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    Default Western Tunnel Tour Rules

    Attached you will find the general rules of the Western Tunnel Tour. Series format, points and prize money payout will follow.
    If you have any suggestions please pass them on.

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    Some additions

    Western Tunnel Tour 2009
    General Rules: All Western Tunnel Tour races are governed by American Power Boat Association (APBA) rule and the rules of the Sanctioning body. Any non-APBA event will be governed by the same rules and regulations however, will not be allowed an appeal process.
    Series Membership: Annual membership for the Western Tunnel Tour is $50 per driver and or boat number. A driver may join the series at anytime however, the membership is only good for one season or the remainder of the season entered. All racing members must be a member in good standing with APBA and comply with all rules and regulations of the association. All series members are required to display series sponsor decals on their competing boat at each event.
    Non-Series Members: Any non-series member may compete in a series race however, during any qualification heat the non-member must start behind any series member. Non-series members are not eligible for any tow or prize money.

    Series Format: Each event will consist of two races, *(two (10) lap qualifiers the first day and a (25) lap final the second day). In the event the race is a doubleheader there will be (two (10) lap qualifiers and a (20) lap final each day). The doubleheader will count as four (4) complete races.
    *A qualifying heat is a heat that is run to either determine dock position for the final or eliminate boats from the field. A last chance qualifier (consolation) heat does not receive any points.

    Testing: Each event will consist of a minimum or two ten-minute test sessions. In the case of a doubleheader, the test sessions may be eliminated.

    Points: All Western Tunnel Tour drivers will receive standard APBA points (400, 300, 225, etc). Final events receive double points. Any driver starting a race will receive points. Starting a race shall be defined as leaving the starting dock or beach under engine power. If more then 20 boats start a race, no driver will receive less then 20th place points.

    Overall Points: Only members of Western Tunnel Tour receive Western Tunnel Tour points. In the case of non-members participating at a Western Tunnel Tour series races, series member’s positions shall be adjusted at the end of the event. For example, if a non-member wins the race and a Western Tunnel Tour member gets 2nd the Western Tunnel Tour member gets 1st place points (and so forth). After the final race of the season each drive will be required to drop the lowest points of one double point series race. In the event the series only contains five (5) double point races, all five (5) races will be counted.

    Prize money: All Sponsor and Promotional money received will be paid to the Western Tunnel Tour drivers as “Prize Money” and will be distributed at a single event or at the end of the year. Any money grossed in a single event will be paid out at that event based on the below scale. In order to receive prize money, the driver must be a member of the Western Tunnel Tour.

    1st 35%
    2nd 20%
    3rd 15%
    4th 10%
    5th 5%
    6th 5%
    7th 5%
    8th 5%

    Boat Trailers: Each competing boat trailer must be equipped with a fire extinguisher and display the number of the competing boat.
    Starts: Incase of a driving violation (overlap, bearing away, etc.) a one (1) lap penalty will be assessed. A lane change on the start or jump of the flag will result in a one (1) lap penalty and/or move to the end of the dock, at Race Committee’s discretion. Any driver that feels a call has been made that is unjust shall petition the call. A $50 fee which will be applied to the year-end fund will be charged. The petitioning driver, one referee, any effected drivers and one randomly selected Western Tunnel Tour member will review any video evidence. After a review of sufficient video evidence, a vote from the viewing body will be made. If the majority votes in the favor of the petitioning driver no penalty or fee will apply.
    Damage, Destroying, or Dislodging a Buoy: Buoy violation penalties will be assessed per the APBA Rule Book. If any buoy is damaged or destroyed it is the driver’s responsibility to pay any fines established by the sanctioning body.
    Restarts: Any boat or driver involved in an incident which stops the race will be given a one (1) lap penalty and be forced to start at the end of the lineup. In the case of a flip or crash and the race is not restarted, the scoring will revert back one lap and assess a two (2) lap penalty to any boat or driver involved in the incident. The flipped or crashed driver(s) is not disqualified.
    After a race has been stopped, any boat that does not return to the starting location under original power and has to paddle or be towed in will receive a penalty of the least advantageous starting position. Repairs made under black flag conditions are acceptable, under referee approval.
    Breakdowns: Any boat that breaks down during the race will be given credit for the last completed lap. However, if the race is stopped because of the broken down boat then the heat stopping boat will not be able to restart the stopped heat.
    Finishing the Race: To win a race you must take the checkered flag. For example, if a driver has a four (4) lap lead and flips on the last lap stopping the race and a restart does not happen. The second place boat will receive the win, and the flipped boat will take second. Even though the flipped boat has more laps, it will not receive the win.
    Technical Disqualification: If you are disqualified during a technical inspection, the diver will not receive any points for prior heats leading up to the disqualification. Technical disqualifications can be appealed to the OPC technical committee. Standard APBA rules will apply.
    Fuel of the Day: The maximum allowed meter reading for the fuel of the day will be available at least one hour prior to the first race. It is the racers responsibility to have their fuel tested prior to the first race. If a fuel of the day is not posted then the standard APBA fuel rules will apply.
    Weighing of Boats: At a minimum, the top five (5) boats will be weighed each heat. If a boat flips or sustains substantial damage during a race it may not have to meet the minimum weight requirements for the heat in which the damage was sustained. (This will be held to the inspector’s discretion).
    Changing Powerheads: Rule 3, Paragraph 4 (page 100 of the 2008 rule rulebook) reads as follows…
    Powerhead may be changed under the following criteria only:
    a) A powerhead may be changed in-between qualifying heats or before the final if the engine has been damaged and is not repairable on site. The driver may change powerheads without penalty of starting position under inspector verification that the part in question is unrepairable onsite.
    b) A powerhead may be changed at anytime, if time permits, the driver choosing to change the powerhead will receive a penalty of at least advantageous starting position.
    c) A powerhead may be changed if the powerhead has been found to not comply with the technical rules for the class and will receive a penalty of the least advantageous starting position.

    Changing of Gearcases: A gearcase may be changed at anytime, if time permits. The driver choosing to change the gearcase will not receive a penalty provided the original gearcase meets the technical specifications. If the gearcase has been found to not comply with the technical rules for the class, the driver will receive a penalty of the least advantageous starting position.

    Changing of Boat: A driver can change boats at anytime. However, if you are changing boats during a restart, you will be sent to the least advantageous starting position.
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    Chad, Read rule 10(1)(d) General Racing rule 10 pg xv11 Quote"Race officials may not use videotapes to assist decision making except for starts and finishes."
    The debate is who's video do you use. Spectator Joe, the petitioners wife?

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    I under stand what you are saying however, does it really matter where the source of the video comes from? The ruling will only be overturned if “sufficient” evidence is proven, like they do in football today. If a driver wants to have someone video them all the way around the course, that is fine by me. The point of this is to have a real clear cut decision made that everyone feels comfortable with and not allow any driver to leave a race feeling he was wrongly disqualified.

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    Default Western Tunnel Tour

    What is the difference between Western Formula Light Series and
    Western Tunnel Tour?
    Where are the races scheduled?

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    Default Bill "Pop" Curtis Perpetual Trophy

    Warren West has donated this "TROPHY" made from a 45 SS motor as a perpetual trophy for the Western Tunnel Tour. (Warren this the older of the two here.... The younger is Jason William, 2008 WFLS winner.

    The WTT winner for 2009 will recieve this perpetual tropy for one year.

    Thanks, Warren.

    The Havasu Landing Race, February 14-15, 2009 will be the first series race.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chill View Post
    I under stand what you are saying however, does it really matter where the source of the video comes from? The ruling will only be overturned if “sufficient” evidence is proven, like they do in football today. If a driver wants to have someone video them all the way around the course, that is fine by me. The point of this is to have a real clear cut decision made that everyone feels comfortable with and not allow any driver to leave a race feeling he was wrongly disqualified.
    Chad, It does not made any difference where the Video comes from. Never the less it CANNOT be used. That is the rule.
    Also I would like to point out that the race committee runs the race. Again per the rule book under General Racing Rules. I do not know of a Referee who would go along with your Video proposal and committee rendering a decision.
    Under an APBA Sanction the rule book must be followed. The exception would be under Special Event where you make your own rules except still need to follow General Safety and General Racing rules.

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    Chad, I am starting to rethink this Video deal. If it was used for the START( does not say clock start only) Then you can use it for a BEACH start if the camera was placed such a way to aid the Race Committee in making a decision.
    I still do not a committee other than the Race Committee making the decision. The drivers Rep can view the video and offer an opinion to the Referee.

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    Bill:
    90% of the calls are from the start, so I could go for that. What is the rule on a Series? If this is a major series, shouldn’t series rules apply? Remember, this can only be used to overturn a call, not later disqualify a driver because of the complaint of another driver.

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    Video tape rule was changed for OPC in Detroit 08. In the 2009 Rule Book Pg xxxv Rule 10.1.D

    "With the exception of the OPC Category, race officials may not use videotapes to assist decision making except for starts and finishes."

    Also if a "Series" submits its rules to the OPC commission they have petitioned the commission to race under these special rules. The commission can either bless these series rules or deny them and they take precedence.
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