Module 7 - Licence Ratings

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Module 7 - Licence Ratings

 

This section is applicable to all Race Officials, Chief Steward, Steward’s on the panel, Clerk of the Course/Race Director and Assistant Clerks of the Course.

 

From the 1st January, 2015, the A and B rating system was replaced with a new Tier 1 licence rating and the C rating was replaced with a new Tier 2 licence rating.

 

Along with this change to a two tier rating system, the method and options for obtaining either a Tier 2 or a Tier 1 rating also changed.

 

Competitors are no longer ‘observed’ in competition for a sprint rating and the rating can no longer be obtained at one single event. A series of events are required and the system is now based on results.

 


 

D3        LICENCE RATINGS:

Rating upgrades can only be made following assessments for Sprint and observations for Road during competition at an event(s).

 

D3.1        SPRINT:

 

D3.1.1        ‘Club Day’:

All new competitors start with a Club Day Licence which is valid for Club Day (Group F) competition only. New competitors will compete at the rear of the grid with a large black cross ‘X’ only (no race number) on their rear number plate for a minimum of three events. The cross ‘X’ may be removed (replaced with the kart number) and the respective grid position taken following the permission of a Grade 1, 2 or 3 Race Official. Section 1 (Flags) of the compulsory multi-choice questionnaire will be completed at this time and noted in the log book.

 

D3.1.2        ‘Tier 2’ Rating: Required for Group E Events

To promote a Club Day competitor to ‘Tier 2’ the competitor’s Licence must be signed, stamped and dated by a KartSport New Zealand Grade 1, 2 or 3 Race Official plus the Chief Steward of the event. The competitor must have met the required competency on track, passed the compulsory questionnaire (in full) and competed at the required number of Club Day events.

Option 1 - Three successful Club Day assessments of competency plus questionnaire.

Option 2 - Attend ‘Explore and Learn’ ACADEMY course then one successful Club Day assessment of competency plus questionnaire.

Note : If using Option 2, the ACADEMY course must be completed first followed by the race day assessment.

 

D3.1.3 ‘Tier 1’ Rating: Required for Group A, B and C Events. (May also be required, at the National Steward’s discretion, for other events.) To promote a ‘Tier 2’ competitor to ‘Tier 1’ the competitor’s Licence must be signed, /stamped and dated by a KartSport New Zealand Grade 1 or 2 Race Official plus the Chief Steward of the event. The competitor must have met the required competency on track, passed the compulsory questionnaire and competed at the required number of Group E events.

Option 1 - Minimum of three events (two being a Group E) at a minimum of 2 different tracks. Show competency as required and complete questionnaire 100%.

Option 2 - Attend a ‘Hot Shots’ ACADEMY course then one Group E event. Show competency as required and complete questionnaire 100%.

Note : If using Option 2 the ACADEMY course must be completed first followed by the race day assessment.

 

D3.2        ROAD

 

D3.2.1 ‘B’ Road Rating

A portion of the licence is made available for up to three observations. A competitor may be promoted by a KartSport New Zealand Grade 1 or Grade 2 Race Official plus the Chief Steward of the event after the 1st or 2nd observation providing the required level of competence has been achieved. A new competitor will start at the back of each respective class for the first heat of each race day until such time a ‘B’ Road rating has been awarded. Unrated competitors must display a large black ‘X’ only (no race number) on their rear number plate. (Rule G1.7).

 

D3.2.2 ‘A’ Road Rating:

A competitor may be promoted by a KartSport New Zealand Grade 1 or Grade 2 Race Official plus the Chief Steward of the event. An ‘A’ rating may be required for some events at the National Steward’s discretion.

 

D3.3 LICENCE RATING UPGRADE: Any competitor requesting a rating upgrade will be assessed/observed in competition and will be required to satisfactorily complete the

requirements of D3.1 and/or D3.2 respectively before the rating will be considered. The National Steward has discretion to upgrade a licence rating at any time provided he/she is satisfied the required level of competency has been achieved.

 

D3.4    MSNZ FLAGS/LIGHTS: Competitors must be familiar with the Flags/Lights Section in MSNZ Manual Appendix 4 - Schedule Z:

http://manual.motorsport.org.nz/index.php/knowledgebase/3016/

 


 

Below is a Flow Chart of the two Tier Rating System with options to also attend ACADEMY Courses to help gain a rating. If taking the ACADEMY options these courses must be completed first followed by the race day assessment. The Race Day Assessment must always be the final part of the process for sign off of the Licence Rating.

 

 

TwoTierLicenceFlowChart-20-01-20

 

 

 


 

General :-

 

A driver wishing to have their "X" plate removed to enable them to take their place on the grid will be subject to an assessment decision by experienced race officials. If the experienced Race Officials believe they are capable of taking a grid position then the “X” plate can be removed.  The driver must also complete the multi-choice questionnaire at this time.  

Verbal assistance for younger competitors with the questionnaire is acceptable.

The X plate removal and the successful passing of the questionnaire must be noted, signed and stamped in the logbook by the assessor and countersigned and stamped by the Chief Steward.

 

Assessments :-

 

Drivers wishing to have an assessment for a Tier 1 or Tier 2 licence rating will advise you on the day, ideally before racing starts.

Likewise if they wish to complete the questionnaire you will agree a mutually convenient time with them.

 

You will not be required to specifically observe their racing on track or fill in any type of observation card.

 

By mutual consent at the beginning of the event you will select/delegate one of your team of race officials at that event to be the licence rating assessor.

 

Drivers requiring a Tier 1 rating must hold a Tier 2 rating and require a minimum entry of five rated drivers in the field and can only be assessed and signed off in their logbook by a Grade 1 or Grade 2 race official licence rating assessor, that logbook entry must also be counter signed and stamped by the Chief Steward of the event.

This means the assessor must be at least a Grade 2 race official for a club day assessment.

 

Drivers requiring a Tier 2 rating require a minimum entry of five drivers in the field and can be assessed and signed off by a Grade 1, 2 or 3 race official licence rating assessor, the logbook entry must also be countersigned by the Chief Steward of the event.

 

Under no circumstances are Grade 4 race officials permitted to be assessors.

 

The system is a results based assessment,  

ie. you get the race results, you get a successful rating assessment.

 

The driver needs as a rule to finish in the top two thirds (2/3rds) of the field.

ie. they need to finish in the top six in a field of nine drivers for example.

 

But --- if a driver is a candidate for a Tier 1 or Tier 2 rating and at the end of the days racing finishes eighth in a field of nine and everyone ahead of him was a Tier 1 driver!    What are you going to do?

Provided his race pace is satisfactory as described below you would sign off their logbook as a successful assessment.

If you have to make a judgement call on the race pace of a driver, take note of this.

We do not want a driver passing a licence rating assessment that is going so slow that he/she is being lapped after six or eight laps!

The track timing system will be of assistance to the licence rating assessor in this regard as well.

You will need to know what a competitive lap time is for that class at that track normally, to assist you with your assessment.

 

Opinions like  “I don’t think you are good enough”  are not acceptable.  

If the person is being denied a successful assessment, there must be very good quantifiable reasons.  eg. You are wanting a Tier 1 licence rating and today you finished 7th in your class of 9 karts.  Everyone who finished ahead of you was an unrated driver, sorry but you will not receive a successful assessment today.

 

Another consideration for you is how to handle the situation when a driver consistently performs within the criteria, ie they're going for a Tier 2 rating and they finish in the top 2/3rds of the field and beat most of the Tier 1 and Tier 2 drivers but his/her kart had mechanical failures in two races and they didn't finish. (DNF) !

If they completed at least a minimum of three of their races satisfactorily then you would sign them off as a successful assessment.

 

It is impossible to predict all the situations you may encounter but commonsense will need to be applied to some situations!

 

A successful assessment also requires that the driver does not have a penalty issued against him/her at that event by the Steward's panel!  This is important. Regardless of how well they perform on track, any penalty issued by the Stewards Panel (whether as a result of a hearing or as a result of competitor accepting the penalty) immediately deems an assessment unsuccessful.

 

Questionnaires :-

 

The questionnaire can be completed at anytime during the assessment process for either rating.

The successful completion of the questionnaire must be noted in the logbook, signed, dated and stamped.

For an 'X' plate removal the applicant must achieve 100% in Section 1.

A Tier 2 applicant must achieve 100% in Section 1 and is allowed one error in Section 2.

A Tier 1 applicant must achieve 100% in both Sections.

The copy of the completed questionnaire is to be given to the event Chief Steward for inclusion with his/her event report.

 

Below is an example only of a licence rating test.

 

 

Licence Rating Test Page 1

 

Licence Rating Test Page 2

 

 


 

Issuing Ratings :-

 

Once all the assessment criteria has been satisfied for the licence rating, the rating will be entered at the back of the competition licence by the appropriate race official/licence rating assessor and dated, signed, stamped, then counter signed and stamped by the Chief Steward of that event.

 

When you are checking licences particularly if you are awarding a Tier 2 rating make sure that the driver is at least 7years old!  Check the date of birth carefully.

Once a 6 year old driver has had the X plate removed they can start the assessment process for a Tier 2 rating, they just can't be awarded the Tier 2 until they turn 7 years old.

 

All drivers at each event, club day or permitted should have their current licence rating listed with their name on the race result sheets to assist the licence rating assessor at the end of the days racing.

 

Your club race secretary should supply the timekeeper with not just the competitor's name but their current licence rating as well so that the timekeeper can enter their current licence rating alongside their name into the timing system.

 

 

Note some drivers may only require a Tier 2 rating because they race Clubsport 120s.

A Tier 2 rating is the maximum rating for that class so don't give them a Tier 1 unless they ask for one.

 

 

Summary :-

 

The licence rating assessment process is not a single assessment.  

You will see from the flow chart above that up to three successful assessments are required but depend on the option selected by the driver before the new licence rating will be awarded and finally signed off at the back of the licence.

There is also provision for drivers to reduce the number of race day assessments for both Tier 2 and Tier 1 licence ratings if they attend the appropriate ACADEMY course.

 

Drivers will have to plan ahead if they need a licence rating for a particular event because the 10 day licence rating sign off applies, it will pay to make this point well known to everyone at your club.

 

Licence rating downgrades when a karter moves from say Junior Restricted to the Junior class do not apply,  ie. a Cadet driver once he attains a Tier 1 licence rating keeps that rating through all the other classes including the Senior class. This means that overall there are less licence rating assessments required at events by the Race Officials.

 

If you take a look at My Laps to familiarise yourself with the race result format, you will be able to get an idea of how far behind the leader the driver was, who was just outside the top two thirds of the class when everyone ahead of him was theoretically Tier 1 drivers!

Was he a quarter or half a lap behind the leader or about to get lapped?

That's a useful practice assessment exercise but also be aware of what is a normal competitive lap time for that class at that track, in case it was a slow race for some reason.  (Rain!).

 

If in any doubt, at the end of the day record the details and seek assistance from a more senior race official or the National Steward.  

Because licence rating assessments are not based on personal observation and subjective opinion, the data can be reviewed if necessary and a final decision made after the event.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Signing off each successful assessment

 

Each of the required assessments is signed off in the LICENCE RATING OBSERVATIONS section of the competitors Licence.

 

When the Questionnaire is completed this is also recorded as sown at right.

 

If the competitor completes an ACADEMY course as part of the assessments for a rating, this will also be recorded.

 

Once the required assessments have been completed the rating will be entered on the back inside cover of the licence as shown below.

 

NOTE : The Licence Rating section layout in the back of the Log Book will be progressively updated as Licences are renewed.

 

 

Licence Rating Assessments

 

 


 

Below is an example of a correctly signed off Sprint rating.

 

Note : this must be dated, signed and stamped by the Race Official and Chief Steward of the event when the final successful assessment is attained.

Licence Rating Signoff