Think you’ve got skills? Think you have what it takes to tackle the gruelling challenge of the Le Mans 24 Hours? Don’t actually have that much free time, or energy drinks, to do so? Well this, my friend, is a race for YOU.
I am inviting you all to enter the 1st Annual F1Fanatic ‘Gran Turismo 5’ 24 Laps of Le Mans. If you have a PS3, a copy of GT5 and a broadband internet connection, you are invited to participate in a one-off endurance mega-challenge extravaganza. Taking place mere hours before the start of the real life 24 Hours race, this event is designed to provide you with a fun and exciting taste of one of the world’s greatest racing events.
First and foremost, this race is being organised for FUN. Yes, go as hard and as fast as you possibly can, but the main purpose of this event is not to see who will win, but who will finish. 24 Laps of Le Mans is a long race (Approx. 1hr 45m – 2hr 00m) so drive carefully and remember, the winner won’t be the fastest driver, but the driver who makes the least mistakes. Those that enter and successfully complete all 24 laps will receive a special commemorative graphic thingy for their Gravatars, as well as having their username bestowed on the F1F GT5 Wall of Fame (the whiteboard hanging up in my bedroom). Basically, if you’re a ‘serious’ sim-racer, you’re more than welcome to join in, but don’t expect this to be an iRacing-level realistic event. Saying that, however, I expect all of those who do enter to race fairly, to adhere to standard online racing etiquette and to compete in a friendly manner.
Interested? Awesome. Here are the details…
The F1F GT5 Le Mans 24 Laps will begin on Saturday, 11 June at 12:00pm British Summer Time (11:00am GMT). This time does not clash with the actual Le Mans 24 Hours, nor any of the Canadian Grand Prix sessions.
To see what time the race will begin in your time zone, CLICK HERE.
The race will take place in my own private GT5 online lounge which is only accessible by those on my PSN friendslist. You will need to add me as a friend first in order to join the room and compete.
All cars, aside from Formula cars and the X2010, are allowed. However, there will be a 700pp limit in force. All cars that are above 700pp can have power limitations placed on them and/or ballast added to enable them to meet the 700pp limit. Likewise, all vehicles that are below 700pp in stock form can be tuned up to 700pp.
There can only be one of each type of vehicle entered. If someone else has already stated that they will race in a Tesla Roadster ’09, you are not allowed to use a Tesla Roadster ’09 yourself.
The race will be run on the ‘Change Time/Change Weather 2009’ version of Le Mans, so prepare for the possibility of wet running and make sure that your car has working headlights and that you’re familiar with how to operate them.
The lobby settings for the race will be as follows:
Skid Recovery: Allowed
Active Steering: Allowed
Driving Line: Allowed
Tire Wear & Fuel Simulation: On
Grip Reduction; Rain & Track Edge: Low
Boost: Low (This will ensure the race remains exciting and fun for all participants)
There will be no tyre restrictions, Racing tyres are allowed.
The race will begin from a Standing Start.
As GT5’s qualifying system is so messed up, there won’t be any ‘official’ qualifying session held and the grid will be decided by random. However, because it’s an Endurance race and ‘Boost’ is enabled, starting grid position is really not that important.
There will be a maximum of 16 entries allowed. I will offer places to the first 15 users who state their interest by beginning their post with ‘Me please!’ and then stating their PSN username.
EG: “Me please! (Docretes)”
More details will be posted nearer the day of the race. If you do wish to race on Saturday, make sure to follow this thread to remain up to date.