This weekend, our Logitech G Championship car simulator series travelled to Japan to take on the Sakitto circuit in Project CARS.
Sakitto is one of the fastest and most technical circuits in Project CARS, with sweeping esses, long straights and the occasional tight chicane to the keep drivers on their toes. To add to the challenge in Round 9, our drivers were tasked with taming the Toyota TS040 Hybrid, a top of the line Le Mans Prototype and one of the fastest and most complex race cars on the planet. The huge power and high downforce of this LMP1 machine is a perfect match for Sakitto, giving our bravest drivers the chance to exploit the circuit's fast turns to carry spectacular speed around the lap.
The Logitech G Series is our open-setup competition, so the teams and drivers are able to tune their cars to adapt them to each circuit.
Read on to find out which teams and drivers mastered this tricky combination.
In the Console Division, it was all about the battle between Team Shark and SDL Motorsport once again. Neither team had it all their own way this week though, as PSFRacing and Unity disrupted the battle with some fantastic performances by their drivers.
The win went to Team Shark's Atho, who lapped Sakitto in 1:19.881. He was followed in 2nd by PSFRacing's SpideR and SDL's Rotax in 3rd. PSF's Fab put in a great drive to claim 4th place, whilst the top 5 was rounded off by Ultraboon8 from Unity.
The rest of the Team Shark and SDL drivers battled to pick up as many points as possible to support their teams in what has been a phenomenally close fight all season in the LGCS. Team Shark eventually came through on top in Round 9, outscoring SDL by only 24 points. This sees Shark close the gap at the top of the standings to 9 points, with only 1 round remaining in the season. We'll have to wait just a few more weeks to see who can take the title and the €5000 prize.
The following drivers were eliminated from the Console results in Round 9:
- TSRacing_Zoky: Ghost time did not match leaderboard time
On PC, SDL's Logitech G team has secured a comfortable championship victory ahead of its sister team SDL Hauppage. Mangator, Masa and the rest of the SDL Logitech team have absolutely dominated the PC Division of the LGCS and will be deserving winners after the final round in a few weeks time.
Mangator and Masa took yet another one-two for the team in Round 9, followed closely by privateer driver, FinPro, who has had an unbelievable year for the second season in a row. To maintain third in the drivers' standings despite not having the support of a team is a remarkable achievement. There's still a lot of pride to play for in the final round too, with FinPro sitting just 2 points behind SDL's Masa in the drivers' table.
The following drivers were eliminated from the PC results in Round 9:
- Fastwind-tf: 3 wheels off-track at the exit of turn 6
- Dralem: 3 wheels off-track at the exit of turn 7
- aurelien_65: 3 wheels off-track at the exit of turn 6
Please visit the series page to view the full results from this round and the season so far.
Results OF SMS Investigation Into "Account Sharing"
In recent weeks, Slightly Mad Studios has been investigating claims that a few individuals may have gained an unfair advantage in the NCS and LGCS by sharing their game accounts with their teammates.
During this investigation, we spoke with both Steam and the console manufacturers extensively, in order to gain their knowledge, data and understanding of this delicate situation.
Members of several teams were investigated, both in the NCS and LGCS, and in both the PC and Console Divisions.
In the PC Divisions of both the NCS and LGCS, no teams have been found guilty of account sharing, and therefore no penalties will be administered. Valve came to the following conclusion after checking the Steam account data of several drivers:
“We do not see anything on these accounts that would make us inclined to investigate them or ban them for any reason.”
In the Console Divisions of both the NCS and LGCS, screenshots were sent to SMS which appeared to show that members of Team Shark Racing had used the "Share Play" feature of the PlayStation 4 during Project CARS eSports events.
However, an in-depth investigation conducted by SMS with support from Sony showed that Team Shark has only used the "Share Screen" function within Share Play. This means that although Team Shark members used Share Play to watch each other drive during Project CARS eSports events, no member of the team has ever taken active control of a teammate's car. This is confirmed in the following statement from Sony:
"We can definitively say that Team Shark is not using Share Play in a manner that may contravene SMS tournament rules. They have only ever been involved in “Share Screen” instances of Share Play, which means that they are only viewing the host’s gameplay. Share Screen does not provide the user with the ability to control another user’s gameplay."
Sony also investigated allegations that Team Shark drivers may have shared their PlayStation Network login information. Sony found no evidence of any unusual account activity by members of Team Shark. Therefore, Team Shark Racing will not be penalised.
No evidence was found against any other teams in the Console Divisions.
These findings are very clear, and therefore SMS will make no further comment on this matter at this time.
CHANGES FOR SEASON THREE
In order to prevent any further issues caused by "account sharing" next season, significant changes will be made to the format of the Project CARS eSports Series for 2017. These changes will be announced in advance of Season Three, which will begin in Spring 2017.