Friday, March 26, 2010

Live broadcast from Long Beach

Hopefully I will be able to stream live from my race @ Long Beach thru Livestream.
GRCE Live

Second Race for the season


Tomorrow night we race the second race of the GRCE season.
We will be going to the narrow, damage inducing track @ Long Beach.

We have the following drivers lined up:



LMP1:

  1. Paul Joseph, Dark Horse Racing, Epsilon Euskadi EE1
  2. Emanuel Gaczella, Team KR3W, Epsilon Euskadi EE1
  3. Rando Muru, Backmarker Brigade, Creation CA06/H
LMP2:
  1. Gary Gray, Backmarker Brigade Tryard, Courage c65 - Ford
  2. Jukka Kirveskari, Courage c65 -Mazda
  3. Hans Birgander, Porsche RS Spyder
  4. Rik Briant, TEAM BACKWARDS RACING, Courage c65 - AER
  5. Nico De Bruyne, Dark Horse Racing, Courage c65 - Ford
  6. Mike Ward, English Racing Knights, Porsche RS Spyder
  7. Allan R Dean, Courage c65 - Judd
GT1:
  1. Stacey Greensall, Team KR3W, Aston Martin DBR9
  2. Martin Jones, Mountain Dew Racing, Corvette C6.R
  3. Joonas Puhakka, Red Speed Grand Prix, Corvette C6.R
  4. Hans Brauer, GRCE Ichi, Aston Martin DBR9
  5. Steve Parsons, Aston Martin DBR9
GT2:
  1. Priit Valja, Porsche 997 RSR
  2. Kyle Williams, Torrent Motorsports, Porsche 997 RSR
  3. Freddy Fuller, Porsche 996 RSR
  4. Steven Martin, Porsche 997 RSR
Long Beach is one of the least forgiving tracks in this season. If you loose your car you will be forced to go into the pits for repair. There are only two places on the whole track where you can go off and still have a car to race with. Expect several drivers to have an extra stop to make.
My strategy for the race is to keep out of trouble.

This is the only race of the season that will have no time acceleration at all, 1 hour and 40 minutes just like the real one in April.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Comments from the Sebring race.

"Worked it out last night. My shoulder is still hurting so I figured I'd work out how many gear changes I made.

Taking an average lap (and I did spin on a few of them) I changed gear 2280 times.

No wonder I hurt! :-D"

"I had fun despite all the spins and one extra pitstop to repair damage. At last I´m in a right place in just about the right time, I have searched for a proper endurance league, and GRCE feels like a dream come true. This mod is just spot on above everything else... 8)"

"I quit my previous league due to being tired of the driving standards getting worse and going unmentioned, so it was great to drive 2+ hours with some of the best driving I've seen online.

The fast guys weren't impatient, the slower guys didn't make things difficult.

Too bad it's a month until the next race!"

"At least there is plenty of time to recover from Sebring and to get to know Long Beach...Must think of something to fill my racing needs during this "layoff" though. You are absolutely right on the racing etiquette, very nice, clean racing. Enjoyed that very much, thanks!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

First race of the season starts tonight

This evening marks the start of the 2010 grc mad dog endurance league.

It's a small field of 14 cars in four different categories.

In the LMP1 class we have Paul Joseph racing for Dark Horse Racing, Marco Vandenbroeck for VDB Motorsports and Emanuel Gaczella in Team KR3W, all in the epsilon Euskadi EE 1.

The LMP 2 class has the most drivers tonight.

Mike Ward for English Racing Knights in a Porsche RS Spider,
Gary Gray for Back Marker Brigade Tryard in a Courage C65-Ford
Nico De Bruyne for Dark Horse Racing in a Courage C65 - Ford
Jermaine Venhorst for BackMarker Brigade in a Courage C65 - Mazda
Jukka Kirveskari in a Courage C65 - MAzda

In GT1 you'll find four entries all running the Aston Martin DBR9.

Hans Brauer for GRCE Ichi
Stacey Greensall for Team KR3W
Daniel Beck for Racingmates.se
and finally Steve Parsons.

GT2 has two drivers signed up for this evenings event.

Freddy Fuller in a Porsche 996 RSR and Steve Martin in a Porsche 997 RSR.

Will report back later with a small race report and perhaps some screen shots.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

First race of the season

Sebring 12 H : Sebring


Florida, United States

February 13, 2010, 20:00 UTC

This is the start of the 2010 GRCE season. Nine hard races on the American soil with a stop at Le Mans in France. Prepare for the hard and unforgiving airport surface of Sebring. Cope with the dying daylight and race into darkness.

Race length: 144 minutes
Game start time: 10:00
5x time acceleration

February 13, 2010, 7:00PM

First test race GRCE

Test race 1 : Laguna Seca


California, USA
January 30, 2010, 19:00 UTC


120 minute test race. In game 12.00 start time, 3x Time Acceleration




GRCE Mad Dog Endurance League

The GRC Mad Dog is an endurance series that consist of ten races beginning with Sebring 12 hours. We race up to 144 Minutes and accelerate the race accordingly. The series will start with a test race in January 2010 and start the 2nd week in February.

There is also going to be AI present set to 77-90% to fill up the grid if necessary to the 2007/8 numbers in ALMS. We will follow the order of the races in the 2010 season. A total of ten races including Le Mans. This is a good way to get some license points as well since its open for B-licensee drivers.

Meeting Info
Meeting Format for races

17:00 GMT Practice 1.
18:35 GMT Qualifying.
18:50 GMT Warm-up.
19:00 GMT Race start.

The event will start at the TrackLocalTime (TLT) and will be accelerated to simulate the change in day and night racing. As a test we will try to align with ALMS rules Traction Control Level 2 will be allowed, and 60-75% damage will be enabled.
Scoring Info
Each class have the same points:

1st: 25pts
2nd: 20pts
3rd: 16pts
4th: 13pts
5th: 11pts
6th: 10pts
7th: 9pts
8th: 8pts
9th: 7pts
10th: 6pts
11th: 5pts
12th: 4pts
13th: 3pts
14th: 2pts
15th: 1pt

Bonus points are awarded as follows: (Awarded for each class)
Pole Position: 2pts
Fastest Lap: 2pts
Most Places Gained: 2pt

Rules and Regulations
Teams

Teams can enter as many cars as they like.

Each team must nominate a captain who will be responsible for all communication before and during the event. They will also be responsible for there drivers behavior, so in extreme cases bad conduct by one car\member could result in all cars being disqualified.

Drivers may only be entered for 1 car.

General rules

All drivers are expected to behave in a respectable fashion towards other competitors. Swearing in game will not be tolerated. The first instance will be punished by a stop and go and further instances will result in a team being removed from the server. Anybody causing an intentional accident will be removed from the server and banned for a period of time decided by the race administrators

Chat box

No using the chat box during qualifying or the race. At the end of session please make sure all drivers have finished before talking. Teams are encouraged to use the team speak system.

Driving area

Drivers must have two wheels within the boundaries of the track at all times.
For clarification see GRC Driving Rules
Drivers are expected to be aware of there surroundings during all sessions.

It is forbidden to drive a car in the opposite direction of the race except and only to remove it from a dangerous position.

Passing

It is the responsibility of the following driver to make a clean pass. The leading driver may make 1 defensive move only



Definition of a defensive move

A lead driver may take a defensive line into a corner to make it harder for a passing move to succeed. You may make one defensive move eg. to the inside of the track or a tighter line. Once you have made the move, you must stay there and take the turn from that position, you may not move defensively again, this is weaving and is not permitted.

A defensive move is one that begins before the car behind has moved to begin a passing attempt. If you move after the car behind pulls out, this is blocking and is not permitted.

If the car behind gets an overlap with yours at the turn-in point, however small, you are expected to leave room in the turn for that car. If you are leaving room, you may not squeeze your opponent off the track at the exit.

Drivers being lapped are expected to hold a consistent line and make it clear very early if they are moving off line. It is the responsibility of the lapping car to make the pass clean, however it is the responsibility of the car being lapped to allow the lapping car past at the first safe opportunity.

At some points in the race a situation may arise where a car is able to un-lap itself. In this situation the lead car does not have to let the faster car through and it is the responsibility of the car behind to make a clean pass.

Any driver who, in the sole opinion of the Stewards, alters their racing line more than once based on the actions of pursuing competitors, or uses an abnormal racing line to inhibit or prevent passing may be considered to be “blocking” and may be
warned or penalized

Pit Stops

Drivers entering the pits are expected to move off line early and make it clear they are entering the pits.

Drivers who when they can exit there pit stall find a car about to pass them must allow the car to pass before exiting there stall.

When exiting the pits the blend line must be respected by all four wheels for its full length. Once the line have ended you may rejoin the racing line only when it is safe to do so.

Classification

Cars have to complete 70% of the distance covered by their class winner to be classified.


Server failure

Although we do not anticipate any problems if for any reason the server fails during the races, all competitors will have 15 minutes to rejoin the server. The race will then be started again in the order the cars were running at the time of the failure. The two parts of the race will be added together to determine the final result.