The 2005 Championship again embraced 14 rounds at 11 venues, North Weald, Bouley Bay and Doune were out, Llandow, Hethel and Cadwell Park in, plus the innovation of a Loton Park double-header and a Curborough two-lapper. Most were popular, all but Llandow stay in next season and Bouley and the dreaded North Weald return. The Championship is now extended to 15 rounds with the best eight to count.
Harewood (R12) was yet again the most popular venue, attracting 21 competitors, with Round 3 (Prescott) and Round 9 (Gurston Down) the least, but both still with a perfectly respectable nine apiece. The average number of entrants per meeting was up to 13.6, which reflects the popularity of this burgeoning series - 34 drivers (up four from last year) took part (plus Mike Haigh, but his car is not eligible), making it easily the most popular of the Club's competition series'. The average number of meetings per driver was up again slightly to 5.7.
Richard Prior was the only driver to compete in all of the meetings (for the fifth year running) and this year he finally did the business. Geoff Dark was second, missing only Llandow, but it is a heck of a long way from Essex! Nick Taylor, Chris Butler and Jon & Pauline Goodwin competed in ten events. This season 12 stalwarts (up from eight last year), the six already mentioned plus newcomer David Tomlin, Richard Allen, Andy Grier and Scuderia Hitchman competed in seven rounds or more. These formed the "hard core" of the Series, interestingly 41% of them came from Staffordshire - so move over Essex!
Our spread sheets allow you to play tunes on the PEPs, for example Richard
Prior would have won by 17 points if the 308 had had its 2004 PEP of -1.5%,
or Nick Taylor would have won by four points from Richard if he hadn't
had the reigning Champ's +1%. The 355 would have needed a PEP of +0.75%
to have won the Championship (Butler from Prior and Dark, tied). The 328
wouldn't have won a round without the help of the - 0.5% it got for this
year. It would have taken a PEP of -3.25% for a normale 308 to
have won a round (Brian Jackson at R4 Harewood), on which scenario Geoff
Dark would have won the Championship by 15 points from Richard Prior.
Anyway, here's the stats - make of them what you will...
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