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‘Twas several nights before Xmas, 19 to be exact and all through the house… um, who are all these people and why are they all dressed in flame resistant suits? Aha, thought I, motor racing drivers they be and only some races will satisfy these galoots. Away, away with you all, said I, to Mount Panorama and a race we’ll have with Gr. 4 cars (whatever those are). The ‘Blue Hell’ seemed only to increase their desire so to Catalunya with Gr. 3 cars, cried I, but yet again their fire only increased. Will nothing rid me of these meddlesome creeps? Fine, fine, to Mount Fuji with Gr. 2 and Circuit de la Sarthe with Gr. 1 but, no. More they wanted… Oh, I give up. Greetings of the Seasons and welcome to the Gran Turismo Sport League Xmas Cup here at Apex Online Racing. This will be a four round tour of some of the most iconic circuits in the world featuring cars from all four race car groupings in Gran Turismo Sport.

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League Structure

Starting Thursday December 6th, 2018 each race for the Xmas Cup will start promptly at 7:45pm UK time lasting 40 minutes and preceded by a 15 min qualifying session -or- a Time Trial submission depending on the number of driver sign ups. The Open Lobby Room opens at 7pm for practice and in order to ensure the best experience for everyone involved it is strongly suggested that all drivers enter the lobby at least 20 minutes before the event start time.

If you are unable to attend a race please contact a league coordinator at least 1 hour prior
to the event start time.

In short:

Starting Thursday Dec 6th, 2018 & each subsequent Thursday for 4 rounds
Lobby Open 7pm UK time
Event Start 7:45pm UK time

Please be in the lobby 20 min. early

In the event of 20+ participants (16 full time drivers + 4 reserve drivers) multiple race rooms will be created each with their own dedicated coordinator. For example if there are enough sign-ups to fill 3 rooms (total of 48) the top 16 fastest qualifiers would report to room #1, 17-31 would report to room #2 and finally, 32-48 would report to room #3.

P1-P16 (Race Room 1): 80 73 70 67 65 63 61 59 57 56 55 54 53 52 51 50

P17-P32 (Race Room 2): 55 48 45 42 40 38 36 34 32 31 30 29 28 27 26 25

P33-P48 (Race Room 3): 30 23 20 17 15 13 11 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

If we are less than 20 drivers (16 + 4 reserves) everybody will race in Race Room 1 and a win will subsequently produce 80 points. If there are more than 20 drivers we will split into two Race Rooms, the first half will go to Race Room 1 and the other half will go to Race Room 2. The winner of Race Room 1 will get 80 points and the winner of Race Room 2 will get 55 points. All rooms will award one (1) additional point for Pole Position and for fastest lap during the race.

Race Information

Any car classed as the appropriate Group Number for each round (See Calendar for details) by the game is eligible to participate. Balance of Performance (BoP) will be used, and Set-Ups are prohibited.

Allowed Assists

Traction Control System (TCS), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)

Banned Assists

Counter Steer Assist (CSA), Automatic Stability Management (ASM), Driving Line, Auto Drive


Qualifying will be conducted in one of two ways depending on the number of driver sign ups. If there are 20 drivers or less a 15 minute (+ remaining lap) qualifying round will proceed the feature race. This will be a group qualifying session similar to that used in Formula 1 which means drivers are responsible for creating and maintaining their own space during the qualifying round and as long as a driver has crossed the start/ finish line before the 15 minute limit the lap will be counted as valid. Laps started after the 15 minute limit will NOT be counted as valid. Once the time period has elapsed (you will be notified by the coordinator when time is up) please DO NOT sit in the pits. If you are in the pits at the end of the session please drive out past the sector 1 timing split and find a place to park off track. This will ensure everyone will be lined up properly at the start of the race and help prevent drivers being stuck on the grid and/ or auto-drive at the start of the race.

For 21 or more driver sign ups qualifying will be determined through the Time Trial function in the offline Arcade Mode. As there is no way to police setups or tyre choice it is recommended that drivers use Racing Super Soft tyres. Setups may be used for qualifying but keep in mind that they will be prohibited for the races. BoP however, will be enforced through the means used to post your time trial times.


When you are satisfied with your time trial, post a screenshot of the Time Trial Ranking Board to the appropriate race thread in the AOR GT Sport forum. A valid entry must contain the following:
(As indicated above by the red arrows) Track Name, Your Gamer Tag, Your pre-approved car & the BoP indicator illuminated. Posts missing any of the required information will not be accepted under any circumstance. In addition, Posts made after 12:00pm the Wednesday before the event
will not be accepted.

Tyre Allocation/ Pit Stops

As per usual, fuel consumption and tyre wear will be accelerated and pit stops while not required are highly recommended. (For more information on tyre selection and fuel & tyre wear rates please see the Calendar)

Lobby Settings

Room Name
● AOR Xmas Cup rdX

Basic Settings
● Room Mode: Practice/ Endurance (for timed race) Practice/ Race (for lap count race)
● Room Privacy: Friends Only

● Race Type: Race for Real
● Fixed Room Ownership: Yes (Friends Only room automatically sets this to ‘yes’)
● Max Number of Participants: 16
● Required Driver Rating: (blank)
● Required Sportsmanship Rating: (blank)

Track Settings (Round 1 used as example)
● Track: Mt. Panorama
● Select Condition: 15:30 Clear
● Time Limit: 40 min

Race Settings
● Start Type: Rolling Start
● Grid Order: Fastest First
● Boost: Off
● Slipstream Strength: Real
● Visible Damage: On
● Mechanical Damage: Light
● Tyre Wear: 8x
● Fuel Depletion: 4x
● Initial Fuel: 100 Litres (Max)
● Grip Reduction On Wet Track/Track Edge: Real
● Race Finish Delay: 90 seconds (1 lap race time)

Regulation Settings
● Filter By Category: Gr. 4 (Round 1 used as example)
● Balance of Performance: On
● Maximum Tyre Rating: Racing Hard (Round 1 used as example)
● Minimum Tyre Rating: Racing Hard
● Car Number Type: No Limit
● Tuning: Prohibited
● Kart Usage: Off

Penalty Settings
● Ghosting During Race: Off
● Shortcut Penalty: Strong
● Wall Collision Penalty: Off
● Wall Collision Detection: N/A
● Side Contact Penalty: Off
● Correct Vehicle Course After Wall Collision: Off
● Replace Cars When They Leave The Track: Off
● Flag Rules: On
● Ghost Lapped Cars: Off

Limit Driving Options
● Countersteering Assistance: Prohibited
● Active Stability Management: Prohibited
● Driving Line Assist: Prohibited
● Traction Control: No Limit
● ABS: No Limit
● Auto-Drive: Prohibited

Who to contact
For league related enquiries or questions, your first point of contact should be a staff member within the Race Room you have qualified for - or the League Coordinator. Upon joining a Race Room, it will be made clear who your Race Room Coordinator is.

Example reasons to contact them could be:
● To inform them that you're missing a race
● To get information about your Race Room
● If you are unhappy about something, either with regards to a race or on the forums

If you have an issue with your League Coordinator and would rather discuss the issue with someone else, then seek out another person from the below list and address the issue to them. Our Coordinators and Moderators are expected to remain completely unbiased, and as long as you address the situation sensibly and maturely they will be happy to discuss any issues no matter who it is with.

The following members are currently part of the team running the GT Sport Leagues:
@Delaney, @BL99DY-NINE, @Hasnain
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