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Practice server for beginners?

Discussion in 'Chit Chat Room' started by MHOLL, Apr 10, 2017.

  1. MHOLL

    MHOLL Rookie

    I am very new to sim racing, I need to practice but offline is boring I would rather do it on a server with others and ideally a way to compare lap times. Please give me a server that has simple tracks, not too powerful cars, and some method for logging and comparing lap times. Ideally it should be located in Central Europe.
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  2. Schnipp

    Schnipp Alien

    As a server admin I would suggest you start offline to get familiar with some cars, tracks and handling.

    You might have good intentions, but having beginners online can get frustrating.
    I don't want to disencourage you, but I started online racing quite a while after I did really a lot of driving offline and still it was hard for me to adapt to it.

    Some drivers are just out there to be the fastest and show little to no respect for others. You should at least know the racing lines of the track before going online.

    There is also a system in place called Minorating, which grades your on track behaviour by the distance you've driven, how much of that distance was close to other cars and how many contacts there were.
    Not all servers use this, but the ones running MR AB are usually the cleanest servers.

    If you're new and join a MR server you will get MR N for new drivers, depending on your progress you most likely get C, work yourself up to B and you are able to join AB servers.

    I'm an admin on the Street Fight servers, we run 3 different servers with street cars on street tyres (not semi slicks), usually one grid with faster cars, one with medium fast cars and either one with slower or classic cars, tracks change daily.
    The stracker links in the signature of Gunja will show lap times of other drivers.

    Another good server is Aloog (A League of ordinary Gentleman), but I don't use them much though.

    And after you joined the server: READ THE INFO PAGE!!!
    There are usually rules and guidelines the drivers have to comply with or you might get kicked.
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  3. MHOLL

    MHOLL Rookie

    Thank you, I will probably take your advice to stay offline but at least I want to compare hotlaps and / or chase ghosts so there is at least some fun in it, just lapping alone is boring. I found already there is a hotlap app called RSR, but is there also a way to follow the ghost of other racers in AC, like the challenge competitions in RRRE?
  4. fr13del

    fr13del Racer

    Sadly it isn't, i would like this too.
    There are also some "Trackday"-Servers, where you can drive with others in a practise-session, some times they are really filled with people and you can have some cool rounds. If you have friends on steam who play AC too, you can use the friends-app to show theirs time on a track.(If they have this app enabled too!)

    Beside RSR there is also https://www.ac-leaderboard.com/

    This is what i'm missing most: Ingame-Leaderboards(cause some times on RSR are unbeatable with new tyres) and a "Ghost-challenge". (Other peoples ghost, not your own.)
  5. Schnipp

    Schnipp Alien

    I don't know of any way to use other drivers ghost data.

    The only thing I know is that there are mod apps that store your personal best (PB) and you can use the delta function of those apps with the PB and not only the best you did in each session.


    Keep in mind though that if you did your PB on tyres with more grip you should switch the comparing time from PB to session best.

    If you are in control of the car and know the racing line, then you can join online.
    Maybe try to find a ABN or ABCN server and try to get to B grade.
  6. LeSunTzu

    LeSunTzu Alien

    @MHOLL - You should try league races. Many organize open races open to everyone including beginners, they keep times of participants and since they have Teamspeak/Discord you can get immediate help or advice when you need it.
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  7. MHOLL

    MHOLL Rookie

    Sorry what does this mean?
  8. MHOLL

    MHOLL Rookie

    OK can you recommend where to find such a league?
  9. Schnipp

    Schnipp Alien

  10. ElPueblo

    ElPueblo Hardcore Simmer

    As I've been through this not so long ago, I can only second what @Schnipp has said earlier in this thread.

    What I did is I've downloaded the RSR Live Timing app and I've taken part in Weekly Hotlap Challenge that is hosted by @Graveltrap here on forums (go and see console lounge, you'll find it very quickly).
    If you have an urgent need to go online, I'll choose the trackday servers and get used to the online sessions there.

    Good luck :)
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  11. fr13del

    fr13del Racer

  12. fr13del

    fr13del Racer

  13. Schnipp

    Schnipp Alien

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  14. LeSunTzu

    LeSunTzu Alien

    If you are a French speaker I can recommend http://racingfr.com/ I spend the most of my online time in that league.
    If you speak German, I can recommend http://assettocorsa-racing.de I once made an open championship with them, races were fun and they were quite friendly despite my very very very poor German.
    http://www.aloog.net is great for English speakers, telling from the (unfortunately) few races I had on their servers.

    These are only from my personal experience and I don't pretend that they are "better" than others. Several leagues also advertise here in the online leagues section.
    Schnipp and fr13del like this.
  15. Cote Dazur

    Cote Dazur Alien

    Not sure if you are aware of this video, but it will help anyone new to sim racing. I might make you realize practicing offline might not be as boring as you think.
  16. Andy-R

    Andy-R Alien

  17. fr13del

    fr13del Racer

    Yeah, but it's a nice addition. :)
    Andy-R likes this.
  18. MHOLL

    MHOLL Rookie

    Thank you all!

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