Round 1. Sonoma GP - 26 laps - 20/6/2021 2pm qual - Med Cloud 3pm race start - Heavy Cloud / Light Cloud / Clear / Med Cloud - Time progression - REAL - Compulsory pit stop - YES - Fuel : Real - TYRE WEAR : ACCELERATED - Weather progression : Sync to race OK, here we go for our 16th season in PCARS2 ! Lets hope its an enjoyable one. I hope you would have seen that SELBY is our season sponsor, and they have offered a fantastic speaker pack at us to the value of $1699 RRP. Details here - http://raceonoz.com/forums/index.ph...going-with-new-prizes.2855/page-2#post-229990 Welcome to all our new drivers, and welcome back to those who raced last season or are returning. This first briefing is always a little longer than the following rounds. PLEASE make sure you read and understand the general rules that are generic to every race. IE - Track limits / contact / rough driving / abuse etc. Just some general info after a few weeks of testing in these cars. - This is a car that encourages 'pack racing'. That means you will have to have your proximity markers on so you know when and where you have cars around you. - There is decent draft, so if someone makes a pass, let them go and use the draft to continue the fight. Has been noticeable that cars battling ahead are relatively easy to catch back up to, so there 'should' be some great racing if everyone gives room. - I have found i need to use ABS on LOW to stop the front wheels from locking under braking. You should be able to map a button for this, however if you cant map anything, make sure you have ABS on low in the game options. This can be adjusted when in a online lobby. - Tire wear is definitely a thing on the front. Make sure you test if you will need to take tires or not in your pit stop. - Some tracks the fronts do get hot (over 110*) however there is still plenty of grip. - Fuel. This thing runs on the smell of an oily rag ! Make sure in your pit stops you don't have any added. For our new drivers, this is where all the race info will be, if you have any questions, just reply below or send me a PM. TRACK LIMITS - RACEONOZ uses the curbs to define track limits. If you have wheel on the curb or white line (which defines the track edge) then you are all good. If you run outside of these boundaries with intent to make time, make a pass or make the track shorter, you will be penalized. For 'lazy' track limit breaches we generally look at a 25 second penalty, however for deliberate breaches the penalty could be increased. CONTACT - Very simply, dont crash into the guy ahead of you and then drive off ! If you make contact (front to rear) and you push another driver off track, you are expected to redress. If you think its a 50/50 call while making a pass then save your replay and pass the info onto the room captain, or mod team (me or Ad2mny) and we will have a look at it. PLEASE dont blow up in the room chat or on the forum. We have found incidents in the past that have looked very different for both drivers. ABUSE - Abusing other drivers over the mic, in race rooms, in chats on PSN or a forum PM is NOT ALLOWED. If there is an incident on track, you are required to go through the right channels of protest so the stewards group or mod team can look at any incident. We have already banned a few drivers in the past for abuse, and these drivers have not been welcomed back. ONLINE BANTER - Just a reminder to everyone to be aware of who is in your chat room and what might be appropriate. We do have some younger drivers, and also ladies in the series. ALSO a reminder that those NOT in the chat can still hear you through their TV speakers. That means that people in 'their' homes can hear everything that is being said if there is banter in the game chat. If you have a group of people that want to be a little more 'loose' (for want of a better term) then i would suggest a private chat. TRACK HOT SPOTS - Round 1 is always a bit of a hot round, and lap 1 round here can be messy if drivers don't use your heads. The run off the start line is tight, so stay in your lane until turn 3, where everyone should be single file for the run over the top of the hill for the first time.. TURN 1 - Dont run up the arse of the car in front and drive off ! TURN 3 - is very easy to either run wide off the inside curb, or miss the apex and run wide onto the ripple strip and spin. TURN 7 onwards - Is like a rollercoaster so there are spots where the curbs will unsettle cars and cost time. Again, if someone gets a run, you are better off giving up the spot and continuing the battle on the next lap. TURN 10 EXIT - So in our meet and greet this was where the biggest accidents were ! The curb on exit (left side) can grab the car and put you into a spin where you hit the right side wall and it spits you back into oncoming traffic. We go into the race knowing this might happen, so if it does, don't blow up ! TURN 11 HAIRPIN - Classic place for a bump and run.... Don't do it ! If you hit someone up the arse give the spot back ! TRACK LIMITS - Only spot for a 'cheat cut' is really the space between turns 10 and 12 and cutting the hairpin. You MUST make an attempt to drive around turn 11 after an accident. Drivers cutting and taking advantage will be penalized. If you see someone doing this, SAVE YOUR REPLAY and let the stewards know ASAP so we can rule on it. A mistake or 2 is ok, doing it repeatedly is not. Compulsory pit stop - Drivers MUST make a compulsory pit stop at ANY time during the race. You are NOT required to take tires, but may do so if you wish. PIT ENTRY / EXIT - ENTRY - Is pretty straight forward, but there have been lots of guys getting pinged for speeding past the control line. You can see the yellow line on the map, so you know where you have to be at 60k... if there are guys in front of you in the lane at the same time, don't hit them into a penalty. If you do, you will have a penalty of you own added to your time. EXIT - The exit here is pretty straight forward. Cars on track have right of way on the exit of turn 1, however the car on the LEFT has right of way on the entry to turn 2 IF they are up to race speed. Stay in the pit exit lane till you know you are clear to turn in to turns 2 and 3. PROTESTS - As always, save your replay, and if there is an issue PLEASE let the mod team know. DO NOT blow up in the forum or on the mic after the race. You have until midnight Monday night to make us aware of your protest. Please remember that we have a hard stance on any abuse, so please do the right thing if you feel something needs to be looked at. For our new drivers, this is where all the race info will be, if you have any questions, just reply below or send me a PM. Hope we have a great season, and remember race clean and fair !