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Post by DDM BigBen on Wed 6 May 2020 - 2:15

Welcome to the 2020 TORA 24 Hours of Le Mans. This race will take place on Forza Motorsport 7 on Xbox One and PC on Saturday, June 6th - 10:00 EDT / 15:00 BST. 

Before you decide to enter the series, please take the time to read the rules & regulations very carefully.

By registering for the race, you agree to the rules and regulations as written in this thread. TORA reserves the right to alter the rules and regulations as necessary, for the purpose of fairness and clarity in the competition.

1.1 Motor racing, as defined by TORA, is a non-contact sport. It is understandable that on occasion some contact may occur as a consequence of incidents caused by either party; for instance "lag".  At TORA lag is defined as sudden high internet latency or ping causing visual inconsistencies between players. 
1.2 Competitors with lag issues will not be penalized, but will be asked to improve their connection for future participation in TORA’s events. If the issue is persistently hindering other competitor’s experiences, or you cannot join lobbies (see rule 14.0), please perform a speed test on your connection via http://www.speedtest.net/
1.3 TORA expects every competitor who partakes in our championships to behave in an appropriate and respectable manner. Insulting comments or behavior towards fellow competitors, race stewards, lobby hosts and staff is unacceptable and will be dealt with severely by TORA Staff. Respectable on-track etiquette is expected of all competitors. This includes on-track battles, track limits, dirty driving etc. 
1.4 The track limits are determined by the solid white lines either side of the track, or for lack thereof, the edge of the tarmac (or other racing surface). At all times, two wheels must remain on this part of the circuit, unless of an occurrence where it is near to impossible to keep two wheels on the track, such as avoiding a collision. 
1.5 All TORA members must read and follow the TORA Driver's Handbook. Note that and specific rules defined in these Rules & Regulations will take precedence over rules outlined.

This race will be made up of teams of a minimum of three and a maximum of six drivers. Ideally teams will want the full six to make the races less challenging on yourselves and your consoles. Teams must drive in the same car throughout each stint of the race. If any team members switch into different cars throughout the race then their stint will not be counted in the team's overall distance and will be an instant stint DQ.

3.1 This race has defined rules about liveries that drivers must adhere to in order to race. Failure to do so may result in a penalty or disqualification. The livery rules are defined in the Livery & Decal Rules thread linked here.
3.2 All cars must comply with livery rules or they will receive a penalty of 10,000 ft to their overall distace. 
3.3 Designs must be submitted for review under the Livery Inspection thread. 

4.1 This race has a defined list of cars and build rules that drivers must adhere to in order to race.  Failure to do so may result in a penalty or disqualification. The car rules are defined in the Car List & Build Rules thread linked here.
4.2 The amount of each car will be limited for this race. LMP1 will be limited to 15 entries each and GTE, except Porsche, will be limited to 13 entries each. The 2017 Porsche 911 RSR is limited to 12 entries.

5.1 There will only be space for 100 entries to this race.
5.1.1 LMP1 will be limited to 30 entries.
5.1.2 GTE will be limited to 70 entries.
5.2 Teams will be limited to registering 2 entries per forum post. Any post that has more than 2 entries will be disregarded.
5.3 Teams will not be permitted to use more than 2 of the same type of car in their entries.
5.4 There will be a reserve list per class. To qualify for the reserve list, the entry must fulfill all requirements.
5.5 In order to drive LMP1, drivers will be required to show that they can post a lap time faster than a 3:30.
5.5.1 To enforce rule 5.5, all LMP1 drivers will need to be able to prove that they can go quicker than a 3 minutes and 30 seconds laptime by their qualifying time (dirty or clean), a practice session (official or unofficial) which includes a TORA Staff or TORA Race Marshal, a screenshot of a clean laptime, or a recording of a full lap that can be dirty at the staff's discretion. Anyone slower than 3 minutes and 30 seconds and wishing to participate, must enter the GTE Class.
5.5.2 Any team which is negatively impacted by rule 5.5 is still permitted to participate if entry still have at least 3 drivers minus the driver(s) who are not quick enough.  The team is also permitted to as a whole or in part withdraw their lap times and re-qualify in GTE, as long as the limit of 70 entries, as described in rule 5.1.2, has not been reached yet.

6.1 The race may be split into 5 lobbies, named A-E, depending on the qualifying results. Each lobby will be hosted by chosen members of the Marshals or Staff.
6.2 Marshals who have registered to the race may be expected to host a lobby if no other hosts are available.
6.3 For each lobby, a specific Marshal or Staff member will be given "Lobby Marshal" status, whether or not they are hosting the lobby (if none of the aforementioned members are available, the lobby host will be given the status). They will be responsible for collecting times, race positions, reading the start grid and rules, and deciding whether or not a race restart is required.
6.4 The lobby settings must be abided by, and can be found here: Lobby Settings

7.1 Qualifying for the TORA 24 Hours of Le Mans will take place from Saturday May 23rd to Friday May 29th. There will be lobbies hosted throughout the week to accommodate racers in different time zones. The sessions can be found in the Qualifying thread linked here.

7.2.1 The qualifying session will last 45 minutes. The host will set up the lobby for one hour to provide time for data collection. Drivers will have until 15 minutes left on the race timer to set their fastest clean lap. If a driver is in the middle of a lap when time expires, they are allowed to finish the lap they are currently on before times are collected.  
7.2.2 Drivers are not required to use the entire 45 minutes to set a clean lap. If a driver is pleased with their lap 5 minutes into a session, they are welcomed to leave provided that they notify the host. Drivers are also welcomed to pull off the track and take a break in the middle of qualifying if they so choose.  
7.2.3 The pit lane will be opened the entirety of the qualifying secession. Drivers are welcomed to pit whenever they will like.  
7.3 To determine grid position, best two times from a team will be taken and added together.
7.3.1 While all drivers from a team may take part in a qualifying session, a team must have a minimum of two drivers qualify.
7.3.2 Each driver may only compete in one qualifying session. If a driver attempts to compete in multiple qualifying sessions then their times will be invalidated and removed.
7.4 If a team fails to have more than one driver qualify, they will not be permitted to race.

8.1 Be sure to submit your teams stint order by using the stint form.
8.2 Please check the stint thread for track conditions for each stint.
8.3 Drivers will not be permitted to double-stint between stints 6&7 and stints 11&12. These blocks of time are used to keep the race running on time. Otherwise, drivers may do as many stints as they want.  
8.4 The start of the race will be a ROLLING start, and will have different start procedures depending on the stint.
8.5 The lobby host is instructed to save and share the replay for jump start checks.

8.6.1 The Lobby Marshal will read out the grid order in the pre-race lobby.
8.6.2 Drivers proceed around the circuit in single file. Tire warming is permitted but brake testing is NOT.

8.7.1 Towards the end of the warm up lap, the lobby host will request drivers to form up in 2x2 formation, and continue at 60mph/97kph. EXTREME CARE MUST BE TAKEN.
8.7.2 The driver in last place must confirm to lobby host once all cars are in position.
8.7.3 The rolling grid will approach the Start/Finish line at 60mph/97kph in 2x2 formation.
8.7.4 Each row of 2 cars must try to maintain approximately 50ft/15m distance from the (pair of) cars ahead before they start racing.
8.7.5 The GTE class must line up 150-200ft behind the last car in the LMP1 class.
8.7.6 As each row of 2 cars passes the Start/Finish line, they accelerate to race speed, and begin racing.

8.8.1 For the remaining stints in each race, the starting produced will slightly change.
8.8.2 Instead of doing a full warm up lap, there will be a designated start point somewhere in the first sector of the track. This start point will be announced in the week leading up to the race. Clarification for this will be posted in the Driver's Briefing.
8.8.3 Drivers will line up in single file and will not start until THEY pass the designated start point.
8.8.4 Leader in the GTE class must remain 150-200 ft behind the last car in the LMP1 class during the shorten warm up lap.  

8.9.1 While stint lobbies will be set to two hours, racing will actually last only 1 hour and 40 minutes to allow for a 20 minute stint turn around.  
8.9.2 The stint will "end" with 20 minutes left on the race timer. Once the race timer reads 20 minutes, drivers must come to a complete stop where they are on track.  
8.9.3 The host will then record the distance that the driver in overall 1st place traveled during the stint (in miles), everyone's distance to 1st Place (in feet), and then the distance between the cars in overall 1st place and 2nd place after 1st place has moved to the next mile marker. If the host is unable to hear 2nd place, they will fall back to 3rd place, or to anyone they can hear. (If you have your distances in meters, we can convert it).  
8.9.4 Once the host announces that they have collected all data, drivers may then back out of the race / wait in the lobby.  
8.9.5 Drivers that are double stinting will have their data collected first, provided that they are not in 1st or 2nd place, so they can make their next stint on time to reduce delays. 

9.1 There will be a mandatory number of pit stops during each stint. The exact number will be announced in the Driver's Briefing. 
9.2 Drivers are permitted to pit at their own accord to refuel and change tires, or if they have damage to their car or wish to retire.  
9.2.1 However, drivers are not permitted to pit for a mandatory pit stop during the last 10 minutes of the stint. Once the race timer passes 30 minutes left, the pits for mandatory pit stops are closed.
9.3 Drivers must use the full pit entrance and exit lines. Failure to adhere to this will result in an instant 5000ft penalty, no warning.
9.4 Drivers are reminded that they are not allowed to drive backwards to get to the pits. If drivers miss the pit entrance, they must drive around the entire circuit and try again in the correct direction. If a driver is caught driving backwards in qualifying or during the race, this will result in a qualifying or stint disqualification.

Standard SI rules in force please refer to Driver’s Handbook.

11.1 The host or Lobby Marshal will invite each driver to the lobby they will be Qualifying or Racing in.
11.2 They will send each driver one invite to the lobby. If the driver cannot join, the host or Lobby Marshal will send a maximum of two extra invites before the meeting is due to start.
11.3 If the driver cannot join the Qualifying session in time, they will start at the back of the grid in the race.
11.4 If the driver cannot join the race session, they will score 0 points for that stint.
11.5 Ultimately, joining the race will be the responsibility of the driver. A list of lobby hosts will be posted in advance of the race so it is suggested that drivers add them as a friend on Xbox Live to make it easier for them to find them.  

12.1 It is unfortunately not uncommon for races to be decided by a disconnection during a stint. As voted for last year, the majority of the community are in favor of a lagout rule to be implemented to reduce the amount of distance you lose should the worst happen.  
12.1.1 The lag formula used will be as follows.  If you do lagout, at the end of the race the lobby host will check the pause screen and take note of the lap count currently showing. The lap you were on will be taken and entered into the doc along with DNF.  The number of laps will be then subtracted by 1 to get the total amount of laps completed (when you start the race this is on 1 but you haven't actually completed a lap yet).  This will then be multiplied by the track length to get your distance driven before lagging. The distance driven will be subtracted from your team's lowest, non DNF stint mileage to calculate how far you could have driven after lagging out, and this will be multiplied by 0.75, and added to the distance driven. So in simple terms, if you lagout you will given the distance driven, plus 75% of the potential mileage you missed out on by lagging out.

13.1 The overtaking car in the faster class must ensure their pass of the slower class is done safely and correctly. All drivers are instructed to use mirrors and communication to ensure safe overtaking, although vocal communication between classes might not be available for the pass. Faster classes purposely impeding the progress of the slower classes, and vice versa, is forbidden.
13.2 Lapped drivers must be aware of faster classes approaching and must make sure they stick to their racing line; drivers should not make sudden or unpredictable changes to their course in an attempt to allow the faster classes to pass. 
13.3 Lapped drivers in the same class are expected to give the right of way to the lapping drivers. Purposely impeding the progress of the lapping drivers, is forbidden.

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