VHSC 1998 Series
1998 was a blowout for world endurance racing. The FIA removed prototypes from the limelight after killing off the SWC in 1993. In 1994, the BPR Global GT Series stepped in with production sportscars on the world stage with the McLaren F1 GTR dominating as a supercar superweapon. Other manufacturers took notice and brought their own “homologation specials”. By 1997, the FIA took over, splitting the classes into GT1 for the new “quasi-prototype” GT entries and GT2 for the previous production-based models.
Several manufacturers piled in, grasping for glory across the world. Many of the cars, especially in the GT2 class, would find their way to IMSA while the GT1s were truly built for Le Mans. But with manufacturer spending, comes rising costs. As Mercedes, Porsche, Toyota, and Nissan waged their arms race, the series blew out costs and Mercedes’ dominance saw many hit eject.
By the 2000’s prototype racing was back and production-based super GTs were finished. But for a brief period, in the fervor of creativity and passion for motorsport, the world saw incredible battles and cars like never before. Come join the series that went out with a bang before the new millennium.
Thanks to the tireless work of Storm Gang Simulation and their many partners, we can now experience this incredibly thrilling occasion in simulation. We’d like to thank our partners (listed below) and especially our patrons who have supported us. This work is all because of you.
WSC ‘98 Mod – connect to our Discord server for more information!
We will use following layouts. You must own the respective track for each race to connect to the server.
Daytona International Speedway Road Course
January 10 – 2.4 Hours of Daytona Beach (USA) (10x time compression)
Sebring International Raceway
February 28 – 1.2 Hours of Sebring (USA) (10x time compression)
Motorsport Arena Oschersleben
March 21 – Oschersleben 200 Km (Germany)
Silverstone Circuit (Historic)
March 28 – Silverstone 200 Km (Great Britain)
SGS in-house track
Hockenheim 250 Km (Historic)
May 6 – Hockenheim 200 Km (Germany)
Circuit de la Sarthe (Historic)
May 16 – 2.4 Hours of Le Mans (France) (10x time compression)
Circuit de Dijon-Prenois
July 25 – 200 Km de Dijon (France)
August 15 – Hungaroring 200 Km (Hungary)
Suzuka International Racing Course
August 29 – Suzuka 320 Km (Japan)
September 26 – Donington 200 Km (Great Britain)
October 24 –200 Km Austria (Austria)
November 21 – Miami 200 Km (United States)
Laguna Seca Raceway
November 28 – Laguna Seca Raceway 200 km (United States)
SGS in-house track
7:30AM US EST|12:30 GMT – Server Reboot/Practice (1 hour)
08:30PM US EST|1:30 GMT – Qualifying (20 mins)
08:50PM US EST|1:50 GMT – Drivers’ briefing/Warmup (10 mins)
09:00PM US EST|2:00 GMT – Race
- We will use the latest retail build of rFactor 2.
- 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.
- Auto Clutch is available.
- 2x fuel on all cars.
- Weather will always be live weather conditions (to increase unpredictability).
- Once again there will be Pro, Am individual & team championships.
- There is no pre-registration for the competition. Arrive and Drive!
- The server name will be “CMS VWSC91 TrackName”.
- The server race password will be given 24 hours prior to race day.
Pro & Am 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 – there are separate groups of drivers based on performance. Drivers are free to choose their class based on their skill level.
The general ruling set to determine if a driver is outqualified for Am class is if his average lap time is better than 99% of the average lap time taken from all laps from all Am drivers during a race. Admins still have the right to reassign a drivers’ class if they are not correctly placed based on special circumstances or drivers’ performance.
The idea is to have close battles and exciting Championships and not people running away from others or struggling to keep up with the lead pack!
Team Racing is BACK!!! The plan is to have Championships for Teams in all classes and have a competitive Championship as we did the years prior with rivalries that last and some that form anew. New for 2023, teams require 2 MINIMUM or 3 MAXIMUM members to be scored for Championship points. If you are unable to form a team (2+ members), you can compete and join as an individual, driver-only entry. Teams must be declared as such:
Team Members (2 with maximum 3 members* – Top 2 score points)
Class (must be same class – i.e LMGT1 both // LMGT2 Am both)
Car (must drive the same make car)
IMPORTANT NOTE: Team points in a class will not be accumulated until at least 2 teams are registered for the series in that class. Once two teams are formed the team that was having to wait for competition would be awarded half winning points as a bonus start for forming and declaring their team early.
LiveRacers Timing & Scoring
LiveRacers will be used to record the hotlaps and the race.
- 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 required, but only 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” or voice activation with a threshold that doesn’t allow background noises.
- Chatter during free practice is permitted and encouraged! For qualification and race sessions, rF2 text chat is forbidden and voice communication should be limited to critical notifications, no longer than a sentence.
- Abusive, disruptive 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.
- Drivers not in the Discord voice channel 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.
Submitted & Custom Skins
There will be announced updates throughout the season where liveries will be accepted for inclusion in the mod. If you miss those dates and still want to run your livery, custom skin uploading is welcome and encouraged, but please log onto the server a couple of days before to mitigate server load from skin transfers on race day.
CMS General Competition Rules
Penalties can be applied one of 2 ways in the series:
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 (Incident Review Request) submitted by the driver for review using the General Competition Rules.
VHSC Supplementary Competition Rules
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. It is permissible for tires to step on the white line, but crossing the line with one tire completely, it will impose a penalty.
CMS Golden Rule of Racing
If you gain track position through a driving error or contact, consider pulling off track in a safe location and returning the position. Doing so may also reduce or eliminate a post-race penalty by stewards.
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. Race rejoin is available by ctrl+alt+del killing rF2 or manually disconnecting your internet connection.
2) Important! If it is still early light turn your headlights on before moving out of the garage or rF2 will DQ you! You may also wish to consider using the rF2Headlights plugin which may be found at https://forum.studio-397.com/index.php?threads/headlight-controls.63904/ or activating Auto Headlights in your rF2 settings.
3) Open setups, but we encourage sharing and collaboration! CMS has always thrived on healthy competition and individual growth so don’t be afraid to help a fellow member in need.
4) It is strongly advised drivers reboot their computer just before joining the server on race day.
5) Drivers must have a stable and satisfactory connection while on the server. Sustained high ping rates or constant dropouts may be grounds for removal until a proper connection can be maintained. Only Ethernet cable connections (no WiFi) are permitted for VHSC racing events.