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PC AOR Manual Rolling Start Overview


Assetto Corsa Coordinator
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Dec 27, 2018
AOR F3 Manual Rolling Start

The Procedure and Rules:

- Upon the in-game green light, all cars are to remain stationary for 5 seconds. The leader will then pull away at a slow pace, and subsequently the rest of the field will pull away 1 by 1 behind them to form a single file train with no overtaking. Drivers are to drive along the middle/centre of the grid once they have pulled away to avoid any drivers to the sides with issues.
  • If a driver is to have an issue at the start, they are to indicate this as clearly as possible to those around them, either by alerting others in TS/Party Chat or by rapidly flashing headlights.
  • If the driver is able to move and then fix the problem, they are to do so by slowly pulling over to the side of the track closest to them to rectify the issue. If the driver with an issue cannot move, they are to remain stationary and rapidly flash their headlights.
    • Once the issue is resolved, they are allowed to pull away and re-form at the back of the pack in last position.
    • If the issue is resolved whilst cars are still driving past them on the grid, they are to wait and remain stationary until all drivers have passed them, and re-form at the back of the pack in last position.
  • If a driver is to sustain heavy damage at the start due to unique circumstances and through no fault of their own, the driver can go ahead of the pack once everyone is moving to enter the pits and repair any significant damage if they wish to do so. Once they leave the pits, they are to park immediately at the pit exit in a safe place and wait for the race start.
    • Please communicate if you have issues as early as possible and at the start of the formation lap process, as you will only be allowed to go ahead of the pack if the situation is obvious and the party leader approves for you to do so.
    • If the pack is moving when approval is given, all drivers are to stick to the right hand side of the circuit, no matter what track it is to allow the affected drivers through ahead of the pack.
    • For example, if you are in P4 and spin on the formation lap, you must form up at the back of the grid.
- Once the leader of the single file train has pulled away, they can accelerate up to a speed of 50mph/80kph and will then maintain that throughout the lap, slowing down clearly and gradually for any corners that require slower speeds, and then accelerating up to the limit of 50mph/80kph. The rest of the drivers in the train are to follow the leader around the lap, sticking to a similar pace and maintaining safe distances to drivers around them for tyre and braking warming.
  • Weaving and warming of the brakes is allowed whilst single file, and drivers should be aware that other drivers will be doing this, allowing for sufficient room and ensuring brake warming is done with sufficient space without danger to other drivers.
  • If a driver spins off at any point in the formation lap, they are to hold their position, wait for the train of cars to pass through and re-form at the back of the grid in last position.
  • If a driver sustains light damage during the formation lap from contact with another car, but doesn't spin or lose grid position, they will NOT be allowed to go ahead for repairs and must pit after the FIRST racing lap.
- The cars will remain in a single file train until a designated point on the circuit called 'The Formation Point', usually a corner or couple of corners before the start finish line depending on the circuit and it's layout. These will be clearly communicated and displayed in the relevant thread for each circuit before the race starts for every driver to see.
  • At the formation point, the leader will slow down to 37mph/60kph and the 2nd placed driver, will pull alongside to form a second train.
  • The grid will then split into the two trains forming a 2 x 2 formation, with drivers forming up on the opposite side of the circuit to the driver in the position immediately above them. For example at Pau, all drivers in an odd numbered position (1,3,5,7 etc) will split to the right hand side of the circuit and all drivers in an even numbered position (2,4,6,8 etc) will move to the left hand side of the circuit.The formation should look like this from a bird's eye view:
  • 2--1
  • From this point onwards, drivers are no longer allowed to perform excessive tyre and brake warming manoeuvres. Both are to be kept at a minimum if at all. Any manoeuvres that cause others to take avoiding action can have severe detrimental affects to the race start possibly causing contact and/or delays which could result in a penalty from the stewards.
- The two trains will roll in 2 x 2 formation, side by side towards the start finish line and over the marked grid boxes on the trains corresponding side, with the train lead by P1 on the inside line for the first turn.
  • The lead drivers are to still maintain 37mph/60kph at this stage. Any drivers behind the lead pair can use whatever speed necessary to close up the gap to the car directly in front of them in the train, without endangering other drivers around them. Once formed up, drivers are allowed to leave no more than 2 car lengths between themselves and the car directly in front of your train.
  • Drivers need to keep in mind that if the track requires the two trains to drive through a corner or sequence of corners, that they need to allow plenty of room to their sides for the other train and not squeeze or endanger the other drivers around them.
  • If there is an issue at this stage, the league coordinator or the driver in P1 are to signify an aborted race start either by communicating in TS/Party Chat or rapidly flash their headlights for other drivers. If the league co-coordinator is down the grid in the pack and out of clear view for P1, other drivers around them are to flash their headlights until the driver in P1 does so too, signifying that they understand there is an issue. In this situation, the two trains will maintain formation and at the speed of 37mph/60kph over the start finish line and down to turn 1. Once the first turn has been navigated and it is safe to do so, P1 will accelerate back up to 50mph/80kph, drivers are to reform in the single file train and the formation lap process will start again.
- As the leaders of the two trains roll across the grid boxes at the constant speed of 50mph/80kph, at any point of their choice between 2 designated and clearly visible points known as 'The Acceleration Zone', P1 is allowed to go full throttle to signify the start of the race. From this moment, all other drivers are now allowed to accelerate to race speeds, but are NOT allowed to overtake the car directly in front of them in their train until they themselves have crossed over the start finish line.
  • When P1 accelerates to signify the start of the race, they must do so in a clear manner within the designated acceleration zone. They are not allowed to try and bait other drivers by jumping on and off the accelerator. Once the driver in P1 accelerates in the acceleration zone, they must continue to do so and not change their mind.
  • From the moment everyone starts to accelerate, drivers may break from their train if they have a good run on the driver ahead. Bear in mind that you still can not overtake the driver directly in front of you in your train until you have crossed over the start finish line. Also be aware of other drivers alongside you doing the same.
  • With regards to the two leaders of the trains (P1 and P2), despite there being no car directly infront of P2, they are still not allowed to overtake before the start finish line. This gives P1 a protected status up to the point of the line, from there onwards, P2 is allowed to overtake P1.
  • Once the full grid has passed the end of the pit-lane, any drivers who are there waiting after having repaired serious issues from the start can now race and join the back of the pack.


The Acceleration Zone will be between the PIT LANE ENTRY and the Start/Finish line.