The Praetorium isn’t a racing league. It’s a floating multiplayer session for like-minded racers that would like a little more structure than random multiplayer sessions usually offer, without the commitment, logistics, and pressure that is often associated with league racing.
The idea behind the Praetorium is that whenever players see the name in the server list, they will know what to expect—which tracks will be in the rotation cycle, how many laps, the weather, date/time of day, as well as what other session settings like assists, damage, tire wear, etc. will be in effect. Most of all, they’ll also know what rules apply and that proper race etiquette is encouraged and expected, and that repeat or egregious offenders will be removed from sessions.
Will it work? Well, to be honest, I’m not exactly sure, but I figured I’d give it a shot and see how things go. So I’ll updated the session info below on a weekly basis, posting the new track rotation and class for the upcoming week. Currently, there are no set days and times that the Praetorium will be up and running—again, it’s a floating session—but you’re most likely to see it show up weeknights, between 8:00 – 10:30 PM (CT) and off and on during the weekends between 12:00 PM and 9:00 PM. Track rotation and class selection will vary from week to week, and suggestions and recommendations are welcome.
If you would like to be notified when the Praetorium comes online, leave your SteamID below or send a request to SteamID: Haiden773, and I’ll add you to the group.
Below, is this week’s session, class, and track info, along with a list of session rules and expected race etiquette. Violating rules will get you kicked. Not observing etiquette may get you a warning, but you’d have to be a repeat or gross offender to be kicked.
The Praetorium will be running the following as of 10/19/16:
Watkins Glen GP
Le Mans Bugatti Circuit
Brands Hatch GP
Session Info: (for the first week or two, I’d like to keep it simple—one class, same day/time)
Qualification: 10 – 15 minutes, depending on grid size
Race Laps: 4 – 6
Date/Time: July 1, 2:00 PM (all tracks)
Weather: Clear (all tracks)
Default Setups: No
Tire Wear: x2
Fuel Usage: Real
Mandatory Pit Stop: No
Rules: (very simple)
- Respect other drivers.
- No crashing.
- No blocking.
- No standing on or near the track—especially near the prime race line. It’s distracting to other drivers. If you’re taking a break or chatting, go back to the garage or park far away from the track.
Race Etiquette: (Suggestions for addition are welcome)
- Respect other drivers.
- It is the responsibility of the overtaking driver to execute a clean pass.
- If you’re riding someone’s tail into a corner, adjust your braking points, or pull out and take a different line. Rear ending someone, and then claiming they broke earlier than you expected is not an excuse.
- If you bump someone and cause them to lose position, give the position back, if possible. This is only fair. You didn’t earn the position legitimately, so give it back.
- If you lose a car in your mirrors, assume the driver is alongside you hold your line. I strongly recommend using Crew Chief (it’s free on PC). If not, then map your left and right looks and use them.
- When exiting pit lane, use caution and stay in the reentry lane until you’re clear to rejoin. During qualification, do not rejoin in front a driver on their hot lap.
- If you run off track, use caution when rejoining. Yes. You’re going to lose position. Errors have consequences. Accept it.
- If you’re on your hot lap, turn on your headlights, so other know.
- If you’re on an out lap, or have blown a hot lap, do not block, interfere, or hinder other drivers running their hot laps.
- If you’ve already hit your personal best, and the track is crowded, consider going back to the pits to reduce congestion on track.
- All drivers have a right to pursue their hot laps. You may flash your lights, but if the car in front doesn’t yield during qualification, assume that driver is also running a hot lap. Please do not attempt to overtake drivers in corners during qualification. One, it’s not fair. Just because you are faster, doesn’t give you any special privileges. And two, it’s pointless. Overtaking another car on the alternate line means you’re going to lose time anyway. During qualification, overtaking should only be done on the straights. The best thing to do is adjust your spacing to ensure you have the room you need before you starting pushing.
- If you're in the backfield and being lapped by the race leaders, do not block or defend your position. Hold your line and let the leaders pass. Leaders are still responsible for making clean overtakes.