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2020 NARS Summer Special Event

CMS races rFactor 2 on Thursday nights with an on-going league, the North American Racing Series or NARS. NARS emulates the mixed class racing popularized by organizations like IMSA. The Summer Special Event is a hotlap competition culminating in a 90-minute race at the famed Nordschleife 24 Hour layout.

Cars

We will use the Studio 397 GT3 Car Packs. You must own both of these to connect to the server.

GT3 Pack – https://store.steampowered.com/itemstore/365960/detail/1001/
GT3 Challengers Pack – https://store.steampowered.com/itemstore/365960/detail/1005/

Track

We will use the Studio 397 Nordschleife 24 Hour layout. You must own the track to connect to the server.

https://store.steampowered.com/itemstore/365960/detail/36/


Hotlap Schedule

Open server running the 30 hour test day setting until April 28th. On April 28th the server will close, the winners will be announced along with the grid for the 90-minute race on April 30th.


Event Schedule

7:00 PM Eastern – Server Reboot / Practice
9:20 PM Eastern – Pre-Race Announcements / Warm-up
9:30 PM Eastern – Feature Race (90 minutes)


Settings

  • We will use the latest retail build of rFactor 2.
  • 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.
  • 1x fuel on all cars.
  • Weather will always be partly cloudy skies.
  • Humidity will be 40%.
  • Temperature will be a constant 10 degrees C (50 degrees F).
  • Once again there will be Group A and Group B individual championship.
  • There is no pre-registration for the competition. Just show up, drive, and have fun!
  • Race will be run in dry conditions unless otherwise noted in the specific event thread.
  • The server name will be “CMS NARS Green Hell”.
  • The server has no password for qualifying sessions.
  • The server race password on April 30th is “green” without the quotes.

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.

The server is set to allow driving aids. Because rFactor2 cannot separate which cars are which class, drivers will need to set their car settings allowable to their group.

Should a Group A driver use driving aids beyond traction control on 1 and anti-lock brakes on 1, they will be penalized by one race spot for each offense when the results are checked post race at simresults.net. Example: A Group A driver uses traction control on 3 and stability control on 2. They would be penalized 4 spots in the race results and points.


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.

TCR/MX-5 Club Series at Barber

March 25, 2020 – This week the TCR/MX-5 Club Series took a trip to Alabama, but not that big oval everyone knows, but the twisty Barber Motorsports Park circuit with its multiple elevation changes, corkscrews up and down, and few passing zones. As the mid-season stretch starts, the points battles and on-track duels are heating up, and there’s a lot of racing left to do!

In qualifying, it was Mario Teixeira snatching the TCR class pole by less than two-tenths to lead the entire field at the start. In the MX-5 class, it was Samuel Scott on top with a qualifying lap of 1:39.844 edging out second by 0.17 seconds! The rest of the field in both classes had many drivers almost setting identical times, foreshadowing the battles ahead.

As the green dropped, Teixeira would take the lead but an off-track on Lap 2 would put him down the order and lead to Miguel Antonio Alcrudo and Jason Lundy exchanging the lead until Lap 9 when Alcrudo took the lead for the final time. He would go on to win the race by a margin of only 3.7 seconds over Lundy, with Teixeira charging back through the field and finishing on the podium in third only 2 seconds back of Lundy.

In the MX-5 class, Scott would lead from the pole until Lap 6, when impact with the inside wall out of the corkscrew would put his car on its lid ending his race. Behind him Drew Lidkea would inherit the lead and hold it until Lap 9 when Justin Hess worked his way past and held and pulled away for the class win, his first of the season. The battle for 2nd would heat up as Lidkea found a charging Peter Hebron filling his mirrors for the final laps of the race. Coming down to the front stretch, Lidkea would edge Hebron for second place at the checkers in what was a thrilling battle for both drivers.

After four races, the MX-5 class points standings have tightened up with Kurt Polter still in first place, Samuel Scott in second and Drew Lidkea in third. Brian Szabelski currently holds the points lead in the TCR class with teammate David Slee in second and Miguel Antonio Alcrudo in third.

The next scheduled race for this series is slated for April 8th at Laguna Seca Raceway.

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TCRMX-5 Club Series at Barber

GTE/GT4 Cup Series at Sebring

March 18, 2020 – The first race of a new season always brings about many questions…which drivers will excel, what’s the secret to saving those tires, and of course, what does it take to put my car in victory lane?! The questions were about to have answers as Champion Motorsports drivers, both new and seasoned took to the track at Sebring in the first official GTE/GT4 Cup Series race of the season!! The pre-season event two weeks ago at Road America was an awakening for many with the new Porsche Cayman GT4 as well as the updated tire models for all the cars in this series. The weather was warm, and the track a bit on the slick side with 34 drivers taking to the track!

Qualifying was a tight in both classes, with Humberto Roca taking the GTE and overall pole position edging out Angel Ledesma but a half-second, and in the GT4 class Kurt Polter grabbed the top spot in class by 0.6 seconds over JT Tami. With 24 GTE’s and 10 GT4’s taking the grid, the start would need to be clean.

The first lap had some cars sliding off track, but fortunately nothing terminal and they each rejoined the race. By midpoint the classes had stretched out into small battles, the closest of which was Polter and Justin Hess battling within a second of each other for the GT4 lead for most of the race. Roca stretched out his lead over Ledesma and began to slowly put distance between them by the end of the race.

As the checkered flag fell, it would be Roca winning by a margin of 46 seconds over Ledesma, with Carlos Ramos finishing in third to complete the podium in GTE. Only 8 cars would finish on the lead lap, a testament to the steady pace of Roca throughout his run.

The GT4 battle would continue until the waning laps as Polter would take the class win over Hess in a hard fought battle. The battle for the third spot was eventually won by JT Tami, with 7 GT4’s completing a tough race and setting the stage for a close Championship fight in the weeks ahead.

This series will head to Belgium next, for the first Endurance length race of the season at Spa-Francorchamps in what should be a very interesting race in terms of pit strategy for the 75 minute race length on April 1st. No joke, as this series has seven more races on the schedule!

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GTEGT4 Cup Series at Sebring

TCR/MX-5 Club Series at Watkins Glen

March 11, 2020 – This week, the TCR/MX-5 Club Series headed to upstate New York to visit Watkins Glen International, using the full “Boot” layout in the first of two endurance events on this season’s schedule.

Times posted in qualifying indicated the track was getting faster as the clouds moved in, with Brian Szabelski putting in a sub-2 minute lap time to take the TCR Class pole position, and in the MX-5’s it was the same with Samuel Scott blistering the track taking pole by more than half a second!

The race start was uneventful, and the two classes began to file into line and concentrate on clean laps, and keeping the tires fresh for as long as possible. In the MX-5 class, Scott would take the lead from the pole and never look back for his first win of the season. Behind him, Kurt Polter moved up 7 spots from his starting spot to take second place and grab important championship points. The battle for 3rd place was tight for much of the race with Kenny Rodriguez winning his first podium of the season.

The TCR Class was Miguel Antonio Alcrudo’s from the start as he took an early lead and in the end earned his second win of the season. Behind him a three-car battle for the remaining podium steps would last till the final lap with Dave Slee charging through for a second place finish, and Brian Szabelski finishing in third.

The points standings in both classes have tightened up with the next race in this series scheduled for March 25th at Barber Motorsports Park.

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TCR/MX-5 Club Series at Watkins Glen

GTE/GT4 Pre-Season at Road America

March 4, 2020 – With the release of the Porsche Cayman GT4 this week, it was time to put the rubber on the road and see how well it grips. Tonight’s pre-season race at Road America was a multiclass affair featuring the GTE class cars of iRacing on the track with it’s latest release. The new tire model for all the cars proved to be an additional factor for some drivers, but as usual many adjusted along the way and found the groove once again.

In qualifying Justin Hess would start on pole for the GT4 class with a blistering lap 1.2 seconds faster than his next closest competitor. Humberto Roca started up front in GTE with a 0.2 second gap back to second.

The race start had some interesting moments, but as predicted the racing was tight in both classes. After a few laps the field began to spread out but the battles continued till the end in both classes.

Roca would go on to win the race by almost 30 seconds over Delta team driver Lowesky D’Oleo, with another Delta member Angel Ledesma taking the third spot on the podium. There’s no doubt this class will be a hard fought one over the course of the 8-race season ahead.

In the GT4 class, Hess drove off from the field in a dominating race to easily win the event. Behind him in second was fan-favorite Jimmy Hume making a return to racing at CMS in what seems to be forever. Not far behind him was Kurt Polter, who has been dominating the MX-5 class in the Club Series, bringing his Porsche home in third place to cap a great run.

This series will kick off it’s official season on March 18th with a 60-minute race at Sebring International Raceway.

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TCR/MX-5 Club Series at Road Atlanta

February 26, 2020 – This week, the TCR/MX-5 Club Series took to the famed Road Atlanta circuit for the second race of the season. The heat and marbles made for a thin line to turn a fast lap, and everyone in attendance was up to the task.

In qualifying, Samuel Scott started on the pole in the MX-5 Class while Liam Park would grab his first CMS pole to lead the entire field to the green.

The start of the 30-minute race was tight racing, and after a few laps both classes would stretch out into several battles that lasted the entire race. At the end it was Miguel Alcrudo taking the win with Brian Szabelski edging out Douglas Ritter for second place, the two of them only 7.7 seconds behind Alcrudo at the end.

In the MX-5’s, Samuel Scott and Kurt Polter pulled away from the field, with Polter passing Scott on the opening lap and holding off Scott for the win. In third place, Drew Lidkea would make a last lap pass in the grass to finish in third completing the podium.

This series will race again on March 11th at Watkins Glen International (Boot Layout) in the first of two 45-minute endurance races this season! With a required pit stop this will be the first big test in the battle for the Driver’s Championships!

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TCR MX-5 Club Series at Road Atlanta

TCR/MX-5 Club Series at Interlagos

February 12, 2020 – Kicking off a new season of racing, the TCR/MX-5 Club Series went south to Brazil to the historic Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, otherwise known as Interlagos.

With two classes of cars racing simultaneously, there were many overtakes between and within classes all the way to the checkered flag.

In the TCR Class, Miguel Alcrudo would qualify on the pole and take an early lead, with his son Miguel Antonio Alcrudo hot on his tail. It was a father/son duel that wasn’t decided until the last lap, when Antonio Alcrudo would make the pass and hold on for the win! Not far behind them, Brian Szabelski would finish in third place, completing podium with a great run of his own.

The battles in the MX-5 class were from second place back, as Kurt Polter would take the pole position in qualifying, and then pull away steadily from the rest of the field throughout the race winning the race handily, and making a statement for the remainder of the season. Samuel Scott would finish second after starting from the rear of the field due to a qualifying issue, with Peter Hebron finishing in third and securing a good start to the season.

All 21 cars that started the race finished the 30 minute event and are now headed to Road Atlanta for Race #2 on February 26th!

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TCR/MX-5 Club Series at Interlagos

NARS Winter – Race 3: Eastern Creek

February 6, 2020 – Up front and pulling away was the norm for the winner of our NARS Winter Series Round 3 as Norm Graf took off and never looked back, although he did have to look up at one point as his car got put on it’s side after a misunderstanding with a curb while trying to maneuver thru traffic.With several of our regulars missing this round due to prior commitments the podium had some new faces as Jimmy Regan brought it home in second with Deuce Michaels not far behind waiting for any miscues.

Results

NARS Winter Series - Race 3: Eastern Creek

TCR/MX-5 Pre-Season at Zolder

January 29, 2020 – The final pre-season race for the TCR/MX-5 Club Series at Zolder was, in few words, fast. With such a tight circuit and downright evil chicanes, the pace was quick and the race undecided until the end.

In the TCR class, Dave Slee took the pole position at the start, but was passed by Brian Szabelski on Lap 7 and the chase was on. It appeared Szabelski had a narrow lead on the penultimate lap, but a slight touch of grass while braking gave the lead and the win to Slee. After a tough start dealing with the MX5 traffic, Jacques Richard finished the race in third completing the podium.

The MX5 class was highly competitive, and Kurt Polter annihilated the field with his qualifying lap, but the race would be a different story. Gary Miller, in his first CMS outing, swapped the lead with Polter through the first half of the race, but in the end Polter would stretch his lead and take the class win. Miller would go on to finish second, with Ken Rodriguez hot on his bumper taking third place in class.

The official series begins on February 12th with a 30 minute race at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace.

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TCR / MX-5 Pre-Season Race at Zolder

NARS Winter Kickoff at Adelaide

January 23, 2020 – Starting with a strong grid and a wild race at Adelaide’s street circuit in the Supercars, the Thursday night NARS Winter Series is now underway. With one of the largest grids any NARS Series has seen in a while, Group A’s Elliot Budzinski took the pole position by over 1.2 seconds and went on to win the race. Elliot was followed onto the Group A podium by the always fast Norm Graf followed by Tyler Alan. Group B was won by Tom Nasella in a sterling but careful drive. Behind Tom was David Anderson and Paul Ibbotson to round out the Group B podium. Adelaide walls proved to be the greatest competitior and there were multiple heartbreak crashes in the final 2-3 laps after drivers had completed (almost) all of the 60 minute race. Some competitiors gambled a bit too much on the fuel tank and ran out of fuel in the last couple turns. It is hoped that some experiments with race settings will help to maintain excitement – and participation – through the 9 race series.

Results

Elliot on the way to a win at Adelaide in the NARS Winter Series opener.

MNRL Camaro Club Series at Barber MSP

January 21, 2020 – The first, officially scored, MNRL Series 12 event is in the record books. The Camaro Club Challenge Series headed to the always exciting and highly challenging Barber Motorsports Park for the first two races of that series.

Joe Miller came out swinging, after taking the pole and winning Race 1. Janes Junior applied pressure for a large part of the race, but small errors forced him to abandon pursuit of the top spot. He retained P2, followed by Gilles Lalonde in P3.

In Seniors division, Peter Holm took the top spot while finishing an impressive P4 overall in the process. Jerry Hamilton took P2 and Tony Boynton rounded out the podium.

Race 2 saw a much improved start. Janes Junior took the early lead and led the entire race in his first ever MNRL win!

Jason Whited stayed collected in Race 2, after having very early troubles in Race 1 and finishing near the end of the field. He finished second.
Joe Miller rounded out the top 3.

Peter Holm drove to another victory in Seniors division, with an impressive drive that placed him P2 overall for a large part of Race 2.

Aaron Page finished P2, followed by Jerry Hamilton in finishing out the podium.

This series is still accepting new drivers, and the car has proven to be a challenge for all drivers, newcomers and veterans alike.

With 7 more rounds to follow, it should be an exciting test of driver skill. All are welcome!

Results

MNRL Camaros at Barber Motorsports

MNRL 1998 CART Montreal Exhibition Race

January 14, 2020 – MNRL hosted the sole exhibition race of the 1998 CART series on January 14, 2020 at Montreal.

Seasoned drivers took to the front of the field, while newcomers showed early promise in what is surely a challenging car for nearly any driver.

Joe Miller set the pace early on, while pole sitter Jason Whited struggled at the start and fell back through the field in what was a chaotic first few corners. Surprisingly, nearly all drivers managed their way through the chaos without incident and the race was under way!

Newcomer Gui Cramer showed early promise, quickly finding himself in P2. A later, unfortunate incident, would see him eventually retire from the race early.
MNRL Season 11 Seniors Points Champion Jerry Hamilton won amongst the seniors group, while Whited (who’d spent a lot of time running P2) eventually chased down Miller and after a dramatic bit of struggle managed to take the overall win.

It was an exciting exhibition race and a teaser of the excellent action that will surely be seen in this high caliber series!

Round 1 of this series will take place on January 28, 2020 and registration is still open if you’d like to join in! All are welcome and invited!

Results

MNRL 1998 CART Montreal Exhibition Race

Rally Poland Results

December 24, 2019 – Round 4 of the CMS Rally Championship Season 2 in Poland is in the books, and we have a repeat of last round’s podiums!

4WD
1. Michael Miesenberger
2. Tommi Neuvonen
3. Magnar Haarstadsveen

FWD
1. Michael Miesenberger
2. Tommi Neuvonen
3. Benjamin Klumpp

Results

Full Results and Standings: 4WD and FWD

Rally Poland Results

CMS Greek Rally Segment Concludes

December 12, 2019 – Round three of the CMS Rally Championship took us to Greece. Here is how it shaped-up!

4WD

1st Place: Michael Miesenberger
2nd Place: Tommi Neuvonen
3rd Place: Magnar Haarstadsveen

FWD

1st Place: Michael Miesenberger
2nd Place: Tommi Neuvonen
3rd Place: Benjamin Klumpp

Congratulation to the winning podiums!

Full results, stats, and standings are available here:

4WD Results
FWD Results

CMS Rally Championship Greece

NARS at Watkins Glen

December 5, 2019 – Congratulations to Greg Hall for winning the final race of the 2019 NARS Autumn Series at Watkins Glen. Congratulations to Greg Hall, winner of 2019 NARS Autumn Series Group A, and to Jon Uyan, Winner of 2019 NARS Autumn Series Group A. Additional results are pending outstanding IRRs by the reviewing committee.

Results

2019 NARS Autumn Series