formula motor racing 

Updated 11/23/2010

2010 WBC Report  

 2011 Status: pending 2011 GM commitment

Lisa Gutermuth, NC

2010 Champion



Event History
2001    Steve Cameron     31
2002    Mike Stachowski     47
2003    Bill Place     69
2004    Lisa Gutermuth     87
2005    Debbie Gutermuth     72
2006    Matt Evinger     73
2007    Dan Lewis     70
2008    Jordan Flawd     79
2009    Chris LeFevre     71
2010    Lisa Gutermuth     90

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Lisa Gutermuth     NC    10     78
  2.  Chris LeFevre      AZ    09     33
  3.  Jordan Flawd       PA    09     33
  4.  Forrest Speck      MD    08     30
  5.  Dan Lewis          DE    07     30
  6.  Matt Evinger       PA    06     30
  7.  Debbie Gutermuth   TX    05     30
  8.  Mike Stachowski    NY    04     30
  9.  Bill Place         PA    03     30
 10.  Steve Cameron      PA    04     28
 11.  Richard Fetzer     NY    09     27
 12.  Katie McCorry      VA    07     27
 13.  Ron Wuerth         VA    04     27
 14.  Mike Coomes        PA    06     22
 15.  Scott Nerney       RI    10     21
 16.  Sarah Vasilakos    VA    09     21
 17.  Matt Fetzer        NY    09     21
 18.  Jordan Shea        MA    10     18
 19.  Brandon Bernard    PA    07     18
 20.  Ed Bielcik         NJ    07     18
 21.  Barb Flaxington    NJ    03     18
 22.  Alan Bargender     VA    02     18
 23.  Chris Janiec       PA    06     15
 24.  Robbie Mitchell    VA    10     12
 25.  James Kendrick     uk    05     12
 26.  Devin Flawd        PA    06     12
 27.  Nicola Bradford    LA    10      9
 28.  Bert Schoose       IL    04      9
 29.  Mike Nagel         NJ    03      9
 30.  Harry Flawd        PA    09      6
 31.  Pam Gutermuth      FL    08      6
 32.  John Speck         MD    07      6
 33.  Josh Ostrander     NY    05      6
 34.  Shannon Keating    IN    10      3
 35.  Nick Smith         uk    08      3
 36.  Bob Titran         NY    04      3
 37.  Peter Perla        VA    03      3
 38.  Steve May          MD    01      3
 39.  Jeff Mullet        OH    01      2
 40.  Greg Mayer         MO    01      1

2010 Laurelists                                                 Repeating Laurelists: 0

Jordan Shea, CT

Robbie Mitchell, VA

Nicola Bradford, LA

Scott Nerney, RI

Shannon Keating, IN

Past Winners

Steve Cameron, PA

Mike Stachowski, NY

Bill Place, PA

Lisa Gutermuth, NC
2004, 2010

Debbie Gutermuth, TX

Matt Evinger, PA

Danny Lewis, DE

Jordan Flawd, PA

Chris LeFevre, AZ

Route 30 traffic ... anyone want to play Frogger? Apparently attendance is not a big problem in this event as FMR heat fills the room.

Bill Beckman, Stockcar Racing champ, tries to double his driving exploits, but is stymied by Lisa Gutermuth who goes on to win her second FMR title.

Broken Records ...

The same format and times were used for the three preliminary heats with the six-race format that composes a single "game". Tables were randomly assigned with six players, 5-player games being substituted as required when the number of drivers did not provide an even multiple of six. Several records were broken in 2010 as attendance soared to the highest level in the ten-year history of the event. The record 90 drivers in turn also yielded a record 22 Preliminary games - besting the old mark by three.

These 22 games yielded the following statistical highlights:
Min score for win: 29 (unchanged from 2009)
Max score for win: 44 (increase from 41 in 2009)
Average score for win: 35.54 (increase from 33.47 in 2009)
Min score for second place: 27 (unchanged for last four years)
Max score for second place: 37 (increase from 35 in 2009)
Average score for second place: 31.31 (increase from 30.12 in 2009)

We only had one game where a winner had to be decided by tie breakers. But, there were four games where tie breakers were used to decide second place. Of the 22 games, five were 5-player games, with the default car (aka non-player car) finishing last for three of those games, fourth in one race, and actually winning in the fifth game! In one of the games where the default car finished sixth, it was allowed to get just a grand total of one point. That covered the extremes for default cars - from winning to finishing last with only one point.

Another new record was set for the most cars lost to spin-out, engine blown or crash. Chris Greenfield lost a total of eight of his 12 cars. Chad Gormly earned a dishonorable mention as he lost seven cars. Mike Coomes was the winner of the unlucky die. In the first heat, first race, he played the crash card, rolled a 12, then realized he had his cars in the 11th and 12th positions. He had knocked himself out of the race.

I forgot to record the player's name who drew the Queen of Spades to win the free prize provided by GMT games. But, since they already had Formula Motor Race, they chose another GMT game. Mark Love was then provided with the free FMR game so he could teach it to his gaming group.

A total of 18 heat winners appeared for the semi-finals. After several years of having a father-son pairing in the Final, it was not to be this year as there was not a father-son duo on the list of heat winners. But, we did have a mother-daughter team advance to the semi-finals in the form of Sharee and Aurora Pack. All of the semi-final races ended in very close scores with just one point separating first and second place finishers. Jordan Shea did the best racing in the semi-finals since he had one of his cars knocked out in five races, but was able to score points with his remaining car in all six races. And none of those six cars were for a first place finish. Four were in second place and two in fourth giving him a total of 30 points, good enough for a second place finish to advance to the Final. Shannon Keating lead the six qualifiers with 33 points, followed by Robbie Mitchell, Lisa Gutermuth and Scott Nerney with 32 points, Nicola Bradford with 31 and Jordan Shea with 30.

Lisa got off to a hot start in the Final by winning the first race and placing with her second car to give her 12 points. An early lead often just makes you a target in the remaining races. Robbie and Scott lost a car to crash, while Jordan kept his string alive by losing one car to spin-out and having his second car finish in the point total. Race 2 resembled a demolition debry with Nicola and Shannon each crashing a car, Jordan again losing a car to spin-out and Robbie having a blown engine. In contrast, there was no crash card played in Race 3. Shannon was the only person to lose a car when she spun-out. At the midway point, Lisa remained in the lead with 18 points, followed closely by Nicola in with 17, Shannon 16, Scott 13, Robbie 10 and Jordan trailing the pack with just four points. But Jordan staged a major comeback in Race 4 by winning the race and having his second car place third, for a total of 14 points for that race alone. Shannon again lost the only car (spinout) as the crash card was not played. Jordan's comeback tightened the scoring after four races: Lisa 21, Jordan 18, Nicola and Robbie 17, Scott 15. Victory was now truly within reach of everyone with only two more races to go.

Lisa was able to extend her lead by winning Race 5. Shannon and Scott each crashed, while Robbie lost a car to spin-out. The point total going into the last race was now: Lisa 31, Robbie 23, Nicola 21, Jordan 19, Shannon and Scott 18. Lisa's big lead required that she be kept out of the scoring for the final race. This mission was half completed when the spin-out knocked one of her cars out of the race halfway through the deck. Lisa completed the mission herself when she played the crash card as her last play only to roll her own car. Jordan was chosen to also be affected by this crash. Now the winner's circle was wide open as everyone else still had one more card play, but no one had the proper card to give them the win. Lisa was able to present us with the last new FMR record of the year by becoming our first twotime champion. the final point totals were: Lisa 31, Jordan 29, Robbie 26, Nicola 25, Scott 24, Shannon 21.

I would like to thank Chris Janiec and Lisa for serving as assist GM's. Special thanks go to Katie McCorry, who provided tutorial service before the second and third heats to those needeing a refresher training session.

Amanda Yu and Katie McCorry have this poor devil sandwiched.

GM Chris LeFevre oversees his finalists as his championship expires.

Formula Motor Racing Junior

Robert Schoenen provided a racing circuit for the pint-sized drivers. There were 22 little race drivers sans learning permits loosed on the streets of the Heritage room this summer. The best of these was Hudson Wyatt who was followed in order by Sophia Curry, Jasmine Mann, Dacey Collinson, Joey Depoian and Andrew Doughan.

Now that's what I call a Demolition Derby.

Chris lends a hand to Juniors GM Robert Schoen.
 GM      Chris LeFevre  [5th Year]   NA   NA

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