2018 SEDIV Time Trial and HillClimb FAQ
There has been a lot of misunderstanding about the announcement of the new National Time Trial Championship and how it relates to the SEDIV Time Trial Program. We have compiled this FAQ to give correct information. Thanks! – Shane Findlan
2018 SEDIV Time Trial and HillClimb FAQ
Q – I heard that the SEDIV Time Trial program is defunct, and we won’t have a place to race in 2018. Is this true?
A – Absolutely not. The TT program is alive and well, and the 2018 SEDIV Time Trials schedule is posted on http://www.sedivtt.com/ . This represents the minimum schedule at this time, with potential for a full CMP event, and two other TT events under discussion.
Q – Someone on the internet said the Level 3 Time Trial program is gone – what does this mean?
A – The Level 3 Time Trial program is not gone, but the names have changed. What SEDIV has historically considered a Level 3 TT event (those run annually for the TT points championship) is now renamed “Restricted Time Trial”.
To avoid confusion for the 2018 season, SEDIV will run its championship program under the “Restricted Time Trials” name, but the rules and regulations for both Time Trial and HillClimb events will follow the 2018 SEDIV Restricted Time Trial & Hillclimb Rulebook, and not the SCCA TTR’s.
SCCA has re-branded events formerly known as Level 2 Club Trials as “Unrestricted Time Trial.”
Q – What the heck is an Unrestricted Time Trial?
A – Unrestricted Time Trials (formerly Level 2 Club Trials) are events held to accommodate cars with a lower level of safety preparation than a Level 3/Restricted TT car. These events will typically be held at a lower speed track, at a track using a modified course layout to reduce speeds, or in a point-to-point configuration (think of point-to-point as a flat hillclimb!)
Unrestricted Time Trials are part of an SCCA effort to increase interest in the Time Trial program, and to allow regions which historically have not had a strong TT presence to put on their own TT events.
Q – Will SEDIV have an Unrestricted Time Trial?
A – An Unrestricted Time Trial event will take place at Carolina Motorsports Park during Memorial Day Weekend, but the event is not being organized by SEDIV. Vehicle classing will follow the new structure prepared for the SCCA Time Trials Nationals, but SEDIV has negotiated with the event management to permit SEDIV TT members to compete using the SEDIV classing and safety rules. All SEDIV classes are eligible to run, including open wheel/formula cars.
Q – I heard that my class is going away, and I’ll be forced to run the new classification system that they’re using at the Time Trial Nationals. I won’t be competitive anymore! Is that true?
A – No! SEDIV intends to honor its traditional vehicle classing structure for the 2018 season, including the GCR classes, street prepared classes, sports racers/formula cars, etc. The 2018 regional class rules are currently under review and pending approval.
In fact, SEDIV may be adding additional classes to allow even greater participation. Classes currently under consideration are the SOLO Classic American Muscle (CAM) class, ITX for LeMons/ChampCar style builds, and Improved Touring E (ITE), which is designed as a catch-all class for roll cage equipped production vehicles which may not fit the current SU or SPO rules.
Q – I heard open wheel/Formula/Sports Racers aren’t going to be allowed to run, is that true?
A – No! SEDIV encourages open wheel cars to participate in the 2018 season, and intends to honor their respective classes for the Restricted Time Trial season.
However, at this time, the classification system in place for the SCCA Time Trial Nationals only include classes for production-type vehicles, not open wheel cars. This classification scheme is specific to this event, and does not flow uphill or apply “across the board” to all Unrestricted TT events.
Q – Are HillClimbs affected by any of these changes?
A – SEDIV HillClimbs will follow the 2018 SEDIV Restricted Time Trial & HillClimb Rulebook for this year’s championship series. There will be no changes to the format of the event.
Q – I hear TT is getting rid of its safety requirements, and everyone will be driving helmet-less in shorts and flip flops. Is that true?
A – No. Restricted Time Trial for SEDIV will have safety requirements commensurate with those from the 2017 season (either GCR type builds, or the usual driver safety gear, roll bar, harnesses, extinguisher, etc.). (Note – we may make an allowance for properly documented SFI rated flip flops or human skulls that have been certified as meeting Snell SA2010 or higher, but probably not).
Safety is a top priority for the SEDIV TT administration. The SCCA Time Trials rule book is currently under revision by SCCA Time Trials management to accommodate the new Unrestricted/Restricted TT nomenclature and is not yet complete. Therefore, SEDIV has opted to specify their own safety rules and regulations for the 2018 season, which mirror the minimum requirements from 2017 with only minor clarifications added. These rules will be specified in a stand-alone safety and car classification rulebook, referred to as the 2018 SEDIV Restricted Time Trial & HillClimb Rulebook.
Safety regulations for Unrestricted Time Trials are still under debate at the National level, but initial feedback is that the prep may be similar to SCCA Targa/TNIA events.
Q – Do I still need a TT License for Restricted Time Trials?
A – Yes. TT Licenses are still required for Restricted Time Trials, and the Novice Permit program is still in effect.
Q – Do I need a TT License for Unrestricted Time Trials?
A – Absolutely not! In fact, successful completion of one of these events will earn you a Novice TT permit. This can be upgraded to a full TT license after meeting participation requirements and approval of the chief steward/instructor or division official.
Q – Do I still need a logbook?
A – Yes. Any car running Restricted Time Trials requires a vehicle logbook.
Q – We lost the Daylight to Darkness (Charlotte Motor Speedway) and CCR Memorial Monster (Carolina Motorsports Park) Time Trials for 2018. What happened?
A – Unfortunately, timing and logistics were the culprit. CCR is hosting a Southeast Majors (Club Racing) event at Charlotte Motor Speedway June 8-10. Because this is a Majors, there is no room in the event schedule to slot in Time Trials between practice sessions or run groups.
The proximity of the Majors race and Dragon Hillclimb to Memorial Day made it not feasible to host either a Club Racing or TT event at CMP this year.
Both events will be under consideration for the 2019 event schedule.
Q – I run in SEDIV but am interested in attending the SCCA Time Trial Nationals. What’s the deal?
A – SCCA Time Trial Nationals will be held at NCM Motorsports Park in Bowling Green, KY, September 28-30. Format will include open lap practice on day 1, 20 minute sessions early on day 2 to determine run groups and orders, a single-lap style time attack session on day 2, and then point-to-point sessions on shortened track segments for day 3.
Classing is based on four levels of preparation, and is subdivided by weight and displacement. Class rules are a work in progress and can be found here: http://www.sccahq.com/time-trials-rules/