In this forum I will relate the Championship that my friends and I play.
The schedule will be at a rhythm of one race a month:
1. Jul Belgian GP (Spa)
2. Aug Hungarian GP (Hungaroring)
3. Sep Canadian GP (Montreal)
4. Oct Brazilian GP (Interlagos)
5. Nov Italian GP (Monza)
6. Dec Monaco GP (Monaco)
The rules are basically the French masters rules in 2 laps, with minor changes.
We made a prologue race in Monaco earlier this year, which served us as a base to enter the championship, every driver chooses his garage, hence his car colour for the entire championship, based on the order of this previous race. For each GP the grid is determined by the reverse order of the drivers championship points (for the first race is the reverse order of the prologue race).
Points scored as follows (even in case of abandon):
Engaged Drivers (order of prologue race):
1. Dodo (Romania) Renault (yellow)
2. Jay (Limousin) Mercedes (green)
3. Nono (Paris) Ferrari (red)
4. Vince (Bretagne) Williams (white)
5. Momo (Portugal) Red Bull (blue)
Bon chance with your championship, Dorin! We'll look forward to hearing of your progress.
(Whatever you do, it must be more interesting than the Hungarian GP last weekend... )
Hy, in my opition:
25 points: 1st
18 points: 2nd
15 points: 3rd
12 points: 4th
10 points: 5th
8-6-4-2-1-0 if you are more than 5 players...
Great idea a championship!
Belgian GP (Spa-Francorchamps)
July 5th 2016
A nice sunny day hosts the first GP of the season in Belgium. A pleasant track, with very fast sectors. The braking zones are going to be crucial.
1. Momo (H) Red Bull
2. Vince (H) Williams
3. Nono (S) Ferrari
4. Jay (S) Mercedes
5. Dodo (H) Renault
All the drivers go for basic settings (6-3-3-3-3-2) except for Vince who loads up with a tyre and a gearbox point leaving a body and an engine point, and Dodo who goes with only 4 tyre pts, abandoning also a body so he can go with 4 brakes and 5 gearbox pts.
No incident on this first start of the season. The first braking point comes too quickly for the soft tyres to take advantage. So Momo takes advantage of his pole position to engage in the La Source corner first. Then comes the pack, and lastly Dodo disadvantaged by his last position on the grid.
Momo takes the Raidillon too carefully and all the pack passes by. At the end of the Kemmel straight everybody wears his gearbox to enter into Les Combes safely. Dodo and Momo bang wheels and Dodo loses a body pt (he is in danger with only one body pt remaining). In the next corner the pack is all tied up but Nono, Vince and Jay are already in the corner.
Further downhill, Nono benefits of the free air ahead of him, Vince gets a nice 5th gear entry into the "S" to catch up again. Momo tries the same tactic but gets in too quickly and damages his car seriously (gearbox and brakes) and have to sart in 2nd gear when a fast section is ahead.
Nono is extremely fast in Blanchimont straight and takes a 2" advantage. Follows Jay then Vince. On the back, Momo and Dodo at respectively 3" and 4".
Nono who used a lot of his soft tires to get quick has to go into the pits, he makes a long stop and repairs brakes and gearbox, then goes out with Hard tires on. Same thing for Jay who is still 2" behind. Vince decides to pass by as he managed to keep his car intact.
Momo takes the same service as the leaders a goes out in fresh new hards. Dodo does not stop despite only 2 tyre pts and 1 dangerous body pt.
Tactical note: No disadvantage for those who entered the pits, they just reached their garage in one shot, then get in the first corner in one shot again in 4th gear. So only 2 shots to cross the pit straight as for those who didn't stopped. Although the risk was higher for the Renault and the Williams of the non-stoppers as their garages are farther from the first corner, so a quick stop would have been necessary.
Nono reaches the Raidillon in 1 dice throw with a lucky 20, making a larger gap with the pack. Jay and Vince are still fighting for 2nd, but Vince wears his engine in the Raidillon climb, leaving him with one last point.The Les Combes breaking point is crucial again as Nono misses the entry shortly, then Jay is just shy to get in. This allows Vince to catch up on Nono who is 2" ahead. An Jay falls back with the pack where a 3 way fight for a place on the podium beggins. Momo and Jay give a hard day to Dodo deciding to contact him on every occasion to get him out of the race.
Huge turning point for the race in the S downhill Pouhon at every level. Vince gets in once again with a beautiful 5th gear 20 and thinks he closed the gap to 1" to the leader, but on this shot his engine gives him up and he retires. Then Jay gets a nice entry just inside the corner while Momo and Dodo are deeper, allowing him to get out in 4th gear while the others are in 3rd gear. This gives him the advantage to engage in Blanchimont straight in 6th gear.
Nono finishes the race coasting. A nice win with luck as it needs to be and well managed free air.
A more thrilling fight occurs for the podium places. Jay reached very closely of the Bus Stop chicane with his 6th gear, and gets in nicely in 3rd gear. Dodo crosses Blanchimont with 2 long 5th gear shots but gets a little deeper in the chicane (Jay is holding the racing lane). Momo is just shy to get in the chicane in the same round as his fellows.
He is sentenced to finish 4th.
Dodo plays first but with 2 tyres left he can take no risks and gets the second chicane stop in 3rd gear while Jay goes for the 4th. they are side by side at the exit of the chicane but Jay plays first and crosses the line in 5th gear. Dodo in 4th does not cross the line and falls a second behind. Next Momo another second after.
1. gap Nono Ferrari
2. 04" Jay Mercedes
3. 05" Dodo Renault
4. 06" Momo Red Bull
5. ab. Vince Williams
Hard time for the gearboxes on this track as 2 long straights necessarily crossed in high gears are followed by narrow 2 stop corners. High danger for the engines also, especially on a sunny day, with a lot of occasions to get in 5th or 6th gear. Vince slightly underestimated that point and unfortunately was the only one to get engine wear.
The Les Combes braking zone is the first judge. Those who fall short in 5th or 6th are penalized and if you get in you have to be first to take the racing line (longest path in the corner).
The middle sector was where the gaps where made and unmade, with many ways to cross the Pouhon section. Starting at the beginning of the Rivage corner (providing you are well placed) one can try a 4th-4th-5th gear combination to reach the S, or 4th-5th-4th if the first roll is short enough to give you room for Pouhon. If your placement is not good in Rivage you go 3rd-4th-5th. Of course if you go mid way in Pouhon, trying to reach the S in 5th gear as Momo is a big gamble and can be painful in Blanchimont.
If you are lucky enough and have tyres to use you can try to get the 2nd stop in the S corner in 4th gear, then chain with 5th in Stavelot and cross Blanchimont in 6th gear like Jay.
1. Nono 5pts
2. Jay 3pts
3. Dodo 2pts
4. Momo 1pt
5. Vince 0pts
Hungarian GP in August. See you.
- Last edited Thu Jul 28, 2016 3:29 pm (Total Number of Edits: 2)
- Posted Thu Jul 28, 2016 12:04 pm
Hungarian GP (Hungaroring)
August 17th 2016
The clouds are gathering around Budapest while the drivers get in formation for the second Grand Prix of the Championship. The settings are conventional, except for the championship leader Nono, who goes for more tyres leaving his suspension in danger. The front row is in Hard compounds while the rest of the grid is using Softs.
1. Vince(H) Williams
2. Momo (H) Red Bull
3. Dodo (S) Renault
4. Jay (S) Mercedes
5. Nono (S) Ferrari
A clean start for everyone, they get in the first corner in the same round. It's in the second corner that the first difference is made, when Momo and Dodo get in and not the others.
Momo take some advance when he gets in the third corner in one try. But Dodo and Jay catch him after failing to get in the opposite chicane. Jay loses all his tyres and brakes in the process, making the rest of the lap rolling on eggs. There's a three way battle until Dodo attempts a 5th gear to cross the 12 spaces straight. Nono and Vince miss also the entry of the chicane and get late.
Dodo dives in the pit lane to wear a new set of Softs, and manages to get a fast stop. Fallows Jay and Momo, then Nono, they all renew their tyre compounds but Jay and Nono make long stops to get back some brakes.
Vince keeps getting unlucky and misses the entry of the first corner on a 6th gear attempt. The clouds were threatening in the end of this first lap but the track is still dry.
Dodo take profit of the free air and make ideal throws to finish his race. Momo make some mistakes with gutsy 5th gear throws who doesn't work well. He is left behind by Jay and catched by Nono. Vince continues to miss corner entries and get out of rhythm.
While Dodo is in the deceleration lap, Jay misses the entry of the penultimate corner. This gives a little hope to Nono to get second place. They attack the last corner in the same round but Jay can overshoot the corner farther because he has tyres left. They finish second and third. Momo comes up a second later, and Vince stays on the track for two more rounds.
1. gap Dodo Renault
2. 03" Jay Mercedes
3. 03" Nono Ferrari
4. 04" Momo Red Bull
5. 06" Vince Williams
The soft tyres were the race tyres this weekend. They allow to reduce the medium length straights between all those short corners. Vince and Momo have also failed to take advantage of their grid position with the Hard tyres. Many occasions to fail to enter in a corner on this technical track. Risks have to be taken.
1. Dodo 7pts
2. Nono 7pts
3. Jay 6pts
4. Momo 2pts
5. Vince 0pts
Next race in September on the Gilles-Villeneuve circuit in Montreal, for the Canadian Grand Prix.