The 1st round of any series is a learning experience for everyone and that includes the organisers. The big talking point of the week leading up to the race was the qualifying format and, in retrospect, maybe open qualifying at a circuit where draft can make such a significant difference wasn't the best idea and we'll think about this carefully for future events. We also had a problem with not being able to set the race dates/times correctly although the compromise on this worked out pretty well.
These issues however, didn't stop the racing from being exciting.
The new time slot on Saturdays looks promising - we had our biggest ever International field although there's still work to do before we get this region splitting. The biggest problem in International now is the gap between the fastest and slowest drivers is huge and it can make racing awkward and the very small performance gap between the GTEs and GT3s made matters worse in this race.
It's finally back, race week is here and one day earlier than last year.
For 2019, Race Week will begin at midnight pacific time on Saturday before the races. This is to give the International drivers a full 7 days of practice and to make sure there are two full weekend days for everyone to practice and qualify. You can see all the scheduled sessions here
As of now, the plan is to cut off official practice and qualifying 24 hours earlier than in years past so we can plan the splits and grids for all regions at the same time. We will see how much of an uproar this causes.
In order to be placed on the grid for the race the rules are similar to last year; Register, complete the minimum laps (30 this week) and make at least one qualifying attempt.
Qualifying is similar to last year with a couple adjustments. Weather for qualifying will be as constant as possible and set to;
Air Temperature: 70
Wind Speed: 2 N
Time of Day: Afternoon
Track State : 100%
While we've all been calmly (or not) preparing for the main season opener, it's been easy to forget that the support series happens the weekend before - in 5 days time as I write this.
The 1st round is the ROAR, using the same cars - Kia, Mustang and MX-5 - as the iRacing event, but with fixed sets (a slightly modified baseline for the Kia and the normal iRacing baselines for the other 2). The sessions will be 3 hours - 1hr 40mins of practice, 20 mins of qualifying and then a 1 hour race. Like normal Majors events, one spare car will be available.
Unlike the main events, no pre-registration or qualifying is required - just join the session (in he league pages) and have some fun. Only one server is available so it's 1st come, 1st served. CPI "bonuses" will be available.
The Kia setup is already published on the Discord server, support series channel.