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2013 Formula D Rookie of the Year status after 5 rounds [STANDINGS]

This year’s rookie chase is tighter than ever, but mostly due to lackluster results.

Canadian Marc Landreville is currently leading the chase despite only attending one FD event so far. Landreville has confirmed that he will be at Irwindale, with Texas being a possibility as well. Brandon Wicknick and Nate Hamilton have both made top 32 twice so far, which puts them just a few points behind Landreville, with both drivers committing to the remaining rounds. Mats Baribeau, Will Parsons, and Chris Jeanneret have all made a top 32 so far, and all are well within reach of taking the title with a Top 16 appearance. We could still see a jump from the ranks of a driver who has yet to score points with drivers like Rob Primozich, JR Hildebrande, or Luke Pakula simply needing to qualify for top 32 and possibly get lucky with a driver spinning or having a mechanical issue during the Top 32 tandem battle to tie Landreville. Landreville only earned 1% of the popular vote when we ran our poll in April about who our readers think would take the title.

Since the series switched to top-32 tandem in 2009, Odi Bakchis earned the Rookie of the Year title with the fewest points at 255. Unless a Landreville, Wicknick, or Hamilton were to earn back-to-back podiums, we are guaranteed to see a point total below that claiming the title.

Here’s a look at the points standings so far:

Car # Driver LB Qual LB Tandem ATL Qual ATL Tandem PB Qual PB Tandem NJ Qual NJ Tandem WA Qual WA Tandem Total Points Behind Leader
11
Landreville x x x x x x 0.5 54 x x 54.5
801 Wicknick 0 0 0 0 0.5 24 0 0 0.25 24 48.75 -5.75
144 Hamilton 0 0 0.25 24 0 0 0.25 24 0 0 48.5 6
30 Baribeau x x 0 0 4 24 0 0 x x 28 26.5
48 Parsons 0 0 0.25 24 0 0 x x 0 0 24.25 30.25
111 Jeanneret 0 0 x x x x x x 0.25 24 24.25 30.25

2012 XDC Round 7 Qualifying [RESULTS]

The second half of the XDC doubleheader in Texas started today with qualifying, and Forrest Wang took the top qualifying spot to further extend his XDC points lead. Unlike yesterday’s qualifying session, 16 drivers were able to earn a score in front of the judges, which means a full field for tandem eliminations. Nate Hamilton is still within striking distance of the championship, and with the way the tandem ladder is setup, Hamilton and Wang could meet in the final 4. Here’s the full qualifying order:

1 – Forrest Wang – 94 pts
2 – Mike Pollard  - 91 pts
3 – Will Parsons – 76 pts (76 mph)
4 – Dan Savage – 76 pts (75 mph)
5 – Nate Hamilton – 76 pts (74 mph)
6 – Geoff Stoneback – 71 pts
7 – Steve Angerman – 69 pts
8 – Fielding Shredder – 67 pts
9 – Stewart Leask – 66 pts
10 – Sean Guthrie – 64 pts
11 – Garrett Nikolich – 61 pts
12 – Chelsea Denofa  - 60 pts
13 – Brad Burnett – 50 pts
14 – Josh Steele – 49 pts
15 – Jim Guthrie – 40 pts
16 – Ian Trinidad – 39 pts

2012 XDC West Finale in Dallas Qualifying [RESULTS]

The Friday event in Texas counts towards the points for the final of the West portion of the championship, with the actual season finale having a separate qualifying and tandem session tomorrow. 15 of the 17 drivers entered earned a qualifying score, which means the top qualifier would earn a bye. That top qualifier was Mike Pollard, building on the success he’s had this year north of the border in Canada. Of note are Texas locals Will Parsons, Stewart Leask, and Fielding Shredder doing well, Sarah Burgess making the cut for the first time this season, and Jim Guthrie returning from his big Vegas crash in the same Mustang. Tandem for this final West event will happen later tonight.

Here’s the full qualifying order:

1 – Mike Pollard
2 – Forrest Wang
3 – Will Parsons
4 – Steve Angerman
5 – Geoff Stoneback
6 – Dan Savage
7 -Nate Hamilton
8 – Chelsea Denofa
9 – Jim Guthrie
10 – Sean Guthrie
11 – Garrett Nikolich
12 – Stewart Leask
13 – Fielding Shredder
14 – Josh Steele
15 – Sarah Burgess
16 – BYE

Daigo Saito is the best tandem driver in FD this season [STANDINGS]

As a follow-up to our qualifying post yesterday, we re-calculated the standings based on the tandem points only, and Saito rises to the top as the best tandem driver this season based on the tandem points alone. Justin Pawlak has earned more tandem points than his Ford and Falken Tire teammate Vaughn Gittin Jr, while Chris Forsberg would rank ahead of his Hankook Tire teammate Fredric Aasbo based on tandem points alone. Powers is the highest ranked driver who does not have a podium finish. Yoshioka is the highest ranked driver who has missed a top 32.

To compare these rankings to the current season point totals, check out the post we made after round 5.

Averaging just top 16 would put you at 270 points overall (5×54), or in 9th place ahead of Matt Powers and behind Fredric Aasbo. Averaging a top 8 every round so far would put you in 6th place with 305 points, ahead of Rhys Millen.

Rank Name Rd 1 Tandem Rd 2 Tandem Rd 3 Tandem Rd 4 Tandem Rd 5 Tandem Total
1 Saito 78 78 100 69 54 379
2 Pawlak 100 100 69 61 24 354
3 Gittin 24 54 61 100 100 339
4 Yoshihara 88 24 78 88 54 332
5 Tuerck 54 54 61 54 88 311
6 Millen 54 61 54 54 78 301
7 Forsberg 61 24 88 78 24 275
8 Aasbo 54 88 24 54 54 274
9 Powers 69 54 24 61 61 269
10 Gushi 61 24 54 54 69 262
11 Bakchis 54 61 54 54 24 247
12 Grunewald 54 24 24 61 61 224
12 Moen 61 24 61 54 24 224
14 Essa 24 61 54 24 54 217
14 Kado 54 54 24 24 61 217
16 Yoshioka 54 54 54 0 54 216
17 DeNofa 24 24 61 54 24 187
18 Nishida 24 24 54 54 24 180
19 Wilkerson 0 69 54 0 54 177
20 McQuarrie 61 24 24 61 0 170

Vaughn Gittin Jr is the best qualifying driver this year [STANDINGS]

Vaughn Gittin Jr is leading the points championship entering round 6, mostly due to qualifying points. He has more qualifying points than any other driver, and may possibly earn the championship based more on his qualifying points than tandem points. Vaughn Gittin Jr has qualified no worse than third (Long Beach), and has earned the first or second qualifying position in each of the last four rounds. Here’s how the top 24 drivers would rank based solely on their qualifying points. Notice that Ford drivers take the top 2 spots, Drift Alliance members have four of the top 6 spots, and Saito drops from 2nd place overall to 21st place based on his qualifying efforts.

Note – Initially, we had calculated these rankings based solely on the top 20 drivers in the FD championship standings. We have now expanded the rankings to include the top 30 drivers, which bumped some drivers like Miro Ovcharik and Pat Mordaunt into the top 20 overall due to high ranking qualifying efforts in a single event but low overall tandem results.

Rank Driver Name Rd 1 Qual Rd 2 Qual Rd 3 Qual Rd 4 Qual Rd 5 Qual Total Pts
1 Gittin 8 10 12 10 12 52 pts
2 Pawlak 6 3 2 1 10 22 pts
3 Aasbo 2 8 0.5 8 3 21.5 pts
4 Bakchis 0.25 2 6 12 0.5 20.75 pts
5 Forsberg 2 6 2 4 4 18 pts
6 Tuerck 12 0.5 2 2 1 17.5 pts
7 Millen 10 2 4 1 0.25 17.25 pts
8 Yoshihara 4 2 1 6 2 15 pts
8 Essa 0.5 12 1 0.5 1 15 pts
10 Grunewald 3 4 0.5 3 4 14.5 pts
11 McQuarrie 3 0.5 8 2 0 13.5 pts
12 Ovcharik x 0 10 0.25 0.25 10.5 pts
13 McNamara 2 0.25 4 2 2 10.25 pts
14 Kado 2 4 0.5 0.5 2 9 pts
15 Yoshioka 0.25 0.25 0.25 0 8 8.75 pts
16 Moen 0.5 2 1 3 0.5 7 pts
16 Mordaunt 0.5 0 0 0.5 6 7 pts
18 Powers 0.5 3 0.5 0.5 2 6.5 pts
18 Wilkerson 0 0.5 3 0 3 6.5 pts
20 DeNofa 0.5 0.5 0.5 4 0.25 5.75 pts
21 Saito 0.5 1 2 0.5 0.5 4.5 pts
21 Gushi 1 0.25 0.25 2 1 4.5 pts