Off the top of my head there is the race in York Valley, the canyon in Libya from YSMajor. Overall I think it would be best to have a mix of different styles of map. Some more aerobatic and precise and others (like York Valley) with a more open and sweeping course. Mhw3 had some racing maps, but his site is down and I'm not aware of any re-hosting beyond maybe one of the packs (I seem to recall he had maybe 3 or 4 packs).
It might also be interesting to make some new maps as well!
On top of the different maps, we can have "Open" races where any aircraft from (for example) GAC would be allowed, and then "Single-Type" races where only one type of aircraft would be used. Last night's P-51s-only race would be an example of a "Single-Type" race. The "Single-Type" races should all have the same DAT file. I don't think we would need to color / repaint beyond the single-type races, and that is more for ease of scoring than anything else after the fact.
I think it would be awesome to have a mix of these Open and Single-Type races at each event. Depending on course size, it might be worth changing the number of races held. For example on a small course we might be able to get 5 or 6 races in 30 minutes. On a longer course we might only get 3 or 4 races.
Some maps also have the ability to be run as multi-lap races, while others are more point-to-point. If we are interested in number of races, we could limit to a single lap, or open it up for 2+ laps depending on the course size.
The other kind of racing that could be done is offline where one aircraft is chosen and a course is run. Finish order is by time taken to run the course (as confirmed by replay). This could help folks who maybe cannot make it to the live event, but still want to participate. I'd propose that for every one of the Live events, there be an offline race.
I'm working with a High-Point average scoring system, with some modification. The benefits of this system is that people can come in at any point and as long as they do enough racing, they can get in on the overall-action and if they do well, they can quickly rise up the ranks, the races that they missed will not be counted against them if they participate in enough (we need to establish a threshold. I would propose 50% of the races).
You can find the Scoring Google Sheet here!
- First place gets the total # of race participants (N) as their score.
- For all finishers, they will receive one less point than the person ahead of them. (2nd would get N-1, 3rd would get N-2, etc)
- All DNFs (i.e. started but crashed, died or otherwise could not complete the course) get 0.5 points.
- Shooting down another participant would be negative points, I'd propose negative the amount of points gotten by first place. (Once we start modding the planes to remove weaponry, this would not be a factor, but until we get to that point, it should be kept in)
- A shot down aircraft gets last finisher score - 2 points as a consolation.
The overall series score of a racer is calculated by taking the sum of their total score and dividing that by the maximum number of points they could have gotten by finishing first in each of their races. That value is multiplied by 100.