The Welsh Xtrem TECHNICAL REGULATIONS 2018

 

THE EVENT IS OPEN TO ALL MSA REGISTERED CLUBS (PROOF MUST BE PROVIDED)

The Welsh Xtrem The Club are the organising club and hold the permit to do so. 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

SCRUTINEERING

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

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

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

SCRUTINEERS RESPONSIBILITY

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.

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 selection prior to the event by the event organiser.

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.

SCORING

Provisional results for all events will be published as per D26.1.2

Any protests must be recorded as per c5&c6

RECOVERY EQUIPMENT

All vehicles must have the following minimum recovery equipment (compatible with all winches fitted)

1 Long recovery strap / rope. (RATED AT 2 TONNES MIN)

2 Tree protector strops. (Rated to 2 tonnes and be CE marked)

1 Snatch block.

2 Stamped and rated shackles (safe working load of 3.25 tons).

2 Pairs of appropriate gloves (not woollen).

Winch blanket (approx 1kg). (1 per winch)

Suitable recovery points to the front and rear of the vehicles.

All winches must comply with the following regulations:

If fitted the winch must be securely attached to the vehicle using a minimum of 8.8UTS fittings.

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

The rope must be in good condition and must be rated in excess of the maximum rating of the winch.

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

Steel rope is NOT permitted

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

All vehicles must carry:

A fire extinguisher must be carried in the cab of competing vehicles. The minimum requirement is as follows: AFFF minimum capacity 1.75 litres or Zero 2000 minimum capacity 2.25 litres.

A first aid kit.

An instrument that is capable of cutting vehicles winch rope which could be used in case of emergencies to release the rope from entanglement. Some suggested instruments are; wire cutters, hacksaw, pruning saw, blade with a serrated edge. This item may be checked at Scrutineering, It should be stored in the cab of the vehicle within easy access.

A reflective warning triangle must be carried in each vehicle which is equipped with a winch.  This must be used to warn oncoming vehicles if a winching manoeuvre takes place across a drivable track.

All vehicles must carry a small spill kit.

No equipment is to be carried on the front bumper or front bodywork.

Regulations as detailed above are the MINIMUM requirement.

 

BODY/CHASSIS with minimum weight restriction of 1000 Kgs

The vehicle must be fitted with bodywork including a driver (and passenger) compartment isolated from the engine, wet batteries, gearbox, hydraulic reservoirs, transmission, shafts, brakes, road wheels, their operating linkages and attachments, oil tanks, radiator, water header tanks and catch tanks.

There must be a protective bulkhead of non-inflammable material between the engine and the

Driver / passenger compartment capable of preventing the passage of fluid or flame. Gaps must be sealed with GRP or with putty that completely closes the gaps at all times. Magnesium is prohibited for bulkheads.

The vehicle must have a complete floor of adequate strength and rigidity supported within the driver/passenger compartment.

Vehicles must have a minimum permitted wheelbase of 1270mm.

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.

The bodywork must provide a minimum uninterrupted transverse cockpit opening of 81 cm.

The vehicle must be fitted with doors or bodywork giving side protection to the driver and passenger.

If the vehicle is fitted with driver/passenger doors, hatchback doors, sliding doors, opening boots or tailgates, these must be secured in the closed position during competition.

Tailgates may be removed.

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

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

All recovery equipment must be stored securely in or on the vehicle.

ENGINES

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

No vehicle may draw induction air from within the driver and passenger compartment. Air intakes must be either forward of the front bulkhead/windscreen or piped through to the rear of the vehicle to draw outside air from behind the rear bulkhead.  The under bonnet air pipe is to be of non-flammable or flame retardant and fuel resistant material and must be securely located.

SUSPENSION

All vehicle must be fitted with sprung suspension between the wheels and the chassis unless originally

manufactured otherwise.

Suspension movement must be controlled to avoid fouling of wheels and tyres on chassis or bodywork.

BRAKES

The vehicle must be fitted with brakes that are operative and capable of stopping and holding the vehicle as required.

An independent parking brake system must be fitted.

ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS

Any wet batteries in the driver/passenger compartment must be enclosed in a securely located leak-proof container.

Batteries must be securely fastened and terminals protected from short circuiting.

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

The vehicle must be fitted with a circuit breaker which isolates the battery from all electrical circuits and cuts the engine at the same time and is easily operable by the driver whilst correctly seated.

If the vehicle is equipped with an electric winch it should 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 easily be able to see it and turn it off.

All electrical cut out switches must be clearly marked and be in an accessible position. It is recommended that cut out switches are easily distinguishable from other switches in use.

COOLING

Vehicles should have any fluid lines or tubes or internally/externally metal braided hydraulic pressure hoses carrying coolants through the driver and passenger compartment enclosed in a solid metal cover and insulated and isolated to prevent the occupants of the vehicle touching the hot surfaces. Such lines or tubes or coverings must be painted red.

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.

EXHAUST SYSTEMS

The exhaust system must be isolated from the driver/passenger compartment.

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

Vehicles must have no part of the exhaust system protruding laterally beyond a plane through the outer track of the front and rear wheels, or to the rear of the bodywork more than 150 mm.

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

FUEL SYSTEMS

Vehicles must have any fuel lines passing through the driver / passenger compartment protected and if non-metallic or pressure lines, enclosed in internally/externally metal braided hydraulic pressure hose.

If fitted with fuel fillers in the boot, or under closure, have collector/ spill trays incorporated to enable

spillage to drain outside the vehicle.

Vehicles must use normally available pump fuel. The use of fuel additives, octane boosters, or AVGAS (aviation fuel) is prohibited.

If using LPG, conform to 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.

Vehicles must have tank fillers and caps which do not protrude beyond the bodywork, nor are situated within the driver/passenger compartment. The caps must have an efficient locking action to reduce the risk

of accidental opening during an accident and ensure closing after refuelling. Air vents must be at least

250mm to the rear of the cockpit. All fuel caps should be of the sealed type to prevent spillage.

It is strongly recommended that the fuel tank is covered with an outer steel or aluminium tank cover which

acts as a second line of defence in the event of a roll over.

Vehicles which have a modified fuel system which vents straight to the atmosphere are required to have a one way valve that is manufactured for use in fuel systems fitted in the breather pipe to stop fuel spillage.

All vehicles must carry a small spill kit.

OIL COOLING SYSTEMS

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

Oil coolers, filters and cooling water expansion tanks must not be fitted in a position where, if burst, the hot fluid can come into contact with the occupants of the vehicle.

STEERING

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

Vehicles must have steering movement controlled to avoid fouling of wheels and tyres on chassis or bodywork.

Vehicles must have a mechanical link between the steering wheel and the steered wheels unless the Supplementary Regulations permit otherwise.

Hydro Steer Is Permitted

TRANSMISSION

Vehicles must have the transmission outside the driver and passenger compartment, beneath the floor or secured in casings or covering of solid material.

Vehicles must be equipped with an operable reverse gear.

Vehicles with automatic transmissions shall have a starter inhibiting switch allowing it to start in park and/or neutral only.

WINDSCREENS AND SIDE SCREENS

Windscreens must be of 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 vehicle manufacturer.

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

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.

SEATING

Vehicles must have normal adequate seats within the driver/passenger compartment. The seat must be

rigidly located within the compartment and must not tilt unless it is a production seat fitted with a suitable locking mechanism preventing independent operation, it must retain the driver within the vehicle. 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. Other seats fitted must similarly comply. The vehicle occupant(s) seated in their normal position, wearing normal equipment, with seat belts fastened and the steering wheel in place, must be able to evacuate the cockpit in a maximum of 7 seconds. All seat safety belts must be complete units sourced from a recognised manufacturer and fitted in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and MSA recommendations, Seat belts must be worn and be correctly adjusted at all times during events.

A minimum of a Four Point Two shoulder straps and one lap strap, with four anchorage points on the chassis/body shell or roll over bar of the vehicle. One either side and two to the rear of the seat.

WHEELS AND TYRES

The vehicle shall have not less than four road wheels and tyres (excluding the spare) which are fitted with tyres that are compatible with the wheels and acceptable to the organiser.

The use of tyre chains is prohibited.

The use of open tread tyres such as Maxi Cross, Black Star, Canonica, Babcross or dumper tyres is prohibited.

The maximum tyre size is 42 inch, measured with a tyre measuring gauge

Vehicles must not be fitted with any wheel spacers exceeding 32mm in thickness.

Vehicles must not be fitted with duplicated driving wheels unless originally manufactured otherwise a spare wheel is not a mandatory requirement but, if carried, must be securely fastened.

All tyres must comply with the minimum DOT requirements on depth of tread.

Tyres should be covered by the mudguards to cover the whole width of the treaded area. See BODY/CHASSIS section.

ROLL OVER PROTECTION

All vehicles must be fitted with rollover protection. A manufacturer’s correctly fitted hardtop or truck-cab is deemed the minimum requirement.

Soft or open topped vehicles require minimum protection of a roll-hoop, for all other vehicles this is advisory.

The use of roll cages is advised for all events.

General Considerations

i. The basic purpose of the roll over bar is to protect the driver/passenger if the vehicle turns over or is involved in a serious accident. This purpose should not be forgotten, and in consideration of this, all roll bars and roll cages should be built to the MSA specification.

ii. The roll over bar/cage must be designed to withstand compression forces resulting from the weight of the vehicle coming down on the roll bar/cage structure, and to take fore and aft loads resulting from the vehicle skidding along the ground on its roll structure.

CRASH HELMETS

Crash helmets are mandatory in the moving vehicle AT ALL TIMES ! ! The helmet must conform to the current MSA regulations listed in the ‘Blue Book’ [C(c)90]. You must use a helmet with a fire resistant lining, the label will read B.S.6658-85 A F/R and is red in colour or Snell SA2000, these are the two most common standards for motor sports crash helmets. The full list is in the MSA Blue Book page 176 -177 and drawing number 10.3.1.

Helmets should have an MSA compliance sticker affixed to the right hand side by an MSA National A or B 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.

CAMERAS
MSA Blue Book 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.

 

EVENT REGULATIONS

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.

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 competeThe 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.

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 either The Welsh Xtrem Club, Glossop 4×4, Yokshire Off Road Club, AWDC, Viking 4×4 Club, Cornish Leaf & Coil Club, Scotia Winch Challenge Club. All memberships and licences will be checked at signing on.

You will continue to monitor the serviceability of your vehicle throughout The Event and will take the necessary action as required to maintain it.

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.

All competitors (driver and co-driver) are to attend all briefings and sign on to say they have attended a penalty may be given if not or you may be stopped from competing until briefed.

Vehicles must display number boards at all times and also sponsor decals.

Hi Level Day Time running lights are required for the Sunday Laps Section under the Point 2 Point Section these must be turned on if visibility is low

Vehicle 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.

Competitors are not allowed to smoke while competing.

A blanket speed limit of 10mph covers all sites and any vehicle exceeding this will be disqualified only one warning given.

Camp Site and Pit Site speed limit is walking speed the co-driver is advised to lead the car through this area

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.

Do NOT drop any litter.

All competitors will obey the organisers/ marshals instructions. Their decision is final.

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 organized by other clubs/organisations. We will also uphold this rule for other organisers events for the benefit of safety and reputation of our sport.

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, stages and punches are voluntary. You should not attempt them if you feel it is outside you or your vehicles capability.

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.

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.
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.
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.

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,
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,

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.
Gloves are to be worn when handling any recovery kit.
Tree strops ARE to be used and shackled close to stop tree slippage.
Seat belts are to be worn by all occupants in any moving vehicle or under load.
The site speed limit is 10mph.
Helmets are mandatory and must be worn at all times.

For non ss punches the more vehicles that achieve the punch in each the less it’s worth to a minimum of 20 points

If you get all punches, then inform the event organiser to collect another card.

If you retire inform a marshal and hand in your punch card.

Overdue at finish: 250 points deducted every 5 mins (or part of) that your card is not with the organiser.

If your punch card comes off the vehicle, then you will be issued with a new card and you start again.

Punch trees will be marked with coloured laminated card appropriate to each day and highlighted with tape.
If you find a punch that is not attached inform a marshal or event organiser.

Barrier tape of various colours designs and indicates either:

Closed off sections to limit access on the land owners site.

Out of bounds areas to make it harder to achieve some punches.

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.
The tape and the line it subtends vertically should be considered as an unmovable barrier.

Drivers / Co-Drivers are not permitted to change roles during the event.   

All Loud music & Generators are to be turned off by 23.00*

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.

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