Endurance Survival Guide


Introduction

The GTOR Nürburgring 12hr Online Race is a virtual Online Race.

We will be using the Playstation 3 game GranTurismo5.

This event was meant to celebrate the real 24hours of Nürburgring that will be taking place at the same time and day,

10 teams, 30 drivers, 6 shifts of 2 hours.

This is not for the casual GT fan. Race conditions will be as close to the real thing as possible: Tire wear, fuel consumption and damage will put the drivers to the test.

Teams will need to manage their strategy, pace, communications, sleep, nourishment and more.

Race Setup

Optimizing a race car to a specific circuit is not an easy task. For the Nürburgring it is a master test.

The setup depends on driving style, car balance and track conditions.

Extensive testing should be done to make sure a good balance is struck. Having alternate setups to choose from, depending on the way you feel confortable could make the difference between winning and losing.

Optimum setups for speed are usually unstable and not all drivers on the team may be able to drive the vehicle in a fast pace without the risk of crashing. The nature of an endurance race allows for a setup that is more stable to diminish errors instead of relying on speed. Consistency rather than pulling off a few good laps is key.

Points to consider:

 GT5 fuel tank capacities are all 100 litres

 Weight of fuel is not considered

 RPM, load and engine size affects fuel consumption

First Laps

It is common knowledge that the first few corners are particularity risky as the pack of cars is tightly positioned. Like the beginning of a traffic jam, the first car brakes where he chooses and all the others progressively brake earlier. Although it
is true that experimented drivers can time their braking to avoid a pileup, online racing removes enough inhibition to create problems with multiple cars braking at the same time.

It is important to be conservative and to gradually brake as to warn the other drivers with your tail lights. Besides, passing a car or two through the first few corners is rarely the main difference between winning and losing a 12hr
endurance race.

Account for tire choice and setup differences of opponents before trying to outbrake others.

To recap, be conservative. Damaging the car is always a bad idea.

Pacing yourself

Driving the Nürburgring for 24hrs is not very obvious. Even if the driver is very intimate with the circuit, on the very next lap, due to the sheer size of the ring, conditions have forcibly changed. At the very least, tires have begun to wear.

That is why the driver is in constant re-evaluation of the limits of both driver and vehicle. This being said, it is important to drive below what you think are the limits (some say 80%) in order to leave room for corner misjudgements.

Pacing yourself helps save the tires. As many corners are approached with a downhill slope, the extra weight on the front tires can lead to understeer at turn in. When coupled to an off-camber corner, it makes matters worse.

Nürburgring Onboard – Full Lap

Discipline

An important element to pay attention to is the ‘off-track’ planning. Despite its importance, it can easily be neglected. Have a look at the following to help plan for success:

Driving – Eating – Resting Schedules

Establishing schedules is a simple way to complement your race strategy. Your well thought out plan reduces driver fatigue and assures their maximum concentration.

The menu

Avoid being dragged down by alcohol and fatty foods. Make sure to eat light.

Endurance driving requires high levels of concentration over long periods of time.

Even well rested, it’s an arduous task in itself! Light meals can help fight drowsiness.

Driver focus

Avoid conversations that could distract the driver. Ideally the driver should be completely completely isolated as if he was really alone in the car. Use a communication system/method that will keep conversation brief and to the point.

Attention to fatigue and dehydration

Being attentive to signs of fatigue and dehydration can help avoid off track excursions or premature driver tiredness.

Drivers must have something to drink at all times.

General organisation to avoid anarchy

Plan a structure for all tasks (food preparation, personal hygiene, rest ,management, coordination, communication).

Seeing the event as a great challenge where every second counts as opposed to a ‘LAN party’, can make the difference between winning or not.

Drivers

The driver is as much a gauge/sensor as he is a do-er. He transmits information such as car feedback and his own driving as well as follows team orders while staying fully concentrated. To make it work, the driver has to avoid debating race
strategy while driving unless there is an obvious lack of info on the management side. He should keep his concentration focused on his focus, the track conditions, the car and his driving. That’s more than enough to leave the strategizing to
someone else…

Thank you.

On behalf of GTOR, immense thanks goes out to you the brave, strong-willed, obsessed (and a tad bit crazy) competitor.

This event isn’t ordinary, and neither are the competitors willing to take on this daunting task.

As a first event, the GTOR Nürburgring 12hr Online Race requires a lot of organization for us and for every participating team.

Nothing is perfect, but we hope the spirit of this famous endurance race will mark and amaze us. It would be nice to have its second iteration next year and for years to come.

We hope you have learnt something in this Survival Guide, and hope you will have thoroughly enjoyed racing with us at the Nürburgring.

Thank you Kurtis Duddy for the great Survival Guide.