After the accident in lap one last night, we should visit this rule that we have in our Rules & Regulations:
"2.17) Official races are not restarted under any circumstance or incident. There will be exceptions such as a general problem; for instance, the lights do not work and the race never starts, or a connection problem with the server. There is only one race restart allowed if and only if half of the drivers plus one retire from the race due to the same incident during the first lap (if there are 10 drivers, 6 will have to retire, or if there are 9 drivers then 5 will have to retire in order to restart the race). If this happens, someone in the chat will ask for a race restart. The restart request without the requirements mentioned before will carry a penalty imposed by the stewards according to their criteria. If this massive accident does happen in the first lap (retirement of half plus 1 of the drivers), drivers are required to drive as if it is the formation lap while the restart procedure is completed, in other words, while it is confirmed that the race must be restarted. If the request does not fulfill the requirements to restart a race, the driver that started it will be penalized as mentioned before and the drivers on track will wait until a race director waves the green flag to continue the race. Note: The word “retire” means that the driver had substantial damages on his car, these being: loss of the rear wing, suspension damage, or the loss of a wheel. Going off track, spinning out, or the loss of the front wing are not excuses to retire from a race. It is mandatory that the driver makes a clean start without hitting the others in order to maintain his permanence in the race. The stewards will check each replay from any restarted race to verify that the retired drivers had substantial non-repairable damages on their cars. If the race was restarted and the replay shows that the damages were repairable, the driver that started the restart request and did not make sure that the retired drivers had non-repairable damages, will be penalized as described before in this section."
The rule seems okay but it has never been put to the test, and last night we had an opportunity and we did not know what to do about it.
A recommendation would be to practice this scenario before we have our next race, so that at least we become familiar on how to proceed.
There's also the suggestion of having a race director that would watch the start live and make the call when half of the field + 1 have major damages from the same incident.
Please voice your opinions, anything that you think it's not right please let us know. We are still growing and now it's the time to polish some of this rules.
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