Many tracks are problematic. It's possible to have an advantage through corner cutting.
Real formula one is unthinkable without independent race comissioners to have a look at this (and other) problem(s). In virtual race leagues have no independent race comissioners and it's a hard job for the admins to do it without payment...
Gpl itself has an intern estimation: Is a lap Ontrack or Offtrack.
This patch uses this estimation and penalized Offtrack laps in qualification. So Offtrack laps are not used for starting grid.
Put OnTrack.xml into GEM+/Options folder. Start GEM+ and choice OnTrack.xml. Start GPL, VROC or iGOR...
WHAT IS AN OFFTRACK LAP?
Gpl itself decides it. It's between two wheels and four wheels on track rule. It seems the center point must be across the track at all time. Otherwise it's an Offtrack lap.
CHANGED COLORING IN PERSONAL LAPS SCREEN
In personal laps screen the OffTrack laps will be included, but the Offtrack laps are displayed in red, the Ontrack laps in red color.
ARE OFFTRACK LAPS TOTALLY INVALID?
No, Offtrack laps gets only a 10 seconds penalty to avoid that at such hard tracks like nurburgring no one or only some people have a qualification time.
So, if you have no Ontrack lap your personal best time is 10s slower than your fastest (Offtrack) lap (you see it in the best laps screen).
WORKS THIS PATCH ONLINE AND oFFLINE?
Yes, it both works.
IN CASE OF ONLINE RACING: CAN I BE SURE THAT ALL PARTICIPANTS USE THE PATCH?
It's in dependency from the host.
If the host uses the patch clients without the patch get only the beginners cars. So this driver can't win the qualification or race. Only clients that use the patch gets GP cars.
But you can use/test the patch with a normal server. But...in this case it's not sure that all participients uses the patch.
IS THIS PATCH COMPATIBLE WITH OTHER PATCHES/MODS?
Yes, it is.
IF I USE AFTER THE RACE REPLAY ANALYZER ARE THE PRACTICE RESULTS CORRECT?
Unfortunately, no. The practice result is like you haven't use the patch.
But all informations you need are saved in the replay.
In this unzipped folder you find a subfolder "GPLBestLap". At this place you find a statistic tool that includes table with only Ontrack laps. At normal tracks this is the qualification result.
AS I SEE THIS PATCH PENALIZE CORNER CUTTING ONLY IN QUALIFICATION - NOT IN RACE?
Yes, it is.
But I know alternatives:
1. You can use pitstop(dirtgear)patch. This has a dirt effect. If a driver leave the track his grip decreases.
2. Because the Ontrack/Offtrack infomation is saved in the replays in principle it's possible to penalize the driver after the race i.e. one second penalty for every Offtrack lap.
My favourite is 1.
Edited by Olaf Lehmann, Jul 31 2016 - 02:16 AM.