Forza 6 Adds Homestead Speedway

All Racing Club Manager is concerned about is the addition of a new track and the different layouts, of which there are 12 total. Although along with the new track, Forza Motorsport 6 includes some cool new race-inspired functionality and NASCAR vehicles. Hopefully some NASCAR themed leagues will start cropping up on Racing Club Manager and maybe I can participate 🙂

 

Assetto Corsa Tracks Added

These tracks are not new to Assetto Corsa, but they are newly supported by Racing Club Manager. I add to the list of Assetto Corsa tracks today by including:

  • Aosta Grand Prix
  • BRNO Circuit
  • Cadwell Park Circuit
  • Zolder 1967
  • Eastern Creek(Gardner GP, Amaroo, Brabham, Druitt)

There haven’t been any consistent AC users on racingclubmanager.com up to this point but I was asked on twitter to add these mod tracks. As always I will add new tracks to games as they are released but a few of the sim racers out there allow mod tracks and there is no way that I’ll be able to keep tabs on all of the releases so I rely on you guys to inform me

I am entertaining the idea of allowing club/league admins to enter custom track names, but if I do implement that feature I want to do it in a way that all tracks added become consistent. We don’t want 10 different versions and spellings of “Nordschleife” out there and even if I allow the input tracks to only be seen by the club that entered it, that just increases the database size. I’m busy at the moment with #RCMRelease12 and that alone is a massive undertaking so this will need to take a back seat for now. I assure you that when I do implement this feature it will be spectacular.

Thanks for reading!

New MXGP 2 Track DLC

Today I added support for the 2 new DLC tracks for the Motocross game MXGP 2. Currently no clubs exist for this game on Racing Club Manager but the game looks really cool and hopefully someone will want to start a league and RCM will be there for them.

Here is the DLC release trailer…

Support for Assetto Corsa’s Black Cat County

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Although Racing Club Manager doesn’t have any currently active Assetto Corsa clubs, I still want to keep up with the track lists when I catch wind of a new release. With AC’s new massive update, v1.5 they included a new fantasy track called “Black Cat County.”

The new track has 3 variations: short, intermediate, and long. I’ll let the dev blog describe the environment…

…until now the simulation did not include a proper road environment, an ideal scenario for the simple pleasure of driving, something that people are especially looking for while driving road cars and grand-tourers.

One of the car manufacturers that use Assetto Corsa for promotional, training and R&D activities has noticed the same, and last winter requested our team to create a fictional road environment with the purpose of taking advantage of the driving feeling granted by the simulation, just for the sheer enjoyment of driving without the need to learn and practice on a track, aimed at people who are not yet familiar with driving on racing circuits.

I also added some tracks I missed: Barcelona, Zandvoort, and Brands Hatch.

Forza 6 VIR Track Support

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Forza 6 announced along with the Porsche expansion that they have added Virginia International Raceway. That means Racing Club Manager is also adding support for VIR and the 7 ribbons. VIR is only available along with the purchase of the Porsche expansion($19.99 USD) which is unfortunate but with 21 total possible configurations and a bunch of great cars, it is definitely worth the money.

Release 7 Details

Release 7 is all about individual racer statistics. Until now we have had the leaderboards page and the racers pages, and they do provide some good data to pour over, but it doesn’t really let you evaluate a racer’s performance at-a-glance. The following post will detail all of the features of the new “Racer Detail” page.

The Racer Detail Page

racer_detail-winners circleHere is the racer detail page viewed in a dialog box. At the top left of the dialog you can see an icon with 4 arrows pointing outwards. Clicking that icon will break the page out of its dialog and open in a full web page. The full page view is good when studying the Average Finish chart which we will discuss later.

At the top of the page you can see the racer’s name or gamer ID and their status in the club they belong to.

Below that we have 3 dark blue boxes, Series Won, Races Won, and Attendance.

racer_detail-series wonSeries Won will show how many series this racer has won, rapidbushnell has never won a series 😦 In parenthesis you can see what the series winning percentage is. If rapidbushnell had won 5 series out of 10 that he attended, the percentage would be 50%.

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Races Won is the same as Series Won, but showing data for individual races. rapidbushnell has won 2 races, which is only 2% of all the races he has attended.

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The Attendance box is divided by Series and Races. Shown here, rapidbushnell attended at least 1 race in 23 distinct series held by this club, which is 85% of all series this club had scheduled. rapidbushnell has attended 85 races, which is 67% of all races ever held by this club. These numbers do not take into account races or series that are scheduled but have not yet been completed.

Graphs

racer_detail-winners circle detailThe Winners Circle pie graph allows anyone to see how often this racer gets Gold, Silver, Bronze, DNF, and Non-Podium finishes. The large dark blue slice above represents the non-podium finishes. The tiny black slice represents DNFs. Each slice in the graph can be clicked and a list of races will populate in the table on the left. You can click into any of those races and see the full results of that race and the series standings up to that point. This graph really highlights the at-a-glance evaluation that we are striving for with this release. You can immediately  tell that rapidbushnell rarely podiums, but consistently finishes races to completion.

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The Average Finish line graph shows the change in the racer’s overall average finish position after each race. The Y-axis shows the range of finish positions that this racer falls within. On average rapidbushnell finishes between 5th and 6th place, but closer to 6th. The X-axis shows the date MM/DD of each race and the actual position achieved. While studying this graph you can see that before his race on 6/1 his average finish position was around 5.85 and that on 6/1 he finished in 9th place which brought his average up to 5.9. This graph currently only looks at the past 60 days, but we have plans to expand the capabilities of this graph in the near future. Although rapidbushnell doesn’t finish low enough to really affect this graph in a major way, you can at-a-glance see where he is most likely to finish during a given race.

The racer detail page is built so that we can add new graphs when we find that they could be useful, or upon request. Thank you for reading this post and I hope it helps explain some things if they weren’t obvious. If you have further questions or suggestions just leave a comment or contact us: rcm@racingclubmanager.com

Ability to Delete Your Club

The Club Profile page now has a “Delete Club” button at the bottom. It allows clubs that were just trying the site as a test, to delete the club and all data associated with it. In the confirmation prompt, we stress that we cannot un-delete a club. In reality we have database backups so if you were to delete by accident, although an unlikely event, we could restore from our backups.

This is a very minor update and was not included into an official release. I am still developing Release 7 and trying to figure out the best stats to put on the Racer Detail page. Once I figure out the final layout of the page I will do another blog post and detail all the new features.

Thanks for reading!

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Ability to Dismiss a Request to Join

I published a small update that will allow admins to dismiss a request to join the club. The reason for this update was due to club members that had already been added to Racing Club Manager were submitting a request to join. In order for me to get rid of their request was to deny it, since approving it would create a duplicate racer for my club. When the racer gets an email saying they were denied, it creates an annoying conversation that needs to be had.

Now you have the option to dismiss a request to join, which removes the request from the queues, but does not send anything to the requestor. We still log who dismissed the request and when, but it is not a readily available report. If you believe your admins were involved in shenanigans, you can send me an email and I can look into it personally.

Update for Review Join Requests

Hello all,

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 rcm@racingclubmanager.com 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.

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