Chief Moderator: Badblood
Season 25 will commence on 7 July 2013. We will run up to nine divisions on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays. As is now usual, there will be a mixture of the mods and the original cars so there should be something for everyone. The season kicks off with the 1967 originals and subsequent Sundays will see the 67 “Works” and “Privateers” division alternate with the “1967 F2 Trophy” which runs in Heavy and Light divisions. 1967 F1, F2 or both, take your choice. Every Tuesday will see the '66 “Historics” alternating with the slightly easier 1965 cars. We will have two 65 divisions - “Professionals” and "Novices” to keep grids full. If the demand justifies it, a third "Intermediate" division will also run. Fridays continues to be our "experimental" night and this season we are going to run a twenty race season including a variety of mods and some unusual tracks. This is the place to find the closed wheel cars in the form of the GTs and the Can Ams as well as the 69 winged monsters.
The divisions continue to fall into three categories:Professional, Intermediate and Amateur; in brief Professional divisions (67 Works/65 Pro/66 Historic) will run under Pro settings (hence no resets), Intermediate clases (67 Privateers/65 Int (not running this season)/Closed Wheel) will allow one reset only with a compulsory SnG and Amateur (65 Novice/69X) will allow unlimited resets with a compulsory SnG each time. NB
No-fault Shift-R is NOT in operation and all Stops must be taken within two laps of the incident (unless on the last lap when a time penalty will be added). Failure to take the stop within TWO
laps will result in exclusion from the race result.
Standard divisions operate with first lap ‘red zone’ moderation, the length of the red zone will be advised by the Division Moderator prior to each event. The Friday "Fun" series will have no red zone and will be moderated on the basis of reported incidents only.
There are no rule changes for Season 25. In-series penalties remain in place to try and encourage drivers not to try risky manoeuvres. The details are here
Races will continue to start at 9.30pm UK time but the Divisional Moderator will have the option of starting the server early for anything up to an hours Qualification (ie from 8.30pm UK time). Qualification should start no later than 9pm UK time (starting issues allowing).
As ever, drivers are being asked to read the rules, dates and track selection for each division and enter the divisions they prefer. The objective here is to ensure the drivers are happy with the rules, dates and track selection of their chosen division(s) before committing to the season. The moderators reserve the right to adjust the driver allocation as necessary but this is unlikely for all but the Pro/Novices and Works/Privateers divisions.
Newcomers to GPL will generally enter the Novices Trophy that utilizes the 65 cars. Here they will be able to get up to speed with racing on-line without the demands of the challenging 1967 cars. Once they are comfortable on-line, they may decide to move on to the higher divisions with the faster cars. Faster newcomers and experienced drivers who like the 65 cars, are best suited to the Intermediate or Pro Trophies (to be run on the same night as the Novices Trophy).
The most able drivers will want to run in the Works division of the 1967 cars but less experienced drivers should opt for the Privateers.
The F2 trophy will run as two divisions (Light and Heavy). Along with the Novice trophy, the Heavy series represents the entry point to UKGPL.
The other series will be run on mixed grids but drivers should check the specific division page for division specific rules.
Drivers will not be restricted to entering a single division. Drivers can enter multiple divisions but they cannot enter more than one 1965 division, one F2 division and must choose either the Privateers or Works Trophies, but not both.