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Updated 11/15/2011
2011 WBC Report  

 2012 Status: pending 2012 GM commitment
Jason Levine, NY
2009-11 Champion

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Event History
2000    Keith Levy     65
2001    Roderick Lee     80
2002    Barry Smith     58
2003    Steven May     50
2004    James Kendrick     52
2005    Jason Levine     63
2006    Jason Levine     62
2007    Lance Fogel     60
2008    Mario Veillette     80
2009    Jason Levine     57
2010    Jason Levine     65
2011    Jason Levine     88
 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Jason Levine       NY    11    160
  2.  Barry Smith        NY    11    113
  3.  Lance Fogel        PA    07     78
  4.  Roderick Lee       CA    09     42
  5.  Robert Kircher     MA    02     38
  6.  Mario Veillette    qc    08     30
  7.  James Kendrick     uk    04     30
  8.  Steve May          MD    03     30
  9.  Keith Levy         MD    00     30
 10.  Bill Dyer          IL    09     27
 11.  Harrison Anderson  PA    09     24
 12.  Stan Buck          MD    08     24
 13.  Rob Runnicles      FL    06     24
 14.  Curt Collins II    PA    10     21
 15.  Andrew Maly        MD    08     18
 16.  Patrick Maloney    PA    07     18
 17.  Joe Sposito        NJ    04     18
 18.  Ilan Woll          CT    03     18
 19.  Matt Muir          MD    00     18
 20.  John Schoose       IL    11     16
 21.  Steve Field        IL    02     15
 22.  Brad Johnson       IL    02     13
 23.  Rejean Tremblay    qc    11     12
 24.  Matt Bacho         MD    10     12
 25.  Josh Githens       SC    07     12
 26.  Doug Galullo       FL    06     12
 27.  Rich Shipley       MD    05     12
 28.  Steve Cameron      PA    04     12
 29.  Tony Musella       VA    10      9
 30.  Patrick Monte      NY    09      9
 31.  Brady Wade         IN    08      9
 32.  David Albin        PA    07      9
 33.  Nick Henning       CT    07      9
 34.  William Kendrick   uk    06      9
 35.  Jessica Finkeldey  MD    05      9
 36.  Paul Murphy        UT    03      9
 37.  Jim Rochford       IL    00      9
 38.  Pierre Paquet      qc    11      8
 39.  Mark Mitchell      VA    03      8
 40.  Jason Wagner       PA    10      6
 41.  David Wong         NJ    01      6
 42.  Joe Wetherall      PA    00      6
 43.  Bill Place         PA    11      4
 44.  Steve LeWinter     NC    10      3
 45.  Robert Davidson    IL    09      3
 46.  Chris Hancock      NH    06      3
 47.  Jim Castonguay     PA    05      3
 48.  Eric Lenhart       PA    04      3
 49.  Eric Eshleman      PA    00      3

2011 Laurelists                                               Repeating Laurelists:

Barry Smith. NY
2nd

John Schoose, IL
3rd

Rejean Tremblay. qc
4th

Pierre Paquet, qc
5th

Bill Place, PA
6th

Past Winners

Keith Levy, MD
2000

Roderick Lee, CA
2001

Barry Smith, NY
2002

Steven May, MD
2003

James Kendrick, UK
2004

Jason Levine, NY
2005-06, 2009-11

Lance Fogel, PA
2007

Mario Veillette, QC
2008
   

Reach isn't a problem in the preliminaries.

GM Githens moves a player's car for him.

One for the Thumb ...

Once again the tournament brought drivers from across the globe to the boardgame racing capital of the world; Lancaster, Pennsylvania. In the quiet countryside of hand churned butter, barn raising, and finely crafted furniture; the excitement that is Formula 1 racing took over for two glorious days. I opted to use a three-heat format with the top ten qualifiers advancing directly to a Final giving drivers a chance to play, have fun, and not need to race for days on end to maybe make a semi-final.

This is one event where making the Final is its own reward. GM Githens goes to great efforts to provide a huge scale track every year for use in the championship race which provides quite a visual spectacle - even if it does make the heats played on those itty bitty game maps seem hum drum in comparison.

Moving to three heats generated record attendance, with the new Monday heat attracting nearly as many players as the entire event drew in 2010. Each of the three heats had enough entrants to run boards containing six to eight drivers. Players were allowed to sit at any table of their choosing, eliminating lengthy randomization, while also allowing players to sit with their friends a la Slapshot and have fun at 200 MPH. There was little change in the choice of tracks with Melbourne and Monaco providing the majority of preliminary tracks in use. I'm hoping for more variety in tracks next year.

The 2011 Final again took place on an eye-popping large scale track. This year's featured track was Formula D Expansion #3: Singapore. The starting grid was filled with ten unique race winners. The 1:64 scale GT style cars were a big favorite again. The field was comprised of everything from a 2011 Ferrari 458 to a DMC Deloreon and a 70's GMC Van. The pit boxes were chosen in order of qualification.

In the end defending champ Jason Levine again crossed the finish line first, to claim his fifth title and third straight which suggests either that the game is clearly broken or Jason should just retire and let someone else have a chance. Could "Stop Levine" alliances be in the offing? Seriously, Formula De is often dismissed as a game of luck, but in that case Jason is wasting his time at WBC and should be spending his summers in Vegas. And although four of the six laurelists were new to the list, the first two finishers also happened to be 1-2 on the Laurels list.

No one walked away empty handed, as participants took home the very race cars they chose as a souvenir of the event. Planning is already underway for a new enlarged Final track for 2012 WBC Grand Prix.

This year's course had convenient cutaway sections by the straightaways making reaching the cars easier.

The huge course in the past made long arms a prerequisite for moving cars in the middle of the board. Anyone got a pool cue?
 GM      Joshua Githens [4th Year]  NA 
   joshuagithens@hotmail.com   NA

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