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General testing Terms and Conditions

General Testing Terms & Conditions 2015

Licenses and Regulations

All participants must sign on at Race Administration between 07:15 and 11:00 (subject to timetable changes – please view the Testing website prior to setting out on your journey for the latest information). Participants arriving late for signing on, please contact the Safety Team in Race Control.

All participants in testing must be at least 16 years of age. (Where a championship allows under 16’s to compete, call Silverstone Circuits Limited (SCL) for more details.)

All participants must produce a current MSA/FIA Competition Race Licence when car testing, a current MSA/FIA Competition Kart Licence when Kart testing or an ACU/SACU Competition Licence when Bike Testing, at signing on. A parent or legal guardian must counter-sign the registration form of participants under the age of 18 years. If the driver is under 18 years of age and accompanied by the Team Manager, they must provide a letter from the Parent or Guardian.

If your licence is held by a governing body, please call the MSA or ACU and ask them to email a confirmation to the circuit confirming that a valid licence is held – email testing@silverstone.co.uk. Please bring photo I.D. to sign on. Silverstone Circuits Limited has the right to refuse drivers/riders who do not produce their licence when asked.

A driver signing on with a National ‘B’ Competition Licence who is required by the MSA to display a novice cross when Racing, must also display a novice cross on the rear of their car when Testing. A rider signing on with an ACU Licence which is required by the ACU to wear a Novice Jacket when racing, must also wear a Novice Jacket when testing.

Each participant will be issued with a wrist band which must be worn during testing. Please stop at the end of the pit lane and show the wrist band to the marshal.

All participants must wear helmets and safety clothing, which comply with governing body technical/safety regulations, and all vehicles must comply with governing body technical/safety regulations. Road cars/bikes are not permitted on the circuit.

Passengers cannot be carried in vehicles on circuit during testing, the only exception is for Licensed Grade A or above Ards Instructors being in car (front seat), where the Instructor licence must be shown at sign on. Participants will be held responsible for the good conduct of his/her team personnel whilst at the venue.

Noise Limits – For all Vehicles (Cars, Karts and Bikes)

Noise limits will be applied in accordance with our circuit regulations as follows:

  • National Circuit – 102dB on a drive-by test.
  • Grand Prix Circuit – will be in compliance with MSA championship regulations relevant to the vehicle being tested, maximum limit 105dB on a drive-by test, if in doubt please call or get a noise test before going out on circuit.

Please see Section (J) Common Regulations for Competitors : Vehicles – Appendix 1 Chart 5.18: Maximum Noise Limits Drive by limits will be 3dB less than those levels stipulated in the ‘Blue Book’.

It is the obligation of the all competitors/team managers to ensure that the silencer fitted to the vehicle/bike being tested would meet with the requirements of an MSA/ACU scrutineer for that type of vehicle.

Offending vehicles will not be allowed to continue testing.

Should your vehicle fail the static or the drive by noise test and you are excluded from further participation, you will not receive a refund.

If you believe that your vehicle may exceed the above limits then please request a noise test prior to going out on circuit.

Car/Kart Testing: For the avoidance of doubt static measurements are taken at 0.5m at a 45 degree angle with the engine running at ¾ maximum static revs.

Bike Testing: For the avoidance of doubt measurements are taken at 0.5m at a 45 degreeangle with the engine running  at 7,500 rpm, which will equate to  approximately 102dB ride by on the National Circuit.  If a bike exceeds the noise limit and is found to be without baffles fitted, the bike will not be able to continue testing.

There are a number of noise meters located around the circuit which will measure your drive-by noise limit.

No racing engines may be run before 08:30hrs or after 17:30hrs.

Filming

Teams using cameras must complete a form obtained at signing on and have the equipment checked by a member of the Safety Team.  Only bolt on mounting systems designed specifically for the purpose and not suction or other temporary mountings must be used.  Under no circumstances must Helmet Cams be used.  Drones are also expressly forbidden.

Venue, Paddock Access and Departure Times

Access to the Venue and Paddock will be allowed from 07:30hrs on the testing date. If you arrive prior to this time, please park in the car park indicated on the left hand side on the entrance to the circuit. Garages and Paddock clear by 19:00hrs.

Paddock Information

Please be aware of other teams, participants, contractors, pedestrians and SCL staff in the paddock, garages and pit lane. You are responsible for your own safety and that of other users of these areas who may be effected by your operation.

It is your responsibility to risk assess your operation and take the appropriate action to remove or minimise any hazards.

If you are reversing HGVs or other vehicles with restricted viewing then please have a banksman to help you reverse, and ensure that they are wearing hi-vis clothing.

Please do not leave any cables or hoses across walkways. Use the cable ducts provided, or cable matting.

Please make yourself familiar with the garage, paddock and pit rules.

If you have any issues of concern or see any hazards please report them to race control.

Due to the hazardous environment i.e. ‘live paddock’ children under the age of 16 are not allowed on site unless accompanied by an adult. This adult must supervise the child at ALL times. There is no exception.

Children are not allowed to ride cycles around the site but must keep to the paddock where they must be under direct supervision of an adult and they must wear cycle helmets.

Garage Allocation (if requested)

Upon arrival in the paddock, please ensure only the allocated garage is occupied. If you choose not to hire a garage, please ensure all team vehicles park on the opposite side of the paddock, keeping garage bays clear for those who have booked.

No vehicle can be left overnight within the garage without prior written agreement of SCL and with the appropriate risk assessment in place. For the avoidance of doubt any vehicles left with agreement shall be at the owners and not SCL’s risk.

Pit Lane

  • Re-fuelling and the storage of petrol (or other fuels) is not permitted in the pit lane
  • No naked flames (smoking, welding etc) in the pit lane or garages
  • The pit lane is strictly one way. Vehicle access to the pit lane is via the gate between the garage blocks
  • Service vehicles are not allowed in the pit lane. Reckless or dangerous driving will result in exclusion from further testing
  • Unless participating, no persons under the age of 16 are allowed in the pit lane or on the pit wall

On Track

If the circuit is closed to recover a stranded vehicle, red lights and red flags will be shown around the circuit. Participants must complete the lap slowly and return to the pits, but be prepared to stop during their slowing down lap. Ignoring the red lights or overtaking under red lights will result in instant exclusion from further testing and no refund of monies paid will be payable.

The chequered flag will be displayed at the start/finish line to signal the end of a session. Participants must return to the pits.

Flag signals will be shown at some but not all flag points around the circuit throughout the day.

In the event of mechanical failure, the participant must attempt to leave their vehicle in a safe place. The participant should then wait behind the barrier for recovery. Team personnel must obtain permission from Race Control before accessing the circuit.

Following an accident and collision with a permanent barrier, the participant’s wristband will be removed until the participant has received the approval of the medical crew to continue testing. Furthermore for any participant falling from a bike will have their wristband removed until the participant has received the approval of the medical crew to continue testing.

The participant shall reimburse Silverstone the cost to Silverstone for the repair of damage to the property of Silverstone including the circuit or any part of the property (which for avoidance of doubt includes the catch fencing, safety barriers and safety vehicles) caused by the participant, servants or agents or any person in his/her party. All monies due to Silverstone under this clause shall be paid by the participant within 14 days of the demand from Silverstone.

In the event of an incident on track, involving 2 or more vehicles, where driving/riding standards are believe to be the cause, those drivers/riders will have their wristbands confiscated until the Safety Team, and if required the chief instructor have reviewed the incident using marshals accounts and CCTV footage.

If it is deemed that the incident was caused by poor driving/riding standards, Silverstone Circuits Ltd, reserve the right to stop that driver/rider from testing further. No monies will be refunded in this case. Those parties not at fault will be issued with a new wristband and allowed to continue.

In consideration of being granted permission to use Silverstone Circuit upon payment of the fee I AGREE DECLARE AND UNDERTAKE: that in the event of accident, loss or damage occurring, I will not pursue any claim for damages against any other participant (save in respect of injury or death).

Payment Terms, Cancellations and Refunds

Payment is taken by credit card at the time of booking. In the event of a cancellation, a refund will only be given if more than 7 days’ written notice is received (e.g., if your test day is the 20th, notification must be received no later than 17.30hrs on the 12th).

In the event of a cancellation less than 7 days before the test, NO refund or transfer will be issued.

Please email testing@silverstone.co.uk for any cancellations.

Should your vehicle breakdown on the day before or during the event day, unfortunately, no refund or transfer will be issued.

Force majeure and the weather

All Testing is offered subject to availability of dates, facilities and, of course, the weather or other events beyond our control and accordingly Silverstone cannot guarantee that a particular date or session will not be cancelled due to extreme adverse weather conditions or other events such as any governmental restrictions, riot, commotion, acts of God, industrial action, breakdown of plant or any failure of gas, water services, electricity etc. If Silverstone is unable to run your Test date due to extreme adverse weather conditions or other events beyond Silverstone’s control you will be able to re-book your Test date for a later date. Please call 0844 3728 235 for up to date weather conditions at Silverstone. You must contact us on 0844 3728 235 within 7 days of your cancelled date in order to rebook your Test date. The Test date must be booked and taken within 3 months of the original cancelled date and subject to the dates available being notified to you which may be limited. An additional charge will be levied for the rebooked test if the value of the new test date is higher.

General

The circuit reserves the right to: session any day or move any machine from one session to another or cancel any test day, (we will endeavour to give as much notice as is possible, but this cannot be guaranteed).

  • Fuel Station opening times are: 08:30 – 17:00. Race Days 8.00 – 17-00. The Fuel Station supplies Gulf Super unleaded (97octane), Gulf Super 102 (102 octane), Gulf diesel.
  • Paddock Diner opening hours are 08:00 – 16:00 (08:00 – 12:00 Breakfast, 12:00 – 14:30 Hot Lunch)

The term “participant” within this document refers to the driver/rider testing a Car, Kart or Bike .

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