TORA Driver’s Handbook | 2020
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1.1 The Online Racing Association (TORA) is a class leader in virtual motorsport and online racing championship organisation.
1.2 TORA is officially recognised by the FIA National Sporting Authority and governed by Motorsport UK.
1.3 As the governing body, Motorsport UK is responsible for the management and administration of all major forms of motorsports in the UK, controlling the technical and sporting rules across the various disciplines. Motorsport UK is the sole motorsport governing body for the United Kingdom.
1.4 TORA Staff reserves the right to add to or modify the general Sporting Regulations at any time to maintain the expected levels of competition, and good sportsmanship.
1.5 TORA members that do not follow the Sporting Regulations may be punished at the discretion of TORA Staff, where the Stewards Handbook does not otherwise specify.
1.6 Motorsport UK Club Number - 239002
1.7 Motorsport UK Club Name - The Online Racing Association
2.1 All members of TORA must respect the rights of others.
2.2 To protect the safety of our members and maintain an enjoyable experience on TORA Forums and during Race Meetings, TORA Staff may take action as prescribed in this document. Each member is liable for all activities conducted through their forums account. Parents or guardians are liable for the activities of their child (varies by locale).
2.3 TORA will not tolerate the following activities on any online service that it operates:
2.3.1 Causing distress to another member, including but not limited to harassment, threats, fraud, unwanted attention, and unwanted contact via the TORA Discord chat or forum discussions
2.3.2 Abusive, defamatory, threatening, or offensive language or behavior.
2.3.3 Bigoted, hateful, or offensive statements against any religion, race, nation, gender, age group, sexual orientation or other protected group.
2.3.4 Participation in antisocial, disruptive, or destructive behavior. This includes but is not limited to, "flaming", "spamming", and "trolling". "Flaming" is defined as: Posting content that is deliberately hostile. "Spamming" is defined as: Repeatedly posting unwanted content. "Trolling" is defined as: Posting content that is deliberately intended to provoke a vehement response from other users.
2.3.5 Impersonation of others, including, but not limited to, Association Staff or other Association members.
2.3.6 Posting personally identifiable information of another user, including but not limited to their real name, address, phone number, or private email address (A.K.A. “doxing”).
2.3.7 Posting or transmission of sexually explicit, obscene, vulgar, or otherwise offensive images.
2.3.8 Posting or transmission of unauthorized advertisements or promotions. This includes and is not limited to unofficial or unauthorized claims to real sponsorship, advertisements of other racing events outside TORA that clash with TORA events, and links / embing of illegal content, such as illegal live streams or illegal downloads.
2.3.9 Offering or solicitation of copyrighted content that you do not own all rights to without the express written permission of the author or copyright holder.
2.3.10 Offering or solicitation of material that might be deemed illegal, indecent, or obscene.
2.3.11 Solicitation of other members' passwords and/or credit card information, or any other personal information.
2.3.12 Posting or transmission of any destructive software, including but not limited to viruses, Trojans, or worm files.
2.3.13 Participation in or discussion of violating any local, state, national, or international laws or regulations.
2.4 For all offenses the following action(s) may be taken:
2.4.1 A private forum message may be sent to the member at the discretion of TORA.
2.4.2 Editing, deletion or closing of the post, thread or message.
2.4.3 The closing of the member's TORA account(s).
2.4.4 Temporary suspension of the member's TORA account(s).
2.4.5 Permanent banning the member's forums account. User(s) will no longer be able to log into their account.
2.5 The following can result in the notification of proper legal authorities by a representative of TORA:
2.5.1 Threat of physical harm to oneself or any other person made through TORA forums.
2.5.2 Offering or solicitation of material that might be deemed illegal, indecent, or obscene. This includes but is not limited to, pornography, illicit substance use, and unauthorized software.
2.5.3 Harassment of a member of TORA Staff.
2.6 Do not encroach any inter-team abusive rivalries within TORA events or any of the TORA media outputs. We can only work within the confines of our own community, and whilst we are aware that such a select group of racers will inevitably meet up wherever there is a race going on we do not and cannot govern what is being said and done within series outside of our sphere of influence.
3.1 The Online Racing Association leadership is spread among several teams on our community forums. These are as follows:
3.2 TORA Staff Members
Staff are the top tier group who oversee all of TORA and the behind-the-scenes.
List of users: http://forums.theonlineracingassociation.com/g1-staff
3.3 TORA Community Steward Team Members
Stewards investigate on-track incidents which have been submitted for inquiry.
List of users: http://forums.theonlineracingassociation.com/g51-community-steward
3.4 TORA Media Team Members
The Media Team provide photos, videos and more for the community.
List of users: http://forums.theonlineracingassociation.com/g68-media-team
3.5 TORA Development Team Members
The Development Team test cars for upcoming championships.
List of users: http://forums.theonlineracingassociation.com/g98-development-team
3.6 TORA Race Marshals Team Members
Marshals run and host the race lobbies.
List of users: http://forums.theonlineracingassociation.com/g53-race-marshals
3. TORA Community Team Members
The Community Team is responsible for operation of the TORA Discord server and forum operations.
List of users: http://forums.theonlineracingassociation.com/g65-community-team
All TORA community members must ensure they understand and have complete the following tasks to become eligible to race in TORA events:
4.1 Registered to The Online Racing Association Community Forums accessible at:
4.2 Apply for a TORA Race License at:
4.3 Making sure your Gamertag matches your forum username. If it is different, apply for a username change at:
4.4 Registered in the relevant series you wish participate in The Pitlane via:
5.1 The Online Racing Association collectively, in accordance with the General Regulations of the TORA Driver's Handbook (incorporating the provisions of Motorsport UK and International Sporting Code of the FIA) and the individual Rules & Regulations listed for each TORA championship, organise, manage and promote championships listed in “The Pitlane” section(s) of the TORA Community Forums. This includes, but is not limited to:
5.2 The Organisers reserve the right to issue championship bulletins amending or clarifying the Rules & Regulations of each TORA championship in accordance with the Motorsport UK Regulations D11.1.3 (Can we put a link to this in an index section? Or just hyperlink the “Motorsport UK to take readers to it) at any time before or during the championship and further issue additional statements concerning the regulations from time to time. TORA reserves the right to make amendments to all aspects of the TORA Driver's Handbook and technical regulations including individual Championship rules and regulations.
5.3 It is the responsibility of registered competitors to notify all members of their team and ensure that they are fully aware of the TORA Driver's Handbook and the Rules & Regulations of the TORA championship they are registered into, and any subsequent clarifications and/or amendments. (Failure to do so may inhibit your ability to participate in said event.)
5.4 It is a condition of entry into the championship that all competitors, teams, team members and people associated with any of the above agree to be bound by the TORA Driver's Handbook and the various TORA championship Rules & Regulations including any amendments, variations or statements relating thereto.
5.5 All forms of racing as defined by TORA are non-contact sports, unless explicitly stated, as such to not affect yourself or your competitors overall racing experience.
5.6 TORA considers good sportsmanship to be the very essence of the sport, and the basic foundation of any competition. Competitors are expected to hold the qualities of fairness, honesty, courtesy, and justice to be more important than the outcome of the race.
5.7 Unsportsmanlike Conduct
5.7.1 Any unsportsmanlike conduct, on any scale, is not welcome at TORA events. Acts of unsportsmanlike conduct have many forms such as cheating (for example; loopholes, event manipulation, etc), arguing, yelling, intimidation and foul/aggressive behaviour.
5.7.2 Competitors that show poor sportsmanship due to a mistake in judgment will be educated and/or punished by the Steward Team or Staff if necessary. However, competitors that commit repeated acts of unsportsmanlike conduct and cannot be educated may be removed from the community at the discretion of Staff.
TORA Rules & Definitions
6.1 All drivers must be aware of the TORA Driver's Handbook and series specific rules. These rules must be adhered to at all times. By registering for a Championship, the driver is agreeing to comply with the TORA Driver's Handbook and the Rules & Regulations of the championship. See rule 5.3 and 5.4
6.2 Drivers must be able to communicate back to race control and lobby hosts. Failure to comply will result in possible exclusion from the race meeting / event. Unless otherwise stated, all competitors are required to have a functioning microphone. For the time being, Xbox Party Chat will be used as the primary means of communication.
6.3 Custom designed race car liveries must not include tobacco (unless sanctioned by the series on “Heritage” grounds) or adult related products & must not be deemed to be offensive or inappropriate.
6.3.1 Livery rules and required vinyl groups will be included in all Championship and Series rules packages. Tinted windows are not permitted under any circumstance.
6.4 Entrants into any TORA sanctioned series must be in possession of a valid TORA Racing License and be a registered member of the TORA Community Forums.
6.5 All drivers and teams wishing to take part in a Championship must ensure they are registered correctly for the championship based on the Championship’s entry regulations.
6.6 All competitors must ensure their cars meet the series technical regulations as defined in the championship “Car List & Build Rules” thread.
6.7 All Championships and Series (unless specified with details within the championship Rules & Regulations) do not allow car changes throughout the length of the season.
6.8 All Championships and Series (unless specified with details within the championship Rules & Regulations) do not allow class changes throughout the length of the season.
6.9 All Championships and Series (unless specified with details within the championship Rules & Regulations) do not allow driver changes or substitute drivers throughout the length of the season.
7.0 All Championships and Series (Unless specified with details within the championship Rules & Regulations) will not count Forza Race Regulation (FRR) penalties in final race results.
6.10 Entrants into any TORA sanctioned series and events will have a selection of numbers 4-999 on a “first come, first serve” bias, unless specified for a specific series or event.
6.10.1 Drivers who finished at least half of the previous season (unless specified with details within the championship Rules & Regulations) may reserve their previous number in the week leading up to series registration.
6.10.2 The numbers 1-3 are reserved for the drivers championship podium finishers of a previous season of the series. Only they may run those numbers if they so choose and can not “gift them” to a teammate. Additional numbers may be reserved per specific championship Rules & Regulations.
6.10.3 The number 0 is reserved for media related activities and is not permitted to be used in racing series.
6.10.4 Numbers with leading 0’s (I.E. 01), are not permitted.
6.10.5 Numbers with ending letters (I.E. 1a), are not permitted.
7.1.1 “Race Control” refers to the collective set of officials that are in charge of the full course Conditions, controlling the scheduled activities, maintaining a written record of Incidences, communicating with each lobby host and function as the central hub of information distribution as needed. Race Control is typically Staffed with the Head Marshall.
7.1.2 “Lobby Hosts” refers to the collective set of officials that are in charge of either a qualifying or race lobby; all drivers must adhere to lobby hosts instructions at all times, disrespectful behaviour to lobby hosts will not be tolerated.
7.2.1 Qualifying shall be run before a race has started. The Qualifying session will be set to a specific amount of laps or a specific amount of time as advised by the series specific rules and regulations. The results of these sessions will determine the lobby assignments and associated starting position for all competitors.
7.2.2 Qualifying times will be taken from in-game lap timer. Only “clean” laps will be permitted, and will take precedence over “dirty” laps unless otherwise stipulated in the championship Rules & Regulations.
7.2.3 If a driver does not complete a “clean” lap, then race organizers will line them up in order of fastest “dirty” lap at the back of the grid.
7.3.1 After Qualification has finished, Race Control will update ‘Live Timing’ (available on the Online Race Manager) which will display qualification results.
7.3.2 Drivers will receive a game invite after lobby hosts and lobbies are sorted. The lobby hosts will be displayed in the Live Timing Hub.
7.4.1 The Race Organizers will choose the format of the start of the race. The start of the race may be Standing, Rolling, or any other format. It is the competitor’s responsibility to understand the starting format of the specific championship (please note specific championships may have different start procedures).
7.4.2 Competitors will complete ONE “warm-up” lap (unless otherwise instructed) around a chosen circuit to form the grid. Where possible competitors will be ordered by Race Control into the correct grid positions in the pre-race lobby. Where this system is not possible, competitors will be requested to drive off in grid order, as defined by the qualifying results, and keep to a set speed.
7.4.3 The race will start under countdown controlled by Race Control which will be instructed to the lobby. This may be either using the race start countdown as featured in the game, or by agreement to start the race at a specific time on the race clock.
7.4.4 The grid will start under rolling start, competitors will be instructed by the Lobby Host to drive in single file to speeds that should not exceed 100 MPH (161 KMH) in the warm-up lap, unless otherwise specified by Championship specific Rules & Regulations. Race Control reserves the right to lower maximum speed if needed.
7.4.5 During the warm-up lap, drivers must keep a safe and respectable distance (approximately 25ft/8m) between each other, until the formation described in rule 7.4.6.
7.4.6 Upon reaching a predetermined point on circuit, drivers will be instructed to form side by side (2-by-2) at speeds that do not exceed 60 MPH (96KMH) or another starting speed specified in specific series or event rules. The pole sitter may be asked which side of the formation (left or right) they wish to start the race on, and depending on the response, the rest of the field must form up according to this.
7.4.7 The driver in pole position, or the lobby host, will ask if the last place driver is lined up in formation. If the last place driver is confirmed to be in formation, the lead drivers will accelerate after crossing the Start/Finish line. All other rows of drivers will complete the same process once they reach the line. In the event that the field is not formed, an additional warm up lap or a lobby restart will take place.
7.4.8 The Pace Car Driver is responsible for the safe operation of the Pace Car at the direction of Race Control. The Pace Car Driver must take steps to ensure that the Pace Car is utilized correctly as per race director or Lobby Host instructions. Note that not all events will use a pace car.
7.4.9 If series specific safety car regulations are met during the first racing lap, or in the absence of safety car regulations a large accident occurs, only the lobby host may call for a red flag and the race is restarted fully.
126.96.36.199 Conditions to constitute a restart include:
(a) Three (3) or more drivers are involved in an early crash.
(b) Any drivers that roll their car over.
(c) One (1) or more drivers lagging out of the race lobby.
(d) Game issues negatively affecting the race. (lobby setup errors, no headlights during night race, etc.
(e) If a car suffers terminal damage and will not be able to safely return to the pits before being lapped by the leader, the marshall has the option to restart.
(f) The presiding TORA official holds authority to call for a restart if there are extenuating circumstances with the consent of the lobby.
7.4.10 Above listed conditions must happen within the first racing lap (or other predefined constraint) or a restart will not be called. The first racing lap ends when the overall leader begins the second racing lap.
7.4.11 All restart requests need to be directed to the Race Marshal immediately, and clearly, via voice chat, WHEN the incident occurs. The Race Marshal will then call out to other drivers to see if they have damage and/or were involved in the crash. At this point, the Race Marshal will determine whether or not to call a restart.
7.4.13 There will be a MAXIMUM of THREE Restart attempts for any one race. Once the race is restarted a third time, the race will not be restarted again.
7.4.14 Restarts due to technical glitches, such as lobby setting mistakes by the Race Marshal, “braking-line” glitches, etc. will NOT count as a restart. A lagout by 1 or more drivers WILL count as a restart.
7.4.15 If any driver begins to accelerate and starts the race before the starting conditions as described in rule 7.4.3 or 7.4.7, they will be penalised at the discretion of the Steward Team.
7.5.1 All the following points are subject to TORA penalties, should incorrect conduct be performed. Please read the following points and see TORA Stewards Process Document for more details on penalties.
7.5.2 The responsibility for the decision to pass another car, and to do it safely, rests with the overtaking driver. The overtaken driver should be aware that they are being passed and must not impede the pass by “Blocking” (see 7.5.8). A driver who does not watch their mirrors or who appears to be blocking another car seeking a pass may be black-flagged and/or penalized. The act of passing is initiated when the trailing car’s front bumper overlaps with the lead car’s rear bumper. The act of passing is complete when the trailing car’s rear bumper is ahead of the lead car’s front bumper. “NO PASSING” means a pass cannot even be initiated. Any overlap in a NO PASSING area is considered illegal and subject to investigation by the stewards. See rule 7.5.6.
7.5.3 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 should not be mandatory for the pass. Faster classes purposely impeding the progress of the slower classes, and vice versa, is forbidden.
Lapped Drivers and Slower Classes in Multiclass Racing:
7.5.4 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. When already being overtaken, lapped drivers should yield the racing line if the faster car is on the inside.
7.5.5 Drivers who cause contact which could be avoided by not taking due care and attention during a TORA race in the opinion of TORA Race Stewards, may face Steward action.
188.8.131.52 After an incident of avoidable contact, a driver is encouraged to “give back” the position(s) they gained illegally. Doing so can, but is not guaranteed, to give a reduction/removal of a penalty if a Stewards Inquiry is filed for said incident. Drivers need to wait in a SAFE way, i.e. waiting off track or reduced speed off the racing line, for the victimized driver to return to the race track. This is in the name of “good sportsmanship”.
7.5.6 The term “punting” is defined as contact where the leading car is significantly knocked off of the racing line by a great difference in speed. Once the trailing car has its front wheel next to the rear wheels of the other vehicle, it is considered that the trailing car has a right to be there, and that the leading driver must leave the trailing driver enough “racing room.” In most cases, “racing room” is defined as “at least three quarters of one car width.” If adequate racing room is left for the trailing car, and there is incidental contact made between the cars, the contact will be considered “side-to-side.”
7.5.7 Any driver, deemed by the Race Marshall / Race Director, displaying rough or unsportsmanlike driving may be penalized. The Marshall Staff / Race Director shall determine the course of action. [Note: In some cases the driver will be required to spend time with a senior member. The intent is to educate the driver on safer methods of racing.] If a driver is determined, by the Marshall Staff / Race Director, to be at fault in a collision that sent the other car significantly off track, they may be disqualified from the race or qualifying (different rules apply to each series).
7.5.8 A driver may choose to defend their racing line so long as it is not considered “Blocking”. “Blocking” is defined as two (2) consecutive line changes to “defend their line,” and in doing so, impedes the vehicle that is trying to pass with each of the two (2) consecutive movements. In other words, drivers are not allowed to make more than one defensive maneuver when an overtake is imminent. Drivers are encouraged to check with the Race Director for a full explanation before the start of the race. If, in the case of side-to-side contact, one of the two cars leaves the racing surface (involuntarily) then it may still be considered “a racing incident.”
Right to the Line:
7.5.9 The driver in front has the right to choose any line, so long as not to be considered Blocking. The driver attempting to make a pass shall have the right to the line when their front wheel is next to the rear wheels of the other vehicle. Note: This rule may be superseded by class specific rules.
7.5.10 Bump drafting is only allowed during TASCAR meetings under certain circumstances. Bump Drafting may only be allowed at specific rounds. Make sure the driver(s) you are in a group with know of your intentions to bump draft, be it the lead car or the 'pusher'. "SLAM" Drafting will be deemed illegal and could be penalized. By definition, SLAM Drafting is where the following car gets such a large run on the car ahead and gives a forceful push to the car ahead. With the game physics, these types of hits can potentially damage both drivers' vehicles, so it's in each driver's best interest to know when and when not to draft one another.
7.5.11 “Track limits” as defined by Motorsport UK refer to the two white lines at either edge of the track. This may also include kerbing or the edge of the tarmac (or other racing surface) dependent on rules specified in a championship’s Rules & Regulations.
7.5.12 Track limits may be altered in certain circumstances by either the Race Director of the particular series and/or the Head Steward. These changes will be clearly posted in the forums in the appropriate section and/or on the TORA Discord prior to the event taking place.
7.5.13 A driver must keep two wheels within the established track limits at all times. They will be deemed to have exceeded limits when all four wheels are outside of the white lines or kerbage denoting the edge of the circuit.
7.5.14 Drivers who repeatedly exceed track limits will be subject to TORA Steward action either during or after the event.
7.5.15 Drivers may not receive action against them where there are exceptional circumstances for the transgression.
7.5.16 “Exceptional circumstances” may include but is not limited to, genuine mistake, avoidance of an accident, or another vehicle which may lead to an accident.
7.5.17 If all four wheels have left the track or you have become caught on sand you must rejoin at the nearest point compatible with safety. It is unfair and unacceptable to simply rejoin the circuit as quickly as possible without any regard for the drivers around you who have been able to retain control of their car. If this means stopping at the side of the circuit until safe to rejoin then that is what you must do, even if that means you rejoin last.
7.5.18 Drivers will be instructed on pitstop race conditions by Race Control but must make sure they are familiar with the specific championship Rules & Regulations, as some championships may require a mandatory pitstop during the race.
7.5.19 Pit Lane will open after the first racing lap and will remain open until the penultimate racing lap unless otherwise indicated.
7.5.20 Drivers must make sure all 4 wheels are kept within the pit entrance / pit exit lines. Failure to do so will result in a TORA Steward Inquiry, should it be raised.
7.5.21 It is prohibited for any competitor to come to a complete stop on or beside the circuit without good reason such as the intention of retiring and leaving the race.
7.5.22 It is prohibited for any competitor to willfully drive their car at a noticeably and deliberately slow pace, either on or off the track during racing conditions. This is commonly referred to as “Sandbagging”.
Driving the Wrong Way:
7.5.23 Driving the wrong way during any TORA meeting will result in DQ from the event, even when cars are held in parc ferme conditions, and the incident will be reported to the TORA Steward team. In extreme circumstances, permission to drive opposite to track direction can be sought from the lobby host and Race Control but must be undertaken in a safe and controlled manner.
7.5.24 Using the virtual environment to gain an advantage whether through game exploitation, track design (dirt breaking), aggressive behaviour, or gamertags swaps will result in DQ from the meeting and the incident being passed over to the TORA Steward team.
7.5.25 Purposely using the car to physically attempt to block access to the race circuit is strictly forbidden and will result in a race disqualification and/or a TORA ban.
7.6 Safety Cars
7.6.1 There are generally no designated ‘safety car’ vehicles utilised in our championships, unless otherwise specified, due to the limited nature of online race lobbies. However, TORA does operate general safety car regulations which provide a similar outcome, with the lead vehicle acting as a safety car in the lobby to slow the cars to a safe speed whilst any obstruction is cleared from the circuit and allowing affected competitors to repair any damage and catch up with the rest of the field (also referred to as VSC).
When a Safety Car is used:
184.108.40.206 The Safety Car will only be deployed if an incident or incidents occur between three or more competitors that severely impairs any involved competitors’ race. Only a driver involved in the incident may request the safety car, and make the request to the Lobby Host who makes the decision for the safety car period to be used.
A Safety car may not be called in the final TWO (2) laps of an event.
220.127.116.11 In the event of a safety car period being called, the lead car takes the role of the Safety Car/Pace Car. The Safety Car must not exceed 60MPH (97 KMH) (unless otherwise stated) and the pack must form in current race position in single file.
18.104.22.168 Drivers involved in the incident should form at the back of the pack, in order of relative position before the incident. Competitors must keep a sensible distance during the Safety Car Period. Brake testing during the Safety Car period will not be tolerated and will lead to penalties, either race meeting points or championship points.
22.214.171.124 Warming of tyres is permitted but must be undertaken in a safe manner with due consideration given to other competitors both in front and behind.
126.96.36.199 Competitors who leave the track by their own volition during the Safety Car period may be passed by the rest of the pack and the competitor will form at the back of the field.
188.8.131.52 Drivers not involved in the incident may pit during a Safety Car Period, but will resume the race at the back of the field. If the grid has not formed by the time the lead car reaches the pit lane entrance, the safety car may continue for another lap. It is each driver’s duty to ensure the safety of their fellow competitors.
184.108.40.206 The safety car will be released and racing conditions will resume at the start/finish line for the event once all competitors have rejoined the back of the pack in the correct order. Racing conditions will begin once all drivers are in position in single file confirmed by the last driver. Once confirmed the lobby host will shout “Green Green Green!” and drivers will be allowed to resume racing conditions straight away.
7.7.1 The race length may vary at each event. It is the competitor’s responsibility to ascertain the race length by information from the Officials. A race may be shortened or stopped at the discretion of the Race Director. The race will be scored in order of actual finish.
7.7.2 Drivers will be instructed on end of race conditions by Race Control but must make sure they are familiar with specific championship series rules.
7.7.3 During a race meeting drivers will be instructed to listen to lobby hosts for conditions to maintain parc ferme conditions, drivers in breach of parc ferme will be removed from the race meeting and placed under a TORA steward inquiry. (Define “Parc ferme” for TORA purposes, reference this paragraph in Qualifying notes.)
7.8.1 After the Event has finished Race Control will update the Live Timing sheet or Online Racing Manager (ORM), which will display race results. Championship points will be updated via Race Control (Please check series specific points tables). Please note that delays may occur in updating race results.
7.9.1 All drivers who register for the series will be automatically assigned a qualifying host. Drivers will join the same host for qualifying for every round of a series or event.
Signing-In but not Turning Up:
7.9.2 In the event of a competitor signing up for an event but not showing up, they will score zero (0) points for that event.
7.9.3 All competitors that have signed into an event are expected to be (and appear) online, and have at least attempted to accept a lobby invite by the stated event start time. If they are not online (or do not appear so), or have not accepted their invite by the start time, the lobby will proceed to racing conditions without them. The only exception to this rule would be if the entire lobby was delayed for another reason such as connectivity issues.
Not Qualifying but Racing:
7.9.4 If a competitor does not qualify for the event but wishes to race, they will begin the race at the very back of the field / class. If there are multiple people wishing to race and not set a qualifying time they will be set on the grid in championship points order, or in alphabetical order if points have not yet been scored by the drivers.
220.127.116.11 Any team that has not set a qualifying time(s) for an endurance race will not be permitted to start the race.
Qualifying but not Racing:
7.9.5 If a competitor sets a qualifying time for an event, but does not make the grid for any reason, they will not score points for that race / event.
Lagging Out of a Race:
7.9.6 If a competitor fails to finish the race they will score points for last position in the field, across all lobbies for that race unless otherwise specified. In the event the meeting has multiple races and they do not take to the grid for the next race, they will not score points for that race.
7.9.7 If a competitor lags out of a race where the finish decision is based on distance, they will score points based on distance traveled relative to all competitors based on the car closest to them feeding back mileage at time of lag out.
Points will be awarded for each race towards the drivers, class and teams championships as follows, unless stated by the specific championship “Rules & Regulations”.
8.1 Table for “Standard TORA Points”
8.2 This point system has alternate versions that can start at either 100 or 400, dependent on the number of drivers in a series. Points will be either reduced by 50% or doubled, depending on the points value used for 1st place. The Rules & Regulations thread for the particular series will specify the point system being used, whether it’s the TORA standard points above, an alternate version, or something entirely different.
8.3 Certain events may include the “Lobby Podium Boost” incentive. This will be stated in the championship Rules & Regulations. Those who finish on the podium in lower lobbies (B,C,D etc.) will be given an extra points boost in the following increments:
1st: +5 Points
2nd: +3 Points
3rd: +1 Point
9.1 Racing at TORA is intended to be clean and fair, however there will be times when contact is made between competitors, or if a driver infringes the racing regulations. The linked guide will help you understand more about the Stewards Inquiries process.
9.1.1 Steward Handbook Guide
10.1 TORA has a moral and legal obligation to ensure that, when given responsibility for young people, its members provide them with the highest possible standard of care. Through the implementation of the Online Child Protection Policy and Guidelines for TORA, and the support of its members, TORA will maintain the professionalism and safeguards of good practice, which are associated with our sport.
10.2 The Policy Outlines the Following Key Areas
10.2.1 It recognises the responsibility of all those involved in Virtual Motor Sport (professional and volunteers) to safeguard and promote the interests and well being of the children with whom they are working; It provides a framework on the recruitment, selection, suitability and deployment of individuals working with young people.
10.2.2 It emphasises the value of working closely in partnership with others to protect children from harm.
10.2.3 It acknowledges that abuse does take place in sport and that raising awareness and understanding of the main forms of abuse and establishing communication and reporting procedures if abuse is suspected will further safeguard children and all others working within Virtual Motor Sport.
Last amended on 31 January 2019
10.3 Child Protection Policy Statement
10.3.1 The welfare of young people, (the Children Act 1989 (United Kingdom) defines a young person as under 18 years of age) is a primary concern.
10.3.2 All young people, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious belief and/or sexual identity have the right to protection from abuse.
10.3.3 All incidents of suspicious behaviour or allegations of abuse should be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
10.5 TORA recommends that parents consult this advice: http://support.xbox.com/en-GB/billing-and-subscriptions/parental-controls/xbox-live-parental-control
10.6 Important: Please note that the term parents is used as a generic term to represent parents, carers and guardians. Please note that the policy also applies to people with disabilities and applies to other vulnerable adults.
10.4 Website and Forum Terms and Conditions of Service
10.4.1 The following terms and conditions are for use of the TheOnlineRacingAssociation.com website (the Site), which is owned by The Online Racing Association ("TORA"). You may access the Site in several ways, including but not limited to the World Wide Web, PDA, mobile phone and RSS feeds. These terms and conditions apply whenever you access the Site, on whatever device. By using the Site you are deemed to have accepted these conditions.
10.4.2 Permitted Use: Subject to what is said below, material from the Site may be downloaded, viewed, listened to, printed, copied on the hard disk of your computer (but not photocopied) and used for: your own personal, non-commercial purposes; internal business purposes; or the noncommercial purpose of using the Site as a personal information resource in good faith ONLY. Single copies of pages from the Site may be printed out for the sole purposes of enabling the person printing the page to retain a copy for their own personal records. Any other type of use (and, in particular, any copying or distribution of material from the Site for any commercial or business purpose) requires the prior written agreement of TORA.
10.4.3 You agree that you will not use the Site: for the posting, uploading, emailing or other transmission of any material which infringes the rights of any person or which is unlawful in any other respect; in any way which is abusive, defamatory or obscene or which will harass, distress or inconvenience any person or which might restrict or inhibit the use and enjoyment of the Site by any person; which will compromise the privacy or data protection rights of any person; for the posting, uploading, emailing or other transmission of any unsolicited or unauthorised advertising, promotional materials, "junk mail", "spam", "chain letters", "pyramid schemes", or any other form of solicitation or commercial exploitation; for the posting, uploading, emailing or other transmission of any material that contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, restrict, destroy, limit the functionality of or compromise the integrity of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment; to create a database (electronic or otherwise) that includes material downloaded from the Site; to transmit or re-circulate any material obtained from the Site to any third party; or in any way that might bring TORA or any of its members or partners into disrepute.
10.4.4 Intellectual Property: The names, images and logos identifying TORA, are proprietary marks of The Online Racing Association. Any use of third party names, images and logos are used with permission of the respective owners. Any use made of these marks may be an infringement of the 2016 The Online Racing Association rights in those marks and The Online Racing Association Sporting and Community Regulations (TSCR) reserves all rights to enforce such rights that it might have.
10.5 Use of TORA branding logo(s)
10.5.1 The TORA logo, TORA “R” emblem, raceTORA.com branding and other associated TORA logos including (but not limited to) championship logos and discipline logos, may be used without the explicit permission of TORA provided rule 10.5.2 is followed.
10.5.2 Any usage of the aforementioned logos or branding may not be used for any content that TORA deems to be offensive, derogatory, racist or hate-speech. TORA reserves the right to remove or request the removal of any content in breach of this rule.
10.5.3 Official TORA posters, banners or other promotional material can be found as posted by TORA Staff/Media Team on the TORA forum, published on the TORA website or posted on official TORA social media pages. These promotional materials may be shared with credit to TORA but the original images may not be altered.
10.5.4 For further branding queries please contact the TORA Head of Design.
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