The Crux Cup is a racing competition designed in an elimination format to determine a single champion or as known in-verse, the Acrux which is the brightest star in the Southern Cross. Prizes will be awarded to those that finish 3rd and upwards in the competition.
The Southern Cross Alliance organisation introduced the Crux Cup as a way of commemorating the anniversary of the ANZAC landings at Suvla Bay in the Dardanelles. We hope their sacrifice would be remembered 1000 years into the future and this racing event ensures it.
Acrux Champion 2946
Dr. Hershall Verne Evatt
Chair of the Advisory Committee to the Sol System senators
The Crux Cup Racing Guide (C.C.R.G.) fulfils a number of functions for the Crux Cup Racing Committee and directly provides corporations, racing teams and racing officials an outline of the standard rules and regulations enforced within the Sol System which should be adhered to. The term Race Officials includes Race Officers, Judges, Umpires and Official Media Recorders.
The C.C.R.G. seeks to provide the following:
In this year’s Crux Cup there will be three race classes. These are:
The Aurora Classic is limited to the following ships Aurora ES, CL, MR, LX and LN. No other ship is permitted to race in this class and is open to all applicants. You may also use REC to rent a suitable ship.
The Open Category is open to all ships currently available for racing and is open to all applicants. You may also use REC to rent a ship.
The ACRUX Championship is open to all ships currently available for racing. Entry into the ACRUX Championship is via invitation or qualification only. Details on qualifying for the event will be released soon (closer to the expected qualification event should qualification for the event be held). Places in the ACRUX Championship will be limited and reflect the overall attendance of the event.
Communicating to racers prior to each race:
It is highly recommended racers and officials to utilise Discord for communication.Join the Crux Cup Discord
This is not mandatory and communication of race conditions and regulations must also be made within the racers lobby if required.
Officials should ensure that racers are added to their contacts lists prior to the scheduled races from the RSI site.
1. Races will consist of a maximum of 6 racers (and a minimum of 3), 1 official and 1 observer (streamer - if available) and a limited number of spectators. Races will be created within private lobbies only by the race officials. As such, excluding media personnel and spectators there will be a maximum of 7 within the lobby and a minimum of 4.
2. Each race will consist of 3 laps which will be held on a predetermined track depending on the stage of competition (tracks for classes noted below).
The following tracks should be selected:
3. Placings in each race will be determined by a racer's finishing position or by the time sheet (if needed for replacement racers) which will be made available at the conclusion of the race.
4. Collisions and obstruction of the racing line is allowed during the race, however, should someone purposely disrupt the race (e.g. going backwards around the course in an effort to crash into other racers) they will be disqualified and the race will be restarted. Racers are required to pass through the checkpoints in as fast a time as possible. As the C.C.R.C does not require racers to follow the track Racers may take the more hazardous path towards each gate checkpoint. The marked track merely marks the safest path.
5. As starting positions on the grid cannot be pre-determined, they will be determined by how lobby allocates these positions in game. Collisions on the starting line after race start will not result in an automatic restart, although there is some provision within the rules for a restart if deemed necessary by the race officials in attendance.
6. Once in the lobby and once their ship is selected racers should check the ready button. Once the Official is satisfied everyone is ready they will initiate the race to begin.
7. For each race, the racers who finish 1st and 2nd will advance to the next knockout stage.
8. Should one of these players (as noted point 7 above above) not be able to continue or attend their next scheduled race, the racer who finished 3rd in a previous heat will advance based on the fastest lap time. Officials will need to record third and fourth place and times to ensure the fastest competitor is selected after consultation with other judges. This can be done by pressing the screenshot button (F12).
9. Any race official and observer/streamer is expected to remove themselves from the path of the other racers. At the beginning of the of the race this best performed by rising to the top of starting tunnel (without colliding and causing debris in the tunnel) and either proceeding to a safe distance outside of the tunnel and can then either observe the race from this position or self-destruct to take advantage of the race cam.
The rules are designed to ensure that racers are able to compete without any interference; however, we understand that sometimes things do not go to plan. We have created a race protest and review process to ensure that issues that may arise during a race are adequately addressed.
Racers can flag a protest and request a review for the following reasons:
Unfortunately, we cannot accept connection issues as a reason to protest a race result. In addition to this, collisions in race cannot be avoided given the nature of the race, therefore, no protests will be accepted for this reason (aside from deliberate collisions such as racing backwards around the course). We will do all we can to minimise connection issues as well as collisions but unfortunately given the nature and the state of the game we understand that this may not always be possible.
A link to a protest submission form will be provided on the Crux Cup website/subreddit (and also provided on request) which will include the following details that will need filled in by the racer:
Once submitted, the protest will be reviewed by three members of the organising committee with the official of the race present. In the case of preliminary races, this will occur 1-2 days later. In the case of races held in a finals series the protest will be heard the same day. A result of protest will provided to racer who filed the protest and if necessary to other racers in the event.
The result of the protest will include:
Expected actions could include:
Once issued, a result of a protest is final and no further protest is allowed.
Qualification may be used as a method to fill open slots in the ACRUX Championship event. Qualification will involve the following set criteria:
Some Questions we've been asked about the Crux Cup and the racing commission's’ response:
Part 1: The Cradle against the first among equals
Relations began to sour between Earth and Terra at the dawn of the 29th century. The International Governors Congress (IGC) on Earth were believed arrogant and self-righteous, their mantra, "We are the cradle of humanity!" was a claim to an inalienable right for preferential treatment and a view echoed by senators from the Sol system. Such a view was irksome to many, not least among citizens within the Terra System. Terrans’ started to see themselves as "The first among equals". The Terra System is after all the nexus of multiple Jump points and trade routes and were the first system to oppose the Messers' corrupt governance of the empire and Initiated peace talks with the Xi'an. Truly, Terra is the center of the UEE.
The failure of the Archangel project, which was inaugurated in 2872 with the lofty goals of building a planet was intended to produce quick results but delays and claims of corruption at all levels of the project only fueled the perception of Earth's irrelevance. These claims have played directly into the Sol Terra Rivalry because the Sol Systems senators led by the Earth's senators Walden “Shorty” Hughes (U), and continues to be amongst the most vocal supporters of the project within the UEE Congress. While the senators from the Terra System (with growing support within the empire) have always opposed to the wasted expenses and hubris of the Archangel project. In this climate as Senators from the Sol system have sought to maintain their premier position within the empire, those from Terra were questioning the relevance of Earth at all.
As the millennium of Earth’s first global war neared, the senators for the Sol System proposed and gained support in congress to hold events throughout Empire that year to commemorate the sacrifices of those men, and all who had sacrificed in the past, for these sacrifices are what has made humanity (and for the representatives of the Sol system Earth great) these events would focus attention within the Empire back upon Earth, for Earth was in the words of Senator Hughes referred to as "the cradle of empire". One of the planned events during these celebrations was the “The Millennium Race”.
Senator Walden Hughes (U) - Earth
An event to commemorate the fallen
Part 2: The Millennium Race
The Millennium Race was first held in the Sol System on the 25th April, the date chosen, as it coincided with an aeons old Remembrance Day, ANZAC Day, the date was proposed by Earth's Oceanic governor, Hershall Verne Evatt. As the Oceanic Governor, Evatt also served on the Senate advisory committee. Evatt's proposal was presented to congress by Senator Hughes who swayed congress with his rhetorical mastery. While Hughes may be credited with the speech the archives of congress it is widely accepted that the defining phrase and much of the carefully crafted speech was the work of Dr Hershall Verne Evatt. Who was later often heard to quote the following line from the Hughes speech whenever questions of the expense of the races was raised by those who opposed the races "This day has always honoured those who had paid the ultimate sacrifice but it has also signified a celebration of duty, honour, mateship and a commitment to the Empire." These Ideals which were not lost on the politicians seeking to celebrate the empire in 2915 nor are they lost on Senators today.
A new race track which was constructed and named New Suvla. But for the senators of Terra the expense of building a massive raceway to honour empire and glorify the Sol System and earth seemed to harken back to the wasteful Messer years and excesses. As such they complained that The Millennium Race was a waste of Imperial funds and merely sought to detract the Citizens of the empire from the problems the empire faced.
Despite protests in Congress bewailing the expense of the Millennial celebrations, the first Millennium race was a success, all eyes of the empire were focussed on Earth, visits to the Sol system increased tenfold and Billions followed the races via their mobiglas. Earth and the Sol System were the focus of everyone's attention. However, the Sol System delegates started to see their work unravel when the Champion, a Terran pilot, Captain Wilson Alexander George, promptly praised Terra as the true shining light of the empire during his victory speech. Captain W.A. George (call sign WAG) also went on to win the Murray Cup in 2915. He died during post Murray Cup celebrations, having drowned in a hot tub filled with Champagne.
Conspiracy theorists still maintain W.A.G was assassinated because of the perceived insult he had offered earth there is no truth to these allegations, and no evidence has ever been produced that indicates foul play. Members of the congress and many on Earth were as shocked at the death as those from Terra, and despite Conspiracy theorist claims that Earth was responsible or involved, the truth is that Earth had nothing to gain from such an act. it is more likely that W.A.G had made numerous enemies as he dominated the all racing circuit s in 2872. It is more likely that any foul play involved in the death of W.A.G would be linked criminal elements within racing community.
Spectator on the race track New Suvla
Captain Wilson Alexander George
Part 3: The Birth of the Crux Cup
While a success, the race also failed to become the premier racing event within the empire. Still, the races at the New Suvla Raceway continued and remained popular, being used by pilots to count towards entry into the Murray Cup. Also, race organisers petitioned for and were granted a name change in 2917, after all every year cannot be the Millennium of sacrifice. Hershall Verne Evatt, argued that the renamed event must still honour the ANZACS and hold true to the values of the original Millennium cup. Because of Evatt's efforts, it was agreed the race should be remained The Crux Cup, and that the champion be crowned as the ACRUX, or the brightest star (an actual acknowledgement of Capt. W.A George and his victory speech). While the name change was purely pragmatic, conspiracy theorists have argued the name change was to remove any memory of the event, the first champion, Capt. George and his victory speech praising Terra over Earth.
Having failed to establish the Crux Cup as the premier racing event within the empire, senators for the Sol System have shown less resolve for the governance of the Crux Cup than they have for the Archangel project and recently congress withdrew official sponsorship of the races at the following a motion from Terra senator in 2944. This withdrawal of support has created opportunities for new sponsors organisations to host the event.
Fan comment on Captain George
Captain Wilson Alexander George or WAG, was the winner of the 2915 Murray Cup, a Terran national whose rise to fame and notoriety and fame was relatively brief. WAG had been a member of the Minute Men the premier interceptor squadron of then Terra Militia; he resigned his Commission in 2915 to follow a career in racing.
His first appearance on the inter-planetary scene was the Millennium Races held at the New Suvla Track on Earth in 2915. WAG’s unparalleled piloting skill enabled him to consistently navigate the New Suvla course and take the title as champion for that race. If his racing skill was not enough to bring fame, he was forever linked to the growing tension between Earth and Terra when rather than praising Earth as the cradle of the UEE he promptly claimed Terra was the brightest light in the UEE and true Centre of Empire.
Given his piloting skill, it was no surprise that Captain George easily qualified for the Murray Cup in the same year. As in his previous races, WAG’s piloting skills enabled him to easily win all stages of the Murray Cup championship. It looked as though he would dominate the racing scene for many years to come. This, however, was not the case; his career was unfortunately cut short. He drowned during his Post Cup celebrations, being found in a hot tub that had been filled with Champagne.
Conspiracy theorists on Terra, to this day, claim Earth’s IGC had Captain George “removed” for his comments against earth. While such beliefs still exist among conspiracy theorists, the truth is that Earth was not involved in the death of WAG. Given his dominance of the race track and the number of professional racers he had easily defeated, it is more likely that if he was the victim of foul play that criminal elements within the racing community arranged for his demise.
The First Champion
While the champion of the Millennium races were not awarded the title Acrux the title was awarded to winners retroactively once the Millennium race name was changed to the Crux Cup. The title is said to pay homage to Captain George's victory speech of 2915, in which he proclaimed, “Terra like the champion of the millennium race represented the brightest star of the empire.” Despite the political innuendo the line resonated with Evatt as he sought the name change. With the Acrux being the brightest star of the Southern Cross, after which he proposed the race be named it seemed natural to co-opt the words of the first champion. Captain George was the first pilot to be awarded the title of Acrux. Who was awarded the title posthumously in the year 2917.