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Updated Nov. 23, 2012

2012 WBC Report  

 2013 Status: pending 2013 GM commitment

Matt Kucic, PA

2012 Champion

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
2012    Matt Kucic     67

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

2012 Laurelists                                                Repeating Laurelists:

John Schoose, IL
2nd

Grant LaDue, NY
3rd

Jack Howell, PA
4th

Tony Musella, VA
5th

Roderick Lee, CA
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

Matt Kucic, PA
2012
 

Formula De features many colorful tracks ... like Montreal.

Or perhaps you prefer Monte Carlo?

 Or why not LA?

 Apparently the Mafia likes sand ... Bahrain anyone?

End of the Mini-Streak ...

Once again the tournament brought drivers from across the globe to the board game racing capital of the world; Lancaster, PA. This is one event where making the Final is its own reward. GM Githens and Co-Gm Bryan Collars go to great efforts to provide a huge scale track every year for use in the championship race that provides quite a visual spectacle.

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. The 2012 Final again took place on an eye-popping enlarged track. This year the track of choice was an advance copy of the upcoming Baltimore Circuit. I would like to offer special thanks to Asmodee Games for providing, not only the Final track, but additional prizes for the finalists.

In the year Bruce Beard's seven-year 18XX streak came to an end, all eyes were on Jason Levine as the likely successor to WBC's longest winning streak. But no! Five-time champion Jason Levine saw his three-year winning streak end as he was reduced to a spectator for this year's Final, meaning a new Formula De champion would be crowned. It was like Aryton Senna's reign coming to an end. Will he be back to avenge the lost season?

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 1972 Chevelle SS to 2011 Mini Cooper to a Mazda Furai Concept. The pit boxes were chosen in order of qualification.

The Racing was tight through the opening lap, which ended up with no casualties but had five drivers take a Quick Pit stop to stay competitive. Lap 2 saw everyone come into the pits as the mean streets of Baltimore wore down those precision machines. Five of the remaining seven drivers needed to Long pit to reassemble their cars with the other two drivers using a fast stop strategy.

Lap #2 was more treacherous; the South Howard Street corner claimed both Jeff Finkeldey and Thomas Vickery and the West Pratt Street Corner was too tricky for perennial contender Roderick Lee to navigate, but whose crash still earned 6th place laurels. By the official count that left only five racers to cross the finish line.

It was a long race, playing out over almost four hours (perhaps more).

Jason seems a tad pensive. Could be the beginning of the end.

And my plane landed right about here.

 The toy cars are always the real attraction.

 Asmodee Games provided many prizes.
 GM      Joshua Githens [5th Year]  NA 
   joshuagithens@hotmail.com   NA

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