Online play is the meat and potatoes of Assetto Corsa Competizione.
While some lobbies are free of restrictions, others require a minimum amount of in-game achievement and stats to ensure the lobby remains clean and fair.
Here are a few tips for newer sim racers when joining online lobbies to ensure that you get the best racing experience with none of the drama.
1. Online Play Can Get Very Competitive
Sim racers are a competitive bunch. Almost everyone you lobby within Assetto Corsa Competizione will have a burning heart for competition and a desire to win.
The best moments in Assetto Corsa Competizione are found in the Online Lobby races. It does not matter which position you are in during the race; dueling one-on-one with another racer in the lobby is one of the most exciting and adrenaline-filled moments. There is nothing better than battling it out with whoever is in front of you in a race.
Races will get heated at times, especially in low Safety Rating (SA) lobbies where beginners and experienced players get bunched up. However, we have to remember always to stay calm and be friendly with other players.
Everyone is just in the game to have fun and race.
2. Do Not Forget to Set Up Your Car
It can be quite easy to forget to alter and adjust your car’s setup for the new track and track conditions when jumping from one lobby to another. We can not blame you, though, as we would be excited to start racing the moment we enter the lobby.
A poorly setup car will be less enjoyable and feel more like fighting the car during the race. As a result, you might even crash into other players because you lost control of your poorly set up car. However, as a service to yourself and others, it is important to keep an eye on track conditions and adjust your setups accordingly.
Crashing into another player is not fun for anyone, and you might get banned from the server. Yikes.
3. Be Predictable
Safety is always going to be the priority in Online Lobbies. We must maintain good behavior in these public lobbies or risk getting kicked out of the server.
Racing can get aggressive and intense quickly, which is understandable since everyone is trying to win the race.
For example, when you are about to get passed by the faster car behind you, you should let them pass and remember to leave enough space for the passing car to complete the overtake safely. Blocking aggressively or brake checking is foolish and will increase the chances of crashing into each other.
You can always make up for the lost time in the next few laps.
4. Etiquette When Joining After Race Start
In some lobbies in Assetto Corsa Competizione, players can join in on ongoing races.
We cannot fault you one bit if you are just excited to hop into a server and race your car with other players immediately. However, you must understand you are joining an ongoing race you are not a part of.
Going out into the track to do some practice laps amid an actual race is fine. However, whenever you see players battling each other coming up behind you, please do not spoil their fun and move over to the side of the track.
5. Have Fun
Sim racing can get serious at times, especially when extremely passionate about the hobby. Missing braking points, apexes, and spinning out are mistakes that are often enough to “tilt” or frustrate the average Sim racer.
When joining Online Lobbies, it is important to remember to have fun. Racing is an art that takes a while to get used to and get good at. Do not get tilted if someone is outright faster than you. They might have more seat time and experience than you do now.
Having fun keeps our minds in a relaxed state that is less prone to mistakes. So that is a plus.
Racing with other players online is the most fun you will ever experience in Assetto Corsa Competizione. You will meet many fast and talented drivers you can connect with and learn a thing or two.
Remember these five tips that we have outlined for you whenever you are out and racing online to keep the fun going. Just remember to keep calm and drive safely. As a bonus, your safe driving will be rewarded in Assetto Corsa Competizione in the form of SA (Safety Rating). A better safety rating will allow players to join stricter lobbies that prioritize clean racing.
Nothing better than racing with like-minded individuals.