This picture shows a typical layout of a Formula Offroad track. Start gate to the left and end gate up to the right (MÅL). Photo: Palli Kristmundsson
The competition consists of five technically difficult courses up the vertical slopes and one simpler time course that is more flat on the ground for higher speed. Race tracks in Iceland can also be over water or mud.
[ezcol_2third]Each track is divided into scoring zones 100, 200, 250, 300 and 350 points. These can be seen on both sides in each track. Points are scored depending on how many scoring zones are completed. The highest score for each course is 350 points, it is placed at the top, after the crest of the slope. The center on both front and rear wheels must pass the score line to get full points. The first three scoring zones are individually scored, divided into 10 points. Rules are then available for different types of points deductions. If the car drives out of bound with all four wheels, scoring stops at that point.
The time course is not mandatory, but should be designed passable for all contestants. The track time begins when the front of the car leaves the starting gate and time stops when the front of the car passes the final gate. The fastest driver gets 350 points. The other drivers gets a point deduction per 1/10 second, but will not be awarded less than 150 points.
[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]The gates to the left of the car are white (fig.1) in the Unlimited class and yellow (fig.2) in the Modified class. On the right side of the car, the side marker is black (fig.3) or red (fig.4) in both classes. The distance between the gates is 4 meters.[/ezcol_2third_end]
Some so-called driving violations will result in a point deduction even if the car clears the course. Depending on the violation the point deduction are as follows 10, 20, 40, 60 or 100 points.
Drivers get points deducted for:
- Stop within the course but can continue in the course.
- Touch or run over track markings with one or three wheels.
- Touch or run over track markings with the car’s waist with two wheels.
- Only one wheel within the gate.
- Reversing is allowed inside the planned course, but not reversing through a gate.
Points deduction will only apply if the driver tries to drive forward after reversing.