Specific rules and regulations for the Andorra 500

Regularity rallies are events designed for all those who want to enjoy competitive sport, but without trying to reach the highest speeds. A regularity rally produces a result, with someone coming first and someone last, but outright speed is never the determining factor in that result.

1) PROGRAMME

  • 1 December 2015 - 30 May 2016: entry period for competitors.
  • Entries closed as soon as the figure of 120 vehicles is reached.
  • Administrative scrutineering will take place on Friday, 3 June 2016 at the Hotel Coma in Ordino, from 10 am to 3 pm.
  • Technical scrutineering will take place on Friday, 3 June 2016 at the Hotel Coma in Ordino, from 10.30 am to 3.30 pm.
  • A prologue/gymkhana will take place on Friday, 3 June 2016, from 5 to 6.30 pm.
  • The general briefing will be held at 8 pm on Friday, 3 June 2016 in the Andorra 500 Lounge at the Hotel Coma.
  • Stage 1 of the competition will start from the Hotel Coma at 8.30 am on Saturday, 4 June 2016.
  • Stage 2 of the competition will start from the Hotel Coma at 8.30 am on Sunday, 5 June 2016.
  • The results will be announced and the prizes awarded at 7 pm on 5 June 2016 at the Hotel Coma.

2) ORGANISATION

Under the aegis of the Andorra Motorcycle Federation, the Pyrenean Motorcycle Club Association (Associació Moto Club Pirineu) is organising a historic on-road regularity rally for classic motorcycles, known as the “Andorra 500”. The event will take place over 2 days, from 3 to 5 June 2016, in Andorra, France and Spain.

The rally will be organised in accordance with:

  • The FIM International Sporting Code.
  • These rules and regulations and any additional clauses that may be added to them.
  • The Highway Codes of Andorra, France and Spain.

The rally is organised with authorisation IMN 71/102, issued by the FMA and Moto Club Pirineu on 25 January 2016. If necessary, the provisions established in these rules and regulations may be changed. Any changes or additional provisions will be announced through clauses numbered and dates, and will be considered an integral part of these rules and regulations.

As technical organisers of the event, the Andorran Federation has appointed the firm of Societat Promocions Esportives d’Aventura Nanga – Xalet Despres, Camí del Casal – AD400 Arinsal – Principality of Andorra. Tel.: +376 819181 Email address: contact at andorra500.com

Event organisers and officials:

  • Director of Andorra 500: Cyril Despres
  • Race Director: Jaume Marina, assisted by David Castera
  • President of the Jury: Jordi Sánchez
  • Relations with competitors: Àlex Antor
  • Timing and results service: Tripy
  • Technical Stewards: Tony Garcia, assisted by Roberto Conde

3) ADMINISTRATIVE SCRUTINEERING

Administrative scrutineering will take place on 3 June 2016 at the Hotel Coma. At scrutineering, all drivers must present the originals of the following valid documents:

  • National driver’s license.
  • All competitors must obtain a day license from the FMA, at a total cost of €50 for the three days of the event (the licenses are obtained in situ during scrutineering).
  • Permission from the owner of the vehicle entered for the Andorra 500, if the rider entered is not the owner.
  • Vehicle registration papers.
  • Green card covering insurance for the vehicle.

Competitors agree to submit the originals of the documents required. Photocopies and statements of loss or theft will not be accepted, and entrants in this situation will not be permitted to start the race.

4) TECHNICAL SCRUTINEERING

Technical scrutineering will take place at the Hotel Coma in Ordino from 10.30 am to 3.30 pm on 3 June 2016. Scrutineering will take the form of a general inspection, focusing on such important points for safety as: condition of tyres, general state of maintenance of the vehicle, approved crash helmet, etc.

The responsibility of the technical stewards and the organisers with regard to the suitability of vehicles will be based solely and exclusively on these points.

5) AUTHORISED INSTRUMENTS

You accept to use a TRIPY measuring device and digital roadbook reader, which will be fitted to your motorcycle during scrutineering (see Annex 1 for installation instructions).
All motorcycles must be fitted with RAM Mount-type ball and socket system of your own choice. This obligatory equipment should be installed, ideally, on the left-hand side of the handlebars, and should selected according to the model of your motorcycle at the Tripy accessories webshop or one made by the supplier of your choice (prices range from €15 for Ref. 6004 U-mount RAM-ball for tubular handlebars). This socket system is compulsory for presentation at scrutineering.

6) INSURANCE

The organisers have taken out an insurance policy which covers, in the case of accident, fire or explosion during the sporting competition or during the tests scheduled in the official programme for the event, the financial consequences of any civil liability that may be incurred by the organisers or the competitors due to physical or material damage caused to spectators, third parties or competitors, but only to competitors in the case of events that do not involve, in the totality of the course, private use of the public way.

Besides the insurance provided by the organisers, motorcycles entered must also be covered by their own civil liability insurance.

7) COMPETITORS AND DRIVERS

A) – ENTRY APPLICATIONS - REGISTRATION

The number of places in the event is limited to 120 motorcycles. Any rider who cancels their participation is permitted to offer their place to another person.

  • Any motorcycle may be replaced by another up to the time of scrutineering.
  • To be valid, entry applications must be accompanied by the amount payable as the entry fee.
  • As this is an invitation event, the organisers reserve the right to accept or reject all entry applications. In the latter case, the interested party will be informed within 8 days following reception of their application.
  • By submitting their registration, all riders taking part in the event agree, without exception, to adhere to the general rules and regulations and to the specific rules for the competition, especially as regards image rights.
  • Teams sponsored by motorcycle makes, club members and groups of friends can enter in the “team” category. A team must comprise between 3 and 5 motorcycles. The results returned by the leading 3 members of each team will be taken into account to determine the winning team.

B) LICENSES

The Andorra 500 is organised under the aegis of the Andorra Motorcycle Federation (FMA), and all participants must take out an FMA day license at a cost of €50 for the 3 days of the event (the licenses are obtained in situ during scrutineering).

C) ENTRY FEES

The entry fee is €850. Entries will be accepted with hotel reservation, according to availability. The entry fee implies acceptance of the organisers’ advertising. For those who do not consent to this, an additional charge of 50% will be added to the fee.

The entry fee covers, for one rider and his/her motorcycle:

  • general organisation of the event
  • sporting and logistical support and assistance
  • obtaining local and national permits
  • 3 nights in hotel, with double or twin room, from the evening of Thursday, June 3 to the morning of Monday, June 6
  • all meals for the competitor (3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners + drinks at coffee breaks over the 2 stages)
  • the prize-giving on 5 June 2016
  • compulsory insurance covering the third-party liability of competitors and the organisers of the classic regularity rally
  • Security at overnight parking
  • 1 rally number plate and the Tripy device (see Annex 1)
  • the gifts presented to each rider.

• Conditions of payment:

Payment should be made by Swift transfer to the bank account below before the start of the event.

Beneficiary: Promocions Esportives d’Aventura Nanga

Bank: ANDBANK, Av. Sant Antoni, no. 32, Ed. Ferran’s - AD400 La Massana – Principality of Andorra.

SWIFT: BACA ADAD

Iban AD03 0001 0000 4130 4260 0100

• Conditions for cancellation:

To be accepted, all cancellations must be made in writing and sent by email. If you need to cancel, please remember that, taking into account the reservations and deposits already made at different establishments, and the work carried out by the organisers, conditions for repayment will be as follows: cancellations before 2 May 2016, a total charge of €200 will be retained to cover participation; after 2 May 2016, no amount will be reimbursed.

8) START ORDER

The start order will be according to race numbers.

9) RACE NUMBERS

Race numbers will be distributed at the organisers’ discretion.

10) MOTORCYCLES

The motorcycles eligible for Andorra 500 are all pre-1980 models (“Classic” category), all neo-retro models from 1980 to the present (“Neoclassic” category) and all modified bikes: Café Racers, Customs, Bobbers (“Custom” category).

A “Tourist” category has also been established for anyone who wants to ride and enjoy the experience without competing in the time trials. These riders will complete the same circuits, obeying the Highway Code in all the countries the route passes through, taking the start after the competitors.

The organisers reserve the right to refuse to allow the participation of any motorcycles that do not meet the criteria for the event (year, state, conformity, etc.). Vehicles may be changed with the authorisation of the race jury and stewards. The penalty incurred for this will be 300 points.

11) ADVERTISING

Competitors are free to attach advertising to their motorcycles provided that:

  • this does not breach current legislation.
  • it does not detract from the historic character of the motorcycle.

The organisers will supply 1 number plate to be fixed to the motorcycle.

NOTE: competitors are forbidden from attaching any advertising related to their participation, in any form whatsoever (banners, flyers, posters, etc.) at any areas covered by the event, except for stickers and advertising fixed to their motorcycles.

12) DESCRIPTION OF ROUTE

The route is divided into two stages of approximately 220 km per day. Each day, the competitors will take part in a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 6 regularity trials with times taken at various points during each trial. The total length of the competition course is about 500 km.

  • The route is secret and all reconnaissance is forbidden.
  • The Tripy containing the digital roadbook for the first stage will be given out to competitors at administrative scrutineering. Those for the subsequent stages will be given out each morning, before each competitor starts, with validation of the code to unblock the device each day.

Competitors are required to complete the entire route. Failure to complete the route or the possession of notes other than those provided by the organisers may result in penalties up to exclusion from the competition.

13) CIRCULATION

Throughout the rally, competitors must adhere strictly to the rules and regulations governing circulation in Andorra, France and Spain. On entering any built-up area or area considered “a risk”, a box in the roadbook will indicate that this is a “Radar Zone”, along with the maximum speed authorised by the organisers. Tripy will inform the Race Control PC of any incidents of speeding, and these will be penalised as follows:

0 to 10 km/h over the speed limit:

  • 1st infringement: 30 points
  • 2nd infringement: 50 points
  • 3rd infringement: 100 points

More than 10 km/h over the speed limit:

  • 1st infringement: 130 points
  • 2nd infringement: 200 points
  • 3rd infringement: exclusion from the race

All times less than 10% of the maximum average speed required by the organisers will result in penalties up to exclusion from the competition. The following behaviour is also forbidden and may lead to penalties up to disqualification from the race:

• Deliberately blocking another driver’s passage or preventing them from overtaking.
• Unsporting behaviour.

All race officials are considered as de facto judges and are required to report all breaches of the rules.

Any unfair, unsporting, incorrect or fraudulent behaviour by any competitor, and failure to give assistance to anyone involved in an accident will be judged by the jury of race stewards, which may impose penalties up to exclusion from the race.

14) ORGANISATION OF THE RALLY

A) START

Each rider’s starting time will be indicated on their time card. Any delay in reaching the start line for the race or a stage considered the driver’s fault will be penalised by 1 point per minute (maximum: 30 points). In case of delays over 30 minutes, drivers will not be allowed to start the race or stage.

B) SECTORS

The event route is divided into 3 stages, which are further divided into half stages and sectors of different types:
• Prologue/Gymkhana: a short liaison section followed by a short special gymkhana with several minor obstacles (chicanes, cones...). This prologue does not count towards the overall result, but will provide a good opportunity to test your motorcycle, try out the digital roadbook and entertain Andorran spectators. The event will take place at 4.30 pm on 3 June 2016, after the briefing at 4 pm.
• Liaison sector: a section of the route located between two control points or simple regrouping areas, not subject to regularity controls. There is no set time for completing these sections.
• Regularity test on open or closed road: an on-road race section located between two time controls to be completed in a set time according to average speeds decided by the organisers.
• Regularity test in closed circuit: a section of the route comprising a ring circuit closed to traffic, with 6 laps completed at an average speed as decided by each competitor.

15) REGULARITY TESTS (RTS) ON OPEN OR CLOSED ROAD

The minimum length of an RT (regularity test) is 3 km. The first timing point may be established after 600 m of the test and the maximum length shall be 25 km. If there is a built-up area on the course of a regularity test, drivers shall pass through this section at 30 km/h.

The position of intermediate timing points will not be indicated on the roadbook. Rather, the Tripy device installed by the organisers will record times electronically. Intermediate timing points will not be followed by the “stop” point. When times are taken at several points, there will be at least 1 km between each timing point.

Competitors must cover the regularity test sections at one of the average speeds proposed by the organisers, chosen freely by each. These average speeds are known as “high average” and “low average”. Competitors must choose these on the evening before the stage, and they can be different every day.

The classification based on the times recorded by competitors is established as follows:

For each second or fraction of a second below the ideal time (too fast): 2 penalty points.

For each second or fraction of a second over the ideal time (too slow): 1 penalty point.

Example: required average speed chosen: 45 km/h

Length of regularity test sector: 5.1 km

Target time: 6 minutes 48 seconds
Real time: 6 minutes 59 seconds = 11 seconds late = 11 penalty points
Real time: 6 minutes 31 seconds = 17 seconds early = 34 penalty points

If the organisers so decide, intermediate time controls may be established at any point in regularity test sectors.

The maximum number of penalty points imposed per regularity test is 120 points for completing the section too slowly, 180 points for doing so too fast.
The average speed required by the organisers may change several times during the same regularity test and will be according to the type and condition of the roads used and the traffic regulations in force.

At the start of each regularity test, the roadbook will indicate the maximum length of the sector.

Timing points are not indicated on the roadbook.

There will be a fixed penalty of 120 points for each timing point not crossed.

16) REGULARITY TEST ON CIRCUIT

For regularity tests held on circuits, the results will be calculated as follows:

The competitors will complete 6 laps: 1 reconnaissance lap, followed by 1 reference lap to fix the average and then 3 timed laps at a speed equal to the reference lap (if possible), then a final lap to leave the circuit.

  • Competitors must complete the timed laps at an average speed that will be decided for each circuit.
  • The classification of the RT on a circuit will be calculated by adding together each competitor’s penalty points for the 3 timed laps, which will count towards the final result.
  • Any competitor stopping or slowing down within sight of the finish line will incur a penalty of 30 points.

Example:

If your reference time is: 1’05 (65 seconds).

If you complete your first timed lap in 1’06, this equals 1 second (compared to the reference lap).

If you complete your second timed lap in 1’10, this equals 5 seconds (compared to the reference lap).

If you complete your third timed lap in 1’12, this equals 7 seconds (compared to the reference lap).

Accordingly, you have a total of 13 penalty points for regularity test (1 second + 5 seconds + 7 seconds).

The results from regularity tests on circuit will count towards the final classification for the event.

17) GENERAL PROVISIONS REGARDING CONTROLS

Official rally time is that indicated by the Tripy device that will be installed on all motorcycles.

In regularity tests, all controls – that is to say, time control, passage controls, starts and stops – will be indicated by signs.

All competitors are required, under pain of penalty, to present themselves at all controls in the correct order and in the direction of the route.

Controls will cease to operate 30 minutes after the ideal time of passage of the last competitor.

18) CONTROLS

A) PASSAGE CONTROLS

Passage controls may or may not be secret, and are designed to verify that competitors are following the route correctly.

At these controls, the stewards on duty stamp and/or sign competitors’ time card as soon as they are presented, but without noting the passage time.

The lack of a stamp or mark from any passage control will result in a penalty.

The Tripy GPS device, installed on all motorcycles, constantly verifies that competitors are following the route correctly, and has the value of a passage control.

B) TIME CONTROLS

Time controls are not secrets and mark the limit of a liaison sector.

At these controls, the stewards on duty note, on time cards, the time at which each competitor presents themselves. Each competitor will be assigned a starting time for each half day. Liaison sectors are completed freely and in accordance with the Highway Code. Accordingly, no target times will be assigned to competitors for these sectors.

Time controls close 30 minutes after the theoretic time that the last motorcycle should pass.

• Time control (TC) at the start of a regularity test (RT).

These controls are located either directly at the start of the morning or afternoon stage or at the end of a liaison sector.

In this case, a time of 2 minutes will be assigned to the distance between the TC at the end of a liaison sector and the TC at the start of a regularity test (RT).
At the start of a RT, the race steward in charge of this point will write the start time for the same on the competitor’s time. This will be the start time for the following liaison sector. The steward will then start the competitor at the time indicated.

• Missed time controls and conditions for remaining in the race.

Riders will be penalised by 120 points for every TC they miss.
If a rider misses a regularity test, they may continue in the event, but with a total penalisation of 120 points for each RT timing point missed, as well as for each start TC if not already penalised for this.

If, for whatever reason, a competitor drops out of the rally at any moment, they may return later, receiving all the penalties as established in the rules and regulations with regard to missed control points (TCs, PCs and RT finishes).
Riders will be allowed to return to the competition on condition that their motorcycles continue to meet all safety standards.

Failure to cross the last TC of the event at the Hotel Coma on 5 June 2016 will incur a penalty of 1,000 points.

C) SAFETY

Regularity tests are held on sections of open road of non-private use. Accordingly, competitors should exercise great caution with regard to any other road users and when crossing through centres of population.

19) TIME CARDS

At the start of each stage, each rider will receive a time card.

Riders alone are responsible for their time cards and the accuracy of anything noted on them.

Time cards must be available for inspection on demand at all times, especially at all control points where they must be presented to be marked. Unless authorised by the steward concerned, any rectification or modification made to a time card will result in exclusion from the race.

The absence of a stamp or mark of any control on the time card will result in penalties.

At the end of each stage, the steward responsible for the last TC will keep all time cards. The loss of a time card will result in a 50 point penalty.

20) SECURE PARKS

Regrouping parks and parks at the end of stages are considered “guarded”, but are not subject to “parc fermé” conditions. The general public will be forbidden from entering these parks, but all competitors can enter and leave them with their motorcycles as they wish.

For security reasons, entering and leaving the park is forbidden from 10 pm and 7 am the next day.

21) PROTESTS

The race director is responsible for applying the rules and regulations and all other provisions throughout the event.

All protests must be lodged in writing and delivered to the race director or those responsible for relations with competitors accompanied by a money order of €500, payable to the Moto Club Pirineu. This amount will not be returned if the protest is judged unfounded. Each protest can refer only to one single point.

22) RESULTS

The overall results will be calculated by adding together the points obtained at the different controls with any other penalties.

In each category, the competitor with the lowest number of points will be proclaimed the winner, the competitor with the next lowest total will be second and so on.

In the case of a tie, the winner will be the one with:

1 – the oldest motorcycle

2 – the bike with the smallest cubic capacity

23) TROPHIES AND PRIZES

The prize-giving will take place during a dinner at 9 pm on 5 June 2016 at the Hotel Coma in Ordino.

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