13 Jan 2022: NSR Formula 86/89 – Colouring by Numbers

Colouring by Numbers.

Week 2 2022, this time NSR F1 and a prettily coloured graph.

Julian was again on fire, taking a comfortable win despite never being the fastest over one lap in any of his heats. That honour went to Josh, but as has been said many times before, speed’s worth nothing without consistency.

Josh had a disastrous first heat from which he never recovered. He won Heat 3, but the two seconds he gained on Julian didn’t come close to closing in on the overall lead, and that was him done for the night. Lee tried to take the fight to Julian, the two lapping at near identical pace, but despite victory in Heat 4, he couldn’t do enough to stop Julian from winning overall.

Frank was the star of Group 2, winning five of the group’s heats to take 6th place overall.

2022 sees the return of Molesey’s drivers’ championships, one for each class of car, plus an overall championship which combines all racing classes. Each week, points are awarded to every finisher – 1st 50, 2nd 45, 3rd 42, then 40, 38, 36, 34 and so on – with an additional point awarded for the fastest lap in each of the night’s groups. Championship positions going into each week’s race will determine how the groups are seeded.

As a special bonus for those who like stats and/or playing with brightly coloured crayons, this week you also get the answer to that occasionally asked question, “Which lane is fastest?”

The truth is that there isn’t a fastest lane. Maybe if our timing system went down to twenty decimal places, we might see a tiny difference, but that’s as far as it goes. Nonetheless, proving the old saying that there are lies, damned lies and statistics, the pretty graph below suggests that in the heat of battle, red and blue lanes are comfortably ahead.

The graph represents the fastest laps recorded by every driver in every race since the track direction was changed in April 2019. In other words, if ten drivers raced in one race, then ten fastest laps were recorded.

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