Welcome one and all to the Chrono Rally League!
This is an attempt at getting together and playing a kind of game many of us are rather unfamiliar with, Dirt Rally. It may seem a daunting task when you first attempt it but that’s why we’re all here, to share our experiences and give each other a playful competitive nudge to tackle the challenge.
The idea is for everyone to practice one track for as much as they desire over the coming week and post their times in this thread to later be compiled into a high score at the end of the week. We will also be discussing the problems we’re facing, the solutions we come across and anything else interesting that occurs. This post will update with the details of each active week below the break.
Congratulations to @Doomy for once again winning this week and @nme1 for also scoring a sub 3 minute run, really well done. These cars seemed far more suitable for the road conditions of wales than previous week’s selection.
|Week 45||Pant Mawr|
|1||Doomy||SEAT Ibiza kitcar||02:52.409|
|2||NME1||Peugeot 306 Maxi||02:59.926|
|3||DontBeSilly||SEAT Ibiza kitcar||03.00.192|
|4||Pylinaer||SEAT Ibiza kitcar||03:05.109|
|5||Frag-ile||SEAT Ibiza kitcar||03:07.992|
|6||M00||Peugeot 306 Maxi||03:16.892|
|7||onLooSe||Peugeot 306 Maxi||03:33.008|
|8||YQMaoski||SEAT Ibiza kitcar||03:35.341|
Both man and machine needs rest once in a while, but beasts just carry on. So we’re sending those of you who want to continue back to Monte Carlo for a doozy of a track.
Pra d’Alart seems to be a highly technical stage with a lot of sharp corners and narrow roads winding themselves up a mountain. If that wasn’t enough once you’re about 80% done the road surface changes to snow and ice just to mess up your hitherto perfect run. To make things even more interesting we’re doing it at night for the first time and just to mess things up a bit more it will also be snowing. So make sure your screenshots also include time and weather information.
Just the one car this week and it’s a noisy one, not sure what’s going on with it but they should probably take it over to the service area and get that checked out.
As I mentioned earlier I will be taking a break for this week and I encourage anyone to also take some time off. Week 46 is a bonus stage still open to anyone who wants to try it of course.
Enjoy your time off or fight with this stage.
With no further delay then let me introduce the first track, chosen by me after careful consideration and elaborate analysis. Mostly because it’s the first track easiest to find without digging around in the menus.
It’s a bright early morning here in Greece, unless you change the settings to night and rain, where we will tackle our first stage.
To reach the starting location you will want to take a sharp right at the start screen and drive onto the Custom Event road, follow that straight through the rally intersection and it should be the very first stop after that.
Lets look at the cars and the map itself.
The map is kind of poor in detail, so I added a little and will share my initial experiences with it.
Green area: The start of this map is pretty nice. The road is fairly wide and there’s mostly open sight lines. Good couple of straight stretches to get some speed up and only a handful of hard turns. Main hazard are a handful of boulders along the side of the road. Protip: Don’t hit the boulders.
Red area: Horror and treachery. The road narrows, cliff sides closes in around you, tall trees obscures your vision and everything is terrible. You get a sheer drop on one side and a wall of dirt and stone on the other. Three quarters of this map is rather tricky, you’re going to want to go slow here.
Orange area: As an extra added bonus to all the previous conditions this part also have a few interestingly placed ditches along the wall side of the road that can really throw your car around if you hit them weird. You will probably roll your car a few times, positive note though there is an achievement to be had here and I’ll be looking to see who earns it.
We will be starting out with the 60’s selection this week and this will be my brief and inexperienced opinion, but I think it might help slightly as a simple starting guide.
Mini Cooper: It is small and light which makes it feel a lot safer on the narrower roads. Since it’s wheel base so much shorter than the other cars it feels very nimble and makes it easier to take tight turns. What it lacks in horse power I think it makes up for in weight and breaking performance.
Lancia Fulvia: Larger, heavier, more powerful. I think this one might just be your standard car. I don’t feel like it has any particular benefits nor drawbacks. You can feel the back of it hanging out in corners a bit and since it is wider it makes the narrow roads feel less safe.
Renault Alpine: This I have been told is a later addition to the car pool and really isn’t a good beginners car and I can see where they’re coming from with that. The rear wheel drive of this car makes steering different to the other two, it’s also much more powerful and as a result in my inexperienced hands it feels unpredictable and slippery. I think it might also be a bit larger than the Lancia further increasing the difficulty of just staying on the road. Statistically it’s a better car and if you can handle it you’ll probably get some good times out of it.
Feel free to try them all out, pick the one you enjoy driving the most. I don’t think the cars are likely to be the deciding factor for us at this time, none of us will be able to fully utilize their full capacity so it shouldn’t matter too much if one is technically faster than another.
I hope everyone has some fun with this game and please post your thoughts, experiences, questions and times as you go this week and we’ll try to help. Your primary objective is to have fun.
I’ll provide the first ‘benchmark’ for you to beat as I tried out the cars yesterday.
I have the pleasure of announcing the first week of Chrono Rally League over and extend a huge congratulations to @Doomy for this weeks top placement with an astonishing time of 3:44.174.
@Vandem takes the top newcommer spot and honourable mentions also go out to @NICK9X9, @DontBeSilly and @Pylinaer for their rapid mastery of the game, cars and track. I was delighted to see we also had a couple of late entries filling out the week’s table. Thank you to everyone who participated.
|Week 37||Final results|
|9||Strifeborne||Mini Cooper S||04:17.339|
|11||PeteMcc||Mini Cooper S||04:22.756|
Well done everyone, I am greatly surprised by how well everyone did and the brilliant turn out. I hope you’re all interested in joining us for next week which starts right now!
Let me introduce the next stage for Week 38:
We’re taking the show over to Monaco and Col de Turini another mountain road but as opposed to Greece Monte Carlo can afford tarmac and removing boulders from their roads. This will be a very different track for everyone now used to the nice slippery gravel of last week. The grip will surprise at first and you will feel safe end secure reaching some exhilarating speeds rapidly as you waste no time or power throwing gravel at spectators, but don’t take it for granted as it will inevitably betray you in the corners.
This stage will test your cornering mechanics, mastering tight and fast hairpins is likely what will bring you to victory this week.
We are still working with the 60’s era cars.
The Mini or Lancia might see a revival here where the huge power of the Renault might not be quite as much use but we’ll see. I suspect the Renault will still put up a great fight.
Again thank you to everyone who helped make this first event a huge success and good luck to everyone who participates in stage 2.
As we close the doors on the 2nd week of the Chrono Rally League I have the pleasure of congratulating @m00 for holding on to the top spot with a seemingly unbeatable time of 03:34.424. @Pylinaer got amazingly close though with 03:34.558 a mere 134ms behind. I think an honourable mention to @Doomy is also deserved for breaking 4 minutes with the MINI cooper.
A huge thank you goes out to everyone who participated.
|Week 38||Col de Turini|
|9||Doomy1||MINI Cooper S||03:51.674|
|10||Strifeborne||MINI Cooper S||04:01.756|
|11||YQMaoski||MINI Cooper S||04:09.890|
Despite many of us lacking time to really fine tune our performances this week these are definitely results to be proud of.
The stage will be set in Germany for Week 39 and we’re going to embark on a bit of a longer trek this time around.
We’ve talked previously about the one try nature of the game’s leagues where you have to be a bit more careful because you’re going to live with the consequences of a crash. Well I figured there might be a middle ground possible by picking a longer track. Sure you can restart but you’re going to spend a lot more time here and later stage mistakes will set you back a lot of effort. So I’m hoping this will encourage more careful and mindful driving.
Which is probably going to be necessary because we’re bringing out the 70’s era cars today and they’re not going to be easy to tame.
The Italians decided to make a rally car out of a V6 mid-engined supercar? The Lancia stratos is rather ridiculous, but still manages to not offer the highest power/weight ratio option. That credit goes to the Opel Kadett which is a small cheap family car. This could also be said about the Ford Escort, but then small cheap family cars usually tend to make the best rally cars, I think?
There’s also a Fiat.
All of these cars are rear wheel drive, they’re all way too powerful and I am as of yet unable to keep any of them on the road for any reasonable length of time. Good luck everyone, you’ll need it.
The only real starting advice I can offer here is to just never put the accelerator down 100% here, that just doesn’t tend to end well.
Thank you again to everyone participating, I hope to see more great runs this week and with that I declare the Chrono Rally League of Week 39 opened!
3rd week of the Chrono Rally League has now officially concluded, and what a week it’s been. We embarked upon a much longer journey than previously but with a whole lot more power at our disposal and some of us certainly put that boost to good use. It is my pleasure to once again congratulate @Doomy on a hard fought first placement with @Vandem giving them a remarkable time to beat. A warm welcome also goes out to @NME1 for joining us this week.
Congratulations to everyone for making the top 10!
We’ll be trying something a little different this week, namely a multi-stage rally. Over the past weeks we have raced on gravel, down a narrow twisty mountain side road and across open fields. We have, if just barely, managed to wrestle control over new beasts of iron and steel. With the experience we’ve gained, tricks learnt and skills mastered we will be returning to where we began and do it ALL over again. This time to nail everything in one attempt.
I would ask everyone who wishes to participate in this week’s challenge to join this online league.
The site can be a bit slow and I will have to manually OK everyone to join, so be patient please, but I will try to keep an eye on things and get people in as soon as I can.
This is the first time I work with this system so here’s how I HOPE things will work:
The event will start right away and be open all week so that anyone is able to put their attempt in at any time they wish. You are encouraged to practice these 3 tracks with the 70’s era cars for as much as you like over the weekend or rest of the week before stepping up to the starting line. I am hoping that the game wont require us to do all the 3 stages back to back but will allow us to do them one at time so we can put our best efforts in for each stage.
I have set up so that you can tune your car for each stage and there should be a repair station after Col de turini.
The maps in order will be:
- Greece - Oura Spevsi
- Monaco - Col de Turini descente
- Germany - Oberstein
The 70s cars on gravel should pose an all new horrible challenge to overcome and the final score will be based on performance across all three stages for this week.
With a huge thank you to all you lovely participants week 40 of the Chrono Rally League is opened!
Another week over and another challenge overcome. Congratulations to @Vandem who finally manages to hold on to the top spot until the very end. I’m impressed everyone managed such great times without a single one of us failing to finish.
Great work everyone!
|Week 40||3 track event|
For week 41 we’re taking the show to my neck of the literal woods, we’re heading to Sweden!
When I first started with this game these are the tracks I most wanted to try, I’ve actually been to some of these places. The snow however is a mighty challenge to handle and it got the better of me then. So now we’re back with friends and some experience and this time I’m hoping to beat it. While it is indeed slippery the biggest hazard to look out for is the snow banks on the side of the road as they will seemingly suck you into them. Being aware of your car’s placement on the road is going to be the key to success here.
I don’t think we need to bring any more power to the table yet as it’s going to be tricky to put even the 70s era torque into the ground as it stands and I believe we could stand to use familiar cars in road conditions like these.
Winter is here and week 42 of the Chrono Rally League has opened.
Good luck everyone!
This week unfortunately petered out a bit in exhaustion from wading around in too much snow, the road conditions this time was certainly taking it’s toll but more than that I think the cars were probably not too well suited to the task at hand. Still @Vandem managed to impress with both perseverance and swiftness clearing the track in an astonishing 2:40.626 almost 10s before @doomy in second place.
This one took a lot out of everyone and you all did admirably under the circumstances.
We will not be traveling too far for week 42, just a short hop across the Baltic sea taking us to Finland.
Land of the thousand lakes, all of which we’ll try to stay out of, though that will be easier said than done because the place is about as even as a washing board. Finland features some pretty lengthy tracks that are largely straight with very few sharp corners instead there’s big jumps and crests all over the place. The trick will be to remember which jumps are safe to speed through and which ones will throw you into the woods or someone’s front yard.
We’ll be leaving the 70’s cars in whichever snowdrift you last saw them in and get ourselves some new rides for this one.
The 90’s group A selection of cars have a few nice quality of life improvements like 4 wheel drive, which could probably have come in real handy last week. We’ve got ourselves another Ford this time, the American car is of course still the heaviest one and it comes with just plain too many gears. Will anyone ever even use 7th gear on anything but a highway?
I think this might be Subaru’s first foray into rally cars and the fact that I know the name Impreza suggests it was probably pretty successful, despite it’s mere 5 gears. Lancia makes another appearance and this time finally manage to put out the highest power to weight ratio, if that helps will remain to be seen.
If anyone new fancies joining up, this week would be a great time to do it as these cars are far more pleasant to drive than our previous machines.
So I’d like to extend a warm welcome to everyone for week 42 of the Chrono Rally League.
We’ve reached the crest of week 42 and are about to recklessly throw ourselves into another but first congratulations to @Vandem for once again securing the top spot on the leader boards and I’ll take the opportunity to accept my nomination as this week’s stunt driver, also 2nd place! …because everyone who’s better than me are too busy to compete.
|4||Pylinaer||Subaru Impreza 95||07:22.315|
|5||NME1||Subaru Impreza 95||07:57.814|
|6||YQMaoski||Subaru Impreza 95||08:12.713|
I hope the rest of you enjoyed Finland as much as I have because we’re staying put and have another go at one of the shorter tracks for week 43.
Oksala is at first glance more straight on than Hämehlati but it still has a lot of tricky turns and corners to it. It should still be a pretty high speed track, just remember you can’t turn while you’re airborne. Same cars as well for good measure, I hope to see more of you attempting to push your limits this week.
I have also set up a new league season on the side for everyone to participate in. This time I’ve made 2 week-long events the first one in Finland with 5 stages but the 2nd week is all random and will be a real pain to get through. I hope everyone perseveres as the fun lies in suffering together. If you had already joined the League you’re automatically invited to participate, if we have any newcommers that would like to join up this time around please make yourself an account and apply to join here https://www.dirtgame.com/uk/leagues/league/213691/chrono-rally
Week 43 of the Chrono Rally league is now open.
Good luck and have fun everyone!
This week was certainly full of excitement and competition, everyone did a great job improving their times all week and then @doomy slides in at the end to steal the top spot, congratulations, hugely impressive! Special mention goes out to @NME1 this week for marked personal improvements, fighting it out at the top of the board for the first time, well done!
|1||Doomy||Subaru Impreza 95||03:31.474|
|7||M00||Subaru Impreza 95||04:00.390|
|8||YQMaoski||Subaru Impreza 95||04:23.198|
Now we’ve had enough fun with our nice 4WD, modernly equipped and safety regulated cars. No more proper road surfaces either, theme for week 44 is suffering so we’re heading to Wales and we’re doing it in 80’s fashion.
Bidno Moorlands seems to be a stage designed for the audience. There’s a decent mix of straights and hard corners, there’s a straight up slalom segment out on the moor that I’m sure once figured out could result in some fancy looking driving. Add to that a couple of water traps that probably look real cool from a good distance, a big drifting curve and you’ve got some pretty entertaining motorsports going on.
80s cars, as I’ve been lead to believe are nightmares in mechanical form, but it’s possible they’ve been a little over hyped. We’ve got ourselves a BMW for the first time and since we’re on a rally course no one is even going to mind it if you’re not using your indicators. Something feels a bit weird about it’s center of gravity to me, it flips real easy and once it’s on the side it just stays there. The Ford is as usual the heaviest car of the lot which makes it feel more stable and grounded, but throwing it’s weight around in the corners will take some effort. The french tried to make a Mini with the Renault 5 Turbo and I think they might have pulled it off. It’s a very light small car but thanks to it’s mid engine, I think, it feels stable but still very nippy.
Additionally the 2nd season of our online league enters week 2 with a fully random selection of stages and conditions. Here we’re still using Group A vehicles however so it might be a good idea to tackle this first before starting out and getting used to the 80s cars. I wish you all luck in getting through this one and I hope to hear your thoughts on it at the end.
Chrono Rally League’s week 44 Halloween event is now open.
Good luck everyone!
Though suffering was intended for this past week most of you continued through hell and came out the other side remarkably quickly. Congratulations to @doomy for once again taking the top spot and I think @dontbesilly, @pylinaer and @NME1 all deserves a shoutout for how much you managed to improve your times this week. It was a great feat to see.
|Week 44||Bidno Moorland|
|1||Doomy||Renault 5 Turbo||03:23.858|
|2||DontBeSilly||Renault 5 Turbo||03:27.941|
|3||Vandem||Renault 5 Turbo||03:29.624|
|4||Pylinaer||Renault 5 Turbo||03:33.508|
|5||NME1||Renault 5 Turbo||03:36.974|
|6||M00||Ford Sierra Cosworth||03:55.757|
|7||Frag-ile||Renault 5 Turbo||03:57.357|
|8||YQMaoski||BMW E3O M3 EVO||04:17.356|
We’ve played around in the mud of Wales with overpowered rear wheel driven cars, now lets do it with overpowered front wheel drive instead.
Pant Mawr, which is probably not pronounced in any way like it might seem, is a bit more laid back map it has actually straight paths for one but it starts a little tricky with an early 2 and square turn preventing you from getting up to speeds quickly. There’s also another sadistic jump here some where that will throw you into a pile of logs, so watch out for that one.
There’s only 2 cars in this week’s category, F2 Kit cars, and they’re remarkably similar. The SEAT Ibiza is slightly smaller and weaker of the two while the Peugeot has too many useless letters in it’s name and a few more lights on the dashboard. So I doubt it’ll matter much which one you like better.
Our 2nd attempt at an online season concluded this week and I would love to hear your thoughts on it. Was the random week engaging enough that you’d like to continue doing this? Should I set up a new season with weekly events for the reminder of the year? Would you prefer the more ‘designed’ approach of setting up in one location at a time over going fully random, should we open up the car selection more and let you go in with anything? Did 5 stages seem like a good number or do you want more, fewer? Would a far longer event with lots and lots of stages be fun? Maybe set up a 3 week event with 15-20 stages in different areas? Let me hear your thoughts and ideas, thank you.
On that note let me welcome everyone back to another week of struggle and competition as week 45 is opened.
Good luck and have fun!