Both of these events caused some shuffling in the rankings for different reasons.
In the past, tournaments were either online or at a convention and included 3, 4, or 5 heats. Not much variation there. But Detroit raced 8 times this year and San Marino will finish their 9th race soon. That feels different to me and was not really taken into account in the way I was gauging series value before. So, change.
I am now taking into account the number of heats that a series or tournament has when judging the value of said event. This is in addition to the quality and quantity of competition that made up the majority of the original measure and determines the events Field Rating and AFR. The last factor remains a bonus for events held live which is included in AFR+ as seen on this chart.
Otherwise, the addition of results from the last 6 Detroit races and the last San Marino race and most importantly the final rankings from the Detroit season rocketed some drivers up the poles. Obviously, the reconfiguration of the series rankings had some affect on rankings as well. With PrezCon results getting a bit of a bump.
Rankings UpdateThat said, Doug G still rules the roost. Having won 3 races and 2 events already this season, has granted Doug a huge lead over current runner-up Don Tatum.
Gary Sturgeon was the big winner after this update and an early candidate for rookie of the year as he won 2 races in the Detroit series and won the season for a nice point total.
Mario Ales did well in the only tournament he ran in that has completed. Dave Ingraham has some better race results than either Sturgeon or Ales but placed 3rd in the only event he has finished in the points for although is the early candidate for come-back racer of the year.
NextThe next shoe to drop for these rankings will be the completion of the San Marino season in early May. Probably followed closely by the end of the current Redscape season.
Current San Marino season leader Gianluca Lari is sitting 9th in the CFR standings. A season win would likely vault him up to 3rd but he will have to fend off Danilo Volpinari and Palmiro Matteini who would both jump up into the top 10 with a season win.
Tim Baker seems like the odds on favorite to win Redscape this year which would likely jump him up from 12th into the top 5 in CFR.
So far 2018 has seen much more racing than 2017. New or re-generated season in San Marino, Detroit, and Washington DC contributed to the 57 races included in the rankings so far. 47 were recorded for all of the 2017 season.
The season is also on pace to include 7 tournaments and currently includes 126 different drivers. Last season had 5 series and 100 drivers by the end.
The downward trend in field size continues with races averaging 9.1 drivers. Last season saw an average of 9.5 drivers. This continues a trend I've seen even prior to organized play rankings. Some of this is due to reductions in field size standards in both my PBeM as well as at WBC -- two of the larger CFR events.
I can not point out too often how much credit the community of CFR drivers and especially stewards deserve. It continues to be a pleasure to be a part of.