Amendment:

Apologies. Due to not paying attention to the Calendar properly, we wrote below that we start the season with an endurance round at Paul Ricard which is incorrect.

This Wednesday we will be racing a GT Sprint Series race at Zolder. The round will be 2x 20 minute sprint races.

Original Story:

Assetto Corsa Competizione has been out of Early Access for some time now and with the hot fixes that have been deployed by Kunos we are now ready to go for the Blancpain 2019 OZNZ GT3 Championship!

This coming Wednesday we'll kick off our Season with an Enduro Round at Circuit Paul Ricard, so start driving, pick your car and get ready to roll on Wednesday night.

The Practice Server is live. If you would like access, jump on the OZNZ Discord server and request the password.

For more information about the Blancpain 2019 OZNZ GT3 Championship, visit www.oznzsimracing.com and click on the series poster.

This past Sunday saw OZNZ Drivers jumping into the Seat Leon TCR and hitting the track at Vallelunga on the extended circuit.

The fast first and second sectors of the track proved a challenge for drivers as they fought to find the grip and perfect braking points whilst not losing to much speed costing the time and position on track, while the tight confines of the final sector provided an entirely different challenge as drivers had to find the right balance of throttle to avoid the front wheel drive Seat under-steering under acceleration.

The pace of the cars meant that the pack stayed quite close for the duration of both race 1 and race 2 and the reverse grid start in race 2 added an extra challenge as drivers battled up and down the pack.

A single yellow flag slowed progress in race 1, but once the track was Green the battle resumed.

With 7 more rounds and 14 more races scheduled for the series we are expecting the racing to only get more intense as drivers find their feet and get used to the car.

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Assetto Corsa Competizione left Early Access last week with a more complete feature set for multiplayer and dedicated servers.

The scheduled round on the 5th of June will be our final Pre-season event before we kick into the OZNZ Assetto Corsa Competizione GT3 Championship starting on the 3rd of July at Zandvoort.

The original plan for the series was for the OZNZ events to take place on the Wednesday night following the real life Blancpain race weekend, running our condensed format of Sprint of Enduro races on the same track used the previous weekend.

As we were unable to jump in and start the series Officially on the 17th of April, we will now be running an adjusted schedule of events for the rest of the year.

We will still proceed with following the final 5 rounds of the Blancpain GT series and we have re-scheduled the 5 rounds that were missed.

The event details will be updated on the website and calendar in the next few days.


Starting this week on Wednesday the 17th of April, we will be running the Pre-season event for the OZNZ Sim Racing Blancpain GT Series in Assetto Corsa Competizione.

As ACC has yet to leave early access and make it to a full release, we will be running the pre-season event at Monza as a Challenge event, rather than an Endurance. This means we will compete in two 30 minute races, each with their own 10 minute Qualification.

Since this is OZNZ's first attempt at an ACC event, we thought we'd help out with some tips to make race night a little bit easier.

Button Bindings:

Obviously, you will need your basic car controls, such as Steering, Throttle, Brake, Gear up, Gear down, but you should also bind some extras as well.

You will NEED to bind the following buttons;

Pit Limiter

It is recommended to bind the following buttons;

Traction Control Up

Traction Control Down

ABS Up

ABS Down

Game Settings:

By Default, ACC sets a very short viewing distance for the rear view mirror in the cars. We recommend adjusting the mirror view distance setting (highlighted in the screenshot) to at least 100 meters to ensure you are able to see cars behind you.

We also recommend turning on RADAR in the HUD options, as well as the Virtual Mirror if you are running a single monitor (or otherwise cannot view the cars mirrors).

Please also check the options in Assists and make sure things are set to your preference.

Joining the OZNZ Assetto Corsa Competizione Server:

To join the OZNZ Server, you must first select your car.

To select your car, you must first select and highlight any server in the list. Once you do, you can click on the Team window on the right of the screen. Choose your car, livery and driver.

When you return to the server list, click on the Search for Server by Name box at the top of the list and type in OZNZ and hit Enter. The OZNZ Server will appear in the list.

Click in the Server Password box, enter the password (only available on Discord Voice chat) and click Connect in the top right.

Known Issues with ACC:

We are going into the Pre-season event knowing that there are issues with ACC. Currently, the game is on Early Access release 0.7.2 and consequently is missing certain functionality that we require to go ahead with a full series.

The server is missing key functions regarding locking down Driver Assists and setting up the Penalty System. The server does not generate a results file at the end of any session, and we currently have no control over sessions once a server is live.

In Multiplayer, there is no on-screen results for race sessions, so we will not be able to capture the race results for the evening.

For VR users, there are various issues with the in-game menu placement.

OZNZ and ACC in the future:

Up until now we had planned on running the OZNZ ACC series on Wednesday nights following the real Blacnpain race weekend.

This past weekend was the opening round of the Blancpain GT series at Monza.

Because the game is not in it's final release and is missing key functions for us to run the series we will be sticking to the current calendar, but every event run before the required functionality is available will be considered a Pre-season event.

Once the game reaches a usable state, we will proceed with the Official events, and any events that have already been run as Pre-season events will be scheduled to run again later in the year, ensuring that we get a full 10 week season of Blancpain GT.

We've been looking forward to starting Official OZNZ events in Assetto Corsa Competizione since the game was announced and this week is the beginning of what we are hoping will be some amazingly fun racing!