Thank you for playing in 2013. Congratulations to Sebastian and his overall season win.
Next year’s competition is only 7 weeks away – in the third week of January (picks due Jan-16, 2014) with the kickoff of the WRC Monte Carlo Rally, and in the following week the Daytona 24 hour race now under the auspices of the United SportsCar Championship (in my opinion a horrible name, but I suppose somewhat logical given that it is the union of ALMS and GrandAm).
I like to suggest a couple of changes for next year.
1) Extend the “New Players” ease-of-entry period to week 10, giving them 99% of the lowest score in week one, and reducing by 1% each week through week 10.
2) Have a competition within a competition that I’ll score: the best cumulative score attained by players in each series. In other words we’d finish the season with an overall winner like Sebastian was this year, but we’d also have an F1 winner, NASCAR winner, etc.
3) Bring the WTC (World Touring Car Championship) into the mix. I’m tentative about this, but in theory the series is as good as, if not arguably more prestigious than DTM.
Let me know what you think about these changes in the comments section. And anything you can do to attract more players, the more fun the game will be.
Scores from week 43:
Toyota finally won a race in the WEC (ignoring the Japan debacle earlier), with the #8 beating the #1 Audi by just over a minute. The #7 Toyota suffered engine failure just before the 2-hour mark of the 6 hour race (25th place finish). Engine failure came even earlier for the #12 Rebellion, after just 1 hour and 22 minutes (26th place finish). The #2 Audi also could not make the distance, becoming stranded out on track just before the 3-hour mark with a broken drivetrain (22nd place finish). That left the third podium position for the P2 cars to contend, and at the end the #26 G-Drive Oreca-Nission took the place over the #24 Oak Morgan-Nissan. The other Oak Morgan-Mission, the #35, finished two places further back in 6th, behind the #41 Greaves Zytek-Nissan which none of us picked. The #49 Pecom was our other pick, and they finished in 14th place, 27 laps down.
Congratulations to Chris, Drewe, and myself in a big three-way tie. I don’t feel like I deserve to share the win since I had all the intentions to change my picks at the last minute to be unique – but I missed the deadline. Nevertheless, I finish the season with 11 and a third wins – besting Sebastian’s 10.5 wins. We all had multiple wins this year, which shows how smart we all are, on occasions, with our motorsport knowledge.
Once again, congratulations to Sebastian and his overall victory, and to RubberGoat with a solid runner-up spot, managing to hold me off in third, despite my wins, showing off Rubbergoat’s consistency in picks.