Timed Pit Stops
The stop times for each chassis and location (normally the pit lane
itself) will be confirmed by the divisional moderator before each
When To Perform A Stop
- A timed pit stop must be taken between 1/4 and 1/2 race distance (the
second quarter of the race). The moderators will normally allow the maximum
leeway where the number of laps does not neatly divide by four.
If two timed stops must be taken, the second must be taken between 1/4
and 3/4 race distance, and not on the lap immediately following the first
- Regardless of where the start/finish line is with respect to the pit
lane, taking a stop is regarded as being done at the end of a
For example: the race is 27 laps; stops must be taken no earlier
than the end of lap 6 (27 divided by 4 and rounded down) and not later than
the end of lap 14 (27 divided by two and rounded up).
It's generally easiest to reckon in terms of laps to go; in the
above example, the pits would be open once the lap board read 22 (27 minus 6
plus 1) to go, and the final lap on which a pit stop could be made would be
when the board read 14 (27 minus 14 plus 1) to go.
- For divisions allowing fuel stops, a fuel stop cannot be
combined with the compulsory timed stop(s).
- If you are forced to Shift-R in the pit lane during your
compulsory stop (eg. if you crash) you should SnG within 2 laps as
usual for a 'fault' Shift-R.
How to perform a stop
- A corner or two before the pit entrance, where practical, issue a "Pit In" message.
If another driver is close behind the pitting
driver, the latter should consider moving offline and/or raising an
arm as a further warning to the other driver.
- If the driver misses the pit entrance or fails to stop within the
pit area, they must go around and try on the next lap.
- On entering the pits, the driver should stop in the pit stall area,
not on the entry/exit lane. Normally the pit stall area is marked by lines
but at some circuits there are several sets of lines (Mexico) whereas at
others there maybe none other than the pit lane marking itself (Albi).
In general cars must stop within half a car's width of the stalls regardless
of the presence of stall markings. The moderator may decide to penalize
a driver who gains an unfair advantage by not stopping in the appropriate
- Drivers are not required to stop at their own pit stall; they must
however stop within the stall area and in a position which does not hinder
other drivers who might be trying to enter or exit the pits.
- If another driver is already in the pits, if possible the pitting driver
should stop behind them in case they move off or creep forward whilst
the second driver is trying to find a stall to stop in; if the pitting
driver must stop ahead of another driver, the pitting driver must leave
enough room for the stopped driver to creep forward a few car lengths.
- Drivers are advised to keep the car in first gear, with the clutch
disengaged and the engine revs held at a medium level for the duration
of the stop. This minimizes the risk of GPL retiring a driver, and is
especially important for drivers taking long stops of 30 seconds or
GPL will retire a car which is stationary for 30
seconds, so drivers doing stops of that time or greater should move
forward approximately four turns of the front wheels, using medium to
high revs (effectively a mini-start), midway through the
- Shortly before exiting the pits, the driver should warn other drivers that they are about to leave by issuing a "Pit Out" message.
- On exiting the pits, drivers should (where practical) stay off the racing line until back up to racing speed.
Drivers are reminded that they can see only one car behind in their mirrors when racing online.
Paul Harrington has written a very useful utility called GPLWait which allows you to set up two keys,
one of which types a "Pit In" message for you, and the other which does the following:
All the messages, the keys used, and the length of the stop are configurable. Use of GPLWait isn't mandatory, but it does make timed stops a lot easier.
- Presses F10 (switching the view and providing visual feedback that pit stop timing has begun.
- Typing a "Pit Out Warning" messages 5 seconds before the end of the stop.
- Typing a "Pit Out" message at the end of the stop and pressing F10 again, switching the view back to the original setting and providing a visual cue to exit the pits.
Download GPLWait; unzip the contents of the zip file somewhere, then just run GPLWait.exe.
Failure to make Mandatory Pit Stop
A mandatory pit stop is one that is decreed before the start of a race rather
than as a consequence of an incident in the race (i.e. a S&G due to a
shift-R is not a mandatory pit stop). Typical mandatory pit stops are
those designed to even-out the chassis. A driver who fails to make a
mandatory pit stop will be excluded from the results.
Short Mandatory Pit Stop
If a driver makes a short mandatory Pit Stop, the moderator will apply a time penalty equal to 3 times the number of
Incorrect Pit Stop
If a driver makes a pit stop (either mandatory or a S&G due to a Shift-R)
but fails to bring the car to rest in
the stalls. The moderator may decide an unfair advantage has been gained
and consequently a time penalty may be applied equal to 3 times the number of
seconds gained. Where the number of seconds gained cannot be determined with
any confidence, the moderator may decide to impose a standard 5 second
penalty. This is cumulative so a driver making a late pitstop and failing to stop
close enough to the pit wall may incur two 5 second penalties during the one stop.