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« on: January 10, 2017, 11:30:08 PM +0000 »

Season 31 - Specials Series Trophy

The Specials Series Trophy is intended to provide the widest possible variety of chassis options with a track selection comprising familiar circuits run in the reverse direction to present the drivers with a unique challenge.

Please check the Season 31 pages for details regarding rules and the Specials Series Trophy pages in particular.

This season, races are to be run again at 60 frames per second please use this patch 60fpsV2newmod Drivers must complete 50% of each race to score points.

The races will be run as follows:

Car sets: 69x, 67F2 and 66 Can Ams
Date: Every second Tuesday from 14th February 2017
Time: No later then 9:00pm UK Time (30-60 mins practice, race starts at 9:30pm)
Race Length: 50 minutes
Damage Model:  Intermediate - unlimited Shift-R
Server: TBA
Race List: IGOR
Divisional Moderator: Evil Clive/Cookie

Provisional calendar as follows:

Date     Day     Time     Track          Car Set      Track Download  Laps
14/02/2017Tuesday     21.00 GMT     Imalayk          69x     HERE   37
28/02/2017Tuesday     21.00 GMT     Ocanom           67F2     TBD   33
14/03/2017Tuesday     21.00 GMT     Troovdnaz           66 Can Am     TBD   35
28/03/2017Tuesday     21.00 BST     Aps          69x     TBD 15
11/04/2017Tuesday     21.00 BST     Eontsrevlis           67F2     TBD  33
02/05/2017Tuesday     21.00 BST     Gnirgrubrun           66 Can Am     TBD  6
16/05/2017Tuesday     21.00 BST     Tropsom           69x     TBD  36
30/05/2017Tuesday     21.00 BST     Aznom           67F2     TBD  33
13/06/2017Tuesday     21.00 BST     Nelg Sniktaw           66 Can Am     TBD  45
27/06/2017Tuesday     21.00 BST     Ytic Ocixem           69x     TBD  26

The provisional calendar may be changed at the discretion of the Divisional Moderator.

Handicapping
The moderators will grade the drivers as either Professional (PRO) or Amateur (AMS). The PRO drivers being the faster group.  The PRO drivers are restricted to the following:
  • In the 66 Can Am, Pros cannot drive the Lola T70 Chev 359, Lola T70 Ford 305, or McLaren M1B Chev 361
  • In the 67 F2, PRO drivers cannot use: Matra MS5 FVA, Matra MS7 FVA, Brabham BT23 FVA, Lotus 48 FVA or Lola T100 FVA. They are permitted to use any other chassis a maximum of twice during the season.
  • In the 69x, PRO drivers cannot use: Matra MS80, Matra MS10, Brabham BT26a, Lotus 49b or McLaren M7. They are permitted to use any other chassis once only during the season.
The AMS drivers will have a free choice of chassis for all races but they cannot use a chassis more than twice in any particular series.

Each Shift-R must be accompanied by a Stop & Go in the pit stalls.

There is no red zone for this championship. Drivers are reminded that Lap 1 incidents do carry an extra 1 place penalty.

Only reported incidents will be moderated.

If you would like to enter this series please submit an entry in the poll.
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« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2017, 09:11:27 AM +0000 »

I know you mean every second Tuesday  Wink
Track selection - I haven't heard of any of them  Shocked
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« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2017, 09:49:01 AM +0000 »

LOL  Maybe an explanation would be good here.

All of those circuits are actually original Papyrus tracks, but they are reversed!! As it is the 50th anniversary of the 1967 season we felt that we should use those same tracks. But as we are running those in the Sunday night 67 races we felt that it would be a little simple to run the same tracks on Tuesdays.

All of this seasons racing in the Specials Trophy will run backwards around the original 67 tracks. So, there is no excuse for not knowing the tracks, ahem  Roll Eyes, but perhaps you will see them from a different perspective.

This has taken a little bit of background work to set up, nothing is ever quite as easy as one might think.


We intend to run a practice race at Aznom ( Monza) next week and to test that everyone can make the small adjustments necessary for this.

If I can do it, then literally anyone and his dog should be able to get this working!!!  I am looking for a couple of volunteers to test the changes over the next few days before it is released to the general membership for the seasons racing.


I have a zipped folder containing the reversed track files ( thanks to Axel for those) and a 76SEASON.ini ( 67SEASON reversed)file ready.
As everyone has to be using GEM in order to run the 60fps this makes the procedure quite straightforward.

1) Download the folder
2) unzip and place the circuit files in your SIERRA\GPL\TRACKS  folder wherever that is on your system.
3) unzip and place the 76SEASON.ini file in  your SIERRA\GPL\SEASONS folder.
4) Open GEM and you should find the 76SEASON listed behind the "SEASONS" button which will have all of the reversed tracks listed for you.
5) select the track required from the main list.
6) Choose the particular carset that you wish to use and go racing.

If there are a couple of members with time on their hands and can test this please get in touch via PM  with an email address and I can forward the folder for the test.
Once we are happy that this works OK we will upload the folder to one of our servers or a download site and everyone can grab a copy.
In theory we can now run any track in the reverse direction and have effectively doubled the number of available tracks.




 
 
 


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« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2017, 01:01:47 PM +0000 »

Yes, Clive!  I'd like to offer my services as a tester.  PM coming with my email addy...

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« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2017, 03:12:39 PM +0000 »

Thanks to Axel for his hard work in getting this ready. We now have 3 people testing the reverse circuit package.

Provided there are no unexpected problems we will be releasing a download with all of the track files along with the new season.ini for your enjoyment very shortly.
As soon as we have confirmation that the installation is as simple as we think it should be,  there will be a fun race where members can try this out before the new season starts.



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« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2017, 09:14:14 AM +0000 »

I'm quite sure that Nurby reversed will provide some interesting crashes Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2017, 10:49:36 AM +0000 »

For those who are testing this reversed track concept, it appears that there are a couple of spelling mistakes in the 76SEASON.ini file which are my fault (  stupid )  and might cause some issues.

If reverse dyslexia is a recognised impairment, then I guess I must have it!!

Please check the .ini file and correct the reverse spelling of:-

  "Oxicem which should be Ocixem" 
and
  "Imalayak which should be Imalayk".

It is important that the downloaded track files AND the new 76SEASON.ini file are used together and installed as described above. The tracks have been reversed from the original 1998 CD files, so are "virgin and pure" without any additional add-ons or updates. Although people may think that once they have the Aznom file they can run it from their normal 67SEASON.ini, there are reasons why this does not work correctly.

Thanks to those who are beta testing this for us, and we hope to release this to the wider membership very soon.


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I don't think that it is just Nurby that you need to worry about!!  muhahahahahah!!!  shifty Evil
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« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2017, 04:04:55 PM +0000 »

I made all new again and uploaded it here

Just put the track folders in ..\GPL\tracks
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the RVseason.ini in ..\GPL\seasons


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but igor is down atm...
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« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2017, 04:13:30 PM +0000 »

Thanks yet again Axel.

Yep! checked Igor earlier and discovered it was down. Sad
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« Reply #9 on: January 13, 2017, 04:28:39 PM +0000 »

I will host via IP

95.114.79.9

Start GPL 65mod via GEM+ in Multiplayer mode and put this IP in join screen
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« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2017, 04:35:10 PM +0000 »

I made all new again and uploaded it here

Just put the track folders in ..\GPL\tracks
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the RVseason.ini in ..\GPL\seasons


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wanted to host a test server,
but igor is down atm...

should I delete the previous track folders and 76season.ini?
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« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2017, 05:04:36 PM +0000 »

I made all new again and uploaded it here

Just put the track folders in ..\GPL\tracks
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the RVseason.ini in ..\GPL\seasons


PS

wanted to host a test server,
but igor is down atm...

should I delete the previous track folders and 76season.ini?



Yes please, and select RVseason for the mod in GEm+
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« Reply #12 on: January 13, 2017, 05:05:53 PM +0000 »

I made all new again and uploaded it here

Just put the track folders in ..\GPL\tracks
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the RVseason.ini in ..\GPL\seasons

I host via IP

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Start GPL 65mod via GEM+  choose RVseason start Multiplayer mode and put this IP in join screen
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« Reply #13 on: January 13, 2017, 08:30:18 PM +0000 »

Thanks to Axel, Doni,Gareth and Andreas for helping with the testing of this concept. And to Andy Livingston for offline trials.

It looks like we are ready to unleash the backwards races.

Watch the forum for a fun race on Sunday prior to the Specials Season starting soon.

Hope you enjoy the fun.
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« Reply #14 on: January 15, 2017, 06:04:05 AM +0000 »

I found something I could exploit in the handicapping.

"In the 66 Can Am, PRO drivers can use any car with engine capacity below 335ci."

The Lola T70 Ford 305 is as fast as Surtees's Lola and the M1B. With the track selection, I doubt the Lola T70 Ford 427 is better than the McLaren or Lola T70 333 c.i.d.

I'd change the handicapping to read, "Pros can't drive the Lola T70 Chev 359, Lola T70 Ford 305, or McLaren M1B Chev 361."

Nelg Sniktaw is the only track I'd dare take the Lola T70 427. I doubt it's as good as the 333 c.i.d.s there.
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