Below are Peachstate Region PCA guidelines for skill levels expected in DE Run Groups. These are the levels of accomplishment and required skills that must be demonstrated to an instructor before being promoted to a higher Run Group. It should be understood that drivers within each run group will be at varying levels of achievement.
Instructor sign-offs for run group promotions can occur in several ways. First, a student may request an evaluation review of their skills from their instructor (or from the Chief Instructor if already signed-off in an upper level and requesting to move to a higher group). Alternatively, an instructor can recommend a sign-off for promotion, generally after discussion with the driver. The instructor would indicate this reccomendation for advancement on the Student Evaluation Form. Upper-level advancements require both a consultation with the chief instructor, and a written evaluation by a check-out instructor.
A newly signed-off solo student driver will remain in their original run group for the remainder of that event, using an “S” decal to designate the sign-off, but depending on the circumstances, that student may or may not be promoted to the next level at the next event. Changes between run groups during an event are generally not possible, but in exceptional circumstances, arrangements may be made.
Group 1 Run Group
Peachstate policy is that Group 1 students signed-off (for a day or a
session) do not automatically progress to Group 2, or cease to require an
instructor. Students will be promoted to Group 2 when they meet the written
criteria below, and can expect continued instruction in Group 2 as part of
Peachstate's instructional program. The goal of Driver's Education is to
assist each driver in learning and improving their skill level to the best
of their ability. Students can expect to spend at least three or four
events in the Group 1 run group with an instructor. As drivers gain
experience in Group 1, they are expected to polish their high performance
driving skills, increase their confidence, and learn more advanced
techniques. Promotion to Solo status requires a positive recommendation
from a Peachstate instructor plus approval by the Chief Driving Instructor.
Drives the line consistently and correctly (with no help for one
Drives at an appropriate pace with the group.
Consistently uses very smooth inputs, with special emphasis on proper,
Uses "ocular vision" techniques (looking ahead) in most corners.
Makes only a few minor mistakes, but self-corrects.
Remains calm in traffic and in passing situations.
Anticipates the effects of a slower car ahead.
Does not follow too closely when far from a passing zone.
Neither gives nor accepts late passing signals.
Gives passing signals promptly without being reminded.
Passes with good safety margin distance.
Exhibits good manners and shows consideration for other drivers.
Displays full knowledge of procedures, flags and driving terminology.
Establishes a good and safe driving record for two events, minimum.
Calmly deals with faster traffic and close passing situations.
Demonstrates full compliance with Peachstate Region DE safety and
Group 2 Run Group
The Group 2 run group is a "Solo-only" (no instructor required, but may be
requested) group. Group 2 drivers are characterized by a wide range of
skills and experience, as drivers gain seat-time and work on advancing
their driving skills. These drivers will be working toward improved
consistency, use of vision, and the use of momentum. The skills listed
below assume proficiency in the skills listed above for Groups 1. A student
can expect to spend at least one active season in Group 2.
Drives the preferred line consistently and effortlessly.
Uses "ocular vision" (looking ahead) techniques most of the time.
Consistently uses very smooth inputs both at medium and higher speeds.
Uses and can demonstrate trail braking, throttle steer, and
Carries considerable momentum through corners.
Can safely vary the line in any corner (to avoid debris, for example).
Calmly deals with cars in close proximity.
Drives at a pace appropriate for the run group and approaching the
limitations of their car.
Displays a courteous, respectful attitude, avoiding intimidation and
Group 3 (Advanced and Instructors) Run Group
Promotion to Group 3 requires a positive recommendation from a Peachstate
Instructor and approval by the Chief Driving Instructor. Drivers in Group 3
are expected to be expert in all the driving skills taught by Peachstate.
The experienced Group 3 driver should be indistinguishable from the average
driver in Group 4. Many Group 3 drivers are, in fact, Peachstate
Instructors or expert drivers who prefer to stay in Group 3 due to their
car's top speed and/or horsepower.
Group 4 (Expert and Instructors)
Group 4 consists of the most experienced drivers in the fastest, highest
horsepower cars. Group 4 drivers are experts in all driving skills taught
by Peachstate and PCA at large. Many drivers in Group 4 are instructors
and/or hold Porsche Club Racing licenses. In recent years, Peachstate has
attempted to balance groups 3 and 4 based on a combination of driver skill
and the top speed and horsepower of a driver's car. We have found that this
policy helps maintain the balance of the group as a whole and has reduced
the tendency of lower horsepower cars to hold up long lines of faster cars
waiting for a passing signal.