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TCThree 2014: Archive (GSC, Mini Challenge)

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Schedule

All events consist of two races, back to back, as follows:

  • Practice: all days prior to event
  • Qualifying 1: 1915GMT
  • Warmup 1: 1925GMT
  • Race 1: 1930GMT
  • Interval: 2000GMT (circa)
  • Qualifying 2: 2005GMT (circa)
  • Warmup 2: 2015GMT (circa)
  • Race 2: 2020GMT (circa)

Throughout the season, UK is GMT+1, while CET is GMT+2, meaning race one will start at 2030UK and 2130CET. US Eastern Time will be GMT-4 throughout, while Oceanians will have to double check their own timezones, but will be around GMT+8-11.

All times are approximate, and especially for the second stage of the event, times may fluctuate by 5-10 minutes. Sessions will never start early.


Server Settings
Fuel Usage: Normal
Tyre Usage: Normal
Mechanical Failures: Normal
Qualifying: Unlimited laps, open session, seperate qualifying for both races
Parc Fermé : No
Formation Lap: Yes
Type of Start: Standing
Damage: 100%
Time Scale: Normal
Fixed Setups: No
Fixed Upgrades: No
Flag Rules: Black Only

Game Aids
Automatic Clutch: Allowed
Automatic Gears: Disallowed
Swingman View: Disallowed
Traction Control: Disallowed
Anti-Lock Braking: Allowed
Stability Control: Disallowed
AI Toggle: Disallowed
Spin Recovery: Disallowed
Opposite Lock: Disallowed
Steering Help: Disallowed
Braking Help: Disallowed
Auto Pitstop: Disallowed
Invulnerability: Disallowed


Formation Lap Details
Virtual Mini Challenge will feature a formation lap, with a subsequent standing start, at all events. Guidelines are as follows:

  • Weaving, hard braking, hard acceleration and general tyre warming behaviour is allowed, but be careful while doing so. There is nothing so frustratingly stupid than ruining yours and other's races on the formation lap.
  • Game Stock Car will notify you of which driver you must stay behind during the formation lap and which lane also.
  • Anybody who spins out during the formation lap will be able to resume their position but must be extremely cautious while moving back through the field, flashing their lights if necessary. This is the only time excessive flashing of lights may be used.
  • Your speed may not exceed 130kph/80mph during the formation lap.
  • The formation lap is not part of the race distance, so factor this into your fuel requirements
  • As you come round to the grid at the end of your formation lap, your grid slot will be marked by a red square, make sure to hit your marks as accurately as possible.
  • The race will not start until all cars are lined up correctly.
  • For those waiting, there is no message to inform that the race is beginning, so keep your attention firmly on the start lights.

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Points Structure

All drivers who participate in the championship are eligible to score official championship points, including co-drivers during the enduro events.

  • Drivers have to complete 75% of the race distance to score points.
  • There will be no bonus points for pole position, fastest lap or leading a lap.
  • There will also be a teams championship and teams consist of a maximum of two drivers.
  • Organisations may feature multiple teams, only up to a maximum of eight drivers throughout the course of the championship.
  • Once a driver has raced as part of a two car team, he cannot score points for another team in that season. However, he may leave the team, and race under another organisation, but would not be eligible to score team championship points. He will continue to accrue points in the drivers championship in the normal way.

 

Points Allocation

(based on finishing position)

  1. 30
  2. 27
  3. 25
  4. 23
  5. 21
  6. 19
  7. 17
  8. 15
  9. 13
  10. 11
  11. 10
  12. 9
  13. 8
  14. 7
  15. 6
  16. 5
  17. 4
  18. 3
  19. 2
  20. 1

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Entry Fees

 

Virtual Mini Challenge 2014 will require an entry fee from all drivers for them to eligible to compete. As has always been the case in the TPS, we drive to offer the best value and therefore these entry fees are very low, but essential, for us to continue funding TPS. The entry fees will be as follows:

  • Entry from Round One onwards: €11
  • Entry for Round Six: €free
  • Full entry for both summer championships: €18 (disc from €22)

Payments must be made (with a note or PM to myself, should names differ from entry being paid for) via PayPal to [email protected]. The payee must take care of any PayPal charges, otherwise payment, and therefore entry, will not be accepted. The best way to avoid fees is to 'send as gift', and to have funds in your PayPal account, rather than paying direct via card.

 

These fees are used in a non-profit way, simply to cover our costs, which amount to more than €1000 per annum, before labour is even considered. These entry fees are also non-refundable, once the season has begun, should a driver decide to leave the series or be expelled for whatever reason, including but not limited to absence or conduct.

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Server allocation and entry list should we receive more than 40 sign-ups will be decided by:

  • Experience within the entire TPS umbrella of leagues
  • Historical records of attendance and commitment to league
  • Conduct within TPS leagues, but conduct in other leagues will be taken into consideration
  • Whether a custom livery has been sent
  • An entry fee has been paid (refunds are available should the application be unsuccessful)
  • Driver ability (one-lap pace, race pace and racing ability)

 

TouringProSeries Regulations available here.

It is each driver's duty to ensure that they familiarise themselves with the rules and are fully prepared for each race, especially for the opening round. Mods, tracks, servers, briefings and passwords are posted well in advance via SimSync or the forum and are there for everyone to make sure they understand. Practice servers will also be live as much as possible, allowing everybody to test out their vehicles, that their game is working as it should, and to get to know one another.

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To sign up for Virtual Mini Challenge 2014 you must:

  • be using your real name on both the forum and in-game.
  • be committed to all (remaining) events of the league season
  • have no outstanding suspensions from the TPS
  • be aware of the entry fees associated with this series
If you fulfill these requirements, simply copy and fill in the information quoted below in your post:

Driver:

Team:

1st preferred car number (00-99 only):

2nd preferred car number (00-99 only):

For mass team/organisation sign-ups please use this format:

Team 1

Driver 1 (1st number) (2nd number)

Driver 2 (1st number) (2nd number)

Team 2

etc

etc

Notes
  • Sign-ups will remain open all season, however, all late sign-ups (after 11 April 2014) may be required to start from the lowest division or as a reserve.
  • #1 is reserved for reigning champion Eric Stranne
  • Entering as part of a team is not mandatory, you can enter as an independent and/or form teams with other independents.
  • There will be a teams championship and teams consist of a maximum of two drivers.
  • Organisations may feature multiple teams, only up to a maximum of eight drivers throughout the course of the championship.
  • Once a driver has raced as part of a two car team, he cannot score points for another team in that season. However, he may leave the team, and race under another organisation, but would not be eligible to score team championship points. He will continue to accrue points in the drivers championship in the normal way.
  • You may receive your second choice vehicle number, dependent upon availability.
  • All sign-ups are assessed on an individual basis and may be rejected. This will be based on previous commitment or behaviour.
  • Should you have any special queries that do not belong in the forum, do not hesitate to contact myself via private message.
The following drivers have chosen to have permanent race numbers in future TPS championships, numbers that they must use and cannot be used by anyone else, starting from this summer:

0 - Lukasz Demolin

3 - Ross McGregor

4 - Matt Richards

5 - Chris Butcher

10 - Kevin Endermann

11 - Ivan Navarro

12 - Danny Asbury

13 - Robert Wiesenmueller

18 - Tomasz Matuszewski

26 - Anders Nilsson

33 - Adrian Holm

55 - Scott Sovik

56 - Lee Palmer

66 - Andrew Waring

68 - Ryan Callan

69 - Tom Eley

71 - Eric Stranne

77 - Ole Myrvold

83 - Erik Tveit

93 - Jonatan Acerclinth

99 - Tommi Ojala

Please do not repost sign-ups due to team/driver/number changes - editing your original post works best and provides less clutter.

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All drivers participating are required to use a custom livery in the Virtual Mini Challenge 2014 championship. If this is not possible, a default TPS livery will be available.

Specific, mandatory league templates are available here.

If you wish to convert your previous skins, you will need to use the new alpha layers found in the above download.

VMC will be using SimSyncPro for all custom skins and track downloads. This negates any requirement for constant patches and ensures everyone is on the same page at the click of a button.

Skinning Guidelines

  • There are no mandatory logo requirements, aside from that the TPS logo on the rear wing found on the templates linked above must stay in the same position and style as it is now. This logo are required to be high contrast to your livery, so you can choose from a black or white logo, as included. You may add a stroke if necessary. The rear number plate must remain the same as it is found.
  • A TPS logopack is available here.
  • Windows will be taken care of by the TPS staff.
  • All custom skins need to be submitted in a RAR, ZIP or 7Z file attached to an email to [email protected]. The deadline for first round skin submission is 23:59GMT April 10th 2013.

Please make sure you are happy with your skins and they are final, following the guidelines above, before submitting to avoid confusion and hassle! Skins may be updated throughout the season, but must be submitted by the end of Thursday before each event to be included for the next round.

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TouringProSeries are teamed up with SimSyncPro. This means that for the Virtual Mini Challenge, the liveries and tracks needed for this series will only be available through this software. Updates will be easily available at a click of a button.

Instructions

 

Step #1

  • Download the TPS SimSync Pro archive.
  • After the download has finished, put all three files found in this archive into your main Game Stock Car 2013 folder.
  • Click on SimSyncPro.exe to launch the program. An auto-updater might pop up, in that case, let it do the update.

 

Step #2

  • You'll then see the 'Virtual Mini Challenge 2014' series. Select this only via the tick box, then press 'Start' on the bottom right.
  • Synchronisation is now under way and a message will pop-up to confirm the list of files. Click OK and another notification will appear when the synchronisation is complete.
  • Once synchronisation is complete you can start Game Stock Car 2013.

 

Troubleshooting

Q. SimSyncPro is having problems starting.
A. Make sure to right-click SimSyncPro and 'run as Administrator'

Q. SimSyncPro starts in German and I do not understand German.
A. You can select your preferred language by clicking 'Optionen', then scrolling to 'Sprache' and selecting your desired language.

Q. I am having difficulty downloading through SimSync
A. Try checking the 'Prefer Main Server' option under Options. Try switching from FTP to HTTP connection or vice versa.

Q. Sync terminates with 'error' on last file.
A. Simply start sync again, it will sync only the last file.

Q. I have a mismatch or am booted as 'possible cheat'
A. You should execute SimSyncPro before joining every event

If you have any questions, please post in the SimSync support thread.

Changelog below.

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Server allocation and entry list should we receive more than 40 sign-ups will be decided by, in this order of priority:

  • Experience within the entire TPS umbrella of leagues
  • Historical records of attendance and commitment to league
  • Conduct within TPS leagues, but conduct in other leagues will be taken into consideration
  • The entry fee has been paid (refunds are available should the application be unsuccessful)
  • Driver ability (one-lap pace, race pace and racing ability)
  • Whether a custom livery has been sent

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Here are some statistics covering the past 3 seasons. I made this for season 2 already so it was not so much work to update it.

 

Starts:

Acerclinth – 38

Wiesenmüller – 36

Butcher – 34

Bass – 34

Sovik – 32

 

Jonatan Acerclinth is the only driver who has participated in every race of that championship. And he is already signed up for next year too so let's hope many more races will follow.

 

Wins:

Butcher – 13

Stranne – 6

Duivelaar – 6

Wiesenmüller – 5

Levesque – 3

 

Chris Butcher leads the wins ranking by a comfortable margin, having won more than double of the races that each champion individually has won. There were many races where he was just unstoppable and charged through the field.

 

Poles:

Butcher – 10

Wiesenmüller – 8

Levesque – 5

Lauritzen – 4

Tveit – 3

 

Qualifying has been THR's biggest strength throughout the seasons, with Butcher heading yet another statistic, followed by me. I'm the driver with the most pole positions awarded due to other drivers cutting the track (2). Interesting though: No Stranne, no Duivelaar in the top 5 here.

 

Fastest Laps:

Wiesenmüller – 8

Butcher – 5

Duivelaar – 5

Eley – 3

Campfield – 3

Levesque – 3

 

And there is something where I am leading. Here you can see a huge spread, probably because of the slipstream effect helping fastest laps.

 

Podiums:

Butcher – 20

Wiesenmüller – 19

Stranne – 15

Duivelaar – 12

Tveit – 6

Lauritzen – 6

 

The THR Red duo leads here as well, but considering Eric Stranne has only done 2 and not 3 seasons, he is on the same level. Note Alexander Lauritzen, 6 podiums in 8 races.

 

DNFs:

Sykes – 6

Sovik – 6

Johnson – 5

Matuszewski – 5

Razvan – 5

Shepherd – 5

 

Scott Sovik is the king of DNF, but he has to share the title with Chris Sykes, at least for the Virtual Mini Challenge.

 

Points:

Wiesenmüller – 805

Butcher – 782

Stranne – 557

Duivelaar – 511

Tveit – 420

 

Consistency pays off for me, and therefore I lead the all-time points standings ahead of Chris. Stranne beats Duivelaar in the fight for 3rd between the two champions.

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Any idea how times relate to GSC 2012? I assume the tracks and car physics in the Mini should be alike, or even identical? Has anyone already got comparison values?

Very similar, though from my small amount of testing the Mini seems more composed over crests and Curitiba seems bumpier.

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