Back in the depths of history, early humanity was restricted to the surface of a single planet, giving the visible stars a fixed apparent magnitude and position in the sky relative to each other. This led those primitive folk to group them into pictures based purely on how they appeared from the ground with the naked human eye. Since the beginning of regular spaceflight, such an Earth-centric view has ceased to have any relevance, but this does provide an opportunity for a race to run between the main stars of one of those historic constellations.
The Lion's Back is a simple run across the major star systems of the constellation known as Leo, with a bit of variety of waypoints along the way.
Start at Elgin Hub in the Chertan system.
Call, in any order, at the following waypoints:
- Regulus (α Leonis): pass within 200m of any resource extraction site orbiting Regulus 1
- Denebola (β Leonis): pass within 200m of Denebola A A Belt Cluster 2 (i.e. cluster 2 of the asteroid belt around the star Denebola A)
- Algieba (γ Leonis): dock at Olivas Station
- Zosma (δ Leonis): just visit the system (since there's nothing there apart from two stars!)
The evidence required varies for each waypoint:
- For the start: screenshot on the launchpad at Elgin Hub, prior to launch, showing the station clock
- For the the waypoint at Olivas Station in Algieba, and the finish: screenshot docked at the station showing the station clock
- For the waypoint in Zosma: screenshot from the galaxy map, showing a current location of the Zosma system, plus date and time
- For the waypoints in Regulus and Denebola: screenshot in normal space (not supercruise), showing a position within 200m of the required location (resource extraction site or asteroid belt cluster), and the ship clock (see example below); it is not required to be stationary*.
* if you are going to go through the asteroid belt and ring at full speed, video capture is highly recommended, as at that speed it can be quite difficult to hit the screenshot button at the right time!
Screenshot example for waypoint at asteroid belt cluster:
Note that for the waypoints in Regulus and Denebola, the requirement is to pass within 200 metres of the nav point (you will need to drop out of supercruise to achieve this), not kilometres.
There are two classes available for entry: Regulation Adder and Open Unlimited.
Entries in Regulation Adder class must be in an Adder outfitted as follows (full spec on Coriolis here):
- A-rated Frame Shift Drive (3A) and Power Distributor (2A)
- C-rated Thrusters (3C)
- All other core modules D-rated
- Full size (3C) fuel tank
- 3C Fuel Scoop, 2D Shield Generator, and a discovery scanner (or any other module with a mass of 2T); other optional internal slots empty (or cargo racks)
- Empty hardpoints and utility mounts.
Adders are for sale at Elgin Hub, along with all the required modules.
Entries in Open Unlimited class may be in any type of ship, and may be engineer-modified.
For both classes: FSD injection is not allowed; FSD supercharging from neutron stars or white dwarfs is not allowed.
How To Enter
Standard information on how to enter, including example screenshots, can be found on the Buckyball Racing Club website.
Please take particular note of the information above on the non-standard ring and asteroid belt waypoints.
In addition to evidence from the start, finish and waypoints, entries in Regulation Adder class must provide evidence of outfitting; either screenshots from outfitting at a starport, or (preferred if video) a view of the modules list in the right-hand cockpit panel immediately before or after the race run. Entries in Open Unlimited are not required to provide any evidence of outfitting.
The race runs from 2nd to 10th September, so runs will be accepted with start times between 00:00:00 GMT on Saturday 2nd September and 23:59:59 GMT on Sunday 10th September.
Please submit entries through the online entry form.