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Deadline 2021-02-06 23:59 GMT+1
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2020 Season finale!
The checkered flag comes down to close ZCT233, and with it the 2020 season comes to an end. And what a season!
The competition opened in January with a green field: Marco, the 2019 champion, had decided to reduce his involvement, leaving space to the runner-ups from last season. 2019 ended with four racers within 16 points, and indeed the first race of 2020 saw the same four racers squeezing on the podium: Duplode, Seeker1982, and Overdrijf sharing the third position with dreadnaut.
A few weeks later, while the world out there was going a bit crazy with pandemics and whatnots, all had changed: the competition had become a bloody three-way battle among:
- Seeker1982, with strong regular replays;
- CTG, less constant in his participation, but ruthless in the LTB battle; and
- Duplode, focussing all his efforts on strong final replays.
The three dominated the season, collecting most leading-time bonus points, and victories. Among these I'm honoured to point out Seeker's first victory on ZCT225, which makes him the 24th ZakStunts race winner!
Marco, FinRok, and Alan Rotoi also made appearances, taking a podium step with little apparent effort, to then disappear again. But no-one else got even close: if last year we had 7 different winners, 2020 saw the triumvirate at the top, plus one victory by FinRok, and that's it.
What followed was a surprisingly balanced season, with no clear leader all the way through, up to the last race. While Duplode reached the end of November with a small lead, the maths showed viable routes to the 2020 title for all three.
But ZakStunts is not only about the champion title! A number of secondary battles developed during the year:
- a friendly feud for the fourth place between Overdrijf and dreadnaut, begun with a draw in January, and
stolenwon by Overdrijf by one point;
- the mid-scoreboard skirmish involving Stringray86, Heretic, and afullo, also joined by KyLiE, later in the season;
- the low-scoreboard more civilised contest among Cas, KaoS, Leo, Straycat, and Stan 286XT.
And the winner is...
So... what happened? Who won? Well, ZCT233 saw CTG collecting most LTB hours and all the bonus points, but alas it was not enough! Duplode went full nuclear submarine with his final quiet replay, driving four seconds faster than the others, and maintaining a tiny lead. He brings home the 2020 title only two points ahead of CTG, and three from Seeker. Congratulations Duplode! 🏆
Really, really strong results from CTG and Seeker1982 as well! I have never seen a season with three racers so close to winning the title.
The team competition was not as close, but Rolling Stunts believed for a while they could grab the title this year. Alas, a small gap repeated over multiple races means a larger gap at the end, and Cork's Crew held on to the trophy! Great teamwork there between Duplode and Overdrijf, well done! 🏆
Impressive work also from the new team of this year, Traction Faction! Great race coverage, and a ton of points. (Not in a team yet? Visit the Team Zone!)
Looking now at the Newbie Championship, we had Stingray86 take the lead after a couple of warm up races at the end of 2019. The first half of this season was maybe easy for him, but he had to fight against KyLiE and Straycat for the rest of the year. And fight he did, sealing three more victories, and bringing the newbie title to Australia. Congratulations Stingray, I'm looking forward to see you climb the main scoreboard! 🏆
The GAR scoreboard is as usual unofficial, and there is no actual trophy. Gentle-pipsqueaks race for the thrill, and have little interest for these numbers.
—Now shut up dreadnaut and give us the &%"# scoreboard!
Racer GAR score Seeker1982 143 Duplode 97 KaoS 61 Stingray86 55 dreadnaut 54 KyLiE 48 Stan 286XT 48 Straycat 32 Marco 32 Cas 28 Zak McKracken 23 CTG 9 GTAMan15 3
Almost a perfect season for Seeker1982, with a single point missing, collected by Duplode. Uneven coverage means that consistent pipsqueaks rise up on the list: well done KaoS, Stingray86, and Stan!
With Marco and FinRok missing, however, Seeker might not have a challenge! Maybe some of our Aussie friends will raise to threaten his lead?
Last but not least, I'd like to point out that Stan 286XT, our resident "wrong car" expert, has completed his second season without missing a race. Well done Stan! 🎖
What happens now?
The main competition will be on break for a few weeks: season 2021 is scheduled to start on the 10th of January. In the meanwhile, stay with us for other events:
- Race 4 Kicks is running an F1 endurance race until Boxing Day, go and sign up! The McLaren Honda for the race can be downloaded from the website.
- There's a live race planned for next weekend; join us for this different and exciting event!
- Running ZakStunts is a community effort. You can contribute with a guest track, a race report, and suggestions are welcome 🙂
- Feeling wordy? Tell us about your 2020 season by writing a short article. Please do, you'll love re-reading these in 5 years and more!
A final thank you!
I can't close this post without thanking all of you for the great participation and support this year! The old grumpy pipsqueaks, the new fast drivers, you make ZakStunts, and my day.
Fasten your seatbelt, and godspeed! ⛵
Finishing off the year of the virus
This month everything linked up for CTG, who really connected with his car and jacked into the number one spot on dreadnaut’s Serial Killer. Look at him go! The power gear line proved the winner in the end, rocketing Duplode, dreadnaut and myself to places two to four. These lines were obviously not as good as CTG’s, but both of Cork`s Crew members were called forward for a talk with the referee after their lines proved so tight in places that even Stunts’s replay function wasn’t sure whether they should have crashed there or not. Meanwhile a lot of drivers had a good time on this track using other cars, and especially the Porsche Carrera found its place as a real scoreboard filler. It was also the car of choice for the GAR competition, with only Straycat edging out a hard fought fifth place using the Superkart. Seeker1982 won the GAR race, with KaoS not far behind.
But enough looking back. This month’s winner CTG is also the designer of our next and final track for this year’s competition: Home Office. Certainly an apt title for the 2020 championship track. Judging from the spoiler CTG posted on the forums Home Office promises to be a split road closed track with good sized straights and some banked corners. Will we see dual way switching by means of daring jumps? Or is it quicker to be a straight shooter and steer well clear of a watery grave?
Looking over the contenders the season comes down to a two horse race for first place. Seeker1982 was only one point behind Duplode in the real ranking as it looked at the end of race 11, which will certainly fire up the hungry challenger looking to improve on the second place he conquered in the 2018 season. But Duplode, thanks to great consistency, is already guaranteed a total of at least 105 points for any result of third place or lower with no leading time bonus. This means that even if the mighty 5 times Zakstunts champion just rolls out his hammock this month, Seeker will need to score 11 points, including leading time bonus, to pass him on the scoreboard. A heroic challenge for any candidate champion. This race is given another dimension because track designer CTG gave both of the potential champions the option to give car bonus points to their ride of choice. This resulted in bonuses to both of the DTM cars and a hefty penalty to the unpredictable wildcard that is the Ferrari GTO. But we shouldn’t count out the Porsche Carrera quite yet. It is a car that has come up a lot in recent races, but it was last seen on the podium during ZCT212.
But will it even be one of them? Current third place driver CTG can raise his final score to 106 points at most and could overtake both Duplode and Seeker, who is currently guaranteed a minimum of 102 points for any result of fifth place or lower with no leading time bonus. This race just got even better. Dreadnaut and myself meanwhile got together during a nice referee intervention and ultimately decided we are keeping it simple in our race for fourth place. We’re tied on the exact same number of points and both need a fifth place or better (or LTB) to improve.
In the Newbie League the final standings for the season seem settled, but that does not mean ZCT233 is not going to be an absolute nail biter. Since entering the contest four races ago KyLiE has been trading first and second places with Stingray86. This one is going to be the decided of their personal best of five. Or is Straycat going to surprise everyone and take this year’s final gold?
And fights like these are what this month is really going to be about. Every single pipsqueak on the scoreboard has challenges cut out for them. Afullo could be eyeing a finish ahead of Alan Rotoi, Heretic could be looking to get his first fourth place as a launching point for future podium finishes, and GTAMan15 could go for a jump of as many as maybe even six places on the year’s final standings with a strong showing this month.
Whoever you are, whatever your goal is, game on. Also: skid the virus, and here’s to 2021.
On this day in 2016, while racing on ZCT173, some pipsqueaks wrote:
- 1pm : season opening replay
- 3pm :
- Gracias Zak por este nueva temporada de Stunts....!!!! espero poder disfrutarla tanto como lo hice con todas las demás.... :
- 7pm : Remember to create the 2016 Competition subforum
- 9pm : Hello, I'm here! Dreadnaut for MeganiuM this season as well
21372 news posted so far. Long live the Stunts community!