As you delve deeper into sim racing, there are a surprising number of tools and tips which might not be immediately obvious. But all of them can help you become faster, and have a more enjoyable time. Such as discovering how to delete and replace lap times on iRacing.
There are two methods to wipe old Sector Times, Optimal Laps or Best Laps from your timing records. One is quick and simple, but the more detailed option also allows you to add the ghosts of other iRacing drivers to practice against.
That’s an added benefit to figure out how to amend your laptimes. Other reasons can include changes which slow specific cars, such as a loss of engine power or tyres, which can mean old times are no longer possible.
The simple method uses the iRacing UI to quickly Clear or Replace times. It’s not immediately obvious (at least not to me), but you need to first bring up the Splits box, and then click on what you want to alter.
At that point, the greyed out options for Clear or Replace suddenly becomes clickable. Which is a quick way to remove outdated laps or sectors from your records.
The other option requires a bit more effort. If you go to the Documents folder on your PC, you should see the iRacing folder. Open that and go to ‘lapfiles’, and then select the track and car combination you want to change. You’ll see two files per car and track, e.g. ‘06249_streetstock.blap’ and ‘064249_streetstock.olap’. Obviously, these refer to your best lap and optimal lap.
And while it’s a bit more hassle, it also allows you to add or replace .blap and .olap files from other racers. This means when you’re practising, you can be racing against a ghost of their laps for a comparison, although obviously the ghost car will appear with your livery, as iRacing will believe it’s a time you’ve set.
So knowing how to delete and replace lap times on iRacing can actually be a useful way to set up practice sessions against fast lap times. Let me know if you’ve found this helpful, and if you’d like to see more tips and tricks within iRacing, or any other sim racing game.
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