I’m about to go into detail about why this release took me so long to complete, so if you’re just looking for a quick update on what is included in release #3, then go to the Release History Page. Although you will miss the sweet screen shots and boring explanations.
Initially I was working on a more intense implementation of qualifying, but after contemplating the ideas and doing some proof of concept work, I decided it would take too long and not be very useful for enough clubs to make it worth it. After scrapping that idea I was trying to think of the most straight-forward implementation for qualifying and decided that allowing admins to record starting position would be best for now.
There is a new button at the series level of the Manage Races Screen that allows you to turn being able to record the starting position on or off. It looks like a starting grid, next to the [+] button. Clicking the button will either show or hide the “Start” column in the race results.
If you turn ON the Start column for a series, you will now see each racer’s start position in the results. This extends to multi-class and team enabled series as you can see in the above screenshots.
I also added some new data columns on the Racers Screen. In the screenshot below you’ll see that I rearranged the columns to show Points Earned first, then the number of Races Attended. The new columns are Podiums and Average Start. Then the last column is Average Finish. This will allow you to see how well you perform by comparing your Average Start to you Average Finish. In the example below Buddy7085 qualifies in the 4th grid position on average, but is actually better during races and on average he finishes just outside of 3rd place.
In the future I would like to expand on this and create entire racer profiles that include charts and graphs that help to see how good a racer is at a glance.
We released an update to the Review Join Requests screen for admins. This update allows an admin that is approving or denying a request to join whether or not they wish to use their e-mail address when notifying the requestor of the admins decision.
Before this update, we always sent from firstname.lastname@example.org and when the requestor hit reply, the e-mail got sent back to us. Now when you send your decision, you decide if you want the reply to go back to us(gets deleted) or comes back to you(open dialog, yay!)
Mostly this was implemented so that when you approve a request, you can share a dialog with the requestor. I could also see where admins might want their e-mail address to stay private and would want the requestor to go through other channels to communicate. I hope this is helpful!
By the way, we are still working on Release #3 – Ability to define a racers starting/qualifying position. The release is coming along well. The admin functions are complete, but the UI for the general public is still being worked on. This release should lead to some really cool future releases for “racer profiles.”
If you have questions or comments, we would love to hear them.
Now Driveclub isn’t a racing simulator, but it can be fun to schedule series based on the cars and tracks that the game offers. We now fully support Driveclub and all of the tracks from the initial release and the game’s DLC. As soon as new DLC tracks are released, we will update accordingly. Have fun racing!
Arguments over whether Schumacher was greater than Fangio are not new.
I’m going to present something that is new: the results of a mathematical model designed to answer who was the greatest Formula 1 driver of all time.
You may disagree with any attempt to answer this question on principle, and that’s okay by me. I hope you will nevertheless find this to be an interesting approach.
The first attempt to rank drivers using a model was in 2009 by Eichenberger and Stadelmann (paper here and pdf here). Without giving too much away, my model agrees with theirs on several of the top ranked drivers. However, many of the previous model’s results don’t pass a sanity check. Ukyo Katayama is ranked ahead of Nigel Mansell, Erik Comas is ranked ahead of Ayrton Senna, Arturo Merzario is ranked ahead of Jack Brabham, Mark Blundell is ranked ahead of Niki Lauda…