Welcome to the 22nd season of Race Department Forum Racing! This is the third year of the new FR v2.0 car, and the garage is starting to expand! Lets hope for a season more thrilling than any before! Joining Just post in the thread that you would like to join, and choose a team: either by filling an empty seat, choosing a new team from the list, or creating your own team. To create your own team, use the livery maker, or just request a livery. Once you join a team, you may not change teams. The Races The most important part of the game. A race consists of the moderator (me) making a post containing the words GOGOGO. After this, you must make specific posts in a certain order and time span as quickly as possible, depending on the type of race. Sprint Race When a sprint race happens, you just simply post Finish as soon as possible. Finishing positions are based on the order in which the correct word is posted. Typos are allowed, as long as it resembles the correct word. New Medium Race A new addition. When the race starts, you post Start as soon as possible. You must then wait at least 1 hour and 1 minute before posting Finish. Feature Race After GOGOGO, post Start as soon as possible. Wait the hour and a minute before posting Pit, before the same gap and Finish. If you pit early, the hour and a minute is counted from the pitting, but penalties will still be applied. New 24 Hour Race With the addition of the 24 Heures du Mans, we have a 24 hour race. After the race starts, post Start as soon as possible. You must then wait 24 hours and 1 minute before posting Finish. Penalties You cannot get a penalty for timing infringements in the Sprint race. In the other 3 races, each minute you post a section of the race early will earn you a 30 minute penalty to your race time. I will use Forum time for this, so be careful when cutting it fine. There is also a ban on team radio ie: Tagging your team mate during the race to get them to finish sooner. If you do tag your team mate if they haven’t yet finished, the person who tagged will get a 1 hour penalty, and the person tagged will get a 30 minute penalty, just in case it did help them finish earlier. If anyone tags someone not in their team who has not Finished, you will get a 2 hour penalty, and the person tagged will get nothing. I will tag the people who are left after all points are handed out, and we are fighting for 1 point. This does not stop you from contacting your team mate through the means of Private Messages. I will open up a conversation with each team, in which they can talk to both me and each other. Use these for Team Radio. After you post, you are not allowed to edit that post for 5 minutes. If you post early, you cannot re-post that same order, you must carry on from there and accept the penalty. This also applies to posting the wrong thing, where you must wait 5 minutes and post the correct thing. Your time will be counted from the correction from then onwards. After posting one of the components of a race (Start, Pit, Finish), if the same one is posted soon after, it will be classed as a correction. This means that times will be counted from that post. Penalties can still be given out for double posting within 5 minutes. Remember, I have moderator powers, and can see exactly what your edits are, so I can and will be strict on this. Points We all love the points system, and this is what we shall get this season! 1. 30 2. 26 3. 23 4. 20 5. 18 6. 16 7. 14 8. 12 9. 10 10. 8 11. 6 12. 5 13. 4 14. 3 15. 2 16+. 1 Ret. 0 Pole (M, 24hr): 2 Pole (F): 3 Fastest Lap (M, F, 24hr): 1 Pole Position is awarded to the first person to post Start in a Medium, 24 hour or Feature race. 2 points are awarded for the first 2, and 3 in the latter. Fastest Lap scores 1 point in all three races that give points for Pole. Fastest Lap is awarded to the person who completes the race in the shortest amount of time between their Start and Finish. This includes time with penalties added. In the case of a tie, the first to finish gets the point. There will be separate awards for the people who gets the most Wins, Poles and Fastest Laps. Test Races There are now 3 test races, to get us into the swing of Sprint, Medium and Feature races. These are non-championship, but to make them worth the effort, there is a prize. The team that scores the most points in total for all 3 races will get a message in their inbox before Race 1 stating “The race will start within the next 24 hours”. This cannot be negotiated by the team if they won’t be available, and any public posting that the race will start within 24 hours will lead to disqualification of both drivers from race 1. This practice of telling a team how long before a race starts will only happen to the winners of the tests in Race 1. It will never happen again during the season. Start times Each round will start at a different time. They are all based on GMT, to reduce any confusion regarding DST changing. Each hour of the day could start the race, and only 2 will miss out. This should mean that every time zone will have times when it is advantageous, and when it is not. The day of the week that the race starts in will be randomised. Each day will have a race start on it 3 times, and one day will get a fourth time. The times and day in test races won’t count towards the totals. After the results, there will be a 12 hour gap where the race definitely won't start. After that, it could be any time from then until 7 days afterwards. Inactivity If you don't finish lots of races in succession, two things will happen. Firstly, you will lose the right to be waited for in the results, so if everyone else has finished, I will get on with the results. If it carries on, your team mate is allowed to replace you with a new driver if one appears. If the booted out driver does finish, they must choose a new team to join. If you have a moan about my timings, or gaps between races or results, say it. I lambasted Aidan quite a lot with moans, so I think it’s only fair if people can do it to me. But there must a decent reason behind the moan for me to listen to it. If your complaints are deemed to be without reason, and they persist, or you become rude in any way, I do have the power to give out race bans. If it ever happens, I will notify you with warnings in PM's first. Bans are awarded to teams rather then drivers, so even if it is only one driver, you and your team mate will miss a round. Bans will always be only in Sprint Races (unless there is no alternative).