Drivers are to use the in-game starting lights, and are to accelerate on the green light. It is advisable to keep your foot on the brake, especially for tracks with the S/F straight on a slope
Our rolling start system utilises a completely manual procedure, featuring a parade lap:
- When the lights go green, the lead car moves off, and the rest of the field follows in single file formation.
- At a pre-determined point on the track (usually in the final sector) the race directors will instruct all drivers to make note of their position and to form up in double file formation. The speed of the formation will be also instructed by the race directors.
- The side of the track that pole position will form up on will depend on the track. The rest of the field has to form up accordingly. This will always be worked so that the pole sitter has the racing line into the first turn.
- Once the leader crosses the start/finish line (or other pre-agreed landmark at a limited number of tracks) he must announce "Green Green Green" clearly over teamspeak.
- When "Green Green Green" is called by the leader all drivers may accelerate and also are allowed to overtake as the race officially begins.
- The pace of the lead car will be dictated by the race directors before the start of the race. All the other cars must follow and maintain a sensible gap between each other.
- During the formation lap you are allowed to steer left/right to warm up your tires and perform brake checks or overall warm up your brakes.
- If a car stalls on the grid in the beginning of the parade lap the car behind must give them a chance to get started. Leaving the grid is a slow process and a small delay is easily caught up in the first few corners.
- If you spin during the warm up procedure you must wait off the track until the whole field has come through and rejoin at the back. You must not re-take your position in the pack.
- It is important that you take note of your position when instructed to and not assume that it hasn’t changed from the start of the race. If a car has spun, disconnected or had to retire the positions will change and the 2x2 formation must be based on the correct and up-to-date positions.
For races which feature a reverse grid (top 10 or otherwise), the rolling start procedure is slightly altered:
- On the green light, all cars leave the grid in single file at crawling speed on the left side of the track. No weaving or brake warming is allowed.
- The race director will then call out the new start order. When your name is called, you pull to the right, overtake the queue, and start forming a new line further up the track (normally a few corners in advance). This new queue will also be at crawling speed, so drivers will need to be careful of their closing speed when joining the back of the line.
- Once the final car has joined the back of the train, the lead car will be instructed to accelerate up to the defined speed, and the formation lap continues as normal.