S50 ELITE FZW write up
written by Cameron P
After excellent performances for many teams throughout last season, Rookie Season 50 was shaping up well! But it was the new arrivals to the league who hit the ground running, as Tim won in China ahead of Jax in second while José, the other new manager, finished in 4th and 5th. It was wet in the following race in Japan, so it seemed like the 1 stop would be the way to go. But Jax pulled off a fantastic race to win by 15 seconds on the 2 stop! Tim managed to bring his car home in second, while José couldn’t quite get on the podium, but finished ahead of Kev in 6th. After taking a few races to get up to scratch, Kev performed well in Turkey to finish with a double podium, behind Racey who took his first win of the season! Despite this, Jax and Tim were over 25 points ahead of their rivals.
Racey was on form again in Britain 19, taking another victory in a wet-dry race while Kev took another podium, closing in on the top teams. But José’s win and Tim’s 2nd got them back on track in the next Britain race, on the 09 circuit. Jax had dropped off the pace slightly since the start of the season, but recovered some points with 3rd and 5th. Austria was a wet race, allowing Kev to storm away to take a 1-2 and take the fight to the championship leaders! Whilst Tim and Jax finished further back in the harsh conditions, Juanito managed a sensational 3rd with a two stop strategy with a very new team!
After a poor showing in Austria, José was back on the pace in Hungary with an extremely close race, finishing ahead of Kev by only 0.2 seconds! But those two ,who had seemed so dominant in that race, were utterly beaten by Racey in Bahrain! On the 2 stop, he was able to streak away from the rest of the field to claim a heap of points. And Racey was yet again on form in Mexico, coming home ahead of Kev, while José couldn’t quite make the 1 stop work, so came home in 3rd. As José won in Singapore, he was able to hold 2nd place in the championship by 12 points from Tim and 22 points from Racey, setting us up for a great promotion fight!
And despite the 1-2 going to the championship leader Kev in Malaysia, the wet race gave the opportunity to Onna to take a maiden podium, despite joining after 6 races had already passed! As most of the promotion contenders struggled, it was a good opportunity for Hugo to claim 6th in his first race! But it was back to normal in the USA, and this time, Racey seemed to have the pace, storming from pole to the win, while Kev and José grabbed some crucial points on the podium. Kev responded excellently by taking victory in Italy, but not without a stubborn challenge from Juanito! Racey brought a car home in 3rd on a 2 stop, and it was a poor outing for José and Tim, who lost ground in the promotion fight. José bounced back in the best way possible, winning by almost 8 seconds in Germany, breaking away from the chasing cars of Kev and Tim, who had improved but was still needing some good results to bring him back in the promotion fight.
With a 1-2 in Brazil, Racey pulled himself into 2nd in the championship, as José managed a 3rd, but couldn’t keep his 2nd car ahead of Kev and Jax. But José struck back in Spain, taking victory on an audacious 1 stop ahead of Kev, who couldn’t reel him in during the final stint. This great points haul took José back into 2nd by only 7 points! Kev was all but mathematically secure in 1st, as 1 point in the rest of the season would be enough for him to take the title!
He took that point in Belgium, but not in 1st! The victory went to Tim, while in the battle for promotion, José finished in 3rd to increase his gap to Racey to 16 points with 2 races to go. He managed to increase this to a surely insurmountable 33 points in Europe, with a 3rd and a 9th, while the guaranteed champion Kev took the victory ahead of Jax! But it was extremely close in the final race, as Racey took a 1-3 with Kev in the middle, which would have propelled him into 2nd in the championship if not for José coming home in 5th! There was also an excellent finish for Juanito, who took 4th on a supersoft strategy.
Congratulations to everybody in rookie who provided us with a tight competition until the very end of the season! Well done to Kev on the title and to José for claiming promotion in his first season! Good luck for season 51!
After Mario’s and Luwisla’s recent dominance of FZW Pro, this new season was hopefully the time where we had a full fledged title fight. Mario and Eduardo were returning from Elite after being relegated, and looking to bounce back immediately. And Eduardo started the season in style, taking victory ahead of Diego in 2nd and 3rd, and Mario finishing just behind them. He followed this up with yet another win in Japan, coming home ahead of Abel, who was hoping to reach promotion this season after failing last time out. There was a mix of cars in the top 10, battling for points at each race. This season was looking exciting! It was Eduardo who once again won in Turkey, only just ahead of Mario and Daniel behind him, while the top 8 were separated by only 3.6 seconds! Eduardo had managed to pull out a 37 point gap to Diego, but the 2nd placed man was only 6 points ahead of Mario!
But it was Abel who won in Britain 09, breaking away on a 2 stop to come home well ahead of Eduardo and Mario. And he continued his resurgence in form in a sodden Austria, leading home his fellow Brazilians Mario and Diego. Eduardo managed 4th, but it was a disappointing points haul for the promotion contender. But Abel couldn’t make it three in a row in Hungary, as Mario’s 1 stop rewarded him with victory only 0.6 seconds ahead of Abel! And Mario took another win on the alternate strategy in Bahrain, flying to a win on a 2 stop ahead of Daniel’s cars, who pushed Abel’s supersoft-running car off the podium. It was another tricky race for Eduardo as he could only manage 5th, but a better result for him as he outscored Abel.
Abel again performed excellently with the supersoft strategy, coming 2nd in Mexico, but he couldn’t keep up with Mario, who stormed to a 6 second victory to solidify his position at the top of the table. And the run continued into Singapore, as Abel couldn’t quite push past Mario’s leading car. It was a solid race for Daniel in 3rd and 4th, but surely he was too far off to realistically challenge for promotion this season?
It seemed like too much, as in the next race in a wet Malaysia, he finished well down the order. Abel nearly made the two stop work, but Bruno again kept his first car ahead to win! It was the same story in the USA, as Bruno won by 11 seconds! It was a better race for Eduardo, as he split Abel’s cars to finish on the podium.
But in Italy, the 6 race streak for Bruno came to an end, as Eduardo took an unprecedented 1-2, just when he needed it! Abel finished down in 5th, behind the cars of Bruno and Daniel, allowing Eduardo to leapfrog Abel for 2nd in the championship, ahead by 10 points! Despite missing out the race before, Bruno was back on form in Germany, winning ahead of Abel and Eduardo, as G Cooper took a strong result in 4th in what had been a poor season for the American. Determined to extend his lead over Abel for promotion, Eduardo took the victory in Brazil! Bruno was only half a second behind, with Abel in 3rd. Despite taking the win, Eduardo only stretched his lead by another 8 points, to bring the gap to 20! However, this increased to a further 24 points in the Spanish GP, as Eduardo snatched a 3rd place, behind the dominant cars of Bruno but crucially ahead of Daniel!
In Belgium, Eduardo recorded another crucial result for his promotion hopes, winning by 2.7 seconds from Bruno in 2nd and 4th, who couldn’t hold off Abel for 3rd. Abel struck back with a win in Europe ahead of Eduardo and Bruno, but only scored 9 more points than his promotion rival, meaning he had to gain another 27 points for promotion to elite! And Eduardo made absolutely sure that he would be promoted, taking 1st and 4th in the final race in Canada, winning from Bruno by 0.3 seconds! Abel finished in 3rd to round off what had still been a very successful season for him, taking several wins.
It was an exciting competition throughout the season, with Bruno breaking away to win the pro title once more! Well done to Eduardo and Abel for providing a solid challenge throughout the season. The future looks bright for FZW Pro, good luck to everybody for Season 51!
After several seasons of SB championships, would any team be able to challenge him heading into the 50th FZW season? Connor was straight out of the blocks in China, winning by less than half a second from Richard, who scored the most points in the opening race. Luwisla (now called Frederic Vasseur) achieved a podium finish in her first elite race as well! Richard took the win in a wet Japanese race ahead of Connor, while Noah took his first FZW points in 4th! It was another bad race for SB, who was struggling to get going at the start of this season. Meanwhile, Connor leapfrog Richard for the lead of the championship with a 1-3 finish in Turkey as his rival failed to score, while Luwisla prevented the first 1-2 of the season by finishing 0.006 seconds ahead of Connor’s second car. It had been an electrifying start to the season for the top 2, as Connor was 21 points ahead of Richard, who himself was 26 points ahead of their nearest rival in Luwisla.
And Connor collected another excellent result in the first British race of the season, an extremely close fight with Luwisla, with the top 4 cars being separated by less than a second! It was a tricky race for Richard and SB, who lost large amounts of points on their rivals. In the following race in Britain, Luwisla pulled off a masterclass in how to do an alternate strategy, taking the victory on a 1 stop to hold back the charging cars of Connor, SB and Richard. The race also marked the end of the first round of the super cup, which went without any major shocks, with Jarno’s and Dave’s eliminations being the most unusual from all the match ups.
Onto Austria, which was pouring with rain, on the same day as the Styrian GP qualifying irl! Dyfed was able to take full advantage of an incredible qualifying to finish in 2nd and 7th, only beaten to victory by Leo, who took a much-needed win in the title fight! It was also a solid race for Richard and Joshua, who finished ahead of Connor, who had to recover from a difficult qualifying of 12th and 15th. It was a similar story for him in Hungary, as he scored only 4 points, allowing Leo to gain a massive number of points on him by taking a 1-3. Luwisla was able to gain some great points with 2nd, hoping to be in contention for the title, or at least the top 3 as she continued to close in on Richard. Connor was back on the podium with 2nd in Bahrain, but still lost out to Leo by 0.3 seconds. The Frenchman had hit a rich vein of form! After a slight rough patch, Connor and Richard seemed to be getting back on track. But speaking of recoveries from bad form, SB ran away from the pack in Mexico to take a victory that he really needed! A non-score from Connor allowed Leo to make yet another great points gain with 2nd and 3rd. In the super cup, the quarter finals had now been completed! The top 4 in the championship all went through to the semis, but it was by no means straightforward, as Leo took out SB and Luwisla edged out Joshua. In the super cup b, it was looking good for Adam and Jarno as they dominated their opponents!
Singapore was another storming race for SB, as he diced with Leo for the victory before eventually pulling away on the final lap. It was a better race for Connor, who finished in 4th and 6th, split only by Joshua. But Malaysia was another tricky wet race for Connor as he only managed 8th, while Leo charged to a 1-2! SB and Luwisla couldn’t quite keep up, but they still gathered good points in 3rd and 4th, finishing just ahead of Noah, who finished very well in 5th. In the USA, Connor was back to try and close in on the title, but Leo took another fantastic victory, using the 2 stop to his advantage. However, Connor still scored more points with 2nd and 4th, and it could have been more if not for Richard splitting his cars for the final podium position! In Italy, the strategy for most was absolutely the same, and this time Connor came out with the victory. It was incredibly close, as he won by only 0.081s, and his 2nd car was only 0.222s behind! In the super cup semi finals, Leo beat Luwisla by a fairly convincing margin of 14-7, and it was the same for Connor as he beat Richard 15-6, setting us up for another Leo v Connor final! In the super cup b, Adam and Jarno convincingly won their semis, matching them up for the final.
As we reached the final few races of the season, it was becoming evident that there were two big battles for position in the championship; for the title between Leo and Connor, and for 3rd between Luwisla, Richard and SB. And SB showed he wanted to maximise what was left of this season, taking an excellent 1-4 to overtake Richard in the standings! Connor’s 2nd place just ahead of Leo in 3rd was enough to allow him to gain on his rival, and he beat Leo with both cars in Brazil to not only gain in the championship, but to take a 6 - 1 lead in the super cup final! He didn’t take the win in the race though, as that went to Luwisla pulling off an excellent supersoft strategy, but she lost a 1-2 due to underfueling one car! SB and Joshua came home just behind Connor’s 2nd place car to record some vital points. Luwisla’s win brought her closer to SB, but she hadn’t quite overtaken him. But she managed to take 3rd in the following race in Spain, snatching 12 points in 4th position. It was an even better day in the office for Connor, who took a stunning 1-2 ahead of Leo to extend his championship lead! It was even better for Connor as he repeated the feat in Belgium to not only dominate the super cup final 18 - 3, but also to take an incredible 71 point lead over Leo!
Connor continued his red-hot form into Belgium, storming to another 1-2 ahead of SB! Luwisla came home in 4th to make sure that SB did not gain very many points on her in the battle for 3rd. And in Europe, she came home in 2nd to virtually ensure that she would finish in 3rd! It was another excellent win for Connor, while Leo managed to claim 3rd on the supersofts. After finishing 5th, Richard closed up to SB in the battle for 4th. But in the final race, he couldn’t claim enough points to pip SB to the post! It was a close win for Leo to round off his solid season, with Connor just behind rounding off the podium in his final FZW race!
Well done to all for providing us with some excellent races throughout the season, particularly Connor, Leo, Luwisla, SB and Richard! Congratulations to Connor for winning a title to finish his time in FZW in style, we wish you the best in OFZ! Good luck to everybody for season 51!
NOTICE: Unfortunately I won’t be doing the FZW write ups from now on, due to time constraints as lockdown eases. If anybody wants to take them on, just let Leo know!
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