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2016 Season 4 Plans

Two weeks into the new season and I've had some time to run in the 3 hosted leagues which was I was interested in:

  • Aussie Racing Cars Championship

  • SEK Le Mans Series

  • OSR iKART V8 Development Series

I posted previously to explain my excitement about the Aussie Cars series. While I've definitely enjoyed the car, it quickly became apparent that the racing wasn't actually going to be that great.

The Le Mans league was an interesting idea, all drivers would run each of the 4 tracks for 3 weeks races each; first in a GT3 car in a 60 minute race, then GT1 in a 90 minute race, then HPD in a 120 minute race. While I don't have a lot of experience in the GT3 cars, I enjoyed running the Audi R8 at Le Mans. I did pretty well in the GT1 Aston where I have more experience. However with the HPD round coming up I came to the conclusion that I just can't commit to a 2 hour race + 30 minute qually session which starts at 9pm. I wouldn't be in bed until midnight.....

The V8 Development Series is the feeder series into the main OSR V8 Supercar series and seemed like a good way to dip my toes into driving the Commodore. Long story short, I've really enjoyed learning to tame the beast and have decided that it will be my main focus for the season. My goal for the season is just to continue coming to grips with the Commodore and improving my times. I would be very happy to find myself making the top split in the dev series.

I'll also be running in the official V8SC race which runs on 8:15pm Sunday night AEST time.

I'll probably also try to run in the Kamel GT series race which runs after the V8's on Sunday night in the new Nissan ZX-T, as it is a boatload of fun.

I dropped the Aussie Cars league because it runs on Thursday nights and that clashes with V8SC practice night for the team I've joined.... More on that in another post shortly.

Aussie Racing Cars Championships

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While hunting around for a league to join which runs during AEST evenings I came across the thread announcing that the Aussie Racing Cars Championships will be running for 13 weeks aligned with iRacing's 2016 Season 4. Sessions run from 8pm - 9pm Thursday nights, which is perfect. There's over 130 people who have shown interest and they'll be running two 60 slot sessions; participation should be very high!

Here's the details:

Day: Thursday
Time: 8:00:00 PM AEST
Warmup: 20 minutes
Qualifying: 10 minutes
Race: x Laps or 30 minutes
Distance: ~70 kms
Split Size: 60 or 50%
No. Servers: Max 2
Weather: Dynamic
Time of Day: Random
Start Type: Standing
Fast Repairs: 1
Track State: Random and Automatic
Incidents: 22
Setup Type: Fixed
Week Circuit Layout
1. Mount Panorama Circuit
2. Road Atlanta Short
3. Watkins Glen International Cup
4. Phillip Island Circuit
5. Long Beach Street Circuit
6. Oulton Park Circuit Island Historic
7. Oran Park Raceway Grand Prix
8. Summit Point Raceway
9. Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course
10. Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
11. Autodromo Nazionale di Monza Junior
12. Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari Grand Prix

I've put in a few practice sessions and I'm enjoying getting a handle on the Legends car with the setup the league has come up with. I even came up with a fake sponsorship deal with National Pies and whipped up a paint job:

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