The next Summer Special Event is a hotlap competition culminating in a 2.4 hour race at the famed Le Mans endurance track.

2020 NARS Le Mans 2.4

The server name is “CMS NARS Le Mans 2.4”.
The server race password on May 21st is “baguette” without the quotes.

Cars

We will use the Studio 397 Endurance Pack. You must own the pack to connect to the server.

 https://store.steampowered.com/itemstore/365960/detail/1004/

Track

We will use the Studio 397 Le Mans track. You must own the track to connect to the server.

https://store.steampowered.com/itemstore/365960/detail/37/


Hotlap Schedule

Open server (no password) running the track until May 20th at 11 PM EDT. Then the server will close, the winners will be announced on Thursday morning, and the track will reopen for practice for the 2.4 race on Thursday, May 21st.


Event Schedule

The hotlap server is available now!

May 21st:
7:00 PM Eastern – Server Reboot / Practice
8:45 PM Eastern – Pre-Race Announcements / Warm-up
9:00 PM Eastern – Feature race 2.4 hours (144 minutes)


Settings

  • We will use the latest retail build of rFactor 2.
  • The damage setting is 100%.
  • Crash Recovery is off. That means your car can fly off the track and land upside down. Drive carefully!
  • Driving View is open.
  • Auto Clutch is available.
  • 2x fuel on all cars.
  • 2x tires on all cars.
  • The time compression multiplier is 10x.
  • The track start time is 4 PM.
  • The server is set for drivers to rejoin with their cars in the same condition as when they disconnected.
  • Once again there will be Group A and Group B individual championship for GTE and LMP2 cars.
  • There is no pre-registration for the competition. Just show up, drive, and have fun!

Hotlap Competition

Cars will be gridded based on their results in the hotlap competition. If a driver did not compete in the hotlap competition, they are still welcome to start the race but they will be gridded behind those who set a time in the hotlap competition.

Congratulation to our winners Jason Whited in LMP2 and John Nelson in GTE!


Starting Procedure


Weather

Weather is expected to vary with the possibility of rain in the morning stage of the race.


A & B Group Settings

To attempt to minimize frustration among the greatest number of drivers – and candidly sustain as much interest and participation as possible in the series – we are going to allow driving aids for those that choose to use them. Each driver should decide what they want to use, or not use. There are two unique settings for each Group.

  • Group A drivers can use traction control on 1 only and anti-lock brakes on 1 only.
  • Group B drivers can use traction control, anti-lock brakes, auto-shifting, and stability control on any setting.

Because rFactor2 cannot separate which cars are which class, drivers will need to set their car settings allowable to their group. Results are checked post-race at simresults.net as to what driving aids were used.


LiveRacers Timing & Scoring

LiveRacers will be used to record the hotlaps and the race.

http://cmsracing-com.liveracers.com/Live


Race Communications

1) We will use the CMS Discord voice channel for race communications.

2) CMS Discord is available here.

3) Comms is required but only to monitor race control during the event. You do not need a microphone if you do not want to speak.

4) If you have a microphone, please set it to “push to talk”. If that just doesn’t work for you, PLEASE set the voice-activated audio level up considerably so your coughing, wheezing or sim controls grinding isn’t “shared” with everyone else. Don’t be “that guy”.

5) A request to drivers to please be brief in your communication on Discord.

6) One sentence then quiet is requested. Abusive and/or profane in-game chat, Discord or forum post language or deliberate crash into competitor’s car may lead to that driver receiving probation, suspension or ban from the league.

7) Comms is required. Should a driver join the event server without being in the Discord channel, they will be sent 3 text prompts in rFactor 2 text chat to join the CMS Discord server. After the 3rd prompt, they will be removed from the race server by race control until they rejoin with Discord active and monitoring the race channel.


Custom Skins

1) Custom skin uploading is welcome and encouraged, but please log onto the server a couple of days before the race so your file will get uploaded properly. If everyone waits until race day, it may clog the server and necessitate that we disable custom skin uploading.


CMS General Competition Rules

Penalties can be applied one of 2 ways in the April 30th race:

1) rFactor 2 system delegated penalties. All must be served and are not controlled by the live admins. Most times, admins don’t even know rFactor2 AI has dispensed a penalty!

2) A post-race IRR submitted by the driver for review using the General Competition Rules.


CMS Gentlemen’s Rules

Drivers are requested to consider the following if involved in an accident…

1) Should you turn-around or damage another driver by your error, consider pulling off track in a safe location and waiting for the other driver to proceed in the race.

2) Should you crash-out another driver by your error, consider retiring yourself from the race out of respect for the competitor whose race you ended.


Additional Drivers Notes

1) Don’t Press ESC! If you do, your race is over and there is no way for race admins to get you back into the race.

2) Un DQ is available on the server. If a driver gets a DQ. DO NOT TOUCH ANY KEYS ESPECIALLY THE ESC KEY! An admin will see you are DQ’ed and will UNDQ you as soon as possible.

3) Important! If it is still early light turn your headlights on before moving out of the garage or rF2 will DQ you again!

4) Open setups, but we encourage everyone to share!

5) It is strongly advised drivers reboot their computer just before joining the server on race day.

6) Don’t use a WiFi connection. Only Ethernet cable connections are permitted for NARS racing events.