February 4th, 2016 was intended to be yet another insignificant Thursday in the world of Sim Racing, yet a surprise announcement threw an entire competitive online championship into jeopardy. Spearheaded by RaceDepartment staff member Yves Larose, the tenth season of the RaceDepartment Touring Car Championship was a massive tournament in Reiza Studios’ Stock Car Extreme which saw over 70 paying entrants sign up to battle in the V8 Supercars-spec Holden Commodore. Spread over five locations and seven rounds throughout the early months of 2016, the competition served to be RaceDepartment’s biggest league, complete with livestreams heavily advertised in the days leading up to each race.
Suddenly, Yves Larose was out as the series organizer.
Real life occasionally gets in the way of sim racing, and I can respect Larose’s decision to step down as the series organizer provided this was entirely his decision. The list of proposed changes for the series indicate the series was heavily mismanaged from the get-go, so there’s also a possibility the participants themselves were simply unhappy with the direction of officiating – something not uncommon to RaceDepartment league races. It’s obviously in the best interest of the drivers to rectify this as soon as possible, otherwise there simply won’t be any drivers at the race the following week.
However, a slightly larger problem has appeared to cause problems with the many sim racers invested into this online series. An anonymous sim racers has reached out to PRC.net wondering what’s actually going on in regards to the future of the league, because RaceDepartment seem to have axed things altogether behind the scenes:
You have any more news about the latest RD league? Apparently they pulled the plug after one round when the organizer left. Just heard from one of my drivers. He received a private message about it from the admins. They also locked all the threads in that forum.
Our source isn’t kidding. The entire RaceDepartment Touring Car Championship section of the forums is completely locked – all threads are inexplicably locked and there is nothing indicating the next race set for February 13th will take place at all.
If this is indeed the end of the tenth RaceDepartment Touring Car Championship, it will be the third online V8 Supercars league for Stock Car Extreme to be cancelled in as many months. The Showcase Sim Series managed to hold just one event before folding, and our own V8 Supercars World Tour didn’t even make it through January.
Are these cars cursed? It sure seems like it.