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RULES GP CHALLENGE

PURPOSE OF THE AGREEMENT

The purpose of this agreement is to jointly create the “Grand Prix Challenge 2024” within the respective championships of the two organizations. The goal is to keep the Grand Prix Class at the forefront and secure racing venues for the future. Both organizations aim to work together for the health of hydroplane racing.

 

DURATION OF THE AGREEMENT

The agreement is for the 2024 season, specifically covering three race weekends across four racing venues: Guntersville (Alabama) and/or Brockville (Ontario) on June 29-30, 2024, Madison (Indiana) on July 6-7, 2024, and ending in Valleyfield (Québec) on July 12-13-14, 2024.

 

BASE OF THE AGREEMENT

To encourage participation in the “Challenge,” boats will share a special prize pool of at least $40,000 USD, in addition to the usual tow/prize money offered by each of the competition venues participating in the Challenge.

To be eligible for this additional prize money, boats must meet the following criteria:

  1. The top five participants with the most points during the Challenge will share the prize money.
  2. Participants must be present and compete in three race weekends included in this agreement.
  3. Participants must be present and compete in at least two race weekends. To be considered a participant, a boat must complete at least one qualifying session and one legal start, OR two legal starts at two of the venues mentioned above.

SIGN-IN

Sign-in is held between 7:30 and 8:00 AM every morning. If a driver does not show up during this period, they will not be able to race for the day. This rule applies even to replacement drivers.

CONSOLATION AND NUMBER OF BOATS:

  • 16 boats: 4-4-4-4 + 2 consolations
  • 15 boats: 5-5-5 + 2 consolations
  • 14 boats: 5-5-4 + 2 consolations
  • 13 boats: 5-4-4 + 1 consolation
  • 12 boats: 4-4-4 + 1 consolation
  • 11 boats: 4-4-3 + 1 consolation
  • 10 boats: 5-5 + 1 consolation
  • 9 boats: 5-4 + 1 consolation
  • 8 boats: 4-4 + No consolation
  • 7 boats: 4-3 + No consolation
  • 6 boats: 3-3 + No consolation
  • 5 boats: 5 + No consolation

TIME TRIALS AND LANE ASSIGNMENT

Each driver draws a number corresponding to their lane at sign-in. The number determines the order for time trials, and the results from the time trials decide the lane assignments. Boats that cannot participate in the time trials will automatically be assigned the last lane and receive points according to their final position.

 

WEIGHT REQUIREMENTS

The minimum weight of the participating boats in the Grand Prix Class, including the driver and racing gear, must be at least 3250 lbs, in accordance with the HRL Inboard Rules 2024.

 

ENGINE OPTIONS

Three engine options are accepted, in accordance with the 2023 APBA Rules for inboard racing.

 

POINTS SYSTEM

 

Brockville-Guntersville

To ensure fairness for the first race weekend, the GP Challenge will use the HRL championship points formula.

There is no tie-breaker for the GP Challenge, except for the designation of the overall winner. In this case, the team with the most final victories will be crowned the overall winner of the GP Challenge.

The boat accumulating the most points (time trials, qualifications, and finals) will be awarded:

  • 100 points
  • 84 points
  • 72 points
  • 60 points
  • 52 points
  • 44 points
  • 36 points
  • 32 points

Madison

Regular points for all participants for the GP Challenge and HRL championship for boats (HRL).

 

Valleyfield

Double points for all participants for the GP Challenge and HRL championship for boats (HRL).