The following racing rules are to be acknowledged and followed by any member in the SOP Community.

All these rules are subject to change and amendments by SOP Motorsport but are true and correct as you read them today. Any rule changes that happen will be taken back to the drivers and they will be notified before the next available event

Penalty and Incident Overview

Penalties can be received either in-race from the game’s automated “cut track” system or after the race in the incident review.

These are the different types of incidents that are subject to penalties:

Aggressive Driving: assessed when a driver displays overly aggressive driving.    

Avoidable Contact: assessed when a driver makes contact with another driver in a manner which is deemed avoidable.

Blocking: assessed when drivers alter their racing line in reaction to another driver in an attempt to prevent a pass or to reduce the effect of drafting (weaving).

Failure to Lock Brakes: assessed when a driver is involved in an incident and failed to lock their brakes completely, moving unpredictably on track or after they stopped.

Ignoring Blue Flag: assessed when a lapped driver does not give way.

Ignoring Yellow Flag: assessed when a driver does not slow appropriately for a Yellow Flag zone.

Passing Under Yellow: assessed when a driver completes a pass when the yellow flag is displayed.

Pit Lane Violation: assessed when a driver enters or exits the pit lane unsafely, or violates the pit lane blend line.

Unsafe Re-join: assessed when a driver fails to resume the race in a safe manner.

Unpredictable: assessed when a driver has demonstrated unpredictable behaviour.

Unsportsmanlike: assessed when a driver behaves in a manner which is deemed unsportsmanlike by the SOP Steward Staff.

Typical incidents will fall into 3 classes:

Racing incident: typical racing incident, no penalty involved.

Warning: driver needs to be warned of an action that caused problems, but it does not warrant a penalty.

Penalty: driver violated a rule and caused an issue on track resulting in:

  • medium consequences.
  • significant lost time/lost position for another competitor.
  • significant damage.

The stewards have a variety of penalties that may be applied to punish drivers who break our racing rules, depending on the severity of the violation:

License Penalty Point: Breaking a rule leads to penalty points being added to your name/licence.

These penalties will only be applied in One-off events & Sponsored events.

Time Penalties: Breaking a rule leads to time penalties that can have an effect on the end results, qualifying bans or disqualifications.

These penalties will only be applied in Series & Championships.

Race stewards and incident reporting.

SOP Motorsport has established a non-biased Steward Staff that reviews each incident report looking for aggressive and rough driving, and drivers not conforming to SOP Motorsport rules and regulations.

The Steward Staff has the responsibility of reviewing incidents and determining the driver(s) at fault and shall apply penalties accordingly.

Stewards will not review an entire race. If a driver wants an incident reviewed, they are encouraged to file an incident report. This form can be found in the SOP Motorsport Discord.

Drivers must submit the following information in the incident report:

  • Name of the race.
  • Cars and drivers involved.
  • A short description of the incident.
  • Video footage of the incident.

The video footage to report an incident has to be an onboard from your point of view so the Stewards can assess properly driver inputs. Broadcast footage isn’t acceptable.

You should report incidents that you are involved in. Reporting an incident that you heard about, or saw behind you for example, will not be accepted. Two drivers may collide, shake hands and speak no more of it. If someone goes and starts causing trouble for the sake of it, the enquiries will be closed if those involved in the incident prefer it to go no further.

Any penalties will be aimed at the person who has done wrong. We can not compensate anyone else as a result of someone’s actions. All penalties are discussed by the SOP Stewards Staff before being issued and the driver will always be informed of the outcome.

The SOP Stewards Staff is completely neutral and will not include anyone who may be affected by the incident in question.

Licence 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.

These penalties will only be applied in:

One-off events & Sponsored events.

The available penalties are sorted below, in order of severity.

(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 – Driving in a dangerous or unsporting manner.
  • 5 points – Causing a minor avoidable collision.
  • 10 points – Causing a moderate avoidable collision.
  • 15 points – Causing a major avoidable collision.
  • 5 points – Failing to wait for the affected driver after causing a collision (Gentlemen’s Rule).
  • 10 points – Not showing up for the event you signed up for without notifying SOP Motorsport.
  • 50 points – Deliberately crashing into another driver.

If you accumulate 25 points, you will be awarded a qualifying ban.
If you accumulate 40 points, you will be awarded a one-race ban.
If you accumulate 50 points, your position will be put under review, with the likely outcome of being removed from SOP Motorsports.

Penalty points will be reset after a 3 months period. 

Time Penalty System

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

These penalties will only be applied in:

Series & Championships.

The available penalties are sorted below, in order of severity.

(Note that penalties may be added together in the event of multiple violations in a race, which could result in total time penalties of a higher number than what is suggested below)

  • 5 second time penalty
  • 10 second time penalty
  • 20 second time penalty
  • 30 second time penalty
  • Extra time penalty: Failing to wait for the affected driver after causing a collision (Gentlemen’s Rule).
  • Qualifying ban for the next race (may also be applied in place of a time penalty if the driver did not finish the race).
  • Qualifying ban for not showing up for the event you signed up for without notifying SOP Motorsport.
  • Disqualification from the race.
  • One-race ban.
  • Multiple-race ban.
  • Permanent removal from SOP Motorsports.

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