I hope everyone had a nice time over the festive period - there were certainly a few smashed people online, including myself, though I don't recall Charger falling asleep with his head jamming his push-to-talk key on and snoring down the voice chat :D
Lots of us were having a Christmas hiatus from racing and playing other stuff. PUBG is always there for a few of us but Euro/American truck simulator seen a lot of action and seems to be gaining a bit of a following! I bought The Division and, ahem, pretty much never played it lol. Was having too much fun racing :) - I hope everyone realises that other games are for Christmas, but racing is for life and we see you back soon ;)
So, what's ahead for RWB in 2018?
Well to start with we are no longer RWB Racing UK and I'm proud to say we've finally moved with the times and are now to be known as…………….. RWB Racing International! This reflects the very international membership of the club now with, if my calculations are correct, people from about 10 different countries. One person does give us cover in both Norway and Germany though :D
The GTE American Cup is well underway with the 3rd race, and first night race, this weekend. 38 people signed up for 32 places but I suspect with the normal retention rates seen in leagues, everyone that wants a space will be able to get one for the remainder of the league, either as a sub or taking over a slot someone has dropped out from. Get in touch if you aren't sure whether to practice/turn up for the race.
Future racing wise, well I've got about 10 different league ideas to try out, Audi is getting his mini-league re-established and is using the new Online Championship mode to run it, which is a little buggy but a very nice way to run the event. We are watching how that feature develops and would love to use it for future leagues. The next ART vs RWB race is available for signup - HERE - a dual class race around Spa.
A reminder that everyone in the club is welcome to put up an event. If you don't have the access needed to the club events calendar, just let an admin know. Tuesdays tend to be the most available day but you can do any day you want.
Speaking of Admins, our newest one, Speeddmon, has been sadly absent recently. He had a loss in the family when his graphics card died and he's unable to get a new one atm. He seems to be using the opportunity to get some life shit done that happens when you have no PC to play on anymore :) - here's to Speed making it back on track soon and normal efforts to keep up with him commence.
Project Cars 2 is well set to be the main racer for 2018. We've got more DLC coming along with (I hope) lots of bug fixes and of course a change to the dreaded slowdown penalties. For the time being I certainly plan to make the most of what is still a cracking racing game, even with the flaws and irritations.
There is going to be an on-going emphasis on the effect lag is having to our racing experience with the aim to eliminate the worst of it as much as possible. It really sucks for those who are causing it who will have to miss out but after seeing some shocking examples of how bad it is, with cars several car lengths out of position to where it looks like they are and cars driving through one another, we have no choice. I am convinced that the relatively scrappy last ART vs RWB race was largely down to lag issues and it really harms the racing experience, especially in big races.
The last burning question is, who will go DD wheel this year! There was a big bunch of Fannytec upgrades late last year so many have some nice new shiny shiny but there seems to be a growing momentum to go DD and TBH, it's the logical next place to go for many as no decent belt drive upgrade for them exists, so I suspect a few will make the plunge.
Cheers - Rodders.