Ladies, gentlemen, and all others... Welcome to the VGTA Handicap Championship, an eight week, sixteen race series, to be held on Monday nights at 8:00pm GMT.
(Photos courtesy IfandOr )
The race format will go:
Race 1, ten minutes of qualifying, rolling start. For this race there will be no tyre degradation.
Race 2, random grid, rolling start. For this race, tyre degradation shall be set to accelerated and fuel will be burnt. Pit stops are at the driver's discretion. The laps will be set to give a race time of approximately fifty minutes.
Please note that, at the first meeting (Silverstone), due to the fact that some will be changing cars between races, quali for the first race will be reduced to five minutes, and a five minute practice will precede the second race, to allow those who have changed cars to familiarise themselves a little
There will be NO rain during this series, since these cars are a bit lively in the wet. However, the weather shall alter, and I am considering strategies aimed at bringing about a variation in grip levels. Time will move on during the meetings at the usual lazy rate we Earthlings are familiar with, and weather changes shall be synchronised to the race.
THE HANDICAP SYSTEM.
There are five models of car involved.
1/ Nissan 240Z.
2/ Porsche 911.
3/ Ferrari 365.
For the very first race everyone will be in the Porsche. At that meeting, for the second race, those effected by the handicap will change cars. The drivers who came 1st, 2nd and 3rd will take the Nissan. The driver who came last will be allocated the E-Type, second last, the Mustang, and the two drivers ahead of them (third and fourth last) will get the mental waterbed that is the Ferrari 365 allocated to them.
For the subsequent meetings each driver will have a car allocated to him/her for that particular meeting, the allocation stays the same for both races.
The means by which that car is allocated is... the handicap system. Each driver's average finishing position in all the races they have competed in in the series will be counted.
The three who have the best average results will have the Nissan. Everyone else has a choice of car, from No1 (Nissan) to No5 (E-Type). The number of cars you can choose from will be dictated by your handicap. The one who has the lowest average finishing position can choose cars 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5. The next up, with the second lowest average finishing position can choose from cars 1, 2, 3, or 4. Those with the third and fourth lowest averages can have cars 1, 2, or 3. The three clever clogs who have the highest average results will have no choice but to use the Nissan, whilst everyone else can have either the Nissan, or car No2 (the Porsche).
These allocations will take account of everyone who is actively involved in the competition; the full compliment of handicap cars might not take part each race. Therefore, if (for instance) someone who is allocated the Nissan doesn't turn up, that does not mean that another driver has to step up and take that car.
Car allocations can, and will, change from meeting to meeting of course, dictated by average race results.
So, on to the circuits...
Week 1/ Silverstone GP. 8 laps, 20 laps.
For this race, it will be 31st August 2021, in the height of the day; 1:00pm. It'll be clear to start, then hazy, heavy cloud, and back to clear to finish.
Week 2/ Sakitto GP. 10 laps, 24 laps.
The Sakkito meeting will be set one week after the one last week (seemed reasonable) at 7th September 2021, 1:00pm start. Qualifying will be overcast, but the short race will be clear throughout. The longer race will start overcast, move to dark cloud, light cloud, and finish lovely and clear.
Week 3/ Spa Francorchamps. 6 laps, 18 laps, which will be set for 14th September 2021. 13:00hrs
Quali and short race, clear. Long race, Overcast, heavy cloud, light cloud, clear.
Week 4/ Dubai Autodrome GP. 8 laps, 21 laps.
Week 5/Fuji. 10 laps, 26 laps.
Week 6/ Autodrome International Do Algarve. 10 laps, 24 laps.
Week 7/ Bannachbrae. 8 laps, 18 laps.
I decree, in the god-like manner of only the most serious of motor racing organisers, the meeting at Bannokbr... Banichb...Bauunkb... Scotland, will be set for 13:00, 13th July 2021. Phew, watch out for those midgies.
Week 8/ Brno. 8 laps, 21 laps.
By the way folks, ABS and TC are available as you please, and any view point is fine by me. Just enjoy the racing.
Realism is an important point, therefore I would like everyone to pay me £12,000, per meeting, in return for which I will provide transport to the venue, evening meal, and live music at the after race bash.
Additionally, in order to encourage everyone to drive their cars as if they really are having to pay for the dents, performance effecting damage will be activated. So, as they say at the beginning of all the best TV shows, let's be careful out there...
I order to minimise the number of innocent victims regarding this, ghosting will be allowed. By my reckoning this should prevent Rich from smashing his car up in someone else's accident approximately fifteen times across the series
Finally, penalties, yes, penalties will be on. You offenders must be made to pay! None of this liberal namby-pamby behaviour, the guilty must face up to their wrong doings and doings the time.