A less restrictive rule set for both drivers and cars and a unique scoring method to balance the field highlight the SCCA’s Bracket Enduro program, set to run on a limited basis in 2015 and grow dramatically in 2016.
The event format balances cars and teams through time allowances, similar to drag racing. Teams will have a variety of options, including tire choice and set up, to run within their target times.
Most importantly, this program is designed to be fun!
CRE Rule Set:
SCCA Bracket Enduros are executed within the Club Race Experience Rule (CRE) set. Below are some of the key elements from the CRE Rule set, along with the specific procedural and scoring rules for Bracket Enduro. A guide to running a CRE rule set can be found here (Updated 2/16/17).
Per the CRE rules, participation is open to any SCCA regular or weekend member. No license or doctor’s physical is required. Participants must possess and are responsible for recording participation in an SCCA Racing Experience Participation Log. Logs are issued by SCCA Stewards or Registrars at the event. Participants must certify they have no known medical conditions that would cause them or others undue risk.
Vehicles are limited to be production-based vehicles with a performance level equal or less than normal in Club Racing classes Improved Touring R, E Production, GT3 or Touring 3. Spec Racer Fords may also participate. Cars need to meet SCCA Club Racing safety standard although they do not need to be legal for any particular class. The cars do not need to have an SCCA logbook but, those without will have to be inspected to make sure they meet minimum safety standards. The chief steward for each event will determine vehicle eligibility. For teams with specific questions, there will be an email contact method for questions or to gain pre-approval.
Required Safety Gear:
Test and Tune:
Bracket Enduro events will begin with an open track test and tune session.
Teams will be required to carry a transponder for timing and scoring of the event. These may be purchased or rented for the weekend.
To ensure a high level of pit lane safety, a pit stop that is a minimum of 5 minutes will be used. Stops will be timed by transponders, with a clock starting at pit in and ending at pit out.
Only approved (SCCA,FIA, DOT) fuel jugs or cans of 5 gallons or less may be used for refueling. Refueling can only be done when the car’s kill switch is off, all 4-wheels on the ground, without a driver onboard and with a fire bottle present. No other work may be done on the car during refueling. At a minimum, anyone involved in refueling must wear the same safety gear as required for driving. Pressurized fuel systems are not allowed.
Bracket Enduros have 4 classes. Class 1 operates as a traditional endurance race, the team that goes the furthest, wins. Classes 2-4 are bracketed classes, each with
Class 1 (Open):
Class 1 is a traditional endurance racing class. Simply, the team that goes the furthest in the allotted time wins. Any vehicle within the performance potential of CRE is allowed.
Classes 2-4 (Bracketed):
Classes 2-4 are Bracketed classes. Each class will have a delta time, based upon qualifying times from past SCCA events. Class 2 delta will be based upon ITR, Class 3 will be based upon ITB and Class 4 will be set 3-5 seconds off the ITC pace.
In Classes 2-4, when a car turns a lap time under their delta the underage is multiplied by 1.5 and placed in the team’s bank. After the minimum pit stop time has elapsed, additional time in the pits will be deducted from the team’s bank. It is completely up to the teams to manage their own banking and spending of time.
Banked Time at the Finish:
Any time remaining in the bank at the finish will be multiplied by 2 and applied as a penalty at the end of the race. If the penalty time exceeds the delta time for the class, the penalty will be converted into the corresponding number of laps, rounded up to the next whole lap.
For Class 1, all penalties for driving infractions or pit lane violations will be served in the pit lane. For Class2-4, penalties may be served on pit lane or assessed by placing time in the team’s bank. Penalty time will be set by the chief steward, based on the severity of the infraction.
Teams are allowed to set and maintain the pace they choose. However, “sandbagging” methods that interrupt the flow of traffic or cause an unsafe condition on track will not be tolerated and will result in a pit lane consultation. Teams are highly encouraged to select a class that is appropriate for the performance potential of their car.
Bracket Endurance events will have a live timing and scoring system that reports lap times, position, a “time in pits” clock and tracks the time bank for teams in classes 2-4.
Teams may register for any of the 4 classes when registering for the event. However, teams have the ability to declare a different class within 30 minutes of the close of the test and tune session.
Number of Drivers:
There is not a maximum number of drivers allowed on a team, and as there is not a licensure requirement, there is no additional fees based on the number of drivers. However, teams must have at least 2 drivers and drivers cannot exceed two hours of driving without taking at least a one-hour break.
Qualifying and Grid Order:
Teams will be gridded with their class, order based upon the teams best lap time in the test and tune session. Teams that do not take part in the test and tune session will be gridded by car number, lowest to highest.