How To Do Time Trials On iRacing

How To Do Time Trials On iRacing
Author Alessio Lorandi
Alessio Lorandi
December 25, 2023

Are you looking to improve your performance and compete against other drivers in iRacing? Time Trials are a great way to test your skills and push your limits.

In this guide, we’ll show you how to do Time Trials on iRacing and provide some valuable tips for mastering this challenging aspect of the game.

To start a Time Trial, you need to select the car/class you want to use and navigate to the Series Page in the iRacing UI.

Click on the Go Racing button, and choose Time Trial from the options. Once registered, you might have to wait a couple of minutes to join the server. After loading the simulator, you can begin your Time Trial by running consecutive clean laps.

It’s important to note that if you’re aiming to improve your safety rating, it’s recommended to run the full 30-minute Time Trial. This allows you to accumulate more incident-free laps, which ultimately contribute to a higher safety rating.

After completing your Time Trial, you can view your statistics on the iRacing Member Website or in the iRacing UI by selecting the Season Time Trials in the Series Stats page. Analyzing your performance and lap times can provide valuable insights for further improvement.

Key Takeaways:

  • To start a Time Trial, select the car/class and navigate to the Series Page in the iRacing UI.
  • Run consecutive clean laps to improve your safety rating and performance.
  • Time Trials can be accessed through the Go Racing button and selecting Time Trial.
  • View your Time Trial statistics on the iRacing Member Website or in the iRacing UI.
  • Analyze your performance to identify areas for improvement.

How Time Trials Work and ttRatings

Time Trials in iRacing are a vital part of measuring your proficiency and determining your placement in Divisions. To understand how time trials work, it’s crucial to familiarize yourself with ttRatings.

ttRatings are calculated by comparing an individual driver’s best average lap time with the best recorded average lap time for the same car on a specific track. When you improve your time trial in relation to the track record, you earn ttRating points. Conversely, moving further from the record can result in losing points.

It’s important to note that ttRatings are not visible to members holding Rookie Licenses. This encourages rookie drivers to focus on gaining experience and improving their driving skills before entering the competitive world of time trials.

How To Do Time Trials On iRacing

During a Time Trial session, you are required to complete a specific number of consecutive laps without any incidents. Your session rating is determined by comparing your lap times to the time trial record. The last four session ratings at a track are averaged to determine your rating for that specific track.

Furthermore, your overall time trial rating is based on the average ratings from your eight most recently visited tracks. This comprehensive rating system provides a fair assessment of your performance across different tracks and helps to maintain balance and accuracy in the time trial rankings.

Now that you understand the basics of how time trials work, it’s time to explore the best practices and techniques for optimizing your lap times in iRacing. Let’s dive into the next section to uncover the secrets of achieving peak performance in time trials.

Frequently Asked Questions about iRacing Time Trials

Frequently Asked Questions about iRacing Time Trials

If you’re new to iRacing Time Trials, you may have a few questions. Here are some commonly asked questions and their answers:

1) Can you quit or withdraw from a practice session before it finishes?

Yes, you have the flexibility to quit or withdraw from a practice session at any time and start another session if desired.

2) How many clean laps do you need to complete a Time Trial and get promoted?

The number of clean laps required may vary, but it’s more important to focus on completing all laps as cleanly as possible instead of trying to meet a specific lap time. As a rookie, raising your Safety Rating through the required 4 Timed Trials is crucial.

3) Are the times shown on the iRacing browser in my time zone?

No, the times shown on the iRacing browser for race, practice, and qualifying starts are typically in GMT. Therefore, you may need to convert them to your own time zone for accurate scheduling.

4) How does the Rookie Series work in relation to moving up to a D license?

The Rookie Series is separate from the required races to move up to a D license.

While you can choose any of the races in the series to get your license, you have the opportunity to keep racing and gain more experience.

The Rookie Series can be seen as a championship series, and there are also hourly races available for those looking to race one-offs or improve their ttRating without scoring series points.

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About the autor

Alessio Lorandi

Alessio has been involved at the highest levels in racing since the age of 5 (2003). He won a CIK-FIA World Championship in 2013 and then raced in F3, F2, and finally GT3s before now dedicating himself to SOLOX. He’s now on a mission to help thousands of sim racers around the world achieve their fullest potential through his ACC setups.






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