of the event the five best results in each event (one from each
class) will count towards the Nations' Championship.
3. Class Championship - driver who accrues the maximum score in his class - only scores from six "events"
can be applied.
b. All special stage times from the various rallies will be taken out separately and used to calculate results
in the Caribbean Rally Championship. The classification and results of any competitor in the local event will have
no bearing on the Caribbean Rally Championship whatsoever. Classes that are subscribed on a particular event may,
therefore, not be subscribed in the CRC results for that event.
c. Each rally will be split into 2 "events", the first 50% of special stages and the second 50%, regardless
of the days or routes. This will create eight possible event scores in the championship for each competitor from
four rallies. It will also allow a competitor to re-enter the rally on the second half if he goes OTL on the first
half of the rally.
d. A competitor may only enter the Caribbean Rally Championship at the beginning of the year (March 31st).
e. Points awarded in each class:
1st - 10 points
2nd - 6 points
3rd - 4 points
4th - 3 points
5th - 2 points
All other finishers - 1 point In addition, the following points will be awarded for overall position:
1st - 20 points
2nd - 15 points
3rd - 12 points
4th - 10 points
5th - 8 points
6th - 6 points
7th - 4 points
8th - 3 points
9th - 2 points
10th - 1 point
f. Any class that is not subscribed on an event by three cars will be merged up to the next class until a class
is subscribed. A car need only start the first special stage of the event in order to subscribe the class.
g. All competitors will obviously be subject to the rules and regulations of the club/country in which they are
5. CALENDAR OF EVENTS
The four events to be included in the 1998 Caribbean Rally Championship are as follows:
Barbados - Texaco All-Stage Rally on May 16th, 17th
Guadeloupe - Rally Grandes Fonds on June 20th, 21st (?)
Jamaica - Tarmac rally on July 25th, 26th
Trinidad - Loose surface rally on August 29th, 30th