Nice apex, I'll take it!
Welcome to the 23rd season of Race Department Forum Racing! This is the fourth year of the FR v2.0 cars, and the garage is getting full. We have a dominant defending champion, can anyone stop him?
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
24 Hour Race
The 24 Heures du Mans returns, so we have a 24 hour race. After the race starts, post Start as soon as possible. You must the wait 24 hours and 1 minute before posting Finish.
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.
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.
The points remain unchanged from last season.
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.
This season sees the introduction of a wet race. This will take place in only one of the Feature Races this season. At some point within 2 hours of the race starting, I will make a post saying Rain is falling, Wet Race! And attach a file. At this point, everyone who has started before has to pit, whether they have or not. You pit as soon as possible, and then wait the normal hour and a minute before finishing. When the rain falls, it resets the time, so even if you started the race 5 minutes before, you can pit and finish straight away. This means that there is no penalty for double pitting or posting early.
So, theoretically, the winner of the Feature Race could win with a time of 1 hour 2 minutes. If you haven’t started the race before the rain stared falling, you must start, pit and finish as if it were a normal race. The Feature Test race will be declared wet to try and test this out.
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 4 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 2 times, and 6 out of 7 days will have a third race started on them. Times and days from the test races will not count.
Each team consists of 1 or 2 drivers. Teams may continue next season, but I would like a new livery to be used, even if it is slightly modified. To join a team, either fill in a free spot, or look in the zip file provided for a free livery and post in the thread the picture.
When you want to join, tell me the team you want to join, your driver name and nationality. If you are licensed, I will use your name. If you are not: you can either still use your real name; you can make up a name based on your username (Jimlaad43 becomes Jimmy Laad); you can just make up a silly name; or you can use the name of someone famous. Each driver needs a first name and a second name. If either are made up of a few words, that’s fine.
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.
Feel free to make suggestions or complain, but be prepared to back down quickly when necessary.
If you complain, and they 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).