Thursday, August 31, 2023
Monday, July 24, 2023
Some of you may know that I've been struggling this season to get caught up with CFR Organized Play rankings. The two culprits I have identified is that I have been busy and past me constructed a pretty elaborate system for calculating OP rankings.
So I'm simplifying. A lot.
I used to track every result from every race and calculate a whole series of things to try to judge relative competition. Now I'm just going to track the results of events and I'm going to use a simpler method to judge competition levels between different events -- more or less just counting the number of participants. More here.
This makes my work much more manageable. And so an in-progress 2023 season rankings is here.
Monday, March 27, 2023
|I expect someone to get angry here in the finals.
WBC steward Chris Long has picked some tracks for this year's WBC event.
A nice mix of tracks below. The first group are some real classics -- three of the most raced tracks in F1 history. Group 2 is a collection of fan favorite modern era tracks. Then the last grouping includes 2 tracks never used in WBC qualifying before -- Kent which is a new design and Indy which made it's WBC debut as last year's finals track.
This year's finals is another brand new to WBC track -- Midrand, also known as Kyalami.
Good luck all.
Monday, October 17, 2022
The rest of the top 10 was a mix of regulars and break-throughs. Michael Polcen runs his streak of top 10 finishes to 5 seasons (1 short of Don's 6 seasons). Chris Long and Tim Mossman have had multiple top 10 seasons before but Tim was 40th last year and Chris hasn't been top 10 since he finished 3rd in 2018. James Benham made his first top 10 last year.
Jason Schultz ended the season 20 points behind our champion but in only his second season of organized play. Will Kennington, Justin Swaine, and Brent Fitz also made their first appearances in the top 10 this year.
But lets dig into how Stephen beat out Don this year. Below is a break-out of how each of them got points this year -- their top 5 race results and their top 2 tournament results. And some general data as well.
That general data tells an interesting story. Stephen beat Don despite Don winning more races (and even a higher percentage of races) and more tournaments. But you can also see the first clue here of how Stephen overcame that -- tougher competition. By design a field rating of 1 should be average (the median race field rating was 0.97 this year). So we can see that Stephen's average race was considered above average in difficulty of competition while Don's was -- on average -- considered below average.
This doesn't mean that Don was racing against shlubs. What it really means is that most of Don's wins came against smaller groups of opponents and/or not the very best of competition Below are the top 11 races, ranked by field rating this year.
Rookie of the Year
Steward of the Year
Monday, June 20, 2022
We are well into the 2022 CFR Organized Play season and I've updated the rankings. Finally. Thank you for your patience.
Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Instead of repeating myself... here's the list of tracks.
Good luck all.
Wednesday, November 3, 2021
2021 OP Champ: Stephen Peeples
Huge congrats to Stephen. Stephen won 8 races this season -- the most of anyone and nearly half of the 18 races he participated in. He also won 2 tournaments -- tied for the most tournament wins. This season culminated a sharp rise to the top for Mr. Peepels who raced in his first ranked race in the 2018 season. He was ranked 40th in the 2019 season and 6th last year.
Michael Polcen's top 5 races were slightly more valuable than Stephen's but Michael did not win a tournament this season -- coming in 2nd twice instead -- spoiling his bid for a 2nd title.
Dave Ling placed 8th officially but did win two of the more prestigious tournaments (Redscape's C1 and my P1). But he won only 2 races all season plus only 2 other podiums to end up with fewer points for his top 5 races than the other drivers around him.
Defending two-time champ Don Tatum came up short of the three-peat but did continue his streak of ranking top 4 in all 5 of the OP seasons so far.
Most Improved: Thomas Van Hare
Thomas was ranked 98th last season and jumped up to 30th this season after winning a race and the Hamilton series this year.
Honorable mentions: Robert Rund has been ranked in the 40s for the last 3 season and really put it together this year for 7 wins and a tournament victory to end up 5th on the season. Mike Greason moved up from 74th to 17th. Kevin Harrington from 78th to 25th. Kathryn Harley from 88th to 32nd. Larry Dygert from 101st to 42nd. Leon "Blacketo" from 120th to 64th.
Rookies of the Year: Curtis Milburn & Jeff Caldwell
I couldn't bring myself to single out one of them. Curtis and Jeff finished ranked 44th and 45th, less than a point apart. Curtis participated in 10 races. He didn't win any but did grab 2 podiums. Jeff only participated in 4 races and did no better than 5th... except for the race he won.
Steward of the Year: Brian DeWitt
I got a nomination for this award this season. I don't think I ever have before and honestly should ask for them in the future. As racing started to occur in person again this year, Brian offered up his house for the DMV series -- hosting double race-days with large scale cars and lunch! I'm sorry I never made it. Maybe next year.