Grove & Dean Motorsport Insurance launch National Driver Rankings

20th April 2017

Beginning for the 2017 season, Grove & Dean Motorsport Insurance have launched a scheme to rank drivers competing in national MSA approved championships- the first competition of its kind.

Drivers competing across the 70 plus MSA approved championships included will be ranked based on their qualifying and race performance. The driver’s fastest laps will be measured alongside their finish rate with penalties awarded to those who fail to reach the chequered flag. It is hoped that this measure of speed and consistency will enable the programme to find the strongest clubman driver in the country.

With the aim of the rankings being to: “raise the profile and promote the stars we have racing in the grass roots of our great sport”, end of season prizes will be rewarded to the drivers who perform the best. The rankings will be continually updated, rising and falling as the season progresses, with the eventual winner looking to land a test drive in either a prototype, GT or saloon car derivative (depending on the winning driver’s experience).

For each series the fastest lap times recorded in qualifying and the race will be rewarded with a 100% score. The rest of the competing field will be allocated a score depending on their deficit to the fastest time- a system instantly recognisable to anyone familiar with the 107% rule operating in Formula 1. At the end of a race weekend a driver will then be given an overall score.

For those that fail to complete a flying lap or a race, they will be allocated the 2nd slowest time set by a car competing in the same class.

To comply with the regulations, a driver must compete in at least 50% of all track sessions across their respective seasons. A season must have a minimum of 5 rounds in order for drivers to be eligible for the ranking system.

Using this scoring system means that drivers competing in different series or a driver competing in multiple championships can be directly compared to one another.

Andy Hancock, Director of Grove & Dean Motorsport said:

“With the National Driver Rankings we wanted to add a fun element to our already competitive world. Not only will every driver taking part receive a comparative national ranking – it might also motivate a few to improve their lap times and consistency!  It will be clear to see who the stars of future motor racing are once the season is underway, so don’t forget to keep checking back in to see where you and your teammates are ranking.”

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