Double Digital racing in the Low Lands
Dear Slotrace Friends
When the wind starts blowing trough the trees and the leaves are falling, when we've dumped our shorts & slippers for scarfs and raincoats...
...then the time has come to start the preparations for the Suzuka Double Digital.
For the 6th time the SRC Eindhoven will host the Dutch Digital event on the renowned Low Lands Suzuka Ninco track in their spacious club on the Sint Odulphusstraat 2b, 5682 AB Best, the Netherlands.
The 2020 event will sport a double feature with GT3 racing on the Saturday Jan 25th and the Suzuka 6hrs WEC endurance on Sunday Jan 26th.
In 5 editions the event has grown into a community of loyal teams, friends and racers. We hope to see you all return, to compete and share our hobby with us. At the same time we also hope that in the 2020 we will see some new faces on the grid. Because new blood is the lifeblood for our Passion.
The Low Lands Suzuka Double Digital is a perfect opportunity for all slotracers on the Northern European continent to try Oxigen racing in an Endurance format.
For an impression of the Suzuka Double Digital event, here's a link to the video of the 2018 WEC race
Suzuka GT3 R1 & R2 DiSCA Euro Series
Lots of downforce, grippy sponge tyres and plenty of power, as usual GT3 races will kick off the Suzuka event.
For 2020 Suzuka will host the opening rounds 1 & 2 of the DiSCA GT3 Euroseries, 2020 DiSCA GT3 rules to be published when they become available.
The event will be open for DiSCA GT3 class cars with teams of either two or three drivers.
There will be one 60 min. Timed Practice session and two 90 min. races with one mandatory pitstop of 1 minute duration.
Start grid of the 2019 DiSCA GT3 support race
Suzuka 6hrs:Round 1 of the DiSCA WEC and Prologue for the Oxigen Le Mans 24hrs:
Since 2019 the Suzuka 6hrs has become part of the DiSCA WEC where drivers can score points in one of three classes: LM P1, LM P2 and LM GT.
With the the Oxigen LM 24hrs run under the same DiSCA WEC Sports Cars rules, it has proven itself as the perfect oppertunity for teams to test their cars for "the Big one".
With its banked corners and elevation changes the Suzuka track will bring different challenges for the teams in both set up and strategy.
Although most teams adapted their cars for Suzuka it was interesting to see that the top 5 at Suzuka all did score good results in the Le Mans 24hrs.
With free practice staring on Friday afternoon there will be plenty of time for teams to check out the track and set-up...or not...time flies when you're having fun.
New teams that would like to make to their debut in digital slot racing will be required to attend Saturdays practice session to familiarize themselves with the track and its digital features. The organisation can provide technical assistance and has several Slot.it controllers available for rent, should new teams require them.
Some snapshots taken during the 2019 Suzuka 6hrs
WEC 6hrs Endurance Hand out Materials
Teams will be hand out 1 motor at random (Flat-6 or MX-16) These motors have been tested, matched and run in by Slot.it. Should in the unlikely occasion a motor be defective, teams will recieve a new one from the organisation.
Teams will be hand out 2 pairs of N18 and 2 pairs of F22 at random. Both compounds must be used during the main race. Hand outs will be available on Saturday after registering at the race control.
Although teams are free to run their own motors and tyres (of the same type and or compound) during free practice we advise teams to mount their handouts before the end of free practice.
This way you'll be able to hit the ground running on Sunday morning. If you use this option you will have to place the parts in the Parc Ferme overnight (can also be the whole car, chassis or pod with motor rear axle and wheels)
Highlight of the 2019 WEC 6hrs race came when the track went dark for the first time. In 2020 the sun will set once again.
Low Lands Suzuka Double Digital Time Table
Friday 24 januari 2020
16:00 - 22:00 Free Practice WEC & GT3
Saturday 25 januari 2020: DiSCA GT3 / WEC 6hrs Suzuka Free Practice
DiSCA GT3 Sprint race
08:30 Doors open,
09:00 Driver's briefing.
09:15 Registration Controller & ID check.
09:30 Timed Practice (60 mins)
10:35 Tech inspection and Rostrum position choice based on best time from timed practice.
10.55 Line up Grid Race 1
11.00 Start Race 1 (90 mins)
13:00 Tech inspection Race 2
13:25 Line up Grid Race 2
13.30 Start Race 2 (90 mins)
WEC 6hrs Suzuka Practice
15:00 - 19:00 Free practice/ Registration/ Hand out materials, controller/chip check & pairing
(note: handout parts must be back in the Parc Fermé by 19:15)
19:15 Close Club
19:30 - 22:00 Diner & Award ceremony GT3
Saturday night's joint dinner and GT3 Award ceremony has become one of the social highlights of the Suzuka weekend.
A perfect change to wine and dine and catch up with old friends, or to make new ones!
Sunday 26 januari 2020, WEC Suzuka 6 hrs Endurance
08:30 - 09:30 Free Practice for teams that did not participate in Saturdays WEC Practice session
Hand out race motor & tyres, controller/chip check & pairing
Release cars/parts from Parc ferme. of teams that attended Saturdays WEC Practice session
09:35 - 09:45 Racebriefing
09:50 - 11:30 Timed Qualification & Technical Inspection
11:35 - 11:50 Concourse & Team photos, Driver Rostrum selection based on qualification result.
11:50 - 11:55 Grid formation
12:00 - 18:00 WEC Suzuka 6 hrs Endurance
18:15 - 18:30 Award ceremony .
Driver rostrum during the 2018 Suzuka 6hrs with room for 15 driver positions .
Entries & Registration:
Teams that want to enter this event will be able to apply via the online entry form. (see link at the bottom of the post)
The Registration for the 2020 event will open on Oct 20th 18:00hrs GMT+2 and will close on Nov 22nd.
racesEntry fees will be 80 for the WEC race and an additional 20 p/team for the GT3 support races.
The Suzuka driver rostrum only has place for max.15 teams, if by Friday Nov 22nd we have more than 15 entries we will have to make a selection on who's in and who will go on the reserve list.
Although a fast finger is important in our beloved hobby, we do not think it should a decisive factor in the registration process.
So in case a selection will have to be made, the status of the Team registration (full description of car & min number of drivers), status of entry fee payment and previous participation(s) will be amongst the selection criteria,
On Nov 26th the Src Eindhoven will select 15 teams that will be accepted for the 6hrs WEC race, with a further 4 applications to be placed on a reserve list.
Accepted entries are required to have payed their entry fee in full by December 1st, in case of non payment the first team on the reserve list will be granted an entry etc etc.
Final instructions, including the final entry list, firmware for chip and controller, and any travel considerations will be issued to team captains on Jan 5th.
I will be more than happy to answer any "international" queries here on the forum or via PM.
You can also follow the developments for the Suzuka Double Digital event via the SRC EIndhoven Facebook page
On behalf of the Src Eindhoven
with kind regards
Links to the:
Suzuka Double Digital online registration form
DiSCA WEC 2020 tech rules V1
DiSCA WEC 2020 Sporting rules