World SimSports Rules
These rules are designed to ensure fair, fun and professional sim-racing. These should be common sense to any motorsport fan.
- Respect the flags – green, yellow, chequered, and most particularly – blue. See flag rules below
- Respect the track rules – pit lane speed limits, cut detection and general track limits. Failure to do so will result in in-game penalties. Where tracks do not enforce these rules and the rules have been stated in pre-race briefings, this will be treated as a breach of league rules and will attract a penalty.
- Respect each other – give other drivers racing room, make your passes fair, with good race-craft and avoid contact with other competitors.
- Be respectful in all messages whether in game or in discord or voice chat, if you are angry sleep on it and discuss it the following day.
- If you run off the track, check oncoming traffic before re-joining the race or other session. Unsafe re-joins can ruin someone else’s race, qualifying or practice session. Drivers who re-join the track unsafely will receive a penalty.
- If you block other drivers, you will receive a penalty. Blocking means more than one move to prevent a pass in the same overtaking opportunity.
- If you accidently cause another driver to run off the circuit, slow down and let them retake their position. Apologise post-race. If the other driver cannot continue, you must have waited for a minimum of 10 seconds or you will receive a penalty.
- No text discussion in game during qualifying and race until the race is over for all drivers.
- Text and voice channels for your team can be made available – ask an admin.
- A general race-chat voice channel is available, and all drivers should be in this channel during warmup for a driver briefing. Drivers can leave this channel when the briefing is over or stay in for the race – driver choice.
Yellow: Caution due to accident or car stopped for other reason.
Drivers should exercise caution in passing the scene of a yellow flag. Passing another car under a yellow flag may result in a penalty, depending upon the actions of the involved drivers. If a driver is deemed to have caused an incident, or other rules breach, while under yellow flag – any penalty will be doubled
Blue: Car higher in the order lapping the blue flagged car
Car being passed to allow room for a pass at the earliest safe opportunity. Move to the outside if in a corner or allow on a room on a straight and ease off throttle. Allow cars through after no more than 4 corners from the blue flag being shown
Chequered: End of race
No deliberate crashing into other cars. No text chat in race chat until all cars have received the chequered flag
Green (or all lights out from green):
Race start. Rules for race starts will be set by race series.
Black: Breach of track rules or driving in the wrong direction
Automatic disqualification from the race
What penalties apply and how are they determined?
This is shown in the following table. Admins make the final decision as to whether penalties will be applied or not. Decisions will be published on the website.
Note: Penalties may be applied cumulatively. Example: Cause a collision and then an Unsafe re-join can result in 2 X 10 second time penalties.
- Race incidents can be reported from after the race (calm down period) until 24 hours after the race
- Race incidents are to be reported using the form on the website.
- Rules breaches other than those occuring during a race can be reported to any admin via Discord PM at any time or by using the website form. Admins are identified in Discord by having their name shown in dark red colour.
- Admins and race stewards may identify race incidents and rules breaches without them being reported, and will impose penalties in these cases.
- The server supports race re-joins should you be disconnected or have other software or hardware problems.
- Drivers can only re-join if the game is crashed – not exiting the race.
- Drivers will be re-joined with an undamaged car starting in the pits, but will suffer from imposed in lap loss, as well as time lost re-joining.
- Ensure you check your preferred race setup is loaded before heading out of pits
- All drivers are expected to use wheel and pedal combinations for driving – use of keyboards and other handheld controllers is not allowed.
- Cockpit view is the only allowed driving view, the server will lock out any other view.
- Allowed driving aids are autoclutch, ABS and traction control (unless cars or series specifically exclude these aids).
- Deliberate collisions are not part of being a professional sim-racer and can cause offence so please limit any post race contact to a friendly tap in recognition of a good race. No deliberate wrecking.
- Race series may have specific rules. Those specific rules will be in additional to these rules. In some cases, series rules may over-ride these rules. In those cases, the series rules apply, and specific mention of such over-rides will be made in the series rules.