2020 AXCC UTV COMPETITION RULES
Final Rules for 2020
The following rules and regulations are solely applicable to the American Cross Country Championship events. Please direct all questions and inquiries to AXCC. All decisions by AXCC are final.
- Schedule: UTV/SS racing will be conducted on Saturday only at all events. (Please refer to the Series Schedule for events).
- Race Length:
The UTV race will be 60-minute race for the AM Race and 75 minutes for the PM Race. The Youth 170 Race will be for 30 minutes.
- Minimum Age Requirement:
a. UTV competitors (*drivers and passengers) must be at least 18 years of age at the time of the event or with at least a years experience in lites/novice and at promotor approval.
b. Single seat competitors must be at least 18 years of age at the time of the event without promotor approval.
c. Lites/Novice must be at least 14 years of age without prior approval. Promoter Discretion on co-pilot if not parent. Must have pre-approved.
Youth must be 9-13 years of age without prior approval.
- UTV Teams: Competitors must register as a Team. A Team consists of a driver and a passenger. Teams may switch passenger from event to event, but not during an event. Passengers/co-pilots are optional. No strings attached. Up to driver whether he or she has co-pilot. With exception of any Novice drivers under the age of 18. Under 18 must have pre-approved co-pilot if not parent.
- Drivers are responsible for the actions of their entire pit crew.
- Teams will be disqualified for driving on an AXCC course during the 7 days prior to the first day of the event. Unless you are helping crew, not with race machine.
- AXCC does not provide medical insurance for competitors, and we urge you to not to compete without it. Medical insurance is the sole responsibility of the Competitor and Passenger.
- Machines must be stock appearing. Must use factory suspension pivot points on the chassis. Must be stock wheelbase.
- No PRO Session UTV Driver can ride in AM UTV session. AM and PRO Session may have the same passenger and an AM driver may co-pilot for a PRO Session Driver.
- Youth AM UTV:
a. Mini Mod
b. Mini Stock
- Adult AM UTV:
a. UTV A
b. UTV B
c. Single Seat
d. Masters 45+
- Adult PM UTV:
a. Pro Turbo [Payout]
b. Pro 1000 [Payout]
c. Pro Single Seat [Payout]
c. Pro/Am Turbo
d. Pro/Am 1000
C. COMPETITOR ELIGIBILITY AND CLASSIFICATION:
- Pro Turbo Pro Am Turbo, Pro 1000, Pro Single Seat & Pro Am 1000 all require pre-approval from promoter by filling out the pro application on the website. There are limit of 20 in each class. Promoter Discretion: To apply for approval to compete in a class pursuant to Promoter Discretion, riders must submit a Race Resume outlining their race experience and accomplishments, with references, to AXCC. Race Resumes should be submitted no less than two weeks prior to the event for which approval is sought.
- Pro Turbo: The following drivers are eligible, but not required to compete in the Pro Turbo class:
a. Top 10 overall drivers from previous year’s AXCC; and
b. By Promoter Discretion.
- Pro 1000: The following drivers are eligible, but not required to compete in the Pro 1000 class:
a. Top 30 overall drivers from previous year’s AXCC; and
b. By Promoter Discretion.
- Pro Single Seat:
a. Top 10 overall AM SS Previous Year
b. Rider must be able to present strong finishes in other top series’
c. Promoter Discretion
- Pro-Am Turbo: The following drivers are eligible, but not required to compete in the Pro-Am Turbo class:
a. Drivers placing 20-50 overall the previous year; and
b. By promoter discretion.
c. Former GNCC, TORC, Best-In-The-Desert (BITD), SCORE and WORCS UTV national championships in the past 5 years are not eligible for the Pro-Am Turbo Class.
- Pro-Am: The following drivers are eligible, but not required to compete in the Pro-Am class:
d. Drivers placing 20-50 overall the previous year; and
e. By promoter discretion.
f. Former GNCC, TORC, Best-In-The-Desert (BITD), SCORE and WORCS UTV national championships in the past 5 years are not eligible for the Pro-Am Class.
- AIM – everyone in afternoon session must have AIM system. Those classes are: Pro Turbo, Pro Am Turbo, Pro 1000, Pro Single Seat & Pro Am 1000
D. MACHINE ELIGIBILITY AND CLASSIFICAITON:
- Production Rule: OEM motor and matching frame combination 4-wheel drive model required (matching year NOT required). Frame geometry must remain as designed by the OEM, including all suspension pivot points on the original equipment frame. All A-arm mounting points must remain in the stock location and position as delivered from the manufacturer, however they may be reinforced for strength.
- Pro Turbo, Pro/Am Turbo, UTV A & B, & Womens, Masters 45+: (0-1000cc): UTV Production models, with matching OEM turbo and motor combination. Engine and suspension modifications permitted. Naturally Aspirated & AXCC approved Factory Installed (OEM) Turbochargers are permitted, along with OEM designed turbocharger upgrade systems available through OEM dealers, I.e., Yamaha GYTR turbo kit.
- Stock 170cc or Stock Ace 150: Age 9-13 yr. old’s, Allowed: aftermarket cages & suspension, intake, exhaust & fuel programmer. No modifications. Single Seat class only and no moving of the seats.
- Mod Stock 170cc or Mod Ace 150: Engine up to 250cc, must match make and model of vehicle (No engine swaps). Allowed: race fuel. Engine & performance mods are allowed.
- All other UTV Classes: (0-1000cc) UTV Production models. Engine and suspension modifications permitted.
- Single Seat: (0-1000cc) SS Production models. Engine and suspension modifications permitted.
- Lites/Novice: (0-875cc) Lites are any Production SXS 875cc or smaller. No turbos. Novice age 14 and up. Promoter Discretion on co-pilot if not parent. Must have pre-approval.
- Masters 45+: Any non-turbo SXS machine allowed
- Machine Width:
a. UTV machine width: maximum recommended 68 inches (with 1” variance) for most tracks.
- The following equipment is required for ALL machines:
a. Full roll cage; Factory Roll Cages are allowed but not recommended. Mod 170cc or Mod Ace 150 – Aftermarket roll cage w/ door panels and a roof panel are required.
b. Window-nets of adequate design and size to prohibit extension of extremities (i.e., arm, hand, leg) beyond cab of vehicle; 170cc or Ace 150 – Driver window net or wrist restraints required.
c. Door panels must be fastened to not allow opening;
e. Fully functioning Fire Extinguisher clearly mounted and easily retrievable by officials/the public;
f. Master shut-off switch or key that disconnects all electrical power and kills the engine is recommended to be accessible by rescue personnel. The master shut-off switch must be easily identifiable; and
g. All SXS must have full body plastics on vehicle. Dash does not have to be OEM plastic.
h. All fuel tanks must be a factory fuel tank. (Example, a Polaris fuel tank must be in a Polaris) No aftermarket fuel tanks.
- The following gear is required for all competitors:
a. Minimum Four-point harness restraints, securely fastened on both occupants at all times;
b. Protective eyewear;
c. Fireproof helmet or fireproof head sock;
d. Fire-proof gloves; and
e. SFI 3.2/5 dual-layer fire suit (1 or 2-piece jacket/pants), or an undergarment with a TPP value of 6 AND an SFI Single layer fire suit (1 or 2-piece jacket/pants).
f. 170cc or Ace 150: Approved head and neck restraints are required.
- All competitors with an assigned number must display their number on a colored number plate mounted on the front AND rear of the machine. Drivers contesting the series should comply with the number plate color code. (Number Plate Colors).
- Rear tail/brake lights must remain on at all times.
- For the Pro Turbo and Pro 1000 classes only, no more than one (1) horn device per team is permitted for alerting competitors that are about to be overtaken. Horns must be activated by a button and not a switch. Air/electric horns are permitted; Sirens are prohibited. Horn volume and tone will be at the sole discretion of AXCC. Otherwise, no horns, bells or other sound devices permitted in any class.
- Machine sound level cannot exceed 98dB/A in accordance SAE J-1287 test procedures.
- Combustible engines only. No nitrous oxide or alcohol-based fuel permitted. Petroleum-based fuel only may be used. Fuel can only be carried inside the machines’ fuel tank and must be stored in approved containers. E85 gas is approved.
- Machines may be tested by officials any time prior to, during or after the event.
- Mini Stock: Pump gas w/ MAXIMUM RATING of 93 Octane must be used. (Fuel to be checked in post tech)
- 170cc & ACE 150: Roof Panel REQUIRED.
- GPS Tracking: ALL PRO classes are required to run a GPS Tracking device by AiM Sports during the race. GPS is optional but recommended for all other UTV classes.
- Pro Turbo/Pro 1000/Pro Single Seat drivers must receive a prior approval to be in Pro Class for AXCC prior to registering for any event.
- Pre-entry is required for Pro Turbo/Pro 1000/Pro Single Seat classes. For all other classes, pre-entry is recommended.
- Pre-Entry closes 9pm the Wednesday prior to each event. If you mail check versus PayPal, checks must be received in Wednesday’s mail also or you will pay to race at track and your check will credit next race. All drivers must check-in at Registration.
- Teams must register for the race before operating their machine anywhere on the facility. Drivers may not exceed 5 mph when traveling to/from their pit area, and occupants must always wear a helmet.
- Teams will be registered under the name of the driver. Both the driver and the passenger must be present at registration and sign all required forms and releases.
- Teams must obtain a transponder. First transponder is free and additional ones needed will be at a fee of $5 each.
- Teams will receive a numbered Scoring Tag. Place the white numbered tag on the roll cage bars. All competitors with an assigned number must display their number on a colored number plate mounted on the front AND rear of the machine.
- Technical Inspection: All machines and competitor helmets must report to Technical Inspection prior to racing for the purpose of inspecting proper use/placement of: helmets, fire suites, fire extinguisher, harness restraints, Master Shut-off Switch, window nets, transponder functionality, Scoring Tag, rearview mirror is highly recommended and number assignment. Safety equipment and machine eligibility are the sole responsibility of the Team. Technical inspection will be held: to be finalized before official rules are posted. Must have roof.
G. START PROCEDURE:
- Start Rows will consist of no more than 20 units; Rows may be split between classes.
- Teams will be assigned a Start Row in advance. Teams shall line up on their assigned row when directed by the race official. No one is permitted on the Start Line until authorized.
- For the first round only, pill draw. Teams must start on assigned rows and may not elect to change rows.
- Drivers Meeting will be conducted on the Start Line before the start of each race. All competitors are responsible for attending.
- New Starting Procedure for 2020:
- All Youth Classes will remain a live engine start.
- All adult classes will be dead engine.
- When the BLUE flag is waved all engines must be shut down unless you have gotten prior approval to start live engine and, in that case, you must remain on the line until everyone in your class has left the line.
- Around 30 seconds after the blue flag is waived, the referee will hold the flag out directly to his side. Right around 10 seconds he will wave the green flag indicating to start your engines and start of the race.
- Teams starting before the board is dropped will be penalized.
- The machine a Team leaves the Start Line with is the official machine of the Team for that event and may not be switched during the event.
H. THE COURSE:
- A UTV course will generally be between 4-6 miles in length, and may include trails, footpaths, roads, hills, motocross tracks, or any type of terrain which can be negotiated by a UTV.
- The course will be marked with arrows pursuant to the following color chart:
SATURDAY UTV RACES:
10:15am Mini UTV: Blue Arrow, White background
2:30pm UTV: Red Arrow, White background
4:30pm UTV: Red Arrow, White background
- Pre-race course inspection is available race day and the day prior to race day. Competitors are permitted to walk or bicycle the course only; non-throttle pedal assist cycles are permissible for this purpose.
- Marking, cutting, tampering with or otherwise changing the course in any manner is strictly prohibited. Course modifications may only be marked by an official.
- No one, except officials and drivers officially entered, may drive on the race course at any time during the event.
- Teams will be disqualified for driving on a AXCC course during the 7 days prior to the first day of the event.
- Transponder scoring is the official scoring procedure for AXCC.
- There will be one checkpoint at the Finish Line. Machines must come to a complete stop at the Finish Line checkpoint. The section from the Finish Line to the Finish Line checkpoint is a “NO PASSING” zone.
- Teams may not be serviced or pitted in the area between the Finish Line and the Finish Line checkpoint, or in the area immediately after the Finish Line checkpoint.
- It is the rider's responsibility to make sure he has all scans. Missing scans may result in a penalty. LED screen is unofficial. Results will be posted at the end of the race.
- A rider will be penalized for running into an official.
- 6 of the 7 races will count for year end points with only 1 mandatory throw out except for the PRO Classes. All races count in Pro Turbo, Pro 1000, Pro Single Seat classes.
- 5 Ironman points will be given if you race 7 races in the same class all year.
- Penalties will be assessed at the discretion of the official based on the severity of the offense and may include one or more of the following: position(s), lap(s), time penalty, or disqualification.
J. ON TRACK REGULATIONS:
- The race course is CLOSED for this event. Race fans and crew members are prohibited from entering the woods or otherwise accessing the race course. Viewing areas will be available at the Finish Line Area or as designated by race officials.
- Speed Zones may be posted in specified areas and will be enforced.
- 3. Riders must remain on the marked course. The marked course is within 25 feet of race arrows. However, riders must stay within the confines of the following markers: double arrowed on both sides of the trail, ribbons, signs, stakes, hay bales, barrels, motocross track, grass track, etc.
- Teams encountering a traffic jam or bottleneck may go more than 25 feet off the course to get around the bottleneck only. However, the Team must re-enter the course as soon as possible, and upon approaching this section the next lap, must drive the original arrowed section if the track is clear. If the original marking devices are knocked down, the Team must stay on the original marked course regardless. A “bottleneck” is a section of the track that becomes impassable for any reason, with the exception of checkpoints.
- Machines may not cut to the inside of a white pole corner marker.
- If a rider leaves the course for any reason they must re-enter where they left the course. For, example, if you get off the track by turning wrong way, you must return where you exited or as soon after if any positions are gained, you must pull over and get back in to running order to avoid potential penalty. Provided however, the rider may not leave the race course for the purpose of obtaining fuel. If you leave the track to go to the pit, you must enter AFTER scoring
- Teams may make repairs and otherwise receive mechanical assistance anywhere along the course from anyone. All such repairs and assistance must be made without causing interference with other competitors and in a suitable area off the race track.
- Internal Radio communication is permitted between drivers and passengers in the same car, and between driver/passengers and their pit crew members. No communication is allowed from car to car.
- Reckless Driving: No driver may operate his machine in such a manner as to endanger life or limb of other competitors, officials or the public. Drivers will be penalized for the reckless operation of their machine, including but not limited to the deliberate ramming, blocking or intentional contact with another Team, or for running into an official. Competitors are solely responsible for their own safety.
- Team Tactics are prohibited and include but are not limited to: altering the race course, marking the race course, blocking course lines, blocking drivers, allowing another rider to pass in order to affect the outcome of the race, or exchanging machines in order for another driver to continue the race. Drivers, team members or spectators involved will be penalized, including but not limited to disqualification, removal and suspension form AXCC.
- Unsportsmanlike Conduct: Persons whose appearance, conduct, associations or affiliations, on or off the track, deemed harmful or not conductive to the best interest of the sport or who exhibit conduct which is in appropriate, offensive, abrasive or in bad taste, may be excluded or suspended from AXCC at the discretion of the Race Director.
Competitors engaged in any event, public appearance, media activity or any other situation relating to their participation in the series must refrain from intentional physical contact with any participant, inappropriate or profane language, fraud, and unsportsmanlike behavior. At the sole discretion of AXCC, competitors who exhibit behaviors deemed inappropriate or unsportsmanlike, prejudicial or detrimental to the best interests of the sport, or detract from the enjoyment, appreciation or interest of the fans, sponsors or other supporters of the sport, may be penalized by monetary fine, docking of championship points, or both. Such penalties are not subject to protest or appeal.
K. RACE FINISHES:
- The race officially ends for all contestants at the completion of the lap in which the checkered flag is displayed.
- To be considered as having completed a lap, the driver and his machine must cross the plane of the checkered flag under the machine’s unaided ability.
- Towing is not allowed. Teams whose disabled vehicles are towed back to the pit area by staff or otherwise, for any reason, are not eligible to return to competition. Any laps earned by a Team that returns to competition after receiving a tow back to the pit area will be removed. If a team desires to repair their machine and returns to the competition, they must decline the offer to tow their vehicle back to the pit area. This rule does not apply to racers towed only a short distance in order to dislodge the vehicle from a track obstacle (i.e., mud pit, deep rut, ravine, etc.).
- Teams will be scored in order of their finish and number of laps completed. It is not necessary to complete all laps in order to receive a score.
- Podium: The Top 3 Overall, regardless of class, then all class winners will be recognized on the podium for each race. 5. Top three paying classes mandatory to be at podium to collect any payout.
- Burnouts on the podium are prohibited. Violation of this provision will result in a penalty, including but not limited to fine and/or disqualification.
- Protests must be in writing and comply with the AXCC Protest Procedure. Riders may only protest matters regarding a class in which they were a registered participant.
- Penalties will be assessed at the discretion of the Race Director based on the severity of the offense, and may include one or more of the following: positions(s), lap(s), time adjustment, disqualification, suspension, loss of championship points, loss of prize money, fine, probation, etc.
- Top 3 finishers of each PRO UTV classes as well as any other team requested by an official will be pulled after scoring to get their AIM information. Never delete your race AIM data. Data can be retrieved even after you have returned to your pits, if a protest has been filed.
- Awards are given at the rate of 1 per 3 team entries, with a minimum of 5 awards per class. To win an award, a team must complete 50% of the laps of the class winner. One award will be given per team.
L. NATIONAL CLASS CHAMPIONSHIPS:
For the Pro Turbo/Pro 1000/Pro Single Seat/Pro Am Turbo
classes only, all events will count towards the National Class Championship.
AXCC Pro Turbo or Pro 1000/Pro Single Seat/Pro Am Turbo
Class ranking shall be consistent with the Overall National ranking, exclusive of teams in other classes (See below)
For all other classes, National Class Championships will be determined by a Team’s best finish in a minimum number of 5 events. A Team must enter a minimum of 5 events to be eligible for series awards and national class ranking. The minimum number of events does not have to be in the same class.
Ties: Ties for the Class Championship will be broken by the most first place finishes, then by the best 2nd place finishes, 3rd and so on. If still a tie, it will be broken by the best finish in the final race of the season.
M. NATIONAL POINT SCALE:
All Class Championship and Overall National Number points will be earned per event as follows:
N. NATIONAL OVERALL NUMBER ASSIGNMENT:
The electronic scoring system provides a complete overall race finish for each event. Points will be accumulated for National Number assignment and can be viewed as a gage toward overall ranking for the year.
National Overall Numbers will be assigned based on overall points earned and will be awarded to the top 20 overall first, regardless of the number of events entered, then to the remaining teams based on overall finish in at least 6 and as many as 7 events. The minimum number of events does not have to be in the same class.
The Overall Series Champion will be awarded the National Overall Number 1 plate and shall be required to display the Number 1 plate the next season. Ties: Ties in the top 20 National Numbers will be broken by the most first place finishes, then by the most second place finishes, etc., if necessary. Ties for remaining national numbers will be broken by the higher overall finish in the final race of the season.
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