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FSR 2015 Ace Information

Discussion in 'Formula SimRacing' started by Kris Cobb, Mar 5, 2015.

  1. Kris Cobb

    Kris Cobb
    Avid Chronic Racing | Team Principal

    Welcome to the 2015 Season of the Ace Series Championship.

    Information
    Race Director: Blair Disley
    Assistant Race Director: Carlos Martin
    Race Length: 80% (1 Race)
    Mod: FSR 2015 Custom
    Aids Allowed: Clutch Assistance Only


    Media/Press Team
    Cameras/Broadcast: Sam Jones
    Commentators: James Sadler and Jeroen Kweekel
    Articles: Alessio Campus


    Calendar
    4th April 2015 Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne
    11th April 2015 Malaysian Grand Prix, Sepang
    25th April 2015 Chinese Grand Prix, Shanghai
    16th May 2015 Bahrain Grand Prix, Sakhir
    30th May 2015 Canadian Grand Prix, Montreal
    13th June 2015 Austrian Grand Prix, Spielberg
    27th June 2015 German Grand Prix, Hockenheim
    11th July 2015 British Grand Prix, Silverstone
    SUMMER BREAK
    29th August 2015 Italian Grand Prix, Monza
    12th September 2015 Luxembourg Grand Prix, Nurburgring
    26th September 2015 Singapore Grand Prix, Singapore
    3rd October 2015 Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka
    17th October 2015 United States Grand Prix, Austin
    7th November 2015 Brazilian Grand Prix, Interlagos
    *Circuits Subject to change


    Race Day Scedule
    Saturday, 15:35 GMT: Server opens for PQ 1 *
    Saturday, 15:45 GMT: Pre-Qualifying Group 1 *
    Saturday, 16:00 GMT: Server opens for PQ 2 *
    Saturday, 16:05 GMT: Pre-Qualifying Group 2 *
    Saturday, 16:20 GMT: Practice
    Saturday, 16:35 GMT: Qualifying 1
    Saturday, 16:45 GMT: Qualifying 2
    Saturday, 16:50 GMT: Warmup
    Saturday, 17:00 GMT: Race 1
    Saturday, 18:30 GMT: Grid 2 Warm-up *
    Saturday, 18:35 GMT: Grid 2 Race *
    *Optional Sessions; see Ace Rules Supplement
    **Pre-Qualifying format may change to multi Q session (like Winter Series)


    You can use this thread for preseason discussion.
     
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2015
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  2. Why was the race format changed? Race 2s were fun last year.
     
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  3. Tbh 80% races are closer to emulate a WC race with all the distance that needs to be covered and maybe races could have a bit more strategic turnarounds. I haven't driven the old format so I really can't say.
     
  4. Kris Cobb

    Kris Cobb
    Avid Chronic Racing | Team Principal

    Rules will be out as soon as I finalize the Ace Supplement.
     
  5. "Race Length: 80% (1 Race)" :unsure:

    Agree with Daniel. Sprint races and whole format was most entertaining part of FSR weekends and good advert before sundays races (in terms of viewers)... Also from driver pov it was fun - if I dont count higher possibility of crash...
     
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  6. Sry I dont want to discuss with you again Martin, but Ace had mostly same number of views like Pro.
     
  7. Im not talking about exact numbers. But fun in overal. Check some broadcasts, many times were commentators saying, that Ace sprint was most interesting.
     
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  8. Sprint races were indeed fun to watch. Remember Australia and Gobbi starting from P1?
     
  9. 50% of those viewers were Kweekel's fans :D

    I don't understand either why to remove the 2 race format, it was a great show and it allowed non top drivers to have a bit of glory.
     
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  10. ACE is the stepping stone to WC I think to change to 80% was the right choice, Never understood why Ace was split in 2 races to start with if it was the stepping stone to WC.
     
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  11. With the 2 race system those top drivers had to prove not only that they were fast, but also that they could start in the middle of the grid and race in group, which is unlikely to happen with a normal 1 race system.
     
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  12. Ιf a driver is a top 8 in ace I think hes capable enough of being able to drive in group-following someone- situations. And race gets mixed up in pit stops anyway. Νot to mention the group race stints most teams do privately.
     
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  13. For sure it puts them in more racing situations than with normal races, and brings more interest to the broadcasts.

    But as someone pointed me privately, it looks like now the trend is to remove the few things that actually worked last year for no reason, oh well.
     
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  14. Thats actually what I initialy told - it was last of few working things in Ace last year...
    Eugene, also GP2 is stepping stone to F1, and its split to two races.
    And Pashalis, you arent right. If you saw some of Ace races, you whould know that. If you are fast enough doesnt automatically meant, that you are good in rest of racing situations.

    In 2 races format you can (that you are good enough) prove it - or you can learn it.
     
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  15. And on top of this, for the first time in ... 5? years or so, Ace actually worked and had many drivers on the grid. I understand to make changes when something doesn't work (like last year), but when it does, it's difficult to understand.
     
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  16. Kris Cobb

    Kris Cobb
    Avid Chronic Racing | Team Principal

    Maybe you should have volunteered for ACE Director instead of wasting time on something else.

    Are we sure the reason for the number of drivers was the 2 races. No. ZERO evidence of that. Could be the new game or any possible reasons.

    It was my decision to change the format. I don't have time for 2 races or doing the work after it. I didn't want to be Director but I want to see FSR succeed and if that means doing something I don't want to do so be it. Anyone else can jump in and change the parameters but I don't see a line. The same people can't keep volunteering for things.
     
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  17. Alright, that is a solid reason, however now I wonder what is the role of the assistant director? I thought that it was created for that reason alone (directors not having enough help).
     
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  19. Kris Cobb

    Kris Cobb
    Avid Chronic Racing | Team Principal

    I asked Carlos to be Assistant because:
    A)remaining neutral on my own team as I did last season. This is my preference.
    B)Backup in case I have questions of some incidents (same as last year)
    C)avoiding questionable rulings
     
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  20. David O'Reilly

    David O'Reilly
    A bad quali means I can go forwards in the race.

    There are probably people who support both approaches. Your "un named source" lends no credit to your point what so ever.
    In my humble view such a post where you quote "unnamed sources" and make such blanket criticisms does you no credit.
    Trend my foot.

    There is no pleasing all the people. A decision has been made. A bit of support for the new management team that had to take over when a vacancy suddenly appeared would seem at this stage very statesmanlike.

    There you are, I did it in public rather than privately and anonymously.
     
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