Despite a quiet end to the season, Gernot Fritsche comfortably retook the Classic Teams Championship as the veteran sim-racer fully got to grips with the Lotus 79 on the NTMv5 (new tire model version 5) after two slightly off-colour seasons.
Fritsche finished the season with a massive 134 point lead over second placed Tapani Linnaluoto, with Season 2 championship contender, Nuno Moreira, finishing another 44 points back after a strong late-season showing.
Anthony Goodale bagged the Formula 2 championship and finished a highly impressive 19th overall, three places behind early leader Paul Hackett. Hackett, who was snapped up mid-season by Arrows, finished P16 — just one place behind his Arrows team-mate — after a superb season.
In all 260 sim-racers took part in another excellent Lotus 79 season with 66 of them completing a full eight weeks and 36 taking wins during the course of the season. In all there was 156 online races with more than a dozen going official each week.
In the teams championship, Fritsche’s Escuderia Ferrari netted the overall title, although a late charge almost cost the Prancing Horse the honours. British marquee Williams, led by Moreira and ably supported by Tony Lambert and Sam Dobie, put in a superb finish to the season to finish just six points back.
Their charge was such that third-placed McLaren finished a massive 126 points back from the top duo. McLaren didn’t finish alone in third place as a similarly superb late season effort dragged French team, Ligier onto equal points, while ATS finished fifth, 87 points back on the third placed pair.
Of the Formula 2 teams, Tiga, Chevron and Osella rounded-out the top three, all embarrassing Wolf Racing and finishing inside the top 20 – an impressive performance.
Most important of all, the CTC Lotus 79 championship provided an excellent, friendly atmosphere with great racing and period paint jobs . . . as always!
The next season starts on Tuesday and once again the classic teams will battle. Will Fritsche retain his title? Can Williams move-up one step on the rostrum? We’ll find out in 12 weeks time.
Michel Dudognon images.