Slovakia Ring 8H: Championship Points
Posted: 22nd May 2017
SERT Suzuki lead Yamaha GMT94 by one point in official FIM EWC standings – GMT94 lead SERT by 13 points in unofficial Race24 standings – Yamaha Viltaïs Experience win SuperStock FIM World Cup by one point – Hertrampf-Racing Ducati win SuperTwin Trophy
FIM EWC Official Championship
SERT Suzuki are still clinging onto their lead in the official FIM Endurance World Championship standings after the Slovakia Ring 8 Hour race, with Yamaha GMT94's win closing the gap to just one point. YART Yamaha have a mathematical chance of claiming the title with a win at the Suzuka 8 Hour season finale, sitting 27 points behind the leader.
Yamaha Viltaïs Experience have won the SuperStock FIM World Cup, finishing just one point ahead of Moto Ain CRT Yamaha and Tati Team Beajolais Kawasaki. Volepler NRT48 Schubert BMW were fourth, AM Moto Kawasaki fifth and No Limits Suzuki sixth. The top three teams were the only ones to score points in all four races.
Hertrampf-Racing Ducati have won the FIM SuperTwin Trophy, being the only team to score points in that class.
In the Race24 Trophy, which only awards points for the finishing positions in races rather than at intermediate points, GMT94 have strengthened their lead over SERT Suzuki to 13 points. With 30 points available to the winner at the Suzuka 8 Hour, YART Yamaha and Maco Moto Yamaha are now out of the running in third and fourth places.
SRC Kawasaki - 4th in the official standings – are now 5th in the Race24 Trophy, and Moto Ain CRT lead Viltaïs Experience rather than trailing them.
Click here for the totally unofficial Race24 Trophy standings
Why Are We Doing This?
The FIM Endurance World Championship points allocation for 24 hour races is far from simple, with additional bonus points awarded to teams based on their position in the race after 8 and 16 hours. Together with the additional points awarded for races with a duration of longer than 8 hours, this massively favours the French 24 Hour race over the other events in the championship, at Oschersleben, Slovakiaring and Suzuka.
The maximum points available to the winner of an 8 Hour race is 30. The winner of a 24 Hour race is awarded 40 points for finishing the race in first place, plus a potential further 10 points for leading after 8 hours and another potential 10 points for leading after 16 hours.
Win an 8 Hour, get 30 points.
Win a 24 hour, get 60 points.
Lead a 24 hour race briefly at 8 and 16 hours then fail to finish, get 20 points.
It will be interesting to see the effect these bonus points have on the overall championship, so we'll be calculating our own championship rankings based on the positions of those teams that finish without adding the bonus points. We're including both EWC and SST teams in the same list because fifth place is fifth place regardless of who finishes in front of you.
Words: Martin Gelder