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Featured PC What is so great about RaceDepartment Racing Clubs?

Discussion in 'Assetto Corsa' started by Ryan Ogurek, Sep 15, 2014.

  1. Ryan Ogurek

    Ryan Ogurek
    Editor / Automotive News Staff


    Video by Chris Stacey

    When I first applied for a license to race in RaceDepartment's club races, I really didn't know what to expect. All I knew was Assetto Corsa was an excellent sim and I wanted to have fun, clean races with competitors that behave and react better than the AI. What I have found is so much more than what I ever would have imagined.

    I certainly would not have expected to be joining the staff, first organising club events and now writing sim news; but when I realised how much RD has given me and contributed to my hobby I wanted to give back, any way I could.

    The sense of community these clubs have is amazing. I've gotten to know the people I race with regularly and some of them I now consider to be close friends. I came for good competition, and now I couldn't care less if I do well or not, it's just a pleasure to drive with everyone. I have improved more, and gained more knowledge of racing over the past few months of club racing than I have during the rest of my sim racing life. Every bit of that is thanks to this amazing community.

    If you want to be part of an international community, there is no better place. The opportunities for networking are very good, there's people from all trades and walks of life. I get to talk with people from all over the world, every day, and because of that, I have learned a lot about different cultures and places.

    In terms of the actual racing, you simply can not beat it. It's not a high pressure, ultra-competitive environment that just makes you angry when you lose (that's what the leagues are for;)), its relaxed and fun. Its a great place to learn and walk away with some great stories. We have all been frustrated when someone on a public server punts you off so many times you can't even get one clean lap, and you certainly won't find that. However, you don't feel that if you mess up and take someone out it will be the end of your career. You simply wait for them, as is the Golden Rule, apologize and all is well (usually), because, hey, accidents happen. We're here to learn and have fun, and this is a great way to do it. So far, I truly have not had a race that wasn't fun, no matter what the outcome.

    No matter how fast you are, there is usually someone close to your skill level. If not, most everyone is eager to help you learn. You can watch instructional videos for hours on youtube, and learn more in five minutes of driving with someone. Having the club races, driver academy, and 24/7 server allows this to happen on whatever basis you would like. The resources to become a better driver this community provides simply can not be beat.

    For me, RaceDepartment, the racing clubs, and everyone who is a part of this community has changed my life. It has taken a great sim, and turned it into a passion. It has changed the direction of my career, and given me a foot in the door to something I am truly passionate about, and love doing. Perhaps many people will not be as amazed by it all as I am, and won't feel it has changed their life a bit but there is no denying that what we have here is a great thing. It brings hours of joy to people all over the world, and what more can you ask for than that?

    To join the fun, apply for a FREE license here! Then just sign up for the events in the club of your choice. Links to the clubs can be found under "Online Racing" in the navigation bar at the top of the page.
     
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  2. Dinca Andrei

    Dinca Andrei
    Premium Member

    Even though i am not that active on Club races,i agree on everything else,some of the great people around here,which i could give a round or more of beer if i would ever meet them in person.:thumbsup:
     
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  3. mystaaRS

    mystaaRS
    If you get a Quali Place, you can get a Race Pace

    Great article mate! :thumbsup:
     
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  4. Galin Dimov

    Galin Dimov
    SimDrive

    What a fantastic video and even more so when it comes to the article!
     
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  5. Dan Allen

    Dan Allen
    I am the Pastor Maldonado of RaceDepartment.

    I've been licensed for a good month or two and STILL haven't joined a single race! Must get into one very soon...
     
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  6. Leemstradamus

    Leemstradamus
    Mid pack attack!

    Couldn't have said it any better!
     
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  7. jimortality

    jimortality
    Premium Member

    Brilliant article mate.
     
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  8. Eric Bergeron

    Eric Bergeron
    Premium Member

    fantastic video and great article !:thumbsup:
     
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  9. First of all big thank you to RD stuff, for all this effort they put in organizing Racing Clubs!

    I do agreed that this clubs are great school for improving your racing skills but I would say that, for the moment I enjoy better the A.I. racing because of the close racing.
    Racing with A.I. gives me the possibility to choose the skills of my opponents which are very close in performance to mine and between them, giving in that way very "close" racing.
    On the other hand in Club races participate all kind of racers - novices to aliens with huge difference in their performance. Half of a second per lap is enough to make, quite soon, a gap that kills the interest to continue the race.
    I have raced till now a dozen of races in RD clubs and in half of these I was rammed and thrown out of the track at the very first (or second) turn of the first lap - obliged in that way to start practically my race last, losing my good qualifying position.
    I did had, among this races, some great moments of close racing - highly rewarding with big adrenaline doses that keep my interest hot for RD club races!
    Keep up the good work RD!
     
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  10. Yuri

    Yuri
    Yuri 'I get custom nicknames' Kasdorp

    Clubracing has been great for me on RD. I joined in Februari I think, at least I had my first race somewhere around there. I started with Game Stock Car (epic game, not even to start with). I was nervous and didn't know what to expect and kind of crashed the admin first race:whistling: Luckily @Andrew James is a cool guy and didn't mind as long as I just waited. If anyone has the time you can check this race below out. supurb racing with respect to the other drivers. It's not about winning but having fun. I won quite some races now on GSC, even with big grids but this race still is the best and most fun race I've driven so far on RD. The battle with @Jan Kokemüller was great and went down to the wire (quite literally)


    Oh and for those who don't join on TS, especially on GSC you're missing out!
     
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  11. Steffen Lauge Sorensen

    Steffen Lauge Sorensen
    Premium Member

    I haven't done that many club races after reading your article (very good one :))
    I must fine some time to participate again :D.
    I agree that the very good friendship and gentlemen behaviour here at RD are always present in forums and in races :)
     
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  12. Hi guys, I'm pretty new into the online racing, but loving it at the moment (only on iracing so far). Im keen to try out the social aspect of racing here on racedepartment as I think it would be great fun - Is there much interest in australia/asia timezone racing here?

    I am talking weeknight racing around 7-10pm, UTC+8 (Perth, Singapore), UTC+9 (Seoul, China), UTC+10 (Sydney, Melbourne)? So that is say 12pm or 1pm UTC+0 time. If there were enough people from these regions maybe it would be possible to launch a few times there - at the moment it looks like there are a few saturday sessions at those times only.

    Hope to hear if there is some interest from others?
     
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  13. Justin

    Justin
    #1 overuser of the :P emoticon

    The Australian club has brought up the possibility of a third club night mid-week, but we have never come to a point where we could agree on a day to set it as there was not a single day where all our regulars would be able to constantly participate.

    That being said if the demand is there I'm sure @Chris Stacey could make something work. :)
     
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