Going to America, final preparations

August saw us enter our final month in England for the time being. I celebrated my birthday early by watching Dark Knight Rises on the Science Museum iMax in July and therefore didn’t do a lot to celebrate the day. The following weekend, however, we had most of our friends and English family to our bungalow for karting and a barbeque, both of these were fantastic and I think served well to send us off.

The following weekend Tamara invited us and our Canterbury friends around her house for dinner. It was a lovely way to send Beth off with her flight the following day and we stayed late. it was off to Heathrow the following morning. We had planned that Beth would be flying out three weeks ahead of me so that I could tie up some loose ends. It was an emotional farewell and I decided to head to Horsham to see my parents afterward before returning to Canterbury late for my final two steward duties the day after.

My penultimate week of work came and went and I was soon on the train to Sheffield for Britbowl XXVI which was better in every respect than the year before. I will likely write about that later though, suffice to say it was epic.

The last week of August had an odd feel to it as I have never left a company after working there full time for three years. It was nice to feel appreciated and like I would be missed, hopefully for more than just my IT knowledge. It was also fun being taken to the pub twice during my final week. I was unable to fully cut ties on the Friday evening, however, as removing my personal data from my work pc took longer than expected, eventually I threw in the towel and took it home with me to finish off.

That weekend, my final one in the UK until 2013, I had my parents down and took my Mother to see Paralympic goalball at the Olympic park. Once the first goal had been scored the excitement built as we started to understand the nuances of the sport. It was also great to see our friend Michael Sharkey competing for England. He played like a captain should in an enjoyable tie game. We had lunch with Cathy, Nick, Nicola and Louise and then headed back to Canterbury for an epic Picturehouse burger. I would like to thank my Father for dismantling furniture and generally preparing me a little better for the arrival of the storage company later on that week.

On the Monday I closed off ties with my job by taking my PC back to the office and looked for a couple more quotes for our car. With none better than the £1200 offered to me by We buy an car I decided to take up my grandparents offer of storing it on their driveway. Wednesday was moving day. The storage company Jordan and Jarretts had a remit to pack everything themselves and they did a great job. They managed to get all of our belongings into two storage containers and it was a tight squeeze with no empty space at all. My parents were then pleased to find out that they did not have to come and get me but that I could in fact fit everything I needed in my little car. The only downside on the day was being told I should have done a better job cleaning by the landlords but I had half an hour after the storage company left so I didn’t do too badly.

I arrived in Horsham and chilled out for a couple of days after three hectic weeks. It was nice that I got a chance to say goodbye to my friends and family in August but during that whole period I just wanted my flight to come around. After four months of preparation I was ready to get over there.

Games of 2011

I feel like I missed out, the biggest two games Skyrim and Skyward Sword I have yet to play. In fact I only played 9 games that came out in 2011.

5. Dirt 3 – Xbox 360
Dirt 3 removed the few bad parts of Dirt 2 and introduced some great tracks and racing. The return of split screen gaming was fantastic and the multiplayer added a lot of value. Its just a shame they had to shoe horn in gymkhana nonsense.

4. F1 2011 – Xbox 360
This years game may be slightly buggy but this is a much more playable game than the first one and is actually enjoyable to play with friends. As above Codemasters saw the sense and added split screen multiplayer.

3. Batman Arkham City – Xbox 360
The first Arkham game was fantastic, I loved everything about it. The new game was very good but still felt disappointing. The new environment was not generally as good and the boss battles were not so strong. It was still a great game though.

2. Dark Souls – Xbox 360
I will be honest, I am not a long way through this tricky game but I can tell that it is fantastic and despite being very hard I have had fun with it so far.

1. Portal 2 – Xbox 360
A great game, the story is great and the gameplay is still very very enjoyable. It is rare for a game to make you laugh but this has humour in spades. Valve does it again.

Film of the year 2011

Last year I complained about the quality of the films released. This year I had no such issue and the films I saw were all largely superb. I got away with seeing just one 3d movie this year but although it was largely redundant it actually worked well in tintin and the experience was not poorer for it. I guess that is testament to what Spielberg can do. Below are the Canterbury Littles’ top 10s for 2011.

Beth:
10. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
9. Senna
8. Source Code
7. Cars 2
6. Harry Potter
5. Horrible Bosses
4. Attack the Block
3. Sherlock Holmes
2. Bridesmaids
1. King’s Speech

Jonathan:

10. source code
9. horrible bosses
8. attack the block
7. Sherlock holmes
6. tinker tailor soldier spy
5. King’s Speech
4. Senna
3. bridesmaids
2. tintin

And at number 1:

1. Mission impossible: Ghost Protocol
It may be big and noisy as well as everything a film graduate should hate but I don’t care about any of that. I want to watch a film and have fun and Mission Impossible 4 was the film I had the most fun watching.

That logic is also what sees Tintin at number 2 and Bridesmaids at three. From there we have three of the films that have/should have critical acclaim, Senna was a good portrayal of a great racer while Kings Speech has already cleaned up an awards season.

Bring on 2012 with Batman and Bilbo!

Sporting events of 2011

After declaring 2010 too bad for sport and thus palming off this list to me my father has returned to give judgement on 2011.

Top 5 sportsmen of 2011
Drew Brees for breaking Dan Marino’s yardage record.
Jenson Button for coming ahead of everyone except Sebastian Vettel
Dai Greene for winning the world 400m Hurdles and for being Welsh
Nathan Cleverly for being Britain’s only remaining boxing World Champion (and for being Welsh)
Mark Cavendish for winning Sports Personality

Losers of the Year
Carlos Tevez – Perhaps it was too cold to play?
The three Pakistan cricketers convicted of match fixing.
Mike Tindall – He would have been put in the Tower 400 years ago.
Alain Rolland – For sending off Sam Warburton against France. I know he’s Irish but he sure sounds French.
Amir Khan – for losing when a Super-Fight was on the horizon.

Teams of the Years
AFC Wimbledon – well the first half of the year anyway.
Wales Rugby team – for being better than England.
England Cricket – for being better than everyone (in Test Cricket anyway).
Barcelona – for thrashing Man Utd in the Champions League Final
Oakland Raiders – well why not?

Special Mile High Messiah Award
Tim Tebow – no he’s not he’s just a naughty boy!

Note that there are no women listed, well its not really sport is it?

Trefor Little

2011 Championship – Round 2 Surbiton

We like Surbiton. We headed there in March for the first time and went back on a lovely August day. Possible rain thankfully held off just for us with precipitation within a couple of miles. Track conditions were perfect and after we had calmed Cathy’s nerves we were ready to go. We went with a semi reverse grid again and therefore lined up like this:
1. Beth Little
2. Beverley Little
3. Ceri Almrott
4. Cathy Leopold
5. Trefor Little
6. Thomas McCorkell
7. Patrick Hill
8. Jonathan Little

The rolling start went better than it did in May. This time though we had the pack split in two with Beth, Bev and Ceri pulling away in the front. When the safety kart pulled in we all passed Cathy and Thomas fell back as well. By this time Beth started to get a lead as Beverley and Ceri learned the track. Then the front positions changed quickly with Beverley heading down the pack and an incident involving a backmarker sent Ceri slowly through the pitlane to avoid the accident. This allowed Jonathan past and into second but a previous spin stopped Patrick from following through. Jonathan set off after Beth, realising he was not in the lead yet. It took a good ten more laps to catch her, she was flying in the lead for the first time. The pass came after a couple more laps following an strong run onto the straight giving more speed that Beth’s line.

Eventually Ceri got close to Jonathan’s pace and that inevitably eventually gave him second with a pass on Beth. Jonathan meanwhile set the fastest lap having eventually worked out that the whole track can be taken completely flat and was happy going off into the distance.

laps off first fastest
1 Jonathan 59 25.987
2 Ceri 58 +26 secs 26.334
3 Beth 57 +1 lap 27.55
4 Patrick 57 +2 lap 27.482
5 Trefor 55 +4 lap 28.557
6 Beverley 55 +4 lap 28.383
7 Thomas 53 +6 lap 29.339
8 Cathy 51 +8 lap 29.23

Unfortunately I don’t know much about everyone else’s races, if something exciting happened to you then let me know.

I did take a video but surbiton does not seem conducive to my filming thanks to the high speed bumpy nature of the track it keeps getting bumped down my helmet. I figure its just best not to bother giving reader sea-sickness.

Wii Frustrations

The Nintendo Wii in March became just the second system ever to die on me. The first death was entirely my fault as I tried to escape GCSE revision to play PS2 games. Having had the power lead confiscated I decided to plug the power lead from my printer into it. It fitted, what could possibly go wrong? Well it fried the PS2 and surprisingly I still passed my science GCSE despite forgetting about amps, volts and wattage.

The Wii, however, died likely from age. It suffered from a problem faced by many a disc spinner with either its laser giving out or it losing the will to spin wii discs. It still played gamecube games just fine but thats not helpful when you are enjoying De Blob 2. I was annoyed but the Xbox gets most of the play time these days and it was after all a launch console. A replacement was needed though.

Having decided that the prices for a new console were just too high I started looking at the used ones available. Of course if the price cut by Nintendo dropping the price to £100 had happened a couple of weeks earlier I may have thought differently. Game had a pretty good deal whereby you get a used wii for £70 with a controller. With this as my benchmark I hit avforums and ebay to see if I could better that. After a couple of days searching I bid on an ebay Wii which came with the console, two wiimotes and two nunchuks along with two games in Resident Evil: Darkside Chronicles (going for £10 on amazon used) and New Super Mario Bros. I
figured that this at marginally less price than the game offer was a great deal and so bid on it and managed to pick it up.

On the payment screen I noticed that the address was wrong (ie old address) and so I clicked change and gave my new address. I then repeated the payment process with the new address and thought nothing of it. 5 days later I was getting a little worried as there was still no sign of my lovely new console. I emailed the seller and he quickly got back to me with a tracking number. Turns out the package spent three days in Cornwall where he is before heading north and eventually finding its way to Kent on Wednesday night.

On Thursday afternoon I checked the site again and found that delivery had allegedly been refused. I then went, checked again and saw that Ebay had given the old address despite my changing it. I called Interparcel who were handling the delivery and changed the address. They said I would get it tomorrow. Friday came around and again I had a negative answer "courier could not gain access to property". I figured fair enough as Beth was out. I called the Interparcel who told me that HDNL were delivering my parcel for me. I asked them to tell them I wanted to collect the parcel from their depot. Interparcel then told me that HDNL do not allow pickups.

Deciding that this was a load of rubbish I told the lady that they did and it was mentioned when I phoned yesterday that it was possible to do so. The lady changed her mind and said it was fine and HDNL would call me. I have had experiences with HDNL before and none of them have been positive. Amazingly though HDNL did actually call me that evening and gave me their address and opening hours.

The next day (Saturday) I headed off to pick up my parcel at 9am. On receiving it I found that the request for a change of address had not been done on my Thursday afternoon call so the Friday attempt had gone back to my old address again. This led to more cursing about HDNL and now Interparcel. Still at least I had it now and it only took 6 days for it to get from Cornwall into my arms… or 10 since my original order.

On getting home I was eager to open the box and get set up. I did not realise that I was about to get my second round of frustrations. These I shall number:

1) You cannot copy Wiiware or Virtual Console games between consoles. This to me is maddening. I have spent at least £60 on game purchases from the Wii shop channel and now they are not allowing me to move them. Sure DRM makes sense on consoles but this is ridiculous. On my Xbox360 my purchases are tied to my online account so if I move my profile I get access to my games. Why is this so hard for Nintendo? Now I have to keep my old wii around and plug it in every time I fancy playing one of my downloaded games.

2) Copying game saves to an SD card takes time and is a pain in the backside. It needs to be done one by one and then even more annoyingly Super Smash Bros Brawl saves cannot be copied. No reason is displayed it just saves 'save cannot be copied'. FU Nintendo I want my Smash Bros save. The reason apparently is because it has online functionality. I think anyone who has tried the Smash Bros online functionality would dispute that and why should that make a difference (except Nintendo have screwed everything up with friend codes).

3) Copying games from an SD card is even more time consuming and tedious. To copy a game from an SD card the console needs to have seen the game before. This meant a process of putting game disc in, entering the menu, going to the sd card, copying, restarting the wii, removing the disc, repeat 15 times till all games are done. Is save game piracy really something Nintendo needed to plan against?

This all smacks of a company either thinking their hardware is unbreakable or sticking two fingers up to their customers. The experience will certainly make me think twice before even considering a future purchase of a nintendo system, though the 6 month periods with no games and poor online functionality had already made me wonder.

Other companies that don't come out blameless then are ebay for letting me change the address and then not bothering to recognise it (though I accept I should have checked the receipt after the payment went through). Interparcel and HDNL also get the naughty stick for conspiring to make sure I didn't get my package in a timely fashion by ignoring the change of address request I put through and then also lying to me about the possibility of my collecting the package from the depot.

Now that this rant is off my chest I can look at the positives, the wii is here, I have put the wii shop out of view and am not hooking the wii up to my network. I have my save games and miis and I can now play wii games. Overall I still think I got a better deal than if I had gone through game but it came with a lot of frustration.

It also leaves me with the following controversial statement – man I wish Royal Mail handled all deliveries in this country (and never striked)…

karting – Surbiton Raceway

Karting for Beth and I started outdoors at Easter in 2009 on a lovely rainy track near Elveden. It helped me fall in love with karting and since then I have been 8 times. After a lot of time spent at Crawley’s teamsport track I wanted to return to an outdoor track and after the teamsport London Bridge track proved too pricey I got my chance.

Surbiton Raceway is a speedy track out in South London and we had originally hoped to go at the end of February but the joys of moving house meant that I ended up running out of time. We reorganised for the 19th March so here is my race review…

A reverse grid featuring nine drivers set up the 30 minute iron man race at Surbiton Raceway in late March. The grid was based on last year’s title positions with the lowest scoring drivers last year starting first followed by the newcomers in the order they agreed to race and finally the top scorers in reverse order.

The grid was therefore as follows:
1. Sarah Penberthy
2. Beth Little
3. Kerrie Morgan
4. David Witt
5. Louise Hyde
6. Trefor Little
7. Patrick Hill
8. Helen Little
9. Jonathan Little

The drivers were led out of the pits by the pace kart for three warm up laps. The first lap was at a slow pace but then the pace kart sped up and the leaders did not follow its pace. After the pace kart laps confusion meant that little passing initially took place, the back four overtook Louise and on lap 2 David Witt passed those ahead of him for the lead. Jonathan meanwhile scythed through the field seemingly catching everyone else by surprise, by the end of the second lap he had moved from 9th to second and set about chasing down Dave. Jonathan made a move out of the fast chicane at the top of the circuit and took the lead. Jonathan coming through set the ball rolling for those behind and it was not long before the field had effectively reversed.

By the end of lap 6 Jonathan had built up a healthy lead and was catching backmarkers, Patrick Hill had worked his way up to second with Helen Little third after an early spin cost her a place to Patrick. On lap 15 Jonathan caught his father and slowed to pick his moment, he waited a bit too long, after two laps he checked behind himself and saw Patrick right behind him, Jonathan scared himself and hit a hole at the side of the track which got him sideways at almost top speed, he managed to catch the car but it was nearly a big shunt. He was certainly rattled but got back onto the back of Trefor by the end of the lap. The next lap into the chicane at the end of the lap Jonathan was right behind his Father but tapped the accelerator while braking causing the car to lose traction and the back to come out, this caught Patrick out and he couldn’t avoid tapping Jonathan. This sent Jonathan a bit further out but he managed to again catch the kart. Patrick though took the lead and quickly passed Trefor to lap him.


Paddy led for a number of laps near the start of the race

Jonathan quickly got past his Father then set after Patrick. Three laps later after a run down the inside on the long straight he was past. Patrick kept it quite close behind Jonathan until they caught Helen Little to lap her many laps later, Jonathan got through after a couple of laps, Patrick didn’t. In fact he never managed to pass Helen and Jonathan pulled away. In the closing stages David Witt caught Louise to pass her, Louise spun off and Dave had nowhere to go with Louise spinning at high speed in front of him he went hard on the brakes and spun off but avoided major contact with Louise and lost a position to Beth Little. Patrick also struggled at this stage of the race with a spin while still chasing Helen. Five laps from the end Jonathan caught his wife and was not about to find a way past. By the end Helen Little was right behind him but having been lapped she was not a worry. It just showed that come the end of the race had he not spun Patrick would have been very close to the lead.


Paddy’s chance of a win was scuppered when Jonathan lapped Helen and he did not

The finishing positions were as follows (driver – laps – best lap – change):
1. Jonathan Little – 57 – 27.091 – up 8
2. Patrick Hill – 57 (+8.76 secs) – 28.151 – up 5
3. Helen Little – 56 – 28.772 – up 5
4. Trefor Little – 55 – 30.062 – up 2
5. Beth Little – 54 – 29.070 – down 3
6. David Witt – 54 – 28.998 – down 2
7. Kerrie Morgan – 53 – 30.711 – down 4
8. Sarah Penberthy – 53 – 30.471 – down 7
9. Louise Hyde – 51 – 30.227 – down 4

There were championship points associated with the event so this year’s championship is as follows after 1 round:
1. Jonathan Little – 15
2. Patrick Hill – 12
3. Helen Little – 10
4. Trefor Little – 8
5. Beth Little – 6
6. David Witt – 5
7. Kerrie Morgan – 4
8. Sarah Penberthy – 3
9. Louise Hyde – 2

Here is my video add-on:
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This time I got it lined up correctly but managed to film for half an hour before starting and then either screwed up the saving at the end of the film (thus losing all but this lap) or ran out of space (also my fault)… its progress I guess.

Finally a big thank you to David Ting who happily came along and took photos for us!

Karting 3: Report

The final race of the 2010 season was won by Jonathan Little thanks to a fast couple of opening laps. The final result was close and all day long there were four drivers who could have won the race and unsurprisingly they were the four up for the title.

The event was held on the track used for the event in May. This meant that the majority of the drivers were learning on the job during the first session. The grid ended up largely biased towards those who attended in May. It was Jonathan Little who came out on top by four tenths. Second to fifth were then split by just 0.5 seconds making it a little bit of a lottery as to who came out on top. Craig King who was fastest at this circuit in May managed to edge out Felicity Kensett in the session to take second. Helen Little kept Felicity honest just 0.03 behind her friend, those two have been on a similar pace and it showed again here today. They were shadowed by Steve Franklin who has certainly improved since his first run in August and looks close to joining the leading group. Beth Little followed him in 6th and Trefor Little bucked his trend of qualifying last on the grid by getting himself 7th. He was followed by Thomas McCorkell who impressed and Patrick Hill who didn’t but unlike Thomas he was learning the track. Beverley Little, Ceri Almrott and Sarah Penberthy rounded out the grid. The prize for most difficulty in qualifying went to Ceri who had trouble keeping it in the right direction at the top hairpin and ended the session in the wall by the start/finish line. The grid pretty well matched expectations based on experience and ability but with the top four in the title in the first four places it was set up well for a shootout in the race.

The grid was therefore as follows:

Qualifying best name time off first
1 Jonathan 29.83
2 Craig 30.21 +0.38
3 Flick 30.42 +0.59
4 Helen 30.45 +0.62
5 Steve 30.7 +0.87
6 Beth 30.98 +1.15
7 Trefor 31.28 +1.45
8 Tom 31.92 +2.09
9 Paddy 32.04 +2.21
10 Beverley 32.53 +2.7
11 Ceri 32.94 +3.11
12 Sarah 33.26 +3.43

It turned out that possibly the biggest moment in the title race and the race for victory came as the field left the pits. On heading up the hill to the grid Jonathan Little slowed to talk to Craig King regarding starting procedure. He slowed too much and could not make it to the top of the hill. Forcing him to lift off the throttle and roll back to the base of the hill. By the time he reached the grid he had gotten back into second. The stewards lined up Craig and Jonathan in the order they arrived, both pointed out that the grid was backwards. Eventually it was switched around but the pole position line was moved forward, practically on the apex of turn 1. This guaranteed Jonathan would make the first corner first.

As the race started the revised pole positioning further disadvantaged Craig, it put him on the outside as Felicity Kensett made a dive up the inside into the corner, he was defenceless against the pass and she went through with Helen Little following soon after. Craig the championship favourite was down to fourth and his biggest rival Jonathan was first, it could not have been a worse first lap for him from that perspective.

The tradition of contact at the start continued further down the grid as Trefor Little braked too late in a move on Beth Little. Beth was given a big shunt off the track and she fell back into last place. Trefor fearing a black flag and wanting to gift the place back also lost places from which he would never recover. From the back Sarah initially gained two places as Beth and Ceri fell behind her at the start but by lap 4 she was behind them again. While she remained in that position for the rest of the race her average lap times dropped from 35 seconds to 34 seconds by the end of the race showing that a lack of experience was behind her pace and that given time she was improving. Ceri the other rookie was having similar difficulties and never broke out of 11th. Those who have been 2-3 times now seem to have a clear advantage over newbies.

As the race settled down Jonathan was able to maintain a short lead over Flick and Helen of around two seconds which was comfortable enough. Craig meanwhile was unable to get close enough to the pair to fight for second and the championship slipped away from him. Therefore the best action on the track was between the two girls for second. On lap 10 Helen got the better of Flick out of a yellow flag period and took the place away from her. The lapped traffic was starting to build up and the positions of the top four were going to come down to who got through the lapped karts the quickest.

At the front Jonathan was struggling, wanting to win cleanly he was taking too long to get past the lapped karts. Helen and Flick seemed to be scything their ways through behind and it was in this manner that on lap 18 Flick got back past Helen for second. It was around this point in the race that Jonathan caught his wife. He ended up stuck behind her for three laps trying to find a way past. Eventually sensing Flick catching up to him he made a move down the hill, Beth just about gave him enough room to get alongside, they banged up against each other down the straight but Jonathan had the momentum and the inside line into the next corner eventually squeezing his way past. From there on the yellow flags built up and the last few laps were quite slow. Jonathan lapped 5th placed Steve with three to go giving him a buffer back to Flick and Helen who were unable to catch up.

It turned out not to be the most exciting race in terms of passing (except for Paddy’s do or die move to unlap himself from Helen)but it was good fun and other than a couple of incidents it was a largely clean event, it was nice that the top four were so close through the event, with Craig in 4th whoever won from the top 3 (Flick, Helen or me) would have won the title so those last few laps were a little nervy.

Race Results:

Positions driver off first best lap
1 Jonathan 28.97
2 Flick +3.5 29.79
3 Helen +5.2 29.84
4 Craig +13.9 29.43
5 Steve +1 lap 29.38
6 Paddy +1 lap 30.18
7 Trefor +1 lap 31.02
8 Tom +2 laps 30.76
9 Beverley +2 laps 31.28
10 Beth +2 laps 30.88
11 Ceri +3 laps 30.5
12 Sarah +4 laps 31.98

The final championship standings were as follows:

driver total
1 Jonathan Little 18
2 Craig King 15
3 Felicity Kensett 14
4 Helen Little 12
5 Matt Teager 10
6 Patrick Hill 8
7 Catherine Leopold 7
8 Steve Franklin 7
9 Trefor Little 6
10 Beth Little 5
11 Thomas McCorkell 4
12 Rachel Ross 2
13 Beverley Little 0
14 Ceri Almrott 0
15 Fred Maltby 0
16 Sarah Penberthy 0

Thanks guys and bring on another good year in 2011. As a little bonus (whether you like it or not) here is a 5min reel from my helmet cam, apologies for the amount of crotch and rubbish captions… The camera positioning is a work in progress
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The karting photos are now up:
http://jonners.me.uk/gallery/index.php?category=46 any comments please leave them… I may have gotten a little bored of doing titles though I will go back and do some in future and add tags too.

The 2011 karting championship dates will be – February, May, August

I am also bringing in something called talote elite whereby folks who have finished in the top four of one of our events with 10 or more people are invited to join a team to race against people we don’t know at top tracks in the south. I will give more information in the coming months.

Karting championship permutations

The good thing about a three race system drop score system is that unless someone wins both opening races it is guarenteed to go to the final race. This year we have four karters who can theoretically still win. Here is the table posted earlier in the week with an extra column for current points. I have also put in bold those who can actually still win.

finishing position
driver points 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 >8
Jonathan Little 16 18 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16
Craig King 10 20 18 16 15 14 13 12 11 10
Catherine Leopold 7 15 13 11 10 9 8 7 7 6
Helen Little 6 16 14 12 11 10 9 8 7 6
Felicity Kensett 6 16 14 12 11 10 9 8 6 5
Patrick Hill 5 15 13 11 10 9 8 7 6 5
Beth Little 5 14 12 10 9 8 7 6 5 4
Trefor Little 4 14 12 10 9 8 7 6 5 4

In a points tie break the championship position is decided as follows:
Points (points gained in best 2 events from results only)
Finishing positions (from best 2 events)
FL and Pole points (best 2 events)
Result of discounted event
Complete tie

Cathy although in 4th with seemingly enough points to win is out as she is a) not taking part and b) forced to drop a score so for example if she did turn up and won the race she would drop the two points she got for August (which would be her worst result) in favour of the 10 for the win.

Thus she would have 10 + 5= 15. I already have a guaranteed 16 points therefore she could not win.

Anyway… to the people who can win – there will be repetition here.
I am leading the championship by virtue of already having scored in two races. Whereever I finish I am guaranteed at least 16 points. If I win I drop 8 points and gain 10 and go to 18 points. If Craig came second we would each have 18 points (a win and a second). It would then come down to pole and fastest lap. Craig already has four added points for that. I have two. I would need to beat Craig in both of these to take it to the fourth part… which I would win.
If I come second and Craig comes third, he wins.
If Craig comes fourth or lower, I by virtue of my two second places beat him whereever I finish… BUT
If Helen or Flick win they beat me to the title.
The lowest I can finish is 3rd.

Craig is the only karter to have won a race which gives him a good footing. If he wins the race he wins the title. If he comes second and I win then it goes to the fastest lap and pole tie break (again he has the advantage here with 4pts to 2pts). If that is tied then Craig loses out due to me doing an extra event and getting points.
If Craig comes third then if Jonathan is second Craig wins unless Flick or Helen wins with pole and fastest lap in which case Craig would need to be second in one of the categories to win out, if he doesn’t then we have a complete tie for the title.
If Craig comes fourth then the best he can finish is second.
The worst he can finish is 6th (not going to happen)

Helen and Flick can only guarantee their winning if they take victory and Craig finishes lower than third. If Craig comes third then it comes down to fastest laps and poles, at this time Craig has the advantage in these stakes.
Lowest either can finish – very low

I hope this makes sense, if it doesn’t then well it doesn’t really matter anyway. I just find this stuff fun.