Rules

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GENERAL RULES

The Western Ontario Outlaws Code of Conduct for all participants, crew personnel, officials and any other persons involved.  All of the rules should be read thoroughly, as they will be enforced at all events and subject to technical inspection and at the discretion of the chief Tech Steward or Race Director.  When in doubt ask for a ruling in advance to ensure that you are not disqualified during the event.

The Western Ontario Outlaws Race committee reserves the right to make changes to the rules for safety and for the benefit and growth of lawnmower racing.

The final decision in any Western Ontario Outlaws business lies with the respective Executive.  This includes race event locations, memberships, rules, specs and Code of Conduct.  The decision as to tractor eligibility rests with the WOO Tech Committee or race director of the day.

Any questions, suggestions or concerns should be forwarded to the executive or the local representative in your area.

CODE OF CONDUCT

Good Sportsmanship, Common Sense and Fair Competition/Keep it simple.

  1. No drugs or alcohol shall be consumed during any race event.  Doing so will result in immediate disqualification from that event.  Continued infractions could result in being ejected from the event.
  2. Profanity or insulting behaviour at race events will not be tolerated.
  3. Each racer is responsible for the actions of his/her guests and crew while at the race event.  This includes while you are on the track.
  4. Tractors must remain at minimum speed when in pit area and grid area.
  5. All race participants must register no later than 1 hour prior to drivers meeting, at which time registration will be closed.  Registration will also be temporarily closed during time trials.
  6. It is the responsibility of each race participant to recognize the flag rules.
  7. Non-members cannot race more than 3 times in a complete season.

PERSONAL SAFETY EQUIPMENT

The following gear must be worn at all times when operating the racer: Full fingered gloves, C.S.A./DOT approved helmet with visor or goggles, long pants, boots which cover ankles, long sleeved shirt or jacket and attached tethered kill switch (see basic rules). It is required that all drivers wear an approved safety neck collar

RACE AND TRACK RULES

  1. The race line up will be determined by an executive or pit steward.  Number of heats and racers per heat will be determined on race day.  Any questions on this can be directed to the Chief Steward at any time.
  2. All starts will be rolling (NASCAR type).  The start of any race will be determined by the flagman – it is the sole discretion of the flagman weather a start is legal or illegal. When the green flag drops race has started (there is no foul line).  No pulling out of line or passing until green flag is shown.  Repeated false starts will result in offending driver moved to the rear.
  3. Yellow flag laps do not count, however Chief Steward has the right to shorten races.  Yellow flag re-starts are single file.
  4. Intentional bumping, uncontrolled ramming of the racer ahead and blocking will not be tolerated.  It is conceded that some light tapping is part of racing, but any intentional infractions will result in being black flagged after one warning.  Deliberate bump and run is automatic DQ from event, drivers deliberately driving in a reckless manner crashing out other competitors will be banned from any further events that are sanction under Western Ontario Outlaws rules.
  5. Racers being lapped must stay on the outside line of the track.
  6. Drivers are responsible for knowing their starting positions and heat numbers.  They must stay near their mowers while waiting to line up.  Failure to be present at race grid immediately prior to your race may mean forfeiture of your position and you may not be allowed to participate in that race.
  7. If a driver leaves the track during racing, they must safely re-enter as close as possible where they left the track and must yield to traffic.  (You cannot gain a position).  If a driver does gain a position, you will be given one lap to give the position back.  Failure to do so will result in being black flagged or no longer scored
  8. If a mower quits running during a race, the driver’s first responsibility is to move the mower to a safe distance from the track.
  9. Any suspicious modifications in any class will be subject to a re-tech or RPM test following the feature race or at any time during the event at the discretion of the Tech officials or Race Director

BASIC RULES

ENGINES: Each Class has a specific maximum Horse power rating (OEM rating) and max cubic inch displacement.  Any allowable modifications will be stated for that class, if it does not say you can do it, its not allowed.  No grinding or machining of flywheels.  All cooling fins and safety shields must be intact.  No diesel or liquid cooled engines in any class.  All tractors must have on board starting systems, electric start with battery or pull type recoil starter with the exception of Outlaw class.  No external ignition systems unless other wise stated.

CHASSIS: Frames, parts, must retain original manufacturers (OEM) specifications (no chopping) re: wheel base, length and width unless modifications specified in particular class.  Material (steel) may be added for structural strength.  It is recommended that front axles be bolted or welded rigid eliminating the stock pivoting.  No rear engined lawn mowers, must be front engined traditional style lawn tractor with a hood covering the engine and rear fenders.  No handlebars, to prevent a racer from being pierced in the event of a roll over. All tractors must have a 2″ min ground clearance other than outlaw class which is 1.5″.  All tractors must have been a factory built lawn cutting tractor (no garden tractors)

BODY WORK: Can be customized (where allowed) but must retain some resemblance of a lawn tractor. All parts must be securely fastened to chassis i.e. fuel tanks, batteries, body work, etc.

FUEL: Only pump gas, max 96 octane (no additives) unless specified in that class.

BRAKES/CLUTCHES: Must be intact and working.  If not equipped with a neutral gear all tractors must have a clutch lock out so machine can be pushed by hand.  When running a centrifugal clutch, driver must be seated on machine to have it started or rear wheels securely off the ground.

THROTTLE: No fixed throttles, foot or trigger throttles with automatic two spring return mandatory in ALL CLASSES.  No solid throttle cables, must be braided cable like a bicycle brake cable.

KILL SWITCH: Tractor must have a working tethered kill switch and be fastened to driver when on track in ALL CLASSES.

EXHAUST: Is open, as long as it points down and away from driver and presents no apparent hazard.  No stacks.

SPINDLES/AXLES: Front spindles must be drilled and cotter pinned or safety pinned.  Axles must be locked up with axle collars.  All axles must be in stock location and if a custom front axle is allowed it must be located under the chassis and not on top

MOWER DECKS: If mower deck is left on, blades must be removed and the deck must be securely fastened to chassis. Minimum ground clearance is 2″.

SEATS: Must be mounted in center of frame from one side of the frame to the other side.

BUMPERS/NERF BARS: Max width front: Inside tires not to cover front face of the tire and not to be any wider then hood or body.  Side nerf bars 1.5″ in from outside of tires. No sharp edges.  Rear bumpers and side bars when equipped must have a standard height of 7″ from the ground and must stay in from the outside of the tires 1/2″ on each side.  Rear bumpers must be of round tube design to prevent climbing. Ends of bumpers must be capped (no sharp ends).  A closed or continuous loop bumper is recommended.
Side crash bars/nerf bars, when equipped must be installed no more than 1.5″ in from outside of tires.  They must have a kart style secondary hoop that can withstand side impact.

NUMBERS: All tractors must have a visible number. Minimum 5″ height is recommended.  On a contrasting background.

TIRES/WHEELS: Turf type only for all classes. No shaving or cutting of tires.  Only exception is the Outlaw Class.  Go Kart dirt slicks are allowed, max 8″ rims.  No hub caps (no snow hogs or deep lug tires) No custom made bead locks, no using fasteners to hold tire to rim.

HEADLIGHTS: All glass headlights must be removed.