- the_kingb_ & Drift_artist
Heres my humble opinion from doing it fo reelz this year from Formula D standpoint. They are doing it now that you have to "earn your pro license" by doing proams and such.
Do something like giving the top 4 from last season their choice of the sponsors first
And then maybe you could have a quick and dirty Proam series leading up to the Pro Series, maybe 5 events. anyone who competed in season 1 not in the top 4 last year or new can run in it.
Keep the car budget to under 50k premium, or 40k used for car purchase, unlimited tune with no more than 500hp or something and comfort hards. I know the prices for tuning a drift car on GT are not realistic, i have about 12K total in my 93' s13 hatch i ran this season in the proam and is 412whp and fullblown spec'd out FD rulebook done with small sponsors. Maybe have each person do a scheme for their "own" sponsors, or some ****.
qualify however many you want and give them 10 pts per position (ex. if you qualify 12 people and run em off give 1st 100 pts and 10th 10pts) and maybe 10 pt bonus for top qualifier.
Then whatever is left of the sponsors can be chosen by the guys in order of proam rank.
Once sponsors are all filled, the people who want to compete in pro without sponsorship will be "privateers" and be held to tighter budgets or hp.
Thank you for the inspiration ...
I just Had this Idea while reading your post, Steve lets do a battle for sponsors before the new season begins, it will be like this :
Choose a specific popular drift car with limited hp where all participants will use in this battle to battle each other for the best sponsors the 1st gets the best 2nd the 2nd best and so on ... in that way it will be a little more realistic with logic in the way sponsors are distributed because in real life you do not choose your sponsors but they choose you. So it will be like a scout event ... It will be lame and pointless to choose your sponsor on regisitration and will not actually simulate the feel of it ...
I'm agreeing with DGambino, I prefer hp limit to be honest in the 400-500 range because that little extra power to 550 is what makes all the difference and makes it all easier ... but if you guys insist on the sponsor thing let it that way please ^^