In the Manufacturers Standings, which is scored by the top 2 cars from each manufacturer in each round, it’s very close with the top 3, but for now the 2 Audi variants take charge with BMW close behind.
See you all tonight for Brands Hatch Indy - I’ll have a meet-up lobby open before the race starts so feel free to jump in for some practice if you’re online.
Points update after Round 3 - Silverstone National
Several SI’s sent in late on Tuesday meant we needed a little more time to process them but all dealt with now and here’s how the table looks
Surprisingly LK Noble extended his lead at the top of the standings at a track more suited to the chasing BMW pairing, more through misfortune for those two than anything else. LMP Stats holds on to second place on virtue of count back rules, by having better results, with SVR Bradders in P3
Myself, NothelleN340, closed the gap and stays P4 with SVR Birchy7 in P5 and SVR Brexit holds on to P6 so no position changes at in the top 6
TRAC Paigie stays P7 and is joined by TRAC Tonge in P8 to make it 3 Hondas in a row. Ganz drops to P9 as a result but the points are still close throughout
After a strong showing at Silverstone, TRAC Sabean stays in the top 10, just outside the restrictions with TRAC Stug77 and TheRacingNova making the top 12 after taking a pole and race win
In the Manufacturers Championship, the Audi S3’s took 4 podiums towards their 6 best scores along with points for pole and second on the grid which has given them a huge boost to the top of the standings. The battle for P2 is close with Honda joining the fray once again just behind the Audi RS3 and BMW
Restrictions for next week’s qualifying and race one will be
Group 1 - unrestricted Everyone from P10 down
Group 2 - Top restriction (5% front and rear grip loss) LK Noble LMP Stats SVR Bradders
Group 3 - Middle restriction (5% front grip loss) NothelleN340 SVR Birchy7 SVR Brexit
Group 4 - Bottom restriction (5% rear grip loss) TRAC Paigie TRAC Tonge GanzHanzCZ (Any new starters will also be in this restriction group)
See you Friday at 2230 for qualifying for Round 4, which will be at Bernese Alps Club. After round 4, dropped rounds will be implemented which means each drivers 5 worst race results will be removed from their results, this will be updated after each round as the season progresses - any race which includes a penalty from the stewards will not be eligible as a dropped race.
Firstly, an apology from myself, it wasn’t the smoothest running of events, a poor decision on my part to allow no track limits at all, with hindsight this shouldn’t have been implemented - instead allowing corner extending but not corner cutting as it did cause some issues with various lines being used.
Due to the two restarts and already delayed start, the call for no warm up laps was a hasty one but by that point I was just wanting to get going without yet more delays. It seems some didn’t get the notice of that in Noble’s party, yet some did, even though the suggestion for that came from that party, I clearly heard him say it 3 times but these things happen and from now on we will always have a warm up lap regardless. There was an issue with one car not having the correct restrictions in qualifying even though it was showing in the correct group which is a Forza issue but I will be keeping an eye on that.
The races once finally underway seemed to go well, for most, and whilst I know some had issues in the races we only received 2 SI’s and only one resulted in a penalty applied. So from that I can only presume everyone else’s races went ok with minimal issues.
As this was Round 4, I’ve implemented the 5 dropped races to everybody’s points total, so some are showing less points than after Round 3. For some it’s made no difference at all as they already had 5 or more no scores. This will be a continuously updated system so people’s 5 worst races will be omitted from their points total.
As for the standings, LK Noble continues to lead the way from SVR Bradders, with myself moving up to P3
TRAC Tonge jumps to P4, a perk of such a bad opening round meant a lower restriction group for the following two, with LMP Stats dropping to P5 just ahead of SVR Birchy
SVR Brexit and TRAC Paigie continue to be locked together with just a single point separating them and after his superb points haul last time out including pole, victory and a second place, ZeroNotHero finds himself in P9 with TRAC Swift rounding out top 10
In the manufacturers, which takes the points from the top 2 results of each car, it’s the two Audi variants at the top with the RS3 jumping to the top after a huge points tally last time out. Honda move back to P3 after our scoring everyone but the RS3’s, and with BMW’s struggling and slipping to P4 after their worst round of the season. Chevrolet head off Mercedes but for how much longer?
Restriction groups for qualifying and Race 1 at the next round at Road Atlanta Full are:
Group 1 - Unrestricted All cars from P10 onwards
Group 2 - Top restriction (5% front and rear grip loss) LK Noble SVR Bradders NothelleN340
Group 3 - Middle restriction (5% front grip loss) TRAC Tonge SVR Birchy7
Group 4 - Bottom restriction (5% rear grip loss) LMP Stats (BMW) SVR Brexit TRAC Paigie ZeroNotHero Any new starters who have yet to complete a race.
See you all Friday at 2230 🇬🇧 1730 🇺🇸 eastern for qualifying
For the full table please view here. If you see any errors with dropped rounds then please highlight them below and I will adjust (these snow as white squares with W17 for example)
With no SI’s submitted I can only presume it was a clean event (for the most part) and with no jump starts (though some were very close to getting one!!) it means no time penalties or warnings to be issued.
In the standings LK Noble stays top but the BMW’s had a strong weekend and SVR Bradders closed the gap. LMP Stats stays P4 but much closer to myself, Nothelle. There’s two distinct pairings breaking away whilst the battle for 5th to 12th seems very close and swings different ways after each round
TRAC Paigie / Creamed jumps from P8 to P5 with a slender lead over SVR Birchy7 and SVR Brexit, whisky TRAC Tonge goes the opposite way and drops from P4 to P8. Then a gaggle of various Audi’s being led by GanzHanzCZ and The Racing Nova joins the top 10.
In the manufacturers it continues to swing between the two Audi’s at the top, with the S3 going top again. Honda stay P3 but BMW are just one point behind whilst Mercedes stay bottom of the pile, but closed massively on the Chevrolet’s who seem to be struggling for finishes lately.
Restrictions for the next round at Catalunya GP are:
Group 1 - Unrestricted P10 downwards
Group 2 - Top restriction (5% front and rear grip loss) LK Noble SVR Bradders NothelleN340
Group 3 - Middle restriction (5% front grip loss) TRAC Paigie SVR Birchy7
Group 4 - Bottom restriction (5% rear grip loss) LMP Stats (BMW) SVR Brexit TRAC Tonge GanzHanzCZ + any newcomers
With no SI’s submitted after Catalunya (does that mean the racing was clean and wholesome throughout 🤔 hmmm) the points were a quick update today
LK Noble and SVR Bradders continue to lead the way with not much separating them. A slight gain with dropped races for Noble but it could easily go either way right now. LMP Stats and myself continue to trade places each week, this time it’s Stats’ turn to start in the top restriction.
Meanwhile, Creamed/Paige leaps to P5 after a great scoring run and crosses the 300 marker. SVR Brexit goes P6 edging ahead of SVR Birchy7 with The Racing Nova right behind. TRAC Swift once again takes the last restriction spot, swapping weekly with his TRAC cohort TRAC Bliss who rounds out the top ten, but there’s several drivers close behind narrowing the gap, ZeroNotHero, GanzHanzCZ, ORB Danzilla and GTR Norbert.
A great result for Mikeeeee sees him take P15 from TRAC Sabean but the points are close
In the manufacturers standings, the Audi S3’s extended their advantage at the top. Audi RS3’s stay P2 but the Hondas have closed them down a little and extended their small advantage over the BMW’s
Chevrolet stay P5 but with so few drivers showing up in those it’s only a matter of time until the similarly low numbered Mercedes catches them.
Restrictions for Round 8 - Le Mans Bugatti are
Group 1 - Unrestricted P10 downwards
Group 2 - Top restriction (5% front & rear grip loss) LK Noble SVR Bradders LMP Stats
Group 3 - Middle restriction (5% front grip loss) NothelleN340 TRAC Paigie SVR Brexit
Group 4 - Bottom restriction (5% rear grip loss) SVR Birchy7 The Racing Nova TRAC Swift + all newcomers to the series.
And we have a new championship leader, with SVR Bradders taking the lead from LK Noble for the first time this season. It’s still close though at the top. LMP Stats stays P3 with myself close behind in P4
TRAC Paigie stays P5 whilst SVR Brexit cuts the gap in P6 and also extends his advantage over SVR Birchy7 in P7. TRAC Swift and TRAC Bliss both jump ahead of the absentee The Racing Nova, who now has GanzHanzCZ & GTR Norbert right behind him.
ZeroNotHero and ORB Danzilla both lose spots but are still right in the hunt for a top ten spot. Mikeeee rounds out the top 15
In the manufacturers, Audi S3 continued to extend their lead over the Audi RS3 whilst Honda & BMW continue to battle it out for third overall. Meanwhile Mercedes overhauls Chevrolet
Restrictions for Fridays race at Lime Rock Full Circuit will be:
Group 1 - Unrestricted All drivers from P10 downwards
Group 2 - Top Restriction (5% front and rear grip loss) SVR Bradders LK Noble LMP Stats
Group 3 - Middle Restriction (5% front grip loss) NothelleN340 TRAC Paigie SVR Brexit
Group 4 - Bottom restriction (5% rear grip loss) SVR Birchy7 TRAC Swift TRAC Bliss Any newcomers to the series
See you Friday for qualifying at 22:30, I’ll have a meet up lobby open from about 21:30 🇬🇧
Latest points standings after Round 8 - Lime Rock Full
This time we definitely have a new series leader, with the double DNF for LK Noble, SVR Bradders takes a small lead of just 6 points so it’s still all to play for. Meanwhile I go back to P3 with just 5 points over LMP Stats
Meanwhile, SVR Brexit goes back ahead of TRAC Paigie as the 2 Honda drivers trade places on a weekly basis with just 4 points between them. TRAC Swift has closed the gap though and goes P7 at the expense of SVR Birchy7, but closing the gap on everyone is GTR Norbert who joins the restrictions for the first race next week. Mikeeee rounds out the top 15 with TRAC Sabean as they top Chevy and the 2 battling Mercs of TRAC Nitemare and TRAC Woody just behind.
There’s not much breathing room though in this pack with GanzHanzCZ, ORB Danzilla, ZeroNotHero, TheRacingNova and TRAC Bliss all in very close contention. With a potential (but highly unlikely due to grip restrictions) 122 points available each week it can quickly change.
In the manufacturers standings status quo remains with the 2 Audi models scoring almost the same last time out, whilst BMW closed the gap slightly on Honda. Mercedes extended their small advantage over Chevrolet thanks to Woody getting a great P4 in race 1
Restrictions for the start of the next round, and the last time they’ll be used, are as follows:
Group 1 - unrestricted Everyone from P10 downwards
Group 2 - top restriction (5% front & rear grip loss) SVR Bradders LK Noble NothelleN340
Group 3 - middle restriction (5% front grip loss) SVR Brexit TRAC Paigie
Group 4 - bottom restriction (5% rear grip loss) LMP Stats (BMW) TRAC Swift SVR Birchy7 GTR Norbert Any newcomers to the series
See you Friday for qualifying at 2230 🇬🇧 at Silverstone International (the one with the tyre wall!)
So the final race of the AX2R BTCC Season 4 beckons this Friday, Brands Hatch GP, and here’s the standings heading into that event
Bradders continues to hold a slender lead over Noble but with 122 points available it really is still all to play for. After a huge points haul at the last round, Stats has established himself in P3 and definitely goes into the finale with a chance of taking the title. Meanwhile I stay P4, the last in contention mathematically of being in with a chance but 55 points seems unlikely.
The battle for P5 between the two Hondas of Brexit & Paige rages on, just 3 points between them but Brands is Paige’s local track so he’s on home turf. They’ve been joined by Norbert who has steadily risen through the table after joining the series at Round 3. Just 5 points covering these 3 and Swift is right there too having got faster as the season progresses too.
Then come the “RS3 twins” of Danzilla & Zero. These two have traded places all season long and now they’re level on points. It can’t get any closer. On count back if results Danzilla has the edge (see pic 3 for podium results) as Dan has 1 more P2 to his name. Birchy sits right behind these two as well and will be looking to get back into the top ten after what he will consider a slump in form and bad luck in recent events with several DNF’s.
Another to suffer DNF’s has been Bliss who isn’t far off either and will fancy his chances at Brands with the Honda and could easily find himself in the top ten again at the season end.
Meanwhile the mercurial Ganz sits P13 and adrift of the pack having missed another round. Nova is in a similar position but he’s under pressure from Mikeeee who has had a good run of results to get into the top 15 recently.
Just outside the top 15 comes a string of TRAV drivers with Sabean leading that group whilst the 2 recent additions to the team battle it out to be top Mercedes driver with Woody edging out Nitemare thanks to a podium credit.
In the manufacturers standings it’s an Audi 1-2 with the S3 leading the way and looking odds on to claim the title, but the RS3’s outscored everyone last time out and cut the lead down quite substantially. BMW goes back to P3 ahead of Honda but just 8 points separates them. Mercedes continue to pull clear of Chevrolet, each manufacturer down to seemingly just 2 regular drivers now
As for restrictions at the final. Here’s how they stand
Group 1 - unrestricted EVERYONE 😁
See you all Friday, hope we get a good turnout once again to end the season with some great battles and enjoy the on track racing
Qualifying starts at 2230 but I’ll have a meet up lobby open before that - NothelleN340
Here’s the podium credits for the season so far, Noble leading the way on those but several DNF’s have proven costly.
Norbert joining late meant he was out of restrictions for some time but he certainly capitalised by taking several victories and other podiums too along the way as well as front row grid slots.
Bradders has been super consistent, even when in restrictions ensuring big points even if there’s not as many wins & podiums as Noble.
These podium positions and best results are what determine order in the championship table should there be a tie on points. This could be vital for some once the flag drops after race 3 🏁
The points are done and fully updated, there wasn’t a single SI after Brands (I guess people couldn’t be arsed, or it was all clean & fair 🤣 maybe not!)
And SVR Bradders has regained the title, big congratulations in what was a closely fought series at the top throughout 🏆
LMP Stats managed to snatch second place thanks to his 2 wins with LK Noble slipping to third overall having led much of the way. The 4 late season DNF’s proving costly even with 5 dropped races as it was definitely crucial points lost.
I had to settle for fourth in the end, unable to challenge the BMW’s at Brands but happy to take that position as it has been an enjoyable season for myself if a little frustrating at times
The battle for fifth eventually fell to Its Creamed, at Brands he was always looking good for solid points to cement that place, whilst GTR Norbert continued his form and rise up the table to take sixth at the line. SVR Brexit’s dislike for Brands probably magnified after this round and comes home seventh, just ahead of TRAC Swift who got faster as the season went on
ORB Danzilla has had a great season and that was rewarded with a placing inside the top ten in ninth, edging out his RS3 cohort ZeroNotHero who rounds out the top ten.
With a no show for the final round SVR Birchy7 slips outside the top ten, with a pack of cars close behind led by GanzHanzCZ, TRAC Bliss, TheRacingNova and Mikeeee rounding out the top 15
TRAC Sabean in his Chevy held off TRAC Nitemare who in turn was the first Mercedes home fending off TRAC Woody. Shift Away just behind was eventually getting to grips with the BMW but never looked comfortable all season long in the often wayward car with TRAC Stug finishing P20.
In the constructors, Audi S3 takes the honours 🏆 with consistent performances throughout and a strong lineup of drivers each week they held off the challenge of the Audi RS3’s but it was close.
BMW’s huge points haul propelled them clear of Honda but they were very equal going into the final event.
Mercedes were able to stay ahead of the absent Chevrolet’s but a distant P5 & P6
On the winners list, LK Noble takes top honours with 5 wins, 4 seconds & 3 thirds, 1 pole and 5 fastest laps, with LMP Stats joining him on 5 wins. SVR Bradders and GTR Norbert both with 4 wins apiece.
So another congrats to Bradders for regaining the #1 plate, we will be back for Season 5 but details to follow in due course - there will be adjustments to try to refine the series, car builds and balancing in due course and I’ll make a post about that looking for feedback another time. Until then, watch this space for the next series we will be running