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AOR F1 Leagues - Season 8
Playstation 3: League Information


This thread contains general information about the AOR X360 F1 Leagues - such as league structure, assist restrictions and lobby settings. Reading the below posts will help you understand how our leagues work.

Basic information:

● The current league structure contains 5 main leagues with races taking place on Thursday and Sunday nights.
● Each league contains 16 drivers, spread across 8 different cars, with the drivers in the same car listed as team mates.
● Races take place in the evening UK time, by default at 8pm. Minor modifications to the race time can be agreed within each league if necessary.
● One race takes place each week (apart from weeks with a scheduled break) and this season consists of 18 races, following the order of the 2013 Formula One World Championship. All leagues run 50% distance races.

Other Important Links:

League Rules
Race Calendar
Sign Up

Leagues:
We currently have 5 main leagues on the Playstation 3.
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Tier 1 ● AOR PS3 F1 League ● Thursday @ 8:00pm [Forum Link]
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Tier 2 ● AOR PS3 GP2 League ● Thursday @ 8:00pm [Forum Link]
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Tier 3 ● AOR PS3 F3 League ● Sunday @ 8:00pm [Forum Link]
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Tier 4 ● AOR PS3 F4 League ● Thursday @ 8:00pm [Forum Link]
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Tier 5 ● AOR PS3 F5 League ● Sunday @ 8:00pm [Forum Link]
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Info posts:

Below you will find more detailed info about the leagues. If you have any questions, this thread should be your first port of call before contacting a member of the F1 Team.

Click the links below or scroll down to see the relevant post.

League System
● Information on how the league structure is built up

Driver Placement
● How the leagues are set up
● New Drivers
● Reserve drivers

Promotion and Relegation
● Information about promotion and relegation spots
● Fast-tracking system

Assist Restrictions
● See what assists can be used in each league

Lobby Settings
● Information on the settings used in our official league races

Car and Team Selection
● The selection process is explained

Race Weekend Format
● Details on what you can expect each week

Race Classification
● Points system
● Disconnections/DNFs
● Standings

PS3 F1 Team
● Who to contact if you have any questions
 
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League System:

Our league system is spread across two evenings but all drivers compete under one structure. The pinnacle of the series is F1 which all drivers should aim to reach, compete in, and triumph against 15 of your peers. It is recognised that not all drivers will be able to compete on a certain race day which is why we run the leagues across two evenings - allowing for maximum inclusion. It is hoped that the quickest drivers will be able to compete in F1 on the declared race day, but should this not be possible they will be placed in the quickest tier on the day that they are able to compete in.

As shown below, we currently have 5 main leagues, ordered in a tier system. Each tier represents how high the league is rated - Tier 1 representing the highest rated league, and Tier 5 representing the lowest rated league. It is expected that the GP2 and F3 leagues and the F4 and F5 leagues will be of similar standard.

Tier 1: F1 - Thursday
Tier 2: GP2 - Thursday
Tier 3: F3 - Sunday
Tier 4: F4 - Thursday
Tier 5: F5 - Sunday
 
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Driver Placement:

Setting up the Leagues
When setting up the leagues for a new season, we always aim to make the leagues as close and competitive as possible, by placing drivers where they best fit into the league structure in relation to their pace. To a large extent, the leagues are decided by the championship standings and results from the previous season, as well as the promotion and relegation spots (see post below). This will be used as a main guideline for where drivers are placed, however we will also use our general knowledge about each driver when deciding their placement. So if you want to move up in the league structure, you need to perform well in your league and show the F1 Team that your pace warrants a higher league spot!

New Drivers
New drivers who want to join the AOR F1 Leagues can sign up here.

Drivers who are new to our leagues will need to complete the 'sign-up process' before they are eligible to enter. More info about this can be found in the sign-up thread, but in short it consists of the below steps:

Step 1: Sign up to the leagues by posting a reply to the sign-up, following the specified sign-up template.

Step 2: Complete and report 2 time trial times to enable us to gauge your ultimate pace.

Step 3: Complete and report 2 social races, in order to show us that they're committed to taking part in the league, as well as able to race cleanly and fairly in a proper race environment. This is to avoid some of the drivers likely to quit after a few races, or cause problems on track.

Step 4: Wait for an appropriate league spot to become available, at which point they will be contacted by a member of the F1 Team via a private message.

We will try to fit any new drivers who sign up at the start of the season into an appropriate league straight away, on the same basis as existing drivers. For new drivers, we will use their reported social races and time trial times as a guideline when judging which league they're most appropriate for. New drivers may be placed directly into any league from GP2 downwards, but note than new drivers will not be placed directly into the top F1 League - a spot in F1 will have to be earned by performing well in GP2.

This works the same way for drivers who join the leagues mid-season, in that we will try to fit them into the most suitable spot, however drivers can only join mid-season if a space in an appropriate league is available. If it isn't, they will be placed as a reserve driver - or on the waiting list - until a spot opens.

Reserve Drivers
Drivers who get assigned as a reserve driver will not have a guaranteed spot in the league races, but will be able to step in to race in place of any no-showers.

Due to table limitations, and to not cause problems with regards to the league structure, reserve drivers will not be visibly listed in the league standings. However, the table keeps record of their points in the background, so that if they later get promoted to a main race seat (if one of the main drivers drops out or is removed), points scored during the reserve driver period will be added to their total.

Upon their nomination as a reserve driver, they will be allocated a reserve car. This car should be the one that they compete in the league with, until such time that a main roster spot becomes available at which time they will be transferred to that team.

Unlike the main drivers, reserve drivers are not required to be online at the time of the races, but this is obviously appreciated. It is a good idea to clarify with your league's coordinator before the race about whether they know if a main driver is unable to attend.

If a main driver spot opens up in a league, the reserve driver will be first in line to fill that spot.

Test Period
After being placed in a league, new drivers will be subject to a 'test period'. If within this time the driver is deemed to be overly quick or overly slow for the league they've been placed in, they may be moved to a more appropriate league if spaces are available. This is in the interest of keeping the leagues as close and competitive as possible. In extreme circumstances, new drivers may be removed from the league if their conduct is not in keeping with that expected of those who compete at AOR.
 
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Promotion and Relegation:

Each league has a set of promotion and relegation spots which will determine the driver movement between seasons, and is meant to help with the process of balancing the leagues between seasons. This offers drivers something more structured to aim for, whether they're fighting at the top of the bottom of their league's table. The promotions and relegations earned will take effect for the following seasons.

F1: 1 champion. Bottom 4 relegated.
GP2: Top 2 promoted to F1. Bottom 4 relegated to F4.
F3: Top 2 promoted to F1. Bottom 4 relegated to F5.
F4: Top 4 promoted to GP2.
F5: Top 4 promoted to F3.

It must be noted that while promotions and relegations will always be valued when setting up the leagues for a new season, there will usually be some inconsistencies in the driver movements - such as drivers not choosing to sign up again, drivers dropping out mid-season, and new drivers coming into play. Additionally, due to the variance in race days and in accordance with the discretion of the league runners, the structure may be subject to minor amendments on a season by season basis to ensure that drivers are not placed in a league which they are unable to attend.

Please note that if you earn promotion to a higher league purely through pace and good results, you will not be able to decline the promotion, and be aware that this could mean a change in assist restrictions for the following season. On the other hand, if we feel that preventing a driver for being promoted or relegated is of benefit to keeping the leagues as competitive as possible, or for the best interest of the driver, this will be discussed with the relevant driver before a potential amendment is made.

Fast-tracking system:

If a driver pulls out of - or is removed from - a league during the season, we may look to fill that spot with a driver already racing in one of the lower leagues. This may especially happen for our top leagues, and if no suitably quick new drivers are available.

The downside to accepting a league move mid-season is that you will start again on 0 points in the standings, but the upside is that you'll get to race at a more competitive level sooner than you otherwise would have. But don't worry, we will of course not move any driver between leagues without agreeing this with the driver first!
 
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Assist Restrictions:

At AOR we feel that the best drivers should require the least help in the form of assists. Therefore the higher leagues have more strict restrictions regarding what assists can be used. This will ensure that the most skillful drivers are fighting at the top. To be the top driver, you need to not only have worked your way up, but to perform the best under the most challenging conditions available!

You need to be able to drive without ABS and Traction Control in order to race in our leagues.

The table below demonstrates what assists are banned in each league.



X = Banned
= Optional
 
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Lobby Settings:

The following lobby settings will be applied for the league races.

Car Performance: Equal
Race Distance: 50%
Weather: Dynamic
Parc Ferme: On
Collisions: Full
Car Damage: Full
Tyre Wear: On
Fuel Load Simulation: On
Rules/Flags: Reduced
Car Setups: Allowed
Safety Car: On
Make sure you read the safety car guidelines here.
 
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Car and Team Selection:

The car and team selection happens before every new season. Like in previous seasons, drivers will pick their preferred car in an order based on their 'rank' within the league. The rank is decided based by the league administrators but is loosely based upon on each driver's league in Season 7 firstly - and secondly on their finishing position within that league - from the previous season. Returning drivers are ranked above new drivers.

Drivers will be notified when the car selection begins, at which point a thread will be created within each league's subforum for this to take place.

The car selection process goes as follows:

The top ranked drivers starts off by picking his preferred car. The next driver then chooses to either team up with the first driver or pick another car. This carries on - with the drivers picking the same cars ending up as team mates - until all members of the league have picked a car.
Once 8 different constructors have been picked, the remaining drivers will have to pick the second seat in an already picked car, so that we end up with 8 teams of 2 drivers.

Remember that each driver has earned their place in the picking order, and this order is followed regardless of who drivers prefer as their team mate. If someone picks your sister car, but you want another driver as your team mate, you would have to switch to another car and expect that person to change his pick. Car choices are open to change until all 16 drivers have picked, at which point the choices are locked and no further changes will be permitted during the season.

If a new driver joins the league at a later stage of the season, he may pick from any of the available seats in an already active constructor.
 

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Race Weekend Format:

Practice: Practice sessions are not officially organised - it's up to the league's drivers to arrange this. Our members are frequently organising independent social races which can be used as practice. Visit the Social Races & Tournaments forum to find and join any available races!

Qualifying: A single 15 minute session directly before the race. Drivers post fastest lap times to determine the grid positions for the race.

Race: A race to the finish of 50% distance directly after qualifying to determine the points scored.
 
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Race Classification:

Points system:
1st = 25 pts, 2nd = 18 pts, 3rd = 15 pts, 4th = 12 pts, 5th = 10 pts, 6th = 8 pts, 7th = 6 pts, 8th = 4 pts, 9th = 2 pts, 10th = 1 pt, 11th-16th = 0 pts.

DNFs:
● If a driver fails to finish the race, but finishes in a points scoring positions, they will be awarded full points for that position regardless of race distance completed.
● The exception to the above rule is that if the driver is found to have deliberately quit from the race for no good reason (eg. rage-quit), they will be classified as a disqualification in the results and no points will be awarded.

Disconnections:
● If a driver loses connection from a race, that is tough luck, and unfortunately nothing can be done about that.
● When the lobby is complete, the host should issue back up invites. These ensure that if a driver disconnects during the first ten minutes of qualifying, they can rejoin for the race start. Unfortunately, if a disconnect occurs after this time, or if back up invites have not been provided, the race continues as scheduled. The exception to this is if three or more drivers disconnect from the lobby before the race starts. Should this occur, the lobby will be re-started. Please note that should there be a further disconnection of three or more drivers prior to the race start, the lobby will be reset as race only.
● Should it be shown that a driver has deliberately left the lobby to invoke this rule, the driver may be removed from the leagues.
● We do our best to ensure that the best available connection in the lobby acts as the lobby host, so please ensure that your internet connection is fine, and that your NAT is open, before entering the race lobby.

Mass disconnections:
● If half, or more, of the drivers in a race lose connection at the same time, or over a short period of time, that counts as a mass disconnection.
● If less than 50% of the race was completed at the time of the mass disconnection, the race will be restarted immediately, preferably with a new lobby host. If several drivers are unable to restart the race at that time, the race will be rescheduled for a later date.
● If more than 50% of the race was completed at the time of the mass disconnection, the race will end, and the race order from the time of the first disconnection becomes the final result. Half points are awarded to all drivers.
● If more than 90% of the race was completed at the time of the mass disconnection, the race will end, and the race order from the time of the first disconnection becomes the final result. Full points are awarded to all drivers.

Championship standings:
● Drivers and constructors are ranked in the standings based on how many points they've scored over the course of the season.
● If two or more drivers or constructors are tied on points, the higher place in the standings will be awarded to the holder of most first places. If the number of first places is the same, the holder of most second places, then third places, and so on until a winner emerges.
 
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Playstation 3 F1 Team:

The following members are currently part of the team running the PS3 Leagues.

League Runners/Admins:

Elite_Sultan
The Real Moaner

League Moderators:

Aero_Crumb
AlphaDelta

Season 8 League Coordinators:

F1: See league's 'Main Thread'
GP2: See league's 'Main Thread'
F3: See league's 'Main Thread'
F4: See league's 'Main Thread'
F5: See league's 'Main Thread'

On many aspects of the league running, we also run in conjunction with the XBox360 and PC teams.

Who to contact:

Your first point of contact should be your League Coordinator for league related things. Upon joining a league, or at the start of the season, it will be made clear who your League Coordinator is.

Example reasons to contact them could be:

● To inform them that you're missing a race
● To get information about your league
● 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 above 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.

Please try to avoid contacting Admins, Super Moderators and other site leaders not related to your league with things that could be sorted by the league's Coordinators and Moderators.
 
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