2021 Competition Summary & Rules

Competition Prize:

  • Top 5 highest point scoring drivers will be invited to a 2-day test with a real Formula 4 (or similar) car. If no woman is present among the Top 5 point scorers, we will reserve the 5th spot to the top scoring woman.
  • If the eligible winners of the eSports season choose not to participate to the test with the real car, their prize will be handed to the next eligible top scorer.
  • The Formula 4 car test will be held in Italy on a suitable track for single-seaters.
  • Each driver will be given 2 stints (25’ each) in the Formula 4 car on Day 1 to get acquainted with both car and track.
  • Upon successful completion of the Day 1 stints, each driver will be given 2 further stints (25’ each) on day 2 where the drivers will test their ability to establish a competitive and consistent pace.
  • Other activities such as karting sessions and races may be used at the team's discretion to further allow the drivers to demonstrate their skills. 
  • Drivers can be forced to withdraw from the test at any time, if they put either people or equipment at risk during the test, or if they fail to follow the directives of either the team or the track officials.
  • The drivers will be assessed by members of the Alma Corse team on several different criteria, with one driver being selected as the Alma Corse driver for 2022. The team will be looking for several different aspects to make their determination including, but not limited to:
    • Bringing the car home in one piece, as the top priority
    • Consistency in pace and driving style
    • Awareness of others on the track
    • Racecraft and strategic driving decisions 

Prize Classes:

  • Drivers will all compete for the grand prize of a real race weekend drive and preparation test.
  • The grand prize target is to race in an official FIA Formula 4 race in Europe. However if this will not be possible due to driver age limitations for the qualifying winner, lack of availability of an entry seat, or any other reason, the race weekend will be scheduled in another competitive racing series using the available funds.
  • Each driver will be able to choose one additional “class” to compete in, with each class being associated with a secondary prize.
  • Each class will drive the same car and will have the same rules: classes are used solely as a way for competitors to choose their preferred secondary prize.
  • The available classes include:
    • “Driver Coaching Class”:
      • Personal sim driving coaching sessions provided by a professional coaching team
      • The top 25 drivers in this class will be eligible for a total prize worth approx. 2300 EUR split up in the following way:
        • 1st place: approx. value 325 EUR
        • 2nd place: approx. value 200 EUR
        • 3rd place: approx. value 125 EUR
        • 4th - 25th place: approx. value 75 EUR
    • “Sim Gear Class”
      • High quality sim racing gear sourced from a top brand name. Items will be one of pedals, steering wheels, seats, screens, and other elements of a typical sim setup, with exact items to be determined at a later date
      • The top 3 drivers in this class will be eligible for a total prize worth approx. 3000 EUR split in the following way:
        • 1st place: approx. value 1500 EUR
        • 2nd place: approx. value 1000 EUR
        • 3rd place: approx. value 500 EUR
    • “Technical Coaching Class”
      • Educational sessions with a top technical team on aspects that may include car setup, data analysis and/or vehicle dynamics. Other topics covered may include items such as telemetry reading as well as core concepts of finding the optimal car setup in a sim and real life.
      • The top 15 drivers in this class will be eligible for a total prize worth approx. 1500 EUR split up in the following way:
        • 1st place: approx. value 300 EUR
        • 2nd place: approx. value 200 EUR
        • 3rd place: approx. value 100 EUR
        • 4th - 15th place: approx. value 75 EUR
    • Further prize classes may be added up until the last day that competitors must make their selections
  • Competitors will only be allowed to pick one class to compete in and the selection must be made before the start of the championship. If a selection is not made by the competitor, they will be randomly assigned to a class.
  • 24 hours before the first qualifying session of the championship, each competitor will be locked in their class for the rest of the competition.
  • Competitors must participate in at least 80% of the races in order to qualify for any prize.
  • Competitors are only eligible for one prize in the overall series. The grand prize invitation to the test weekend supersedes the class prizes. Therefore, a competitor that wins a place in the test will not receive their class prize and the next eligible competitor will receive the class prize instead.

Timeline:

  • eSport season: Fall 2021
  • Driver selection Formula car test: Late Winter 2021-2022
  • Driver preparation: Spring 2022
  • Real race weekend: Late Spring 2022

Season Format:

  • 6 Race Weekends, over 12 weeks
  • All events happen on Saturday during the evening Central European Time
  • An optional practice session is held prior to the first qualifying session
  • Qualifying session, to set up the grid order for Race 1
  • Race 1 - Feature race and main event
    • Race 2 - Sprint race
      • Racing sim used:
        • iRacing
        • Competitors will need to have an active membership for the duration of the season (3 months) and will need to purchase the car used in the series.
        • All tracks selected are included in the default iRacing membership so the only additional purchase will be the car
      • Tracks used (all part of the basic iRacing subscription, no purchase required):
        • Track 1: Oran Park
        • Track 2: Laguna Seca
        • Track 3: Okayama Circuit
        • Track 4: Oulton Park
        • Track 5: Lime Rock Park
        • Track 6: Tsukuba Circuit
      • Car used:
        • F3 Dallara (must be purchased separately in iRacing)
        • Fixed setups

      Race Weekend Format:

      • 20-minute official practice session in groups of no more than 35 cars randomly allocated
      • 20-minute qualifying session in groups of no more than 35 randomly allocated
      • Race 1: 40-minute race with up to 35 cars per race in qualifying order. 
        • iRacing will manage the sorting of the grid automatically. 
        • No mandatory pit-stop.
      • Race 2: 20-minute race with up to 35 cars per race in full reverse grid order. 
        • iRacing will manage the sorting of the grid automatically.
        • No mandatory pit-stop. 

      Point Scoring:

      • Top 100 cars score points on a scale of 1-200
        • 1st: 200
        • 2nd: 160
        • 3rd: 130
        • 4th: 110
        • 5th: 100
        • 6th: 95
        • 7th - 100th: 94 - 1
      • Fastest lap in each race round (across all races): 25pts
      • Max points per race weekend is 200x2 + 25x2 = 450 points
      • The top 100 cars in the running for points will all be in Race Groups A-C (ie. the top 3 races). If you are in Race A and there are 35 cars in the race, then you are guaranteed to score in the top 35 point scoring positions. 
      • If you are outside of Race Groups A-C, then the only points you can earn are the 25 points for fastest lap.