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N C C ' S
long inaugural season ended in midSeptember 2020. We took two weeks
off to regroup and continued to work
hard behind the scenes to upgrade
the program and differentiate ourselves from the rest of the leagues out
there. One of the most requested features of the league is live broadcasting. We broadcasted some of our
summer league races, but we wanted
to bring professional-level broadcasting services to our members and
fans. We got a bit of help from our
SCCA virtual racing league friend,
Dave Fitzgerald, who suggested that
we reach out to RaceVerse for the
work. Matt Huston from RaceVerse
was glad to help us and we signed
him for our special fall season on
very short notice. We called it,
OctoberFAST.
We noticed that October included five Thursdays (our Sim Racing
night!) which was enough time to
experiment with something different.
Again, we are always thinking about
upgrading our program and introducing new features! First, we switched
our car to the Z4 GT3. It was an
obvious choice for us, other than the
M8 GTE and the M4 GT4 that are
available on iRacing. It is a GT3 car
which has different specs and regulations than the GTE, but still very fast!
It was a different experience for many
of us, but the car was very smooth
and you could control the drift, unlike
in the M8 which was very snappy
unless you're super careful. The Z4

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sounds amazing. It uses the older
naturally aspirated V8 engine which
revs above 8,000 RPM and makes
amazing sounds, even in the simulation! The M8 sounds mean whereas
the Z4 sounds like a Ferrari with more
grunt! The big benefit was having an
ABS system which helped from time
to time, but having driven the ABSfree M8 for so long, many drivers
were
skilled
enough
to
modulate the brakes so as not to
rely on ABS too much. Second, we
changed our track selections. We
decided to (virtually) fly over to
Europe and try some of the top-notch
European tracks! Starting with everyone's favorite international track,
Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in
Belgium, we rotated through Circuit
Park Zandvoort, Circuit de Barcelona
Catalunya, Brands Hatch, and then
finally Nürburgring GP-Strecke.
We wanted to make sure to finish
on a German circuit at the end,
since it was OctoberFAST after all.
Of course, we had to have our signature night race on one of them, and
we chose Catalunya since it provided
the best environment. It featured
night lighting and grandstands that
featured flashes of cameras as you
flew down the straight! It was
remarkable. Graphical detail is not
the best iRacing feature, but they
are certainly getting better with their
routine updates. In fact, when we
watched our replays on RaceVerse's
YouTube channel afterward, we could

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see the rotors glow under the hard
braking! The night race featured fireworks at the end as you crossed the
finish line. It was a surprise to our
racers and memorable to all of us
(including viewers)!
The five-week special season at
European tracks with the Z4 GT3
ended with several newcomers. One
in particular, Chris Hill from BMW
Performance Center West, was
the overall season winner. He was
dominant from the first race and he
never let off, easily winning by most
points at the end (we reward the top10 drivers with points just like in
a real racing series). The overall
second place went to yet another
newcomer and an NCC member,
Hendrik deZwart, who has a kart
racing background. Third overall
place went to our inaugural season
champion, Rafael Torres, from BMW
Performance Center East. All in all,
it was a very entertaining autumn
season with all-new tracks and a
new car.
After taking a week off, we started our winter season in early
November 2020. We went back to
the M8 GTE and to mostly North
American tracks. We are continuing
to add new drivers each week and
welcome all skill levels. Our winter
season is highlighted by a scheduled
seven weeks of live broadcasting with
RaceVerse again in January and
February 2021. Then starting in
March 2021, we plan to hold a regu-

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lar season that is 12 weeks long, and
we plan to race 48 weeks in a year!
We will mainly drive the top North
American tracks, but we will also
include international tracks once a
month, along with our signature night
race, pit stop, and rotating through
different cars each season. In the
spring we will be driving the new M4
GT3 that was released in December
2020. We are excited about BMW
releasing a brand-new M4 GT3
prototype sim racing car well before
the real car hits the track. E-sports is
certainly taking off and manufacturers
are seriously supporting it.
With this new (virtual) program,
the possibilities are endless. We are
excited about continuing broadcasting to bring the action to your living
room every week, thanks to our sponsors. We will continue to upgrade our
sim racing program. We have added
additional practices on Wednesday
nights to provide more time on track
and get ready for Thursday night's
main race. We want the drivers to get
used to the start sequence, so on
Wednesday nights we have two unofficial races so that we continue to
work on our racecraft at the start. We
even run the grid in reverse order to
promote lots of passing! While we
continue to stay at home, sim racing
continues to gain popularity, and we
hope that you will join our program
and benefit from it by honing your
racecraft. Remember, the cars may be
virtual, but the race is REAL!

(Below) Not everything goes as planned, certainly not during the first lap when tires and brakes are cold.

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