Right, here we find ourselves at the end of another season, 6 weeks of classic trans-am racing behind us. Let's wrap this up eh?
The title fight was well contested throughout the season, but at the end HordSS would come out supreme. Often driving the wheels off his car, he was one of the few that could consistently counter JPS' stranglehold on the upper positions. He only just displaced impega1957 during the final round, with impega1957 having had a stellar season up until the final round, where a forza collision and a larger drop round cost him the title. Third went to P1eased0nteatme who would've won the season outright had it not been for his 60 point drop round. Nevertheless he had an incredibly good season with consistent high finishes, staying out of trouble throughout. Just outside the top 3 is Raregliscor1 who with many consistent top 8 finishes and very little involvement in drama managed to cement his 4th place in the end with the Javelin. In 5th is InvisibleAk, often shining in the reverse grid race 2 and showing very good pace; missing a round and some slip-ups cost him a higher position though. Following not too far behind is my co-host thewheelman3837 who managed to pilot his Cuda into P6 at the end of the season, mainly thanks to a lot of consistent driving and solid finishes well inside the top 10. Hot on his heels is RebuffedGem8694, who is my standout driver for the season, showing very good pace in certain rounds and also getting some good finishes, just lacking some consistency with his finishing positions cost him points. In 8th we have the 4th of the JPS Stangs, with crysismanhun2 having had a bit of a rollercoaster season, either good pace and finishes, or getting caught up in some incidents and finishing lower down. Somehow I end up in P9 despite an incredibly unlucky season and not having too much pace, it seems a couple decent finishes and relatively consistent driving was just about enough. Rounding out the top 10 is the GTY S1 champion FoxxyVanilla who despite some poor luck managed to do well and mix it with the JPS Stangs and other top drivers. Close behind him is F1 K13RAN596JB, who seemed to struggle a bit with the Camaro even after the rebalancing, but despite this and him missing two rounds he still managed to get this far up the standings. Behind him we have DOR Stevie, aka mr.vodafone-get-your-shit-together often in the midfield or within the top 10, he drove a solid season to claim P12. In 13th is RagingRedRabbit who managed to get a win in Laguna race 2, being one of the few to wrestle a win off of the top drivers. 14th is Ayalim (Koopa) who early on seemed to be banished to P12 unfortunately he just wasn't quite able to run his Mercury in the higher spots, but nevertheless drove a solid and consistent season. Going on a charge later in the season is Heikonyan who managed to get up into P15 despite having some catching up to do after the start of the season. assassin55x ends up 16th, having shown good pace in Rounds 1 and 3, being able to run at the front in the only Trans-Am, but missing the second half of the season cost him badly. In 17th we find zombigent who kept his head down and kept pushing throughout the season, doing as many races as his power supply would allow ODM Nick ended up 18th, after having bottled a win for himself (and me) in round 1, but we did run at the front and hold off the championship contenders together Tied with him for points in 19th is BrazenMiscreant whose mid-season run was solid, but not quite enough to get him much higher. From here-on down we find several one-race entries, with Stintyboy500 in 20th, yodefty in 21st, HobbstheNob04 in 22nd, xXUncleVinnieXx in 23rd and weeblefaice in 24th. Thank you to everyone for turning up and taking part
Now to the part where I reflect a bit on the season myself. Are there things that could be improved? Most definitely. The way the invites were done wasn't great, it wasn't quite clear. Gathering the results from the races and quali wasn't 100% perfect either, but those are two things that can quite easily be sorted. One thing I did want to touch on is the driving this season. Yes these are muscle cars with not-so-great handling, but despite that the driving I saw and experienced (first-hand) was quite aggressive a fair amount of the time. I just got the feeling that people weren't too bothered about passing cleanly, but rather just muscle your way through, taking no prisoners. The next thing is that I felt like the reverse grid race was sometimes used for sandbagging, i.e. so you could get pole in race 2 by going slowly/pulling over in race 1 if things werent going great. A rule fix should stop that in the future Now then, what's next? well, currently Stintyboy500 is setting up his Clio Cup with us, so keep your eyes peeled for that appearing in the very near future. P1eased0nteatme is looking to host his Alpine Cup soon as well, meanwhile I practically have my cycled production thing ready to go. Regarding events in general, we hear your guys' criticism and as such we are looking to streamline the events process and making hosting series easier again.
To finish this off here are some stats
average points per driver, average points per race for each car: AMC Javelin: 161 points per driver, 47 points per race Dodge Challenger: 285 points per driver, 53 points per race Plymouth Barracuda: 282 points per driver, 47 points per race Ford Mustang: 200 points per driver, 47 points per race Chevrolet Camaro: 119 points per driver , 40 points per race Mercury Cougar: 123 points per driver, 41 points per race Pontiac Trans-Am: 130 points per driver, 43 points per race
As ever with statistics, take this with some salt.
And now as promised, for the my favourite sign-in post of the season:
"Can't spell advertisements without semen between the tits" ~RagingRedRabbit