Advanced Race setup

 

This screen is used to define more detailed options of a race setup. 

 

*  Announce leader
If you check this option, an announcement of the current leader is made over the loudspeaker system, whenever the leader position over the counter changes.

*   Announce winner
If you check this option, the winner/second/third and fourth of the race is announced over the loudspeaker at end of the race.
If you use the “Use driver names” together with “Announce winners” from the advanced options, then the winner will be picked from all contestants. Otherwise it will be from the drivers on the track only.

*  Use drivers names
If you check this option, the program uses the Microsoft speech interface, also known as “Microsoft Sam”, to say the names of the drivers.
However the quality of this synthetic voice is not perfect, it is in English only and have a heavy American accent. If you want to use this is up to you.
The Microsoft speech interface is standard in Windows XP, and can be installed as a free add-on to earlier Windows versions. In that case you need to download it from the internet. Look for Microsoft Speech API (SAPI) 5.3.
If you use the “Use driver names” together with “Announce winners” from the advanced options, then the winner will be picked from all contestants. Otherwise it will be from the drivers on the track only.

*  Display median time
If you check this option, the system will display median time in place of the best lap.
“Median” is a statistical analysis method. In short it looks at the last 9 valid lap times. The 3 best and 3 worst are discarded, and the median time is the average of the 3 middle times.
It gives a more stable reading than just the best time. It can be very useful while doing car setups, to judge if a change really improves the car in the long term running.

*  Estimate result
If you check this option, an estimation of the final race result (total laps) will be performed, and used on the scoreboard as the ranking parameter, rather than the point’s score which is the default.

*  Big rotation
Normally you will race Heat=1 before you continue to Heat=2. This has the effect though that it can take a long time before drivers in Heat=2 gets to drive, especially if your stint time is of appreciative length. By clicking the “Big rotation” option, you will race all Stint=1 (from all heats) before going on to race Stint=2. This means that your teams (heats) of drivers get to alternate driving and marshalling. This is perceived by some clubs to be less boring.

 

*  Starters signal
Before power goes “on” on the track, a visual countdown is indicated.
With this option you select what audio should accompany this countdown.
You can select between:
“Start with voice”, in which case a real countdown will be announce in the speaker system.
“Start with buzzer”, in which case a buzzer will sound for each count.
“Start with silence”, in which case no sound will accompany the visual starting sequence.

 

*  Auto rider track call
If you check this option, an automatically track call is issued if a ‘rider’ is detected over the lap counter. (See also race setup Min Lap Time.)

*  Announce Trackrecords

If you check this option, any newly recognized track records will be automatically announced over the loudspeaker system.
Track records are by default only acknowledged in real racing, that is during qualification of some kind of heat racing. Newer during practice. (See “Records during practise” below)
(However track records are newer announced in heat=1, stint=1, as this usually leads to “information overload”)
Track identification can be by numbers or colours depending on the preference in the Track Setup.

*  Records during practise
Default is to only accept new track records during official racing (Qualification, Time trial, and the different variations of “Heat racing”.)
However by checking this option, you can accept new track records at any time on the track, including free,  timed and named practise.

 

*  10 sec warning, Race
If you check this option, a verbal warning will be given 1 minute, 30 sec and 10 sec before end of stint.

*  10 sec warning, Intermission
If you check this option, a verbal warning will be given 3 minutes, 2 minutes, 1 minute 30 seconds, 1 minute, 30 sec and 10 sec before end of intermission.

*  Auto print
This option will automatically print a race report on the printer for each heat raced. Default printer and printer settings will be used.

*  Auto save
This option will automatically save a small text file with the result after each stint in the directory “C:\LapMaster\Autosave”. E.g. it can be used for an automated audit trail, like the “Auto print” option, but without using paper.
If you use this option, the directory could eventual become very large, you might want to empty out the statistics from time to time. E.g. once a year.

*  Auto publish
With this option, LapMaster loads every result and the associated statistics directly to your webpage at end of heat or race automatically. The index page is updated, and the result and stats are available from your “Live Timing” page.
However it does require that you have setup the appropriate FTP access information in the manual “Load to web” functions for results and statistics, so that the auto-feature knows what to do for you.

*  Alternative power supply / AUX
This option toggles the AUX output from the LapTimer II device. This output can be used to drive a selection of set of power supplies or voltage, or anything else that you might want to use this output for. However it requires the firmware version 2.3 or later in the hardware LapTimer-II box. If your box doesn’t support this feature, this option is not displayed.
You will also need external hardware to amplify the 5 Volt 20 mA max signal to interface to anything in the real world.
The nice feature is that this value is saved together with the stored race setup, so that you can create a setup for a special class of cars or i.e. for qualifying which will automatically adjust the power on the track.

*  Predefined heat distribution
Use this option to make a predefined heat distribution. It is particular useful when making a stored setup involving “Promoting heat race”.
I.e. with this option you can then determine that the final should have 2 pre-qualified entries and 6 for all other finals.

*  Link to other setup
You can link setup’s. That is when one racing setup completes, you can automatically transfer to another. This would be useful if your racing procedures involved multiple phases. I.e. Qualification, several rounds of middle rounds, and a final.
You can use the Browse button to search for a setup to link to.

*  Min lap time
This is the minimum acceptable lap time. If a car parses in a time faster than this, the lap is not counted, as it is most likely that it is a rider. A warning is issued in the loudspeaker system if this happens, and the track is marked by highlighting.
By clicking on the “Auto rider track call” option, the program will also automatically issue a track call.
The valid data is a decimal number between 0.0 and 60.0 seconds. Resolution is 0.001 seconds.
You would want to set this as high as possible but surely below any possible fast lap to get the best quality of detections. I.E. If the fastest driver has a lap time of 5.6, then set this value at 5.2
(This value is a duplicate of the value in the Race setup panel)

*  Pling
If you want an audio feedback each time the counter registers a new count, you can set this option to “on every lap. This will play the sound “Pling.wav” (Default: a beep) in your sound library for every parsing of the counter.
If you set this option to “On fast lap”, a sound will be played for each fastest lap on each lane, within each stint.
If you set this option to “Never”, there will be no audio feedback for parsing the counter.

*  Announce lap times
If you check one or more of these options, all lap times for the selected tracks will be announced over the loudspeakers.
This is a great feature if you practice on the track, but it is usually not a good idea to use this option on multiple active tracks at the same time, as it usual will lead to information overflow.
You cannot distinguish times from one driver from the others.

 

OK or CANCEL.
When the OK button is pressed you return to the race setup panel. Note that you changes are not committed until you press ok on the race setup panel.
Pressing cancel on either the Advanced settings or the Race setup panel, erases the changes you made on the panel.