2024 Virtual World Sportscar Championship

Sportscar endurance racing returns for another year-long series.  Using the Storm Gang Simulation (SGS) modern sports car mod – the WSC 2024 – the series will feature the latest cars and advances to the IMSA/WEC homologated Hypercars and LMGT3s in multi-category and multi-class racing.

SGS‘s “Smart BOP™” ensures competitive racing within the categories while preserving individual car characteristics, affording drivers plenty of options while choosing a car that fits their driving style. Developed with broad support from the racing community, this mod provides an unequalled opportunity for close, competitive and fun simulation racing.

In a change from previous years, the VWSC will run a 13 race calendar including World Endurance Championship (WEC) rounds and Michelin Endurance Cup (MEC) rounds which will parallel those tracks featured in the sister league, North American Racing Series (NARS) which will run the full IMSA schedule.

All races will be broadcasted on the Champion Motorsports (CMS) YouTube in partnership with JPBroadcasting

THE CARS

VWSC will use the Storm Gang Simulation car mod WSC 2024 (SGS Discord).  This pack includes two categories: Hypercar ( WEC Hypercar & IMSA GTP classes) and LMGT3 ( WEC LMGT3 & IMSA GTD).  All cars feature unique layouts and characteristics and have been updated using special SGS tires for 2024.  Cars available on the CMS discord server.

Hypercar (Storm Gang Simulation)

• Acura ARX-06
Alpine A424 (new 2024)
• BMW M Hybrid V8
• Cadillac V-Series.R
• Ferrari 499P
Isotta Franchini Tipo6 (new 2024)
Lamborghini SC63 (new 2024)
• Peugeot 9×8
• Porsche 963
• Toyota GR010

LMGT3

Storm Gang Simulation

• Acura NSX GT3
Ford Mustang GT3 (new 2024)
Ferrari 296 GT3 (new 2024)
• Lamborghini Huracan Evo2 GT3
• Lexus RCF GT3
Porsche 992 GT3 (new 2024)

S397 DLC

• Aston Martin Vantage GT3
• BMW M4 GT3
• Chevrolet Corvette C8 GT3R
• McLaren 720S GT3
• Mercedes AMG GT3

Required DLC (either owned or installed):

GT3 Pack (or individual S397 cars noted above)
https://store.steampowered.com/itemstore/365960/detail/1001

Corvette C8.R GTE
https://store.steampowered.com/itemstore/365960/detail/55

SGS Cars may be accessed via the CMS Discord https://discord.gg/4ckmjPX

Calendar:

Google Calendar

Event Schedule (note UTC times may be 1 hour earlier during Daylight Saving Time – See the Discord for details)

11:30AM US ET|16:30 UTC – Server Reboot/Practice (2 hours)

01:30PM US ET|18:30 UTC – Qualifying (20 mins: 10 mins LMGT3|10 mins Hypercar)

01:50PM US ET|18:50 UTC – Drivers’ briefing/Warmup (10 mins)

02:00PM US ET|19:00 UTC – Race

Championships

The rf2la app (password: cmsrocks) will record all sessions and standings

There will be 8 championships available for VWSC 2024:

Team’s Championship Hypercar

Team’s Championship Hypercar Am

Team’s Championship LMGT3

Team’s Championship LMGT3 Am

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Driver’s Championship Hypercar

Driver’s Championship Hypercar Am

Driver’s Championship LMGT3

Driver’s Championship LMGT3 Am

Drivers will automatically be entered in the championship appropriate to their choice of class when they pick their car. Drivers are allowed 1 car change within their original category without penalty.  Further changes or changing car category will forfeit all points prior to the additional change.  Drivers who change class/are reassigned class will likely have points recalculated.  See series admin for further details.

Teams must be composed of 2 (minimum) to 3 (maximum) drivers in the same driver class and car model.  Teams must register in the Discord server and be approved by the series admin before scoring points as a team.  At least 2 team drivers must actively participate to be eligible for a championship standing.

To foster competition, specific team championships will only begin scoring once there are a minimum of 2 registered teams within that category and class.  Points will be awarded each race based on the top 2 team driver’s points.  There will be 1 ‘drop’ race for each driver over the course of the year.  Teams also require at least 2 members at each event.  If a team has less than 2 drivers present for 3 consecutive races, the team is folded.

Driver Classes

There will be two driver classes for this series – Pro and Am in both Hypercars and LMGT3s, to account for the differing levels of capability and time commitment to be found in our community.

Drivers who have raced in CMS before will have been noted in the stratification for 2024 with the option of moving up a driver class, for the entire year, if they wish. They will then race in a car category as allowed by their driver class. Pro/Am drivers will drive Am in HC or Pro in LMGT3.  Drivers with no prior racing experience in CMS will be required to run a full fuel stint on the practice server and will be temporarily placed in a driver class.

Admins retain the right to reassign a driver up or down a car category if they are not correctly placed based on special circumstances or drivers’ performance.

Points

90 Min Races: 25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1-0.5 point for each car placing beyond 10th in class

>90 Min Races: 38-27-23-18-15-12-9-6-3-2-1 point for each car placing beyond 10th in class

2.4 Hours of Daytona: 44-32-27-21-17-14-11-8-5-3-1 point for each car placing beyond 10th in class

4.8 Hours of Le Mans: 50-36-30-24-20-16-12-8-4-2-1 point for each car placing beyond 10th in class

Pole Position: 1 Point (per driver class and category)

Custom Liveries and Numbers

CMS standard (default) liveries are provided and drivers are encouraged to paint their own custom liveries. Templates are provided in the CMS Discord server and will contain a number of required elements (window banners and numberplates) that must be respected.  Liveries not containing required elements or containing inappropriate materials will be rejected and drivers may be subject to penalties and/or disciplinary actions.  Contact the series admin with questions or concerns.

Livery submissions will be required no later than 1 week prior to Daytona, Sebring and Le Mans. Submissions will not be accepted at any other times or events.  “Loose” (alternate, alt, custom) skins may be used on existing driver liveries or default liveries of the same car and class.

The use of the VWSC numbering system is required for custom liveries and drivers not yet holding a VWSC racing number may choose from those available, as listed at https://bit.ly/3frj7Aj. Instructions on how to choose either a permanent or series-specific number are provided on the individual pages.

Settings

Build: Latest stable build of rFactor 2
Damage: 75%
Mechanical Failures: Normal
Crash Recovery: OFF
Driving View: Open
Aids: Auto Clutch, Blip, Lift are the only rF2 global aids available (onboard aids/controls available per vehicle, eg TC and ABS in GT3s)
Fuel: 2x except specific, longer events (noted in driver briefings)
Weather: Live
Race Start: Manual roll-off from grid into single-file formation lap.  Drivers must maintain safe and reasonable speeds and clearances before crossing the S/F line and beginning their race!

There will be NO SERVER RESTARTS outside of critical technical issues affecting all participants.

Orange Zone (OZ)

There will be an OZ designated for each race in the driver notes that will be posted to the race brief and noted again in the pre-race verbal driver’s brief. There will be an automatic review of the OZ post-race.

Race Sign Up

Drivers and teams are required to sign up at least 24 hours prior to a race.   The registration form will be available shortly after the previous race event and only requires the driver name, team (if applicable) and category/class.  Registration is capped to 45 drivers.  Drivers will be registered with the following priority:

  • Series Registered Teams Drivers – On Sign Up form
  • Series Registered Drivers – On Sign Up form
  • Series Unregistered Drivers – On Sign Up form
  • Arrive & Drive with classification and previous participation (seniority)
  • Arrive & Drive with classification (minimum server time approved by admins)

Registered Teams Drivers will receive priority above all other drivers.  Additional signups will be placed on reserve and allotted slots as they become available.  Drivers not on the sign up list may be allowed to participate if there are available slots and will be prioritized based on the list above.

The server name will be “CMS VWSC [track name]”.
The server race password will be provided at server reset on race day.

NOTE: The grid is LOCKED at 10 minutes to Qualifying.  Contact the Race Director/Admins with any questions/issues/concerns.

THERE IS ONLY ONE VWSC EVENT SERVER FOR 2024!

Race Communications

We will use the CMS Discord VWSC voice channel for race communications.  Drivers will receive 3 notifications before being removed by race control during events.  Drivers may return to the server once they have joined voice.

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 use “push to talk” or set voice activation properly to avoid disruptive background noises. Don’t be “that driver”.

Conversation during practice and warm up is encouraged.  For qualification and race, only brief communication for session-critical information (eg “car stopped in turn 1”).  One sentence then quiet is requested. NO TEXT CHAT ALLOWED during qualification & race.  This is reserved for ADMIN USE ONLY.

Abusive and/or profane language in any form or channel may lead to that driver receiving a sanction up to and including a ban from CMS.

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.  Additional event-specific instructions will be provided via a drivers race brief posted in the CMS Discord and reviewed verbally by the director prior to the race session.

Pit Entry/Exit Lines: On circuits that a white line is drawn at the pit road entry or/and exit, crossing this white line to entry or/end exit the pit is prohibited unless specifically permitted in a pre-race brief. Otherwise, it is permissible for tires to step on the white line, but crossing the line with one tire completely will result in a post-race Incident Review Request and penalty.

There are no live stewards. A post-race Incident Review Request may be submitted via the RRC Discord for adjudication with any resultant penalties to be served in the next race competed by the driver(s) at fault.

rFactor 2 system-assigned penalties during qualification and race sessions must be served. The Race Director will only clear penalties/DQ during practice/warm-up.

Connection Notes

Drivers are strongly advised to reboot their computer just before joining the server on race day.  Drivers must also maintain a reasonable connection and appropriate ping rate which does not impact race conditions or else they may be asked to leave the server.

See you on track!