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Ring-a-ding-ding

Ringers, one race wonders, outsiders, guest drivers… whatever you want to call them, they have been a part of what we do. Is that good or bad? Is it a black and white question? To answer, let’s take a peek at the past. 2017 was the final year that the Majors was “just” the Pacific Majors (hence our web address… really need to update that). That was the 4th full season of the Majors and the only season in our history where everyone had to pay to race (either season pass or individual race ticket). Why did we make everyone pay that year? Why did we allow free entrants afterwards? Well, the simplest answer is numbers. By 2017 we had about 120 season pass holders and those combined with the peo

The Art of Cat Herding Pt3 (final) - Special Events

The iRacing Endurance special events are particularly challenging to organise for larger teams because they often involved multiple cars for the team,often different types and drivers with different abilities, time constraints etc. Within BAM and Kinetic, we've been through a number of different ways and processes to organise them and we've finally settled on a process I'm comfortable that works as well as possible. The process can be broken down into 4 phases - Planning - this sets up the event, finds out which drivers are available, what cars they want to drive, which timeslot (iRacing's multiple timeslots for races are often a complication) and allows the team manager to decide on a provi

The Art of Cat Herding Pt2 - Communications and Financials

A vital part of how a team operates and is managed is about communications. The 1st thing to understand is all the different types of communications that need to be done in teams: - Policy / Organisation / Structure information - Team Membership (who are the drivers / what do they do) - Event organisation - File storage (paints, setups, documents) - Event organisation - both ad-hoc ones and planned events - Feedback on setups, tips, race strategies etc - In-race communications (spotting, driver to driver comms) - General chatting (both text and audio) Traditionally, things were fairly simple - teams used a website/forum to do pretty much everything written and Teamspeak to do audio and some

The Art of Cat Herding Pt1 Introduction

With the ever increasing emphasis in The Majors on teams I thought it would be useful to share some information / tips on what it takes to run a team, the things to think about and how much effort that's involved. Some background first: until Dec 2017 I ran a team called BlackAdder Motorsport. BAM was small when I joined in 2013 it grew pretty quickly and by 2017 was over 100 members. We had good processes but the objectives of the team has become fragmented - with groups of people running in Proto/GT endurance races, ovals and single seaters and there were some major personality differences that meant some of the key management stuff wasn't getting done properly and we decided to break up t

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