Thank you for playing in 2014. Congratulations to Sebastian and his overall season win.
Next year’s competition is only 8 weeks away – in the fourth weekend of January (picks due 1/22/2015) with the kickoff of the WRC Monte Carlo Rally and the Daytona 24 hour race.
I’d like to suggest a couple of changes for next year
1) Resorting to declaring a weekly winner by count-back (who picked the most winners, second place finishers, etc.) – which is something I neglected this year.
2) Replicating the blog on a Facebook page – I think there’s more traffic on Facebook and more opportunity to attract other players. I’ll still post here on WordPress, hopefully with Sebastian’s help with the outstanding guides he produces.
3) Give players an opportunity to have “default drivers/cars” in reserve in case they miss a deadline. This is not intended to be a requirement, just an option if a player wants to use it. It could render better or worse results than the 90% rule. This needs comments and opinion if you please. My idea is that players can pick up to 7 “default drivers/cars” in all series, in a ranking order of “best” driver first. If the player misses a week in which one series is running, the default 7 drivers will be selected on behalf of the player. If two series are running, the top five default drivers in each series will be chosen. Three series: top four drivers from one series and three each from the other two (4/3/3). The series in which the higher number of drivers from the default list is picked will be based on the following “stability” ranking of series: MotoGP, F1, WEC, WRC, USCC, DTM, Indycar, NASCAR. Four series: 3/3/2/2. Five series: top 2 default drivers each series. Six series: 2/2/2/2/1/1. Seven series: 2/2/2/1/1/1/1. All eight series: 2/2/1/1/1/1/1/1. If a driver/car is not competing, take the next one in the list, or zero points if the list becomes exhausted. Players can change or cancel this lineup at any time, and actual weekly picks always override any default. What do you think?
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 46:
Porsche had its maiden win in the finale of the WEC race in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The #14 had a comfortable lead with 26 minutes to go in the 6-hour race, but was on worn tires. Behind them the #8 Toyota that finished second was on fresh tires. But we’ll never know if the Toyota could have taken the victory from the Porsche because the last 26 minutes were run behind the pace car when the #20 Porsche had a heavy crash (finished classified in 22nd). The #1 Audi took the final podium position. Behind the Audi was the #7 Toyota in fourth, which along with its teammate’s second place was good enough for Toyota to win the manufacturers title. Fifth was the second Audi (#2), and behind them the leading LMP 2 car, the #47 KCMG. Not sure what happened to the two Rebellion cars but they finished 18th and 19th (#13 and #12 respectively). The other four LMP 2 cars that I picked finished 20th (#27 SMP Racing), 24th (#37 SMP Racing), 26th (#26 G-Drive Racing), and the #21 Strakka did not start so no points.
Congratulations to Sebastian, Drewe , and Greased Lightning for their 3-way tie for the final week. Chris didn’t put in an entry, and my miserable score was due to a hail-Mary effort of picking all the LMP 2 cars in a futile attempt to catch Sebastian at the last minute. Unfortunately my miserable score meant an equally miserable default score for Chris, and it dropped him behind Greased Lightning in the final standings for the year.
As mentioned Sebastian topped the standings – a deserved victory since he had 12 outright winning weeks this year.