Following publication of the 2010 MSA Yearbook, it has come to light that the text concerning the operation of the Safety Car in circuit racing (Section Q, Appendix 2) is incorrect in two places.
Some of the text intended for Appendix 2, paragraph 1.8 has mistakenly been added to paragraph 1.16(i). The effect of this is that neither regulation currently makes sense in its published format.
The MSA hereby issues a clarification of the two regulations as follows:
(Q) Appendix 2: Operation of Safety Car
1.8. While the safety car is in operation, competing cars may enter the pit lane, but may only rejoin the track when signalled to do so and not when the safety car and the line of cars following it are about to pass or are passing the pit exit. A car re-joining the track must proceed at an appropriate speed until it reaches the end of the line of cars behind the Safety Car.
1.16. In exceptional circumstances the following may apply:
(i) The race may be started behind the Safety Car. In this case its flashing yellow/amber lights will be turned on at the two-minute signal. This is the signal to the Entrants/Drivers that the race will be started behind the Safety Car and it will
when signalled to do so and not when the safety car and the line of cars following it are about it will remain at the front of the grid during the remainder of the countdown. When the Green Flag is shown at the Start/Finish Line, the Safety Car will leave the grid and all cars will follow in single file in grid order no more than 5 (five) car lengths apart. The race will be deemed to have started when the Safety Car leaves the grid and the Green Flag is displayed.
A PDF version of the full revised Appendix 2 can be found here.