First steps


The program WinARace is the front-end tool of 2D. From here you can start other software modules, like WinIt (communication tool), SpecView (data administration) or the analysis tool 2D Analyzer.

It organizes the folder structure of your data with events and master names.

WinARace is the 2D main software for navigation to all other sub-software packages like WinIt or Analyzer:

  • Define and change the current Event

  • Select the start measurement for the analysis tool

  • Start the 2D Analyzer

  • Select the master name

  • Start a download

  • Start WinIt

  • Set the software language

  • Select the user level

  • Set some important communication settings (same window as in WinIt – main menu item “Settings” ⇒ “Options”)

  • Activate/deactivate the protocol function

  • Configure the 2D Toolbar

  • Get version information of the various software modules

Event Section


Event selection

An event is the directory where your measurement´s data is stored. It helps you to organize your data. Normally you create an event for each race weekend (or other kind of event you´re attending). It can be named as you want, for example the circuit or name of the event.

Please refer to sections create event and here for further information.

In the Event section you can create a new event or change the current event in two different ways. To create a new event click on <Create event>.

The first way to change the event is to select a directory directly from the drop-down list. There you can choose from the last eleven directories used. The second way is to load a directory from the event explorer. To start the event explorer click on < >.

Select a new directory in the tree view on the left and confirm the directory with <OK> - afterwards the directory is displayed in the history list.

Additional information

For further information on how to create an event, the versatile functions of the event explorer and the data structure in general please here.

Logger section


Modules configuration

By clicking on the button Communication (F2) the program WinIt starts. In WinIt you can change the setting of your logger and other system parts.

Additional information

For further information please refer to the WinIt manual .!!!Link!!!

Measurements section


Mastername and download internal memory data

In the Measurements section you select the data´s master name and download the recorded data directly from a connected logger.

The master name is part of the data file name. It helps you to identify more easily the session (free practice, qualifying, race, test,…). The drop-down list contains up to 15 different (last used) master names. You can simply select one of them or enter a new one (depending on your license level).

For further information on master names and the nomenclature of the data please click here.

To download data from a connected logger with data on internal memory click the button Download (F9).

Analysis section


Analysis selection

In the Analysis section you have three different options to select a measurement you want to start with in the analysis tool 2D Analyzer.

  1. You can select a measurement from the drop-down list. It is a history list of the eleven last used measurements of the current event.

  2. Select the newest measurement of the event with the button Newest.

  3. You can select a measurement of the current event in the file explorer. To start the file explorer click the button .

To start the 2D Analyzer click on Analysis (F3).

Additional information

For further information please refer to the Analyzer manual!

Detailed information on WinARace functions

System Settings

You get to the System Settings via WinARace, Settings ⇒ System.

Here you can enable/disable the use of the different ways to handle the loggers. “Communicating 2D Loggers” means any logger you connect directly to your PC (via USB, TCP/IP, etc.). In addition you are able to select what should be done if such a logger is connected: do nothing, start a download or start WinIt.

If you enable “Use 2D USB Stick Logger”, you activate all software modules you need to handle the USB sticks with – to prepare them for recording or to download recorded data. In the dropdown-list you can select when the data should be downloaded if a stick with recorded data is detected: not automatically (you need to start the download manually), always or only if WinARace is running.

In the next dropdown-list you can modify the settings for the raw data.

At the bottom you have additional options on what should be done if data is downloaded.

Confirm your changes with Ok.




The Toolbar enables quick access to other programs or documents.

At the beginning there are often several programs and documents already linked in:

There are two ways to modify your toolbar:

  1. Add default programs via the toolbar menu – View, Toolbar…Link XXX


Toolbar menu

  1. Right-mouse click on your toolbar


Add toolbar icon

  • If you choose <Edit/Delete> you can modify or delete some of the toolbar entries.

  • If you choose <Add> you can easily add another entry: Select the program/document you want to add, an icon (.bmp or .ico-format) and confirm with <Save>.


Add toolbar icon

Typical icons used in the toolbar are:


Typical toolbar icons

How to create an event

To create an Event click on Create new event in WinARace.

It opens the following window:


Create event

  1. Select Reference Event


    From selected reference event important setting files like Special Channels settings or calculation files are copied to new event! Thereby, setting up a new event is more comfortable because new event has same setting files like reference event.

  2. Select on the right-hand side if it is a closed circuit or not (marked in red)

  3. Select a racetrack if it is a closed circuit (marked in blue

    There are two different circuit tabs:

    • The tab “Circuits“: Includes a list of pre-defined tracks delivered with the 2D race software.

    • The tab “MyCircuits”: Contains track maps which have been created by the user via the analysis tool 2D Analyzer.


    If a track is not listed, select <Click here if circuit is not in list> and a basic circuit will be selected (

  4. Enter a name in the field “Eventname” (marked in green)

  5. Confirm your event with OK to create event

General data structure of measurement data

All measurement data are stored in the RaceData folder (e.g. C:\RaceData). In this folder you can find your events. Every single event contains information about the particular racetrack and the measurement data.


General data structure

Measurement nomenclature (master names)

The measurement´s name consists of three parts – the master name, (part of) the logger name and the number of download.

For example:


master name: Q1 (qualifying 1)

logger name: LK

number of download: 01 (first download)


master name: Test

logger name: CC71

number of download: 03 (third download)


master name: DATE (date of data download, e.g. 26.11.)

logger name: AL22

number of download: 05 (fifth download)

Some of the default master names are:


Download Masternames

“DATE- -” is a special master name. It is used to create measurement names containing information about the date when the measurement was downloaded.

The software replaces the part “DATE” of the master name by the month and day at which the measurement was created.

The format is MMDD, which means the first two characters are replaced by the month and the next two by the day.

The number of underscores ( _ ) specifies how many characters of the logger´s name are taken to create the file name (starting at the end).


Depending on the license level of your software you may specify your own master names.

Event selecting – the 2D event explorer

Within the 2D event explorer you can select an event or change the settings of its measurements. To start the event explorer click on in the Event section.


Open event explorer

The event explorer offers various options:


Event explorer

At the top of the event explorer you´ll find:

  • File:

    ⇒ Copy selected measurement(s)

    ⇒ Delete measurement(s)

    ⇒ Rename measurement(s)

    ⇒ Run cal file

    ⇒ Execute programs from the 2D Toolbar

  • History

As icons at the top:

  • Refresh tree and view list

  • Show/hide directory tree

  • Show analysis overview window

  • Deletes selected measurement(s)

  • Rename selected measurement(s)

  • Start CalcTool and use cal file from event folder

  • Search and replace channel names into 2D measurements

  • Start Analyzer with selected measurement(s)

  • Start SpecViewer with selected measurement(s)

  • Start formula editor with selected measurement(s)

  • Starts program DTS with selected measurement(s)

  • Linked programs from the 2D Toolbar

On the left side you´ll find the directory tree, in the middle there are the measurements listed of the selected event and on the right side you can have a look at the SpecSheet of the selected measurement. At the bottom there are buttons to confirm your selection (OK), start the 2D Analyzer or Formula program and cancel the selection. Below that there is the overview window.

Analysis overview window

You can select the shown channel by right-mouse-click on the analysis overview window.

Check and change the current measurement formulas – the formula editor

The 2D formula editor is a special part of WinIt. With this editor you can comfortably check and change the current formulas of each 2D measurement. The formula editor grabs special files which belong to each 2D measurement.

Within the 2D event explorer you can select the measurements you want to modify and start the formula editor. The editor displays all formula files (of each selected measurement) in the left tree view. You can recognize the several channels (different sensors) of the measurements.

Confirm your changes with <Apply>.

Deleting measurements from the current Event

Within the 2D event explorer you can select the measurements you want to delete and click the corresponding button in the toolbar (or right-mouse-click and select “Delete measurement(s)”). You will get the following window:


Delete .MES folder

There you can decide between the options to delete the complete measurement or only the downloaded raw data. Confirm your decision with Ok.


Confirm deleting .MES

Renaming measurements

It is recommended to rename the measurements with the function “Rename selected measurement(s)” as it renames all files inside the measurement´s folder. If a measurement is renamed within the normal Windows Explorer, the file names are not matching the measurement´s name. The 2D event explorer is able to recognize this mismatch and gives you an info message about it. Confirm this message with Ok to rename the files.

Starting the program CalcTool with selected 2D measurements

If you want to start the program CalcTool via the event explorer, you will get four different options to run cal-files:


Run calculation files from event explorer

  1. Start the program CalcTool with selected measurements and using any cal-file (by selection) from the data root.

  2. Start the program CalcTool with selected measurements and using any cal-file (by selection) from the current event folder.

  3. Start the program CalcTool with selected measurements and using any cal-file (by selection) from the software folder. This folder corresponds with the sub-directory called “Cal” located in your current Race-version.

  4. Start the program CalcTool with selected measurements and using any coded cal-file (by selection) from the software´s “Cal” folder.

Afterwards you´ll get a list with the different cal-files available. In option 1, 2 and 3 you´ll be asked if you want to edit or run the cal-file. Option 4 directly runs the cal-file, as coded cal-files can´t be modified by the user.


Start execution of calculation file for selected .MES

File explorer

The file explorer gives you an overview of all measurement data of the current event. On the left-hand side you see all measurement directories and on the right-hand side there is the SpecSheet of the currently selected measurements. At the bottom is an overview window (QuickView). By clicking on it you can select the shown channel.

To search for specific measurements you can enter a part of its name in the wildcard-field.


Measurment expolorer