I'll start this thread to the confines of the Core Group first and once we concluded our findings we should make a public notice.
As we try to streamline the events and in particular the turn around time between races more efficient, I guess we need to publish some rules and regulations regarding the rolling starts. A good starting point and example would be the Rd2 (or final) of K2. There were numerous stalled karts and poorly performing karts in this particular heat and we allowed several formation laps to try to give everyone the chance to group together. 2 drivers (Hafizah and James) were having terrible problems with stalling or simply not performing karts. The karts on the track which were grouped also ran the risk of stalling due to teh slow pace formation and more importantly the duration of the slow pace formation. A quick decision was made to start the race despite James and Hafizah not being in the formation - the decision was based on the following:-
1) 6 of 8 (or 7 of 9) karts were already grouped and risked further problems if they continued at the formation pace. To achieve these 6 or 7 to get into formation had already cost us 4 to 5 laps.
2) James and Hafizah appeared to have 'dodgy' karts. Hafizah, despite her best efforts did not have the performance in her kart to catch the pack in formation therefore concluding that the race environment would be the same.
3) James had stalled on numerous occassions and was also struggling to re start each time.
CONCLUSION - start the race to avoid (a) more delays, (b) risk of others stalling.
However, after starting the race, there was much outcry and protests and the race was started again. Also, upon starting the race first time, some drivers were not in their formation positions and some were not even prepared for the start, which brings me to my next point.
As Jules right pointed out in a previous thread, it is the marshall's perogative to decide when the race will start. If drivers are not in their correct position, the marshall should be alert to this and penalise those drivers. In my opinion a re start is not necessary. As Jules said, in a sanctioned race it is the drivers responsibility to be ready to start at anytime and it is the marshall's decision when to drop the flag. It was very obvious in this particular heat that none of teh drivers where prepared for the flag to have been dropped.
Anyway, I would suggest we address the following points of discussion and resolve a conclusion which will be made available to teh public domain.
1. What to do when drivers have stalled or cannot catch the pack (say, after max. of 3 formation laps)? Start the race, continue more formation laps or any other suggestion?
2. Briefing - inform drivers that it is their responsibility to 'assume' the race may start anytime?
3. Monitoring - what is the penalty for (a) jump start (b) starting from wrong grid position and if we start a race when drivers are suffering stalled engines or other mechanical problems how is this situation handled?