The PRC V8 Supercars World Tour – This is it!

Schedule

In just a few short hours we had a whopping 33 people fill out the preseason survey posted earlier today, meaning there’s no point in holding off the announcement for a few days. The sheer level of interest means the PRC V8 Supercars World Tour will commence on December 19th at Suzuka in Reiza Studio’s Stock Car Extreme. The Saturday afternoon events will be open to everyone, free of charge, only requiring you to sign up for a basic Race2Play membership in order to track your statistics and be counted as an official member of the league. Oh, and that’s free, too, in case you’re worried this is going to turn into some iRacing-style shenanigans. No longer is the excellent 2014 Australian Touring Car spec Holden Commodore relegated to the depths of your Stock Car Extreme install.

Questions will inevitably arise over the inconsistent start times. Race2Play doesn’t allow you to set a consistent start time if it’s at a popular timeslot, the same way iRacing staggers the start times of their various oval and road course series throughout the hierarchy. As we’re a new league and don’t have the privilege of locking ourselves into an ideal time slot, the start time will fluctuate over the course of the season. We’re extremely lucky to run this league on Saturday to begin with. Set your alarm on your phone and keep a close eye on the schedule. That’s just how they roll, and we did the best we could with the options available. When you sign up for the site, the start times will automatically be converted into your local timezone if you don’t trust yourself to write things down or memorize the various start time changes.

The three month schedule intended to carry us through a cold, miserable winter explores the best content Stock Car Extreme has to offer, as both first party Reiza tracks as well as Race2Play approved third party content receive a relatively equal amount of attention. As Australian Touring Cars respond well to high speeds, flowing corners, giant elevation changes, huge kerbs, and heavy braking zones, every track on the schedule is intended to promote the wheel-to-wheel insanity seen in the real life V8 Supercars series. We just happen to have a time machine and an unlimited travel budget.

Qualifying sessions will last a total of 15 minutes, and damage effects will are locked at 50% to allow for these cars to be driven in a way that replicates the aggression of touring car racing. The championship will be scored with the current FIA Formula One points format, awarding 25 points to the winner, 18 for a runner up position, and 15 for third place. This allows a good driver to miss a race or two, only to return and continue his rightful quest for the championship, as a much heavier emphasis is placed on finishing on the podium.

Joining the series takes less than two minutes, as signing up for an account on Race2Play is free, and joining the V8 Supercars World Tour itself is also free. Bring a friend or three. For those who would like a larger version of the image below, click here.

Instructions

Along with signing up for the league, you NEED to sign up for each individual event. This is how the website knows who to send the race day password to. If you are on a free account, do not fret if you can’t press the JOIN button, it will become available as the date of the first event nears.

Once you have joined both the league itself, and signed up for the races you plan on participating in, the only step left is to join the server on race day with the password provided on your profile dashboard a few hours prior (you’ll see it, you can’t miss it) and drive your ass off. As long as your Race2Play name is the same as your Stock Car Extreme profile name, behind-the-scenes server plugins will record your statistics and complete the iRacing-like experience for you. Race2Play is basically  iRacing for rFactor and other ISI powered sims.

As some events require the use of a third party track, the Event Page conveniently has download links to all files needed to participate in the race under the FILES USED tab. This ensures none of us will get fucked over by using the wrong version of a track, as Race2Play has already tested the tracks available on the schedule for compatibility. This is literally as painless as it gets.

Events Page

For the moment, we won’t be using custom liveries, nor will we have a Teamspeak server running to touch base with everybody before the event. Race2Play runs on a strict schedule, and the times listed above are when the qualifying session begins. Obviously, you’ll want to practice a bit throughout the week because these cars can be a handful, and join the server about 30 minutes early to check up on the competition. While it may seem a bit anal, the results of running with Race2Play are pretty awesome. Each of our races will have a dedicated post-race write up by R2P staff, and there will be as many detailed statistics and records kept as you see on iRacing. I mean, let’s be honest, this is pretty dope that they’re gonna do stuff like this for us:

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To get you started, this Baseline Setup won a Club Race over on RaceDepartment at Kyalami. I’ve run this setup in pretty much every public practice server on Stock Car Extreme since then, and I can’t find a track where it doesn’t work. If you’re somebody who has no idea what to do in the garage area, this will help immensely. This isn’t just some shitty baseline (even though we call it that), it’s a race winning setup against some pretty stout competition. For the first season, I want people to enjoy racing each other and forming rivalries, not pulling their hair out in the garage menu. These cars are tough and punishing enough as it is.

You WILL be required to pit at least once in each race, as a full tank of fuel doesn’t last the full hour. There is NO POINT to running hard compound tires, as taking the soft compound with a single pitstop is much faster over the course of an entire race. I learned this the hard way at Bathurst a few months ago when this car was first released. Also, do yourself a favor and map a button to Launch Control. When the lights are red on the starting grid, hold the button, mash the gas, and let off the button when the lights go out. The Speed Limiter button is your friend as well.

Need a quick way to increase FPS in online races? Turn shadows to medium and special effects to off. If you’ve got an ATI card like myself, check this post out on RaceDepartment to learn the optimal catalyst control center settings. It makes Stock Car Extreme look much better than a game on the gMotor engine ever should.

I think that covers just about everything, so now it’s time to introduce you to the twelve locations we’ll be visiting throughout the PRC V8 Supercars World Tour.

GSC 2015-12-04 21-03-24-71Round 01 – Kansai East

The NASCAR Winston Cup Series ran two exhibition races here in the late 1990’s, once in 1996 and again in 1997 before moving to the Twin Ring Motegi oval in 1998. The East layout of Suzuka proved to be a natural fit for American Stock Cars, akin to a Japanese version of Sears Point. As the Holden Commodore can be a bit of a handful, we’ll begin our season with this very simple layout to ease people into the car.

GSC 2015-12-04 21-04-22-38Round 02 – Johannesburg Historic

Otherwise known as Kyalami, many sim racers had their first taste of this classic facility in the 1998 title Grand Prix Legends. The massive front stretch and heavy braking zone going into turn one is exactly the kind of insanity one would expect from V8 Supercars, and the rest of the track is a combination of long straights and high speed corners.

GSC 2015-12-04 21-13-31-12Round 03 – Barbagallo

A stop on the real life Australian V8 Supercars calendar, many sim racers will recognize this track from it’s heavy usage in the classic Codemasters title DTM Race Driver 3. One of the shortest tracks on our schedule, the track features ONE left handed corner, and relies primarily on momentum to execute a quick lap.

GSC 2015-12-04 21-24-03-58Round 04 – Bologna Historic

Known by most people as Imola, the 1994 layout of the San Marino Grand Prix was a welcome addition to Stock Car Extreme, and the Holden Commodore will eat the massive rumble strips lining each corner for breakfast. It’s a wild track in a massive saloon sedan, and given how much these cars can take compared to a light, nimble Grand Prix car, the track drives in a completely different manner.

GSC 2015-12-04 21-19-22-12Round 05 – Mosport

A track practically unchanged since it’s stop on the 1967 Grand Prix calendar, Canadian Tire Motorsports Park currently hosts a date on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series calendar. The wide, sweeping corners, heavy braking zones, and massive back straight make this an easy choice to be included on our virtual calendar.

GSC 2015-12-04 21-11-49-26Round 06 – Road Atlanta

A popular testing facility for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams, as well as the host of many American Le Mans Series events over the years, Road Atlanta was one of many stops on the SCCA Trans-Am tour of the 1970’s. Featured in every game from Forza Motorsport to the Sega Dreamcast’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, there’s no reason not to make a stop here.

GSC 2015-12-04 21-09-05-11Round 07 – Road America

Currently hosting a summer date on the NASCAR Xfinity Series calendar, along with several Can-Am events in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, Road America is Elkhart Lake Wisconsin’s pride and joy. Several heavy braking zones will wear down the equipment over the course of an hour, and the high speeds reached on three separate portions of the track will make things pretty hectic in the latter stages of the race.

GSC 2015-12-04 21-16-11-85Round 08 – Vanport

Otherwise known as Portland International Raceway, Oregon’s premiere racing facility once hosted both a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series date, as well as SCCA Trans-Am events well into the 21st century. Though the track has rarely appeared in hardcore racing sims, the facility made a surprise appearance in Need for Speed: Pro Street, as well as being a semi-official add-on track for NASCAR Racing 2003 Season by Project Wildfire. We’re running without the intrusive chicane on the massive front stretch because going fast is fun.

GSC 2015-12-04 21-06-40-90Round 09 – Ribeirao Preto 2012

I am a sadistic asshole. That is all. A yearly stop on the Stock Car Brasil calendar, this is Brazil’s version of Surfer’s Paradise. We must embrace pain, and burn it as fuel for our journey. Finishing this race will be an accomplishment in itself.

GSC 2015-12-04 21-07-54-61Round 10 – Spielberg Vintage

While the Red Bull Ring is a blast, the race-spec Holden Commodore responds much better to flowing corners, rolling hills, and massive stretches of open road. Prior to the modern renovation to keep in line with Formula One safety standards, the 1970’s layout of the Österreichring is a perfect fit for V8 Supercars. Thanks to the magic of Sim Racing, we can live in an era where Herman Tilke hasn’t ruined Formula One, and we’re going to take full advantage of that.

GSC 2015-12-04 21-22-06-53Round 11 – Bathurst

You knew this one was coming.

GSC 2015-12-04 21-21-16-88Round 12 – Laguna Seca

It’s wrong to decide the championship with the unpredictable and cruel nature of Mount Panorama, so we’re ending the season at a place virtually everybody knows, whether they like the track or not.

See y’all on the track. Bring some friends.

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43 thoughts on “The PRC V8 Supercars World Tour – This is it!

  1. Sebring! There’s a great version of Sebring track for SCE. I would easily change any of the historic tracks for it! Good luck with the league!

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  2. Assetto Corsa is a joke in it’s current state, same goes for iRacing. rFactor 2 and GSCE are currently only racing sims worth racing others are pretty much broken or missing too many essential features.

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  3. rF2 and GSCE focuses mainly on racing. Not hot lapping, replay watching, screenshot generation or any nonsense like that. The AI is the best on the market, and your mind will be blown by your computer opponents’ spatial awareness and human-like driving. rF2 makes for some very action packed racing indeed. Weather changes, road evolution, pit stops, huge crashes, safety cars; if that’s not action, I don’t know what is.

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  4. this sounds hella fun. will you guys have stewards during the race, or will rules be decided afterwards and fitted around people at the cool kids table like OVGT3

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    1. Race2Play have their own stewards and a protest system like iRacing where you send in a video clip and file a report. We won’t be handling any on track incidents. My only responsibility as a host is to call a vote at the top of the hour to begin qualifying.

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  5. I’m really sad that I can’t enter this because of conflicting schedules. I was once in a V8 Supercar league in Forza 4 and these cars were incredible fun to drive.

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  6. Nice track list, I’m game. Also fuck the Ribeirao Preto haters. I wouldn’t like a whole seasons with tracks like this, but a one-off will be entertaining in an infuriating way. I also suck at Mosport and don’t know Suzuka and Vamnport at all, so I need to get some practice in.

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    1. 1 person is responsible for that, same person impersonating ASs and hex, and even me now cause I pull the little fat fuck up, Pit_cock in steam and disqus, metal sucks on youtube shill baby shill, hex jnr,jamoz pretty sure shiller prince is new one, every time you see those lame MEME’s its him, he has entire conversations with himself and has a absolute hardon for Ass and hex, I really cant stand this little cunt muffin, youll find him as I have on any rf2 related vid or article elsewhere on net, he is literally internet aids, and is the only thing that puts me of PRC, It makes me feel im hanging out with high school dweebs that think memes are actually funny, I should be paid by Obama for babysitting\putting up with his fat humorless arse, guy needs to lay off caffeine too, end up with a meth issue like his “mom”,little cunt.

      I can guarantee that will be one little cunt muffin that doesn’t come race, he a little bitch hiding behind proxies, like pedophiles.

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      1. Shit, you write and post stuff kids were doing in 2000’s, and it was lame then,fucking jump on reddit or 4chan or where eva you dig this shit up and try finding some fresher material, ive told ya before, if you gonna be a cunt at least try to be a funny cunt, and not such a fucking stupid cliche.

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      2. Wow, I have no idea how I have made you so mad, my only agenda being to stop sim racing disinformation. Take a deep breath, relax your mind and everything will be just fine.

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      3. Shut the fuck up you little cum gobbler. Don`t think anyone is taking you seriously anymore after this pathetic display of samefagging.

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      4. I was taking the piss outta your little conversions with ya self ya silly little cunt,I dont hide behind proxies you little pussy, I feel honoured you are now keeping screen captions of my stuff too.

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  7. Remember guys, after joining the league, you also have to sign up for each individual date on the schedule. That’s how R2P knows who to send the password of the event out to.

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    1. What’s the deadline for signing up pre-race? I don’t know my work schedule more than a week in advance, sometimes early Saturday is bad for me.

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  8. Never driven Kansai East before so I just had a go, the last corner is really weird and I don’t really feel like the track fits these cars. An hour long race on such a short track with sub-50s lap times is gonna feel like forever.

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    1. I probably won’t join for the league races, but I think that GSCE is a good choice for this sort of endeavour. It probably has most features and Supercars are fun to drive! I also tried the Kansai today against AI using the PRC setup and didn’t find the track that much fun to drive. That doesn’t mean that online shit isn’t fun, but the track definitely isn’t the one that SCV8 shines on. Just my 2c.

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    2. The idea with the schedule was to start with three easy layouts so people get comfortable with the cars, and then progress into some of the more treacherous stuff. There’s a bunch of Xfinity/Historic tracks on the schedule because going fast over rolling hills in an unstable brick with 630 Horsepower is much better than a bunch of flat corners like Abu Dhabi.

      R2P also restricts the track selection to pre-approved tracks integrated into the site, so eventually I did hit a wall with what I could work with.

      When it comes to Suzuka East, NASCAR went to Suzuka East twice in the late 90’s and it was basically a short version of Sears Point. With a 20-25 car online field, the results might be pretty spectacular since it’s not long or technical enough to pull away from each other.

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  9. -Saturday Afternoons
    -7 of 12 events begin before 12pm EST

    Sucks, I already work a lot of weekends & we’re losing a guy at work the day before this league starts, so my schedule is going to be all over the place. I might make a few rounds, but dunno if it’d be worth it honestly, haven’t even driven the car in a while.

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  10. Probably wont be there for the 1st Race due to getting a new wheel and want to get Stock Car Extreme on a more friendly price. But rest assured i will try to work on the races afterwords.

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  11. >track complaints
    >complaints that schedule doesn’t fit poster’s specific needs
    >arguing about unrelated sims

    Never change, sim racing “community”.

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