League: Race Department Mini Cooper Challenge Season: 8 (2015) Sim Required: Game Stock Car Extreme Grid Size: 28 Introduction Welcome to the eighth season of the Race Department Mini Cooper Challenge, back from popular demand! This championship will consist of five rounds. RDMCC S8 will begin in January 2015. Pre-Season Test - Wed 7 Jan 2015 @ Guapore Round 1 - Wed 14 Jan 2015 @ Interlagos GP Round 2 - Wed 21 Jan 2015 @ Vanport Round 3 - Wed 28 Jan 2015 @ Brasilia Full Course Round 4 - Wed 4 Feb 2015 @ Sugo Classic Special Event Round 5 - Wed 11 Feb 2015 @ Road America Get the track pack here. Race Day Schedule Practice: Open all day of the event Qualifying: 19:20 GMT (15 minutes, unlimited laps) Warm Up: 19:35 GMT (10 minutes) Race: 19:45 GMT (45 minutes, mandatory pit stop to change at least two tyres). Sign Up All drivers who hold a licensed membership can apply for one of the 28 places in the league. Sign-ups are on a first come basis, and premium members will be given priority. Drivers not on the immediate list will be placed on the reserves list. You do not need to be an alien to participate, all skill levels are welcome and you will likely find other drivers to battle with. Reserve drivers will be welcomed into events as and when a slot opens. You may sign up as a team, or as an individual driver. The league will include a drivers and team championship. Maximum number of drivers per team is 2. Details about how to sign up are in the sign up thread. Do not sign up unless you can make all 5 rounds and the pre-season test. Cars and Skins All drivers will use the Mini Challenge. When you sign up, you may also submit a skin to @Davy Vandevenne ensuring that all files are in working order. Please provide a download link; do not request an email address. If you do not have a skin, you will be provided with one; you should indicate your preference when signing up from those available (see the sign up thread). Skins should be submitted by Sunday January 4th 2015 – any skins submitted after this date will not be included. A skin pack will be made available for download shortly after. Download the skin template here. Do not move the logos. You may design the body of the vehicle; windows must remain as they are, with only the driver name and number being changed - no design changes! If you wish, your windows can be created by the staff to ensure they all use the same design. Ask your skinning questions, share pictures of your skins, and talk anything skin related in the appropriately named Skins Thread. Points Structure Position - Points 1st - 20 2nd - 17 3rd - 15 4th - 13 5th - 11 6th - 10 7th - 9 8th - 8 9th - 7 10th - 6 11th - 5 12th - 4 13th - 3 14th - 2 15th - 1 You must complete 75% of the race to get points. All races will begin with a standing start, without a formation lap. A pit stop to change at least two tyres is mandatory. Refueling is permitted, but not required. Although written for the Formula Vees, the pit stop guide here contains useful information if you're unfamiliar with pitting. Fuel and tire wear will be normal 1x. Assists will not be available except for auto-clutch and low anti-lock brakes. Absence When you sign up, you are agreeing to be present during all races of the season unless you provide an absence report with a valid excuse to the staff. Absences need to be reported at least 24 hours in advance. Failure to do so may lead to point penalties or exclusion from future leagues. If you happen to miss out on an event and go missing in action without giving any notice, the race staff reserve the rights to terminate your licensed member status at Race Department. Rules RDMCC Season 8 will be governed by the rules you all agreed to when you requested your racing license. They can and should be reviewed here. The only difference to these rules are that if you cause an incident and disadvantage another driver, you do not need to wait as the incident can be reported after the race and necessary penalties will be applied. Additionally, each race will have a designated “red zone” which will automatically be investigated by race control. Incidents that occur in this red zone will be penalized more so than an identical incident that occurs elsewhere. This is to encourage clean starts to races. No text chat may occur during the qualifying or the race sessions. Any chat such as to wish competitors luck should be done in the practice session. Text chat in qualifying or race sessions will result in a 5 second penalty, per infringement, being applied to the final race standings. Assists Automatic Clutch: Yes Automatic Gears: No Swingman View: No Traction Control: No Anti-Lock Braking: Yes Stability Control: No Spin Recovery: No Opposite Lock: No Steering Assist: No Braking Assist: No Auto Pitstop: No Car Damage: 100% Incidents In cases where the rules have been broken, it is up to the drivers to report the violation (unless occurring in a designated red zone). The staff encourages this and will only investigate incidents that are reported by drivers. Send your incident reports via PM to Andrew James within 3 days of the race and they will be reviewed by a number of staff members to ensure impartiality. Incidents not submitted in time will not be considered. Incidents reported by people who were not in the race will not be considered. No incident report = no investigation = no penalty. Incident reports must contain the following: Name of the league: RDMCC S8 The name of the reported driver (the violator) A link to a video that shows the incident from various angles and perspectives. A short description of the incident, without rant. You must always send the report with your own forum account. After the report is sent and received, the staff will investigate the incident. The final staff decision on each incident is final. Please respect the staff decision and do not waiver on your commitment to the league should you receive a penalty you dislike. Finger pointing, swearing, as well as naming and shaming other competitors or staff will not be tolerated! Incidents reported outside of a PM are also not permitted. This will be strictly enforced and a penalty of 5 championship points will be applied to the offending person. Test Event On Wednesday 7 January 2015, a pre-season test will be held at Guapore. The purpose of this event is to ensure all the skins work properly, to ensure your graphics etc., are correctly set. It is better to iron out bugs in the test event than have an incident in the league proper. Participation is mandatory for all drivers in the league.