Time Trial Bracket Competition
(Available to Intermediate-Advanced Drivers Only*)
Before we cover our Time Trial Bracket Racing, we'll briefly explain what bracket racing in drag racing is...
What is drag racing bracket racing?
Bracket racing in drag racing is intended to allow all cars to compete against each other regardless of the speed and performance of the vehicles competing. Cars are "dialed-in" to run a certain time on a drag strip. Each car has a dial-in based on their previous race results. For example, one car might have a 10 second dial-in while another car might have an 8 second dial-in. For these two cars to participate in a bracket race against each other, the car with an 8 second dial in would start the race 2 seconds after the car with the 10 second dial-in to even out the race.
Now you know the general concept of bracket racing.
What is this Time Trial Bracket (TTB) competition?
Time Trial Bracket borrows this concept of dialing-in by first getting "baseline" lap data for all of the competing cars. Once the baseline lap times are in, the drivers can review the lap data and choose the "target" lap time they think they can run, given one "Time Attack" lap to set a time.
First, all drivers competing in the TTB will be given a 20-minute baseline session. Point-by passing is required. Ask for more space on track if necessary.
Lap Data Review
Then, after the baseline session, lap time data will be posted for drivers to review. Drivers will then choose a target lap time to run during the Time Attack lap. Target times must be faster than all baseline laps. Each driver will report their target to the RevMatch timing staff.
Finally, once target lap times are recorded, all drivers will be sent out on track individually to complete one (1) running start lap to record their Time Attack lap. Once the driver crosses the start/finish line twice to complete a full lap, they will exit the track and enter the paddock.
Mike drives a 2015 Mazda MX-5 and Carla drives a 2000 Chevy Corvette Z06. Mike reviews the lap time data from the 20-minute baseline session. These were Mike's 3 fastest laps:
Mike thinks he's going to drive just a bit faster than his fastest lap, so he provides his target time of 1.58.450. His target time is recorded by the RevMatch staff. During the Time Attack session, Mike runs a lap time of 1:58.550 which is 0.100 seconds off from his target time.
Carla in her 2000 Chevy Corvette sets the following laps during her baseline session:
Carla decides to set 1:53.111 as her target lap time and provides it to the RevMatch staff. During the Time Attack session, Carla runs a time of 1:52.911 which is 0.200 seconds off from her target time.
Even though Carla ran a faster lap time, Mike had a smaller difference between his target time and his time attack lap. Therefore, Mike is the winner.
Can a driver set a slower target time than the baseline lap data and drive slower?
No, drivers are not permitted to set a target lap time slower than the fastest baseline lap, with the exception of significant track condition changes such as rain.
Why not choose different classes for different cars and let the fastest lap win?
There are several reasons for why we haven't yet hosted a class-based competition. One of the most important reasons being there is always a car with some kind of advantage within the correct class, such as tire type, tire size, power to weight ratio, aero modifications, engine modifications, suspension modifications, etc. There are so many variables at play, that classing can become too difficult to create fair competition. This Time Trial Bracket is meant to be fun and let everyone compete with themselves and among drivers of any car. Also, focusing on improvement and consistency is a very important skill to develop as a race driver.
What are the winning prizes?
1st Place: 1 FREE RevMatch Track Day!
2nd Place: 50% off your next RevMatch Track Day!
3rd Place: 50% off your next RevMatch Track Day!
What is the cost to enter?
Entry fees will be $35 but subject to change. Please refer to the TTB event ticket for actual pricing.