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    Default AMS Test Race. FVee at Lime Rock. Details and driver briefing.



    Recent polling shows that we will be running our first AMS test race at Lime Rock in the Formula Vees.
    January 2, 2018.

    Please visit this thread for details on the track (which is not part of the base game content) and further details concerning the trackpack this track is contained within.
    NOTE! here is an alternative download for Lime Rock Park only. Taken from the track pack and repackaged.
    Lime Rock Park

    A practice server is up

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    AMS Test Race is at Lime Rock Park Tuesday, Jan. 2nd, Qualifying at 9 PM EDT

    Location: Lakeville, CT - Length: 1.530 miles / 2.462 km

    Nestling in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains in north west Connecticut, Lime Rock Park is a short, fast and tough circuit which has become a mainstay of sportscar racing through the years.
    Set in beautiful parkland, Lime Rock is unusual in having no grandstands, with spectators invited to picnic on the grassed banks which overlook the circuit, giving it a reputation as a very friendly and family-oriented venue.
    The pioneer behind Lime Rock was Jim Vaill, whose father owned the land on which the circuit was eventually built. Vaill's friend Jack Fisher owned an MG-TC, and they often drove it rapidly in circles in the cornfield at the top of the hill. Vaill himself operated the gravel pit that was on the site, in the north face of the hill. In the mid -1950s, rumours of Vaill's 'racing' activities reached members of the SCCA, who visited the site to assess its suitablilty as a circuit. Persuaded, Vaill began planning a course, diverting Salmon Creek to what would become the north side of the main straightaway.
    He enlisted the help of racing driver and road safety pioneer John Fitch to come up with the track layout, using Cornell University's Aeronautical Labs. It was the first time that scientific and highway-safety principles had been used to determine the configuration of a circuit in north America. Fitch would go on to become circuit manager and enjoyed a lasting relationship with the circuit for the remainder of his 95 years.
    The original plans had called for a longer course, sweeping up through the treeline, and the shorter 1.5 mile course that we are familiar with today. The trees were bulldozed for the mountain circuit, but it was never built, though visitors can still trace its outline on foot through the forest. This forgotten varient has lived on however in virtual form however; enthusiasts have created the mountain course for a variety of computer racing games.
    The track opened for business in 1957 and has hosted a remarkable varierty of racing, from SCCA club races to top level IMSA, ALMS and Grand-Am Sportscars. It has even seen visits from the NASCAR Busch North Series.
    Not every local is an enthusiastic supporter of the facility, however, and the early years of operation saw some particularly vocal opposition. In the late 1950s, a group of residents formed the Lime Rock Protective Association and took the circuit to Litchfield Superior Court in an effort to urb racing acitivities. Central among their complaints was disruption caused to Trinity Episcopal Church, located across the road from the main straight. Tales of services being disrupted by noise from the circuit, along with parishioners finding their traditional roadside parking spaces occupied on race weekends no doubt raised their ire. The court issued a permanent injunction against Sunday racing and its decision was upheld by the Connecticut Supreme Court in 1963.
    Happily, relationships between the circuit and local community have improved over the years, and the rector of Trinity Church is now a regular at circuit events, providing the invocation before racing commences. It's even been known for event schedules to be rearranged to accommodate any weddings taking place... Nevertheless, the consent decree still stands and the track continues to fall silent on Sundays.
    In 1985, Jim Vaill sold the facility to racing driver Skip Barber, who brought his world famous racing school to the site (though since 2011 it has been headquarted at Road Atlanta). Barber has mainted the character of the circuit throughout a number of modernisations. The first came with the addition of a chicane after the sweeping Uphill Corner, following a frightening crash involving John Morton's Nissan GTP which became airborne after the rise. The car rolled multiple times and was completely destroyed, with Morton fortunate to escape with burns to his face as his most severe injury.
    The bumpy track surface was repaved in the 1992/93 off-season and again in time for the 2008 season, as part of more major modifications. The 'Morton' chicane had been replaced by a revised Uphill complex, which was much slower and alo provided a new overtaking opportunity. West Bend also received an alternative and much slower route, though in both cases, the original circuit variants were also retained. The new uphill and West sections were employed when the ALMS series visited for several years, though later events have seen the original West Bend utilised once more.

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    ~ In your Track list, the track is:
    "Addon Tracks , Lime Rock Park , Lime Rock Road - Spring"
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    ~ Race length is 45 minutes.
    ~ Race Pit Speed is 37 mph / 59 kph
    ~ Do not use off-course areas to gain an advantage.
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    Race Day and Time:
    Tuesday, Jan. 2nd,
    Server Name: MNRL CMSRACING.COM
    Qualifying at 9 PM EDT (10 minutes)
    Warmup, 5 minutes,
    Race Start ( MNRL TWO WIDE MANUAL FORMATION LAP START, SEE BELOW FOR START PROCEDURE )
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    FORMATION LAP START PROCEDURE
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    TWO WIDE MANUAL FORMATION LAP START!
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    When lights turn green, proceed double file at a pace set by the pole man.
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    When you see "GREEN FLAG GREEN FLAG" in your AutoChat, the race begins for all.
    (Entire field does not have to be in the start area for race to start)

    RACE CAN START ANYWHERE IN THE GREEN START AREA,
    WATCH FOR THE "GREEN FLAG GREEN FLAG" IN CHAT TO START THE RACE!
    Note: !CMS ORANGE ZONE RULE IS IN EFFECT!

    You can read a lot more about MNRL's procedures including
    our modified Starts at the Topic:
    MNRL Mods and Operating Procedures)" in the MNRL Forum.
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    !!!PLEASE be familiar with CMS rules and regulations!!!
    Rules and Regulations
    Protests
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    Shaw we limit the number of set of tires to 2 or 3, for testing purposes?
    The tires are quite durable anyway, but...would be a start.

    Offline is quite easy to manage. When you run through them, on the setup screen, it says how much wear it have each set.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngeloRacer View Post
    Shaw we limit the number of set of tires to 2 or 3, for testing purposes?
    The tires are quite durable anyway, but...would be a start.

    Offline is quite easy to manage. When you run through them, on the setup screen, it says how much wear it have each set.
    For this race, no.
    We'd like to get a test race run, make sure everyone gets up to speed first before we make any moves regarding something like that.
    Also, this test race is a laid back fun event...so, no reason to worry with tires. Burn em up, replace em at will. Million dollar F Vee teams man!

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    Have to say Im curious with this new feature, willing to test!
    But fine! lets burn it...lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AngeloRacer View Post
    Have to say Im curious with this new feature, willing to test!
    But fine! lets burn it...lol.
    Yes, me to.
    More to come on that when we are a bit "set" in this sim and have everyone onboard.
    Just don't want to cause confusion right off the bat.

    Plan to do some testing myself with that in the coming days. This weekend sounds like a good time to lock the doors, tell the neighbors to go away, and have at it
    ...it..is...COLD!
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    I'm gonna sit this one out. Don't like the F-Vee cars. I'll wait for the next test.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Beck View Post
    I'm gonna sit this one out. Don't like the F-Vee cars. I'll wait for the next test.
    After the test race, if all goes well (and it should) I will be publishing details for the coming season.
    This is a fun event and test wrapped into one. Mainly just a relaxed event (and some wheel to wheel action in these little F Vee beasts ) as we drift around Lime Rock burning up some tires...hehe

    Pretty sure you'll enjoy what we have planned for the full series in AMS this season, Scott...so no worries.
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    I love this car and track combo so will try to make it if I can.
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    Quote Originally Posted by davidan View Post
    I love this car and track combo so will try to make it if I can.
    Hope you can make it. Love to see you on track with us again, been too long.
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    Jason, I hope you don't mind I took the liberty of scheduling this event on a group page of AMS racers I created when the game was still GSCE. Members will see the event via steam and I've directed them to Champion Motorsports - Headlines to register with us for the event. Many of the members are already with the league but hopefully we can snag a couple more for this race

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