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2021/S3 New Road Series Format

jeromef1

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Jerome Berthiaume
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@GT3 Sprint Series 2021/S2

Hi everyone!

Due to recent events happened in each Monday, Tuesday and Thursday road series during past seasons, PRL management team met together to try to find a solution. As you all know, we have drivers from 1000 iRating up to 8000, so we needed to find a solution where we can separate the amateur drivers from the pro. We tried that a few times over the years but it never worked because the amateur races were not broadcasted.

But now they will!! With the help of GSRC, we will try a format where we will double stack the broadcast! Two races in one night!! More entertainment for our fans! With such format, we will be able to separate the amateur from the pro!

Starting next season, here is the format of each Monday, Tuesday and Thursday night.
**iRating requirements to be reviewed
**Format subject to slight changes
**All series will be open setup
**All qualification will be solo 4 laps / 10 min.
**Previous season drivers don't have to met iRating criteria (case by case basis)


Monday
  • PRL GT4 Amateur Series (minimum 1000 iRating, maximum 2500)
    • Qualifying at 8pm, Race at 8:10pm (30 min.)
    • Follow IMSA Michelin Pilot schedule
  • PRL GT3 Pro Series (minimum 2200 iRating, no maximum)
    • Qualifying at 9pm, Race at 9:10pm (40 min.)
    • Follow VRS Spint Series
Tuesday
  • PRL GT3 Amateur Series (minimum 1000 iRating, maximum 2500)
    • Qualifying at 8pm, Race at 8:10pm (30 min.)
    • Follow VRS Sprint Series
  • PRL GTE Pro Series (minimum 2200 iRating, no maximum)
    • Qualifying at 9pm, Race at 9:10pm (45-60 min.)
    • Follow IMSA Hargerty
Thursday
  • PRL Dallara F3 Amateur Series (minimum 1000 iRating, maximum 2500)
    • Qualifying at 8pm, Race at 8:10pm (30 min.)
    • Follow iRacing F3 series
  • PRL Formula Renault 3.5 Pro Series (minimum 2200 iRating, no maximum)
    • Qualifying at 9pm, Race at 9:10pm (45 min.) / Open setup
    • Follow F3.5 series
Following this new structure, we may have to review signups fees. More details will be provided soon.

With the addition of 3 new series, we are confident we will grow in a positive way our community and connect more drivers together!

Feel free to comment this change here in a respective manner. We know this decision may not please all drivers, we understand, but please share your thoughts in a diplomatic way.

You can also provide us suggestion through our suggestion form!

 

Neil Alexander

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Neil Alexander
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Bummer, the AM races start really early. Us West coast guys would have a really hard time getting home in time. I'm probably going to have to bow out next season from Monday's and Thursday's.
 

MattyAubs

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Question, since I've seen it pop up on other series messages regarding this topic. Is there a reason we have to broadcast the AM race? I'm not trying to speak for anyone else, but prompt the discussion. I would rather run the AM race the way everything currently is, than change it to be broadcasted. What if being broadcasted was an additional perk to being in the PRO division? I have no idea how many people join the league because the races are broadcasted and this a driving factor for them. I get that there are sponsors, but if the AM league isn't being broadcasted then the cost associated with the league decreases to just the hosted sessions. But I guess that's a business decision.
 

jeromef1

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Question, since I've seen it pop up on other series messages regarding this topic. Is there a reason we have to broadcast the AM race? I'm not trying to speak for anyone else, but prompt the discussion. I would rather run the AM race the way everything currently is, than change it to be broadcasted. What if being broadcasted was an additional perk to being in the PRO division? I have no idea how many people join the league because the races are broadcasted and this a driving factor for them. I get that there are sponsors, but if the AM league isn't being broadcasted then the cost associated with the league decreases to just the hosted sessions. But I guess that's a business decision.
Tanks for bringing that up!

Historically, if a series isn't broadcasted, we were having issue with attendance. At the end of the season, barely 10 drivers were still on track. It's not always like that, and they proved few season ago when we were running the USF2000 on Thursday. However, we go with the majority and statistic we have towards years. So what connect people together and what brings people to register to a league is more and more the broadcast. It's also to always race with the same core group than against different people on officials, but the addition of broadcast made it the best recipe for PRL.

In addition to that, we are trying to bring a unique experience to our viewers, sponsors and community. So we think with this format, we kinda replicate a real live racing experience. If you go at a GP or even at your local race track, there will always be multiple series the same day. You go there and watch support races before the main race. It's what we are trying with this format, to bring that unique experience!

Like I mentioned in my original post, we had the opportunity and we try it. If it's not working, you can be sure we will review all of this!
 

jeromef1

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Earlier this week, we had a call with GSRC and here is the format we will have for AM/PRO.

Amateur
8:30pm = 10 min. qualifying
8:40pm = 40 min. race
9:20pm = GSRC shows the results and announced they are getting back for the Pro series

During the transition, GSRC will show the track guide of Pro race and sponsors

Pro
9:30pm = 10 min. qualifying
GSRC will be able to interview one or two amateur drivers during the qualifying show of Pro
9:40pm = 40-45min. race
And so on...

We think it's the best balance :)
 

Laughlin

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Bit late on this, and new to the group.. hoping to get in on the new GT3 Am split. 1k-2.5k is such a close battle, should be great racing!
Also, I do love having broadcasted races and not just reserved for the faster guys. So great to watch it back after. Definitely a positive draw for the league.
 
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