Welcome to the 24th season of Race Department Forum Racing! The champion of the last to seasons has left, and two former champions are making their comeback. Will another team take over the role of Benetton, who dominated the last two seasons, or will we have an exciting fight for the title until the final race? Only one way to find out, getting in the car and race!
Joining is quick and simple. If you see a team you like, or maybe a livery, or you know you want to be in a team, just post your preference and you're in. For those people who like a bit of control, then why not make your own team? The latest version of the template is available here, but don't worry if you're not artistic, there are members who are happy to take requests.
The most important part of the game. A race consists of the moderator 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.
As soon as a sprint race has started, you have to post "Finish". The one to post first wins.
When a feature race has started, you have to post "Start", then you have to wait 1h1min before posting "Pit", and after another 1h1min you must post "Finish". If you pit early, the hour and a minute is counted from the pitting, but penalties will still be applied.
24 Hour Race
There will be a 24 hour race, taking place at the famous Nordschleife. After the race has started you have to post "Start" as quickly as possible. After 24h1min you then must post "Finish".
You can't get a penalty for timing infringements in a sprint race. In the other 2 races, each minute you post a section of the race early will earn you a 30 minute penalty to your race time. Forum time will be used for this, so be careful when cutting it fine.
Tagging your team mate/other drivers during the race to get them to finish sooner isn't allowed. 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, the person tagged will get no penalty. This does not stop you from contacting your team mate through the means of Private Messages.
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 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.
1st - 25
2nd - 18
3rd - 15
4th - 12
5th - 10
6th - 8
7th - 6
8th - 4
9th - 3
10th - 2
All others who finish - 1
Ret - 0
Pole - 3
Each round will start at a different time. They are all based on GMT. With 16 races, there'll be 8 hours to miss out. Therefore the day will be split in four 6h blocks, each of them having 4 starts.
00:00h - 05:59h
06:00h - 11:59h
12:00h - 17:59h
18:00h - 23:59h
Also, each day of the week will have 2 starts, 2 will have 3 starts.
There's a gap of at least 12h between the results post and the next race start.
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 the results will be done. 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.