HAPPY NEW YEAR ENDURO
2 Hours 30 Minutes of Brno
January 7th 2023
6 PM - Free Practise
(30 minutes, day time, two weather slots: cloudy/light rain)
6.30 PM - Qualifying
(30 minutes, night time, one weather slot: clear weather)
7:00 PM - RACE
2h30 minutes, full 24 hour cycle
four weather slots: dry, wet, dry, dry (specifics tbd)
1 - EVENT SETTINGS
A) LOBBY AND RULES/PENALTIES
- Private Lobby - Invite only
- Fill vacant slots with AI - Yes (16 cars on the grid regardless of how many human players)
- Wait for race ready - On
- Rules & Penalties - On
- Track Limit Penalties - On
- Allowable Time Penalty - 30
- Drive Through Penalties - On
- Pit Exit Penalty - On
- Competitive Racing License - On
B) RACE AND REALISM SETTINGS
- Track is "Brno"
- Rolling Start
- Allow Auto Start Engine -Yes
- Force Interior view - No
- Force Driving Line Off - No
- Force Default Setups - No
- Force Manual Gears - No
- Force Realistic Driving Aids - No
- Allow Anti Lock Brakes - Yes
- Allow Traction Control - Yes
- Allow Stability Control - No
- Damage Type - Performance Impacting
- Mechanical Failures - Yes
- Allow Ghosted Vehicles - Yes
- Force Manual Pit stops - Yes
- Pit Stop Errors - No
- Tire Wear - Accelerated
- Fuel Depletion - On
- Force cool down Lap - Yes
- Weather will change during the race and at least part of the race will be under wet conditions.
- An approximate weather forecast will be given to all competitors as soon as Free Practise begins.
D) TIME OF DAY
- Will be accelerated to simulate a 24 hours cycle, so there will be day, night, day
E) HUMAN DRIVEN CARS
- Race will be multiclass, with GROUP C and GTO cars sharing the track.
- Human driven cars must be GROUP C (any of the available cars), unless at least 3 entrants state their preference for racing in GTO (if this happens you can choose any car with the following exceptions: NASCAR car, IMSA Audi, IMSA Nissan. None of these cars have headlights and you'll need headlights for this race)
- All players must start the race but all can, at any given time, give their car to AI control. To do this, you must use the pop up menu (that is activated while racing using the D-Pad) and set the "SWAP DRIVER" option to "ON". When you do this, the next time you go to the pits the AI will take over the car after it has been serviced. You will still be watching your car being raced and you have control over what you are seeing, you can change or adjust your pit strategy, change the brake balance, etc, And most importantly you can call the car back to the pits. When you do so, and if you want to regain control of the driving, be sure to set the "SWAP DRIVER" again to "ON". And the car will be yours to drive after being serviced.
- The field will, regardless of how many human entrants, always have 16 cars, the AI will fill all available slots. Skill and Aggression levels will be both set at 100, so they won't be slow. Be careful around them and don't act as if they are just inconvenient pushovers, more often than not when an AI car collides with a human-driven car, it is the latter that comes off worse. Worry not if they're quicker than you at some points during the race. AI's strategists are from the 2022 F1 Ferrari team, they'll make a mess of it under changeable conditions and either pit too soon or too late or put in the wrong set of tyres ...)
G) Random words of advice (consider this a pre-race briefing)
- DAMAGE is set to Performance Impacting so ... be careful out there!
- PITS are fully manual. This means you will still be driving your car inside the pit lane, and you must be the one parking it in your pit stall. It is best if you don't have a "pit limiter" button set because then the game will activate the limiter for you (same happens with headlights and windshield wipers, but people usually like to have full control over them)
- SETUPS are open. Since there are many cars available and I don't even know yet what we will use I can't tell you what works or not. But keep in mind these few pointers:
- Fuel - Use your own testing to understand how much fuel you use per lap and do the math to minimize time lost in the pits. Whatever the case I suggest you start with a full tank and work how many liters to add in the number of stops you must do (keep in mid that rain starting and/or stopping may trigger a non-fuel related visit to the pits, so take that into account also)
- Tyres - Soft or Hard (grip vs durability) is a VERY debatable option, and remember we'll have degradation set to accelerated. Testing is required. Again remember you'll need wet tyres at some point.
- Downforce - Again ... there's give and take here, between grip and top speed. However I think that, unlike Le Mans, Brno is a circuit where having strong downforce is both the safer and the more effective bet.
- Brake Balance and Engine Braking - depending if your base-setup is Stable or Loose you may want to tweak the default setting to your liking in totally different ways. Just remember these two settings are probably the ones that have the greatest impact on how the car behaves (unless you know how to setup suspensions and other more difficult stuff, but I don't usually touch any of that).
- Brake ducts and Engine cooling - I close them up a litle - supposedly they will heat more but the top speed increases. Never had problems with brakes overheating but with the engine you'll want to be careful, or else the car will lose power and the pits will last longer.
- STRATEGY - Correctly choosing when to change tyres, when to pit according to their wear or weather conditions, how much fuel to add, what to do about damage (the headlights must always be fixed, and there's possible engine damage depending on how you drive and whatever setup you created) is crucial in a long race.
- ALSO ... please make sure you understand how to set your RACE STRATEGY in the pre-race screen and most importantly how to change, adjust, switch to another, while in the actual race. I know sometimes the game can deceive us but most of the time I do believe we are the ones doing things wrong. Don't believe in anything related to the word "Default", don't trust anything that uses the word "Recommended", most probably the game will act stupid and keep your slicks just because the track isn't wet enough when you pit. So, go for FULLY MANUAL ON EVERYTHING. You've been warned ...
- PRACTISE AND QUALIFYING - You don't have to take part in either of these (but REMEMBER: to be able to enter the race you must enter the lobby at least 5 minutes before the end of the quali session!)
- I'm setting these sessions up so the ones that can show up early have the track, with the proper settings, at their disposal.
- My objective is that the time we all spend every monday (since when we show up early for some friendly practise and until all the races are finished, around 10 PM) is about the same we will spend in this event.
- So, I will open the lobby and send out the invites at 6 PM, and the lobby will remain open for the entire event (practise, quali, race).
- Practise will be conducted during the day and will give you both dry and wet conditions so you can try them.
- Quali will be dry, but will happen entirely during night time so everyone gets used to that environment also
- RACE - This one you must enter (and as stated abover, to enter the race you must be in-lobby before the end of quali!) Please remember that even if you decide to not drive in the closing moments of quali you will still need some time to load the track and check your car setup, set your pit stop strategy(ies) and make sure you are indeed ready for the race that lies ahead.
Racers invited, please state your interest, and also which of the dates available (friday 6th or saturday 7th of January) is more convenient to you:
As stated above, any other gtplanet forum members that might be interested in this, just post about it and you'll fill any available slots (first come, first serve)