Welcome to the RoCommunity for the Sunday Formula D League! Here you will find updates to the game and the League, along with snippets of information about what happens each week along with who’s winning and who need to get their car into gear!

Session 1: 31st January 2021

Track: Monaco
Players: 6
Number of Laps: 1
The Gearsmith: Holly Goodall
The Need for Speed: Chelsey Wright (who has asked that we declare how amazing she is…)

1st Place – 25 Points Awarded

Stephen

2nd Place – 18 Points Awarded

Jon

3rd Place – 15 Points Awarded

Big D

4th Place – 12 Points Awarded

Andy

5th Place – 10 Points Awarded

Svante

6th Place – 8 Points Awarded

Tom (‘Sploded)

Game Summary!

For the first ever Race in Formula RoC, we were unfortunate in having two drivers unable to attend – we hope that they can catch up from the awesome start of the other competitors.

After a bumpy start for many, the lap was led in the most part by Stephen a plucky young driver from Southampton with a penchant for giving his fellow drivers the bird. Our second place finisher, Jon, was often on the receiving end of these unfortunate hand gestures. A full investigation may well still be made.

A slow start for Big D was soon forgotten as he cleverly manoeuvred his way around the track, coming from the very back of the pack to finish at the podium. Big D’s place on the podium was almost filled by Tom, a driver of great promise, who just could not keep control of his car today, folks. Taking too many corners at high speeds, he flew off the track at the second to last corner and, well, ‘sploded. It was a sad day for many, but Tom is doing fine and is expected to be fighting fit in a new car for the next race.

The race for 4th and 5th place was just as enticing and intriguing! Andy and Svante battled it out in lower gears, with careful corners and not ‘sploding. They overtook each other so much it was hard to call the overall victor in this battle of wills, but this time Andy came out on top, with Svante clinching 5th place in his first ever race.

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Session 2: 7th February 2021

Track: Hockenheimring Baden-W├╝rttemberg
Players: 6
Number of Laps: 1
The Gearsmith: Holly Goodall
The Need for Speed: Chelsey Wright

1st Place – 25 Points Awarded

Stephen (50)

2nd Place – 18 Points Awarded

Big D (33)

3rd Place – 15 Points Awarded

Tom (23)

4th Place – 12 Points Awarded

Stick (12)

5th Place – 10 Points Awarded

Svante (20)

6th Place – 8 Points Awarded

Jon (‘Sploded) (26)

Andy could not compete this week, and remains on 12 points.

Game Summary!

This Sunday the drivers faced the Hockenheimring in a race that promised to be tense and full of action, action, action, and it did not disappoint.

The car needing the least repairs in Monaco last week started in poll position, and a great start put Svante a corner ahead before most of his competitors had crossed the starting line. Unfortunately, a poor second corner lost this excellent driver the lead and a slow race saw Svante cross the line in 5th position.

Missing from last week’s action due to illness, Stick took to her car for the first time in a League setting. She handled herself slowly and carefully, pacing herself well through the sharp corners of the Hockenheimring, but an oil spill on the track from a ‘sploded vehicle sent her swerving through the second to last corner. Despite finishing just off the podium, Stick looks good for a high placed start next week.

Someone who does not look good for a high place in the starting line up next week is Jon. Last week, this gutsy driver used his competitive edge to guide him to a well deserved second place, but this week Jon took on too much too fast and span off the track in a fireball with three turns to go. We wish him well in recovering the twisted ball of metal which used to be his car in preparation for next week’s race.

We do have to wonder if it might have been the combined efforts of Tom and Big D harrying Jon and consistently driving on his bumper which may have caused Jon’s careless crash. This aggressive driving style worked well for Big D, who finished in a respectable 2nd place and with most of his car’s engine intact. The same cannot be said for Tom, who managed to limp across the finish line with 3 wheels practically hanging off to finish third.

The League would like to congratulate Tom, however, on a podium finish, in what he has told us is the first time he has ever completed a race without ‘sploding.

Finally, our first place and recipient of another 25 points is the apparently indomitable Stephen who seemed to sail around the track effortlessly in a daring display of high gears and good rolls despite being unable to start his car when the flag went down and having a very poor start indeed.

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Session 3: 14th February 2021

Track: Monaco
Players: 7
Number of Laps: 2
The Gearsmith: Holly Goodall
The Need for Speed: Chelsey Wright

1st Place – 25 Points Awarded

Stephen (75)

2nd Place – 18 Points Awarded

Stick (30)

3rd Place – 15 Points Awarded

Andy (27)

4th Place – 12 Points Awarded

Svante (32)

5th Place – 10 Points Awarded

Big D (‘Sploded) (43)

6th Place – 8 Points Awarded

Tom (‘Sploded) (31)

7th Place – 6 Points Awarded

Jon (‘Sploded) (32)

Game Summary!
Svante dressed for the occasion!

Well, well, well, where do we begin with our Valentine’s game?! From triple ‘splosions, our first ever two lap race, and Svante doing the whole race from inside a car, we had a blast!

The race began well for many, with Svante, once again in poll due to the impeccable condition of his car, sweeping into the first condition and holding the lead well into the straight before an unlucky manoeuvre left him trailing going into the second corner. He kept up with the pack until the second straight, when another careful corner gave the others a lead from which Svante just could not recover. However, three other players blowing themselves up gave Svante a respectable 4th place finish, and a well timed pit stop means he will be starting in poll once again!

Andy started right at the back of this race and made his way steadily through the ranks to finish third, realising only late in the second lap that his car was on its last legs and limping across the line as one of only 4 players to finish the race. He kept up well with Tom and Jon and eventually took his first podium spot. A well timed mic issue caused hilarity over the drivers’ comms, and Andy wins himself Driver of the Day for making us all choke with laughter.

Stephen sailed his way to victory, narrowly missing out to Big D and Jon on several occasion, but a series of lucky corners and excellently timed gear changes gives Stephen his third win. Lucky he’s not playing for prizes really!

The real competition of the day took place between Tom, Jon and Big D. Together, they formed a tight pack, harrying each other, occasionally colliding and all desperate to take victory over Stephen. Jon didn’t make it through the first lap, his car so burnt out it remained on the track as a warning to other players, and because Jon wanted his burnt out wreck to cause the most hassle possible for anyone still attempting to play the game!

Tom managed to make it into the second lap but, determined not to pit and lose points, he carried on with a car that wasn’t fit for racing and only made it half way around the track when he too, ‘sploded, leaving his burning car in the middle of a corner.

Big D managed to avoid burning his car out until the second to last corner of the second lap. Determined to beat Stephen, or at least catch him up, D put a little too much strain on his engine and ‘sploded next to Jon. Between them, their cars blocked two lanes, making the final corner incredibly difficult for the remaining players – no love lost here on this Valentine’s race. Big D does, however, remain in second place in the League overall (behind Stephen), and is certainly tactically savvy enough to continue his domination of the other players. Especially if they keep ‘sploding on purpose.

Well done folks!

We are terribly excited to be able to say that the League will have two new options for racing for next Sunday’s game, so we’ll see you there!

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Session 4: 21st February 2021

Track: Baltimore
Players: 6
Number of Laps: 1
The Gearsmith: Holly Goodall
The Need for Speed: Chelsey Wright

1st Place – 25 Points Awarded

Dan (68)

2nd Place – 18 Points Awarded

Stephen (93)

3rd Place – 15 Points Awarded

Stick (45)

4th Place – 12 Points Awarded

Svante (44)

5th Place – 10 Points Awarded

Jon (‘Sploded) (42)

6th Place – 8 Points Awarded

Tom (‘Sploded) (39)

Andy could not compete this week, and remains on 27 points.

Game Summary!

The drivers chose their own track this week from four new speedways. Baltimore was the outright winner, and the drivers were ready and revving their engines long before the start time of 1pm. Good golly, it was a close one until the end!

Once again, Svante took poll. Lex Luthor’s chauffeur pulled the stately limousine up to the starting line and set off at pace once again. It was all to play for through the first three turns of this new track, and Svante held his own beautifully, with some lucky corners keeping him up with the pack. We can only imagine that Svante was asked to slow down by Mr. Luthor himself, as through one turn he pulled up sharp, finishing the race without taking any further risks and earning himself 12 points.

Jon had a fair start, but took a long time getting to out of the starting grid and into the first turn. It looked at first as though this reckless young driver was finally attempting to consider the race from a tactical perspective, and the whole team here were very impressed. However, it soon transpired that Jon became bored with his own tactical plan, or it may just have been frustration at trailing the pack coming into the last two turns, and took matters into his own hands. His engine couldn’t handle the impact and ‘sploded, again, leaving his burning car on the approach to the penultimate corner.

Tom, again, was another casualty. He stayed in the race for a long time, just trailing the lead three, and occasionally getting out in front and leading the pack. A daring plan involving careful lane management and high gears appeared to suffer from the actions of the other drivers, and Tom’s car was the first casualty of the race. He spent the remainder encouraging the other drivers to act in a similarly reckless fashion which, now we come to think about it, may be why Jon went on to ‘splode just a few bends later.

The most exciting race of the day was the battle for the podium between Stephen, Stick and Dan. All three started well, and followed each other through turn after turn. Early on, it looked as though Stick would be the runaway victor as she sped past her competitors in impossibly high gears. A stroke of luck for Stephen, however, meant that he managed to catch up and overtake Stick at the halfway point, and managed to keep that lead for a good few bends.

Dan started in the last spot in the grid, and it was clear from the beginning that his tactical knowledge was going to serve him well in this new environment. He came from the back of the pack where he trailed the others for some time, often having his plans thwarted by other players blocking sections of the track as they took corners together. However, in a mesmerising turn of events, Dan took the lead heading up to the finish line and just managed to nose ahead of Stephen for his very first win! Congratulations, Dan!

Stephen came in second, maintaining his reputation as an excellent driver and all round competitor, with Stick securing third, and her second podium place in as many weeks.

We are planning on at least three more races, so it is still all to play for!

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Session 5: 28th February 2021

Track: Buddh
Players: 6
Number of Laps: 1
The Gearsmith: Holly Goodall
The Need for Speed: Chelsey Wright

1st Place – 25 Points Awarded

Stephen (118)

2nd Place – 18 Points Awarded

Stick (63)

3rd Place – 15 Points Awarded

Jon (57)

4th Place – 12 Points Awarded

Andy (39)

5th Place – 10 Points Awarded

Svante (54)

6th Place – 8 Points Awarded

Tom (‘Sploded) (47)

Big D could not compete this week, and remains on 68 points.

Game Summary!

Our drivers were once again ready and raring to go this week, and the track at Buddh gave no trouble for the feisty fellows! They whipped around the track in under an hour, leaving plenty of time to watch Sunday afternoon football! That wasn’t the intention, mind you, the track is just much speedier than your race organiser was expecting!

Once again, we saw Svante start in poll position, followed closely by Stephen and Stick. A small tussle broke out between Jon and Tom who both ‘sploded in the last race, over who would take fourth, and Andy brought up the rear as he was unable to compete last week.

The whole team missed Big D today who, due to work commitments, was unable to race.

Excellent starts from many of the team saw them crossing the starting line in a blaze of glory. Stephen soon led the rest of the intrepid drivers going into the long straight at the end of turn 2 when he let his co-driver Bill take control of the wheel so he could annoy the rest of the drivers more effectively. Some excellent skills from this young driver who we’ve never seen before on a Formula D circuit gave Stephen & Bill the edge and they narrowly crossed the finish line in first place once again!

We say narrowly because of one other competitor. Stick has really come into her own in the last three races and today saw her take another podium spot. She was doggedly determined to place first today and you could see it in her tactical driving and excellent use of space. She nearly had Stephen pinned to rights going into the final two turns but, determined to finish and not go ‘splode, she tried her best to take her turns safely, which may have cost her the win.

We have a HUGE surprise for you in third. So surprising we can barely believe it, and we saw it happen! Jon. Came. Third. That’s right, folks, you read it here first! Jon, the ‘splodinator, finished a race with tyre wear to spare. He trailed the pack in places, but some nifty acceleration and a good use of gear changes saw him get right back into the race and finish in a podium spot for the first time since Session 1. You go, Jon!

Someone who didn’t quite make a podium spot, again, was Tom, who seems determined to ‘splode in every race just to cause as much chaos as possible. An utter refusal to change gears put Tom in a situation where any manoeuvre he could pull off would punish his car to the point of ‘splosion. So, in true Tom fashion, he went out in as much fiery death as possible. In sixth gear, through two turns. It was impressive.

Taking fourth today, and narrowly missing out on a podium spot was Andy, who seems to have dislodged whatever was stuck under his accelerator! He zipped and nipped through turns, with some very lucky cornering, which left him zooming through across the finish line in a very respectable fourth place.

Svante, who started once again in poll position, really put the limo through its paces today, and made it through half of the race before becoming mindful of the car he was driving once again. He may have trailed behind the others, but this slow and consistent approach to races is really racking up the points in the background, so a couple of reckless races in a borrowed car might well see Svante back up with a chance of placing high in the League overall!

That’s all from us today folks, look out for next week when we’ll be in Austin, Texas, for what promises to be the race of a lifetime!

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Session 6: 21st March 2021

Track: Austin
Players: 5
Number of Laps: 1
The Gearsmith: Holly Goodall
The Need for Speed: Holly Goodall

1st Place – 25 Points Awarded

Stephen (143)

2nd Place – 18 Points Awarded

Stick (81)

3rd Place – 15 Points Awarded

Big D (83)

4th Place – 12 Points Awarded

Svante (66)

5th Place – 10 Points Awarded

Tom (57)

6th Place – 8 Points Awarded

Andy and Jon could not compete this week, and remain on 39 and 57 points respectively.

Game Summary!

After a two week break from the track, five of our competitors returned, champing at the bit for some fun and frolics. We started in Austin today, on a track that very much confused Holly because it went anti-clockwise, and all the others have been clockwise.

Anywho…

Svante once again started in poll position, and stayed close to the leaders through the first two thirds of the race. His driving style was uncharacteristically aggressive and forthright, but that may have had something to do with the change in his car. No longer sporting Lex Luthor’s Limousine, Svante arrived at the track in a custom built, purple and green pearlescent L-Machine 3W.

What on earth is an L-Machine 3W, I hear you cry. It’s essentially a Reliant Robin, and apparently it corners far better than a limousine. Svante looked as though he was well on for a podium finish, but a tricky corner set him back and allowed the other drivers to pull ahead. A cheeky pit stop before crossing the line sees Svante in a good position for poll at the start of the next race.

Stick and Stephen both started well, and tailed each other through every corner, with Stick nudging ahead going into the final bends. An excellent final corner for Stephen gave him the chance to get into a change up faster and finish the race in 6th gear with another win under his belt. Stick followed him across the line in a very respectable 2nd after a great race.

Big D had an okay start, but a few bad luck corners saw him trailing the pack quite early on. A few bold moves, accompanied by screeching rubber and a lot of swerving through corners were all he needed to pull ahead of Svante and finish in third.

It probably helped that Tom went ‘splode in the last corner. That was a shame after an excellent race from Tom, but it does appear to have become a habit that is hard to break.

Overall, a very close race with some excellent, high calibre driving, so congratulations to everyone who crossed the line, and even to those who didn’t!

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Session 7: 28th March 2021 – THE FINALE!

Track: Nevada
Players: 6
Number of Laps: 1
The Gearsmith: Holly Goodall
The Need for Speed: Holy Goodall

1st Place – 25 Points Awarded

Stephen (168)

2nd Place – 18 Points Awarded

Stick (99)

3rd Place – 15 Points Awarded

Big D (98)

4th Place – 12 Points Awarded

Andy (51)

5th Place – 10 Points Awarded

Svante (76)

6th Place – 8 Points Awarded

Jon (‘Sploded) (65)

Tom did not compete in our finale and remains on 57 points overall.

Game Summary!

WHAT A FINALE! We are so happy to have finished our League in a very positive and amazing way! We ran in the deserts of Nevada this weekend, with 6 competitors thrashing it out for first place.

Stephen started well, and continued in his tradition of winning claiming his 6th first place in 7 races. He came out of all his turns well, and fast, and made it really hard for anyone to catch him up at all. Being in charge of RoC, Stephen wasn’t eligible to claim the trophy. He did, however, stand atop the podium and bow to the crowd!

Our real battle was between Big D and Stick, who were in the running to win the League Prize. A good start for Stick and some very lucky corners saw her out in front for much of the race, although her engine did take a bit of a strain. Well, everyone’s did if we’re honest. It was a tense race, but Big D just couldn’t catch Stick through the last turns and she crossed the line soon after Stephen to come second in the League overall. She is however, a member of the Core Team and sponsored by RoC, so she also wasn’t willing to claim the Big Prize (Grand Prix, geddit?!)

Big D crossed the line in third place after an excellent, and occasionally reckless, race to finish third overall and scoop up the big prize!! D chose a Charterstone Recharge pack as his prize, and we are looking forward to seeing it arrive and pictures of it hitting the table! Andy and Big D had a close race to the finish line after a speedy race from the usually sedate Andy. They were together until the last corner, where Andy just couldn’t cross the line in time and Big D took the last of the podium positions.

Svante once again started in poll position and was a leader in the group after a fantastic start but, having been allowed to drive the limousine once again, he took a lot of turns quite carefully and saw the other competitors zoom past in their haste to be victorious. One of these competitors was Jon, who eventually put his car in such a position that any movement at all would have caused him to ‘splode. As ever, Jon went out in style in 6th gear, trying to take as many other competitors as he could with him. He didn’t manage that, but he did make quite a nice fiery corpse.

We are so grateful to everyone who took the time to come and play with us, or just watch and listen along as we capered around various tracks. We have really enjoyed spending time with all of you, and we are looking forward to running another!

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Final Scores!

Track: Nevada
Players: 6
Number of Laps: 1
The Gearsmith: Holly Goodall
The Need for Speed: Holly Goodall

1st Place – 168 Points!

Stephen

2nd Place – 99 Points

Stick

3rd Place – 98 Points

Big D

4th Place – 76 Points

Svante

5th Place – 65 Points

Jon

6th Place – 57 Points

Tom

7th Place – 51 Points

Andy

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