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A great start, despite a difficult track, last week at Motegi!

This week we're on to the 4.299 km (2.671 mile) 13-turn "Circuit Park Zandvoort - Grand Prix"!

Round 1 - Twin Ring Motegi East Circuit Q M
Round 2 - Circuit Park Zandvoort Grand Prix Circuit Q M
Round 3 - Road Atlanta Full Circuit Q
Round 4 - Interlagos (Autódromo José Carlos Pace) Grand Prix
Round 5 - Belle Isle Detroit Grand Prix**
Round 6 - Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps Endurance Pits**
Round 7 - Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit
Round 8 - Suzuka Circuit Grand Prix
Round 9 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course
Round 10 - Watkins Glen International Boot
Round 11 - Circuit Zolder Grand Prix
Round 12 - Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit


**Round 5 and Round 6 will be reversed, due to the iRacing 24 Hours of Spa taking place the weekend of Week 6.

Remember that you have four weeks to try different cars before you are locked into using just one! Also, don't forget about #PracticePals every Monday and Wednesday night (8:00 PM EDT / 0100 GMT)


This week's track is "Road Atlanta - Full Course", a 4.08 km (2.54 mile) 13 turn road course, featuring a winding down-hill esses, and several corners with blind apexes.

Road Atlanta began it's life in 1970, as a hastily built track north of Braselton, Georgia, USA. The track only took six months to build, and it's first race, a Canadian-American Challenge Cup (Can-Am) event, was held on September 13, 1970. That race marked the end to McLaren's 19-race win streak when both of McLaren's entries, and the pole sitting Chaperal, either crashed or suffered mechanical woes. McLaren's biggest competition, Lola, also crashed out of the race, and so the inaugural victory went to Tony Dean, driving a Porsche 908/02. It was the only victory of his professional career.

The Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) hosted several events at the track every year, including Trans-Am, Can-Am, and the SCCA National Championship Runoffs (the "Olympics of Amateur Road Racing" wrapping up the SCCA's season where the top drivers from all 116 regions compete for the National title in each class!). IMSA's Kamel GT and Formula 5000 also competed at the track throughout the 1970's. Ownership of the track changed several times between private owners from 1978 until 1993, when, in the hands of the Don and Bill Whittington, the track was bankrupted. (A good story about Drug Smuggling, Cheating in Motorsports, and a possible CIA connection, if you ever want to check it out.)

In 1996, the track was purchased by Don Panoz. Don redesigned the back stretch to bring it up to FIA standards, adding the Chicane (T10 & 10A) and seating for 10,000+ people at that location of the track. He also added a pit road and larger paddock on the infield of the track to suit international events. In partnership with the ACO, Road Atlanta held the inaugural Petit Le Mans in 1998 as the season opener for the American Le Mans Series, an event which has become a staple of endurance racing ever since.

In 2012, the track, Panoz Motor Sports Group, and the ALMS, was purchased by IMSA Holdings, and the Petit Le Mans has been incorporated in the IMSA WeatherTech Championship as the season finale.

Outside of endurance racing, the track continues to play host to club events, as well as a host to MotoGP and Trans-Am, and is used as a test track by several NASCAR teams.

2017 IMSA WeatherTech Championship Petit Le Mans GTD (GT3) Pole: 1:20.661 - Matteo Cressoni / Christina Nielsen / Alessandro Balzan - Ferrari 488 GT3
Track Record: 1:01.02 - Marc Gene - Ferrari F2003-GA (V10 Formula 1)



League Format:

League consists of 3 sessions as follows:
  1. Open Qualify Session: Full Fuel - 7:30 PM EDT (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 EDT (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 EDT (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.

Scoring:

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.
Penalties:
  • - 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.

See you on the track!
 
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Should be a good sized grid for Road Atlanta I hope! Won't be able to make this one myself unfortunately as I have visitors over this evening and out next week due to medical issues but back for Belle Isle for week 5 :)

Good luck everyone! :D
 

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