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    Published on 12-04-2018 09:32 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Sports Cars

    NARS Background

    The North America Racing Series, or NARS has been a longtime racing series at CMS. But as the woes with rFactor2 evolved and drivers schedules got crazier, so did the enthusiasm for the Thursday Night events intended to appeal to the Americas audience for its "after work" evening race times. The double-digit race grid diminished as the series got deep in races. By the end of a series, NARS was getting down to a few cars and drivers. The bleeding needed to stop.

    NARS Triage

    David Anderson, the creator and proprietor of Champion Motorsports decided to bring in a couple of crusty old rF2 gunslingers to clean up the town. They are Don Fryman and Doug Atkinson. These guys have more years in rFactor and rFactor2 than some of the drivers have birthdays.

    Did it Work?

    The first NARS series to implement some new ideas and new configurations has just completed, the 2018 NARS Autumn Series. The LMP3 Norma was the spec car for the series. Among the changes were to keep races at 60 minutes except for the finale. Reduce the number of races to 8 events. And probably the most dramatic of all, use a best 6 or 8 races for drivers to score points. That way if a driver can make all 8 races, great! But if life gets in the way of the drivers, they drop 2 of the events and are still competitive in the series.

    Now that all 8 races are done, and the points calculated, it can be said the "6 of 8" helped the entry grid. The shorter races seemed to be appreciated. The two class system was working well but it hit a snag that will be rectified in the next NARS series. Arguably the progressive points system was more of a wart than benefit, so that has been scrapped.

    During the 8 races, 27 drivers drove a total 5506 laps. The goal was a constant 20 drivers on the Thursday night grid. While that didn't happen, there was a decent following for each event and some races went over the 20 mark.


    Congratulations to JT Tami, winner of Group 1!

    And to the Group 1 podium:
    Silver - Jon Uyan
    Bronze - Tom Nasella

    Congratulations to Eric Klister, winner of Group 2!

    And to the Group 2 podium:
    Silver - Tony Boynton
    Bronze - Scott Beck

    In addition to winning Group 1, JT Tami also wins the "Most Laps" award, besting Jon Uyan by one lap. Close! JT will receive a $25 USD gift certificate from Steam for recognition of his lap driving achievement.

    What's Next in 2019 NARS?

    Don and Doug have reloaded their six-shooters and are ready to announce the next NARS series. That would actually be two NARS series.

    In a late night discussion, Don had a real brainstorm. With the NARS endurance series running every couple of weeks, David is paying to keep the lights on and the track open.

    So the next NARS series, there will be a series for the Endurance GTE cars from S397. Those will be the 60 minute races with best 6 of 8 results. A static points system, and no promotion to the other class after the 5th race. The event schedule is:

    CMS 2019 NARS Winter Endurance Series

    Jan 31 - Barbagallo (60 minutes)
    Feb 21 - Bahrain (60 minutes)
    Mar 7 - Road Atlanta (60 minutes)
    Mar 21 - Sebring S397 (90 minutes)
    Mar 4 - Croft (60 minutes)
    Apr 18 - Zandvoort (60 minutes)
    May 2 - Rouen 1955 (60 minutes)
    May 16 - Bathurst (90 minutes)

    But wait, there's more!

    As mentioned earlier, the second NARS series is Don's terrific brainstorm. It will be based on the GT3 cars from S397 add-on pack. The racing will be two 20-minute races with the second race an inverted grid from the first race finish. This will be a 16 race series (2 to a night) with no "best of" scoring. The damage will be 100% with rF2's realistic recovery settings active. There will be live admin tossing pink slips during the races. You can use any GT3 car you want and switch per race or per week or stay in the same car throughout the series. Finally, the tracks will be the same as the Endurance Series.

    CMS 2019 NARS Winter Sprint Series

    Jan 24 - Barbagallo (2x 20 minutes)
    Feb 7 - Bahrain (2x 20 minutes)
    Feb 28 - Road Atlanta (2x 20 minutes)
    Mar 14 - Sebring S397 (2x 20 minutes)
    Mar 28 - Croft (2x 20 minutes)
    Apr 11 - Zandvoort (2x 20 minutes)
    Apr 25 - Rouen 1955 (2x 20 minutes)
    May 9 - Bathurst (2x 20 minutes)

    Anyone who runs both events -- the two sprint races and the endurance race for the track -- gets 5 points added to their Endurance Series points total and their Sprint Series points total. We want you to run both series so "free points" should be a good hook. The Sprints will always run the week before the Endurance race.

    More will be posted on the two NARS Winter Series after the Ten Laps of The Green Hell race.

    Until then, please add questions or comments to this linked thread.

    by Published on 11-28-2018 11:41 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. iRacing

    Tune in live in December 5th for the 2 Hours of Daytona special event from Champion Motorsports/TXL at Daytona International Speedway Roadcourse. We will be using the new iRacing Day/to/Night transitions with a team based event of 60 total cars/drivers. It's going to be an epic event you don't want to miss.

    by Published on 11-23-2018 10:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. eSports

    Open for business!

    From now until Friday, December 14th at 7 PM EST you get to show your mettle (or metal) at the toughest track in the world. And if you're fast enough, you get bragging rights and the pole position for the upcoming Special Event - Ten Laps of The Green Hell.

    As announced previously, you can run either the Porsche or the BMW GTE car from the Studio 397 Endurance Pack.

    Read the server settings carefully so you understand what is going on...

    Server Name: "CMS Nords Hotlap & Qual".
    The time is set for 11:00 AM and will not advance in time.
    Password: no password on the server.
    Practice: no practice session.
    Qualifying: 60 minutes.
    Warm up: no warm up session.
    Race: unfortunately the server cannot be disabled for a 2 lap race -- rest, work on setups, or drive it until the server restarts with qualifying.
    You cannot advance the server. This is so someone on a hotlap does not lose their time due to an errant server advancement by another driver.

    You are welcome to try as many times as you want to obtain the fastest hotlap.
    Results will be monitored in the "top 200" fastest laps section of LiveRacers Link: http://cmsracing-com.liveracers.com/...lap%20&%20Qual

    On Friday, December 14th at 7 PM EST the server will be closed and the bragging starts! Those who want to run the Ten Laps of The Green Hell need to just show up on race day and be on the server at the time designated in the event thread. Anyone who does not run the Hotlap competition is welcome to run the Ten Laps race, but you will start at the back of the grid.

    Good Luck!
    by Published on 11-22-2018 11:04 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Assetto Corsa

    We are very excited to announce and launch a new racing night and simulation here at Champion Motorsports. We will be unveiling a great league for our members on Monday Nights beginning in early January 2019 with the highly anticipated Assetto Corsa Competizione. You may sign up at the following link on the forums:

    ACC Monday Night League Unveil and Sign-up
    by Published on 11-20-2018 06:43 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Assetto Corsa,
    3. eSports

    We are pleased to announce the 2018 Champion Motorsports Holiday Hot lap Contest! We will be using Assetto Corsa Competizione, available now on Steam Early Access! Always a fun tradition here at Champion Motorsports to see who can take the bragging rights during the Holiday Months and post some smoking times! The winner of the contest will receive a $10.00 USD Steam Gift Card at the end of the contest. Contest runs from the time of this post until January 6th. Entries, times will not be accepted after January 6th.

    Here are the details and rules, it's real simple to participate. Simply follow the guidelines below and post in this thread your times:

    1. we are doing this on the honor system - please be honest and don't ruin it for others
    2. Sim Assetto Corsa Competizione (Early Access)
    3. Pick a "single" car from the BMW, Bentley, or Lamborghini and drive your fastest single "hot lap" mode lap on all 3 GP Circuit Tracks (Nurburgring, Paul Ricard, and Misano).
    4. Your combined time from the single car at all 3 tracks will be summed up and that's your score for the overall contest.
    5. If the "Ferrari" and "Hungaroring" are released on or before December 12th they will be added to the contest, if after December 12th they will be excluded from the contest.
    6. Drivers may enter the contest in multiple cars. You are not limited to only one car. However, each car is restricted to it's best lap at the 3 tracks. No super-scoring will be allowed. For example if you choose the BMW and submit it's best 3 laps, you can do a second entry with the Bentley. They will be scored separately.
    7. Drivers are subject to show proof, replays of their lap times at any time if asked by a CMS admin.
    8. Drivers setting a lap time in the top 3 at any of the tracks are asked where possible to make a YouTube video of their in cockpit lap and share with the group so we can enjoy it, learn from it, etc. We will also share these laps on the main page of the website to give the driver exposure! So save those replays and be ready to make some YouTube videos for us!
    9. Open Setups are allowed and we encourage sharing this is a friendly contest

    Game Settings Should be setup as follows:

    Game Mode = Hot lap
    Day/night Time = 16:00
    Weather = clear
    Realism = Any allowed (Pro or Higher encouraged)
    Assists = Any allowed (Realism encouraged)
    See the 2nd Post in this Thread for an example entry submission table/template

    At the end of the contest we will announce the winner and distribute the gift card! To be eligible for the prize you have to be a registered cmsracing.com forum user in good standing with the community!

    good-luck and have fun everyone, and by all means post here with questions if you need help.
    by Published on 11-20-2018 05:55 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Assetto Corsa

    Join us on Sunday, December 9, for Race 4 of the Historics Fall Season - Charade 4km (also known as Clermont-Ferrand)

    Our tour of tight roller coaster tracks continues as we travel to the modern short layout of Circuit Charade in France. This is one of my favorite tracks, and I'm already looking forward to mixing it up again with our 60's coupes!

    This event will be standing start. AC now allows gear selection before the green, but be aware that it also allows (and penalizes) false starts! So don't go before the green!

    This season we are requiring all drivers to pit for at least 1 liter of fuel, even if you could make the race distance (most cars will not be able to go the distance anyway).

    The server is set for 2 minutes between the Qualifying session expiring and the start of the race. Be sure to check the remaining time when the session advances so as not to get caught out.

    We will have a long Orange Zone for this event, through Virage de la Ferme as shown on the track map (in hopes that we don't wind up like the guy in the video above!)

    Download the track here

    Race Schedule
    Practice: 8-8:45 p.m. Central Time (US) - 45 min
    Qualify: 8:45-9:00 p.m. Central Time (US) – 15 min
    Warmup: 9:00-9:05 p.m. Central Time (US) - 5 min
    Race: 9:05 p.m. Central Time (US) - 60 min

    Note that AC supports timed races, so the lap count will not be pre-determined.

    Password and server connection information here

    Join us on Teamspeak for voice chat. Connection information here

    All CMS Rules and Regulations are in affect for this series.
    by Published on 11-18-2018 11:23 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Sports Cars

    A very cool story here that we love to share. Thanks to our own Jason Whited for sharing it originally in our forums ...

    “Nothing can withstand the power of the human will if it is willing to stake its very existence to the extent of its purpose.” – Benjamin Disraeli


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