Rule 10.4.7 Finals Races

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Rankings

After the preliminary races are finished, and before any rerun races have taken place, all of the entries that finished a preliminary race and were not disqualified or granted a rerun, shall be ranked according to their finishing times in those preliminary races for each class of competition. The entry with the fastest time shall be ranked first, the entry with the second fastest time shall be ranked second, and so on to the entry with the slowest time, which shall be ranked last.

The six highest ranked entries from the women’s preliminary races shall be eligible to compete in the women’s finals races.

The ten highest ranked entries from the men’s preliminary races shall be eligible to compete in the men’s finals races.

In the event of ties, one or more extra entries may be eligible to compete in the women’s or men’s finals races. The rankings of tied entries shall be determined by the Sweepstakes Chairman, or anyone designated by that Chairman.


Heats

The finals races shall be run in heats, with a maximum of two entries in each heat. The number of finals heats in each class of competition shall be determined by dividing the number of entries eligible to compete in the finals races by two and rounding up to the nearest whole number.


Heat Assignment

The entries eligible to compete in the finals races will be assigned to heats for those races, by the Sweepstakes Chairman, or anyone designated by that Chairman. The purpose of the heat assignments is to help ensure that each heat of the finals races has entries that are as far apart with respect to probable finishing times as is possible, in order to reduce the chance of an accident during any of the finals heats. Heat assignments shall be completed as soon as is practical after the preliminary races have ended.


Heat assignments for each class of competition shall be made as follows:


• The entry ranked first after the preliminary races shall be assigned to the last finals heat, the entry ranked second shall be assigned to the next to last finals heat, the entry ranked third shall be assigned to the third to last finals heat, and so on, until one entry has been assigned to each finals heat.

• After all of the finals heats have one entry assigned to each of them, the highest ranked entry of the remaining entries shall be assigned to the last finals heat, the next highest ranked of the remaining entries shall be assigned to the next to last finals heat, and so on, until all of the entries eligible to compete in the finals races have been assigned to finals heats.

• In the event that this procedure assigns more than one entry from any organization into the same finals heat, the heat assignments shall not be changed.


Lane Selection

After each entry eligible to compete in the finals races has been assigned to a finals heat, the lane that each entry will occupy on Hills 1 and 2 shall be chosen. Lanes for each finals heat shall be selected by each entry, with the entry having the higher ranking after the preliminary races choosing first. No finals entry may choose a lane that is already occupied by a higher ranked finals entry.

Lane selection shall be completed as soon as is practical after heat assignments have been made.