The Sim Grid Endurance Cup returns for season 3!
Season 2 of The Sim Grid Endurance Cup was thrilling from start to finish with the championship going all the way down to the wire at the final race, the 8h of Silverstone. We expect season 3 to be no different, and with some significant format and rule changes, it should be even closer than ever before!
Firstly, teams must now have 3 drivers compared to the 2-4 driver team sizes allowed in season 2. Secondly, rounds 1, 3 and 5 in this championship will be 3h rounds (compared to the 4h used in season 2) with rounds 2 and 4 being 6h and 9h respectively.
There will be up to 4 splits available in the championship. Each of the splits has availability for a maximum of 45 cars. With each car featuring 3 drivers, this means that The Sim Grid Endurance Cup will have 540 drivers racing at each round!
To register for this championship, click the "Register Team" button and select your team, the drivers of the car and the "Qualifier" class. All teams will only have 1 car available for selection; Lexus. The Lexus is the car that all teams will need to use in the qualification process.
The qualification process uses a fixed car and track combination to create parity and ensure that no team qualifies on the basis of a car having BoP advantages at the selected track. The qualification process for The Sim Grid Endurance Cup season 3 is the Lexus at Nurburgring.
All 3 drivers on the team must set a minimum of 20 valid laps on the qualification server. There is no maximum number of laps a driver can set. The best 25% of a drivers laps are then averaged and the time for each driver is combined to get a team average lap time which is used to sort the teams.
Server name: The Sim Grid | Endurance Cup S3 | Qualification Server
Server password: iamspeed
The qualification server will open at 09:00 CEST on Monday 12th April.
The qualification server will close at 22:00 CEST on Sunday 18th April.
*Teams who have been invited to race in season 3 based on their performance in season 2 will still have to follow the same registration process but do not have to do the qualification.
*The number of spaces available in each split for the qualifiers is dependant on the number of invited teams who return. At minimum, the top 22 qualifiers will enter Split 1.
All teams that enter the series must agree to abide by the Terms & Conditions.
Practice - 12:00 CEST
Drivers Briefing - 12:20 CEST
Qualifying - 12:30 CEST
Server Restart - 13:00 CEST
Race - 13:10 CEST
All 4 splits of The Sim Grid Endurance Cup will have both Live Race stewarding and Post Race stewarding.
The series imposes a 65 minutes driver stint limit. The stint timer stops when you enter the pitlane and is reset upon exiting the pit lane (unless you are serving a penalty). The game will automatically apply a Drive Through penalty if the stint limit is exceeded.
Each driver must drive at least one stint during each race. Teams will receive a penalty of 130 seconds if a driver does not drive a stint.
Maximum Driver Time (3h / 6h / 9h)
There are no mandatory number of pit stops.
The series will use a custom Balance of Performance (BoP) system. All cars will be brought into a 3 tenths delta at each track through the use of ballast.
Some cars may have high amounts of ballast applied, some may have little to none, but all cars go through extensive testing to make sure that the gap between fastest and slowest is no more than 0.3s.
The ballast values applied to each track will only be revealed a week before race day, when the practice server goes live.
The Sim Grid reserves the right to adjust the values at any time.
Points will be awarded to the Top 20 of each race. The points allocated for each position is TBD.
This is a driver swap series where each team is required to have 3 drivers at a race. However, in the event that a teammate is unavailable for a race, there are 3 options available to the team:
Option 3 is a last resort and is only to be used for the 3h rounds. For the 6h and 9h rounds, the team must have 3 drivers without exception.
Custom liveries made outside of the game are permitted in this series but please bear in mind that they are not officially supported by the game's developers.
Split 1 will be live streamed on YouTube and custom liveries can be shared to the stream broadcaster in a dedicated channel on discord.
If your team wishes to run with a custom livery, The Sim Grid logo, Coach Dave Academy logo and Thrustmaster logo must be included in the livery and located as per the instructions of the Terms & Conditions document. The in-game Thrustmaster logo can be used on the wing but it is not mandatory.
Any politically charged or potentially offensive material on a custom livery will see the team banned from the series.
To avoid the significant lag that custom liveries cause, we suggest that teams run the livery but without the .png file. Do not run the liveries of other teams under any circumstances. The files are shared for use of the broadcaster only.
If a team is unavailable to attend a round in the championship, then use the withdraw function. This is found by clicking on the "Races" tab, and then "Admin" on the round you need to withdraw from. There you will find the withdraw button. Teams are permitted one withdrawal in this series. Missing a race without withdrawal will result in disqualification.
If a team has withdrawn from a race, but wish to attend the race after all, please contact a member of the Event Admin team as the slot may have already been filled by a Reserve team.
If you are a reserve team, you can see if teams have withdrawn from a round on the same "Admin" tab on each round. If you see a team has withdrawn and you wish to take their place, please contact a member of the Event Admin team.
For the full rule set, please click here