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- Another Crazy Idea
- Bernie in the Q
** yes but it would be against a true Right Coaster's principles to accept it
Comparing different team selection proposals
The new Ghio+Cowley (=G+C) proposal is a fresh breath of air and a timely to reorganize the current 14-round format! Flyoffs are reintroduced! We will have a combination of consistency and performance instead of just performance and attrition of the current format.
But the G+C proposal is tightly linked to the current Finals, using absolute scoring and confining itself to three glorious days at a single site. What happens when these constraints are relaxed a bit?
Instead of 14-rounds, lets consider a double 7-round contest Finals (=2F), as suggested originally by Parker. This format will be flown over four days, with an off day between the two contests, to hopefully get different weather conditions (fly-time/rest-fly-rest/time formula). Each of the flying days will have regular evening flyoffs, so instead of two flyoffs under C+G, one has four regular flyoffs. The 2F format also solves the CDing issue: a F1A or C flier would CD the B contests; while a F1B flier would CD the A+C contests. In the G+C proposals one can have small drops on one day that have to be made up in the flyoffs, while the 2F format there are no redundancies. But 2F adds a day to the Finals.
Furthermore, the G+C proposal is silent on what happens between Finals. We could keep the current 75 minute/buy-in/team exemption system we use now. However, five regionals (=5R), spread between Lost Hills and Wawayanda over two years, in which one takes the best personal result (as measured by ranks) will vitalize the whole flying cycle. The regionals would be cross timed (B timing A+C and vice versa) and cross CDed as in 2F. All score will be ranks, firsts is one, second is two, etc.
However, the 5R regionals should be combined with a F2 Finals. (In practice, two regionals will be on the west coast: Lost Hills and say Nevada.) Now a flier has three results: the best regional and the two contests in a F2 Finals. His/her best two out of these three contests counts. So under 2F+5R a flier can skip all the regionals and still make the team by doing well in a 2F. Alternatively, winning a regional and a contest at 2F, assure a team spot. Although all contests matter, the redundancy can be a full (worst) contest(s).
Relative to the G+C proposal, 2F introduces more flyoffs in straight contests separated by a day, while the regionals 5R incorporate a wider range of venues, spanning two years. Every contest would matter – both for the long distance fliers (regionals) and the sprinters (2F only).
Finals - Doh
K.I.S.S - more is less
Proposed F1Q rules changes.
While penning my two-centsworth on this subject, Faust Parker’s post appeared, rendering my mumblings moot. Faust has said it lucidly and well. We don’t have enough info on F1Q-sized Energy Limiters to even consider it at this time. And the last thing we want to do is to turn F1Q into an expensive E-36 by limiting motor weight too strictly. The event is evolving and works as is. Let it ride.