British Scooter Endurance Club

Rules and Regulations – updated October 2020

 

 

The following regulations apply to all British Scooter Endurance Club (BSEC) events. Supplementary regulations pertaining to particular circuits could be added if required.

These events are promoted by the British Scooter Endurance Club.

The event is to allow traditional classic style geared scooters and riders to practice and then compete in a time challenge endurance event with like-minded scooter riders. This challenge is open to all traditional style full bodied two stroke geared scooters.

 

​The Target or Aim

To prepare a scooter and, with a team of riders, see how many laps you can complete in the endurance event.

The Teams

Each team will consist of one scooter with a minimum of 3 riders and a maximum of 5 riders.

The riders and non-riding members of the team (if required by team) will be issued with wristbands and only people with wristbands will have access to certain areas of the pit lane track and the fuelling zone.

​Nobody under the age of 16 can be issued with a wristband.

​All riders will need to supply a copy of a full motorcycle road licence or a two-wheel road race licence the first time they enter a BSEC event.

​No rider can ride in more than one team.

​Novices must wear a high viz orange vest for the duration of the event, the BSEC will supply these. All novices to wear the hi viz top for a minimum of two meetings, however riders are encouraged to wear them for longer.

Scooter and Classes

All scooters must have a minimum 12bhp performance in order to reduce top speed variations (equivalent to an average standard 200cc scooter). If in doubt please contact us by email: bsecuk@outlook.com

1  Pro Race Class. Any full body style scooter - this can include race and road scooters.    

    Open to all riders.

2  Race Class. Any full body style scooter - this can include race and road scooters.                                         Only one race licence holder per team held over the last five years.                                                                   

Win the class twice and your team will move up to Pro Race class.

​3   Road Class. This class is open to any DVLA road registered scooter used on the road all year by road riding scooterists, it must be up to full MOT standards.                                                                                                                                

No ACU licence holders within the last 5 years.                                                                                               

Win the class twice and your team move up to Race Class.

4   Club Class. The same spec scooter as road class but no member of the team to have ever held any form of two wheeled road race licence. After three seasons/years or two wins your team will move up to Road Class.

For clarification: ACU race licence is those that have road raced not sprinted and hill climbed.

 

Technical Requirements for all classes of scooters.

The scooter will be of a traditional style two stroke with manual gears and should be presented in a good, clean condition.

​The engine must be fitted and secured as per the original scooter design.

​The frame and forks should be as per original or a similar build type, apart from brackets for aftermarket dampers and springs etc.

Zip forks can be used in a Vespa, Servetta and scomadi forks can be used in a Lambretta. Large body Lambretta forks can be used in a vega.

​All panel work should be as original as possible to keep the original design features and silhouette of the scooter. Trimming is allowed for the fitting of exhausts and carbs etc. Panels and bodywork can be replaced by composite and fibreglass items.

If the scooter is fitted with a chassis reinforcing bar, there must be a plate fitted between the bar and the chassis, the bar must be secured by a minimum of four anchor bolts.

Scooters with a fuel tank in the step through area will be in Pro Class.

​The scooter must be fitted with two independently operated brakes, one front and one rear. They must both be in good working order.

​The steering stops must work both left and right.

​The scooter must be fitted with ball ended levers.

​The throttle must be self-closing.

​The drain plugs must be lock wired.

​The fuel tank and cap must be fitted in a secure manner with all fixings in place.

​The seat must be secure.

​The engine must have no oil or fuel leaks.

​The exhaust and Carburettor must be secure with all fixings, including the fuel lines.

​All tyres must be of a treaded style and not worn. Cut slicks are not allowed.

​All wheel and hub nuts must be secure.

​The Fuel and Ignition off position must be clearly marked.

​All other nuts, bolts and brackets must be secure.

​Onboard cameras, if fitted, must be in a cradle and fitted using two separate methods of security. (stuck on, tie wrapped, screwed etc).

​Water cooling is not allowed.

​Fuel must be 100 octane or lower.

​There is a 105 decibel noise limit

 

Extra rules for road and club class scooters only. 

These classes are open to DVLA registered road worthy scooters up to FULL MOT standard. Direction indicators can be removed. The number plate is required so we can check the DVLA basic details if required.

​These scooters must be fitted with a full set of working lights. The lights will be required to be seen working at technical inspection and by BSEC officials, if required during the event. The lights will need to be fully blanked off with duct tape before going on track. The lights/stator must have a generated power source to keep them working.

​The horn and brake light must work.

​The exhaust should be of a road legal type. (We know they might not pass a road legal noise test but that’s OK as long as it is under 105 DB static test level)

​Any bars, mirrors, spare wheels and auxiliary lights and equipment must be removed.

 

Technical Inspection

Every scooter must be presented to Technical Inspection to ensure compliance to class rules before going on track. All riders must present themselves in their riding gear for inspection.

 

Registration of entry

The initial registration of each team must be on the official preliminary entry form. This form, with a copy of the current regulations, will be emailed out to teams.

The forms must be completed and returned with the non-returnable securing deposit as soon as possible to secure the teams place in the starting line-up.

​This entry registration will be acknowledged by email.

​The main entry form, with a copy of the rider declaration, will be emailed out. The entry form must be completed and returned along with the remainder of the payment before the closing date. Failure to do so could jeopardise your place in the starting line up!

​The rider declarations must be completed and returned at the event signing on.

Signing on

At the circuit each team rider needs to sign on. This task is made much easier for us if you attend as a team group.

​All riders will need to produce a completed signed rider registration form and their licences in order to compete in the event. If everything is satisfactory a competitor’s wristband will be issued.

Riding Gear

Minimum riding equipment required.

​Full face Helmet with visor. ACU gold standard or EC approved.

​Leather single piece racing suit or a two-piece zip together leather suit is acceptable.

​Leather motorcycle gloves.

​Motorcycle boots: There must be no gap between the bottom of leathers and the top of the boots.

​Back protector.

​ORANGE Hi Vis top for all novice riders. We will supply these. If you supply your own, they MUST BE ORANGE.

Race Numbers

Each team will be allocated a competition number this number must be displayed on all three sides of the scooter when presented at Technical Inspection.

The numbers must be attached to the front and both sides of the scooter.

​The numbers should clear and visible while the rider is seated on the scooter.

The numbers must contrast the colour of the scooter so they are clearly visible to trackside officials. Black or white preferred.

The minimum height of these numbers is 120mm.

​​Pre practice Briefing

A briefing will take place on the morning on the event - the time to be advised in program. 

All competitors must attend this briefing. Failure to attend could exclude you from the event. 

Any competitor not wearing the sign on wristbands will not be able to go on track.

 

Transponders

Lap counting timing transponders will be required by all teams.

​These are available from the race office or you can register your own at the race office.

The transponder should be securely attached somewhere near the front of the scooter facing downwards. The transponders must be returned to race office at the conclusion of the event.

 

​Practice

Practice will take place after the briefing once the circuit manager/clerk of the course is happy everything is safe for the practice to proceed.

Time and length of practice to be advised in the program.

​Practice is normally 1.5 hours long. This will give all teams members time to familiarise themselves with the scooter and the track layout. Practice details in program.

​All scooters must be fitted with a working transponder.

​The practice will be timed to establish safe start positions for the endurance event.

Fuel and fuelling

The fuel zone is closed during a red flag incident

There will be a dedicated refuelling zone.

​This is a no smoking zone.

​Nobody 16 or under allowed in fuelling zone.

​Fuel can be stored in this area.

​Only wristband wearing team members are allowed in the fuelling zone.

​Refuelling is only allowed to be carried out in the dedicated fuelling zone.

The scooters engine must be turned off before entering the refuelling zone and cannot be restarted until after you leave the refuelling zone.

​The scooter must be pushed into and out of the refuelling zone. Not scooted!

​Any wristband wearing team member can push the scooter in the fuelling zone area.

The scooter must be on a stand before refuelling commences.

​A maximum of three team members can be present at the bike during fuelling.

​If the scooter requires adjustments or repairs, it must be removed from the fuelling zone.

​The use of rapid jerry cans known as “tuff Jugs” is allowed.

​Any fuel spillages must be cleared up immediately.

​There will be fire extinguishers in the fuelling zone - please familiarise yourself with their locations.

Change of Engine or Scooter.

In the event of a mechanical failure during practice or during the 6 hour endurance event teams are allowed to change the engine.  No lap penalty will be awarded.

​Teams may have a reserve scooter and in the event of a failure of the main machine in the main endurance event the team can use the reserve scooter. The reserve scooter must have passed technical inspection and carry the same number as the original scooter but preceded with the letter A - this A must be displayed by the race number in all the three number positions. The penalty for changing the scooter will be minus 20 laps (depending on circuit) from the teams total score. Failure to inform race control of the change of scooter will lead to disqualification from the event.

The endurance challenge

The start

The starting positions for the endurance will be displayed in race control after the practice has finished.

​The start of the race will be of the ‘Le Mans‘ style.

​The Le Mans style start involves two wristband wearing members of the team.   The rider plus one other (who will hold the scooter and keep it running while the rider is waiting on the other side of the track) wait s for the start flag to be dropped. The rider then crosses the track, gets on the machine and rides off!

​The riders and assistant will be called down to the paddock gate lined up in starting order. Once everybody is assembled the riders will do one warm up lap keeping in position the scooters will then be lined up for the Le Mans start.

The assistants must clear the track area as soon as the race has started.

​Riders arriving late for the formation lap will have to start the event from the pit lane once all the other teams have passed from the start.

 

The hours ..........

This is a team event and all team members must ride the scooter as part of that team.

Each team member is required to do a minimum ride time on the scooter: this equates to 60% of each riders equal time on track of the full 6 hours. Penalties apply if not adhered to.

3 riders in team = minimum 72 minutes each rider.

4 riders in team = minimum 54 minutes each rider.

5 riders in team = minimum 44 minutes each rider.

In the event of red flag incidents and lost time we will look at the time sheets if required.

​Maximum ride time without a rider change is 65 minutes. Penalties apply if not adhered to.

To be classed as completing the endurance the scooter must past the finish line within 5 minutes of the display of the chequered flag.

​Any scooters on the same lap at the finish will be classed in finish order across the finish line.

​For reasons of force majeure the circuit manager/clerk of the course can interrupt the event. A red flag will be shown and in these circumstances all scooters should return to pit lane slowly with no overtaking then line up and await further instructions.

​The finishing order of the teams will be determined by the highest number of laps completed subtracting any possible penalties incurred.

 

Warning Flags

 

​Yellow Flag

Overtaking is forbidden

When shown stationary at the flag marshal post this flag indicates danger ahead: riders must slow down.

When shown waved at the flag marshal post this flag indicates that the danger is more imminent: riders must be prepared to stop.

Red Flag

Overtaking is forbidden

When the practice or event is interrupted. The red flag will be waved at each flag marshal’s post.  Riders must return slowly to the pit lane or as directed by the Marshals

All riders must maintain the same track position when stopped.

Infringement of the flag rules will be penalised.

The red flag may also be used to close the track.

Any time lost due to a red flag incident will not count against the riders 65 minute maximum time on track.

The fuel zone is closed during a red flag incident.

Black Flag

This flag is used to convey instructions to one rider only and is displayed motionless together with the rider’s number.

The rider must stop at the pits at the end of the current lap and cannot restart until allowed by organisers.

Any infringement of this rule will be penalised.

Communication between team and rider

Communication with rider is by pit board only.

Radio communication is not allowed.

 

Entering and leaving pits

When the rider wants to enter the pit lane area they must slow down at the exit side of the track and raise their left arm to indicate their intention to other riders.

​All riders should take care and be aware of other riders when re-joining the live track.

Riders on track must take extra care when in the pit exit area.

Behaviour and Discipline

The team manager/principle/main rider is responsible for the behaviour of his team and guests.

​The drinking of alcohol by any wristband team member is forbidden during the actual event. 

​The speed limit in the paddock and pit lane is 5mph (walking pace). Reckless speed in these areas will result in a lap penalties or team disqualification.

Crash helmets must be worn every time a scooter is ridden either on track or in the paddock.

Aggressive and close riding to anybody on track, especially novice team riders, will lead to severe time penalties. We will be using roving spotters to keep an eye on you all. Penalties will apply.

BSEC stewards must be obeyed, no question. Strict penalties will apply.

The track and pit lane are one way and under no circumstances can you ride in the opposite direction.

​No scooters or generators to be run after 11.00pm.

​Be respectful to all, both on and off track.

 

​Protests

Any protest, either sporting or technical, must be made in writing to a BSEC official within 20 minutes of the end of the event.

​The protest fee of £100 cash is payable at that time and will not be returned if the protest is rejected.

Awards

These will be made per class and depending on entries extra sub classes might be featured.

Other stuff......

​Each team must have a minimum 2 KG Foam or dry powder fire extinguisher.

​Drones are not allowed.

​GoPro style cameras cannot be fitted anywhere on a rider or onto a crash helmet.

 

Penalties.

                                                 

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Suspension or postponement of the event

In exceptional circumstances the organisation reserve the right to suspend or postpone the event. This is without obligation for compensation to participants.

​These regulations may be subject to small alterations, the basic content will not alter.