Rules & Regs 2018

The Welsh Xtrem The Club

TECHNICAL REGULATIONS 2018

Updated Saturday October 21st @ 12:23 

1.0 TECHNICAL REGULATIONS

The event is open to all MSA registered clubs and all vehicles competing must comply with the MSA Technical Regulations for off road vehicles and the Technical Regulations of The Welsh Xtrem The Club. (WXT 4×4 is an abbreviation of The Welsh Xtrem The Club) MSA Technical Regulations (J) 5.20.6 and (taxed as private car) do not apply. All competitors must be aware when signing on to any of our events that they are bound by the cross country general regulations (MSA blue book) and supplementary regulations as written by us. All drivers must produce a MSA licence and Current Driving Licence. Drivers & Co Drivers Must be a Member of a MSA Affiliated Club

 

1.1 SCRUTINEERING

a. Driver and co-driver must present their vehicle in a clean condition to the scrutineer for inspection prior to start of the event.

b. Co-drivers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian or parent or have written permission from them to compete.

c. All equipment which will be used must be presented at scrutineering for inspection

d. Scrutineers are to attend a mandatory briefing to be held the day of the event prior to scrutineering taking place. They are to sign the attendance and briefing sheet on completion of the scrutineering briefing.

e. Scrutineers are responsible for checking the correct safety and Recovery specific equipment, as previously detailed, is carried by all competing vehicles. The items to be checked will vary at each event with the items being selected prior to the event by the event organiser.

 

1.2 VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION

All vehicles must have a competitor number, It is the competitor’s responsibility to supply their number, Specific identification stickers may be supplied at different times during the event.

 

1.3 BODY / CHASSIS

a. Must have a protective bulkhead of non-flammable material between the engine and the driver/passenger compartment, capable of preventing the passage of fluid or flame in the case of fire. Gaps must be sealed with GRP or intumescent putty. Magnesium is prohibited for bulkheads.

b. Must have a floor of adequate strength rigidly supported within the driver and passenger compartment. No gaps or holes should be visible.

c. Must have a minimum permitted wheelbase of 1270mm.

d. Must be fitted with bodywork that includes a crew compartment effectively isolated from the engine, batteries, gearbox, transmission shafts, brakes road wheels operating linkages and attachments, fuel tanks, oil tanks, coolant header tanks, brake reservoirs, catch tanks and radiators. The vehicle must be fitted with doors or bodywork giving side protection to driver and passenger.

e. Must have a bonnet or casing of metal or solid non-flammable material covering and surrounding

the main engine structure that is secured by fasteners of adequate strength and have a positive locking action. All moving parts must be covered. All bonnets and hinged panels will have a retaining stay or damper fitted, or be removed from the vehicle whilst it is being scrutineered.

f. Must not have the space normally occupied by a passenger encroached upon, but may have the passenger seat removed.

g. Must have bodywork providing a minimum transverse cockpit opening width of 810mm. This width may not be interrupted.

h. The vehicle must be equipped on all wheels with mudguards, which present no sharp edges and cover the complete wheel (flange + rim + tyre) around an arc of 120 degrees. This is to be achieved with continuous surface of rigid material within which ventilation louvres may be fitted. The tyre must not be visible when viewed from above. The mudguard must not extend forward of the axle line or extend downward behind the wheel.

i. Tailgates may be removed.

j. The load carrying area must be separated from the passenger compartment by an adequate barrier.

k. There must be an effective means of ventilation for closed cars.

 

1.4 ROLL OVER BARS / CAGES

Roll over bars/cags must comply with current MSA Blue Book Requirements P 56.12 to P 57.1.3

 

1.5 FIRE EXTINGUISHERS

Products permitted for use within WXT 4×4 events are listed in the current MSA Blue Book Section (Q). All vehicles must have a handheld extinguisher in the driver/passenger compartment. The minimum requirement for this is as follows: AFFF (manufactured to a standard of 34b) minimum Capacity 1.75 litres, Zero 2000 Minimum capacity 2.25 litres, ViRO3 Minimum capacity 2kg.

 

1.6 GRAB RAIL

A passenger grab rail/handle or strap must be fitted in front of the passenger and must be constructed and installed in such a manner that it does not compromise the safety of the crew.

 

1.7 SEATING

a. Must have normal adequate seats within the driver/passenger compartment. The seats must be rigidly located within the compartment and must not tilt, hinge or fold. Seats must retain the occupant within the vehicle. The rear-most part of any seat must not be more than 380mm behind the rear wheel axis. The seat cushion (i.e. the part on which the occupant sits) when uncompressed, must not be less than 150mm below the top edge of the adjacent body side or door.

b. If the vehicle is a single seater, the time for the occupant to exit the vehicle must not exceed 5 seconds.

c. The vehicle occupant(s) seated in their normal position, wearing normal equipment, with seat belts fastened and steering wheel in place must be able to evacuate the cockpit in a maximum of 7 seconds MSA Blue Book (J) 5.19.2

d. Head restraints must be fitted to prevent the occupant’s head going backwards on impact.

 

1.8 SEAT BELTS / HARNESSES

All Safety Belts must be made out of approved materials and anchored securely in the vehicle. No modification may be made to the seat belt or seat buckles, unless it is carried out by the belt manufacturer. All harnesses must be of 4 or 5 point mounting. It is compulsory for all occupants to wear harnesses while competing.

 

1.9 WINDSCREENS AND SIDE SCREENS

a. If fitted, windscreens are to be made of either laminated glass or plastic, of a minimum thickness of 4mm. Plastic side screens, where fitted, should also have a minimum thickness of 4mm, unless fitted otherwise by the original manufacturer.

b. Where a windscreen and/or rear window is not fitted a full width wire mesh is mandatory of a 2in-5cm maximum square aperture and minimum 10g weld- mesh and must be securely fitted.

c. The use of a sun roof with glass panel is not permitted – it has to be filled with a metal panel.

d. If a windscreen is damaged to the extent that that a hole is made the screen is to be removed at the earliest opportunity and replaced with a suitable replacement prior to continuing with the event.

 

1.10 RECOVERY/TOW POINTS

All vehicles must be fitted with substantial tow points front and rear capable of recovering a fully bogged down vehicle. Tow points must be painted a contrasting colour. Winching blankets must be used at all times during recovery including the use of tow ropes. For towing a nylon rope of minimum 25mm diameter is required The rope must have a loop formed in each end and be at least 4.5m long. The use of chain or wire rope is prohibited. Polypropylene and hemp ropes are not recommended. Snatch recovery is prohibited as all vehicles have winch recovery equipment.

Note Winching blankets need not be used on a straight tow to the pits.

N.B. Marshals may use any equipment approved by the Clerk of Course.

 

1.11 ENGINES

a. Must be equipped with a positive method of throttle linkage closing in the event of linkage failure by means of an additional external spring to each throttle spindle.

b. No vehicle may draw induction air from within the driver/passenger compartment. Air intakes (for front engine vehicles) must either be forward of the front bulkhead/windscreen or be pipe through to the rear of the vehicle to draw outside air from behind the rear bulkhead. The air pipe is to be of non-flammable or flame-retardant and fuel resistant material, and must be securely located. (The opposite will apply for rear engine vehicles.)

c. All engines will be monitored for producing excessive black smoke by the scrutineers, and if judged to be producing excessive smoke will be issued a warning. If a competitor is warned, they must report back to the scrutineers prior to starting their next run, and may be asked what remedial action has been taken to rectify the problem. After 3 warnings, penalties may be awarded by the Clerk of Course.

 

1.12 SUSPENSION

a. Must be fitted with sprung suspension between the wheels and chassis unless originally manufactured otherwise.

b. Suspension and steering movement must be controlled to avoid fouling of wheels and tyres

on chassis and bodywork.

 

1.13 BRAKES

a. Must be fitted with brakes that are operative and capable of stopping and holding the vehicle

as required. A foot operated single brake pedal system should be used to achieve this.

b. Independently operated brakes are permitted, in order to act as fiddle brakes for vehicles competing in the Prototype classes.

c. An independent parking brake system must be fitted

 

1.14 ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

a. Any batteries in the driver/passenger compartment must be enclosed in a leak proof container and be securely located, so that in the event of an accident, battery acid cannot come into contact with the occupants.

b. The battery terminals are to be protected from any metal contact which could result in a short circuit.

c. All vehicles must be equipped with a battery, generator and a self-starter. They must also be equipped with a horn, brake lights and high-level tail lights.

d. Must have the battery earth lead, if not readily distinguishable, identified by a yellow marker.

e. Be fitted with suppressors as required by the Wireless Telegraphy Regulations.

f. Vehicles must be equipped with a circuit breaker. This must isolate the battery from all electrical circuits and must cut the engine at the same time. The switch location is optional, but must be operable from both inside and outside the vehicle (by a remote system if required). The circuit breaker control(s) must be identified by a red spark on a white edged, blue triangle. h. If a diesel engine is fitted with an electrical stop, it must be connected to the circuit breaker. If the engine is fitted with a pull cable stop system, a second cable must be fitted next to the isolator switch and marked clearly “pull to stop engine” on a plate 75mm x 50mm, on a white background with red lettering.

g. Red warning light/s must be fitted to the vehicle being rearward facing and as high as possible within the confines of the bodywork. These must be switched on when visibility is reduced or when instructed to do so by the Clerk of the Course.

h. If equipped with an electric winch be fitted with a second circuit breaker which isolates the winch from all other electrical circuits and is easily operable from inside or outside the vehicle. In the event of a winch relay failure a marshal should be able to see it and turn it off.

i. The vehicle must be equipped with an effective horn or other audible warning device emitting a continuous tone.

 

1.15 COOLING

a. All fluid lines, tubes or internally/externally braided hydraulic pressure hoses carrying coolant through the driver/passenger compartment must be enclosed in a solid metal cover and be insulated and isolated to prevent the occupants of the vehicle from touching the hot surfaces. Such covers must be painted red.

b. All open radiators, expansion bottles whether front or rear mounted, must be covered in such a manner that nobody can burn themselves on the hot open/unprotected areas of the radiator. All hoses and expansion bottles are to be covered / shielded to prevent hot water reaching driver / passenger in the event of damage to radiator, hoses or expansion bottles.

 

1.16 EXHAUST & SILENCING

a. Must have the exhaust system isolated from the driver/passenger compartment, i.e. be beneath a solid floor, or be secured in a casing of solid material.

b. Vehicles may be fitted with a front mounted exhaust. Hot surfaces must be covered or shielded with a suitable material.

c. Have no part of the exhaust system protruding laterally beyond a plane through the outer track of the front and rear wheels, or beyond the rear of the bodywork by more than 150mm.

d. If all enveloping body work is fitted, have supplementary protection for exhaust systems that protrude outside the bodywork.

a. In all WXT 4×4 events, conform to a maximum permitted noise level as laid down in the current MSA Blue Book. The current requirement is a maximum of 100dB at 0.5m with the engine running at 2/3 maximum revs. Continuous noise testing will take place during events and competitors will be advised of excessive noise. WARNING: Temporary silencers, bypass pipes and inclusion of temporary parts to achieve silencing requirements are prohibited. Officials may refuse to carry out noise checks on vehicles utilising temporary parts in exhaust systems.

 

1.17 FUEL SYSTEMS

a. Any fuel lines passing through the driver/passenger compartment must be protected, and if non-metallic or non-pressure, be enclosed in internally/externally braided hydraulic pressure hose.

b. If fitted with a fuel filler in the boot or under closure, there must be a collector/spill tray incorporated to enable spillage to drain outside the vehicle.

c. Use normally available pump fuel. The use of fuel additives, octane boosters, and aviation fuel is prohibited.

d. If using LPG, conform with the Construction and Use Regulations, and also the LPG Industry Technical Association Code of Practice No 11. and have a 75mm diameter ‘day-glow’ orange disc affixed immediately adjacent to the competition number on both sides.

e. Must not have fuel fillers and caps protrude beyond the bodywork, nor be situated within the driver/passenger compartment

f. The cap must have an efficient locking mechanism to minimise the risk of release during an accident, and to ensure closure after refuelling.

g. Air vents must be at least 250mm to the rear of the cockpit and fuel caps should be of the sealed type to prevent leakage.

h. It is strongly recommended that the fuel tank is covered with an outer metal container, which acts as a second line of defence in the event of the vehicle being inverted in an accident.

i. Vehicles which have a modified fuel system which vents straight to the atmosphere are required to have a one-way valve specifically designed for fuel systems in the breather pipe.

j. All vehicles must carry a small spill kit complying with MSA Blue Book J5.20.13

 

1.18 OIL SYSTEMS

a. Any oil lines passing through the driver/passenger compartment must be protected, and if non-metallic or non-pressure, be enclosed in internally/externally braided hydraulic pressure hose.

b. Oil coolers and filters must not be fitted in a position where, if they burst, hot oil can come into contact with the occupants.

 

1.19 Steering

a. Must have a full circumference full diameter steering wheel unless originally manufactured otherwise.

b. Have steering movement controlled to prevent fouling of wheels and tyres on chassis and bodywork.

c. Must have steering lock assemblies removed.

d. Vehicles are not required to have the steering wheels and steered wheels directly connected by a mechanical link therefore “hydro” steer is permitted

e. It is permitted to extend the steering drop arm. This is a component which is under tremendous stress whilst in use, therefore it is essential to carry out this conversion to the best engineering standards.

f. Rear steering is not permitted, vehicles fitted with a rear steer system must lock it to the satisfaction of the scrutineers.

 

1.20 WHEELS & TYRES

a. Have not less than four road wheels and tyres (excluding the spare).

b. Not be fitted with any wheel spacers exceeding 30mm in thickness.

c. Must not be fitted with duplicated driving wheels unless originally manufactured otherwise or unless permitted by supplementary regulations.

d. Be fitted with wheels and tyres that are compatible and also acceptable to the organiser. A particular type and size of tyre maybe prohibited e.g. open tread tyres such as Maxi Cross, Black Star, Canonica, Babcross, Alligator etc or dumper tyres are prohibited.

e. The maximum tyre size is 42inch.

f. A spare wheel need not be carried.

g. All tyres used on any event must comply with the minimum DOT requirements on tread depth.

h. The use of tyre chains and studded tyres is prohibited.

 

1.21 Transmission

a. Must be equipped with an operable reverse gear.

b. Must have the transmission outside the driver/passenger compartment, beneath the floor, or secured in casings or covering of solid material.

c. Vehicles with automatic transmissions must be fitted with a starter inhibitor switch, so that the vehicle can only be started in neutral and/or park.

d. The use of limited slip, torque biasing or locking differentials is permitted.

e. Vehicles fitted with sequential transmissions must have a means of showing that the transmission is in neutral.

 

1.22 CRASH HELMETS 

Are compulsory in all events K10.3.1 Applies and Safety Helmets will be examined for conformity to current regulations MSA Blue Book Requirements K10.3.1 SNELL SA2005, SNELL/FIA CMR-2007, SNELL/FIA CMS-2007, SNELL K2005, SNELL K2010, SNELL SA2010, SNELL SAH 2010, SNELL SA2015, SNELL K2015, SFI FOUNDATION 31.1A, 31.2A, FIA 8860-2004, FIA 8860-2010, FIA 8859-2015, All Helmets worn by foreign competitors should conform to standards approved by the MSA

The full list is in the MSA Blue Book do not accept any other. Helmets should have an MSA compliance sticker affixed to the right-hand side by a MSA scrutineer. Please protect your helmet from external damage by using a helmet bag or similar, chips within the outer laminate of the helmet may make it unsafe and unusable.

 

1.23 CAMERAS

MSA Blue Book Requirements 5.21.5. The mounting of any camera must be specifically approved by the Chief Scrutineer. Any mountings must use a mechanical means of attachment sufficiently robust to withstand anticipated stresses and vibration and must not present any sharp edges or projections in the vicinity of the driver’s body or helmet. Where possible, a secondary means of attachment should also be used. Suction mounts are not acceptable as the primary mounting method nor is adhesive. Where cameras are fitted by professional TV or film companies, the Chief Scrutineer has discretion to approve non-mechanical mountings.

 

1.24 RECOVERY EQUIPMENT

If vehicles are fitted with one of more winches the following regulations apply:

a. Winches must be securely fitted to the vehicle.

b. If an electrical winch, it must be fitted with a battery isolator switch.

c. Synthetic rope only and must be in good condition with no knots and have a gate on the hook steel rope is no longer permitted in any WXT events

d. The synthetic rope must be spliced and not knotted and have a working gate on the hook which must have a ferule.

e. Vehicles equipped with winches must carry the following equipment:

1) winching blanket of minimum 1kg weight, which must not be permanently attached to the cable or hook and must be used at all times during winching across a track or road.

2) 2 pairs of appropriate gloves (not woollen).

3) 2 tree protector strops (labelled with a SWL of at least 2000kg and CE marked)

4) 1 snatch block (stamped with safe working load of at least 3.25 tons and CE marked)

5) 2 shackles (stamped with safe working load of at least 3.25 tons and CE marked)

6) The following equipment is advisable but not mandatory

7) ground anchor

 

THE WELSH XTREM 2018

EVENT REGULATIONS

  1. The object of the event is for a single vehicle to locate various marker Points, the location of which will be indicated on the day. Each punch will be identified by a number to verify it is the desired objective. The punch will be attached to a fixed point on the objective either by cable or direct fixing. The control card (attached by the scrutineer to a consistent point on all vehicles) must be marked with the pin punch in the correct box on the control card as proof that the objective has been visited. The vehicle must negotiate close enough to the point to collect the punch mark without detaching either pin punch or control card.
  2. There may be random Alcohol Breath tests done during the course of competition time and anyone who is believed to be over a unsafe Drink Drive Limit will be held back until safe to drive or help. The use of any prohibited/banned substances is strictly not allowed at any time and will lead to immediate disqualification from the event with a possible future ban from competing at this event and others of a similar nature.
  3. There may also be special tasks which are worth extra points. These are generally along the lines of non-driving puzzles or may include driving a short course through numbered gates in reverse gear or against the clock. The event will be for individual vehicles, each of which must carry one driver and one co-driver providing they are accommodated in securely fixed seats and wearing approved seatbelts or harnesses. All drivers must have current UK driving licence & MSA competition licences of clubman status or above, Both Driver and Co Driver must be members of an MSA Affiliated club All memberships and licences will be checked at signing on.
  4. You will continue to monitor the serviceability of your vehicle throughout the event and will take the necessary action as required to maintain it.
  5. All entrants must be 16 or over and vehicles must comply with MSA challenge & Point To Point regulations. Vehicles must also have a working horn, seatbelts for all seats in use, towing points front and rear & carry a tow rope. Horns will be used to notify an emergency. On hearing horns competitors, should attempt to assist/ locate the problem or notify marshals.
  6. All competitors (driver and co-driver) are to attend ALL briefings and sign on to say they have attended a penalty may also be given you will be stopped from competing until briefed.
  7. Vehicles must display number boards at all times and also sponsor decals.
  8. Hi Level Day Time running lights are required for  the Point 2 Point Sections these must be turned on if visibility is low
  9. Vehicles must carry an emergency first aid kit, spill kit and fire extinguisher. All items must be securely stowed within a vehicle and as per MSA requirements.
  10. Competitors are not allowed to smoke while competing.
  11. A blanket speed limit of 10mph covers all access roads and any vehicle exceeding this will be disqualified only one warning given.
  12. Camp Site and Pit Site speed limit is walking speed the co-driver is advised to lead the car through this area
  13. In the event of a breakdown, repairs must be carried out on a suitable ground sheet. Try to limit any spillage of fuel or oil. In the event of any spillage a spill kit must be used and a marshal must be informed.
  14. Do NOT drop any litter.
  15. All competitors will obey the organisers / marshals instructions. Their decision is final.
  16. We are working closely with other event organisers and any serious breaches of behaviour could lead to a ban on entering subsequent events for a period of time as deemed appropriate to the offence. In such cases this may lead to bans from other events organised by other clubs/organisations. We will also uphold this rule for other organisers events for the benefit of safety and reputation of our sport.
  17. If you feel at any time that the severity of a section is beyond your capability you must stop. You will not be forced into a situation you consider to be potentially dangerous. All sections, punches and other parts of the event are voluntary. You should not attempt them if you feel it is outside you or your vehicles capability.
  18. Pets are permitted in the main event control and the camping area only. They are NOT permitted onto the site(s) or areas where the competitors are actually competing. For example; if the campsite is in a field and they are competing in a wood, then pets are NOT permitted into ANY PART of that wood. You are responsible for the safe handling and safety of your pets. The organisers and/or sponsors and/or competitors take no responsibility for the actions of your pets or any damage (immediate or otherwise) that they may cause. Pets should be kept under close control at all times.
  19. There is only 1 class with no restrictions on traction aids or winches but must be in line with MSA technical rules for point to point / challenge vehicles.
  20. Competitors can be recovered by other competitors. However, competitors are NOT permitted to aid other competitors in achieving punches either on the route in or out.
  21. Tree stops are to be placed no higher than 1m above the base of the tree, if in doubt a guideline of waist height should be used.
  22. In the event of an infringement of the above recovery rules, there will be one verbal warning given before a penalty is charged. Remember that the rules are there for the protection of yourself and others.
  23. competitors will be penalised for causing excessive or deliberate damage to the site, not heeding marshal’s instructions, not adhering to the event rules and regulations or not following any guidance/direction given on here or at the drivers briefing,
  24. A winch sail must be used whenever winching across any sort of route/track/path. A shout of “clear for winching” is to be given when initiating winching.
  25. Gloves are to be worn when handling any recovery kit.
  26. Tree strops ARE to be used and shackled close to stop tree slippage.
  27. Harnesses are to be worn by all occupants in any moving vehicle or under load.
  28. The site speed limit is 10mph.
  29. Helmets are mandatory and must be worn at all times when competing.
  30. For non ss punches the more vehicles that achieve the punch in each the less it’s worth to a minimum of 20 points
  31. If you get all punches, then inform the event organiser to collect another card.
  32. If you retire inform a marshal and hand in your punch card.
  33. Overdue at finish: 250 points deducted every 5 mins (or part of) that your card is not with the organiser.
  34. If your punch card comes off the vehicle, then you will be issued with a new card and you start again.
  35. Punch trees will be marked with coloured laminated card appropriate to each day and highlighted with tape.
  36. If you find a punch that is not attached inform a marshal or event organiser.
  37. Barrier tape of various colours designs and indicates either: Closed off sections to limit access on the land owners site, or Out of bounds areas to make it harder to achieve some punches.
  38. You may not break/cross/go over and under/into an out of bounds area- Penalty for doing so- card removed and start again. You may pass a winch line through the tape boundary to aid your passage.
  39. The tape and the line it subtends vertically should be considered as an unmovable barrier new strict rules for tape in 2018.
  40. Drivers / Co-Drivers are not permitted to change roles during the event.
  41. All Loud music & Generators are to be turned off by 23.59*

In the event of an emergency sound your horn for assistance and flash lights to attract attention. If it is serious dial 999 for assistance and specify location as required, inform event organisers and marshals.