The Magic 8 Ball Championship last year was such a smashing success that the Buckyball Racing Club is doing it again!
This will be another racing season consisting of 8 races run at monthly intervals throughout 3309. And because this one is run by a supposed math teacher, 8+8 equals a Sweet Sixteen Season!
With this edition we will (mostly) be re-running 8 of the community's favorite races from the past 7 years of Buckyball Racing Club history. With over 80 to choose from there's sure to be loads of variety in the types of crashes we can manage!
In addition to the souped-up over-engineered Unlimited class where anyything goes, the Regulation Cobra returns this year, almost the same sans weapons! Enjoy the extra light-year of jump range and 1 m/s boost speed.
Fly Fast, Fly Dangerous.
(note: this collage only shows a partial selection of our racing history)
Each race is a time trial that runs for a set duration (typically 8 days, Saturday through Sunday to cover two weekends and a work week). Because of our time trial setup, you can enter whenever you want, as often as you want, and as many categories and ships and routes as you want. We’re all about your choice here, as long as you choose SPEED! These will function as standalone events, you do not have to be a member or have attended any previous events to join in the fun and mayhem.
In addition to the scoreboard and podium for each race, you will be awarded points according to your final placement that will count towards your overall championship standing. The 3309 champions will be announced after the last race of the season. To allow for scheduling conflicts and variable performance, only the points from your best 6 results will be counted.
Please share the banner and link with your own communities and friends to promote the race season and participation! An updated Sixteen Banner will be coming soon once the organizer is back at home.
We recommend all racers use Horizons 4.0, currently the most widely accessible version of Elite. This is most important for SRV sections so we have consistent terrain, and some organizaers may mandate a specific client. See individual race rules for details..
We usually have two different ship classes that people can enter in our races. An unlimited class where you can race pretty much any ship you fancy and a regulation class where everyone is racing with the same ship and outfitting. For the Sweet Sixteen Championship we'll be using the classic Cobra Mk III for our regulation class ship. CMDRs can use the same regulation class ship throughout the entire championship. (of course you're still allowed to use different ships to compete in the unlimited class as well). For certain races we may have to specify minor changes be made to the outfitting of the Cobra but the basic build that will be required is as follows:
The '$' sign at the top-right of that page will take you to an EDDB search for stations where you can buy everything you need to build the regulation class Cobra. A good nearby station to the starting line of the first race is Tshang Station in Lushertha while the nearest with the Li Yong-Rui discount is Fisher Port in LP 128-9.
For last year's racers you can dust off the same trusty ol' Cobra from Magic 8-Ball, take off the guns, and you're ready to go!
Participants in each race will be awarded points as follows according to their final position in that race's leaderboard:
1st - 10 points
2nd - 9 points
3rd - 8 points
4th - 7 points
5th - 6 points
6th - 5 points
7th - 4 points
8th - 3 points
9th - 2 points
All cther completed runs - 1 point
The final championship score will be the combined number of points from each racer's best 6 scores. That means racers can miss 2 of the season's races without incurring a significant penalty.
Each event will include two race classes, an Unlimited class where they can fly any ship they want (within the rules of the individual race), and a Regulation class which will require use of a specific ship and loadout as specified by the Regulation Cobra build.
There will be two championship leaderboards, one showing points earned from competing in each race's Unlimited class and one showing the points from the Regulation ship class. Racers are allowed to submit runs in both classes for each race and thereby have qualifying scores for both championship leaderboards.
|Sulu (aka Fish172)||The Empire Hustle||April 8th-16th|
|Alec Turner||Thargoid Scramble Structure 2||May 6th-14th|
|Sgurr||Tunnel-ish Vision||June 10-18th|
|Raiko||Double Trouble||July 22-30|
|Caelum Incola||Braking Badly||September 23 - Oct 1 (tentative)|