Participation:

SOP Motorsport is hosting multiple types of events:

Single and Sponsored Events: The single and sponsored events are on a first-come-first-serve basis. These events can be very popular and they can fill up quick. Drivers will be put on a reserve-list if the event is full.

Series and Championships: Multiple rounds over a longer period of time. When signing up, you commit yourself to racing for a full Series or Championship, not only for a few races.

* Please note that unacceptable behaviour in any of these events, can lead to being excluded entirely from all Sponsored events.

No-Show:

If you have signed up, you are expected to show up. It is very frustrating if a driver doesn’t show up while a reserve driver could fill this spot. They would be happy to do so. Signing up but not showing up, doesn’t show respect to the other drivers and organisation, and can lead to penalties. (See Disqualification)

In Single and Sponsored Events, a chatroom will be opened prior to the race, where you will be asked to confirm your attendance. If you don’t confirm or indicate your attendance, you will be assumed as not racing and a reserve may be found for you.

Withdrawal:

If a driver is unable to attend a race, they have to give sufficient notice for their absence before the event starts.

This is done by informing SOP Motorsport of your situation, by making a post in the withdraw-thread on Discord. It is your responsibility to make sure that SOP Motorsport gets your message.

Drivers have to specify which Round in which Series they will withdraw from.

In Series and Championships, only 1 withdrawal is allowed. (See Disqualification)

If a driver has withdrawn from a race, but wish to attend the race after all, please contact a member of staff as the slot may have already been filled by a reserve driver.

Disqualification:

In Single and Sponsored Events, a no-show without withdrawing : 20 Penalty Points.

In Series and Championships, a no-show without withdrawing : Disqualification.

In Series and Championships, only 1 withdrawal is allowed. A next withdrawal will automatically lead to disqualification.

Retiring to Pitlane:

Retiring to pitlane for the remainder of the session is valid and the stewards will not take action on this.

When a driver has been issued a time penalty by the stewards for an incident, the driver can not serve this due to retiring to pitlane. (See Unable to Serve Time Penalties)

Disconnection:

Drivers who got disconnected during an event, have to provide picture or video footage of the moment of disconnection when being asked by the stewards. Not meeting this requirement, can lead to penalties. (See Leaving the Session)

Leaving the Session:

There are situations that drivers completely leave the session during an event.

At SOP Motorsport, we are aiming for a full grid from start to finish. Because the grid sizes on console are smaller and more limited, leaving the session can be penalised.

In Single and Sponsored Events, leaving the session : 10 Penalty Points.

In Series and Championships, leaving the session : Qualifying ban for the next Round.

In Series and Championships, leaving the Final Round : 10 Championship Point deduction.

When a driver has been issued a time penalty by the stewards for an incident, the driver can not serve this due to leaving the session. (See Unable to Serve Time Penalties)

Pulling Out a Series or Championship:

If you have to pull out of a Series or Championship while the season is ongoing, you must inform SOP Motorsport about this situation.

It is impossible for us to stop you from leaving if you have made up your mind, but remember that pulling out of a Series or Championship without a proper reason, will see you placed under review.

A proper reason would be something happening in your life that forces you to quit – something that you didn’t expect when signing up – or that your equipment (hardware or lag issues) render you unable to carry on.

However, choosing to quit due to getting bored of the game, having a bad season or because something goes against you, is not a good reason.

When signing up, you commit yourself to racing for a full season, not only for a few races.

Should a driver be found just quitting a Series or Championship without a proper reason, they will be put under review with the likely outcome to be excluded from any future Series or Championships.

Unable to Serve Time Penalties:

In normal circumstances, when a driver has been issued a time penalty post-race by the stewards, the penalty will be added to their total racing time, which can have an effect on the race results and overall standings.

There are a few situations where it is not possible for a driver to serve a time penalty. This occurs when drivers do not finish the race on track.

This can happen when:
– drivers decide to retire to pitlane for the remainder of the race.
– drivers leave the event completely.
– drivers have been disconnected from the server or a different kind of connection-related issue.

The stewards can decide to use an alternative method to still penalise drivers, like a qualifying ban for the next round or starting the race from pitlane for example.

Championship Point Deduction:

There are 2 situations which can lead to championship point deduction :

In Series and Championships, leaving the final round : 10 Championship Point deduction.

If a driver is unable to serve a time penalty in the Final Round of a Series, the penalty being issued will be converted to a deduction of championship points, based on the format of that Series.

Mandatory Onboard Recording:

All drivers who participate in any of the PlayStation races, hosted or organized by SOP Motorsport, have to record and save their race for at least 7 days after the event.

This footage has to contain their onboard view with driver inputs. This is necessary to properly review any incidents in which they could be involved.

ACC on PlayStation is limited in saving your race/replay, but there are still multiple ways to do this:
– Streaming and saving your race.
– Using the PlayStation build-in recording feature.
– Saving the ACC in-game replay. Please note, that saving an in-game replay is limited to a max duration.

In case of an incident report, drivers who fail to show and share their onboards can receive a penalty if their inputs are necessary to review the incident.

Single and Sponsored Events: 5 Penalty Points.

Series and Championships: 5 second time penalty.

How to Report an Incident:

If a driver wants to report an incident, they can use the incident-reporting function in the SOP Motorsport Discord channel. Incident reports have to be submitted within 24 hours after the event.

In the incident-reporting channel, drivers can open a ticket to submit their reports by typing this command :

-ticket open followed by your ACC driver name tag.

By doing correctly, a new private channel will appear, which is limited to the stewards and drivers involved. In this channel you can submit your report by following these requirements :

Your Username:
Who you are reporting:
Description of the incident :
Footage : (See Uploading Video Evidence)

The stewards will then invite the drivers who are reported or involved in the incident if neccesary. When the stewards have come to a decision, all drivers in this ticket will be informed.

There is an option for drivers to raise an appeal against a decision. (See Incident Appeal)

Uploading Video Evidence:

Any video evidence submitted in a stewards inquiry must be uploaded to a video streaming site (such as YouTube, Twitch and Streamable) before being embedded and/or linked to in the inquiry thread. Stewards should not have to download video files in order to watch your evidence.

The following elements, recorded from the race replay or live recording, are required in the video:

Onboard point of view of the driver submitting the inquiry.

This have to be recorded at normal speed and with HUD activated.

Any additional point of views can be added after the required elements.

If the video evidence is part of a longer video that also contains other parts of the race, a time stamp must be provided next to the video to guide the stewards to the relevant part of the video where the evidence can be found. Failing to follow these requirements, may lead to the incident report being dismissed.

Incident Appeal:

There is an option to raise an appeal against a decision.

Drivers have 1 appeal ticket during a Series or Championship.

To open an appeal, drivers need to open a new incident ticket in the SOP Motorsport Discord, within 24 hours after the stewards decision.

An appeal is succesful if a penalty is removed or reduced. When an appeal is succesful, the driver will not lose their ticket.
When an appeal is unsuccesful, the driver will lose their ticket.

Penalty System:

The Penalty System is a way of handing out penalties post-race, that can have an effect on the end results and final standings.

This system will be applied on all the PlayStation Series and Championships.

* Please note, that penalties may be added together in the event of multiple violations in a race, which could result in total penalty points of a higher number than what is suggested below.

5 sec:

Unable to provide necessary onboard footage with driver inputs.

5 – 30 sec:

Depending on the severity of the incident.

No show:

Disqualification

Leaving the session:

Qualifying ban for the next round.
Championship Point deduction in the Final Round.

Unable to serve time penalty:

Alternative penalty.
Championship Point deduction in the Final Round.

Qualifying ban for the next round.

Starting the next round from pitlane.

Disqualification from the race/Series/Championship.

Race ban.

Periodic ban.

Permanent removal from SOP Motorsport.

License Penalty Point System:

The License Penalty Point System is a way of keeping track of a driver’s record of breaking the rules of clean racing, and to more severely punish repeat offenders.

This system will be applied on all the PlayStation Single and Sponsored Events.

* Please note, that penalties may be added together in the event of multiple violations in a race, which could result in total penalty points of a higher number than what is suggested below.

5 points:

Unable to provide necessary onboard footage with driver inputs.

5 points:

Driving in a dangerous or unsporting manner.

5 – 30 points:

Depending on the severity of the incident.

10 points:

Leaving the session.

20 points:

No-Show.

50 points:

Deliberately crashing into another driver.

If you accumulate 30 points, you will be issued with a qualifying ban for your next single event.

If you accumulate 50 points, your position will be put under review, with the likely outcome of being banned from SOP Motorsport.

Penalty Points will be reset after a 3 months period.

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