Before going further, confirm that you have created a new Event Season Database and that it is currently open.
By adding a New Event to this Event Season Database means that they are linked together for season points calculations throughout the season. Therefore, they share attributes like the Standard Classes, Indexed Classes, etc. Moving the Finish-Time Database file from one computer to another maintains ALL of these attributes for the season.
Importing the drivers from MotorsportsReg.com eliminates the redundant re-entry of the same data from one event to the next during driver registration. You can even import from more than one source. Finish-Time’s data importing model confirms each driver’s CarID and Barcode are confirmed first before the driver is imported into the Event Database. Any duplicate CarID’s and Barcode’s will fault into a separate table for you to correct as needed.
To facilitate quick, automated importing and driver registrations based on on-line payment status, you will need to configure a custom data report on your MotorsportsReg Admin account
MotorsportsReg.com has all of the data that Finish-Time needs to register a driver, you just need to create a custom Report to retrieve it. By following the instructions below, the Custom report you create will include the required datafields Finish-Time uses for the best experience.
Finish-Time will confirm if there is a duplicate CarID and Barcode while importing MotorsportsReg data. As you continue to add new events, the drivers/members data will continue to grow in size, Finish-Time will maintain the rule that there can’t be a duplicate CarID (Number/Class), or Barcode. We use an algorithm that compares the incoming data to the current to determine if there is a perfect match, or not. Our import model will fault the duplicates to the Import Fault table for you to correct as needed.
Each driver is identified by their CarID; a unique key identifier that is used as a reference to stage drivers/cars during run heats. The CarID is comprised of the driver’s car number and class with no spaces. To maintain consistency and to eliminate any confusion during the event, Finish-Time will always format the CarID by deleting any spaces and converting lowercase text to uppercase.
Using a unique key identifier for each driver eliminates any possible registration and staging conflicts, especially during a timed heat.
At this time, you may choose the drivers scheduled Work Heat and Work Position. Although, Assignments can be handled later, after event registration is closed.
A yellow caution sign signals that the Standard Class that you entered does not exist, and the driver cannot be registered.
A red caution sign signals that the CarID that you entered is already assigned to another driver. Click the caution sign for the status. Now, if the conflicting driver is NOT registered, you can Re-Assign that drivers CarID. However, if the other driver IS registered, you must choose a different CarID. No two drivers can share the same CarID.
Finish-Time will always preserve a driver when re-classing to keep the conflicting non-registered drive in the database. It does this by incrementing their number. Finish-Time will never delete a driver.
A driver may be re-classed at any time, even during a timed event. Enter the new number and or class in the CarID field, them press Enter or the Tab key.
At the bottom of the Registration Panel is the Tech Inspection area where you can optionally track the drivers helmet date, Inspection Status and Notes regarding Tech Status. The helemt date is cached for each driver at every event.
Since class bumping rules vary from National and Local Sports Car Clubs, the bumping functionality in Finish-Time is wide open and therefore, simple to use.
Select View > Bumping, or if it is already opened, click the Bump Tab
The list of eligible classes for bumping is located on the left side of the Panel. Use the drop-down menu to select the Class to bump to.
The table located on the right side of the Panel lists all registered drives and is there as a guide. You can sort this list by clicking on the headers and re-size the columns as needed.
Clicking the Reset tool bar button will reset any bumped drivers back to their respective declared classes.
New for Finish-Time 4.1 is the Auto Bump function. By default, this is configured with a custom bump schedule as an example, but can be re-purposed with your Bump Table. The bump follows each class table in linear fashion, starting with the top most schedule. See Auto Bump configuration for details and instructions to configure your own custom Bump Table.
Clicking this button will bump all classes following the bump schedule until the miniumn number of cars required for class is acheived.
Drivers in the Season Database can only be deleted in they have not been registered for any events. This option is provided if you get a request from a member to remove them from your database, you can. They can be deleted in the Registration or Results Panels. Just click the Delete button in the Tool Bar, with the driver in view.
Finish-Time will re-calculate the Bump if that Driver was bumped to another class.
An optional way to delete a driver is to right-click on the driver listed in the Drivers List, and choose Edit > Delete Driver.
Since Work Assignments and Grid Positions vary with National and Local Clubs, the Assignments Function Panel enables you to assign participants to Run Heats, Work Positions and Grid Positions in virtually any fashion. To group drivers into Classes or sort by Number, click on any of the table headers to sort them as required for selection. They can be assigned individually at Registration or globally using the Work Assignment tool.
The Event Properties are the specific attributes for current competition event. These are the same properties are copied from the Event Manager, and are independent of it. All of these properties are fully editable if required. In most cases you will not need to change these, but the option is always there.
To edit or view the Event Properties, Select View > Event Properties from the main menu. All changes here are implicit.
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