Season Review Class A 2018-2
Marc Melcher has started as a big favorite in the second season in 2018 and could win in the first half directly 75% of his race and collected so by the half of the season a lead of 40 points. The championship seemed to be close enough to touch, but two missed races threw him back strong. With a victory in Martinsville, the relationship seemed to be right again, as were the two second places after a good step towards the title. From the 15th race in Homestead, however, came the big setback, with which no one had expected. Not only the 22nd rank from Miami, but also in the following race also the 16th place represented a good 30 points loss dar. Since Marc missed the last two races also, the fair was read for him downright. In the end, despite seven wins and pole and twelve Top10 results in 14 races, only third place went 57 points behind.
Gabriel Stöhr, however, went very bumpy into the season. Despite a good fourth place at the season opener, he was missing directly in the second race and had to gradually work his way up the rankings. He remained very consistent in the next 16 races and only missed the Top10 in Las Vegas. At the same time he was eleven times in the Top5 and started his recovery directly with the first of three victories in the championship. With seven Top5 results, he was also so constant on the road, like no other, so that he was finally third with 31 points behind third in the standings.
Kevin Adam was Marc's long-running rival and the second favorite for the title this season. While he had to settle for second place in the first half, the hoped-for knot had finally burst with the eighth race in Charlotte and Marc was beaten on the track. Although only two wins should follow, but with nine Top5 races in a row he could even beat Gabriel. The reward was the successful and deserved title defense in the Class A. With the three wins and 15 Top5 he was also able to increase his statistics of 2018-1.
Although Robert Schweda recorded four victories, his season consisted of a constant change of highs and lows. He finished fourth ahead of Daniel Adam. The latter did not have the best start to the season, but could start with a series of ten Top10 races starting just before the half of the championship, and thus placed on P5 of the standings. But at the same time Daniel also won the Fair Play Award by being close to the maximum in his 17 races with 2,900 laps and not having to pay any debts. The Top5 in the championship is even more deserved.
Salva Lopez was eleventh in the championship, but could secure the Rookie of the Season Award. Although the fifth place of the second race of the season in Bristol his best result, but he was very regularly among the first 15 drivers to find and at the same time could almost keep a clean slate. Only with his last start in Pocono he caused an accident. Salva has thus created a very solid base and should be due to its clean driving a candidate for the Top10.
Rising Star Motorsports took the title in the team standings and was able to draw with the twelfth title in the league with HLR as the most successful team. Attention, spoiler: RSM also secured the title in Class C and is about to win in Class B. Since HLR only has the Class D title, RSM could become the most successful team through Class B today.
In Class A X-treme Motorsports was second with 82 points behind, only one counter behind positioned SDC Motorsports.
A total of 46 have competed for 22 different teams this season and have covered 3102 laps or 4179 miles in 18 races. Of these, only 374 laps were spent in 91 Caution, which means an average of 5 cents per race. In contrast, the lead 153 times, or an average of 8.5 times per race between 4.6 drivers changed.
While five new riders joined in the second half of the season, there were an average of over 25 riders per race. Although it is normal that at the end of a season, especially at 18 season races, fewer drivers are encountered, but in the Class A, the average has reduced by only 3 drivers compared to the first half of the season. As there are still riders on the 17th place, who have participated in all races, it shows how constant the series is. This gives hope for further good seasons, in which the connection of the drivers and the quality of the races ensures pleasantly full fields. And you should not forget how exciting and uncertain the outcome of the championship was until the last race.