Sporting and Community Regulations (TSCR)
1.1 “TORA” is a class leader in the field of simulation racing and virtual motorsport.
1.2 TORA is officially recognised as a governing body for virtual motorsport by an FIA National Sporting Authority, the MSA. The Motor Sports Association (MSA) is the sole motorsport governing body for the United Kingdom.
1.3 As the governing body, the MSA is responsible for the governance and administration of all major forms of motorsports in the UK, controlling the technical and sporting rules across the various disciplines.
1.4 TORA staff reserves the right to add to or modify the general Sporting Regulations at any time where it’s needed, in order to maintain the expected levels of competition, and good sportsmanship.
1.5 MSA Club Number - 239002
1.6 MSA Club Name - The Online Racing Association
Please read the following for a reminder of TORA's Code of Conduct and Sporting Regulations
2.1 All members of the Association must respect the rights of others.
2.2 To protect the safety of our members and maintain an enjoyable experience on the Association’s Forums and during Race Meetings, the Association’s Staff may take action as prescribed in this document. The member is liable for all activities conducted through their forums account. Parents or guardians are liable for the activities of their child.
The Association will not tolerate the following activities on any online service that it operates:
2.3 Causing distress to another member, including but not limited to harassment, threats, fraud, unwanted attention, and unwanted contact via chat or message boards.
2.4 Abusive, defamatory, threatening, or offensive language or behavior.
2.5 Bigoted, hateful, or offensive statements against any religion, race, nation, gender, age group, or sexual orientation.
2.6 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.
2.7 Impersonation of others, including, but not limited to, Association Staff or other Association members.
2.8 Posting personally identifiable information of another user, including but not limited to their real name, address, phone number, or private email address.
2.9 Posting or transmission of sexually explicit, obscene, vulgar, or otherwise offensive images.
2.10 Posting or transmission of unauthorized advertisements or promotions. This includes and is not limited to unofficial claims to real sponsorship, advertisements of other racing events outside TORA that clash with TORA events and links / embing of illegal content such as live streams or downloads.
2.11 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.
2.12 Offering or solicitation of material that might be deemed illegal, indecent, or obscene.
2.13 Solicitation of other members' passwords and/or credit card information.
2.14 Posting or transmission of any destructive software, including but not limited to viruses, Trojans, or worm files.
2.15 Participation in or discussion of violating any local, state, national, or international laws or regulations.
For all offenses the following action may be taken:
2.16 An email warning may be issued to the member at the discretion of the Association.
2.17 Editing, deletion or closing of the post, thread or message.
2.18 The closing of the member's forums account.
2.19 Temporary suspension the member's forums account.
2.20 Permanent banning the member's forums account. User will no longer be able to log into their account.
The following can result in the notification of proper legal authorities by a representative of the Association:
2.21 Threat of physical harm to oneself or any other person made through the Association's forums.
2.22 Offering or solicitation of material that might be deemed illegal, indecent, or obscene. This includes but is not limited to, child pornography, illegal drugs and pirated software.
2.23 Harassment of a member of the Association's Staff.
2.24 Do not bring any inter-team abusive rivalries from encroaching on TORA events, within the races and on these forums - or any of our 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 don't/can't govern what is being said and done within series outside of our remit.
The Online Racing Association operates under several different levels on our community forums these are as follows -
Those indicated in Red - Are TORA Staff
Those indicated in Blue - Are TORA Community Team Members
Those indicated in Orange - Are TORA Community Steward Team Members
Those indicated in Green - Are TORA Steward Marshal Members
Those indicated in Purple - Are TORA Media Team Members
3.1 TORA Staff Members
AMR Garage sbiggs
BG Chucky 82 SelectiveRogue
BG Trash McNish Standaman94
3.2 TORA Community Team Members
BG Hainesy ShrinkingSteven
BG Wingnut396 V Hurricane V
Flyin Mikey J
3.3 TORA Community Steward Team Members
BG Smithy Duke Of Bruno VAMR Wilson
BG Wingnut396 Killroy8
CarbonViper93 LMR DeftoneMX
CQR Magictap PLOW tubbi
DeweyTEE The Posimosh
3.4 TORA Community Marshals Team Members
Bandit1097 CRA Erebus LMR WARSPITE
BDR Blackbird F4H Bullet MNM Smurfy
BG Scarlett Flyin Mikey J PLOW tubbi
BG Twitchy Hunty1981 Shrinking Steven
BG Wingnut396 LMR Blackhawk TG Haydo
Bli33ard LMR Deftone MX The Posimosh
3.5 TORA Media Team Members
BG Wumba jgroves1996
CQR Magictap LMR WARSPITE
D4RR3N 3579 Zeta0085
All TORA community members must make sure they understand and have done the following to make sure they are eligible to Race in TORA events -
5.1 Title & Jurisdiction & Link To Championships
GP Hub (TORA GP)
5.2 The 2013 / 2014: TORA Endurance Championship (TEC), International Sports Car Championship (ISCC), Touring Car Championship (TCC), GT World Championship (TORA GT), TORA American StockCar Auto Racing (TASCAR), TORA Spec Series (TSS), TORA Community Races (TCR), TORA GP Classics (TORA GPC) & TORA GP (TORA GP) are organised and managed by the The Online Racing Association (TORA) and is promoted by The Online Racing Association collectively, in accordance with the General Regulations of the TORA Sports Community Regulations (TSCR) incorporating the provisions of the Motor Sports Association (MSA) & International Sporting Code of the FIA and these Championship Regulations.
5.3 The Organisers reserve the right to issue championship bulletins amending or clarifying the Regulations in accordance with the MSA Regulations D11.1.3 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 Sporting Regulations and technical regulations including individual Championship rules and regulations.
5.4 It is the responsibility of registered competitors to notify all members of their team and ensure that they are fully aware of the Regulations and any subsequent clarifications and/or amendments. 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 regulations including any amendments, variations or statements relating thereto.
TORA Racing Category Definitions
5.5 All forms of racing as defined by TORA are non-contact sports, 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 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. No form of unsportsmanlike conduct will be tolerated at any TORA event. Competitors that show poor sportsmanship due to a mistake in judgment will be educated and/or punished if necessary. However, competitors that commit repeated acts of unsportsmanlike conduct and cannot be educated may be removed from the community.
TORA Rules & Definitions
6.1 All drivers must be aware of the TORA Sporting Regulations, and to series specific rules. These rules must be adhered to at all times.
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.
6.3 Custom designed racecar liveries must not include tobacco* or adult related products & must not be deemed to be offensive or inappropriate liveries. (*unless sanctioned by the series)
6.4 Entrants into any TORA sanctioned series must be in possession of a valid TORA Race Number and be a 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 make sure their cars meet the series technical regulations.
6.7 All Championships and Series (unless specified with details within the rulebook) do not allow car changes throughout the length of the season.
6.8 All Championships and Series (unless specified with details within the rulebook) do not allow class changes throughout the length of the season.
6.9 All Championships and Series (unless specified with details within the rulebook) do not allow driver changes or substitute drivers throughout the length of the season.
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 Chief 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, aggressive behaviour to lobby hosts will not be tolerated.
7.2.1 Qualifying shall be ran before a race has started set to a x amount of laps or x amount of time as advised by race control in either 1 or 2 sessions as per series rulebooks. The results of these sessions will determine the starting grid and lobby order you are assigned too.
7.4.1 The Race organizers will choose the format of the race. The start may be standing, rolling, or any other format. It is the competitor’s responsibility to understand the starting format of the specific series (*please note specific series will have different series start procedure.)
Setting the Grid
7.4.2 Competitors will form a 1 lap around a chosen circuit to form the grid. Competitors will be instructed by Race Control to drive off in lobby order 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.
7.4.4 The grid will start under rolling start, competitors will be instructed to drive in single file to speeds that a do exceed 100 MPH (160 KPH), Race control reserves right to lower maximum speed if needed.
7.4.5 Upon on reaching a predetermined point on circuit drivers will be instructed to form side by side at speeds that do not exceed 60 MPH (96KPH)
7.4.6 The driver in pole position will ask if the last place driver is lined up in formation and the lead drivers will accelerate after instructing “Green Green Green”, race conditions will begin upon “Green Green Green!” command.
Pace Car - Driver
7.4.7 The Pace Car Driver is responsible for the safe operation of the Pace Car at the direction of 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.
7.4.8 If half the field is taken out on the first racing lap and all cars are severely damaged then the lobby host may call for a red flag and the race is restarted fully i.e. from the lobby.
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 he/she is being passed and must not impede the pass by blocking. A driver who does not watch his/her 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 Car Is rear bumper is ahead of Car B’s front bumper. “NO PASSING” means a pass cannot even be initiated. Any overlap in a NO PASSING area is considered illegal.
Multiclass Racing Passing
7.5.3 Slower classes must ensure they stick to their racing lines while been overtaken, The overtaking car must ensure overtaken is done safely and correctly, all drivers are instructed to use mirrors and communication to ensure safe overtaking. Please do not impede other competitors though “bad traffic management”
7.5.4 Lapped drivers must be aware of leading approaching and must make sure they stick to their racing line and do not hold up the leading drivers
7.5.5 Drivers who cause initiate contact which could've of been avoided by taking due care and attention during TORA race mgs in the opinion of TORA Race Stewards, even if contact did not interfere with contracted drivers raec may face steward action.
7.5.6 The term “punting” is defined as nose to tail (or side-of-the-nose to side-of-the-tail) contact, where the leading car is significantly knocked off of the racing line. Once the trailing car has its front wheel next to the driver 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 Marshall Staff / 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 the track, he/she may be disqualified from the race or qualifying (different rules apply to each series).
7.5.8 A driver may choose to protect his or her line so long as it is not considered blocking. Blocking is defined as two (2) consecutive line changes to “protect his/her line,” and in doing so, impedes the vehicle that is trying to pass with each of the two (2) consecutive movements. 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 driver 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 the Sunset Oval 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'. Also, "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 Forza 4 physics, these types of hits will easily damage both drivers' vehicles, so it's in each drivers' best interest to know when and when not to draft one another
7.5.11 Drivers will be instructed on pitstop race conditions by Race Control but must make sure they are familiar with the specific championship series rules.
7.5.12 Pit Lane will open after the first racing lap and will remain open to the end of the race.
Pit Entrance / Pit Exit
7.5.13 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 incident been raised
Respecting track limits
7.5.14 The track is defined by the painted lines surrounding the circuit this meaning you are to stay within these guidelines, all drivers are reminded that at least 2 wheels must be kept within the track limits (white lines, painted kerbs, edge of tarmac). Failure to adhere to these rules will result in a penalty. (please see Track Limit guide.
7.5.15 It is prohibited for any competitor to come to a complete stop on or beside the circuit without good reason or the intention of retiring and leaving the race.
7.5.16 It is prohibited for any competitor to willfully drive their car at 60% or less of their usual race pace, either on or off the track during racing conditions.
7.5.17 The competitor is required to follow the marked course during competition and shall not gain an advantage by an off-course excursion. An off-course excursion is defined as leaving the marked course with all four wheels. The definition of the term “advantage gained” will be left up to the sole discretion of the Race Director, and may include pass attempts that were completed, but the overtaking driver went four-wheels-off on the exit, and it was deemed to be an otherwise “ill-fated” pass. Penalties may be assessed for an off-course excursion that affords an advantage to the offender
Rejoining the track
7.5.18 If all four wheels have left the track or you have become caught on sticky grass or 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.
Driving The Wrong Way
7.5.19 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.
7.5.20 Using the virtual environment to gain an advantage whether through exploitation, track design (dirt breaking), aggressive behaviour, or gamertags swaps will result in DQ from the meeting and the incident been passed over to the TORA steward team
7.8.1 There are no designated ‘safety car’ vehicles utilised in our championships, 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.
When a Safety Car is used
7.8.2 The Safety Car will only be deployed if an incident or incidents occur between three or more competitors that severely impairs both competitors race. Only a driver involved in the incident may request the safety car, and make the request to the Lobby Captain who makes the decision for the safety car period to be used.
7.8.3 The Safety Car may not be requested during the final two laps of a race.
Forming a Safety Car Period
7.8.4 In the event of a safety car period being called, the lead car takes the role of the Safety Car or Pace Car. The Safety Car must not exceed 80mph (unless otherwise stated) and the pack must form in current race position in single file.
Conduct During a Safety Car Period
7.8.5 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 distance of no less than 80ft (25m) 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.
7.8.6 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.
7.8.7 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.
7.8.8 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 pole sitter reaches the pit lane entrance, the safety car may continue for another lap. It is YOUR duty to ensure the safety of your fellow competitors.
7.8.9 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 lead driver 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 enquiry
7.8.1 We Estimate the above process to take between - 10 - 30 Minutes to complete
7.9.1 In the event of a competitor signing into an event but not showing up, they will score Zero points for that event.
7.9.2 All competitors that have signed into an event are expected to be online, and have at least attempted to accept a lobby invite by the stated event start time. If they are not online, or 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.
7.9.3 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 begin in series points order, or alphabetical order in the event its the first round. Any team who has not set a qualifying time for a TEC event will not start the race.
7.9.4 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.
7.9.5 If a competitor fails to finish the series race they will score points for last position in their lobby for that race. In the event the meeting has multiple races and they do not take the grid for the next race, see rule 7.8.4.
7.9.6 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:
8.1 Here is the grid table for “Standard TORA Points”
“Lobby Podium Boost”
Certain events may include the “Lobby Podium Boost incentive. This will be stated in the series Rulebook.
8.2 Those who finish on the podium in lower lobbies (B,C,D etc) will be given an extra points boost in the following increments
Racing at TORA is supposed to be clean and fair, however there will be times when contact is made between competitors, or a driver will infringe the racing regulations. The linked guide will help you understand more about the Stewards Inquiries process.
Steward Handbook Guide
10.0.1 The Association have 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 the Association, and the support of its members, the Association will maintain the professionalism and safeguards of good practice, which are associated with our sport.
10.0.2 The policy outlines the following key areas:
- 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.
- It emphasises the value of working closely in partnership with others to protect children from harm.
- 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 12th November 2013
- The welfare of young people, (the Children Act 1989 defines a young person as under 18 years of age) is a primary concern.
- 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.
- All incidents of suspicious behaviour or allegations of abuse should be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
10.1.1 The Association is supported by the following policies via third parties;
10.1.2 The Association recommends that parents consult this advice http://support.xbox.com/en-GB/billing-and-subscriptions/parental-controls/xbox-live-parental-control
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.
10.2.1 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.
10.2.2 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.
10.2.3 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.
10.2.4 The names, images and logos identifying TORA, are the 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 2013 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.