This is what a serious iRacing League looks like

22499475033_ea8643518a_hWith $10,000 awarded to the champion, iRacing’s BSRTC Pro Series is regarded as one of the most serious private leagues available on the popular online-only racing sim. Fifty of iRacing’s top touring car drivers come together over the span of thirty five weeks in pursuit of a very serious cash payout, though Sean Braganza’s most recent recap of rounds 91 through 93 at Interlagos is embarrassing to say the least.

Laced with pictures of multi-car incidents and captions such as “I’m not racing with the BSRTC again”, the piece displays that even the most serious of sim racers – the primary draw of iRacing’s competitive online environment, pitting like-minded auto racing fans on the track with each other – has done little to rectify an age old problem virtual motorsports have faced since the dawn of online multiplayer: people suck.

After a mid-session rule change regarding damage repair was made on a whim, the three rounds at Interlagos came to a disastrous climax when fifteen cars were engulfed in a lap one incident, forcing twelve cars to make lengthy pit stops less than two minutes into the race. As the event progressed, intentional wrecking became a topic among some of the front runners and announcers, something that will reflect poorly on the series and iRacing as a whole, given that the entire ordeal will be broadcast live on MotorsTV in the United Kingdom on December 1st.

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30 thoughts on “This is what a serious iRacing League looks like

  1. lol.that FLAW random damage model..physic look like a game..Do cars fly so high like that in RL? V8sc n BSRTC(BTCC with Korean Kia..lol)..These 2 series are broken in iRacing.. I rather enjoy some1 upload a 360p RL v8sc Sandown 500 than any iR hd v8sc race uploads..is pretty boring to watch.

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  2. I don’t think this is a sim racing phenomenon. I was at the recent Rotax Max Grand Finals in Portugal where 288 Rotax champions from around the globe (divided into four classes of 72 drivers) racing i heats, prefinals and finals of 36 drivers – and it was pure mayhem.
    Now these are top drivers in this discipline, so it is not about driving standards IMO but about attitude and a fundamental lack of respect for fellow competitors
    At the Grand Finals just about every race started with a Turn 1 or Turn 2 incident, and generally several drivers or more were eliminated due to contact. Veteran Rotax people claimed the incidents and crashes were the worst it has ever been in 16 years of the Grand Finals.
    The aggression astounding to witness – imo it is a win at all costs mentality that prevails IRL and in SIM life. The way of the world these days…

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    1. Just watch junior single seater races in Europe, like F3 Euro, GP3 etc. Several safetycars each race, with several write-offs each weekend. It’s really is a mentality problem

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  3. Anybody else think a sim racing league with that kind of prize money is just a bad idea and asking for trouble to begin with? I get the impression that a lot of people who play iracing take it just incredibly seriously and can’t let go of the dream and realize they’ll never be a real racing driver.

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  4. I link a utube of some1 hotllaping rf2 Sepang at a Malaysian watsapp and the reply was dead like rf2 ghostown mp..then layet link a few from eveonline,elite d n goat simulator and the comments start to pour in.

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  5. £5 a week to enter.
    35 weeks
    £175 in entry fees per sim racer.
    Plus ”sponsorship” where they’ve already said you pay us, we’ll plug you on the TV
    And its a wreckfest.

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  6. Whilst it was a terribly bad meeting – no one is denying that – have you looked at any of the other 90 odd races we’ve had this year or made a snap judgement on that one alone? Some of the racing has been the best I’ve ever had the fortune to witness. So please if you’re going to comment have a look at the whole of what’s been achieved rather than just the very obvious low point

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  7. Much of this article is inaccurate so it’s not exactly giving you the full picture. Most of the racing in this league has been fantastic, close and dramatic. Sure there has been incidents but on a grid of 40-60 cars, racing that closely there are going to be incidents of course. But it also makes it entertaining, for viewers and for the drivers; being as close to a feeling of ‘danger’ as you can be sitting in the safety of your own home.

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  8. You do seem to ignore the fact that the teams’ championship is where the bulk ($4000) of the prize money is, and there is also $500 for the safest driver, so can the writer not make generalisations about something he knows extremely little about.

    The prize money makes the racing safer, because, especially in the teams’ championship – would you want to be the one who ruins the chance of your team winning four grand because you are crashing the car every week?

    What do you guys expect to happen if someone gets clipped and turned round in front of a field of 40 cars? Of course there is going to be a big smash. Especially in the Kia – you can’t really see where you are going if you are following someone closely.

    There is a Stewards’ Panel, penalty system (cause someone to retire and you start from the back – no excuses) and generally, clean racing. Interlagos Race 3 was not great at all, but the two that proceeded it were clean and fair, something our esteemed author has conveniently declined to mention.

    Watch the 3 races that were held at Mosport tonight on the Apex Racing TV YouTube channel – I’m sure you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

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    1. http://members.iracing.com/jforum/posts/list/3336860.page

      [quote]The iRacing powered, BSRTC Pro Series race late last night on Apex Racing TVwas to have one of our members, Video Game blogger Mike Blundell, sponsor one of the competing teams’ vehicles as part of our collaboration with the BSRTC.

      Unfortunately, a minor technicality on the administration side of things led to Mike’s sponsorship not going through altogether, which explains why there was no mention of his Video Gaming blog, Mike’s Pad last night.

      We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. Rest assured, the matter is being looked into meaning Mike and Higher Eclectic Ground will be there next Thursday for the second of the last five races of the season. [/quote]

      http://www.highereg.com/editorial/articles.php?id=36#sthash.VHDx50AR.dpbs

      [quote]Unbeknownst to all, the result would be an unrivalled partnership of broadcasting finesse – consisting of Woodhouse and a young sports commentating enthusiast Adam Bath, while Alex Simpson would run his magic on the cameras – that would go on to become synonymous with the BSRTC in the years that followed. The deal also entailed that broadcasts would continue to be uploaded and attributed to the BSRTV. – See more at: http://www.highereg.com/editorial/articles.php?id=36#sthash.VHDx50AR.dpuf%5B/quote%5D

      [quote]
      Strangely enough, while the £1000 prize fund of the previous season had been significantly instrumental in luring IRacers from the community over, Seasons 6 to 8 would go on to omit the prize fund – charging entrants instead a £10 fee that would cover the Trophy and £500 of the broadcasting deal. – See more at: http://www.highereg.com/editorial/articles.php?id=36#sthash.VHDx50AR.dpuf
      [/quote]

      Trust someone to be milking the community somewhere

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    2. http://members.iracing.com/jforum/posts/list/3336860.page

      [quote]The iRacing powered, BSRTC Pro Series race late last night on Apex Racing TVwas to have one of our members, Video Game blogger Mike Blundell, sponsor one of the competing teams’ vehicles as part of our collaboration with the BSRTC.

      Unfortunately, a minor technicality on the administration side of things led to Mike’s sponsorship not going through altogether, which explains why there was no mention of his Video Gaming blog, Mike’s Pad last night.

      We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. Rest assured, the matter is being looked into meaning Mike and Higher Eclectic Ground will be there next Thursday for the second of the last five races of the season. [/quote]

      http://www.highereg.com/editorial/articles.php?id=36#sthash.VHDx50AR.dpbs

      [quote]Unbeknownst to all, the result would be an unrivalled partnership of broadcasting finesse – consisting of Woodhouse and a young sports commentating enthusiast Adam Bath, while Alex Simpson would run his magic on the cameras – that would go on to become synonymous with the BSRTC in the years that followed. The deal also entailed that broadcasts would continue to be uploaded and attributed to the BSRTV. – See more at: http://www.highereg.com/editorial/articles.php?id=36#sthash.VHDx50AR.dpuf%5B/quote%5D

      [quote]

      Strangely enough, while the £1000 prize fund of the previous season had been significantly instrumental in luring IRacers from the community over, Seasons 6 to 8 would go on to omit the prize fund – charging entrants instead a £10 fee that would cover the Trophy and £500 of the broadcasting deal. – See more at: http://www.highereg.com/editorial/articles.php?id=36#sthash.VHDx50AR.dpuf

      [/quote]

      Trust someone to be milking the community somewhere! Aren’t they on season 9 by now?

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      1. Seasons 1-5 were free for the drivers, all those that have followed since have had the drivers pay – which they have often very willingly done as most do enjoy taking part believe it or not. The series is self funded so the drivers are “milking it” are doing so from their own pockets. It’s been a community funded project. And anyway it was a success before the money and would likely still be if it wasn’t there – the drivers don’t do it for the money but because on the whole it’s a challenging and fun series/league to have been in

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  9. This seems pretty accurate based on the footage I’ve seen of this series. Full of massive egos, and drivers who think they are better than they are.

    Although running any over hyped league is difficult.

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  10. What a load of inaccurate drivel, the author’s comments revolve around limitations of the physics in the sim and has nothing to do with the drivers abilities, had this been real life the incident mentioned would never have happened in the first place and even if it had the resulting crash would not have been so dramatic. I don’t understand why people have to hate on others so readily, especially when it singles out one bad race in approaching 100 really exciting and well fought races in the series so far. Everyone is entitled to an opinion but at least do some research first so it’s an informed one!

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  11. People suck everywhere. I’ve already seen a lot of bonehead moves in F1 this year. Actually, I’m rather impressed that “high level” sim racing isn’t as bad as it could be, considering that sensory inputs are limited and people drive without fear of dying.

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