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GP 2009 Racing Manager Game

GP 2009 runs in the BATracer game engine.

The GP 2009 Season, featuring the most radical shakeup in years. New rules, a new team and the new Abu Dhabi circuit add to the action.

Cars

Team Wales

Coming off the back of a strong campaign in the previous year, the early launch will give Team Wales ample time to develop their car for the new season and regulations.

McLewis

Regrouping from a torrid 2007 season McLewis refocused and claimed the drivers title in 2008. The team will be hoping that this car will bring them further success in 2009.

Bavarian Bauber

The highest profile team last season to stop developing their 2008 car and shift focus to the new for 2009 regulations. Running a hybrid 08 car early with 09 spec aero in off season testing and targeting more wins and championship glory - the Bavarian squad is an odds on favourite with their extended knowledge of the new aero.

Reno

One of the more interesting 2009 launches was when Reno unveiled their new car. Drawing criticism from experts and fans alike - perhaps the odd approach to its design holds the key to new successes for the team. Boosted by their late season form in 2008 could Reno be a title contender in an uncertain season this year?

Toyoma

Best of the rest outside the top four teams last season: yet that elusive win still eludes the squad. The team has reaffirmed its commitment to GP racing but with all that investment - and still no win - success must surely come this year.

Roro Torso

With a maiden win in their pockets in Monza last year the team outshone the parent Red Bell - out scoring it by 10 points by seasons end. Can the team repeat that success in 09 - or has the team already had it's wings clipped to avoid further internal embarrassment?

Red Bell

New regulations and a chance for their top designer to shine once again. A late scheduled launch allowed the design team time enough to find every single little detail and try and exploit it to its fullest. Testing has seen equipment issues resurface for the team - but will they be sorted in time?

Wallace

With the biggest rule shakeup for a decade now is a great time for Wallace to regain their former glory with everyone starting over. A unique interpretation of the new regulations means the Wallace GP car might have an ace up its tailpipe - the team has ran strong in testing. Wallace is the only team to adopt a flywheel based KERS system, which many believe is a better long term prospect.

Fierce Indians

The first time this outfit has seen any stability since the Jodran days - Fierce Indians go into their second season having signed a fresh deal with McLewis for the supply of Mernandez driveline components. The team hope to profit from this years shakeup and shake off their backmarker status.

Brown Grand Prix

With a car that has been developed with Hinda resources since the better part of 2008 - and a new engine deal from Mernandez - pre-season testing saw a miracle for what was the former Hinda team. Supreme pace and handling shows this could actually be the car to beat come the season's opener in Australia, but is this all too good to be true?

Engines

Mernandez 180

2.4L V8

Reno RS09

2.4L V8

Welsh 650

2.4L V8

Bavarian B90

2.4L V8

Toyoma T09

2.4L V8

Tyres

Rockbridge

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

  • Events Calendar

    Melbourne

    Australia - 29th March

    The perennial season opener has a later start time than before; choosing to run in the late afternoon. A circuit that's fast; fairly bumpy and sporting various right angle turns. To quote the marketing pundits; it's "a great place for a race!"

    Sepang

    Malaysia - 5th April

    One of the first Tilke-penned circuits; the venue situated just outside Kuala Lumpur is known more for its sweltering heat and humidity rather than its layout. Long sweeping corners linked with high speed sections added in make this race a real challenge.

    Shanghai

    China - 19th April

    Switching to an earlier place in the calendar; the Shanghai circuit is much like Sepang - long corners coupled with fast straights. A race in April could see an increased chance in wet weather which means teams will have to keep their wits about them.

    Bahrain

    Bahrain - 26th April

    Bahrain brings about another hot race; although crosswinds and sand factor in to make this a unique setting. Situated in the middle of the desert; this track links long straights with tight corners which means a tough time for brake wear and engines.

    Barcelona

    Spain - 10th May

    The Spanish GP enjoyed a revitalisation with packed grandstands in previous years. 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.

    Monaco

    Monte-Carlo - 24th 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 a GP car and the race duration requires huge levels of stamina. Driver errors resulting in retirement are common. Very difficult to overtake!

    Istanbul

    Turkey - 7th June

    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.

    Silverstone

    England - 21st June

    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.

    Nurburgring

    Germany - 12th July

    Next to the legendary and original 13 mile circuit, GP cars still come to the modern safer equiverlent of today. The drivers seem generally happy with the circuit even if it appears a bit bland relative to the old circuit. Historically the modern circuit has been the scene of many incident-packed races.

    Hungaroring

    Hungary - 26th July

    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 - 23rd August

    After making its debut on the GP calendar in 2008; the Valencia Street Circuit is rather a unique layout despite providing somewhat unexciting racing for the inaugural race. The wide birth of the course makes it feel more like Montreal than Monaco.

    Spa-Francorchamps

    Belgium - 30th August

    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 - 13th September

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

    Singapore

    Singapore - 27th September

    The very first night race around the Marina Bay was a huge hit. The course has had its bumps smoothed out; which should reduce strain on the suspension. Long straights and 90-degree corners are the norm here as it with any street circuit.

    Suzuka

    Japan - 4th October

    The legendary Suzuka circuit has been the scene of many classic GP races. Its figure of 8 layout makes it unique - the track itself tests the driver with very fast corners such as 130R.

    Interlagos

    Brazil - 18th October

    Located in the city of Sau Paulo the Interlagos circuit has a rare anti-clockwise configuration. The track is very bumpy and requires a soft set up; engine power is also important with cars having to climb a hill up towards the start finish line.

    Abu Dhabi

    United Arab Emirates - 1st November

    The GP circus ends the season at a completely new venue in the Middle East. Being called an "Asian version of Monaco"; organizers describe the new Abu Dhabi circuit to be the best and most outstanding circuit ever built.

    GP 2009 Racing Strategy Game

    This series is a model of the exciting new GP 2009 season.

    Points

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

    New Fuel Rule

    This is not new to the real GP 2009 season but it is new to the BATracer GP carsets. In 3-stage qualifying, if you make it into the top 10 and final stage of qualifying - you will carry your race fuel. This will slow you down - so players with shorter first stints will qualify higher, but of course have to pit earlier. No first-pitstop changes can be made after qualifying for these drivers. This introduces another element and challenge to your strategy decisions.

    Drivers who did not make the final cut have no restrictions on their strategy and after qualifying can make as many changes as they wish. We hope these changes improves the realism of BATracers GP sets still further.

    Warmup Laps

    We have finally reduced the number of warmup laps to 1, representing your one lap drive to the grid for greater realism. We have also increased the opening practice laps. However, overall the number of laps overall is slightly reduced, as a distant reflection in the reduction of testing defined by regulations.

    KERS

    An option to use KERS has been introduced. Although it makes your car heavier overall, it can give a performance advantage on some circuits - but it also carries an increased risk of reliability gremlins. Overtaking and blocking is often easier with KERS, but only if the driver being passed is without it. KERS is less effective in wet conditions.

    Overall Changes

    As a result of aerodynamic changes set by the regulatory body, this set features easier overtaking and increased competitiveness.

    Upgrades

    As before, the GP 2009 carset features chassis upgrades since engines have been "locked" by the regulatory body and there is only one tyre supplier.

    Credits

    This carset was made by Mariusz Pilarek with great help from Jef Beyens (teams descriptions and Williams livery), Oscar Garcia (Abu Dhabi description), Phillip Chandler (few ideas that were included here), Paul Jones (corrected many spelling errors) and the whole batracer forum who have helped and supported.

    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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