Keep an eye on your e-mail inbox, because iRacing will soon be sending out a poll question via e-mail to collect feedback on possible changes to the Championship Points structure for official iRacing series.

The current Championship Points methodology is an oft-discussed topic within the iRacing membership base, and some iRacers feel that the current structure actually discourages people from participating in more online races throughout the week.

Per the Sporting Code, Championship Points are currently calculated as follows:

The best 50% of a driver’s race performances (based on points scored) in a given Race Week will be averaged at the conclusion of each Official Series Race during the week.  The final average at the conclusion of the Race Week will be the driver’s Race Week Point Total and count towards the season championship in that series.

Example:  If a driver competes in five official races in the Skip Barber Series in a given week, the driver’s best three-race-point totals are averaged and those points go towards the driver’s season championship points total.

Many iRacers feel this typically means that if you score well in one of your first two race it is not worth risking the possibility of scoring lower points in a subsequent race and therefore reducing your points total for the week.  This mentality is viewed by some as playing a significant role in limiting participation because it actually encourages people to race less.

“Check your e-mails, consider the options carefully, and reply to iRacing ASAP to make your voice heard on this issue.”

Fellow iRacer Carlos Pedro Vasconcelos illustrated the passion that this issue can stir up when he recently posted the following in a forum thread on how Championship Points are calculated:  “Come on STAFF, we are RACERS, we are a highly competitive community here.   Give us some attention here.   This is not “Second Life” or “Facebook”. We are doing the official series to compete to win, and everybody surely hates losing points by WINNING a race.”

iRacing’s upcoming e-mail poll indicates they are indeed giving this issue some attention.  iRacing will be putting forth the following alternatives for consideration:

•    Keep as is.   Average the points of the top 50% of your races for week.  For example if you raced 3 times, average of best 2 would count.   Raced 5 times and average of best 3 would count.

•    Average the points of the top 33% of your races for week.   For example if you raced 3 times, best 1 would count; race 4 to 6 times and average of best 2 would count; race 7 to 9 times and average of best 3 would count; etc.

•    Average top score of the top 25% of your races for week.  For example if you raced 4 times, best 1 would count; race 5 to 8 times and best 2 would count; raced 9 to 12 times and average of best 3 would count; etc.

•    Include a Maximum of 3 races in the average.  Meaning 1 or 2 races count the best 1.   3 or 4 races, count the average of only the best 2.  5 races and above, count the average of ONLY the best 3.

iRacing decided to conduct the polling via direct e-mails to its members in order to ensure that people wouldn’t be able to vote twice, and to ensure that only iRacing members would be able to respond, which addresses two complaints that arose from how the Season 3 Schedule Survey polling was conducted.

The e-mails may already be waiting in your inbox now, and iRacing is planning to tabulate the results one week after they are sent out.  iRacing has indicated that they will announce their plans after analyzing the responses — if the responses indicate that a majority of iRacers would prefer one of the given options over the current Championship Points methodology, then iRacing would attempt to implement the selected solution for the start of Season 4.

So, make sure you check your e-mails, consider the options carefully, and reply to iRacing ASAP to make your voice heard on this issue.

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Excellent initiative – raising participation is needed!

I’d really like to see iRacing dealing with the other ‘big issue’ – of particular pertinence to the large Aussie contingent – being the reliance on taking part in high SOF races in the championship standings. We only get high SOF fields in the V8 supercar and that’s because the community has organised to do so on Monday nights.

It’s a bit of a backhand to walk away with a win and still gain less points than someone who trundled around on an SR run in a higher SOF.

Given the timezone differences it’s just not feasible to get the numbers in Aus to get official races happening in most cars. Ditching the 2-races-only should help this quite a bit! I will be voting for whatever option that encourages the most official races to be held.

August 16th, 2012 at 11:05 pm

Several pages of discussion on this topic going on now in the iRacing member forum area:

August 17th, 2012 at 1:58 am

What??? the best option was not included! Count only you best race of the week. Even in 25% you will not want to race in races where you enter to give a rival a stronger SOF. This options make not sense!

August 17th, 2012 at 2:08 am

What about fixing the championship points earned for each placing so that it doesn’t rely on SOF? i.e 150 for 1st, 125 for 2nd etc. and then averaging the points earned over the week? This at least means the better drivers will at least be able to rely on getting a good score without worrying that a low SOF field will cause them to lose points even if they win & if they score badly then they will only have themselves to blame. It would also tighten up the points table and introduce more strategy while potentially increasing participation. Any thoughts?

Daniel McEvoy
August 17th, 2012 at 3:08 am

Daniel. You’d still have the issue of people only doing one race as it is an average score and now the problem would be people would try to find the easiest time slot to get an easy win. And ultimately with a fixed point system like that you’d end up with a ton of people tied for 1st in points with wins for every week.

August 17th, 2012 at 4:27 am

Alright, so maybe not the best idea. Still think there should be some sort of minimum points for a win. Perhaps adding bonus points for fastest lap, number of wins, laps led etc. could fix the everyone tying problem with my suggestion. Got totally screwed last season due to not being able to find high SOF races.

Daniel McEvoy
August 17th, 2012 at 8:59 am

I agree Steve the best option IMHO is not included. Just give me my best score of the week. Period

This way you never have an excuse not to race.


Randy Hachez
August 17th, 2012 at 10:57 am

Daniel is right (in my opinion) that points need sorting too..

BUT this initiative as a participation increaser is a good one.

In my opinion the points should be best on the entire entry for that timeslot. i.e. the SOF is for the entire field who start that timeslot then the points are split across the different races with a 25% overlap as the winner of a lower split should be rewarded with a better points score than the tail of the split above.

In other words for the purposes of points scoring you take the entire entry and score them as if they were one large field. With the 25% overlap, in a two split, 40 car, field.

The winner of split two would score the same as 15th place on the top split.

August 17th, 2012 at 11:43 am


Currently the last place car in the top split races usually gets around less than 8 championship points… I don’t believe I’ve ever seen the winner of the lowest split ever get less than that. This isn’t about how points are calculated by SOF, that system isn’t broken and works exactly the way it should. This is about how race participation effects the championship points standings via drop races.

August 18th, 2012 at 9:58 pm

I think you got it wrong in the description of each systems. In a 25% system, the fifth race will make it count 2 times already not just the 6th. 25% of 5 is 1.25, the current system always rounds up, so that means 2 races are averaged.

The current system allows you 2 races without risk, the 33.(3)% would allow you 3 races, and the 25% would give you 4.

Tiago Órfão
August 17th, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Can someone explain why iRacing are so intent on averaging peoples races? What is this supposed to achieve, exactly?
What is wrong with your strongest race counting?

August 17th, 2012 at 2:39 pm

I think its to avoid the checkers or wreckers mentality.

Scott Burtscher
August 17th, 2012 at 5:56 pm

I agree with what has already been said the best option would be to only count the best one no matter how many you race. Of the options currently given the best 25% would be the best option but you will have the same problem of people running 4 races per week then stopping due to fears of lowering their score.

Also when are you going to look into an iRating for each car? I know I would like to run other series however, I may not be as good in a modified as I am in the Sprint Car for example. Therefore I feel like I can’t race in an official modified race due to fears of being bumped down to the second split of the Sprint Car.

Brett M. Waldrpep
August 17th, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Yeah, best result of the week would be best. Then you can do heaps of racing.

August 19th, 2012 at 10:15 am

The only option to go with isnt even on there, your best race ONLY, then people would race more and it would maybe get a few people who have left your service to come back. It is too bad those who have left didnt get the email either, should be worried about us too.

August 19th, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Please, be carefull, dont change all series in the first step. Try first with some and just in case the result be good, then implement in all others.

Luis Babboni
August 22nd, 2012 at 2:29 am

Wich % of the drivers take care of the points? The number with 8 weeks raced at the end of the season give us a good idea. How many did it?
Two examples:…. well, stats not woring 🙁 But Im pretty sure that is less than 20%. So I don´t spect that more than 20% more participation in the best case. Does this 20% justify be less fair with the sport spirit? I really dont think so.

Luis Babboni
August 22nd, 2012 at 2:35 am

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