The 2014 season brought one major change to the licensing structure of Formula D – namely the Pro 2 series, and the system of relegation that it would bring. We covered the relegation system earlier in the season, but now that we’re entering the last event of the season, it’s time to see what names are in or out. Above is a screenshot of the current points standings from 26th to 46th, the drivers who are most likely at risk of relegation.
It’s likely that the cutoff line will be around 70 points overall, given that some drivers below the the line are likely to qualify for top 32, while some drivers above the line may miss the cut. Given that, any driver who currently doesn’t have at least 52.5 points will need a top 16 appearance and possibly even a top 8 appearance to keep their Pro 1 license for 2015. If you don’t already have at least 35 points, your only chance to keep your license is a top 4 appearance, and even with that, you may need some extra points from qualifying on Friday.
Formula D has confirmed that this 40 driver cutoff (32 from Pro 1, 8 from Pro 2) are hard cutoffs. If you end up in 33rd position in Pro 1 and someone in the top 32 chooses not to compete next year, you don’t get ‘bumped’ into the spot they vacated. You will still be relegated to Pro 2. The same rule applies for a driver who may count under both results (IE: Geoff Stoneback, currently 24th in Pro 1 and 1st in Pro 2) – the 33rd driver from Pro 1 and the 9th driver from Pro 2 will NOT be invited to fill the extra space.
There is a petition process which allows a driver to request a Pro 1 license based on their career drifting results. Formula D has informed us that this process is pushing to be more defined based on minimum results and drifting resume, and if minimum requirements, the petition will be reviewed and approved by an internal committee. Previously, these license petitions were more subjective, but Formula D is moving to make this eligibility more black-and-white.
UPDATE: Word from Formula D is in the event of a tie, results from the final event (Irwindale) will be the tiebreaker. If all tied drivers finished in the same round (IE: eliminated in top 32 or in top 16), then they will look at who qualified higher, which is the same tiebreaker used for final podium position.