SSS Winch Challenge & SSS GPS Rules and Regulations

SSS Winch Challenge requires you to carefully read and adhere to the rules outlined below.

These rules are for the protection and safety of all participants, officials and spectators.

section 01

Event Format & Regulating Body

1(a). Competition stages will be varied with a major emphasis on Stages will be designed to test off road driving, navigation, recovery skills and teamwork.

1(b). The competition stage results will determine the place Scoring will be a combination of the elapsed time, less any penalties incurred by teams, as specified in the competition rules.

1(c). The Event Organiser will head the Event The Committee Members will be officials appointed by the Event Organiser.

section 02

Vehicle Class & Equipment Check

2(a). Classes: Open

2(b). Vehicle, all equipment and driver and co-driver are required to be available at the appointed time.

2(c).  Vehicle must be presented in a ‘ready to start’ condition including all compulsory equipment including both driver & co-driver with appropriate clothing and footwear.

2(d). Vehicles that fail the inspection process will render the entrant liable for A second and final inspection at a later time may be carried out. Vehicles must pass the second process or they may be excluded from starting the event.

Note: It is the competitors’ responsibility that their competition vehicle complies with the SSS Winch Challenge & SSS GPS Rules and Regulations 2022.

section 03

General Vehicle Specifications

The event is only open to all road registered/unregistered roadworthy 4 wheel drive vehicles. All vehicles are or were sold to the general public by the manufacturer. Prototype vehicles are not allowed.

3A1(a). Vehicles shall carry:

  • Two .9kg operable dry powder fire extinguishers, mounted One inside and one outside the vehicle. Minimum standard AS1841.5
  • 10 litre drinking water (can be in camelbaks, water bottles etc)

Jack, wheel brace and spare tyre assembly.

3A1(c). Recovery Kit (minimum):

  • 1 x snatch strap
  • 2 x 8000kg tree trunk protector (minimum width 75 mm)
  • 2 x snatch blocks (recommended 9000kg rating or above)
  • 2 pair finger enclosed leather or material gloves
  • All shackles to be rated at 25 or better or double ended hooks must be rated 3.25 or better
  • 2 x 1kg (dry weight) cable dampeners (500mm x 900mm recommended size)
  • 1 x winch extension or synthetic rope rated 8000kg or above
  • 1 x ground anchor
  • Helmets for driver and co-driver
  • 2 x torches or headlamps
  • Neck braces are optional
  • Stop watch
  • Hand held UHF
  • Clipboard and pen


All recovery equipment is to be stored at the start of each competition stage.

3A1(d). A comprehensive ‘First Aid Kit’. An approved sticker/sign placed externally shall indicate its position on board. Sticker must be no more than 1m from kit and be clearly visible.

3A1(e). Waffle boards are optional.

3A1(f). GPS with 4 datums (UTM – Ups, hddd˚mm.mmm’, hddd.ddddd˚ and hddd˚mm’ss.”)

3A2(a). Competition vehicles must be fitted with a UHF (477 MHz) radio and must be tuned to the competition channel (UHF #11) at all times. It is the competitor’s responsibility to listen to the competition channel at all times, from drivers briefing at the start of the competition to the close of the competition. A 20 point penalty will apply if not adhered to after 1st warning. Penalty will be given 10 minutes after 1st call.

3A2(b). During the competition stage the UHF radio must be tuned to the assigned competition stage channel. Bluetooth devices are allowed for driver and co-driver communications.

3A2(c). A hand held UHF is recommended to be used when not in the vicinity of the vehicle.



3A3(a). Full harnesses will be fitted for all occupants. The minimum being a four point full harness, and will comply at least with AS2596, E35, SF116.1, FIA Standard 8853 or 8854, 8853/98 or 8854/98 or European Standard ECE R-16. The full harness must not be frayed, torn or damaged in any way.

In all cases of mounting the following must be observed:

  • Floor mounting points must be reinforced with a 3mm steel plate of at least 75mm x 50mm on the underside of the body.
  • Full harness rear mounting point or points must be to a substantial part of the vehicles structure, reinforced as may be appropriate or to the roll Or reinforced as above if through body bolts are used.

A Statutory Declaration signed by the owner stating that the mounting complies with SSS Winch Challenge & SSS GPS Rule #3A3(a) and that they take full responsibility for installation of the full harness into the vehicle, is also required.

 3A3(b). Original chassis must remain but can be modified/strengthened. Front or rear of chassis can be shortened to panhard rod on coil vehicles and leaf spring vehicles will be the furthest outboard hanger.

3A3(c). Fabricated chassis allowed to be bent up 150mm to factory bump stop and inwards 150mm starting from chassis mount of rear control arm. For leaf sprung vehicles it is the first mount hanger. Car will still need to be approved by Event Organiser.

Not allowed:

  • Tube

A recovery point (painted red/yellow) is required for both the front and rear of the vehicle and if mounted to the chassis a minimum of two 12mm, or four 10mm, Grade 8.8 (or equivalent) high tensile bolts be used. Minimum recovery point is a rated lifting lug (1.4T) with a 19mm thread.

Note: Hole in recovery point MUST be able to fit the hook from the winch on the vehicle. If not, MUST have a D-Shackle that does fit the hook in the recovery point at all times.

3A3(e). Wagons, dual cabs or well back utes must have a metal cargo barrier fitted behind the driver and co-driver seats, immediately behind the roll cage. If wagon has no windows in back, you must either have an aluminium or steel or a lexan plastic rear wall and must be sealed for fumes.

Utes if chopping rear wall to make more room, it must be sealed with aluminium or steel or lexan to body for fumes and/or radiator spillage.

All vehicle floor firewalls must be sealed with aluminium or steel only (no rubber or lexan). Any hole bigger than 30mm that a grommet can’t be fitted in must be plated. Sikaflex and/or sharp edges are not allowed.

3A3(f). Vehicles must be fitted with a full internal roll cage starting at the ‘A’ pillar. Wagons to be 6 point inside. Utilities rear stays must be connected to ‘B’ pillar passing through rear wall and connecting to chassis in 30 degrees – 60 degrees.

Rear stays must connect from ‘B’ pillar to ‘A’ pillar in a straight line. An ‘A’ pillar brace and side intrusion bars are also required. Refer to picture below and AASA Safety Cage Regulations diagrams SC10 & SC11.

  1. Tubing used in manufacture of hoops and bracing shall be round section cold drawn steel tube CDS, CDW or CEW and comply with the requirements of AS1163 1981 for better, ‘Circular and Non-Circular Steel Tubes for Mechanical and General Engineering Purposes’.

Minimum sizes:

  • Main hoop ‘B’ pillar 45mm (1 inch & ¾) diameter Wall 2.6mm (0.102”).
  • Straight braces 1mm (1 inch & ½) diameter Wall 2.6mm (0.102”).
  • Bent braces ‘A’ pillar 1mm (1 inch & ½) diameter Wall 2.6mm (0.102”).

Note: Any pipe cages will be turned away and told to fix.

  1. Roll cage structure must not obstruct front seat access nor encroach upon the area occupied by driver and co-driver.
  1. Main hoop ‘B’ pillar must be a maximum 150mm behind the driver and co-drivers It is recommended that 2 diagonal braces in the plane of the main ‘B’ pillar hoop be fitted. The ‘A’ pillar and ‘B’ pillar hoops and all other tube work to be placed as close as near as possible to the roof in order to limit crushing in the event of a roll over. The forward tube work from main hoop ‘B’ pillar to ‘A’ pillar hoop should be placed adjacent to and horizontal with the door frame as close as possible to the roof in order to limit crushing in the event of a roll over.
  1. The right and left hand tube work must be mounted in such a manner that it does not obscure the driver’s vision past the ‘A’ pillar and doorframe combined.
  1. Mountings will comprise of an upper mounting plate attached to the roll cage and a lower mounting plate, sandwiching a section of the vehicles structure between them. The following requirements outline minimum sizes for mounting plates. Smaller width plates minimum 45mm wide may be used provided that the overall area is not reduced.
  1. Mounting plates to be steel 100 x 100 x 6mm for vehicles over 1150kg and 100 x 75 x 6mm for vehicles under 1150kg. The lower mounting plates must be at least 100 x 45 x 6mm. At least two 10mm Grade 8.8 high tensile bolts are required at each mounting point.
  1. Where roll cage mounting bolts pass through a hollow section of the vehicles structure, the section must be locally reinforced to prevent crushing.
  1. Continuous lengths of tubing will be used for all braces and main hoops, with smooth continuous bends and no evidence of crimping, wall failure or significant section All welds will be full penetration butt welds. All other types of joins will be done to accepted engineering and competition standards.
  1. Upper sections of the roll cage or bracing (where they may contact occupants) must be fully protected with high-density foam or equivalent, of at least 15mm thickness. Hollow cylindrical pipe insulation may be utilised for this purpose.
  1. In open vehicles, the driver and co-driver profiles including shoulders, must be within the main hoop viewed from the front of the All open top vehicles will have a solid cover fitted over driver and co-driver head area of 3mm alloy or 1.6mm steel.

A Statutory Declaration signed by the owner stating that the manufacture and installation complies with SSS Winch Challenge & SSS GPS Rule 3A3(e) and that they take full responsibility for the manufacture and installation of the roll cage in the vehicle, is also required.

3A3(g). Doors and window nets must be fitted to all vehicles. The window net must cover 70% of the window opening. The net shall be made of a non-flammable (nylon webbing) material with mesh size no greater than 50mm, fitted to the drivers and co-drivers doors or roll over protection structure above the driver and co-driver windows. It must be secured in such a way that they can be removed at any time from both inside and outside the vehicle with the door closed in 10 seconds or less with gloves on. (Nets secured with zip ties are not allowed).

3A3(h). Bonnets must retain 95% of their original shape from factory and resemble the vehicle it is from.

3A3(i). Guards must retain 80% of their original shape from factory. Can go bigger – not smaller.

3A3(j). Doors must stay as original on outside. Inside can be modified as you choose with safety in mind. (ie. Skins must remain complete externally and must retain factory form).

3A3(k). Bull bar must not have any sharp edges.

The Event Organiser reserves the right to reject any fuel tank that is deemed to be unsafe.

Not allowed:

  • Nitrous oxide or other performance


  • Hydro steer


Not allowed:

  • Rear wheel
  • All vehicles must have an operational
  • Cutting However, 2nd set of calipers must be used when installing system.

Tyre combination: 940mmx370mm (37” or smaller).

(These measurements are horizontal measurements with tyre pressure at 24psi). Wheel and tyre combinations can protrude past the vehicle body but such protrusions must be covered by flare material).

Not allowed:

  • Agricultural tyres and wheel chains of any type.
  • Wheel spacers.

3A8(a). Winches must be fitted with an operational automatic brake. If the automatic brake is damaged during a competition stage it must be replaced/repaired before any more competition stages are attempted.

3A8(b). Winch cable must be in a serviceable condition.

3A8(c). Winch cable hooks must have a working safety catch (no open hooks) for all competition stages. If a safety catch is damaged during a competition stage, it must be repaired or replaced before attempting any more stages.

3A8(d). Synthetic rope must be used. It is the owner’s responsibility that the synthetic rope is rated the same or better than the standard cable used on the vehicles winches.

3A8(e). Winch cables are to be fully spooled at the start of each competition stage.

3A8(f). Winch cable is allowed to be wrapped at the finish of a competition stage. The protruding “horns” must not be pointy and be made of material with a minimum diameter of 15mm and have a radius of 50mm, length and distance apart is optional.

3A8(g). Rigging will be done to the safe working capacity of the equipment. 3A8(h). Winch blanket placement will be at the discretion of the Event Organiser.

Not allowed:

  • Steel

3A9(a). A mechanical battery isolation switch is to be fitted to the battery or batteries providing power to the competing vehicles electrics. This is to be placed within reach of driver and co-driver whilst secured in vehicle. The winch circuit is exempted.

3A9(b). Inverters are allowed in cab for charging of communication and video recording equipment.

Note: All battery cables going to winches and batteries must have rubber boots or rubber flap over top.

Not allowed:

  • External power sources.

Exhausts must protrude behind the cab no less than 300mm on utes and wagons must be in the standard position.

Any pipe work used to carry high pressure/temperature fluid through the cab interior (rear mounted radiators) must be solid pipe beginning a minimum of 10cm before and after the firewall and rear of cab. Welded bends or flexible joints in cab are not allowed.

Vehicles are required to have operational brake lights, high & low beam, parkers and dust light. Additional brake/tail light and dust light must be at headboard height.

Dust lights – Not allowed:

  • Red
  • White
  • Yellow

Windscreen must be in vehicle at start of event. If your windscreen is broken beyond seeing through and you need to remove it you can either replace the windscreen or wear goggles for the rest of the event. Please note, if wearing goggles you should also be driving to the conditions.


  • Cameras for in car
  • Reversing cameras and winch


Not allowed:

  • Any camera that assists with negotiating obstacles under the

3A15(a). Competitors are allowed to fix any kind of advertising to their vehicles provided that:

  • It is not
  • They do not encroach into areas reserved for Event Sponsors, competition numbers and event decals, namely the front doors. (Maximum sized area required for the competition number and event decals is 600mm x 400mm).

. Event decals shall be fitted to reserved areas when supplied.

Note: It is compulsory that the competitors are responsible for ensuring their competition vehicle has their team name on their windscreen and it must be legible from a distance.

3A16(a). Driver and co-driver will wear cotton clothing at all times.

  • Long pants
  • Short or long-sleeved
  • Shoes must be suede or

Not allowed:

  • No polyester, nylon

Note: Incorrect clothing and/or footwear will incur a 100 point penalty. No warning – 2nd time in same weekend will result in instant Event dismissal.

section 04

General Event Regulations

4(a)(1). The Event Organiser and Stage Official will be in charge of any recovery operations during competition stages by either controlling the recovery personally or by nominating an official as the Recovery Leader. In the interest of safety, all competitors must abide by the Recovery Leader’s instructions. Only one Recovery Leader will be nominated for any situation.

4(a)(2). Only 2 competitors are allowed to assist at any one time if another competitor is in dire need of assistance. This must be authorised by the Stage Officials.

  • Controlled Winch Area – Gate:

The vehicle must come to a complete stop in a “Controlled Area” before the gate can be opened. The only exception to this rule is if the vehicle is already being winched into the area, in which case the gate can be opened prior to the vehicle entering. If gate is pre-opened under any other conditions a 20 point penalty will apply. A “Did Not Finish” (DNF) will be awarded if vehicle does not stop.

  • The vehicle will have only one attempt to drive out of the “Controlled Area”. If a forward momentum is not achieved you then must winch.
  • When 2 wheels enter a “Controlled Area” you are deemed to be in the “Controlled Area).
  • You are allowed 3 attempts on every Every attempt after this will incur a 50 point penalty.

4A. Parts & Groups

4A(a). Breakdowns and repairs must be completed in the field or in the designated pit. Failure to notify the Event Organiser and Stage Official of intent to remove competition vehicle from these areas for repair will incur a 75 point penalty.

Note: An ETA (estimated time of arrival from outside areas) will be required and failure to meet this will incur a 50 point penalty. If you have advised you are broken/fixing you are required to be at your vehicle unless you have advised Event Organiser and Start Box Official of outcome.

Note: If reported to be driving irresponsibly you will be banned from competing at a SSS Event for 1 year.

Note: Fellow competitors are allowed and encouraged to assist with repairs and loan tools.

4A(b). When all competitors in your group have completed the competition stage the group will then be allowed to leave the competition stage area to move to the next stage unless directed by Event Organiser or an Official.

Note: All competitors must remain within the competition area until ALL groups have finished before being directed back to base by the Event Organiser.

4A(c). When a competitor “Hold” area has been designated, you MUST stop and wait with the vehicle until directed to move to the next competition stage.

4A(d). Groups will stay together unless directed by the Event Organiser or an Official. A 20 point penalty may apply to any infringements of rules 4A(b) & (c).

4B. Scoring & Awards

4B(a). Teams that complete the competition stage will be allocated points in order of merit from fastest to slowest as follows:

1st 100

2nd 95

3rd 90

4th 86

5th 82

6th 79

7th 76

8th 73

9th 71

10th 69

11th 67

12th 65

13th 63

14th 61

15th 59

16th 58

17th 57

18th 56

19th 55

20th 54

21st 53

22nd 52

21st 51

24th 50

25th 49

26th 48

27th 47

28th 46

29th 45

30th 44

4B(b). Timing will be scored to the 10th of a second.

4B(c). If 2 or more competitors finish a competition stage with the same points/elapsed time, they shall be awarded equal points and placing in the stage. The competitor with the next fastest time shall be placed according to their own finishing positioning in that competition stage. The placing left vacant due to the tie will not be allocated.

4B(d). In the case of a tied score in Major Awards, the winner will be decided by a count back. The winner being the one with the least amount of penalties incurred. If this fails to break the tie, total time of all competition stages will be used. The fastest time will win.

4B(e). Teams will be awarded 10 points for each correct answer. However, on a go to point (ie you need to write the waypoints on your sheet to go to the next point) all waypoints must be written exactly how it is written on the board. In the event that you incorrectly write a waypoint down, that waypoint and any others after that will be marked as incorrect.

4B(f). Teams must come in under DNF time. If not they will receive a DNF and no points will be awarded. For ‘In & Outs’ teams that come in after DNF will not be awarded for that point only.

4C. Protest

4C(a). Protests by a competitor must be on a “SSS Winch Challenge & SSS GPS Protest Form” and handed to the Event Organiser within 2 hours of receiving the scores for the particular competition stage. Vehicle related protests by another competitor must be in before the start of 2nd day of competition. All protests must be submitted with $200.00, which shall be forfeited if the protest is dismissed.

4C(b). Members of the Competition Committee will be required to judge on any formal protest and must have a 2/3rd majority for the protest to be upheld.

4C(c). A selected representative (previously elected driver or co-driver) from the event competitors will be allowed to sit in on the protest proceedings if desired.

4D. Prohibited Behaviour

4D(a). No competitor will seek favour from, influence, manipulate, obstruct or interfere with the duties of any member of the Competition Committee. Any competitor found doing so will be immediately disqualified for the current event.

4D(b). No competitor will interfere or tamper with any other competitor’s vehicle. Any competitor found doing so will be immediately disqualified for the Series.

4D(c). Any competitor who approaches an Official and queries them about another competitors’ stage results and/or penalties will incur a 100 point penalty.

4E. Sportsmanship

The goal of the SSS Winch Challenge & SSS GPS is to promote a respectable sport and promote Sponsors in a professional light. During all SSS Winch Challenge & SSS GPS Events appropriate sportsmanship is required. Therefore, unsportsmanlike behaviour and conduct will not be tolerated and will incur a 50 point penalty.

If a competitor or team member (including supporters etc) promotes unsportsmanlike conduct, is rude or abusive to Event Organiser, Officials, Landowners, fellow competitors, local authorities, Event Sponsors, destroys property, displays drunken or disrespectful behaviour, they and/or the entire team may be disqualified from the current event and/or future events.

4F. Environment

4F(a). Campsites, assembly, holding and work areas, are to be left clean. Parts (new or broken), rubbish, rags etc (including supporters etc) will incur a 50 point penalty.

4F(b). Failure to use a tree protector during winching operations may result in a DNF being recorded for the competition stage.

4F(c). Blackboys are not to be touched, winched off or removed. This will incur an automatic DNF. Blackboys are protected and carry a penalty by law.

4F(d). Any vehicle leaking other than water may be excluded from competition until repairs are affected.

section 05

Regulations for Competition Stages

5(a). Driver and co-driver are the only persons allowed in the competing vehicle during a competition stage. Co-drivers can compete if they turn 15 years of age in the racing year (eg before 31 December of relevant year). The driver must have a current Driver’s Licence issued by any motor authority that is recognised under the Motor Traffic Act. Driver and co-driver will wear a certified Australian Standard AS1698 crash helmet, while in a moving vehicle during a competition stage. Neck braces are optional.

Driver and co-driver will wear cotton clothing at all times. Long pants only, short or long- sleeved shirts and shoes must be swede or leather. No polyester, nylon etc.

5(b). Starting order for the first group of competition stages will be by ballot.

5(c). Driver and co-driver combination will remain the same for the entire event, alternating between driver and co-driver for any particular competition stage is allowed unless the Event Organiser specifies Where injury or sickness occurs and after approval from the Event Organiser, a team member may be changed twice. A 10 point penalty will be applied for any further changes.

5(d). Driver and co-driver must be seated and secured in the vehicle and have the most forward part of the vehicle aligned with start pegs before the start of a competition stage.

5(e). All recovery equipment is to be securely stored at start of each competition stage. This also includes all loose objects in the cab that can become a projectile in the event of a roll over or crash (eg 600ml water bottles, tools etc).

5(f). Timing of the competition stage will cease when all 4 wheels of the vehicle have come to a stop in the finish garage (all four wheels must be in the pink bunted area) with the driver and co- driver secured in the vehicle.

  • If winching through the finish box, the car can be reversed to ensure all four wheels are within the pink bunting.
  • D-Shackles, snatch blocks etc must not be secured by feet.
  • Competitors shall not move from the finish garage until directed by an official.
  • Bunting penalty if the bunting is broken.

Competitors must start in their respective ballot or designated order, unless the Event Organiser or Official grants prior permission for a change in the running order.

5(h). When the DNF time is not achieved by any competitor, points will be awarded from fastest to slowest for those that have completed the competition stage. If less than 25% of the competing vehicles in that stage do not complete the competition stage under the set DNF time due to weather or changes in track conditions the DNF time will be increased by 5 minutes. Any further increases will be at the Event Organisers discretion.

5(i). Competition stages can be marked by pegs, bunting, arrows or stated as a formed track.

5(j). Competitors when directed by an official must immediately remove themselves and their vehicle from the course.

5(k). Competition stages will close 10 minutes after the last competing vehicle has started. Competitors will be given 10 minutes warning prior to the closure of a competition stage unless the Event Organiser specifies otherwise.

5(l). No alcohol or recreational drugs are to be consumed prior to or during the running of a competition Random alcohol and/or drug testing may be carried out on drivers and co- drivers at any time throughout the competition.

Note: Competitors who record a positive reading at the start, during or immediately after the day’s competition WILL be excluded from further competition.

5(m). Items carried in the vehicle must be secured adequately while the vehicle is in motion.

5(n). The Event Organiser reserves the right to modify or add supplementary Rules and Regulations and decide on matters not specifically covered in the SSS Winch Challenge & SSS GPS Rules & Regulations 2022 and allocate the penalty points at his discretion.

5(o). Stage awards will be calculated on highest points scored after penalties.

5(p). Competitors who disable or know that that their brakes are not working (eg lines cut or broken) and knowingly enter a stage, will be automatically disqualified from any SSS Event for that year.

5A. Competition Stage Penalties

5A(a). When all four wheels of a vehicle cross the boundary of the course the competitor must be stopped and will receive a DNF for that competition stage.


  • If the vehicle rolls off course, the team is allowed to self-recover and A bunting penalty will be incurred if bunting is not fixed.
  • If entering a split track and you are within 2 car lengths of the split (ie. you have gone the wrong way), you may reverse and enter the correct way.
  • If entering a split track and you are more than 2 car lengths of the split (ie. you have gone the wrong way), this is deemed ‘all four wheels off course’.

A 10 point penalty will be incurred when:

  • A vehicle straddles a peg.
  • A vehicle knocks over a boundary peg or the peg is broken.
  • A vehicle breaks the bunting.
  • A driver or co-driver holds or moves bunting or pegs to improve vehicle approach or departure line.
  • Trees are run over or damaged to improve line (this will be at the discretion of the Event Organiser or attending Official).


  • Any trees (including blackboys and designated) or markers that are intentionally damaged or knocked over, will result in a DNF being awarded for that competition stage. The Event Organiser reserves the right to replace the tree with a marker should this happen.
  • Special designated pegs, letter boards, bunting or arrows marking a competition stage if broken, will incur a 20 point penalty.
  • If a competitor or other equipment (this does not include the vehicle) breaks the bunting or knocks over a peg during winching operations, there will be no penalty provided the damage is repaired prior to entering the finish garage.
  • If a competitor or other equipment knocks off letter boards there will be no penalty provided the damage is repaired and information still legible prior to entering the finish garage. If unable to fix you are required to notify the Event Organiser and Stage Officials straight away.

A 50 point penalty (per touch) will be incurred if a competitor or vehicle touches a green bunted peg.

5A(d). Penalties for a driver or co-driver not wearing a seat belt, helmet or riding on the outside of a vehicle are:

  • First offence: 100 point penalty and a Stage DNF.
  • Second offence: 200 point penalty and Stage DNF.
  • Third offence: Event
  • A 50 point penalty will be incurred for either driver or co-driver not having the seat belt on correctly (eg harness loose, shoulder strap loose or off) or helmet not The vehicle must come to a complete stop before any harness can be removed and exiting the vehicle. All harnesses/helmets must be secure and doors closed before a vehicle attempts any forward/reverse motion.

Event Organiser is to be immediately notified of each safety breach.

5A(e). Teams will DNF if they receive outside assistance from anyone other than Event Organiser, Officials or other competitors.

5A(f). Event Organiser and Stage Official to make decision to stop competitor once DNF time has surpassed. (ie. New competitor).

5A(g). Teams that DNS a competition stage will incur a 20 point penalty.

5A(h). Failure to attempt a competition stage without an accepted reason incurs a 100 point penalty.

5A(i). Lost or insecure recovery equipment at the finish of a competition stage will incur a 10 point penalty per item. This includes winch cable or hook if touching the ground.

5A(j). Failure to clear an area prior to snatching or winching.

  • “Clear Winching” must be said in a clear and loud voice. If it is not said loudly enough a warning will be given and will incur a 10 point penalty thereafter.
  • Only needs to be said once, unless disconnecting for a change of direction/redirection.
  • Needs to be said after each disconnection.

Techniques that are deemed to be unsafe shall incur a 10 point penalty. These include:

  • Jumping over or going under a winch cable while anchored or moving dampener while winching. It is allowed to move in on a tight cable to reposition the cable dampener (the vehicle must be stopped) or to affect repairs to the vehicle.
  • Walking or Standing behind moving vehicle whilst
  • Handling a winch cable or hook with no gloves.
  • Carrying the winch cable into the cabin or tray area of the vehicle.
  • Carrying winch cable while still attached to anchor point and vehicle in motion.
  • Winching or snatching a tree out or over.
  • Driving over cable with wheel.
  • Dampener into fairlead.

Techniques that are deemed to be unsafe shall incur a 20 point penalty. These include:

  • Continuing any unsafe practice after official warning.
  • Continuing to stand in front of vehicle whilst winching, after official warning.
  • Failing to use a cable dampener during winching or snatching operations.
  • Failing to use another cable dampener when direction of cable is changed.
  • Unsecured or partially secured window net in a moving vehicle.
  • Failing to use 2 dampeners when using winch extension.
  • Wrapping rope around hand/body and clipping it onto self. If it happens again it will incur a 50 point penalty.

A winch cable or strap is deemed to be ‘live’ when the free end is connected to the anchor point. It does not matter if the winch is in free spool or the vehicle has not commenced forward/reverse motion. The winch blanket must be attached and on the ground before calling “clear winching”. A cable or strap must not be handled after going live unless moving a winch blanket. After going live, a winch blanket may only be handled when positioning the blanket into the centre third.


  • On hook (unless double line pull)
  • Must be full length
  • Must be attached with one zip line
  • Cannot be wrapped/rolled/bunched/folded
  • If damaged, can be zip tied together to make full length
  • Once mangled must be replaced.

Second blanket:

  • Centre third.

Hooking up:

  • Block – car – blanket
  • Disconnect = Reverse.

Ground anchor:

  • When the anchor is set (not moving in the ground), the co-driver is to get of the anchor.
  • If the anchor needs to be reset, the co-driver can grab the anchor (anchor is not live – the rope is).

Excessive wheel spin (including while vehicle being winched) after being warned by Official: 2nd warning: 10 point penalty.

  • 3rd warning: 20 point penalty.
  • 4th warning: 100 point penalty and DNF.

Wheel spin should be relevant to forward motion, at the discretion an Official.

5A(m). No driver or co-driver shall engage in abusive, obscene language or improper behaviour toward each other, other competitors, spectators or Officials. After an official warning, a minimum penalty of 40 points up to event exclusion.

5A(n). Failure to follow ‘Competition Stage/Course Directions’ whether verbal or written, will incur a 20 point penalty.


  • If a Stage Official adds to the ‘comment section’ of your score book about a possible rule infringement, it will be treated as a penalty.
  • It is possible to go into a negative score in any competition
  • Paperwork can only be signed after the Finish Box Official has confirmed with Officials and/or Event Organiser that all penalties have been advised and recorded.

A 50 point penalty will be incurred when:

  • Any GPS waypoints are removed, tampered with or destroyed.
  • A vehicle breaks the fencing.

Driving with an open door will incur a 50 point penalty.

section 06

Media Crisis Management


The media has a right to report news that they see fit. It is important that anything we do reflects positively on our chosen recreation of off-road activities and ensures we are viewed as a responsible organisation.

Potential adverse media or public interest generated by an incident at the event, could threaten the reputation of the event or organisation in the future.

Incident is defined as:

  • A direct result of event
  • Affects the safety of any person engaged in event
  • Exposes any deficiency in safety or environment protection.

General Procedures:

It is the Event Organiser’s aim to ensure a safe and incident free event. However, with any type of motor sport there is an element of danger and unplanned incidents are not unusual. Any incident has the potential to become a media crisis (eg. personal injury, vehicle accident or environmental concerns).

Competitors will not discuss event incidents, or their part in it, with the media until the incident has been reviewed by the Event Organiser and Competition Committee. After he/they have been briefed on all aspects of the crisis, the Event Organiser will issue a statement on the incident and focus attention on the positive steps being taken to resolve the incident.

6A. Rights of Organiser

6A(a). Refuse any entry without giving any reason whatsoever.

6A(b). Abandon, cancel, postpone or shorten the event without due notice in the event of any unforeseen circumstances. No claims whatsoever of any kind shall be entertained due to the abandoning, cancelling, postponement or shortening of the event.

6A(c). Exclude any person or vehicle, which fails to meet the event guidelines as set out in the Competition Guide.

6A(d). Cancel any competition stage at any time including when some competitors have already completed the section for any reason whatsoever.

6A(e). Disqualify any competitor who fails to abide by the SSS Winch Challenge & SSS GPS Rules and Regulations 2022, any Supplementary Amendments or any instructions from the Officials.

Please note: If this occurs there will be no refund of entry fee.

6A(f). Obtain any ‘in vehicle’ video footage as required. Video footage cannot be sold without prior approval from SSS Winch Challenge & SSS GPS Event Organiser.

6B. Indemnity

6B(a). SSS Winch Challenge & SSS GPS Event Organiser, Officials, Event Sponsors and Landowners will not be held liable in any accident, causing injury or damage to the participants or their vehicles during the course of the event.

6B(b). SSS Winch Challenge & SSS GPS Event Organiser, Officials, Event Sponsors and Landowners will not be held liable for any breach of any laws or regulations. The participants will be entirely responsible for any accidents or breach of laws in which liability may arise and shall indemnify SSS Winch Challenge & SSS GPS Event Organiser, Officials, Event Sponsors and Landowners by signing the indemnity form.

6B(c). The participants must agree to and sign an indemnity form before the start of each event. Failure to do so renders the participant ineligible to start with no refund of the entry fee.

section 07

AASA Licence

All competitors and Officials are to obtain and hold the relevant AASA licence. All participants must have a current licence which must be shown to an Official when signing the AASA Competitors sign in sheet at the beginning of each event.