REGULATIONS AND SPECIFICATIONS FOR THE 2009 NORTHERN REGIONS
ALFA ROMEO TROFEO RACE SERIES OF SOUTH AFRICA
MSA NORTHERN REGIONS MOTORSPORT CIRCULAR

1 - Aim of the Series:

1.1       To promote a race series for classic Alfa Romeo owners in South Africa with the following goals:
1.1.1   Classic looks, modern performance
1.1.2   Accessible and informal
1.1.3   Positive atmosphere amongst drivers and enthusiasts
1.1.4   Mutual respect on and off the track
1.1.5   Affordable racing
1.1.6   To declare Class and Overall Series Winners

2 - Title:

2.1       The name of the series shall be Alfa Romeo Trofeo Race Series of South Africa hereafter
known as “Trofeo”.

3 - Controllers of the Series

3.1       The Controllers of the Series will be Motorsport South Africa (herein referred to as MSA), who have delegated the management and control to the Northern Regions Motorsport Committee and a sub-committee of the Zwartkops Racing Club known as the Trofeo Committee.
3.2       The Trofeo will have a committee comprising the following:
3.2.1   Executive (4 members)
3.2.2   Scrutineering Team (2 members)
3.2.3   Technical Assistance Team (2 members)
3.2.4   Driver Training Team (2 members)

4 - Jurisdiction:

4.1       All qualifying races will be held under the General Competition Rules (GCR’s) and Standing Supplementary Regulations (SSR’s) of Motorsport South Africa             (MSA), these Standing Regulations and the Supplementary Regulations issued by the Promoters.

 

5 - Eligibility:

    1. The Series is open to all holders of valid competition licences issued by MSA and who are domiciled in the area under the jurisdiction of MSA.
    2. All competitors are to be current members of the Trofeo (Zwartkops Racing Club) with eligible vehicles.
    3. Competitors will be responsible for all race fees.
    4. The Trofeo is not responsible for individual entry acceptance for any event.
    5. The Trofeo is a division of Zwartkops Racing Club.

 

6 - Eligible Vehicles:

    1. Alfa Romeo cars originally designed and supplied before 1985 that comply with the Vehicle Specifications are eligible (see 6.6).
    2. Initial eligibility inspections and classifications, with yearly compliance inspections, will be arranged by the Scrutineering Team.
    3. All eligible vehicles will be issued with an official sticker to be displayed at all times.
    4. Any queries or protests regarding individual vehicles’ eligibility will be decided upon by the committee.
    5. Eligible vehicles include (but are not limited to) all variations of the following Alfa Romeo models

6.5.1   33
6.5.2   75
6.5.3   101     Giulietta – Ti, Sprint, Spider, Sprint Veloce
6.5.4   105     Giulia - 1300 Berlina, 1300 Ti, 1300 Super, Ti, Super, 1750, 2000 Berlina,
Sprint GT, Sprint GT Veloce, 1750 GTV, 2000 GTV, GT 1300 Junior,
Montreal, Spider
6.5.5   115     Giulia – GT 1600 Junior
6.5.6   116     Alfetta – GT Coupe, GTV, Berlina, GTV 6, Giulietta
6.5.7   119     Alfa 6
6.5.8   750     Giulietta Sprint
6.5.9   753     Giulietta Ti
6.5.10 901     Alfasud
6.5.11 902     Sprint
6.6       Specific exceptions for models not falling within the above listing will be made based on individual applications made to the committee (these include, but are not limited to, 156, 164, Spider and GTV models built after 1985).

7 - Determination of Series:

7.1       The series will be run in the following classes:
7.1.1   Ti Class                     -           Standard Alfa Romeo cars
7.1.2   Veloce Class           -           Modified roadworthy Alfa Romeo cars
7.1.3   GTA Class                -           Open class for race prepared Alfa Romeo cars
7.2       A minimum of 3 vehicles will be required to constitute a class.
7.3       Should insufficient entries be present at an event, a competitor may opt to enter another class, provided the chosen class is at least one category higher than that originally entered into.

7.4       As the series is run on a handicap basis, and until such time as numbers are sufficiently consistent to ensure regular class segregation, points and awards will be made for overall Driver’s Championship positions only.

8 - Series Structure:

    1. The series will run in accordance with season as detailed in the MSA calendar of each year.
    2. Race dates will be determined by the MSA Northern Regions Motorsport Committee.
    3. The series will consist of a minimum of 5 race meetings.
    4. Points will be awarded on the following basis for each heat towards the series championship:

8.4.1   Number of starters = Maximum points (ie – If 15 cars start the race, the winner will
receive 15 points, with the runner-up scoring 14 points and so on)
8.4.2   Non-finishers will receive 0 points
8.5       Should there be fewer competitors than 6 in a heat, points will be awarded as follows:
8.5.1   5 Competitors                                                           -           9/8/7/6/5         points
8.5.2   4 Competitors                                                           -           8/7/6/5            points
8.5.3   3 Competitors                                                           -           7/6/5               points
8.5.4   2 Competitors                                                           -           6/5                   points
8.5.5   1 Competitor                                                             -           5                      points
8.6       For all “away” events (Lichtenburg / Phakisa), any competitor who participates by commencing a lap of the circuit during official practice / qualifying / heats, will be awarded an additional 10 points towards the Overall Championship.
8.7       To be eligible for any series points or awards, an entrant must have entered the series and complied completely with all the rules prior to any race (see 5.1 through 5.3).
8.8       The committee will deduct 5 series points from any driver found to have performed any unsportsmanlike driving behavior during any event on the Trofeo calendar. This penalty will be in addition to any penalty applied by the Clerk of the Course.
8.9       Should a Trofeo heat take place in conjunction with another race series run on a handicap basis (Porsche 924 Challenge / HRCR Marque Cars / etc.), the Trofeo entrants will be extracted from the heat results and points allocated based on these placings, as per 8.4 and 8.5. Trofeo members are advised that such heats will be run using the handicapping calculations / breakout times / starting procedures of the series under which the heat is controlled, and these may vary from those detailed in sections 9 and 10.
8.10    Driver changes between heats is allowed. Points will be scored per heat and per driver, with no points combining allowed. Handicapping will be calculated as per section 10, with the car carrying the times over. Drivers are advised to then make use of conservative time allocations in order to limit the chances of breakouts, should the different drivers have significant differences in lap time abilities. The Trofeo committee / handicapping team / Clerk of the Course / Timekeepers / Commentators are to be advised of each and every driver exchange taking place during any event.
8.12    Drivers may alternate between classes during the year. However, points will not be carried over from 1 class to the next for class championships. Points will, however, be accumulated for overall championship standings. Example – If a driver accumulates 50 points in the Ti Class, and then modifies his car to be eligible for the Veloce class, and then accumulates 60 points in the Veloce class, his points at the end of the year will be as follows:

Ti Class                                  -           50 points towards Ti Class Championship
Veloce Class                                    -           60 points towards Veloce Class Championship
Overall points for the year  -           110 points towards Overall Driver’s
Championship

9 - Race Format:

9.1       Trofeo race events will run according to the following format, and may be altered at the discretion of the Clerk of the Course, subject to prevailing conditions on race day:
9.1.1   Warm-up                    -           Untimed practice of a minimum of 10 minutes
(Mandatory for novices only)
9.1.2   Documentation        -           Mandatory for all entrants (3 point penalty for failure to
attend)
9.1.3   Drivers Briefing        -           Mandatory for all entrants (3 point penalty for failure to
attend)
9.1.4   Official Practice        -           Timed practice sessions of a minimum of 10 minutes
9.1.5   Race Heat                 -           Minimum 8 lap race, depending on circuit length (2
heats)
9.2       Specific times for each Trofeo event schedule will be issued 2 weeks prior to each event.
9.3       These times will be determined by the organisers of the race meeting and will be published in the event Supplementary Regulations and any Final Instructions issued by the event organisers.
9.4       Each competitor’s official practice and heat times will be taken into consideration for a handicap based starting position.
9.5       All classes will run on the track together, provided the complete number of entrants does not exceed 30, at which time the field may be split accordingly, and at the discretion of the Clerk of the Course, dependant on prevailing conditions and course layout.
9.6       Where a race meeting is cancelled without a heat race being run past 80% of scheduled race distance, the meeting will be considered void and not counted as part of the Trofeo series.
9.7       All novices will only be allowed on the track with the “novice tape” attached to the rear of their vehicle. This tape will be provided by the committee, and will be removed once the competitor is no longer deemed to be a novice race driver.

10 - Handicap System:

    1. The position on the grid for each heat is determined by taking the individual handicap time for that heat multiplied by the number of laps and adding a ½ second per car to be passed.

10.2    Cars are set off at different intervals with the slowest car starting first and the fastest last.
10.3    The handicap lap time is set for the first heat based on the fastest qualifying lap time on the day with an option for the driver to nominate a faster lap time to avoid breaking the handicap lap time after adjusting for the allowance.
10.4    Any Competitor failing to take part in an official qualifying session and failing to nominate a handicap lap time, will be given a handicap time based on historical data at the discretion of the individual responsible for calculating handicapping on the day.
10.5    The competitor will have the option to nominate a time subject to the exclusion rule below. (The allowance is 2.5% in the first heat and 1.5% in the second).
10.6    Should the lap time on any single lap during the first heat be an improvement of more than 2.5% on the allocated lap time, the driver is excluded from the results for that heat.
10.7    The second heat handicap time is based on the best lap time from the first heat, practice session, or nominated time, whichever is fastest. See 10.8.
10.8    If a Competitor has mechanical difficulties during qualifying or heat 1, which can be rectified between the running of heat 1 and 2, a lap time more in line with that Competitor’s ability may be nominated for heat 2 to minimize the possibility of a breakout.
10.9    Should the lap time on any single lap during the second heat be an improvement of more than 1.5% on the allocated / nominated lap time, the driver will be excluded from the results for that heat.
10.10  The Clerk of the Course and the individual responsible for calculating handicapping on the day must be notified should a competitor be unable to compete in a heat.
10.11  Should weather conditions or conditions of the circuit during the race be very different to the conditions which applied during official practice, the exclusion of competitors due to beating handicap time including the relevant allowance may be waived or the allowance amended.

11 - Vehicle Specifications:

11.1    The Trofeo is intended to promote friendly, competitive and affordable motor racing using Alfa Romeo cars.
11.1.1             Modifications are limited in certain classes to ensure competing cars are of similar specification and all competing drivers have equal opportunity to win the series.
11.1.2             All cars are expected to look standard in appearance, and be smartly maintained and presented.
11.1.3             The Trofeo is open to all Alfa Romeos designed, manufactured, and supplied before 1985 (specific exclusions will be granted dispensation on a case by case basis).
11.1.4             All official Trofeo and series sponsorship decals (including numbers and class allocation) are to be displayed at all times during Trofeo events.
11.2    Each vehicle is expected to conform to the following minimum safety requirements:
11.2.1             Fire extinguisher of minimum 1kg capacity (inspected and certified by an authorized inspection service every 6 months) securely fastened within drivers reach once fully seated and strapped in.
11.2.2             Hubcaps and wheel embellishers must be removed.
11.2.3             Remoulded or retread tyres are not permitted.
11.2.4             FIA approved harness within it’s lifespan as per attached tag.
11.2.5             All glass light lenses to be taped over.
11.2.6             Windscreens must be of a laminated type.
11.2.7             No window tinting allowed.
11.2.8             Oil filter secured with locking wire.
11.2.9             Oil sump plug lockwired.
11.2.10           Gearbox drain plug lockwired.
11.2.11           Differential drain plug lockwired.
11.2.12           Ignition key operational, if so fitted.
11.2.13           Engine coolant expansion tank fitted (minimum 1 liter).
11.2.14           Open engine breathers to be fitted with an oil vapour catchpot (minimum 1 liter), or routed to air intake filter housing, if so fitted.
11.2.15           At least 2 rear view mirrors to be in position and secure.
11.2.16           All spare wheels, tools and other loose items removed during events.
11.2.17           No visible fluid leaks.
11.2.18           No glycol based antifreeze or coolant additives to be added to cooling water.
11.2.19           All vehicles are to have MSA approved log books present during scrutineering.
11.3    Each entrant is expected to adhere to the following minimum requirements regarding personal safety:
11.3.1             Drivers are required to wear fire resistant racing overalls. The use of fire resistant undergarments is encouraged.
11.3.2             Helmets, gloves, and closed shoes are to be worn at all times during events, and are required to be presented for scrutineering.

12 - Classes

    1. Ti Class (Standard Alfa Romeos with no modifications other than those for reasons of safety allowed)

12.1.1             General
12.1.1.1          Roadworthy / roadgoing and preferably road registered Alfa Romeos.
12.1.2             Trim
12.1.2.1          All interior trim (including carpeting, headlining and instrumentation) is to remain fitted.
12.1.2.2          The original drivers seat may be replaced with a competition seat.
12.1.2.3          Steering wheels may only be replaced with a unit originally specified as an Alfa Romeo approved accessory.
12.1.2.4          Roll cages are recommended but not mandatory (entrants not having roll cages will be required to sign an indemnity on registration).
12.1.2.5          A competition harness is mandatory.
12.1.2.6          Harnesses are to be FIA approved, with a minimum of 3” shoulder straps fitted.
12.1.2.7          Specific exclusions granted by MSA will be accepted, provided the driver can produce written evidence of such exclusion.
12.1.3             External
12.1.3.1          Bumpers may be removed, but preferably retained.
12.1.3.2          Aerodynamic modifications are not permitted.
12.1.3.3          Glasswork to remain as per the original model concerned other than the fitting of a laminated windscreen.
12.1.3.4          Should laminated windscreens not be available for a particular model, the controllers may specify a windscreen of alternative material.
12.1.3.5          All external lights (headlights, taillights, indicators) must be present and functional.
12.1.3.6          Externally accessible towing eyes are to be fitted front and rear, and clearly marked “TOW”.
12.1.4             Engine
12.1.4.1          Engines must be a standard Alfa Romeo engine and must be originally from the model concerned.
12.1.4.2          Intake systems (carburetor or fuel injection system) must remain as per original specification with original air filtration systems.
12.1.4.3          Flywheel and clutch must be standard as originally fitted to the model concerned.
12.1.4.4          No oil cooling unless originally fitted.
12.1.4.5          Cooling system must be from the model concerned.
12.1.4.6          Cooling fan must be original.
12.1.4.7          Electronic ignition systems may be fitted.
12.1.4.8          Battery position to be as per originally mounted in the model concerned.
12.1.4.9          Fuel pump position and type to be as per original.
12.1.5             Electrical system
12.1.5.1          Wiring harness to remain standard.
12.1.5.2          Externally accessible ignition cut-out switch or trigger mechanism operating an internal ignition cut-out switch (capable of isolating the battery and cutting the ignition and electric fuel pump (if fitted) without any additional internal or external switches being de-activated) to be fitted, operational, and clearly marked with the internationally standard “red lightning bolt on blue background”.
12.1.6             Exhaust
12.1.6.1          Exhaust systems must be standard to the first silencer box, after which they are free, provided the number of silencers fitted is the same as the original and they conform to the relevant Road Ordinance Act.
12.1.7             Drive train
12.1.7.1          Transmissions and differentials must be from the model concerned and must remain standard.
12.1.8             Suspension
12.1.8.1          Suspensions must remain standard for the model concerned.
12.1.8.2          Camber, castor and toe settings are free.
12.1.8.3          Spring and damper rates are free.
12.1.8.4          No rose-jointing of any suspension component is allowed.
12.1.8.5          Anti roll bars must remain standard where fitted.
12.1.9             Steering
12.1.9.1          Steering mechanism to remain standard.
12.1.10           Brakes
12.1.10.1        Brake friction material and fluid are free.
12.1.10.2        No other brake modifications are allowed.
12.1.11           Wheels and tyres
12.1.11.1        Wheels must be from the model concerned.
12.1.11.2        Tyres must be street legal (skimming allowed) or semi-slick units, no full slicks allowed.
12.1.12           Vehicle weight
12.1.12.1        Vehicle weight to remain within 5% of original registered licensing mass.

12.2    Veloce Class (Modified roadgoing Alfa Romeo cars)
12.2.1             General
12.2.1.1          Standard Alfa Romeos with minimal modifications allowed.
12.2.1.2          All vehicles must be in roadgoing condition but need not be registered.
12.2.2             Trim
12.2.2.1          All interior trim (including carpeting, headlining, sound deadening material and seats) may be removed.
12.2.2.2          Instrumentation, utilising the original dashboard orifices and mounting points, may be modified.
12.2.2.3          The original drivers seat must be replaced with a competition seat, along with a competition harness (minimum 4 point).
12.2.2.4          All harnesses are to be FIA approved, with a minimum of 3” shoulder straps fitted.
12.2.2.5          Steering wheels are free, however, the use of period Alfa Romeo approved accessories is encouraged for sake of originality.
12.2.2.6          Roll cages (minimum 6 point) are mandatory.
12.2.3             External
12.2.3.1          Bumpers may be removed.
12.2.3.2          Aerodynamic modifications are not permitted.
12.2.3.3          Glasswork is free.
12.2.3.4          All external lights (headlights, taillights, indicators) must be present.
12.2.3.5          On vehicles with 4 headlights, up to 2 units may be removed and replaced with suitable mesh for purposes of air induction for cooling or air intake purposes.
12.2.3.6          Externally accessible towing eyes are to be fitted front and rear, and clearly marked “TOW”.
12.2.4             Engine
12.2.4.1          Engines must be an Alfa Romeo engine and must be originally from the model concerned.
12.2.4.2          Engine modifications are free.
12.2.4.3          Intake system (carburetor or fuel injection) modifications are free.
12.2.4.4          Flywheel and clutch modifications are free.
12.2.4.5          Oil cooling permitted providing the oil cooler does not alter the external silhouette of the vehicle.
12.2.4.6          Cooling systems and fans are free.
12.2.4.7          Electronic ignition systems may be fitted.
12.2.4.8          Battery position is free.
12.2.4.9          Fuel pump position and type are free.
12.2.4.10        Air filtration systems are free.
12.2.5             Electrical system
12.2.5.1          Modifications are free.
12.2.5.2          Externally accessible ignition cut-out switch or trigger mechanism operating an internal ignition cut-out switch (capable of isolating the battery and cutting the ignition and electric fuel pump (if fitted) without any additional internal or external switches being de-activated) to be fitted, operational, and clearly marked with the internationally standard “red lightning bolt on blue background”.
12.2.6             Exhaust
12.2.6.1          Exhaust systems are free, provided they do not produce a noise level in excess of 105 dBA @ 5 meters at any stage of the motor’s rev range.
12.2.6.2          Side exit exhausts are allowed.
12.2.7             Drive train
12.2.7.1          Transmissions and differentials must be Alfa Romeo and may be modified.

12.2.7.2          Fitment of limited slip differentials is permitted, provided an Alfa Romeo unit
is used.
12.2.7.3          Percentage slip is free.
12.2.8             Suspension
12.2.8.1          Suspension modifications are free.
12.2.8.2          Camber, castor and toe specifications are free.
12.2.8.3          Spring and damper rates are free.
12.2.8.4          Ride height is free providing no part of the vehicle’s undercarriage touches the ground when one or more tyres are without air pressure.
12.2.8.5          Rose-jointing is allowed.
12.2.8.6          Anti roll bars are free.
12.2.9             Steering
12.2.9.1          Steering mechanism is free.
12.2.10           Brakes
12.2.10.1        Brake modifications are free.
12.2.10.2        Driver adjustable brake bias proportioning systems are allowed.
12.2.11           Wheels and tyres
12.2.11.1        Wheels must be from the model concerned, or period Alfa Romeo approved accessories.
12.2.11.2        Tyres must be street legal (skimming allowed) or semi-slick units, no full slicks allowed.
12.2.12           Vehicle weight
12.2.12.1        Vehicle weight is free.

12.3    GTA Class (Open class for race prepared Alfa Romeo cars)
12.3.1             General
12.3.1.1          Standard Alfa Romeo road cars converted to race cars.
12.3.2             Trim
12.3.2.1          All interior trim (including carpeting, headlining and seats) may be removed. 12.3.2.2            Instrumentation and dashboard may be modified, however, the use of the
original dashboard casing and silhouette is encouraged.
12.3.2.3          The original drivers seat must be replaced with a competition seat, along with a competition harness (minimum 4 point).
12.3.2.4          All harnesses are to be FIA approved, with a minimum of 3” shoulder straps fitted.
12.3.2.5          Steering wheels are free.
12.3.2.6          Roll cages (minimum 6 point) are mandatory.
12.3.3             External
12.3.3.1          Bumpers may be removed.
12.3.3.2          Aerodynamic modifications are permitted, provided the vehicle silhouette replicates the original model concerned, and the items fitted were originally Alfa Romeo approved accessories of the period.
12.3.3.3          Glasswork is free, provided windscreen are of a laminated type or an approved plexiglass, such as Lexan®.
12.3.3.4          Body panels may be replaced with composite replicas providing the vehicles’ silhouette is not altered.
12.3.3.5          Externally accessible towing eyes are to be fitted front and rear, and clearly marked “TOW”.
12.3.3.6          All external lights (headlights, taillights, indicators), or replicas thereof must be present.
12.3.4             Engine
12.3.4.1          Engine must be an Alfa Romeo unit.
12.3.4.2          “Twinspark” units from 75 / 155 / 164 series are allowed. (Members are reminded to ensure their cars conform to all technical regulations of other series’ they intend competing in when building their race cars, as this specific modification is not allowed by various motorsport governing bodies).
12.3.4.3          Intake system (carburetor or fuel injection) modifications are free.
12.3.4.4          Engine modifications are free, including oversizing and capacity increases.
12.3.4.5          Flywheel and clutch modifications are free.
12.3.4.6          Oil cooling permitted providing the oil cooler does not alter the external silhouette of the vehicle.
12.3.4.7          Dry sump systems are allowed.
12.3.4.8          Cooling systems and fans are free.
12.3.4.9          Electronic ignition systems may be fitted.
12.3.4.10        Battery position is free.
12.3.4.11        Fuel pump position, number and type are free.
12.3.4.12        Air filtration systems are free.
12.3.4.13        Forced induction allowed.

12.3.5             Electrical system
12.3.5.1          Modifications are free.
12.3.5.2          Externally accessible ignition cut-out switch or trigger mechanism operating an internal ignition cut-out switch (capable of isolating the battery positive feed and cutting the ignition and electric fuel pump (if fitted) without any additional internal or external switches being de-activated) to be fitted, operational, and clearly marked with the internationally standard “red lightning bolt on blue background”.
12.3.6             Exhaust
12.3.6.1          Exhaust systems are free for closed circuit racing purposes.
12.3.7             Drive train
12.3.7.1          Transmissions and differentials must be Alfa Romeo and may be modified. 12.3.7.2            Fitment of limited slip differentials is permitted.
12.3.8             Suspension
12.3.8.1          Suspensions modifications are free.
12.3.8.2          Camber, castor and toe specifications are free.
12.3.8.3          Spring and damper rates are free.
12.3.8.4          Ride height is free providing no part of the vehicle’s undercarriage touches the ground when one or more tyres are without air pressure.
12.3.8.5          Full rose-jointing is allowed.
12.3.8.6          Anti roll bars are free.
12.3.9             Steering
12.3.9.1          Steering mechanism is free.
12.3.10           Brakes
12.3.10.1        Brake modifications are free.
12.3.11           Wheels and tyres
12.3.11.1        Wheels are free provided they are Alfa Romeo units.
12.3.11.2        Tyres are free.
12.3.12.1        Vehicle weight
12.3.12.1.1    Vehicle weight is free.

13 - Involvement in Other Race Series:

13.1    In order for Trofeo members to gain exposure to other forms of racing, it is recommended that members join other race series for which their vehicles are eligible.

14 - Contact Details:

14.1    Telephone                 -           082 448 8224
14.2    Fax                             -           012 343 9364
14.3    Website                      -           www.zwartkops.co.za
14.4    E-mail                         -           ClintonParsons@heatonvalves.co.za
14.5    Post                            -           Alfa Romeo Trofeo Race Series of South Africa
P O Box 12178
Hatfield
Pretoria
0028
14.6    Contact person         -           Clinton Parsons