2012 Rule Changes Announced
Revisions to the rule book for the 2012 H1 Unlimited racing season include changes to the procedure for declaring the winner of a shortened event and the addition of GPS monitoring equipment to accurately track the position of each boat on the course.
The rule covering RESTARTS AND COMPLETED EVENTS now reads –
|(a) In the event of a race stoppage in the Final Heat prior to completion of the third lap or one half of the scheduled laps, and a restart of the final heat is not possible, final order of finish is determined by total cumulative points, including Time Trial points. In the event of a tie, time trial speed will be the determining factor. The boat that caused the stoppage or was penalized for causing the stoppage will not be scored in the Final Heat and/or cannot be declared the winner on points.|
The GPS units are included in section titled "Minimum Speed Limit Proposal" which reads as follows –
|Set minimum speed limit of 100 MPH during 5 minute gun.
H1 supplies each team with a mandatory transmitter.
H1 has a minimum of two display screens. One on the Officials Tower, and one in the radio corral.
This proposal will also eliminate the requirement of the "One Minute" score up buoy.
|When a boat travels less than the minimum speed limit for more than 5 seconds a 15 second penalty will be assessed to their heat time.
Continued violation for each five second interval or additional speed violations will result in additional 15 second penalties for a maximum of four penalties for a total of a one minute addition to their heat time.
|All speed data from each boat in a heat will be displayed on at least two common screens. One on the Officials Tower, and one in the Corral for officials and spotters to monitor.
Each boat speed will be displayed at 50 MPH minimum and be no longer displayed once a speed of 150 MPH is reached.
Any time a boat falls below the minimum speed their data will either "Flash" or change color.
The complete 2012 Rule Book is available on the MEDIA tab on the H1 web site.
May 10th, 2012