2021 NARS Virtual GT1 Championship

Introduction

The FIA GT1 World Championship was a sports car racing series developed by the SRO Group and regulated by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), held from 2010 to 2012. It featured grand touring race cars based on production road cars and conforming with the GT1 (2010–2011) and GT3 (2012) regulations competing in one-hour races on multiple continents. All cars were performance balanced with weight and restrictor adjustments to artificially equalize their performance. Championships were awarded each season for drivers and teams.

We shall be recreating some of the outstanding racing that was to be had in this exciting series, using an updated FIA GT1 2010 mod by Outl@w which features the GT1 versions of the Aston Martin DBR9, Chevrolet Corvette C6.R, Lamborghini Murcielago R-SV, Maserati MC12, Ford GT GT1, Nissan GT-R GT1. These cars will be paired with tracks drawn principally from the 2010 and 2011 seasons along with championship conditions that generally follow the GT1 framework at the time.

We’re also pleased to mention that Corti has provided us with an updated version of his Enna Pergusa.

Each venue will feature a qualifying session (rather than a qualifying race) and a 60 minute race, including a mandatory pitstop for fuel as well as live weather.

Race Schedule

The 10 race schedule (9 for the championship) will be as follows:

May
May 6 – Practice Race: Yas Marina
May 20 – Silverstone
May 27 – Brno

June
June 3 – Paul Ricard
June 10 – Zolder
June 24 – Sachenring

August
August 5 – Algarve
August 19 – Enna Pergusa
August 26 – Interlagos

September
September 9 – Spa-Francorchamps

In honor of the GT1 heritage, as a class raced at the 24h of Spa, the series finale at Spa will be a 2.4h race (10x time compression), with double points allocated to the finishing positions.

Car and Track Mods

Drivers wishing to race must be subscribed to the NARS Steam Workshop item at:
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2341079087

This will ensure the cars and tracks, except for paid DLC, will be downloaded and installed.

The final race at Spa-Francorchamps uses the S397 DLC and must be purchased:
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2291867462

The Cars of the Virtual GT1 Championship

Aston Martin DBR9

Aston Martin DBR9

Corvette C6R

Corvette C6R

Ford GT

Ford GT

Lamborghini Murcielago

Lamborghini Murcielago

Maserati MC12

Maserati MC12

Nissan GTR

Nissan GTR

Drivers Championship

There will be two classes of racing – PRO and AM as follows:

Both classes may use AUTO CLUTCH

PRO: (intended for more experienced drivers or those who are aiming to compete at the top of the field): may not use any other driver aids.

AM: (intended for those new to racing, still working on their skillsets or finding that ‘finding the time’ for preparation is a struggle): may also use AUTOBLIP/LIFT as well as ABS and TC on LOW. NO other driving aids permitted.

Settings will be verified post-race using SimResults. A driver who has used aids in excess of those permitted for their class will be penalized 2 class positions in the race for each additional aid or level of aid used.

Drivers will be able to choose a class and make of car from within the mod. Once racing has started, a voluntary change of class or car during the series after the third event raced by the driver will forfeit all points accumulated to that time.

Choosing your Driver Class

Drivers are free to enter either class of racing and are strongly encouraged to use the practice race as an opportunity to assess their abilities with the cars and thereby confirm the choice of PRO or AM.

NARS admin retains the right to suggest a change to drivers that are clearly in the wrong class based on their racing performance from their first two racing results.

Class changes by drivers due to NARS admin suggestions will have their driver championship points recalculated in their new class.

NEW! Team Championship

In addition to the individual driver’s championships, this series will recreate the spirit of the real world series with a team championship for driver pairs.  Each team must consist of a PRO and an AM driver and must be declared in the NARS #GT1-info channel prior to any points being accumulated as a team. There is no requirement for drivers to drive the same car type within the team although that is highly encouraged, as are team liveries!

Team points will be the total of the points gained by each driver in their class.  Should either driver change class through NARS admin action or voluntarily, the team will be disbanded.

Drivers may join in the racing at any time during the series without penalty. Teams formed after racing has started will start accumulating points from the point they declare their team.

General Information

Open setups, but we encourage everyone to share!

NEW! Custom Liveries

CMS standard liveries will be provided and drivers and/or teams are encouraged to paint their own custom liveries.  Templates will be pinned to the #GT1-info channel and will contain a number of required elements (PRO/AM designators, CMS/NARS banners, and numberplates plus several series ‘sponsors’) that must be respected.

Liveries with car #/team name submitted to Don Fryman BEFORE 15 May will be added to an update that will be distributed before the first championship race. Please ensure that you have used the right PRO or AM elements for your chosen class!

If a driver would like to ‘reserve’ a CMS-provided livery for the series, they will need to DM Matthew Overton with the current livery number and their preferred number (as confirmed on the NARS driver number list) and team name by 10 May to ensure that it is included properly for the update. Please ensure you are choosing from the class that you will be racing!

Custom livery loading for existing CMS cars through the use of loose skins will always be available, but please log onto the server a couple of days before the race so your file will get uploaded properly and avoid clogging the server on race day.

Point Structure

Points will be allocated in each class as follows:

  • Race: 25(1st) – 18 – 15 – 12 – 10 – 8 – 6 – 4 – 2 – 1(10th)
  • Qualification: 1 (1st)
  • Hard Charger (gained the most positions from starting grid to chequered flag): 1
  • The lowest score for one race will be dropped for every driver in calculating their series standing.
  • CMS LiveRacers at https://cmsracing-com.liveracers.com/League will be used for race positions.

Event Schedule

  • 7 PM/1900 Eastern – Server Reboot / Practice
  • 9 PM/2100 Eastern – Driver Brief/Announcements
  • 9:05 PM/2105 Eastern – Qualification (15 minutes)
  • 9:20 PM/2120 Eastern – Warm-up
  • 9:30 PM/2130 Eastern – Race (60 minutes)

For the 2.4h of Spa, timings will be advanced 30 minutes

Start

  • Rolling start, double file.
  • Speed to be managed by polesitter at the pit speed limit for the circuit.
  • Drivers to maintain a gap of 1 car length to the car in front.
  • No weaving or sudden acceleration/braking.
  • ‘Dragging’ brakes are permitted while maintaining pace lap position.
  • The race starts upon crossing the designated start/finish line; no overtaking before this point.

Orange Zone (OZ)

There will be an OZ designated for each race in the driver notes that will be posted to the NARS #GT1-info channel and noted again in the pre-race brief. There will be an automatic review of the OZ post-race.

Pit Stop

One mandatory pitstop during the race that must include taking at least 1L of fuel. Tire changes at this stop or additional stops are at the discretion of the driver. Drivers are to pit with their car centered on the right limit of the pitbox (using the pit crew as the center line) to avoid difficulties in the event of shared pits stalls.

Settings

  • We will use the latest retail build of rFactor 2.
  • The damage setting is 75%.
  • Crash Recovery is off. That means your car can fly off the track and land upside down. Drive carefully!
  • Driving View is open.
  • NEW! The weather will be live.
  • The server name will be “CMS GT1 Track Name”.
  • The practice server will be active 7 days before race day, no password.
  • The race server will be password protected and the password will be available on the CMS Discord NARS #GT1-info channel prior to server reboot on race day.

Race Communications

  • We will use the CMS Discord rFactor 2 voice channel for race communications.
  • CMS Discord is available at https://discord.com/invite/4ckmjPX
  • The voice channel is only required to monitor race control during the event. You do not need a microphone if you do not want to speak.
  • 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/girl”.
  • Chatter during free practice is permitted and encouraged!  For qualification and races, please be brief in your communication on Discord and talk only if absolutely necessary. One sentence then quiet is requested. No text chat AT ALL during qualification or race.
  • Abusive and/or profane in-game chat, Discord, or forum post language may lead to that driver receiving a sanction up to and including a ban from CMS.
  • 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.

Competition Rules and Stewarding

This series will conform to the CMS General Competition Rules that may be found on the CMS Discord Server. All drivers are expected to know the GCR and shall be required to abide by them.

There are no live stewards.  A post-race Incident Review Request may be submitted for adjudication with any resultant penalties to be served in the next race competed by the driver(s) at fault.  The IRR form may be found at https://cmsracing.com/incident-report/.

rFactor 2 system delegated penalties during races must be served.  Race control will ONLY have the capability to clear penalties and driver DQ during practice on the race server and then AFTER qualification but before the race.

Connection Notes

Drivers are strongly advised to reboot their computers just before joining the server on race day.

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