Track Selection for Week 3

  • [iRacing BSS Official] Twin Ring Motegi - Grand Prix Course

    Votes: 5 100.0%
  • Twin Ring Motegi - East Course (Back Stretch pits)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Twin Ring Motegi - West Course (Short 6-turn layout)

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
  • Poll closed .


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Twin Ring Motegi is a multi-motorsports facility located just outside Motegi, Japan, and about 140 km north of Tokyo. The circuit earned it's name due to the facility containing two race tracks, or rings; a 2.49 km (1.55 mi) asymmetrical oval and; a 4.8 km (2.98 mi) 14-turn road course. However, unlike a Roval, the two tracks are completely separate from each other, and the road course runs the front stretch in the opposite direction of the oval. The track was built by Honda in 1997 in an attempt to develop their oval open-wheel package for Indycar and the oval circuit hosted it's first race in 1998 (Honda didn't win their first oval race at the track until 2003, when Dan Weldon took the victory while driving for Andretti-Green Racing in a Honda-powered Dallara). It is the first banked oval of it's kind in Japan, with the turns banked 10°. The Indycar's returned to the oval annually until 2010. In 2011, an earthquake damaged the oval, forcing Indycar to use the road course, and Indycar hasn't returned to the circuit since.

The road course, in contrast to the oval, is considered one of the flattest in the country, with very little banking in the corners, and the only elevation changes in the circuit necessary to allow the road course to pass under the oval, both on the back stretch where the road course leaves the oval infield, and in Oval T1, where the road course returns. Motegi's road course also borrows inspiration from the U.S., featuring a tight "start-stop straight-hairpin" layout, which is a stark contrast to other circuits in Japan like Suzuka and Fuji. The track hosts two Super Formula (formerly Formula Nippon) events each year, as well as Super GT (GT3 homologated), Super Taikyu (GT4 and TCR homologated), and MotoGP each visiting the track at least once per year.

The track has an estimated seating capacity well over 130,000, but the inaugural event was limited to 55,000, and the official seating capacity has been capped at just over 60,000 spectators. This is due, not to a lack of space, but instead a lack of access to the race track. TRM is located in a bowl at the top of a hill, and there are only two two-lane roads to the race track. On top of that, Motegi is a small town (14,000) with relatively few accommodations for food and lodging. The track has also been criticized for it's lack of sight-lines. Because part of the road course exits the infield, the parts outside of the oval are completely obscured from sight, including two of the best passing opportunities on the race track. In iRacing, the track is most notable for it's lack of grip, and troublesome viewing angles, mostly due to iRacing usually hosting races at this track at night.

Last Friday at Sebring International Raceway; Angelo Pulgar took home his first win of the season with the "W" in the Qualifying race over Dennis Savretić and Arjuna Kankipati. In the main race, Dennis dominated from flag to flag, capturing his second win of the season, while Ken Lindberg fought from the back of the field to capture 2nd. Patrick Marrow would wrap up the all-Mercedes podium sweep!

League Format:

League consists of 3 sessions as follows:
  1. Open Qualify Session: Full Fuel - 7:30 PM EST (60 minutes). Drivers must record a clean lap within 103% of the fastest recorded lap time. Those who cannot do so are placed at the tail end of the field for the Qualify Race.
  2. Qualify Race (Inverse Grid "Opt In"): Full Fuel - 8:30 PM EST (30 minutes = 10 minute Warm Up + 20 minute Sprint Race). "Opt In" Inverse Grid based off results from Open Qualifier. Drivers outside of the 103% rule are automatically placed at the tail end of the field. (No Pit Stop)
  3. Main Race (Grid determined by Qualify Race): Full Fuel - 9:10 PM EST (60 minutes = 10 minute Warm Up + 50 minute Race). Grid is set by results from Qualify Race. One Pit Stop is required for tires only at the 25 minute mark.
Pit Window: 5 minutes in duration. Drivers must pit for tires within this window or incur a penalty. Pit Stop is only required in the Main Race.

Fast Repair: One fast repair is available. If taken outside of Pit Window Driver must perform a drive through penalty within Pit Window.


Championship Standings

What makes Band of Others League unique is our ongoing commitment to provide scoring options that allow Drivers of all pace to score well.

All bonuses (and penalties) are geared toward rewarding people for clean driving and participation.

Scoring is % based on number of laps completed. All Drivers must complete 90% of the Leaders laps to achieve maximum points.

Qualify Race Scoring: Positions 1 - 10 score. First place scores 10 points for race win with each lesser position scoring less one point. Race winner is also afforded 1 bonus point for race win.

Main Race Scoring: Race winner is scored 50 points + 1 bonus point, all positions following are scored -1 point from the previous position.

Bonuses: Qualify and Main Race only.
  • + 1 point for Race winner.
  • + 3 points for Race finish.
  • + 5 points for Race finish with 0 incident points.
  • + 10 points for 8 Race participation (proposed) Test Season Only
  • + 10 points for 16 Race participation (proposed) Test Season Only
  • + 25 points for referring a friend (proposed) Test Season Only. NOTE: Both Driver and friend MUST complete 8 Race minimum for either to score bonus.
  • - 3 points for every 10 incidents.
  • Car contact resulting in loss of control (drive through penalty).

NOTE: All drive through penalties MUST be served within 3 laps of offence.

Open Setups:

If you have a good setup please post it here.

If you are unwilling or unable to share your setup with other League Drivers then you are not permitted to use it during League events.

Car Selection:

All Drivers have until Week 4 to test different cars and still be scored in League.

Starting Week 5 you must commit to one car for the remainder of the Season else you will not score points.

After Week 5, you are allowed to change your car at any time in the season, but you will forfeit any points scored in a race not completed in your Week 5 car.

Track Selection:

B2O Blancpain Sprint Series attempts to follow the official iRacing Blancpain Sprint Series for its seasonal schedule. However, we may hold a poll offering track/layout changes due to the following conditions:
  • Our ongoing commitment to encourage close and competitive racing means we may offer a shorter version of a race track to keep the cars closer together. For example if the official series is at "Suzuka - Grand Prix" Layout, we may offer the choice to run the "Suzuka - East" or "Suzuka - West" layouts to keep the cars closer together.
  • Some tracks are disliked or not owned by a large portion of the community so we may fall back on a community favorite.
  • IMPORTANT: The Official iRacing BSS track of that week will ALWAYS be the Default track for the B2O Blancpain Sprint Series. This track will ALWAYS be included as Polling Option #1.
See you on the track :)
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Out this week as well. Don't own the track and no desire to purchase. You can find me racing Porsche at Watkins or SRF at Summit Point.
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Daytime is fine. We had talked last season about night races, and concluded that BSS never runs night races, and BES only runs one race through the night; Spa24.

Gonna be slick as shit, though, thanks to good ol' Japanese Concrete, but I'm in for some sliding! It is winter, so we can just pretend it's ice!
1st Race in BSS is night,Misano,BES Paul Ricard is night,part of the race anyway,will somebody show up today?Im ok with day time
I see few of the guys cant today so Im not sure will we have enough people to race

Gl Marc with sliding in Audi :D :p
Guys I just want to say Happy New Year,enjoy and have fun.
Also this was my best year in sim racing,dont have many years in sim racing but still...this was the best because you accepted me here so thank you for that.Im enjoying every minute here with you guys,see you next year :)

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