3.14.9 The Safety Car will remain in operation until at least the majority of competing cars on the circuit are lined up behind it.
3.14.10 When the Clerk of the Course calls in the Safety Car it will extinguish the yellow/amber flashing lights prior to exiting the circuit. This would normally be such that a minimum of 25% of a lap for circuits over 2 miles and 50% of a lap for circuits under 2 miles should be completed with its lights extinguished.
3.14.11 Following the Safety Car extinguishing its lights, and prior to passing the green flag, the race leader will dictate the pace and, if necessary, fall more than five car lengths behind the Safety Car. In order to avoid the likelihood of accidents before the safety car returns to the pits, from the point at which the lights on the car are extinguished drivers must proceed at a pace which involves no erratic acceleration or braking nor any other manoeuvre which is likely to endanger other drivers or impede the restart.
3.14.12 As the Safety Car is approaching the pit entry the green flag will be displayed at the start/finish line and the “SC” board withdrawn. Following this display of the start signal yellow flags and “SC” boards at the marshals’ posts will be withdrawn and replaced with a waved green flag for one lap. The waved green flag will flow around the circuit in both directions, as an adjacent post displays their waved green flag. This system may be simultaneously broadcast to all marshals’ posts if such a communication system is available. Overtaking remains strictly forbidden until the start signal at the start/finish line is passed.
3.14.13 Each lap covered while the Safety Car is in service will be counted as a race lap unless specified to the contrary in Championship regulations.
3.14.14 Under certain circumstances the Clerk of the Course may ask the Safety Car to use the pit lane. In this case, and providing its yellow/amber lights remain illuminated, all cars must follow it into the pit lane without overtaking. Any car entering the pit lane under these circumstances may stop at its designated garage area.
3.14.15 Should it be necessary to stop a race during a Safety Car deployment the Safety Car, with all competing cars following, will pass through the red flag at the start/finish line, complete one further lap at reduced speed and then, once the Safety Car comes to a stop at a position indicated by the Safety Car observer (which will usually be either the grid or Parc Ferme), all competing cars must stop behind it unless otherwise directed.
3.14.16 In exceptional circumstances the following may apply:
(i) The race may be started behind the Safety Car. In this case its flashing yellow/amber lights will be turned on at the two minute signal. This is the signal to the Entrants/Drivers that the race will be started behind the Safety Car and it will remain at the front of the grid during the remainder of the countdown. When the Green Flag is shown at the start/finish line, the Safety Car will leave the grid and all cars will follow in single file in grid order no more than (5) five car lengths apart. The race will be deemed to have started when the Safety Car leaves the grid and the Green Flag is displayed.
(ii) Cars will leave the grid in single file grid order behind the Safety Car under the instruction of the Chief Start/Finish Line Marshall. Cars will remain in single file without overtaking, except that a car that falls behind may regain its grid position if the car behind it could not avoid passing without unduly delaying the remainder of the field. In this case, Drivers may overtake to re-establish their original grid starting order. If a car falls to the back of the grid, it must remain at the back of the grid.
(iii) Any car(s) delayed leaving the grid may not overtake another moving car if stationary after the remainder of the cars had crossed the line. In this case the car(s) shall remain at the back of the grid, in the order they left the grid.
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Published by Midget Competition Group – MG MIDGET CHALLENGE-2011