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GTC 60s Legends Championship 2

The Golden Era of GTC Racing: Unleashing the Spirit of Speed in the 1960s.

(Evgeny made this awesome cinematic with scenes from the first THR GTC championship.)

The 1960s were an exhilarating and transformative period in the world of motorsports. During this decade, GT (Grand Touring) car racing witnessed a golden era that still holds a special place in the hearts of racing enthusiasts. The combination of legendary cars, talented drivers, iconic tracks, and groundbreaking technological advancements defined the greatness of GTC racing in the 1960s. Let's embark on a journey back in time to explore the factors that made this era so remarkable.

  1. The Birth of Legendary Cars:
    The 1960s witnessed the emergence of some of the most iconic and legendary cars in GT racing history. Automobile manufacturers produced legendary models such as the Ferrari 250 GTO, Aston Martin DB4, Porsche 911, and Jaguar E-Type. These masterpieces not only displayed stunning designs but also showcased cutting-edge engineering and breathtaking performance, setting the stage for epic battles on the racetrack.
  2. Driver Skill and Bravery:
    The drivers of the 1960s were a breed of fearless daredevils, pushing themselves and their machines to the limits. Legends like Carroll Shelby, Stirling Moss, Graham Hill, Dan Gurney, and Jackie Stewart etched their names into the annals of racing history. Their extraordinary skill, unwavering determination, and sheer bravery behind the wheel made every race an awe-inspiring spectacle of skill, strategy, and daring overtakes.
  3. Iconic Tracks and Endurance Challenges:
    The 1960s were graced by some of the most revered racing circuits in the world. Legendary tracks like Le Mans, Nürburgring Nordschleife, Spa-Francorchamps, Monaco, and Goodwood hosted thrilling GTC races. These tracks presented a range of challenges, from the high-speed straights of Le Mans to the treacherous corners of Nürburgring. Endurance races like the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Targa Florio, and Marathon de la Route tested the limits of man and machine, demanding incredible stamina and reliability.
  4. Technological Advancements:
    The 1960s marked a pivotal period of technological advancements in GT racing. Engineers constantly pushed the boundaries of innovation, introducing aerodynamic advancements, lightweight materials, and powerful engines. Developments such as fuel injection, disc brakes, and improved suspension systems revolutionized the performance of racing cars. The constant pursuit of speed and efficiency spurred a fierce competition between manufacturers, resulting in groundbreaking advancements that still influence automotive engineering today.
  5. Cultural and Social Relevance:
    GT racing in the 1960s was not just about motorsport; it transcended into popular culture, capturing the imaginations of people around the world. The allure of powerful cars, stylish drivers, and glamorous events made racing a symbol of excitement and sophistication. Movies like "Le Mans" brought the exhilaration of GT racing to the silver screen, further elevating its status and attracting new fans. The era's racing heroes became cultural icons, inspiring a generation of enthusiasts and leaving an indelible mark on popular culture.

The 1960s marked a glorious chapter in the history of GT racing. The combination of iconic cars, fearless drivers, legendary tracks, technological advancements, and cultural relevance made this era truly exceptional. It was an era that embodied the spirit of speed, competition, and human ingenuity. The legacy of GTC racing in the 1960s continues to captivate racing enthusiasts to this day, reminding us of the golden age when racing reached its zenith and set new benchmarks for generations to come.

Lets race back to the 1960s!

Registration

You have to register for each event (Saturday and Sunday) of the championship.
Normally the registration for the next race weekend opens the Monday before.

To be able to join the Qualifying and the race sessions, you have to register via this link:
https://bit.ly/THR_sign_up

You must be on server THR | QUALI + RACE | while registering.


If so, then you can join the Qualifying with your car and skin immediately after registering.
In some cases it is necessary to wait for the next server restart, which occurs every 2 hours.
Only in rare cases you get the message "No slots available", then the Admins have to stop and restart the server.
Give us a short hint in #drivers chat in our Discord.

Please follow this rule when you sign up for Sunday events:
You need to keep using the same car during the entire season in the Main Events, after you have completed your first lap in that car on the booked qualifying server for a sunday main event (THR 5 QUALI+RACE). The cars have different strengths & weaknesses between the racetracks we visit, and we don't want participants to exploit that.

Exception for Rookies who are new to racing with these cars:
If you struggle with your initial car choice, you will be allowed one (1) chance to update your choice during the season.


THR has changed the onboarding process:
https://thracing.de/2022/02/22/thr-changes-onboarding-process/
New community members need to have three ACSR races in the records to get permission to start in the Main Event Races on Sundays. To achieve this, they can participate in the wkdy races, the practice races on Saturday and the THR Academy events.
If you think you are experienced enough to directly start in the Main Event races, please fill out the form (also to be found by following above link) with verifiable references to fast-track your onboarding request.

Short term upcoming events

Saturday June 15, 2024
  • GP History Cup | Practice Race | Suzuka

    Saturday June 15, 2024   21:30
    2 days from now

Sunday June 16, 2024
  • GP History Cup | Casual Cup Race | Suzuka

    Sunday June 16, 2024   21:30
    3 days from now

  • GP History Cup | Top Cup Race | Suzuka

    Sunday June 16, 2024   21:30
    3 days from now

Cars

Car Downloads

  1. AC Legends GTC 60s Legends mod* [Download**]
    *excluding the Porsche 904/6 & Alfa Romeo 33 in this season
    **follow the user manual's instructions for installation
  2. THR TV Van [Download]
  3. THR ACL Skinpack [Download] with tons of beautiful custom skins by members of the THR community for the car packs by the AC Legends team.
    If you want to make your own skin and race it in THR races, have a look here:
    https://thracing.de/community/custom-skins/

Bizzarrini GT 5300 Corsa

Giotto Bizzarrini (1926-2023) designed the Ferrari 250 GTO and Lamborghini's first V12 engine, but the Bizzarrini GT 5300 - initially raced as the Iso Grifo A3/C - was the first production car with his name on it. Wrapping the powerful 327 cui (5.4 liter) GM small-block V8 engine into a lightweight body, this car was street-legal but built for racing. It competed in events such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where it won its class in 1965 - after Bizzarrini had driven it to Le Mans under its own power from Livorno, because he couldn't afford to hire a transporter. In this championship, participants drive the car with the slightly detuned Strada specification of the engine, delivering 365 horsepower to move 1030 kg.

Corvette 1967

Part of the second generation of Chevrolet's iconic American sports car, this 1967 Corvette packs quite a punch with its 327ci L79 engine, delivering 390 horsepower to yield superior high speed acceleration for those who can tame it. At 1168 kg, the Corvette is the heavyweight of this set, but its meaty tires ensure high cornering speeds in fast curves.

Ferrari 250 GTO

Widely known as one of the most valuable classic cars of all time, the Ferrari 250 GTO was designed for GT racing. Produced in 36 units from 1962 to 1964, this dual-purpose road/race car went on to become an icon of Ferrari's racing heritage. With 300 horsepower from a 3 liter V12 engine, this 880 kg icon thoroughly earned its reputation as a highly capable all-purpose weapon in GT racing.

Ferrari 250 GTO Series II

The Series II variant of the Ferrari 250 GTO is also known as GTO'64 and introduced some design changes. Built for the 1964 season of endurance racing in a desperate and ultimately futile attempt to keep up with Carroll Shelby's all-conquering Daytona Coupes, the Ferrari 250 GTO Series II models featured a wider body to accommodate wider tires for improved cornering speeds. Sharing the same 300 hp V12 engine with its more famous older cousin, this 900 kg thoroughbred is a capable performer on all kinds of racing circuits.

Healey 3000 Lightweight

The Healey 3000 Lightweight is a variant of the Austin-Healey 3000. With aluminium body panels that bring the weight down to 850 kg and a highly-tuned triple Weber carburetor setup that squeezes 280 hp out of its inline-six engine, this car is an inconspicuous dark horse that is ready to strike when nobody expects it to. Watch out for one thing, though: on circuits that require top speeds of over 240 km/h (150 mph), you will hit the the rev limiter in the tallest gear.

Jaguar E-Type Le Mans

The Jaguar E-Type Le Mans refers to a racing version of the iconic Jaguar E-Type sports car that competed at the Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race. This specially prepared E-Type race car features a 4-speed transmission and an enormous 140 liter fuel tank, allowing for long stints between fuel stops.

Jaguar E-Type Lightweight

The Jaguar E-Type Lightweight was built for competition, featuring a lightweight aluminum body and a potent engine. Only a dozen of them were produced in the 1960's, and they achieved success in various racing events. With a 5-speed transmission to put 344 horsepower from a torquey 3.8 liter straight-six engine to the ground, the big cat is a force to be reckoned with on every power circuit.

Lotus Elan 26R

If David vs Goliath had been written in motorsports, this car could have been the hero of the story. Today, the Lotus Elan 26R is a highly sought-after racing version of the Lotus Elan sports car with a BRM-tuned 1.6 liter 4-cylinder Cosworth engine that delivered up to 180 horsepower. Weighing in at only 580 kilograms, the Elan 26R proved to be a formidable race car that often proved capable of taking on much larger-engined competitors that rushed away in a straight line, only to be hunted down by the Lotus again on the brakes and through corners.

If you want to write your own David vs Goliath story in the second season of the THR GTC 60s championship, this featherweight may just be the right stylograph for you. Should you choose to embark on that uphill challenge, you may want to skip Spa-Francorchamps, though, as the transmission limits this car to no more than 230 km/h.

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL

The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (W 198), often referred to as the "Gullwing," is an iconic sports car produced in the 1950s. It featured distinctive upward-opening doors and advanced engineering for its time, including fuel injection and a tubular space-frame chassis. Not to be mistaken for the 300SL (W 194) that achieved success in racing, including victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Carrera Panamericana, this is the 300 SL (W 198) sportscar developed for the US American market on the initiative of famous importer Max Hoffman. In this championship, the car's engine displaces 3 liters but the regular inline-6 engine was removed in favor of the pure-bred inline-8 racing engine with a desmodromic valvetrain and 310 horsepower from the 300 SLR (W 196 S). Despite retaining the unattractive gear ratios of the 4-speed transmission from the W 198 production car, this Frankensteinesque Gullwing with a weight of 925 kilograms is a formidable allrounder.

Porsche 911 R

The Porsche 911 R was the pinnacle of early Porsche 911 race cars prior to the introduction of the Carrera RS, featuring particularly lightweight construction and the lightweight racing engine that had been debuted in the Porsche 904/6 and carried over to the 906. Forced to race as a prototype due to small production volumes, the 911 R achieved notable success in endurance races and rally events. Here, the car is retrofitted with the drivetrain of the Porsche 911 ST 2.4 Tour de France (1970) - the lightest 911 of all time. With 250 horsepower to move 780 kilograms, it's a joy to drive with the accurately-represented suspension geometry of the early Porsche 911.

However, this car will usually have a hard time fight its way into the midpack against this strong grid.

Shelby Cobra 289 Competition

The Shelby Cobra 289 Competition is the open-topped racing variant of the legendary Shelby Cobra sports car. The 289 cubic inch Ford V8 engine lets you chuck this 857 kilogram machine around in spectacular fashion, while the absence of a roof provides superior vision - and plenty of snacks on the go, in the shape of the flies that will impact your head at speed. Just don't expect to win any top speed contests against sleeker opponents with similar power, because the drag coefficient of the Cobra was famous for being notoriously high.

Shelby Cobra 289 Hardtop

The Shelby Cobra 289 Hardtop is a variant of the iconic Shelby Cobra sports car. It features a lightweight fixed hardtop roof instead of the traditional open-top configuration, improving the aerodynamics and therefore the straight-line speed. Powered by the same Ford 289 cubic inch V8 engine as the roadster, it delivers impressive performance and handling characteristics, making this 865 kg sportscar a strong allrounder.

Shelby Mustang GT350R

The Shelby Mustang GT350R is a high-performance racing variant of the Ford Mustang. It was specifically developed for competition under SCCA rules in North America, featuring lightweight components, altered suspension geometry, a new differential, and wider wheels. The 4.7 liter V8 unleashes a herd of 360 wild powerponies, ensuring that this 1100 kg race car is a force to be reckoned with on medium straights that don't require a top speed of more than 270 km/h.

Tracks

The calendar for season II of the THR GTC 60's championship offers a range of different track characteristics, from tight and technical street circuits to longer and more challenging road courses. Each track provides a unique racing experience and has left a lasting impact on the motorsport world.

Goodwood

[Download]

The opening round of the championship will be the THR Tourist Trophy at Goodwood Circuit - the heart of historic motorsport in Great Britain, which is located near Chichester, West Sussex. The track measures approximately 3.8 kilometers in length. It has hosted various motorsport events, including the RAC Tourist Trophy sportscar races in the early 1960's and the popular Goodwood Revival today, which celebrates classic motorsports by hosting spectacular races in vintage cars at this decidedly vintage racing venue.

Fonteny

[Download]

Set into a 26 km loop of real roads in the Parc Naturel Régional du Morvan in France, Fonteny is a fictional masterpiece of a race track that was conceived by Assetto Corsa modding legend Fat-Alfie. The Fonteny 150 km will be the second round of this championship. Will you conquer this thrilling French equivalent to the Nordschleife, or will it conquer you instead?

Monaco

[Download]

The Monaco Grand Prix is one of the most prestigious and iconic races in Formula One. The circuit runs through the streets of Monte Carlo, covering a length of about 3.3 kilometers. Its narrow and winding layout poses a unique and challenging racing experience for the THR Chiron Trophy - the third round of the season.

Spa-Francorchamps

[Download]

The historic 14.1 kilometer circuit at Spa-Francorchamps was notorious for its uncompromising high-speed nature and complete absence of any safety margins in blind high-speed curves like Burnenville, Malmédy, Masta, and Holowell. Prior to its closure for safety reasons and subsequent redevelopment into the modern circuit at Spa-Francorchamps in the late 1970s, it hosted many famous Grands Prix and endurance races like the 24 Hours of Spa. Will you be able to take the Masta Trophy home after Round 4 of the championship, or will this grueling rollercoaster in the Ardennes add you to its body count?

Rouen

[Download via Sergio Loro's F3 Classic Tracks store]

Rouen-Les-Essarts was a street circuit located near Rouen, France. The length of the circuit was approximately 6.5 kilometers, forming a fast and flowing layout. Rouen hosted the French Grand Prix and various other motorsport events until 1993, and all traces of motorsports there have since been demolished. Relive this iconic racetrack by participating in the Trophée des Six Frères - the 5th Round of this season - on Sergio Loro's fantastic virtual representation of Rouen-les-Essarts for Assetto Corsa.

Nürburgring Nordschleife

[Download]

The Nürburgring Nordschleife, often called the "Green Hell," is a legendary racetrack in the Eifel mountain range in Germany. The length of the circuit, raced in the condition of the 1967 season here, is approximately 22.8 kilometers including the old Start/Ziel-Schleife that made way for the new Grand Prix circuit's paddock in the early 1980s. Known for its demanding and lengthy layout, it poses a significant challenge to drivers and has been a favorite for endurance races and testing throughout history ever since it was constructed during the 1920s. That makes the Eifelrennen here a fitting finale for season 2 of the THR GTC 60s Championship.

Special Settings

We will not have a mandatory pitstop.
But if you want to stop for any service, you are allowed to.

  • Fuel Rate: 50%
  • Tyre Rate: 50%
  • Damage Multiplier: 75%
  • no pitspeed limiter
  • Required Minimum CSP Version is 0.177

Schedule

We try to stick to the dates given, but individual dates may be subject to postponement for various reasons.

Race Week Schedule

Testing

Use the following server to test the different cars during the week.
You can choose any available car and get a random skin after joining.
THR | 1 | THRacing | discord.me/THRacing

Qualifying

You can race qualifying laps from Monday to Sunday at any time.
(I will close the Qualifying when I have time on Sunday. So the end of Qualifying may vary on this day.
Please take this in account and don't race your laps just before the end.)

Only the best laps per driver from the following server will be used to create the starting grid.
THR | QUALI + RACE | THRacing | discord.me/THRacing

An overview of the laptimes per driver can be found here:
http://5.75.183.156:8772/live-timing?server=4

Races

Saturday - Training Races

Will be hosted on Server:
THR |4| WKDY RACES | THRacing | discord.me/THRacing

The starting grid for the practice races will be based on the qualifying which takes place just before these races.

  • Qualifying Session: 30 minutes
  • Training Race 1: 30 minutes
  • Training Race 2: 30 minutes (first 10 positions start in reversed order)

You can stay on the server between the sessions.

Sunday - Main Races

Will be hosted on Server:
THR | QUALI + RACE | THRacing | discord.me/THRacing

Official race based on the qualifying laptimes driven during the week.

  • Practice Session: 30 minutes
  • Main Race: 60 minutes

You can stay on the server between the sessions.

(If the championship generates a lot of attention and we have more registrations than starting slots, we will split the Main Event Race on Sunday into 2 grids.
If this becomes apparent, we will inform you about the procedure.)

Drivers Championship

To take in account that not every racer is able to race on every weekend, the worst results will be deleted.
Only your best 5 of the 6 weekends count for the championship.

Rules

Read our rules page here:
https://thracing.de/rules/

Communication

Our main communication channel is our Discord Server.
Please follow:
https://discord.me/THRacing
Or just click the button in the right menu.

It is not mandatory, but recommended, that you join Voice Chat during Qualifying and Races.

Best wishes

We wish you some really good, intense and exciting races over the next weeks!

[THR]pitman