At Pistenclub, we do not drive against each other, but WITH each other. For this reason, it is important that all participants follow some general principles and rules. These are not only for safety reasons, but also to ensure smooth operations, which ultimately means more driving time for all participants.
No matter whether overtaking other participants, duty to wear a helmet or flag signals — the driving rules and the corresponding safety rules must be respected. At all events, the Pistenclub relies on trained personnel to ensure that these regulations are complied with.
In this article, we have summarized the most important information for you.
During all Pistenclub trackdays, without exception, helmets are compulsory for drivers and co-drivers as soon as and as long as the vehicle is moving on a racetrack. We recommend a motorsport helmet according to current FIA regulations — an intact motorcycle helmet is allowed, too. In open cars, a closed full-face helmet is mandatory, whereas in closed cars you may also wear an open jet helmet. In our drift training courses there is usually no duty to wear a helmet.
You have to show your driver's wristband every time you enter the track. The same applies to your co-drivers. Put it on your wrist so tightly that you cannot remove it without damaging it. Passing on a rider or passenger wristband leads to immediate exclusion from the event.
A maximum of two people are allowed in the vehicle. Anyone with an appropriate driver's license or racing license may participate. The minimum age for drivers is 18 years. The minimum age for co-drivers is 16 years. In France, Italy and on the Nordschleife, the minimum age is 18 years.
When entering the track, you must not cross the white line at the end of the pit lane exit in order not to obstruct the traffic on the track. Therefore, be sure to check your rear-view mirror when exiting the pit lane.
When you are on the track, move only within the white lines. There is an absolute no stopping restriction on the track. If you have to stop because of a technical defect, for example, use the appropriate rescue routes or supply routes. Otherwise, it is not allowed to drive on these routes.
Always adapt your speed to the weather conditions and your personal abilities. Do not drive unnecessarily slowly and be considerate of other participants when overtaking.
Driving against the direction of travel, turning and reversing on the track and in the pit lane are life-threatening and therefore strictly prohibited. Violation of these rules will result in immediate exclusion from the event.
If you want to overtake a slower vehicle, make sure that the other participant has noticed you and gives you enough space. Whoever is in front at the entrance of the curve also has the right to be the first to pass the curve.
Should a faster car catch up from behind, you can use the indicator to signal that you have seen the other participant and provide him or her space to overtake. Indicator left means: You stay left, the other vehicle can overtake on the right.
At the latest when the driving session is signaled with the chequered flag, you have to head for the pit lane. In addition, the red flag is waved shortly before the pit lane exit. If you want to turn into the pit lane, always indicate this using the indicator.
Unless otherwise indicated, a general speed limit of 60 km/h applies in the pit lane.
If you approach a safety or rescue vehicle with the signaling system switched on, you may not overtake it. Also be ready to brake and stop at any time.
If you return to the track after hitting the gravel bed, stay on the edge of the track to avoid spreading the gravel along the racing line.
If you notice a loss of operating resources (oil, cooling water or other liquids), immediately stop your vehicle in a suitable place (e.g. in an asphalted run-out area) to avoid contamination of the track and endangering the following traffic.
If you have to stop your vehicle e.g. because of a technical defect, loss of operating resources or an accident, secure your car immediately with the hazard warning lights. Move behind the crash barrier immediately and wait for help. The road safety team will send a rescue vehicle on its way. Self-organized towing or recovery operations are strictly prohibited.
To provide you with important information such as e.g. end of the driving time, a broken-down vehicle on the track or possible loss of grip due to contamination on the route, there are track marshals around the route equipped with colored flags. The Pistenclub orients itself on the flag signals that are common in motorsport. All flag signals are shown and explained in the drivers' briefing on the day of the event. Here, we have summarized all information about the flag signals for you.