|UKGPL Season 14|
|Chief Moderator: Phil Thornton|
Membership Secretary: Paul Skingley
Season 14 sees a continuation and refinement of the popular formats that have proven successful over the past seasons. Some minor changes to the rules have been made in order to discourage drivers from making too many shift Rs.
As with last season drivers are being asked to read the rules, dates and track selection for each division and enter the divisions, they prefer. The moderators reserve the right to adjust the driver allocation as necessary (for example the main contenders for the Master's Cup last season will not be allowed to enter the Clubman's Cup this season). The objective here is to ensure the drivers are happy with the rules, dates and track selection of their chosen division(s) before committing to the season.
The fastest drivers who relish the demands of new add-on circuits can enter the Master's Cup. If they don't like pit stops they can adhere to the chassis restrictions decreed for their position in the division. If the drivers like pit stops they can opt to take any chassis of their choice provided they take a mandatory pit stop if the chassis is not allowed for their position in the division. Such pit stop times will be published by the moderator prior to the event. This season the Master's Cup will be run under PRO rules.
The fastest drivers who do not want to learn new add-on circuits or don't like PRO rules can enter Division 1. Fast drivers who don't like add-on tracks or pit stops can enter this division but they will be limited to the slower chassis.
Drivers who are happy with pit stops can enter Division 2. Those who don't like pit stops can either enter the Clubman's Cup or enter Division 2 but restrict themselves to the slower chassis.
The newcomers to GPL will generally enter the Clubman's Cup. Here they will be able to get up to speed with racing on-line without the added complexity of pit stops. Once they are comfortable on-line, they may decide to experiment with pit stops with a view to moving on to the higher divisions.
Drivers will not be restricted to entering a single division. Drivers who enter the Master's Cup may also enter Division 1 and vice versa. Similarly drivers who enter Division 2 may also enter the Clubman's Cup and vice versa. Other combinations of entries may be allowed under exceptional circumstances but it is very unlikely that a top Division 1 driver would also be allowed to compete in the Clubman's Cup.
There will also be a couple of extra championships primarily aimed at drivers entering two divisions. The League Champion will be primarily determined by the combined results of the Master's Cup and Division 1 whilst the Club Champion will be primarily determined by the combined results of Division 2 and the Clubman's Cup. Any driver who is permitted to enter a different combination of divisions will be assigned to either the League or Club championship by the moderators.
Finally there will be a 40th Anniversary Division open to drivers of all abilities. The division will feature all the races from the 1967 season on the original tracks (ie Le Mans Bugatti instead of Rouen). Drivers will be assigned teams for the season (fastest drivers in slowest cars - no pit stops - PRO rules).