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Singapore Recap

The SBMRL’s second trip to Singapore was a long time coming, but the field was set and ready to go under the lights.  With just two races in the books, both won by Scandinavian Blitz, there was an opportunity for the red cars to put some distance between themselves and the other three teams, who were all tightly packed.  Despite their team success, it was Sprite Racing’s Bubba McQueen who was leading the driver standings.  With his teammate in last, here’s how the grid lined up:

P1 – Whiplash (SR)
P2 – Delilah Whipplefilter (FR)
P3 – Jaap Snellrijder (RM)
P4 – Sheila Dinkum (RM)
P5 – Launch Bornado (FR)
P6 – The Stig (SB)
P7 – Rask Sjofar (SB)
P8 – Bubba McQueen (SR)

The field got off to a clean start with Whiplash taking his pole position to an early lead.  Launch was the early mover, taking the inside line in turn 1, but Sheila and Jaap were also hot in the early going.  In fact, Sheila took to the long straight out of Republic Boulevard with enough speed to fly by Whiplash and take the lead in the second sector.

Jaap was also able to catch up with Whiplash at Suntec City, a corner that would see a lot of action.  It was there that Bubba and Rask caught up with the Force Ravenswood pair fighting for 4th place.  Only the Stig lagged behind.

Sector 2 battles

As Sheila managed the race from the front, and with Jaap and Whiplash behind her, Delilah began to get things all wrong.  She started to fall back from Launch, Rask, and Bubba and was soon in a battle with the Stig for last place.

The transition into the third sector proved to be a challenging spot for the drivers all night.  Heading from Fullerton Road to the back side of Crossroads was apparently not as easy as it looked.  Drivers just couldn’t get the speed right and that often carried over into Esplanade Theaters.  It was here that Whiplash reeled Sheila in.  Similarly, Rask and Bubba were able to catch up with Jaap and join the fight for third place.  Finally, it wasn’t just Delilah fighting the Stig, but they were able to catch up with Launch.

Whiplash hot on Sheila’s tail

As the first lap completed, Whiplash had run a clean enough lap to forgo the pits.  Bubba, who had somehow wormed his way up from last place to second, dove for fresh rubber with Sheila, Jaap, and Rask all forming a procession behind him.  A quick pit later, though, and Bubba was joining Whiplash for a Sprite Racing 1-2.

Regency Motors was not to be outdone, and they used their fresh tires to drop Bubba back down to fourth in short order.  Delilah and Launch were also fast through the first couple of corners, leaving the Stig behind them and catching back up with Rask.

Whiplash in the distance

Delilah was able to fly down the long straight and catch up with Sheila and Jaap at Suntec City, while Bubba was suffering the opposite fate.  He must have accidentally gotten an engine setting wrong as he couldn’t get any speed whatsoever.  Rask and Launch both passed him and the Stig was closing fast.

It was here that Sheila started to go wrong.  Launch and Rask both passed her at Concert Hall.  In addition, the Stig was right behind her after leaving Bubba in his dust.  At the front, Whiplash continued a smooth race with Delilah and Jaap struggling back and forth in their effort to catch him.

Delilah edges ahead of Jaap

This time on the back side of Crossroads it was Whiplash who didn’t quite get the run into Esplanade Theatres right.  This allowed Delilah to pass him there and take over what had appeared to be an insurmountable lead. Rask, meanwhile, was hitting everything right and found himself soon in the fight with Jaap for third place.  Behind them, Launch found Sheila’s efforts to be lacking, moving ahead of the earlier race leader, while seeing a hard charging Stig in the mirrors.

Whiplash is finally caught

Through Carlton Millenia, the penultimate corner, Delilah led Whiplash.  However, the story of the race was the reckless charge from the Stig.  With Jaap and Rask in a close battle, the Stig threw his car into the mix.  He ended up colliding with his teammate Rask, sending both Scandinavian Blitz cars into the barriers and out of the race.

The Stig takes himself and his teammate out

With the red cars in chaos behind them, Delilah led Whiplash out of the final corner but just didn’t have enough power down the straight to take the win.  The gave Whiplash a rare victory and left Delilah as the runner up.  Jaap was a close third.

Whiplash pulls ahead at the last moment

With the Stig and Rask out of the race, Launch, Sheila, and Bubba had stratified enough that there really wasn’t any sort of competition for the remaining cars.  The finished quietly in the order listed with all the tense battles having been relegated to earlier in the race.

Final Results

Driver Start Lap Finish
Whiplash (SR) 1 1 1
Delilah Whipplefilter (FR) 2 6 2
Jaap Snellrijder (RM) 3 3 3
Launch Bornado (FR) 5 7 4
Sheila Dinkum (RM) 4 3 5
Bubba McQueen (SR) 8 2 6
The Stig (SB) 6 8 7, dnf
Rask Sjofar (SB) 7 5 8, dnf

Whiplash gets his second career victory after fighting off all comers who were there to challenge him.  Unlike some pole position winners, his was not the case of running away with things and coasting to victory.  He holds the only two victories that have gone to Sprite Racing.

Delilah recovered from a miserable first lap to match her starting position and record the first podium of her brief career.  Jaap gets his 11th career podium and first of this season.  Given his success over the past two seasons, it’s a bit surprising to note that he hasn’t finished in 3rd place since Hockenheim in the 2015-16 season.  The misfortunes of Scandinavian Blitz mean that the driver standings are extremely tight.  Only 7 points now separate Bubba in 1st from Delilah in last.

The team standings are similarly tight, with the team standings now nearly reversed.  Sprite Racing moves up into first place for the first time in their history, aided by 3 consecutive podiums to start the year.  The other three teams are separated by just 3 points, with Force Ravenswood leading the group in 2nd place.  They sit just 7 points back of Sprite, meaning only 10 points separate the field.


It’s not terribly uncommon for a driver here and there to finish in the same position that they started the race in.  Prior to this year’s race in Singapore, there had been 32 such occurrences in 28 races.  It’s most common for this to happen from pole position.  The race winner had come from pole on 8 different occasions, with the runner-up having started 2nd six different times.  Before Singapore, those two events had never happened in the same race.  There were only two occasions where the podium was populated with multiple drivers starting and finishing in the same slot.  In both cases those were 1st and 3rd place finishers, and the races in question were Austin in 2016 and … Singapore 2015.  Naturally, this year we had the top three drivers on the grid populate the podium in the same order that they started.  The only other time the top 3 finishers all started in the top 3 was at the Nurburgring in 2017.

This year’s Singapore race, despite how tense it was and all the potential for various finishing combinations, actually produced the smallest difference between the starting grid and finishing order in SBMRL history.  Bubba was the only driver to finish more than 1 position from where he started, inheriting 6th place in the final sector after starting 8th.  That amounts to a 0.66 standard deviation from starting position.  The next closest race had a 1.12 standard deviation from starting position.  That was last year’s race at Suzuka, which Scandinavian Blitz would also like to forget.  The race with the highest amount of change was Monaco 2016, at 2.79.  Hmm… Scandinavian Blitz had a double DNF there, too…

There have been 6 occasions where a team has had a double DNF.  Cobalt at Valencia in 2017, which was the final race of the 2016-17 season, and Scandinavian Blitz five times.  They’ve now done it at Austin 2015, Monaco 2016, Interlagos 2017 (consecutive with Monaco), Suzuka 2017, and Singapore 2018 (this race).

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Singapore Preview

The third race of the 2018-19 season takes place at Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore.  As the name implies, the track is a street circuit in the heart of the city.  The race takes place at night to reduce the toll on drivers in the tropical heat and, perhaps more importantly, to accommodate television audiences in other parts of the world.


Marina Bay Street Circuit isn’t one that’s likely to get the cars running at full throttle much.  It’s far more technical in nature and will likely result in a longer lap time as a result.  The start-finish straight is short and there’s almost no run up at all into the first corner.  A short straight followed by the Republic Boulevard right-hander leads onto the track’s longest straight, and that makes up the first sector.

The second sector of the track is highlighted by a series of sharp 90-degree corners of the type you’d expect to find in a city block, not so much a racing circuit.  Nevertheless, here they are, and they will likely catch someone out.  The Concert Hall and Fullerton Road corners add to the challenge, but at least he bridge is picturesque.  Another moderate straight closes out this section as the field will see the other side of Crossroads.

The third sector may be even slower than the second, but it’ll feel like the end is in sight and it does run along the water.  The Esplanade Theatres corner will slow the field slightly in preparation for the even slower Carlton Millenia section.  The circuit ends with the Marina Promenade and the finish line is in sight.

Starting Grid

As is stated in league rules, the starting grid will be the reverse order of the current driver standings.  That results in the following:

  1. Whiplash (SR)
  2. Delilah Whipplefilter (FR)
  3. Jaap Snellrijder (RM)
  4. Sheila Dinkum (RM)
  5. Launch Bornado (FR)
  6. The Stig (SB)
  7. Rask Sjofar (SB)
  8. Bubba McQueen (SR)

Pit selection will then be in order of team standings:

  1. Scandinavian Blitz
  2. Sprite Racing
  3. Regency Motors
  4. Force Ravenswood

As the league isn’t racing in Australia this year, Singapore will be Sheila’s home race.

Track History

The SBMRL raced at Singapore in the inaugural season, but hasn’t been back since that day 3 years ago.  That means that only Jaap, Launch, and the Stig are among drivers on the current grid that have raced there before.

The previous race was won by Captain Slow, who was also the pole sitter that day.  Cobalt’s Nero came in 2nd and Launch took the final podium slot, which may not be all that surprising.  All three of the podium positions were taken by drivers who started on the first two rows.  The two drivers who finished in dramatically different spots than where they started were Jaap, who moved up to 4th after starting at the back, and the Stig, who fell to 5th after starting 2nd.

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Singapore Recap

The second race of the SBMRL took place in Singapore on November 20th. Each driver had the opportunity to customize their car configuration, and three drivers took the opportunity to do so. Nero (CO) and Jaap (RM) each moved an engine point to tires, while the Stig did the same but also took a point from body to tires. Clearly, the large number of corners, including several sharp, 90 degree bends, influenced these drivers’ decision. The Yellow Team went unrepresented, but everyone else was there resulting in an 8 car starting grid as follows:

P1 – Captain Slow (Jason)
P2 – The Stig (Jason)
P3 – Launch Bornado (Barb)
P4 – Nero (Lonny)
P5 – Danger Wheel (Ryan)
P6 – Ice (Lonny)
P7 – Mater (Ryan)
P8 – Jaap Snellrijder (Frank)

With the track brilliantly lit for the night race, the green flag was taken with no major incidents. No one managed a fast start or suffered from a starting grid stall. Captain Slow was quick into the first corner and it became clear early on that the cars at the back of the grid would have a lot of catching up to do. Captain Slow proceeded to make quick work of the Republic Boulevard corner and took the long straight at speed.

First two turns

For most of the first lap, the cars found themselves in three groups, all aiming to catch Captain Slow. Launch Bornado and the Stig battled for second place while Nero and Danger Wheel followed. The remaining three cars jockeyed in the back. Cars went heavy on the tires and there was a lot of heavy downshifting into the corners. A few minor scrapes but no one in serious danger of wrecking their cars meant that almost everyone opted for a technical pit stop. The key changes heading into the second lap were that Launch and Nero had closed the gap on Captain Slow, and that Jaap had created some separation from Mater and Ice. Danger Wheel and Mater had, essentially, flipped positions.  In all, however, the mid group was closer together and that would result in some extremely tight racing to come.

The first indication that the second lap would not be at all similar to the first was the fact that Captain Slow actually found himself as far back as 3rd place in the long straight heading into the Suntec City corner. Unfortunately for Nero and Launch, the two cars level with the Captain, that was essentially the last they’d see of him. He would take the next two corners perfectly and that was the last of it. He was, so to speak, off to the races. Only a couple of major mistakes would see him lose the race, and he delivered the goods.

That wasn’t the only problem Nero and Launch were facing, however. In their failures to keep up with Captain Slow, they were caught from behind by the Stig, Mater, and Jaap. All five cars found themselves bunched up in Crossroads. Stig had come in a bit too hot and had to slow down for City Hall. He could only watch from behind as the tightest 4 car bunch possible plowed towards the 2-stop Concert Hall corner. Despite the distance, Stig kept the others in his sights.

All bunched up!

It was on the return side of Crossroads that the fortune of two of the five changed dramatically. First, Nero managed to hit the corner just right and soon found himself well ahead of the contending pack. Second place now looked far more secure. Secondly, the two Regency Motors cars and the Stig, already into the Crossroads corner, left little room for Mater to work with. Pushing hard to get around on the outside, Mater cut things just a little to tight and clipped the back of Launch Bornado. Launch rolled on no worse for the wear, but Mater found himself in the barrier and out of the race.

Mater is out

This left Launch, Jaap, and the Stig battling it out for 3rd to 5th place. While they were able to catch Nero for a moment in Carlton Millenia, Nero was always one step ahead and they never really challenged him for 2nd. The final position for those three was ultimately determined by the final, Marina Promenade, corner. While the Stig was able to get to the corner first, Launch found the inside line and was able to get the jump there. Jaap took the opposite tack. He went around the outside, and while the Stig was ahead, Jaap found 5th gear more responsive and was able to just edge himself into 4th place. Ice was able to take the 3rd sector in better form than Danger Wheel to come in a distant 6th.

Jaap edges the Stig

Final Results

Driver Start Lap Finish
Captain Slow (WT) 1 1 1
Nero (CO) 4 3 2
Launch Bornado (RM) 3 2 3
Jaap Snellrijder (RM) 8 6 4
The Stig (WT) 2 4 5
Ice (CO) 6 8 6
Danger Wheel (GT) 5 7 7
Mater (GT) 7 5 8, dnf

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