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.

2019 NARS Autumn Series

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2019 NARS Summer Series

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Series Championship Points

Introduction
Cars
Series Schedule
Event Schedule
Championship Points
Settings
Starts
LiveRacers Timing & Scoring
Race Communications
Custom Skins
CMS General Competition Rules
CMS Gentlemen’s Rules
Additional Drivers Notes
Comments / Suggestions


Introduction

Coming off the popular 2019 NARS Winter Series, finding the right mix of cars and tracks and a format that would entice at least twenty of you to commit your Thursday evenings until Autumn was unusually difficult.

While Don and I had concocted the previous series that were mostly well-received, each previous series contained an inherent uniqueness that we could build series around. But this time we were going to run the same cars (by popular demand!) with the request of new tracks not run before (or not run for a while). Many of you weighed-in with excellent ideas about how we could best stir the contents into something familiar, similar, but still unique enough to hold your interest.

We looked at the open-wheeler options and decided those don’t fit the NARS charter. We also discussed running the LMP3 Nolda again but with some TC and ABS to make them friendlier to drive.

To complement the Studio 397 GT3 cars we ultimately decided on the EnduRacers Flat6 v5 Porsche Carrera Cup (PC) mod. They are incredibly fun to drive since they emulate the actual Porsche Cup Series held around the world, and there is a minimal amount of setup allowed and that should appeal to those who don’t have the time or interest in developing in-depth setups. While these Carreras are a notch down in performance from the “R” that is in the S397 GT3 package, the EnduRacers v5.00 options package made the difference in us not spec’ing the already included Porsche Carrera R as the second series.

For the format, there will be 8 tracks of 3 races each.

First will be the Porsche Carrera Cup cars in a 60-minute race with the grid determined by a 10-minute qualifying session. Then the following week, the first race is a 15-minute qualifier than a 45-minute “feature” race. Those two races will be run in the S397 GT3s.

We are going to bring back the Group A and Group B drivers championships that proved to be successful in 2018. Any driver that won a race, finished on the podium 3 times in the NARS Winter Series – Sprint or Endurance – or is a known sim racing alien or semi sim racing alien will go into Group A competition. Everyone else will run in Group B.

Unlike last years Group A / B competition, drivers will not move from Group B to Group A. This will allow drivers to establish competitive rivalries throughout the Series and race against the same drivers in their group. The listing of drivers is anyone who raced in the 2019 NARS Winter Series. If you do not want to be listed, please send Don Fryman or me a PM requesting your name be removed. Otherwise, we will presume you are planning to join in at some point in the series. Any “new” driver that did not participate in the NARS Winter Series will be assigned Group A or Group B by Don and myself. If you do not think you are in the correct group (A or B), please send Don or me a PM.

With 8 tracks and 3 races each, we noodled how many drop races to include. Over that period, everyone is sure to miss a few events! What we settled on were 6 drops. That is 25% of the races and the same percent we used for Endurance in the Winter Series. So the best 18 results of 24 races are the determination for the Group A and Group B championships.

It sounds complicated but it isn’t. The structure is already built and ready to go. Any drivers not listed on the page are welcome to join the series. Just show up and we will add you to Group A or Group B.

There is no pre-registration for the series. Just show up, drive, and have fun!


Cars

The S397 GT3 Pack
The S397 GT3 Challengers Pack
Purchase: https://store.steampowered.com/itemstore/365960/

You must have both S397 GT3 car sets installed on your computer to compete in the series

Drivers can run any of the S397 GT3 cars and can change cars each event, but NOT between the qualifying race and the feature race.

EnduRacers Flat6 Series – v5.00
Subscribe: https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=587034279


Series Schedule

Tracks are available in the rFactor 2 Steam Workshop as a subscription except for the final race at Laguna Seca. That is a CMS download that drivers will need to place in their packages folder and install manually.

Practice Race

No points, elective participation. The server now online!

May 30 – GT3 Test – Donington Park National
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1687662965

Race Series

June 6 – PC – Portimao Layout 1
June 13 – GT3 – Portimao Layout 1
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1131107775

June 20 – PC – Portland No Chicane
June 27 – GT3 – Portland No Chicane
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=940553754

July 4 – Holiday

July 11 – PC – Toban Medium Reverse
July 18 – GT3 – Toban Medium Reverse
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=922033738

July 25 – PC – Autopolis Short
Aug 1 – GT3 – Autopolis Short
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1559152337

Aug 8 – PC – Gingerman Full
Aug 15 – GT3 – Gingerman Full
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1436914198

Aug 22 – PC – Barber Track Day
Aug 29 – GT3 – Barber Track Day
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=659491781

Sept 5 – PC – Crystal Palace 1969
Sept 12 – GT3 – Crystal Palace 1969
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1560025749

Sept 19 – PC – Laguna Seca
Sept 26 – GT3 – Laguna Seca
Download Link


Event Schedule

Porsche Cup Events

7:15 PM EST – Server Reboot / Practice
9:15 PM EST – Qualifying
9:25 PM EST – Pre-Race Announcements
9:30 PM EST – Race (60 minutes)

GT3 Events

7:15 PM EST – Server Reboot / Practice
9:15 PM EST – Qualifying
9:25 PM EST – Pre-Race Announcements
9:30 PM EST – Sprint Race (15 Minutes)
9:50 PM EST – Grid Set *
10:00 PM EST – Feature Race (45 minutes)

*Note: The 45-minute Feature Race will have the grid set from the Sprint Race results with the first 8 positions inverted

*Note: The 45-minute Sprint Race will have an inverted grid from the qualifying race results for the first 8 positions


Championship Points

Points Structure for Group A and Group B Drivers

The 45-minute and 60-minute races award these points

21 points – 1st
18 points – 2nd
14 points – 3rd
10 points – 4th
8 points – 5th
7 points – 6th
6 points – 7th
5 points – 8th
4 points – 9th
3 points – 10th
2 points – 11th
1 point – 12th >

The 15-minute qualifying races award these points

10 points – 1st
8 points – 2nd
6 points – 3rd
5 points – 4th
4 points – 5th
3 points – 6th
2 points – 7th
1 points – 8th >


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
  • 2x fuel on all cars
  • Traction control on, anti-lock brakes on
  • Skies will always be partly cloudy skies
  • Humidity will be 40%
  • 2x fuel on all cars, all races
  • Temperature will be a constant 10 degrees C (50 degrees F)
  • All sessions (practice, qualifying, warmup, race) will start at 2 PM unless otherwise noted in the specific event thread
  • All races will be run in dry conditions unless otherwise noted in the specific event thread
  • The server name will be “CMS NARS Summer Series”
  • The password will be “rockandroll”
  • Only one NARS Winter server will be running at a time
  • The next event server will go online immediately after the previous event concludes

Starts

All GT3 races are standing starts with no warm-up lap
All Porsche Cup races are rolling starts with a pre-determined starting point announced in the individual race thread

Orange Zones

1) Each race will use an orange zone

2) Orange Zones will be posted within the specific event thread on Discord


LiveRacers Timing & Scoring

LiveRacers will be used to record the finishing order of all races

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


Race Communications

1) We will use Discord rFactor2 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.


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 DDS file will get uploaded properly. If everyone waits until race day, it may clog the server and necessitate that we disable custom skin uploading.

2) Please use your CMS car number listed or apply for one.


CMS General Competition Rules

Penalties can be applied one of 2 ways:

1) rFactor 2 system delegated penalties (all must be served, and are not in race admin control)

2) Upheld Incident Report via Race Review Team

Read the CMS GCR here [LINK]


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 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 even think of using a WiFi connection. Only Ethernet cable connections permitted for events.


Comments / Suggestions

Please add them to the Thursday rFactor 2 Discord discussion thread.