Topic For Discussion: Sprint vs Standard Length Races for weekly events In our weekly Wednesday time slots, the WRS-Online has historically focused on offering standard (45-60 minute) races. Occasionally (rarely), the format is adjusted to use multiple sprints (12-20 mins) races. The main attraction to the standard length race is to bring into play many desirable strategic features of racing including, but not limited to: Fuel strategy (without having to use wonky very fast settings) Extended battles (not always bumper to bumper but splits vs strategy and end games) Tire conservation (which requires different driving skills versus all out time trial pace) Pit strategies and switching on the fly based on other drivers and race situations (e.g. one versus two pits, short pitting, etc.). We definitely want to keep these components a part of the majority of our events. At the same time there is also a lot to like about sprint races. Significantly more close racing, the field naturally spreads out during a race and each restart brings the field back together. More opportunities to work on clean racecraft and develop that aspect of driving (which is also different from a TT). A chance to reset mutliple times during the event after a mistake (crash). In a standard length race if you make a mistake that puts you significant behind other racers it becomes a lonely endeavor. With a sprint, you know the next race isn't far away and you can restart from scratch. The opportunity to have multiple winners (psychologically it's nice to win!) The opportunity to run some reverse grid setups and allow different dynamics. That can also be a bad thing if too much aggression is present so has to be in the correct environment. The ability to join late or leave early if they can't participate for the entire time or make the start. The ability to participate if you can't manage 45-55 minutes of racing straight without a break. A less serious atmosphere where you can show up to have fun without quite so much pre-race practice (although some practice and knowing braking points is always required so as not to impact others on track). One idea the admins/steward are discussing, as long as the numbers support it, would be to offer drivers both options in a given week. Drivers would register for one or the other (but not both since they would take place simultaneously). All drivers in the registry would be eligible for either offering. It's not a case of division requirements, but just preference and the amount of time drivers have to prepare and which environment they prefer. The standard event would typically require more preparation testing strategies, calculating fuel consumption, practicing with worn tires, and being ready to compete for at least 45-55 minutes straight without a break. The sprint races would really just focus on the racing while tire wear and fuel would not come into play significantly. Tire wear would still be on and it could still pay to save tires, but the events would be set up so that pits are never required. The alternate idea is to just offer the sprints more frequently. The admins would decide based on the combo which format is used and drivers would not have the option. Anyway, we are throwing these ideas out there to start a discussion, get feedback and field questions which may lead to refinements of the idea and more discussions. There are certainly constraints and caveats with the idea, primarily it takes enough interest in both formats to make it even possible to offer both simultaneously so this may be something we can offer early in the game while participation numbers are high. Also, as more drivers get experience there may be a shift in preferences toward the standard length races... but early in the life of GT6 this may be something we could offer.