The FPR Median Lap Handicap System.
With using the Median Lap calculated in Race Coordinator a lot of the work on race night by the handicapper has been almost eliminated. There is a bit of “home work” involved though for the handicappers.
John H. (Bear) and Bert E. of FPR have worked together to make up a spreadsheet for handicap recording.
This is necessary as we use the Median lap recorded at the completion of the whole race in Race Coordinator. The recording is done foe each class and also for each track we use.
The handicap start time if the median lap time is increased is only reset for the next race meeting and recorded on the spreadsheet. There is no change to the handicap time during the race meeting.
Also if the median lap time for the class for the race meeting is less than the previous time the handicap time is not reduced. So it is a bit like golf scoring – once you reach a median lap level handicap it only changes if you improve your median lap time.
The initial median time was taken from previous scratch races for the class and for each track.
This involved a reasonable amount of work by Bear & Bert. But they were enthusiastic about the system so it was a labour of “love” for them. I think they completed that task in two days.
Once the sheets are printed they all go into one folder that is maintained by the handicappers.
If a previous Median Time has not been set a qualifying is held to achieve the median time for the class and the driver,
I would like to thank Bert & Bear for their work & dedication in arranging & performing the handicapping.
Ok so some work setting up the system but all that is done from there is to adjust handicapping if the Median time is improved.
The Median Time is a bit sympathetic to some de-slots and also the occasional fast lap record attempts so it is not completely rigid like the best lap handicapping.
However consistent driving avoiding de- slots is the best policy with Median Handicapping.
It has been good in creating more even competition through the driver seeding. So the top guns can battle it out if seeded in the same heats. But also the Group 2’s & 3”s can also fight it out between them. The big difference is that ANYONE has the chance to win the race overall.
This has been proven now a few times with a group 3 driver winning overall by driving consistently to the Median Lap Handicap.
John V. of MotorSport132 has been very helpful by configuring the xaml race and audio files to do starting count down. He has replaced Average Lap columns on the race day screen with the Median Lap column. Also he has modified the Race Results screen to show eight drivers and the Median Lap instead of Average Lap time for the race.
John has offered to configure your own files with the above modifications if you contact him.
Email: email@example.com Web site: www.132MotorSport.com
If you contact Bert E. or John H. he may be able to send a copy of the spreadsheet file for recording the Median Laps for each driver – the sheet also has the scales we used to allot the handicap times on each track- Email: Bert: firstname.lastname@example.org or John (Bear): email@example.com