Please read the rules and classification documents prior to attending an autocross session. To reflect the differences between a one-time event and a season series, the regional program rules have been rewritten to be independent of the PCA/PCR rules. The classes were changed in 2015, with the primary changes being the splitting of the GTO and MO classes, the prohibition of R-compound tires in the Prepared classes, and notification of a change in the definition of an R-compound tire for the 2016 season. For 2017 the tire rules remain unchanged from 2016.
Check out the Autocross folder in the Documents section of the website for the autocross rules and classes (unchanged from 2016).
2017 Autocross Season - Championship points for the 2017 season will be calculated based on the best 5 of 7 events. Please plan your schedule accordingly. All events will consist of 4 official runs with the option of additional "fun runs" after the event, if time and interest allows.
See the track info section for directions to Bremerton Raceway and Hampton Mills Packwood, as well as information on the available facilities.
Review the Team Autocross Rules and try this new twist on autocross.
Each team needs to be named (be creative) and assembled no later than event #2. Signup sheets will be available starting at the February practice.
- 3 members, all permanent
- Previous year class winners are not allowed to be grouped on the same team.
- No time-only class members.
- At each event, a total of the best two members points by position in class shall be scored. These two members will be termed the "scoring members".
- Teams can discard their worst two (2) event performance (e.g., keep 7 of 9)
- Points by position in class (5pts - 1st place, 3pts - 2nd place, 2pts - 3rd place, 1pt - 4th place).
- Class winners are limited to 3 points if there is only one other competitor in their class (second place limited to 1 point in this case); and 2 points if they are uncontested in class.
- If only 1 member of a team is present at an event, a 'virtual' 2nd member will be counted whose points will be the equivalent of the lowest scoring of all the opposing teams' scoring members, excluding bonus points.
- Bonus points (at each event):
- 1 point for the team whose member had the closest winning margin (e.g., Joe got fifth in class by beating the 6th place person by .002 seconds). Maximum margin is 10 seconds, and there must be at least 2 racers in class.
- 1 point for the team whose member had the smallest variation in their raw run-times. Maximum variation is 10 seconds. A DNF/DNS/DSQ in any of the timed runs shall disqualify that particular team member from receiving this bonus point.
- 1 point for the team whose scoring members have the fewest combined penalty seconds. A DNF/DNS/DSQ in any of the scoring members timed runs shall disqualify that particular team from receiving this bonus point.
- 1 point for each team where all 3 team members compete.
- In the case of a tie for a bonus point, all tying teams get the bonus point.
Disputes will be submitted to Paul Hagger at email@example.com for resolution, as needed.
Q. - Can we still compete if we don't get signed up by the second event?
Yes, teams that aren't onboard by the second event may still compete but, obviously, they will have no events to "throw".
Q. - What do you mean when you say the members have to be permanent?
New members cannot be added to a team. The original list of 3 is all a given team is allowed.
Q. - Can a team member change classes during the season?
Q. - Does the "closest margin" bonus point include cone penalties?
Yes. It is based on official times.
Questions? Contact Paul Hagger at 425-681-1471 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
||Fun Runs (at the discretion of the event chairman)- optional
||Debrief & Dinner - optional
All vehicles must pass an on-site technical/safety inspection to participate.
All vehicle occupants must wear a helmet meeting Snell 2005 or later standards.
All participants must be on site and registered by 9 a.m.
Passengers are not allowed. The only exception to this rule is for PCA instructors either taking a passenger or riding along as one for instructional purposes.
Run Order for 2016
Time only drivers will be placed as needed to ensure each group has sufficient workers. Normally this will place them with the GT/M group. These groups or the run order may be modified by the event chairman should it be required to balance worker numbers.
Q. - Who can participate in PNWR autocross events?
Events are open to Porsche drivers, PCA members in non-Porsches, BMW-CCA members and guests of PCA members. You do not need to be a PNWR member to compete for points, but points are not assigned in Time Only Class (non-Porsches and a few drivers not running in the regular classes). Members get priority registration.
Q. - Where are autocross events held?
Most of our autocross events are held at Bremerton Raceway
. The July events will be held at Hampton Mills in Packwood. Directions and facility info are on the autocross track info
Q. - When do the events start?
All events begin with on-site registration at 8 a.m. The full day's schedule is listed above.
Q. - What are the requirements for participants?
All cars must pass an on-site technical inspection to participate.
All participants must be legally licensed drivers of at least 18 years of age. 16 or 17 year old relatives of PCA members may be eligible to participate under the PCA Junior Participation Program. Contact Paul Hagger at email@example.com
for further details and requirements if interested.
Q. - What are the helmet requirements for participants?
All vehicle occupants are required to wear a helmet meeting Snell 2005 or later standards. This applies whether you are driving or riding with (or as) an instructor. PCA autocross does not maintain a supply of loaner helmets, but you may be able to borrow one from a kind soul at the track, so don't let lack of a lid prevent you from trying autocross.
Full-face and open face helmets are acceptable, and you'll get varied opinions on which is best for this event, so don't be afraid to ask another driver for a recommendation before you buy.
2017 HELMET STANDARDS FOR AUTOCROSS AND DRIVER SKILLS
Each contestant must wear an approved helmet in good condition. The helmet shell must have no structural damage and the padding must be intact. The chin strap must not be frayed; the strap attachments must be operable and securely attached. Face shields, when required and/or used, must be made of polycarbonate plastic or the equivalent and must be in good condition. Acceptable approvals are the latest or next two most recent SA, SAH, M, or K Snell Memorial Foundation, FIA 8860, SFI 31.1 or BS6658-85 Type A-FR approvals. Helmets certified to specifications other than Snell must be within 10 years of the date of manufacture. Any Helmet acceptable for PCA Club Racing is also permitted. For more information, see PCA Club Racing rules. For a copy of PCA Club Racing rules write or call the PCA Executive Office or log onto www.pca.org and do a search for PCA Club Racing Rules. It is recommended that helmets be replaced or relined after 5 years of actual use.
Q. - What else should I bring?
Bring a tarp! You'll need to empty your car before driving it (required by the tech inspection) so that nothing loose can roll around and get to your brake pedal before you do. The "pit" is a grassy area, so most drivers spread out a tarp to put their stuff on, and then fold it over the top if it starts to rain. Autocross takes place rain or shine (or even occasionally in snow).
The Lion’s Club provides concessionaire service at Bremerton events.
Q. - What should I wear for autocrossing?
The weather at Bremerton can change quickly pretty much any time of year, so come prepared for sun (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen), rain, or windy conditions.
When your group is not driving you'll be working a corner (don't fret, it's easy and you'll have lots of help -- someone has to pick up those traffic cones that get knocked down), so wear comfy shoes and be prepared to stand outside for several hours.
Q. - What does it cost to participate in autocross?
$35 per driver for PCA members, $40 per driver for non-members. $5 off if you pre-register online. The fee is payable by cash or check at the track.
Q. - Whom do I contact if I have questions?