Dave Barker

10-19-2015, 10:46 PM

So the first poll (so far) confirms that many folks would like us to decrease the number of classes and a number of folks like the idea of individual PAX factors or iPAX. Using iPAX factors means that no one needs to prepare their car in an optimised fashion for any particular class.

OTOH, there may be some costs to closeness of competition if we make a change depending on how this would be implemented.

If we increase the class spread and use RAW times to determine class winners, the cost of optimization may actually increase if the class winner is determined by RAW time. Right now the furthest an unoptimised car can be below a fully optimised car in the same class is 4.9 PI and if we change to a 10 point spread per class, the unoptimised car could be 9.9 PI behind.

If we increase the class spread and use iPAX factors, the class winner may be significantly slower than the fastest car in the class, yet still be declared the winner. (Please note that this is what we do now in determining overall scores for any given event, i.e. the overall winner is not necessarily the fastest car)

The question kind of becomes, which is more important to you, class wins using RAW times or iPAX and how you place in the overall?

There has been another suggestion that we change the class spreads from 5 PI to 6 PI which would decrease the number of classes by 2 but would make a lot of previously optimised cars, unoptimised.

So here we go, round 2

OTOH, there may be some costs to closeness of competition if we make a change depending on how this would be implemented.

If we increase the class spread and use RAW times to determine class winners, the cost of optimization may actually increase if the class winner is determined by RAW time. Right now the furthest an unoptimised car can be below a fully optimised car in the same class is 4.9 PI and if we change to a 10 point spread per class, the unoptimised car could be 9.9 PI behind.

If we increase the class spread and use iPAX factors, the class winner may be significantly slower than the fastest car in the class, yet still be declared the winner. (Please note that this is what we do now in determining overall scores for any given event, i.e. the overall winner is not necessarily the fastest car)

The question kind of becomes, which is more important to you, class wins using RAW times or iPAX and how you place in the overall?

There has been another suggestion that we change the class spreads from 5 PI to 6 PI which would decrease the number of classes by 2 but would make a lot of previously optimised cars, unoptimised.

So here we go, round 2