Current track ZCT233 - Home Office
Deadline 2020-12-12 23:59 GMT+1
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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.
Reporting on ZCT229
Exciting times at ZakStunts! Leo's track for August, hidden in dense forest, has seen the highest participation for this year, and an intense battle for the lead. Actually, two battles!
After the initial uncertainty—is it a Carrera track? IMSA maybe?—the Lancia Delta took the lead on the scoreboard, with Heretic, Seeker1982, then CTG and Marco vying for the top step of the podium. But soon after the end of the public days, out of nowhere, FinRok appeared and put a full stop to this part of the race, leaving Marco 4 seconds behind. His result would remain unchallenged for the rest of the race, giving him the victory and 230h of leading time.
However by the time FinRok posted his result, the battle (and the drama!) had already moved to the GAR competition, which puts strict limits on the driving style, and only accepts laps driven without interruption. The competition between Seeker1982 (current GAR champion) and Marco (proud Lancia expert) heated up with concerns about cheating. Duplode jumped in with a few strong laps, and Seeker sealed his result shaving off another two seconds from his time. All this back and forth brought along a bunch of racers on the GAR scoreboard! Unbelievable effort from everyone: NoRH driving requires skill, effort, and a lot of patience.
As mentioned above, the race closed with FinRok in the lead. Behind him Duplode, and Marco. Alan Rotoi picked up the sixth place with a strong result, followed by Stringray86 and Heretic (two thirds of Traction Faction), Overdrjif, and the rest of Rolling Stunts, who are still lagging behind Cork's Crew on the teams scoreboard.
ZCT229 also sees two new entries on the tarmac: we welcome KyLiE from down under, and Straycat from Hungary! 🎉 Extra surprise, Zak himself reappeared after two years away from the races, enticed by Marco's live streaming sessions. Hi Zak, we missed you! 🥰
Yes, all this in only four weeks. Where are we then, with August coming to its end in a couple of days? There are four races left in the season, and Duplode holds the lead several points ahead of Seeker1982... but not that many! Seeker has collected a good number of LTB points, which can balance his weaker results. And because the three lowest scores of the season are ignored in the final sum, these LTB points could be really important to decide the championship.
On this day in 2012, while racing on ZCT136, some pipsqueaks wrote:
- 9am : But I guess you are watching the site fluently or at least in the last 2 minutes of each hours. I don't have time for this (this moment is an exception). What about a deal? You give me that 48 hours and I help you to win your first race ever.
- 10am : (I have limited number of 0.05 steps on my pendrive)
- 11am : Now let's work.
- It doesn't have to be win - only make sure I'll finish before you deal? :
- ok :
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