It is always our goal to create as authentic a racing experience as possible. Sometimes we do what the real world does now, sometime we do what they did in the past and in the case of Le Mans, we are going to do what they will be doing this year for the first time.
The 24h of Le Mans will debut this new qualifying procedure in September when the postponed event hits the track, we, on the other hand get to try it out first. Here's how it will work;
The top 6 cars in each class (Pro and Sport) after Q1 will be locked into the top 6 grid positions for the race. For the Pro drivers those Top 6 will have a 30 minute Hyperpole shootout immediately prior to the race to determine the order of the top 6. Hyperpole will be an open session with dynamic weather, we will stagger release the cars in each class to keep separation on the track, but the track will have many cars on it at once.
Because of the iRacing Week 13 Build, Q1 will be ending when the service goes down for build rel...
Please welcome Andreas Robertsson to the role of "Chief Steward" for the Majors Series. Andreas has been on the competition committee for two years and always brings a thoughtful, level headed approach to everything we encounter.
Andreas is taking over for Wayne Hutchison who has served in this role since 2017. Wayne has done an incredible job all this time in one of the most thankless jobs any series can have. The amount of hours he has spent; processing protests, communicating with drivers, updating penalties and licences has been tremendous and I am so appreciative. Don't worry though, Wayne isn't going anywhere, he will continue to be in charge of the Live Qualifying during race week and will still be instrumental in helping to develop the rule book each year.
On the topic of officiating, we do occasionally field concerns about "bias" in our rulings. While I can't claim we are perfect, and for sure I will never expect everyone to agree with all our rulings, I can out...
The Toolkit setups are back, but with a completely new look and structure, but before we get into that too much, let's rewind just a touch. (this a long-ish read, but I think the payoff is oh so worth it)
One of the things I am most proud of with the Majors is how we; welcome and encourage drivers of all skill levels. Now, because of the diversity of our racing, we have long felt it was important to make sure that all members had a decent start to each round. That is why we came up with the Toolkit idea. Now the toolkit program has sometimes been great and at other times it has been non-existent. As of late, it has been mostly the latter.
In 2019 we came up with the "Factory Team" concept and required that all Factory teams supply at least one Toolkit setup during the year. To say this was unpopular would be a great understatement and looking back it was wrong to force teams to provide something for their competition.
While we struggled to get starter setups to our...