By Tim Lile,
During the season many questions arose regarding scoring and grid positions. We thought it would be useful and informative to attempt to explain how AHRMA scores and grids the roadracing series.
The process begins as entries are received at the AHRMA national headquarters and the rider, class and bike number data are input into the headquarters computer. When the entry period ends and all entries have been input, the race order is determined. The race order is determined manually, based on the number of pre-entries in each class, and entered into the computer. At this point the race order and entry data are exported and electronically sent to another volunteer, the chief registrar. These files are imported to the chief registrar's computer and the data is reviewed, points checked and, if needed, corrections or revisions are made to the data and/or race order.
The grids are calculated and reviewed with the chief registrar's computer before arrival at the race track. The computer determines the grid positions based on the points earned that year, except the first race series, when the previous year’s points are used. The previous year’s champion, if entered, is given the pole position and the remaining grid positions are based on the number of points earned during the current season. When two riders have the same number of points, it is the rider entered into the headquarters computer first who gets the higher grid position. At the track, post-entries are entered and added to the back of the grid. After registration is closed, the grids are printed and posted.
Prior to the start of the race the grid marshal sheets are printed. These are a reproduction of the assigned grid positions for each race. The grid marshal sheets allow the volunteer grid marshals to mark the rider’s position on the grid as the grid is formed prior to the start of each race. This information is used to determine if the rider was present on the grid at the start of the race and if they were in the correct position.
Scoring. The scoring of each race is done by an electronic transponder. This transponder is assigned to the rider and may be used on all of his or her bikes. As the racers passes the start/finish line an antenna in the rack surface registers the bike in the timing and scoring system. The results are computed electronically by the timing and scoring software. As a back-up multiple volunteers (scorers) positioned at trackside. Each scorer writes down the bike number on a columnar score sheet as the bike passes the start/finish line. The scorers must read the bike number while dealing with glare, numbers too close together, large serifs and write down all the bike numbers in groups of bikes.
When the leader of the race, regardless of class, passes the start/finish line, each scorer starts a new column to record the serial of bike numbers as they pass the start/finish line, regardless of class of bike. This process is continued until the last bike of the race passes the start finish line. At the end of the race another volunteer (the runner) collects both the score sheets and the grid marshal sheets. The runner delivers the sheets to the volunteer scoring interpreter.
In the event of manual scoring scoring interpretation is the process of determining the class of the bike and the position of the bike from the serial bike number data on the score sheets. This process must take into account passing, multiple similar bike numbers, penmanship of the scorers, missed bike numbers, incorrect bike numbers, red flags, scoring penalties and restarts. After the final positions in each class are determined in each respective race the results are input to the chief registrar's computer. The position of each rider in each class is entered and the computer assigns the points for the respective position.
The results of the races are printed and posted after each race. After posting, the AHRMA Handbook allows for a 30-minute period when the results are to be reviewed by the racers. If the results are incorrect, a scoring protest is filed at technical inspection, not with scoring interpretation. This procedure allows the scoring interpretation and input procedure to continue uninterrupted. This helps ensure promptness, efficiency and accuracy of the scoring interpretation and the scoring input procedure.
After the races, when all the results are final, the results data are exported and transmitted to AHRMA headquarters and the Vintage Views editor. AHRMA HQ receives and imports the files to update the points files and the VV editor updates the results and points files on the website.
Although the above explanation greatly simplifies the process, it is our hope that this clarifies the steps involved and acknowledges that it takes many volunteers—working in less-than-ideal conditions while dealing with multiple problems—to get the job done.
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