For Round 9 of the fixed setup Project CARS eSports series, we celebrated the UK's Time Attack Championship, by taking the NVIDIA Challenger Series to Snetterton. One of the UK's most challenging circuits, Snetterton is famed for some fast, flowing corners and it's narrow surface. Defining characteristics of many of Britain's classic tracks.
The car for Round 9 was the BMW 1M Stanceworks Edition, the same car used in the Project CARS Time Attack event at the Autosport International show earlier this year. This is a stripped-out, tuned version of BMW's super sports coupe. Less weight and more power make this a nimble track day machine, typical of the sort of cars you see on track at Time Attack Championship events in real-life.
As ever, the fixed setup rules in the NCS mean that these events are all about the driver, taking the maximum performance out of the car and tyres, without being able to engineer extra pace from the car.
Read on to see who came out on top in Round 9.
Please note that SMS is continuing to investigate allegations that a very small number of teams may have gained an unfair advantage by sharing their game accounts with their teammates. We are taking this very seriously and we are working closely with Steam and the console companies in this investigation. Any teams found to have used "account sharing" will be penalised appropriately once this investigation has concluded. In the meantime, rounds and results will continue as normal.
In the Console Division, Team Shark raced away with the spoils thanks to a great 1st place for Yinato. Not only that, but it was a 1-2 finish for Shark as well, as Atho came 2nd ahead of Darwin_Daume who finished third for VP-Drivers, taking his first ever podium in the NCS
Round 9 saw Team Shark step towards the NCS Console title, thanks to 4 of its drivers finishing in the top 6 positions, helping them to pull out a points lead over rivals SDL.
Due to the postponement of Round 6 in the Console Division earlier this season, there are still 2 rounds to go for the Console drivers: Round 10, and the Round 6 Re-Run, so it isn't all over just yet as we close in on the end of the season.
For more information about the Round 6 Console Re-Run, please see the information at the bottom of this page.
Drivers eliminated from the Round 9 results on Console were:
- SDL Mihalo: 3 wheels off track at the exit of Turn 3
- Lebob93: 3 wheels off track at the inside of Turn 8
Received video evidence from RSP, showing that RSP_Gonzie24's lap was clean. Reinstated Gonzie24 in the results.
For the PC drivers, there was no postponement of Round 6, so Round 9 is the penultimate event of the season for the PC competitors.
It was BAM.Thrustmaster's best weekend of the season in Round 9, as the team filled the entire podium, thanks to yet another win for khaki who was followed home by teammates Tomikillos and Anto. Rival team SDL's best placed driver was Mangator in 4th.
BAM scored 179 points for the team standings this time out, giving it a strong lead heading into the final round in the Ford Falcon at Bathurst in a few weeks time. SDL will need to pull out a big performance in Australia to stand a chance of taking the NCS PC crown from under BAM's nose.
No drivers were eliminated from the PC results in this round.
To see the full results of this round and the season so far, please visit the Series page.
NCS Round 6 Re-Run Coming Soon: Console Only
Earlier in the season, Round 6 was postponed in the Console Division due to some technical issues which occurred while the round was open.
To make sure that the Console Division completes a full 10 round season, Round 6 will be subject to a Re-Run in October. This Re-Run will only take place on Console, as there were no issues with the original running of Round 6 on PC. PC drivers will not need to enter this event again.
The Console Round 6 Re-Run will take place from October 21-24 in the BMW Z4 GT3 at Donington Park National.
The Re-Run uses a new car and track combination, in order to avoid a repeat of the technical issues seen previously.