2019 V6 Euro Pickup Series
Championship Regulations


The 2019 V6 Euro Pickup Series (hereafter referred to as V6 EPS) will consist of twenty seven rounds taking place over six race weekends on the following dates and circuits –

Event 1) 22nd April Raceway Venray Rounds 1-3
Event 2) 17th/19th May Race Park Meppen Rounds 4-9
Event 3) 10th June Raceway Venray Rounds 10-12
Event 4) 13th/14th July Raceway Venray Rounds 13-18
Event 5) 29th Aug/1st Sept Race Park Meppen Rounds 19-24
Event 6) 29th September Raceway Venray Rounds 25-27

Prizes

The following prizes will be awarded to drivers who compete in all twenty seven rounds of the 2019 V6 EPS –

Championship winner – One full season in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series

Championship runner up – Two race weekends in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series

Championship 3rd place – One race weekend in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series

Top Legend driver (over 40) – One race weekend in V8 Masters Series, Cape Town

Top Rookie – One full test day in NASCAR Whelen Euro Series car

Should a legend or rookie driver win any of the top three prizes then the prize for that category will be awarded to the second place finisher, should the second place finisher of those categories also win one of the top three prizes then that prize will go to the third place finisher and so on.
In order to claim any of the prizes drivers MUST either compete or pay to compete in all twenty seven rounds of the 2019 V6 EPS, where a driver has paid to compete and has to use a substitute for whatever reason that substitute will only be eligible for their own championship points.
For the avoidance of doubt this means that a driver cannot use a substitute driver to score points in the championship on their behalf.
Once allocated your race number for the season drivers will compete with the same race number and race vehicle for the entirety of the season, no changes to race numbers will be permitted


The Race day Formats

The race weekend programme will consist of either three or six races run over a one, two or three day format, competitors will compete in six races during each of the Race Park Meppen race weekends and three races on the single day format at Raceway Venray.
At the premier race in July at Raceway Venray where we will race alongside the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, drivers will compete in six races over a two day race format.

The format for the three day weekends at Meppen will be -

Day One – Friday two twenty minute practice sessions on Friday afternoon

Day Two - One fifteen minute qualifying session in order to finalise the starting grid for the first race in the afternoon.

All of the races will all be run over a thirty minute duration with the fastest lap in race one determining the starting position for race two, race three starting positions will be determined by the finishing order in race two with the top eight grid positions reversed.

Day Two – Three thirty minute races with the grid position of race four being determined by the finishing order of race three the previous day, race five grid positions will be determined by the fastest race laps in race four, race six starting positions will be determined by the finishing order of race five with the top eight positions reversed.

The format for the premier event at Raceway Venray in July will be the same as above only condensed into a two day format, competitors will undertake two twenty minute practice sessions plus one fifteen minute qualifying session, with race one taking place at approximately 12.00 pm, race two at 3pm and race three at 5pm.

The format for the single day weekends run at Venray will be the same as the one day races above however all races on the ½ mile oval at Raceway Venray will run over a sixty laps duration in order to save drivers from severe fatigue.

Practice sessions are not compulsory, competitors may choose not to run in either one or both practice sessions, where a competitor does not compete a qualifying lap or register a time in qualifying he/she will automatically start race one from the rear of the grid.

If a competitor does not set a time during the second race then he/she will start from the back of the grid for race three.


Championship points

Championship points will be awarded at each round of the series on the following basis –

1st 26 points, 2nd 24 points, 3rd 22 points, 4th 20 points 5th 18 points, 6th 16 points, 7th 15 points, 8th 14 points, 9th 13 points, 10th, 12 points, 11, 11 points, 12th 10 points, 13th 9 points, 14th 8 points, 15th 7 points, 16th 6 points, 17th 5 points, 18th 4 points, 19th 3 points, 20th 2 points each and every finisher after 20th position will be awarded one championship point.
There will be two championship points awarded for the driver setting pole position (1st place) in each of the six qualifying sessions throughout the season and a further two points awarded to the driver setting the fastest lap in each of the twenty seven races.
The final three races of the season at Raceway Venray on the 28th September will all carry double points making a race win worth 52 points and so on down. Each driver will drop their two worst scores from two towards their championship points, non-finishes will count as a worst point score. No points will be awarded where a driver does not complete more than 75% of the total race distance regardless of their final classification in that race.
Championship positions will be updated on the V6 EPS website after each and every race and the top three positions in each category announced at the prize giving at the end of each days racing.

Trophies will be awarded to the top three in each category at the end of each days racing, trophy awards will be calculated as an aggregate from the three races on each day and where there is a tie for positions the trophy will be awarded to the driver finishing in the highest position first.
There will be a further award for hard charger / driver of the day which will be decided by the championship organisers.


Driving Standards & Penalties

The championship coordinators will monitor driving standards closely together with the clerk of the course and reserve the right to refuse a driver permission to start a race or continue in the championship should their conduct on track be deemed dangerous to themselves, other drivers or spectators, reckless, overly aggressive or out of control in any way.
The V6 EPS wants to promote good exciting racing for everyone, drivers must be aware that there will be different levels of experience out on track with different levels of performance and abilities, faster drivers will be expected to show a level of courtesy and patience to drivers with less experience and outright pace while those drivers with less experience who may be being lapped will be expected to obey blue flags at all times and show faster drivers the same level of courtesy.

Penalties for the following transgressions will be awarded at the earliest possible convenience on each race weekend

  1. Yellow flag violations
    • Overtaking under yellow flag = 10 second penalty
    • Failing to slow for an incident (waved yellow) = 10 second penalty
    • Overtaking and failing to slow for an incident = 20 second penalty
    • Ignoring yellow flags continuously = Black flag (disqualification from the race)
  2. Blue flag violations
    • Ignoring waved blue flag = 5 second penalty
    • Ignoring waved blue flag for more than one lap = 10 second penalty
  3. Exceeding track limits
    • First two transgressions = driving standards warning, third transgression = 10 second penalty
    • Continuously driving below the white line (oval only) = 10 second penalty
  4. Dangerous or un-sportsman like driving
    • Deliberate nudging or bumping = 10 second penalty
    • Deliberately moving another driver up or down the race track = 10 second penalty
    • Deliberately causing an accident or deliberately driving into another vehicle = disqualification from the race and a deduction of 24 championship points
    • Un-sportsman like driving = 1st transgression = 10 second penalty, 2nd transgression = 20 second penalty, 3rd transgression = black flag (disqualification from the race)
    • Pit lane altercations, any driver taking matters into their own hands in the pit lane and deemed as the aggressor in any form of physical violence will have their points deducted from that days racing and depending on the severity of the incident may be excluded from the V6 EPS championship.


Set up changes

Each of the V6 EPS vehicles will have a standard base set up, on each race weekend set up changes to vehicles will be limited to front and rear anti-roll bar adjustments, brake bias adjustments, rear wing adjustments and tyre pressure adjustments, tyres will have a minimum starting pressure.
Any transgressions on permitted set up changes will result in disqualification from any and all races in which the transgression took place

The V6 EPS vehicles have a 4.0 litre fuel injected Ford V6 Engine mated to a sequential five speed gearbox, it is not permitted to try and gain a performance advantage by altering or tampering with the engine, its components or the drive train in any way, any transgressions will result in disqualification from the championship. The vehicles run on unleaded pump fuel which will be filled and re-filled and checked by our mechanics, any driver seeking to gain an advantage by adding any kind of additive to the fuel will be disqualified from any or all races in which the transgression took place, random fuel samples will be taken after each race. In order to ensure fairness all vehicles will weighed with driver and fuel, ballast will added to lighter drivers to make up a maximum driver weight of 100kg.


Racing License and Equipment

Competitors must be in possession of a valid racing licence in order to compete in the series, the minimum requirement is a National A FIA racing licence. Where a competitor has never raced before they must attend a racing driver’s school in order to be granted their licence, we are able to provide this service and a vehicle in which to undertake the one day course at Race Park Meppen, this will however be at the competitor’s expense, competitors must be a minimum of sixteen years of age. We are also able to offer competitors race instruction and driver coaching at both circuits throughout the course of the year.

Drivers must provide their own equipment for racing such as a fire retardant suit, underwear, gloves, boots, helmet and HANS device (or similar). All racing equipment must comply with current FIA standards and will be scrutineered along with the racing vehicles at each event.

V6 EPS race suits are available manufactured by both OMP and Alpine Star, it is not compulsory for drivers to wear a V6 EPS suit, however all of championship sponsors and associates badges and logos must displayed on competitors race suits at all times (these will be provided by the series), any competitor not displaying the championship logos, championship sponsors or associates logos on their race suit will not be eligible for championship points.


Fees and Insurance

The Total amount payable to V6 EPS for the entire twenty seven race programme is €55,000.00 (Fifty Five Thousand Euros) plus VAT.

On signing of a contract for the season a 15% deposit (€8,250.00) is payable to secure a competitors place and race number, the balance of €46,750.00 is the due by six equal instalments of €7,791.00 to be paid a minimum of ten days before each round of the championship.
A discount of €4,000.00 for the season will be given to drivers who pay the remaining balance €42,750.00 no later than ten days before the first race of the season.

Where a competitor fails to meet his or her obligations under the terms and conditions of their contract with regards to payment of fees then that competitor may be excluded from the rounds where fees have not been paid on time or excluded from the entire championship where more than one breach of those terms and conditions has taken place, this is at the discretion of the management of the series and no administration or mitigating circumstances will be entered into.

For the avoidance of any doubt the payment structure works as follows –
Deposit €8,250.00 + VAT
Balance €46,750.00 + VAT by six equal instalments of €7,791.66 +VAT
Or by one payment no later than ten days before the first event of €42,750.00 + VAT
€7,500.00 Accident damage bond – returned after the final race of the season

The V6 Euro Series will operate a unique and innovative insurance scheme whereby competitors will pay a €7,500.00 bond before the first race of the season which must be maintained until the final race of the season, should any accident damage occur the cost of the damage will be taken from the bond which must then be topped up before the next race, all bonds will be returned less the cost of any accident damage no later than ten days after the final race of the season.

The accident damage bond must be in place before drivers undertake testing, practice or racing in any of the V6 EPS vehicles.

Competitors will also be permitted to arrange their own insurance through any of the specialised motor sport insurers, the series will provide details of these insurers upon request.


Final Decisions

The final decisions on penalties, championship rewards, driver of the day awards and all other matters appertaining to the V6 EPS will be made by the organisers of the series, the scrutineers and race officials, no administration can or will be entered into, all decisions made in relation to the V6 EPS will be final and absolute.
It is the intention of the series to provide competitive and fair racing for all of its participants, any transgressions of the rules and regulations may be met with severe penalties which may diversely effect a competitor’s ability to win one of the many outstanding prizes.