The Tianmen Mountain Grand Prix Wingsuit Race will be held at the site of last year’s spectacular wingsuit flying exhibition, the Tianmen Mountain Flythrough, which featured Jeb Corliss flying through Tianmen Cave and included multiple wingsuit flights down the mountain by other wingsuit pilots from a platform atop a 900-foot cliff face near its summit.
Section 1: About the Race
The Grand Prix is a race of speed. Scoring is based on each pilot’s fastest time within the course, from the launch point to the finish line. The fastest pilot is the winner.
Section 2: Race Method
Pilots will launch from the platform on the summit. Time starts when the pilots cross the jump line. Pilots will fly over the course as fast as they can, making a required turns around the markers,* then cross the tramway car cable finish line to complete the course. After completing the course, pilots will open their parachutes and land at the designated landing point.
* The first turn marker is a virtual line extending from a ground landmark of a certain diameter and extending vertically at the same diameter into the sky. The second turn marker is a gate of two Red Bull pylons. The third turn marker is a flag and all pilots must fly outside of it.
Section 3: Race Structure
A. There will be a qualification round of two jumps each, then one competition round of two runs each: one final round of two runs each that will be televised to millions of people throughout the world. Scoring is based on each pilot’s fastest time per round. The fastest time out of the two jumps counts.
B. All 16 wingsuit pilots participate in the qualification and elimination rounds; the fastest 8 pilots in the elimination round will compete in the final round.
C. Jump order for the elimination round is determined by the finish order in the qualification round. The slowest pilot jumps first. Jump order for the final round is determined by the finish order in the elimination round; the 8th-place finisher in the elimination round will jump first in the final round.
D. If two or more pilots tie with their fastest-round score in any round, then the fastest combined round time will decide the placement.
E. If only one flight is completed in the elimination round due to force majeure, then this flight shall be deemed as the final time to determine whether the pilot qualifies for the final round.
F. If only one flight is completed in the final round due to force majeure, then this flight shall be deemed as the final time to determine the final score and the overall race winner.
G. If only one round is completed due to force majeure, then the flight times of the elimination rounds will be used to determine the final score and the overall race winner.
H. If a round or flights within a round are cancelled for reason (weather or unforeseen circumstances), then the last completed round will be used to determine the final score and the overall race winner.
Section 4: Timing Rules
A. Pilots must fly the designated race course. Scoring is based on each pilot’s flight time from start point to finish line. The fastest time wins. An electronic timer with 1/1000th of a second accuracy will be used to record the flights.
B. When the launch point judge gives the “ready” signal, the pilot will enter the launch area and wait for the launch command. Pilots must launch within ten (10) seconds after the launch command. The timer will start when any part of the pilot’s body or equipment or smoke crosses the infrared start line.
C. The Tianmen Mountain Tramway traverses the race course and its cable is the finish line. Timing will be complete when the pilot’s head crosses the line under the tram cable.
D. Pilots may not jump until given the command. If the pilot does not launch within ten (10) second after the command she/he will be treated as having withdrawn from the round.
E. Pilots must open their parachutes high enough to glide for at least 30 seconds before landing at the designated landing area.
Section 5: Fouls and Disqualifications
The following fouls during flights will result in disqualification:
A. Disregards the launch signal by jumping before the launch command, or later than ten (10) seconds after it goes on.
B. The pilot fails to make the turns around the turn markers. Disqualification will occur if they cut the turn too close or otherwise fly over the sector deemed to be “out of bounds” by the turn marker.
C. The pilot opens his or her parachute before crossing the finish line.
D. The pilot crosses the finish line over rather than under the tramway cable.
E. The pilot crosses the finish line within 20 feet of the cable.
F. The pilot lands at the designated after gliding for less than 30 seconds.
G: Disqualification for one flight means that only the remaining flight may be counted toward advancement in the elimination round or placement in the final round. Two disqualification in one round results in disqualification for the event.
H If the jumper shows reckless behavior or is considered not safe to jump the course, he/she will be grounded immediately and be disqualified from the race.
Section 6: Appeal and Arbitration
If a pilot fouls and is disqualified, the pilot may appeal to the organizing committee for review. The panel of judges will review the appeal via video replay and make their decision. Final judgment is made by the president of WWL and it is final.