Race formats

 

Lapmaster supports a many different racing formats. The native formats are listed and explained here, and is selected on the RaceSetup.htm in the “Race Type” field.

 

A lot more formats can be setup as variations of the basic formats. Many of these are stored as predefined “Setups”, and can be loaded using the “Load setup” button on the Race Setup panel.

The predefined formats delivered with LapMaster can be found under the “Factory” subdirectory in the setup folder. It is the intention that you should copy the formats you need from the Factory folder into the basic Setup folder. Then modify them as you might need. E.g. you probably need to adjust the minimum laptime in each setup to match your track. The key issue with the Factory folder is that anything in there might be replaced at the next LapMaster upgrade. Your customized setups in the Setup’s folder will not be touch though.

 

 This is the major control screen of the system.

 

*      Free Practice
In this mode power is on, laps are counted and time and best time registered. However no stint timing is in effect. You can just run.

*      Timed Practice
In this mode power is on, laps are counted and time and best time registered, but only for the duration set in Stint Time. After that an intermission is taken, and the drivers are asked to change lanes. The intermission time is determined by the value in Intermission time. After this the sequence is repeated for as long as the program are in the Timed Practise mode. 

*      Named Practice
This functions is something between timed practice and heat racing. It is intended for the same purpose as Timed Practice, but names are picked from the entry list. Practice is therefore restricted to the assigned timeslot for each driver. For practical reasons, practice will be done using in the same manner heat-racing is conducted, but total lap count is not counted. If the optional ScoreBoard is used, the best practice laptimes will be keep on the ScoreBoard.

*      Qualification
This mode is specific to the phase of qualification. All drivers (entries) should have been put into the entry list . You should have set the appropriate Qualifying time, lane and mode (See below), and you are now set for qualifying. The drivers on the entry list will be called up in reverse and given the time set in “Qualify time” to perform their best. However at the discretion of the race director, one or more warm up sessions can be granted to each driver before the qualify attempt. Based upon the setting of the “Qualify mode” the best time, or the total distance is stored into the Entry list. Then the next driver is called up etc. until all drivers are qualified. You then use the entry list menu to sort the result and assign qualifying heat and starting number (lane). By this qualifying is done, and you should proceed to “Heat Race”.

*      Time Trial
Time trial is a short form of timed racing. You will however only race a single stint. The top driver names from the Entry list will be assigned the available lanes. Stint and heat will be ignored. Laps will not be accumulated.

*      Heat Race
This is the main form of racing. Particular suited for a large number of drivers. You enter “Heat Racing” after the phases of ENTRY and QUALIFYING has been done.
At this point all drivers are assigned a heat and start number within that heat (=lane). Drivers will be called up in this order. The race director performs a manual start of the first stint in each heat. From here on, the control is handled from the LapMaster program. Each stint is raced for the programmed amount of time, and the programmed intermission between stints is taken, before another stint starts. This continues until all stints of the heat has been raced. Then the system advances to the next heat. Here the race director again must manually start the first stint of the heat. In other words the intermission between heats are manually controlled.
LapMaster keeps tracks of all drivers and their accumulated score. At the end of the race (And also in between) this can be viewed at the Result page.
At the start of the first stint in each heat, the race director has the option to grant one or more Warm-up sessions.
It is possibly to race up to 4 accumulating rounds within the Heat Race mode.

*      Heat Race, best of rounds
This is much like heat racing, except that each driver get’s up to 4 individual attempts. Only the best result counts towards a final result. The starting order before each round can be re-arranged.
When raced with 2 rounds, this mode implements the DMRU (Dansk Mini Racing Union) 2008 racing directive.

*      Heat Race, promoting
In promoting heat racing, the lanes are only partially filled according to qualification (Seeding). Then by racing, a certain number of the best from one heat is promoted to participate in the next heat, and so forth until the final. In theory you can start as the most poorly qualified, and still win, but you have a long day of racing ahead of you in that case.

Promoting heat racing has a configuration panel associated with it. This panel allows you to specify how many racers you want to seed in each heat. (All heats will seed the same number of drivers.) Also you specify the number of racers you want to promote from each final to the next. Normally the sum would be the number of lanes available. However it doesn’t have to be like that. E.g. on an 4 lane track you could chose to seed 2 drivers and promote 3. That just means that every heat will have 5 drivers racing in round-robin fashion for the 3 next move-up’s.

*      ISRA Team-race
This mode implements the TEAM-RACING as defined by ISRA. It is much like Heat-Race, except, that you do qualification by most laps, and that the number of laps raced during qualification, is added to the lapcount of the final score.

 

*      Speedway
This mode implements a racing mode known as “Speedway”.
In this mode, after the completion of each stint, the drivers are awarded points according to the position in each stint. The winner is the driver that collects the most points after the race.
Points are awarded so that the winner gets a number of points equal to the number of lanes on the track. Each position after that get’s one point less, so that the last driver gets 1 point for completion.
Drivers not completing the stint gets no points. If all lanes is not used, the lower points are not awarded.

Sample: 5 drivers on a 6 lane track, one driver not completing the stint. Winner gets 6 points, #2 gets 5, #3 gets 4, #4 gets 3 #5 did not complete and gets 0 points. There was no driver on the last lane so no points awarded there either.

Speedway makes the most sense if you race by “fixed number of laps (All to complete)”.

 

*      Time seller mode
This mode is intended for commercial raceways, which rent track time on a commercial basis. In this mode an “egg-timer” is associated with each lane. The operator can set the timer for each lane, and power will only be ON for the preset amount of time.