This Wednesday, a Giant Bomb Forza tradition moves to a game more prepared for endurance craziness! iRacing is the new home for the 5th Annual GB100.
The 5th Annual GB100 Grand Prix Endurance Race
WHEN: January 1st, 2014, qualifying starts at 8:00 PM EST (check other time zones here). Lobby will open up around 6:00 PM EST for practice.
HOW TO JOIN:
- Become a member of the Giant Bomb Racing League, if you aren't already. The directions to join are here.
- When it's time to join the race, you'll see a green driving icon in your league sessions tab. You should join the lobby.
- Prepare to endure.
Car selection will allow for either the Cadillac CTS-V or the RUF RT 12R Track, which will likely be the cars used in an upcoming GT series for the league. The CTS-V is a free car, so any iRacing subscribers can join the race.
At the track voted on by you and the rest of the Giant Bomb community in the poll above:
- PRACTICE: 2 hours, optional (around 6:00 PM EST to 8:00 PM EST)
- QUALIFYING: 20 minutes, open track (Note: You need to join before this is over to race, which will be about 8:20 PM EST)
- RACE: 100 minutes. No set lap distance. Local cautions only. Unlimited fast repairs, because we're not savages.
THE POTENTIAL TRACKS:
- Road Atlanta: Premium track. Road Atlanta's a fast circuit with a long backstraight and a lot of sweeping elevation changes. It's where the best-attended and most competitive race of the first Formula Duder season took place.
- Montreal: Premium track. Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is where F1 races in Canada. It's a lot of fast straights separated by tricky chicanes, and has plenty of great passing opportunities, including an awesome hairpin at one end of the circuit.
- Laguna Seca: Free track. Home of the the famous corkscrew, one of the trickiest turns in the world. It's also the track Drew raced on in the iRacing quick look.
- Lime Rock: Free track. Often referred to as a short-track road course, Lime Rock is a very short series of esses and fast turns, with a steep run up and down a hill in the middle. Lap times are fast, but there's also barely any time to relax.
- Bathurst: Premium track. Mount Panorama is home to the Bathurst 1000, the biggest race on the Australian V8 Supercar calendar. The track starts with a long and fast run up to a winding and often blind mountain road, followed by an even faster and more dangerous run down the mountain, including a frighteningly long straight back to start/finish.
Since a race of this length is uncharted territory for us, and because I can't just give away in-game cars as easily as I could in Forza, I'm going to hold off announcing any prizes until I see our turnout and success rate. We do have a history of rewarding those who demonstrate heart and determination under pressure in the GB100.
...except those weirdos who ran 50 laps of Le Mans last year when they were specifically told not to do so after the actual GB100 festivities. They didn't get prizes for being INSANE.