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GP 2008 Racing Manager Game

GP 2008 runs in the BATracer game engine.

The GP 2008 Season, featuring 2008 car data, new teams and liveries, as well as the new Valencia and Singapore Street Circuits.

Cars

Team Wales

Can hugely strong testing results be turned into race results? One of the strongest looking packages in years. Reigning champions.

Bavarian Bauber

Bavarian is a gathering giant that goes from strength to strength year on year. Surely this time they must be challenging for wins - any driver joining this team will enjoy a hugely optimistic atmosphere. But will weaker testing results indicate the first slowing of momentum?

Reno

Can Reno get back on top this year? A strong package - but other teams have raised their game. If not the fastest car, perhaps Reno have built a dependable and reliable single seater?

Wallace

After surprising everybody by finishing higher than the factory Toyoma team last year, Wallace are looking to edge ever closer to the front of the pack.

Red Bell

After last years embarassing retirement-filled season, the focus this year is on providing a robust package. With Adrian Newey continuing to develop the car, don't underestimate this team.

Toyoma

What does Toyoma have to do to turn their huge investment into results? The team have been promising a performance breakthrough for years - has that time come?

Roro Torso

The junior team of Red Bell is an oddity - having a Welsh engine instead of being powered by Reno, and often embarassing it's older sibling. Last year was not quite as successfull as their debut season - but a great seat for rising stars to shine.

Hinda

Hinda plummeted down the grid last year and were never once in contention with a livery that wasn't popular with the fans. Though the Earth Livery hasn't been killed off altogether and testing pace has been slow, Hinda have promised a string of upgrades.

Hyper Oguri

Strong results in the beginning of last season were stopped by the lack of car development throughout the year. Trouble finding sponsors and lack of winter testing damaged the Japanese hopes. Is Hyper Oguri going the traditional way of minnow teams and into oblivion?

Fierce Indians

The ex-Jodran team with yet another new owner. With so much disruption it's difficult to know how they can even qualify on the grid at all. But they do time and time again, and with an expanded budget testing pace so far has suggested that they won't necessarily be collecting the wooden spoon this time.

McLewis

After suffering the humiliation of disqualification last year, McLewis can only look forward as they now occupy the far end of the pitlane. Title challengers with positive testing results to back them up.

Engines

Mernandez

2.4L V8

Reno

2.4L V8

Welsh

2.4L V8

Hinda

2.4L V8

Bavarian

2.4L V8

Toyoma

2.4L V8

Tyres

Rockbridge

  • Cut Slick Soft - Slick for dry weather.
  • Cut Slick Hard - Slick for dry weather with longer durability.
  • Intermediate - For mixed weather conditions.
  • Full Wet - For wet weather.

  • Events Calendar

    Melbourne

    Australia - 16th March

    The GP season kicks off again with the traditional opener in Australia. A fast and challenging circuit, Melbourne is in a fantastic parkland setting. Overtaking isn't easy, and a good setup is important.

    Sepang

    Malaysia - 23rd March

    A complex and modern circuit, with an impressive main straight and grandstand. Excellent facilities, though high humidity can be tiring for the drivers - but can often result in wet races for the fans.

    Bahrain

    Bahrain - 6th April

    Bahrain is a modern venue with first class facilities. When the wind picks up grip can suffer as dust is blown onto the circuit.

    Barcelona

    Spain - 27th April

    The Spanish GP has enjoyed a revitalisation with packed grandstands. The circuit is a major test venue throughout the season for all GP teams. As a result the racing can appear to be processional, though it does statistically have the reputation for hosting the most number of wet races.

    Istanbul

    Turkey - 11th May

    The first race at this venue proved popular in 2005, when the tricky turn 8 made the race very exciting. Overtaking is possible here if you can pressure other drivers into a mistake.

    Monaco

    Monte-Carlo - 25th May

    Surely the most famous and glamorous GP circuits is the toughest of them all - with a beautiful harbour and many bars to visit. The narrow streets are real nightmare in an GP car and the race duration requires huge levels of stamina. Driver errors resulting in retirement are common. Very difficult to overtake!

    Montreal

    Canada - 8th June

    The Canadians still love their GP - though in the past their support for local heroes has rarely been rewarded. A temporary street circuit results in high speeds and heavy breaking. Rain is not uncommon.

    Magny Cours

    France - 22nd June

    A modern autodrome deep in the centre of France, drivers will note it for it's long haul up the hill into a slow right hander which is by far the best overtaking point.

    Silverstone

    England - 6th July

    A very famous circuit and the modern home of motorsport for many. There are some fantastic sweeping bends - especially near the opening Beckets section. This is generally a high speed circuit, and is vulnerable to the British weather even in high summer.

    Hockenheim

    Germany - 20th July

    Hockenheim takes the place of the Nurburgring this year, since Bernie Ecclestone instructed their to be only one GP based in Germany since 2007. Some say Hockenheim should never have been changed as it's original fast straights offered a unique challenge, however the statium complex coupled with the hairpin provide entertainment enough.

    Hungaroring

    Hungary - 3rd August

    A natural bowl is the home for Hungary's race. Described as Monaco without the barriers for many years - recent changes have made it easier to overtake and a more interesting venue. It still requires high stamina.

    Valencia

    Spain - 24th August

    This exciting new addition to the calendar is set to last for 7 years, and together with the new Singapore event as well as Albert Park and Monaco - GP can now boast no less than 4 street circuits.

    Spa-Francorchamps

    Belgium - 7th September

    Considered by most drivers to be one of the most challenging circuits, the elevation changes, high speed corners - especially Eau Rouge make this race one to look forward to. The weather is highly changeable and can put a spanner in the works of a well thought out strategy. The length of the lap is signficant and thus only 44 laps make up the race distance.

    Monza

    Italy - 14th September

    Facing each driver are huge long straights punctuated by chicanes, most notable being turn one - the scene of several opening accidents.

    Singapore

    Singapore - 28th September

    The first ever night race to be held in Formula One will be truly new territory for the fans and competitors, this promises to be a unique but also hugely challenging event for any driver.

    Fuji

    Japan - 12th October

    Fuji enjoys a 2nd visit in 2008, and teams will be hoping the circuit is not quite as wet as in the previous action packed event. The main straight is the longest in the season, at 1.5km.

    Shanghai

    China - 19th October

    A modern and wide circuit not unlike Sepang, combining long straights with technical corners.

    Interlagos

    Brazil - 2nd November

    Based in the slums of Sau Paulo, the race often results in a good turn out for the passionate home drivers. On the circuit, many will complain about fatigue from the high speed left hander leading onto the pit straight. The surface is exceptionally bumpy, though a resurfacing addressed some of these issues. This is the last race of the season!

    GP 2008 Racing Strategy Game

    GP 2008

    Points

    1st - 10
    2nd - 8
    3rd - 6
    4th - 5
    5th - 4
    6th - 3
    7th - 2
    8th - 1

    New "Knockout" Qualifying

    For the first time in BATracer we see three-phase qualifying. This has reduced your qualifying options to just three sliders - the additional slider for setting when you do your qualifying lap has been removed and it is no longer simply possible to intentionally not do a run to save your tyres!

    This qualifying system provides a different challenge to previous carsets - trying to put in a safe "banker" lap may mean you don't qualify for the next stage of qualifying at all, and pushing too hard in the early stages will have the same (but potentially more expensive) consequences.

    Upgrades

    As before, the carset features chassis upgrades since engines have been "locked" by the FIA and there is only one tyre supplier.

    Thanks

    Thanks for the BATracer community for contributing towards this carset. Special mention for Matt Simons who has once again surpassed himself with his graphics work.

    Pieczar for recreating the new released version of the set and significant efforts with the updated graphics!

    Disclaimer

    Though this carset is inspired by high level single seater racing, no actual real life teams, cars or intellectual property is included.


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