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|.: RULES, CONDITIONS & CLARIFICATIONS 2014 :.
Intercontinental Rally is an annual off-road competition and adventure tour for motor enthusiasts who want to participate in a challenging and well-organized, trans -African rally. The 2014 edition of the rally will take place from January 20th to Feb 2th. The route passes through some of the most spectacular landscapes in Morocco, Mauritania and Senegal evoking a timeless sense of adventure and exploration. From the endless dunes of the Sahara to the desolate expanses of coastal deserts, the rocky trails of the High Atlas, and the low lying savannah, each day brings new surprises and unexpected challenges.
In an effort to make the Intercontinental Rally an event accessible to almost any off-road driver and rider, we have a short and long route options each with competitive and touring categories.
The route choices are: a 6 day “Lite” route starting in Almeria, Spain and ending in Laâyoune, Morocco and a 14 day Full Range route starting in Almeria and ending on the shores of Lac Rose in Senegal. Each of these is further differentiated into two categories based on the level of competition and difficulty of the terrain.
The Race category is a physically demanding and navigationally challenging competition that will test even seasoned veterans of African rallies. During each stage, competitors race against the clock on an off-road course navigating with GPS receivers and reaching control points. There are 4 classes –motorcycles, quads,UTV and cars – with the top three finishers in each receiving awards. Special recognition is awarded to the most successful team overall.
The Adventure category provides a more relaxed rally experience without competition or a prescribed route. Adventure category participants receive a detailed road book with the daily stages and are free to roam and discover, visiting places along the route and connecting with local people.
1.IR is open to anyone over the age of 18 regardless of their rally experience or nationality.(Exception is possible only in the Adventure category. The younger 18 must be accompanied by parents all time.)
2.FIA driving license is not required to participate.
3.Every participant is responsible for his/her own safety and security.
Participants must understand the dangers associated with the rally and also understand that they are participating at their own risk. Each participant is responsible for damages they may cause to vehicles, humans, animals or property.
4.The driver is responsible for all passengers in the vehicle.
5.All participants must obey the local traffic laws. In particular they must respect the speed limit on paved roads and through settlements.
6.The registration fee is non-refundable unless the event is cancelled.
7.The registration is for a specific category (Race, Adventure) and route (Lite, Full) and cannot be changed at a later date.
8.Registration is transferable free of charge.
9.The event is limited to 100 registered vehicles.
10.Registration application and full payment must be submitted by November 30, 2013 and no applications will be accepted after this date.
11.Upon successful completion of document and technical inspections every participant will be issued a rally pass that is required for entry into bivouac sites.
12.The accepted vehicles will receive adhesive race decals for their with their start number. The dimensions of the decals are as follows:
12.1.Cars/Trucks: 55cm tall x 80cm wide(both front door sides)
12.2.Moto, Quad/ATV: 13,5cm tall x 25cm wide (both sides and front)
13.A participant may be disqualified from the event under the following circumstances:
13.1.Failure to obey Org Team instructions
13.2.Grave offense against the rules
13.3.Behavior violating the spirit of the rules
13.4.Disregard for fair play
13.5.Dangerous or reckless driving on public roads
13.6.Harming the natural environment.
13.7.Requesting medical assistance in case of a technical break down is considered as reckless endangerment of other participants and will result in disqualification from the rally.
14.Disqualified participants will not be allowed to continue in the Rally.
15.The race director reserves the right to modify the route, competition
rules and travel arrangements as deemed necessary. All participants are required to accept and obey any changes announced by the organizers.
1.Every driver must hold a standard and international driving license for the type of the registered vehicle.
2.Every vehicle must have a valid registration.
3.Every vehicle must have a valid international insurance (Green Card)
4.The registration shall be under the driver’s name. In case the vehicle is not registered under the driver's name, the driver must hold a French translation of the registration document validated by the power of attorney.
5.Every participant must hold a valid passport valid for at least 6 months after the completion of the event and must meet visa requirements of each country visited.
6.Every participant must hold a valid travelling insurance.
7.Every participant must hold the International Vaccination Card with recorded vaccination against Yellow Fever.
8.Every participant is fully responsible for his/her own border crossing and must provide all the required documents to the border officials.
1.Every vehicle must pass the technical and document inspections before the start of the rally. Only vehicles that satisfy all the requirements will be allowed to start.
2.Every vehicle must be equipped with mandatory equipment comprised of GPS navigation, digital camera, regional map and a first aid kit.
3.Additionally, cars and truck must be equipped with at a fire extinguisher, rope, tools for common repairs and equipment to extract the vehicle from sand and mud.
4.All participants must use personal protective equipment. Motorcyclist must wear a helmet at all times while riding.
5.All participants must be in adequate health to start each stage. The race director can at his discretion remove from the event anyone deemed injured or sick and unable to continue.
6.All vehicles must meet minimal range requirements.
6.1.The minimum range for cars and trucks is 600 km.
6.2.Minimum range required for motorcycles, quads and buggies is 250 km. If there are no refueling opportunities on the course the ORG will provide fuel at a predetermined location for a nominal fee reflecting local fuel costs.
Race category regulations
1.1.Each vehicle is registered for the race according to the VIN number. Substituting vehicles during the rally is not allowed.
1.2.All race participating vehicles must be equipped with a gps receiver which must be turned on and storing the current track data for the entire duration of each stage. At the request of the race director the device must be made available to the organization for data download. This information may be used to verify compliance with the rules, specifically obeying speed limits and reaching of control points. The organization is setup for downloading and inspecting data from Garmin devices. If another brand is used the owner must be able to provide GPX formatted data.
1.3.Each vehicle must traverse the entire stage (special sections as well as any liaison sections) under own power of vehicle. (accept is only short recovery up to 30m in special sections) Failure to do so, such as getting towed, for any portion of the stage results in time penalties as described in the timing section.
1.4.Competitors are allowed to enter the special stage start corral 2 minute prior to their start time. The corral is marked by yellow and red flagging.
1.5.Competitors unable to enter a special section must notify the ORG Team (person or by telephone) till own start time. (in this situation ORG Team will not respond to further assistance requests till the team will be back in race) In this case they will be allowed to continue in the race later. Failure to notify the ORG Team will result in relegation into the adventure category.
1.6.Repairs during the rally, including the replacement or rebuild of major components, are allowed without penalties.
1.7.Every vehicle must start each stage in a roadworthy and safe condition and meet the technical inspection requirements.
1.8.The complete crew must be present for the duration of the stage. No team substitutions are allowed.
1.9.Violation of competition regulations results in relegation into the adventure class.
1.10.Appeals and protests must be lodged within 1 hours or arriving at the stage finish. The race director makes a ruling. If the appeal is denied the person requesting it will be fined 50€.
2.1.In the Race category the competitors race against the clock while reaching set control points and completing the timed special sections within a given time limit.
2.2.Competitor time is stopped only in case of medical assistance
for other rally participants or decision race director.
2.3.The stage itinerary lists both control points and waypoints. Only the control points are mandatory. The waypoints are provided only as navigational aids.
2.4.Control point is considered reached within 50 m radius of the GPS coordinate.
2.5.Every stage is comprised of one or more timed special section and liaison segments. Under certain circumstances (border crossing, inclement weather) a stage may be only a liaison without a special section.
2.6.Failure to start the special section on time starts time penalties according to the schedule published on the scoring card until the vehicle starts the special section or for a maximum of 60 minutes.
2.7.If the vehicle fails to start the special section within 60 minutes of the assigned time it will not be allowed to enter the special section.
2.8.Competitors who do not complete a special section or violate any of the competition regulations will be assigned the slowest time for that section in own category.
2.9.Penalty for not completing a special section or failure to traverse the entire stage under own power, i.e. being towed, results in 4 hour penalty for the stage. This is in addition to the time awarded for failure to complete the special sections.
2.10.Not reaching a control point or finishing the special after the time limit results in time penalties according to the schedule printed on the scoring card.
2.11.At the request of the race director the GPS device must be made available to the organization for GPS data download. This information may be used to verify compliance with the rules, specifically obeying speed limits and reaching of control points. The organization is setup for downloading and inspecting data from Garmin devices. If another brand is used the owner must be able to provide GPX formatted data. Failure to provide the track data for the most recent stage will result in 4 hour penalty.
2.12.The standings are based on the overall time.
2.13.Time penalties will be issued by the race referee for breaking traffic laws on public roads and in locations disclosed during the briefings (villages, residential areas). The first violation carries a 30 min penalty for every 10km over the speed limit, second is 60 min for every 10km over the speed limit and third results in an immediate disqualification from the rally.
3.Itinerary and Navigation
3.1.At the evening briefing prior to every stage participants will receive a stage itinerary in either paper form or as Garmin Mapsource file (.gdb).
3.1.1.If the participants choose the electronic format they must provide a USB Flash drive for upload.
3.2.Content of the Itinerary
3.2.1.GPS coordinates for special section start and finish location
3.2.2.Coordinates of control points
3.2.3.Route way points
3.2.4.Locations of refueling stations along the route
3.2.5.Mobile and satellite phone numbers to contact organizers
3.2.6.Other important guidelines for the stage
3.3.Participants will also receive a stage scoring card containing
3.3.1.Precise time to start each special section.
3.3.2.Time limit for each special section.
3.3.3.Time penalties associated with the failure to reach each control point.
3.4.The scoring card must be filled with the time of arrival at every control point.
3.5.The scoring card needs to be turned to a designated ORG team member within 15 minutes of reaching the finish of the stage.
4.Technical and medical assistance
4.1.Participants may receive technical assistance from another participant or service team at any time during the race without penalization.
4.2.Every vehicle in the Race category must be equipped with the SPOT GPS messenger device providing the capability to request medical or technical assistance.
4.3.The organizers must be reimbursed 300€ for lost ORG SPOT device before the participant is allowed to continue.
4.4.Anyone who requests technical or medical assistance from the organizers will be relegated to the adventure class. .(except for legitimate calling for the other rally participants in medical case)
Adventure category regulations
1.Prior to every stage participants will receive a stage itinerary listing GPS route waypoints and locations of refueling stations along the route.
2.The itinerary will also list any other important guidelines for the stage including mobile and satellite phone contacts for organizers.
3.Every stage will be assigned a generous time limit allowing for comfortable completion of the stage as well as additional time for exploration and sightseeing.
4.Participants are required to arrive at the bivouac within the set time limit and notify the organizers if they are delayed.
5.The organizers are not obliged to assist the participants after the stage time limit without the late arrival notification.
6.The participants can register their own SPOT device with the organization.
7.The participants can request medical or technical assistance from the organization once (except for legitimate calling for the other rally participants in medical case) for the duration of the rally using their personal spot device, satellite phone or mobile phone if service is available.
7.1.The participant is allowed to continue after requesting assistance from the organizers at their own risk
7.2.Organizers will not respond to additional assistance requests.
8.Requesting medical assistance in case of a technical break down is considered as reckless endangerment of other participants and will result in disqualification from the rally.