With a little delay it's time to post the final results and season recap of inaugural season of STARL. This was a new car for Race Green Events' organized leagues and it offered new challenges. Racing on rather shorter courses dropped the need to learn long laps and set more focus on racing against the rivals on track. The 1st season saw a total of 30 signups,unfortunatelly 1/3 of them never attended to a single round and left themselves just as dry database entries. From the remaining 20 entries,18 managed to classify themselves in results at least in 1 round,4 of them - in all rounds. Unfortunatelly just 2 drivers were able to finish a race as a winner,but the chase for the championship still was not easy for the champion. Attendance per round ranged from 15 in 4th round to 5 one round later,averaging 11 drivers per round.
STARL 2019 Drivers Champion: GenR uNite
The series champion Unite set his sights on title early on and held the performance stable through all 5 rounds - he won 3 of them and finished 2nd in both other rounds. He started every single race from inside grid position,in rounds 2 and 3 it was even the pole position. The main rival to the finn was Spiky,who also scored 2 pole positions and another 2 front row starts,but he was never able to convert any of those to a race win - he had 2 runner up positions,a 3rd and a 4th place finishes while he did not attend the final round,gifting his rival a free ride to the title. 3rd best in the series was R.Kardol,who was the other driver claiming winner's glory in a round,but he attended only 3 rounds,finishing 3rd in the remaining one. Also between best 5 in the series were Rony (4th) and J.A.Katila (5th) - both of them scored 3 top5 finishes with 3rd as best result. There is still another driver worth to mention - Sobis was the fastest in non-championship round at the dirt oval,but was not able to keep the performance up on paved surface as he finished just 6th in standings.
STARL 2019 Teams Champions: Race Green Autosports
It's been a while since the hosting team was able to clinch teams title in it's own organized series (last title was AWS 2016),in the inaugural season of STARL 3 of it's members took part and all of them scored valuable points towards title,scoring a total of 5 top5 finishes. The single driver team of Unite - yes motors sports - took 2nd place in teams standings,as the sole performance of the champion was not enough to beat team effort. The 3rd team in the table is Born To Race and it was represented by a total of 4 drivers,but only one of them attended in more than 2 rounds,while none of them in final round,giving up the chance to challenge RGE for teams title.
STARL 2019 Nations Cup winners: Finland
Recently dominant nation in various LFS leagues Finland did not leave STARL unchecked either - led by series champion Finland practically secured the title already after 3rd of 5 rounds and also was the only nation represented by more than 1 driver. Finland scored a total of 10 top5 finishes,half of this performance by series champion. All other nations are in the same order as their drivers - 2nd is Slovakia (represented by Spiky) and 3rd is Netherlands (represented by R.Kardol).
With this the opening season of Short Track Auto Racing League is concluded. The chance of league being held also next year is high and plans include ideas to make Dusty 300 a championship round while also adding another short track oval (a paved one) to schedule. But that's all just wishful thinking for now,the actual plans will start to form around march/april next year,hopefully planning the series on updated tracks.
Race Green Events thanks all participants and wishes much success in all other leagues and events they are taking part. We hope you enjoyed racing in STARL and you all get much fun and valuable experience from the races.
The prize winners will receive PM during this week!
Race Green Events nearest future plans include 5th season of V8 Racing League (running Formula V8),which should start in late september and might feature just 4 rounds. More details in around 2 weeks. Otherwise there are no changes - RTFR and RTFR-XL will not leave untile the bitter end,while 26th december should be already marked into every hardcore LFS'ers calendar as the Crashmas eve. All-wheel-drive Winter Series season 9? Yes,it's in the plans also!