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Welcome to 2019 and the new Ricmotech Hot Lap Challenge Championship.

What is the Hot Lap Challenge?

For over a year now Ricmotech has been holding a monthly challenge on the third Wednesday of each month. The challenge involves an undisclosed car running at an undisclosed circuit on iRacing. The challengers do not learn of the car and track until the event goes live. Sometimes the event has an open setup and other times it is a fixed setup, the drivers never know what its going to be. This creates a fair and level starting point for the challenge. Any driver may join the challenge anytime after 6pm EST and has until 9:30pm to set one of the fastest three lap times of the session. At 9:30, the three fastest drivers go on track one at a time to try to set the fastest overall lap. That driver is awarded the monthly prize. The event is streamed live by Shaun Cole of The Sim Pit along with commentary by Kevin Ford of XtremeMotorsports99.com.

So what is the Hot Lap Championship?
For 2019 we are adding a year-long championship. In addition to the monthly challenge and prize, which can be done by anyone, we have created a fun challenge to the 2019 Hot Lap Challenges. Participants in the Championship must register and points will be awarded during every monthly event for an overall prize at the end of the year. Points will consist of placement points for the top ten championship participants, participation points for all registered drivers that run a minimum number of laps during the event, and bonus points based on varying criteria determined each month. Only the best ten out of the twelve performances for each driver will be counted for championship points so drivers do not have to worry if they miss an event or if they underperform at an event. Full rules will be available by January 15th.

How do I join? (Registration is now closed)
Competing for the Championship is absolutely free. To join, drivers must fill out the application form below. To be eligible for the Championship prize drivers must be Ricmotech customers with purchases totaling a minimum of $100 by July 1st, 2019 and must participate in at least eight events throughout the 2019 season. Drivers should sign up even if they do not currently meet the purchase requirement so that points can be accumulated.

What can I win?
The top prize for the 2019 Champion will be $100 in RicmoBucks to be used on any products available in the Ricmotech store. Prizes for 2nd and 3rd places will be determined soon.

Points standings

Points Distribution for April 2019
In celebration of April Fools Day, this month's Hot Lap Championship points have been reversed. The top finisher will receive 1 point while the tenth finisher will walk away with 10 points. To add more complexity to the strategy, we are awarding Joker points in two stages. The driver who's name is at the top of the board at the 7pm hour will receive 10 additional points and the driver at the top of the board at the 8pm hour will receive 5 additional points. These points are in addition to the 3 points they each receive for making it to the top of the board.

Remember that points for the championship is solely determined by the finishing order amongst the championship applicants. Think of it as if the championship drivers are competing in their own division
Rank Points
2nd 2
3rd 3
4th 4
5th 5
6th 6
7th 7
8th 8
9th 9
10th 10

Participation Points = 5
Joker Points go to the driver at the top of the board at the 7pm and 8pm (EST) hour (in addition to the 3 TOTB points for getting to the top of the board)
Stage 1 Joker: Top of the Board at 7pm = 10 points
Stage 2 Joker: Top of the Board at 8pm = 5 points
Standard Top-of-the-Board Points = 3