Stewards Report for the period ending September 30, 2011:
Of all submitted protests for the period being reported, 19% were unable to be reviewed due to improper filing or missing information. Of the remaining valid protests, 44% were found to be a 'violation' of the policy protested. The remaining were found to be a 'non-violation' or a simple 'racing incident'.
Of the protests upheld in 'violation', 64% of the violators received a penalty affecting their race finishing position, mostly due to repeated failures. Two drivers were removed from the Race2Play service altogether for continued refusal to follow Race2Play's policies pertaining to on-track actions. Other protest-related actions included official warnings for first-time offenses or minor infractions in which a penalty was not required to correct the member's behavior.
The Punting policy was once again the most cited policy (40% of all protests). Of these, 47% were found to be 'in violation' and 56% of the violators received a penalty due to repeat failures to comply. The Off-course excursions policy was the next most commonly cited (26%) and resulted in a 'violation' 50% of the time. 85% of these violators received a 1 lap penalty or greater.
A total of 84 driver records were updated during this reporting period.
The occasion of accidental on-track incidents is an everyday part of motorsports, it is addressed almost exclusively via the post-race protest procedure. However, willful violations, particularly those violations of the Participant Conduct policies, are often handled on the spot by the live Steward. These include arguing, accusing, harassing use of headlamps and horns and other forms of unsportsmanlike conduct.
In total, 100% of all live actions resulted in some form of consequence, which ranged from in-race penalties (42%) to removal from the event (24%) to suspensions from the service (18%) to removal from Race2Play entirely (15%). Five drivers were removed from the Race2Play service for refusal to follow Race2Play's codes of conduct.
Participant Conduct - Expectations
"It is expected that every participant... shall conduct themselves according to the highest standards of behavior and sportsmanship... Failure to do so may result in harsh penalties"