ARTICLE 20 (QUALIFICATION SCORING)
(1) Every qualification run is judged by the following four criteria:
(2) Speed: estimated or measured speed at which vehicle drives through the race course as well as estimated or measured first corner entry speed. Drivers must maintain highest possible speed throughout the whole course, not only at the entry of the first corner. Drivers gain most points by fast first corner entry and a constant high speed over the whole course.
(3) Line: The drift line is defined as the ideal path a vehicle must take on course and is marked by inner and outer clipping points. Inner clipping points are reference points on the course where the vehicles front bumper should come as close as possible. Outer clipping points are referencepoints on the course where the vehicles rear bumper should come as close as possible. Judging criteria is distance of the front or rear bumper of the vehicle from the inner or outer clipping point. Hitting the clipping point mark (cone, curb, safety fence, ...) is not allowed and may result in a lower score. How much the score would be lowered in this case depends on the subjective evaluation of judges depending on how much the driver has missed the clipping point. Additional criteria which defines the line, is proper changing of the drift direction (transition). Information about racing line and the clipping points are given to the competitors on drivers briefing.
(4) Sliding angle: Angle at which vehicle drifts or the angle of the vehicles front wheels while drifting.
(5) Style: Style is probably the most subjective criteria. It is the driver’s overall ability to take the other three criteria in the best way possible and also the other criteria such as overall control of the vehicle, attractiveness, aggressiveness and in a smaller manner also the subjective criteria of the judges.
(6) Each of the above four criteria is scored from 1 to 10 points. The final score is the sum of the scores given by each of the judges.
(7) Errors that are automatically awarded by 0 points are: • spinouts • stopping on course • 2 or more of the vehicle wheels off course
ARTICLE 21 (JUDGING THE ELIMINATION ROUNDS)
(1) The lead vehicle must be able to clear the course making as little errors as possible and must take the ideal racing line (as defined in the second indent of the first paragraph of the Article 17). Following vehicle needs to run the same basic line as the lead vehicle and get as close to that vehicle as possible. If the lead vehicle is off line, then the following vehicle will gain advantage points by staying on the correct line. Following vehicle can take wider line if that is necessary considering the closeness of both vehicles but it must not miss the clipping point. Taking a lower (shorter) line than the lead vehicle or less angle (e.g. to help catch the lead vehicle) will result in loss of advantage.
(2) Passing is not encouraged during twin drifts. Passing is only allowed if the lead vehicle is well off line or fumbles (e.g. low speed, too wide angle…). Passing must be done while in drift in a safe and professional manner. It must also be done in turns where there are clipping points and only between the opponent’s vehicle and clipping point. Passing must be done without interrupting the line of the vehicle being passed. The passing must also be done in a manner that vehicle being passed won’t miss the clipping point because of that action. The evaluation is lower especially if this is done while the lead vehicle is correctly following the ideal line.
(3) Collisions on track are not allowed. In the event of contact between two cars during a tandem battle, the driver at fault will lose advantage points. By their subjective discretion judges can tolerate occasional contacts that have no significant effect on opponent’s vehicle, without effecting the advantage points of the driver who caused the collision.
(4) If one of the drivers makes an error as defined in paragraph 3 of article 17 his run is over. In that case it is considered that the other competitor did his run with no errors.
(5) In a pace cone (between start and initiation point) drivers must accelerate without any tactics. The following vehicle must enter the course as close to the lead vehicle as possible. Too big gap at the initiation point will result in losing advantage points. Lead vehicle must not drive significantly slower than in qualification runs (unless due to weather conditions) and is also not allowed to decrease the speed unless it’s necessary. It is also not allowed to gain advantage over the following vehicle with uneven acceleration. If the following vehicle because of this actions of the lead vehicle makes a mistake or its distance from the lead vehicle at the initiation point is too big, it is considered that the mistake was made by the lead vehicle.
(6) At the end of each twin battle (two runs) each judge shall announce his decision. Decisions are: • driver A wins • driver B wins • draw or one more time (X)
(7) Driver A wins the battle in case of the following judge’s decisions: AAA, AAX and AAB while driver B wins the battle in case of the following decisions: BBB, BBX and BBA. In every other cases driver’s repeat the battle (“one more time”). The battle can be repeated only once except in finals up to twice.
(8) All judge’s decisions of all elimination rounds are officially documented. In qualifying runs only, the total score of each run is documented.