OFFICIAL RULESThis document has been drawn up according to the rules that have been wrtitten for the past editions of 2008, 2009, 2010and 2011 2011 and 2012 of the Vespa The Resistance and in collaboration with organizers of Vespa and Lambreta enduranceraces in Spain, along with the International Circuit of Zuera (Zaragoza, Spain).
1. THE RACE2. DRIVERS AND TEAMS3. THE PILOTS EQUIPMENT4. IDENTIFIERS5. CATEGORIES6. PROGRAM7. ASSIGNMENTS OF PITS8. TECHNICAL INSPECTIONS9. BRIEFING10. START PROCESS AND ASSIGNMENT OF POSITIONS11. PILOT PERFORMANCE IN THE TRACK AND WHITE FLAG12. BEHAVIOR IN PIT-LANE13. BEHAVIOUR IN THE PITS14. PILOT CHANGE15. CHANGE OF SCOOTER/ ENGINE16. REFUELLING17. INTERRUPTION OF THE RACE (red flag)18. NEUTRALIZATION OF THE RACE19. RACE FINISH20. FINAL CLASSIFICATIONS21. CANCELLATION OR postponement OF THE EVENT22. COMPLAINTS23. PENALIZATIONS24. FLAGS / LIGHT SIGNSINFO
1. THE RACEVespa The Resistance will be held the 26-27th of May 2012 in Circuito Internacional de Zuera, with a total length of 1,7 km.This race should be considered by all participants as a free and voluntary activity so each competitor must take their ownresponsibility. Therefore, the organization needs a signed document from each driver and team in which they accept thestipulated rules in the race regulations. In the same way the competitors must accept the joint agreement for the proper develo-pment of the race, meaning in turn that it is a non-profit activity by promoters, and where each person is solely responsible fortheir actions, unable to derive these in any case the people who organized the activity, nor on the circuit owners.2. DRIVERS AND TEAMSEach team may consist of 1 motorbike, with a minimum of 3 riders and a maximum of 6, and also one person as a mechanicalrole. In short, no teams will be allowed more than 7 people in the pit area closest to the circuit.Is not allowed the changeling of the team during the race, all the pilots have to start and finish the race in the same team.In the inscription of the race, the team must facilitate the following information: - Name of the team - Model of Vespa or Lambretta in categories - Name and ID/Passport of all the drivers, mechanics and team manager - Phone number of the contact person - Email of the contact personIt will be maintained the fixed dorsal assigned in previous editions (for more information on this, see the TVB forum or contactus by email (email@example.com). The dorsal should be placed in the following visible places: in the frontal part ofthe motorbike, on left and the right sides. The number must be visible from a distance of approximately 50 meters.The dorsal must be made of a material that lasts during the whole length of event. This year the organization will not providethe dorsal, so each team must provide their own dorsal taking into account the above specifications.3. THE PILOTS EQUIPMENTInside the track circuit, pilots should be provided with: approved helmet, protective gloves specific for motorcycles, coveralls(either one or two pieces) of leather or other safe material; all clothing must be completely closed or latched. In case ofinclement weather, the pilots can wear protective clothing against rain, always on top of the aforementioned.At the discretion of each team it is stressed that all these aspects aim the safety of the pilots, reason why it will not be acceptedclothing that do not meet these safety standards.4. IDENTIFIERSAll drivers shall be marked with an obligatorily identification armband, which allows access to various race services.The organization will provide the armbands to all participants.5. CATEGORIESThe only scooters allowed in the race are Vespa and Lambretta 2-stroke and with manual transmission. Automatic enginesare not allowed.The following categories and subcategories are stipulated:VESPA PROTOProto Largeframe > Proto Large frame are considered to be vespas with "big" crank such as those belonging to the followingmodels: PX,TX, P, etc., with any type of modifications. It is required to maintain the original crankcase and chassis of the2-stroke Vespa.Proto Smallframe > Proto Small frame are considered to be scooters with small crank, such as those belonging to the models: PK,PRIMAVERA, etc., with any type of modifications. It is required to maintain the original crankcase and chassis of the 2-stroke Vespa.
VESPA SERIELarge frame Series > Large frame series Vespa are considered to be vespas strictly from the factory, that is, with all originalcomponents of series (even for other models within large frame).Small frame Series > Small frame series Vespa are considered to be vespas strictly from the factory, that is, with all originalcomponents of series (even for other models within small frame).LAMBRETTALambretta Proto > In this case there is only one category of free configuration, as long as the cranks and the original chassisof Lambretta is maintained.* APPLIES ONLY TO SERIES CATEGORY- This rule provides for adjustment of pieces, so you can lighten-modify all components, provided they are the same strict original series.- It is allowed to change the seat by a non-original one.- The side covers must be mounted on place- For safety reasons, it is allowed to remove mirrors and elements that protrude from the bike or may easily brake in case of falls such as lights, tulips, and trestles.GENERAL ASPECTS (SERIES CATEGORY)Trimmings- It is allowed to trim up to 4 cm of the plate (teams which participated in previous editions are excluded from this limit).- The front mudguard may be trimmed (up to 4 cm), as long as the edges are protected so they are not sharp.Wheels- It allows you to mount tubeless wheels, understanding these are safer for the pilots.Tires- Of free choice, including slicks.Suspensions and fork- Forks are interchangeable between models within the same series.- It is allowed to modify the series suspensions, and also mount Carbone as long as they are not adjustable.- It is forbidden to mount any type or hydraulic adjustable suspension.Cap- Must have the top and bottom parts.- The odometer hole and the light must be covered with soft non-metallic materials (fibre, plastic, etc.), in case they could loosen up.Handles- Original and with ball in the end.- In case of falls, it should be changed immediately.Brake Drums- Must be originals.- Vents are permitted, provided they do not pose a security risk, no sheet metal or parts that could come loose.- It is allowed you to mount a disc brake, if it is the original of PX and it is coupled to the bar.TECHNICAL ASPECTS OF ENGINES (SERIES CATEGORY)- In principle, all parts must be original (except for the piston and connecting rod. In this case they must have features as similar as possible to the originals). It is allowed to reduce, file or drill.- Racing rod 51 for smallframe) and 57 for largeframe.- Disastato axis to increase stroke and cylinder capacity are prohibited.Clutch- Must be original. Modifications are allowed, always starting from the original parts.- It is forbidden to mount carbon disks or alike.- It is allowed to mount reinforced springs.Carburetor- Must be original. Modifications are allowed, always starting from the original parts.Air Filter- Must be original. Modifications are allowed, always starting from the original parts.
- It is allowed to run without the air filter.Sprockets- Must be original. Modifications are allowed, always starting from the original parts.- It is prohibited to mount the 4th gear short.Magnetic plate, coils, cylinder and cylinder head- Must be original. Modifications are allowed, always starting from the original parts.- Only original seams are allowed.Bearings, seals, spark plug- Of free choice.Piston- Given an original cylinder can be rectified, it is allowed the following maximum piston diameters. Up to three oversize: 125 Maximum piston 55.4 mm in cylinder 55.6 mm. Race 51mm. 200 Maximum piston 66.9 mm in cylinder of 67.1 mm. Race 57mm.- It is allowed you to mount other brands of piston, as long as they have identical characteristics as the originals (windows).Exhaust- Originals only.- It is allowed to crop, add more flues, or modify the interior.- It is forbidden to run without the exhaust.NOTICE - All bikes should take off the deflector and the fan cover for scrutineering prior to the race.- At the end of the race the piston-cylinder assembly of the three top finishers in smallframe and largeframe will be measured.* APPLIES TO ALL CATEGORIES (SERIES AND PROTO)- For new teams the maximum plate cut is limited to a maximum of 4 cm for series category and 10 cm for proto categories from either end of the bike. The organization aims that Lambrettas and Vespas are recognizable by others, and above all to maintain the originality of these two brands. The teams which have participated in previous editions and exceed these limits will not be outside the rules.Plate drill:- For safety reasons, the maximum diameter of the holes on the plate should be 10 m (should not fit one finger in it).- Holes are allowed on the side covers and frontal, leaving a space between the holes of a size of the same order as the actual holes.- The bottom and central parts of the chassis and can not be drilled.- It is allowed to drill the registration plate area for aesthetic reasons. Also, the area of the battery, to make it easier to remove the rear wheel.- All engines must be single cylinder (including the proto category)- The use of front mudguard is mandatory in all categories.- It is mandatory to mount a front light (white) and a rear light (red)Front light:- Must be the original beacon light or any approved beacon (the latter ONLY FOR PROTO CATEGORY).- The glass-plastic optical should be lined with transparent tape.- LED lights are not allowed.- Two replacement bulbs must be shown at scrutineering.Rear light:- It is recommended to mount the original lights, however, it is allowed to mount LED lights, provided they are well fasten and visible at a distance of 100 meters. Two replacement bulbs must be shown at scrutineering.- If the rear light stops working, it is mandatory to enter the pit to repair it.- The lights must be turned off during refuelling, except for the LED lights.- It is allowed to mount a battery for the lighting system. In this case, it must be airtight or sealed.- It is forbidden to mount an electric starter.- It is allowed to mount additional deposits, which may be made of aluminium or plastic, never iron (ONLY FOR PROTO CATEGORY).- It is prohibited to mount trestles.- During refuelling the bike should be placed on a stand.- Tires of more than 10 inches will not be accepted.
6. PROGRAMThe program of the race will be published in the section related to Vespa The Resistance12 on Team Vespa Barcelona Forum:http://vespabcn.foroportal.es, or on the website http://www.vtr24h.com.7. ASSIGNMENTS OF PITSThe pits area is limited. The organization will assign the pits to the teams considering the preference of teams to be together(this will be notified by email before the event). The pits will be placed in an orderly and linear manner. It must be noted that weonly accept 7 people by box, each one with their respective accrediting wristband.* Refuelling will be made in a common and secure are assigned by the organization.8. TECHNICAL INSPECTIONSThe technical inspection will take place in the box of each team or in an enabled zone (it will be communicated during thebriefing). In a very strict and incontestable manner, if a motorbike does not pass the inspections, it will not be allowed in therace.Scooters may not compete if they are not safe for the pilot or other participants. This refers to any sharp or pointed edges orpieces that can detach.Not mandatory:- Spare wheels, gloves.- Side covers (ONLY FOR PROTO CATEGORY) as long as it does not contradict the section about sharp or pointed edges.- Kick start.It is mandatory:- Placing the transponder in a visible zone in the front part of the bike, locked to prevent loss, and returning it at the end of the race.- It must have a stop button or else the ignition key, as long as it is safely secured to the chassis (with a flange, for example).- Have the fill and drain bolts of the engine oil "sealed". They must be secured to the crankcase (through a fine wire that crosses the bolt and attach to the crankcase, for example).- Key rings, chains or other unsafe items will not be accepted.- A front light (white) and a back light (red) and two sets of replacement bulbs.- Access the checks with personal safety components such as coveralls, helmets, gloves or tanks for refuelling as these also must be properly verified.- All team members must access the check area to get the identification armbands.Will be a cause for exclusion from the event for teams that:- Oppose to undergo the technical checks.- Show any disrespectful attitude against the organization or their representatives. Teams that do not follow the warnings of the organization will be sanctioned.- Do not pass the technical verification tests.The organization of Team Vespa Barcelona may require technical verifications it deems appropriate during the course of thecompetition. If the organization identifies any abnormalities or deficiencies in any bike it will demand the team to resolve thembefore returning to the race. It is the decision of the organizers and the race director any penalties or sanctions to participants.Main topics to consider in the checks:Bodywork - Box refuelling support or main stand - Fuel deposit and additional deposit - Sharp edges - Engine stop system - System of front and back lights (and replacement sets) - Loose or dangerous parts - Brake levers - Dorsals - Front and back brakes
- Front and back tires - SuspensionsEngine - Exhaust - Carburettor - Cylinder – piston (mono-cylinder) - Fan9. BRIEFINGAccording the timetable established, before starting the race there will be an information briefing. All team managers mustattend this briefing as this information is very important for them.10. START PROCESS AND ASSIGNMENT OF POSITIONS- The start will be like “Le Mans”.- All bikes are arranged in a row in battery position, the place of each team will be decided in the previous training races. Before the race starts, there will be a recognition lap. At the end of this recognition lap, the pilots will place the bikes on the assigned places according to their start position.- At the start of the race, in case there is a team missing, this place will remain empty. There may only be 2 drivers on the track, one holding the bike (with the engine running) and the other waiting for the start.- Only can hold the bike someone wearing the bike equipment, at least helment and gloves, have to be any pilot from the team, if is not a pilot can be someone from the team but have to wear the necessary equipment.- If any team has problems with the bike it should go straight to the box to solve the problems and do not delay the race start. When the team has the problems fixed, if the race has not started, it may return to line up. Otherwise, it must start from the pit-lane, only after all the other participants have passed the line.- The race start will be done with the rise of a flag or with a traffic light (it will be communicated during the briefing). After that, each pilot will run to his bike and start the race. The pilot who holds the bike, must have the engine running.- If a pilot is not in front of the bike at the moment of the start, he will be punished. In the same way, if the second pilot invades the track to push his partner he will be punished (see paragraph 22 - Penalties).11. PILOT PERFORMANCE IN THE TRACK AND WHITE FLAG- Any action in the track or in the pit lane in the opposite direction to the direction of the race is prohibited.- In case of the bike is loosing fuel or liquids have to move the bike to the pitlane-box till the incidence is solved- In the case of failure during the race, there is a established plan which will be explained in the briefing to evacuate the pilot and the bike of the circuit, while not presenting danger to other participants.- In case of any problems that occur inside the track, the race director may give input to the Safety Car. In this case the white flag would be shown throughout the circuit and all participants will be directed to find the queue behind the Safety Car. The pilots should move without overtaking and with the maximum precaution. It means that the pilots cannot overtake while the Safety Car remains on the track. Once the Safety-Car is out of the track, the race will resume as normal. Pilots can refuel or make the pilot change while the safety car is on track but when they meet the safety car again they must be extremely careful while rolling on the track, as there may be ambulances or "Pisters" performing their duties.- In the case of an accident, the pilot who needs to tow his bike to the proper exits, must wear security equipment (helmet, gloves, overalls) at all times until they leave the track completely. Otherwise he will be penalized with 5 laps penalty.- On the track it is completely prohibited unsportsmanlike actions, screaming, hitting and any behaviour that may be conside red inappropriate. All dangerous actions will be punished (see section 22 - Penalties).- The Race Director or his deputies can stop a scooter whose driver has committed an offence punishable.- In the case a pilot is shown a black flag, he must go to his team box. The reason for the decision would be notified to the team manager.- During the race the organization will notify to all teams all the punishments periodically around 30 minutes and 1 hour on the time wall.
12. BEHAVIOR IN PIT-LANE- The maximum speed through the pit lane is 20 km/hour.- Throughout the course of the race only accredited persons may remain in the pit lane, and a maximum of 7 people per team.- Animals are not allowed.- Smoking is strictly prohibited, except in the smoking area of the circuit.- It is forbidden to install on this zone any elements that may disturb the normal traffic of pilots, bikes or their assistants.- It is absolutely forbidden to light fires or store gas containers in the pit area or pit-lane.- When not performing maintenance on the bike, the pit-lane should remain clear of materials and tools that may hinder the passage.- In the case when an intervention on the bike involves any liquid, oil or fuel spills, the bike cannot exit the pit until the affected area is completely clean.- Refueling and pilot changes must be made only in permitted areas.- In pit lane can perform actions setting the bike as long as these adjustments do not exceed a maximum of two minutes, otherwise the bike should go to the box.- These repairs or adjustments can be conducted any member of the team members are limited to operate with maximum 4 persons per team.* Disrespect to the above mentioned rules will suppose a sanction (see section 22 - Penalties).13. BEHAVIOUR IN THE PITSWhen the competitors stop in the box, they must stop the scooter engine to perform any operation. Only in the case of thepilot change, the scooter engine is allowed to be on. If this rule is not followed, a penalty will be applied to the team accordingto the section 22 (Penalties) of theses rules.14. PILOT CHANGE- The maximum time each pilot may remain in the track will be 65 minutes in a row. Once somebody starts in the race, a controller will take note of the time the pilot enters the track.- The minimum rest period for each pilot is 20 minutes.- The pilot change can be carried out in the refuelling area or in the box.- When a pilot change is carried out, it is not necessary to stop the scooter engine.- In the case of a breakdown, the time the scooter is in the box for repairing will not count for the pilots 65 minutes of track time.15. CHANGE OF SCOOTER/ ENGINEChange of the engine is allowed but it is forbidden to change the scooter. If the team brings a spare engine, this one must passthe technical verifications by the organization, previously to the start of the race.16. REFUELLING- The teams may refuel as many times as needed.- The refuelling will be carried out exclusively in the area assigned by the organization, NEVER IN THE PIT.- The organization will assign an area to store the fuel containers.- During refuelling the scooter must have the engine stopped. A maximum of three people could be present in the refuelling.- It is mandatory to use a support for the scooter during the refueling.- It is totally forbidden to make any repairs in the refueling area.- The pilot change is allowed during refuelling.- It is forbidden to refuel by changing the fuel deposit.- The fuel deposit for refueling have to be big to carry the petrol and those deposits have to be watertight to avoid fuel loosing on the refueling area.* If any of these rules are not properly followed it will suppose a penalty for the team according the section 22 (Penalties) of theses rules.
17. INTERRUPTION OF THE RACE (red flag)The race is a nonstop resistance race, so it is not allowed to stop the scooter during the competition. Although, due to securityor other important reasons the direction of the race could interrupt the competition.In the case that the race must be interrupted, there are two possible situations: 1. If in that moment more than 90% of the total time of the competition is completed, the race will be consider finished. 2. If in that moment less than 90% of the total time of the competition is completed, a new start will be carried out. In this case, the positions in the start line will be the same positions scooters had when the competition was interrupted.18. NEUTRALIZATION OF THE RACE- If during the race would occur an incident due to weather conditions, serious accident or something like that, which could compromise or make impossible the normal development of the competition, the race director could decide the neutralization of the race using white flags or SC sings (Safety Car) according to section 11 (White Flag) of these rules.- During the neutralization period it is forbidden the overtaking maneuvers. Any pilot who does not follow this rule will be penalized according to section 22 (Penalties) of these rules.- When the Race Director consider convenient, green flags will be shown in order to restart the race.19. RACE FINISHOnce the 24 hours of the race is completed, the race director will show the checkered flag. The winner will be the team withmore laps completed once the race director has subtracted the penalty laps in the case that these exist.20. FINAL CLASSIFICATIONSThe classification by category will be established according to the number of completed laps until the checkered flag is shownand once the penalty laps are deducted.At the finish of the race if some scooters of the same category have the same number of laps, the order in which the scooterarrives to the finish line will be respected.21. CANCELLATION OR postponement OF THE EVENTThe organization has the right to cancel or postpone the competition if unforeseen events oblige them to take that decision.In that case the organization is not obliged to to indemnify the participants.22. COMPLAINTS- Any complaints regarding the competition as well as technical complaints should be made in writing to the Race Director.- These complaints should be presented within 20 minutes of the race finish.- The complaint has to be presented together with a bail of 100 €. The bail is non refundable in the case the complaint is resolved negative.
23. PENALIZATIONSINFRACTIONS PENALTIESRide in reverse direction on the pit lane warningDo not respect speed in pit lane warningChange pilot out of assigned area warningPeople not authorized in box warningMisconduct warningOvertake in yellow flag, warning or safety car on track warningFail on rest periods 1 lap for 10% of time moreExceeding the time allowed (2 mins)for adjustments on the bike in refueling area 1 lap every 30 secondsRide reverse on the track 2 lapsEnter the bike in the pit lane with a different driver who startedthe relay (allowed for reasons of force majeure) 1 lapDo not assist to Brieffing 2 lapsRefill incorrectly 2 lapsRepairs outside the box 2 lapsGet hep outside pit lane 2 lapsDont stop the engine on refuel area 2 lapsInvading the frank on at the exit 3 lapsFailture Relay Times 5 laps/changeSmoke On pit lane or BoxOffender Not allowed to take start of raceTeam 5 lapsDrunk on verificationsOffender Not allowed to take start of raceTeam 5 lapsDrugs on the race or beforeOffender Not allowed to take start of raceTeam 5 lapsAdvance with caution, or warning signs or safety carin race three times or more in a relaysOffender Exclusion the pilotTeam 8 lapsChanging refueling tank 25 lapsChange engine 50 lapsDorsal unauthorized change in training Cancellation of timesAdvance with caution, or warning signs or safety car in training Cancellation of the best timeUnauthorised change of race dorsal Stop in box and fix the problemDo not wear the identification bracelet Not allowed to start the raceCircular in reverse on the track twice in the same relay Exclusion of the pilotCut the track 1 lapCut the track without autoritation Cancellation of lapChange scooter last classifiedRefusing to do a drug test or alcohol test Not allowed to take start of racePositive on alcohol test Exclusion of the pilotunsportsmanlike conduct Exclusion of the pilotTechnical rules infraction in practice Cancellation of timesTechnical rules infraction lighting By the juryDo not place the bike in closed park at the end of the race Exclusion
24. FLAGS / LIGHT SIGNS- Green flag = free tracks, end of overtaking prohibition- Yellow flag (or flashing yellow light) = Danger, no overtaking- Traffic lights flashing = Danger, no overtaking- Yellow flag (or flashing yellow light) + panel "Slow" = Safety car on track- Poster with initials SC = Safety car on track- Yellow flag with red stripes = Loss of grip, caution- White flag = service vehicle on the track, caution- White flag with red diagonal cross = rain- Black flag + dorsal = immediate stop of indicated dorsal- Black flag + orange circle + dorsal = immediate stop of indicated dorsal- Red flag = interruption of the race. Slowly return to the pits.- Red traffic light = interruption of the race. Slowly return to the pits.- Chequered flag (plaid) = End of the raceINFOMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.orgFORUM: www.vespabcn.foroportal.esFACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/vespatheresistanceTWITTER: @vesparesistanceRegistrations, Teams & Riders: (0034) 665 64 07 90 XaviGeneral Info: (0034) 649 33 01 85 Manel (0034) 687 78 34 12 Enric Mollón (English only)