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 NARS Autumn Series introduces the recently released rFactor 2 McLaren Senna GTR driving with the popular S397 GT3 cars in a multi-class racing environment.

2019 NARS Autumn Series

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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

The past few weeks we asked everyone who was interested to participate in a survey to give us a better idea what you wanted for the next Thursday night NARS Series. There were an encouraging 31+ responses and based on our interpretation of the survey results, we have crafted the NARS Autumn Series.

There will once again be a Group A and Group B competing for two championships inside the overall series. But unlike previous series we want to try something different this time around. Instead of points based on driver experience, the points will be acquired based solely on which car you drive. Group A will be exclusively for the new S397 McLaren Senna. Group B will be based on all the GT3s S397 offers within their 3 addon packs.

The series will be 8 races on fast, swooping tracks designed for these cars. There will not be any drop races so every event counts towards the championship!

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

Have questions or suggestions? Contact our NARS Thursday Admins, Don and Doug on the CMS Discord Server in the NARS Thursday – rFactor 2 Category!


Cars

You will need these three Studio 397 Car Packs to join NARS Autumn Series servers:

  • The S397 GT3 Pack
  • The S397 GT3 Challengers Pack
  • The S397 Two Strong Pack

Purchase them here.

Group A is for the McLaren Senna only.

Group B is for any of the GT3 cars. Drivers can change cars each event, but NOT between the qualifying race and the feature race.

Note. The Aston Martin from the Two Strong Pack is for GTE and not eligible for competition in this series. We will feature GTE again in an upcoming NARS Thursday series where the GTE Aston Martin will be eligible.


Series Schedule

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

Race Series

Race 1 – October 10th
Bridgehampton
(the Autumn Series “back in time” track)
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1621253575

Race 2 – October 17th
Sentul
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1140907072

Race 3 – October 24th
The Bend
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1762031219

Race 4 – October 31st
Zolder Halloween Special
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1221361210

Race 5 – November 7th
Autopolis
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1559152337

Race 6 – November 14th
Sonoma
https://www.dropbox.com/s/fe2llog7qxuaylx/Sonoma_Raceway_v0.9.rfcmp?dl=0

Race 7 – November 21st
Road Atlanta
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1227712083

Thanksgiving – November 28th
Holiday Break

Race 8 – December 5th
Watkins Glen
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1508582012


Event Schedule

7:00 PM Eastern – Server Reboot / Practice
9:30 PM Eastern – Qualifying (new time to allow the left coast drivers to participate!)
9:45 PM Eastern – Pre-Race Announcements / Warm-up
9:50 PM Eastern – Feature Race (50 minutes)


Championship Points

The 2019 NARS Autumn Championship points page is here.

Points will be updated within 24-hours of each event’s completion.

Scoring

The following will be scored in Group A and Group B with two separate championships based on the cars.

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


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
  • Skies will always be partly cloudy skies
  • Humidity will be 40%
  • 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 Autumn Series”
  • The password will be “rockandroll”
  • Only one NARS server will be running at a time
  • The next event server will go online immediately after the previous event concludes

Starts

All races are standing starts with no advancement in position prior to the starting line.

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 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.


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.

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.


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 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.