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National Driving Championship - Rules

Rules Governing the 2016 National Driving Championship

1. The 2016 National Driving Championship host venue is The Raceway at The Western Fair District in London, Ontario.

2. The Championship will be controlled and race under these guidelines and under the racing rules outlined by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario.  (AGCO) A minimum of eight races shall be conducted for the Championship within one day.

3. All drivers competing in the Championship shall have competed in their respective regional event.  Where a regional event is not able to be held, SC will determine that region's representatives.

4. Each participating driver must have signed the contract provided by Standardbred Canada.

5. Each driver competing in the Championship must be licensed to drive in every Canadian province.

6. Drivers may not enter or drive a horse that he owns or trains in any legs of the National Driving Championship.

7. Points for the Championship will be awarded in each race according to the official order of finish and the World Driving Championship rules as follows:

Number of Starters 8:
15(1), 10(2), 7(3), 5(4), 4(5), 3(6), 2(7), 1(8).

Number of Starters 7:
14(1), 9(2), 6(3), 4(4), 3(5), 2(6), 1(7).

8. In the event of a horse being scratched or where no horse is available, five (5) points shall be awarded to the driver concerned. If a horse is disqualified or a horse and driver fail to complete the race, they will receive one (1) point.

9. In the event of a scratch, the driving rep drawn to a horse shall drive the ‘also eligible’ horse.

10. In the event of a dead heat for any placing in any race the points for the horses involved will be added together and divided equally among the drivers concerned (eg. If there’s a dead heat for third between two horses, the points for third and fourth place will be added and divided among the drivers)

11. The point score will be kept by an Official Point Scorer appointed by the host track as well as at least one Standardbred Canada representative.

12. All drivers must compete in all races in the Championship, unless unable to do so because of illness, injury or exceptional circumstances. One Ontario regional representative (third place finisher in the ORDC) may be on hand the night of the Championship in the event a driver is unable to compete that night. This Ontario region representative will take that driver's place in the Championship.

13. If a driver declares he is unable to attend the Championship  because of illness, injury or exceptional circumstances the first also eligible driver from his/her regional event will be asked to fill in. If there are no drivers from the regional event available and an alternate from the ORDC (see # 12)  is not on hand, the competition will take place with seven (7) drivers.

14. The driver with the most points shall be declared the 2016 National Driving Champion.

15. In the event of a tie for any position, the driver with the most number of winning drives in the Championship races shall be declared the winner; if still tied the greater number of second drives and so on until a winner is declared.

16. All horses in each race are to be graded as evenly as possible. Superior horses or those hard to handle shall not be allowed to participate.

17. No driving fees are to be paid by the owners to the competing drivers.

18.  If for some reason, all eight of the championship races can not be completed due to weather conditions or any other circumstances, as long as there is a minimum of four races completed, the driver finishing with the highest point score will be declared the Champion.  If three or fewer races are conducted in the Championship, Canada's representative to the World Driving Championship will be determined by rule #20.

19.  If the Championship can not take place, Canada's representative to the World Driving Championship will be determined by the following formula:

*Take each driver's score from their Regional Championship                       

*Divide that score by the number of races at that driver's respective regional event

*Multiply by 10

*The driver with the highest point score will be declared Canada's representative to the World Driving Championship.

21.  No subsequent rulings on any of the Championship races will impact or change the outcome of the drivers' standings.

22.  Standardbred Canada reserves the right to have 72 hours to audit all scores and standings for the National Driving Championship.

23. Standardbred Canada has the right to make a ruling on any situation arising not addressed by these guidelines.

In the event of a tie for a position at the end of a regional championship or the National Championship, the driver with the most wins will be declared the winner of that position. 

If there is still a tie, the driver with the most second place finishes will be declared the winner.

If there is still a tie, the driver with the most number of third place finishes will be declared the winner.


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