Full Track Map
Full track maps can be added from the Displays tab. There are two ways to select the circuit contour.
For basic use of the software, setting the track contour by the Components Tab will suffice. For more advanced users the Track Item is more suitable as it allows the setting of more advanced settings and features that should be updated for each event.
To set the contour by the Components Tab navigate to the Components Tab and use the Select Contour button. This will set the track contour for any Full Track displays used in the project.
Track map contours are not editable by users. If a track map you need is not included in the software or a different circuit configuration is required contact us.
By default all cars are shown on the track map. In addition to filtering where you can remove classes/cars you are not interested in, there are some additional options to make it easier to see classes of interest.
Normally you would not filter out any cars from the track map in order to be able to understand traffic. However, often you are interested in one class over others. In this case you can put emphasis on your class of interest while still being able to see the position of cars in other classes. For this, you can use the Highlight Classes function in the Main Track Map ribbon control, shown below.
By default the Highlight Classes function is unchecked, in the example the focus class is GTLM.
Below is an example of a track map shown with all classes showing which is the default behavior, Highlight Classes is not active here.
Below is the same situation but with the Highlight Class set to GTLM. The GTD (in orange) cars are still shown but are shown as small dots. Note that the GTD leader is still shown.
Note that the syntax for the class must match how the class in defined in the timing feed. You can check this in the project tree under Category Configuration.
In cases where a given class has been filtered out from the main track map, a car from that class can be shown quickly if needed. The control for this is the "plus" sign in the top right of the main track map. For example, you only have your class of interest shown on the track map and all other classes are hidden by being filtered out. If you get a race control message about a specific car from another class (that is hidden) then entering that car number after clicking the "plus" sign will show that car on track as if it hadn't been filtered out.
Options for the labeling and coloring of track sectors, slow zones and corners can be found in the ribbon bar control. The following options are available when applicable:
- Color sectors
- Color by Slow Zone Sectors (for circuits such as Le Mans)
- Show sector labels
- Show corner labels
- Show marshal sectors
- Show marshal sector labels
- Show slow zone sectors
- Show slow zone sector labels
Car Position Methods
By default the position of cars on the track map are drawn based on the the crossing of the timing lines. The position of each car is approximated based on the historical time for each car to complete each sector. This approximation is continuously being updated on a per car basis and is corrected each time a car crosses each sector. The track status is also taken into account in this approximation which improves the accuracy when track status changes by only using relevant data from the applicable track status.
In series where the GPS position of each car is available over the timing feed the position of each car can be drawn via the GPS data. This is enabled by enabling the Use GPS Feed checkbox. The default method is generally robust in race situations but there are some situations where using the GPS data is helpful:
- During qualifying where the speed of cars is varying a lot between laps. Using the GPS option in this case makes finding a sufficiant gap on track for a qualifying run easier.
- On long circuits such as Le Mans where there can be a large distance between timing lines.
Sector heat map on track map
The user can now colour the sectors based on a delta between two cars:
The options are controlled in the ribbon bar of the track map under the colour mode option:
For the reference car, if the car selection is left empty then it will take the best car of the same category of the Delta Car.