OSR Hosted Racing is intended to be fun yet fair. We want the best of both worlds — relaxed, fun racing without the concern of this or that rating, championship points, etc. The FIRST Sporting Code is in effect in any OSR Hosted Race. If you haven’t read it, you can find it under the Help link on the iRacing member site.
Sometimes you can join a hosted race and it’s really fun, clean racing. Sometimes you join and it’s… well, it’s a bad joke. We believe that hosted racing can be consistently fun and fair. There are a couple of major points that ruin hosted races most of the time.
Wave-bys or Wave Arounds
Wave-bys have become like the participation trophy in iRacing hosted races — every driver thinks he or she is entitled to one. Well, you’re not. This is a racing game/simulation with emphasis on the simulation. You don’t get free laps in real racing and you shouldn’t get them in iRacing, the only possible exception being the lucky dog in asphalt oval racing. No wave-bys in OSR Hosted iRacing.
Black Flag Clears
The vast majority of black flags are legitimate. I don’t necessarily agree with the pit road speed limits in dirt racing, but there’s nothing I can do to change it for now. Once upon a time, I would clear black flags in hosted races. I stopped doing that when I caught a few drivers cheating by passing on the inside before the start-finish line on a restart, then asking to have their black flags cleared.
Let’s look at a scenario. The driver of the number one car has to pit. He obeys the pit road speed limit entering and exiting the pit. The driver of the number two car also has to pit. He tears through the pits all the way, then gets his black flag cleared. How is that fair?
I can’t police any of that during a race, so, no black flags will be cleared in OSR Hosted iRacing.
Here’s a list of what you should know about OSR Hosted iRacing:
- No wave-bys
- No clears
- If you exceed 12 incident points you will be disqualified.
- If you crash and try to turn around on the track, messing up someone else’s race, you might get a warning or you might get blacklisted, based on your behavior in other situations. When that happens, lock your brakes and wait for a caution or tow. If you wait for a caution make sure the field is slowed down and you’re clear to get going again.
- As of April, 2019, I have over 200 people on my blacklist. I don’t want to add more but I will if necessary.
You can’t run a great hosted race by bending the rules or excusing bad behavior. We will have great hosted races by enforcing the rules and welcoming respectful drivers.