Following some apparent confusion over the new EFRA ruling that sees the length of European Championship and Grand Prix qualification heats to 7 minutes, EFRA 1/10th section chairman Franky Noens has issued a clarification on the rule 2.4 of these new guidelines. The updated ruling states that ‘a pitstop, refuelling is mandatory’ in a 7 minute heat, wording that was not initially included in the rule.
Dear Sport friends,
2.4 General qualifying format for EC and GP’s minimum 4 and maximum 6 series of 7 minutes heats depending on the number of drivers.
I received a few mails regarding the new 7 minute heat rule, and I regret to say we did not include the proper wording.
The intention of introducing this 7 minute heat rule was to have a pitstop, to prevent racing with a too lean engine.
By not making a extra pitstop mandatory, some drivers will try to finish without a extra pitstop, because unlike in 1/8 scale, the fuel shortage problem is a little less common.
Unfortunately, this will also mean that some drivers through ignorance, or because their engine consumed a bit more, will find themselves in trouble.
In that case the rule does not meet the objective, that it was designed for.
In the interest of the sport, and according the intention of the rule, this will be the correct rule.
2.4 “General qualifying format for EC and GP’s minimum 4 and maximum 6 series of 7 minutes heats (a pitstop ,refuelling is mandatory) depending on the number of drivers.”