I am running an Awana Grand Prix for TnT(3rd-5th grades) Boys (20+) and Girls(15+), no other age groups.
Will continue to run a perfect a Perfect N 1st round on our 4 lane track. Cars are only handled by officials to keep event moving, so no additional lube between races.
We have decided to add a Best Gas Milage (aka Turtle) award this year.
Historically we have had a single final race for each group for the top 3 or 4 cars to which determine the speed awards. We also usually ran an unoffical race between the top boy and girl, a race that only uses two lanes.
I am looking for a race format that meets the following requirements, shown in priority order:
1. Schedule can be created quickly for all remaining races during an intermission, so races can be run quickly.
2. A final round race result is used to determine all awards.
3. Utilizes 1st round standings to make all races as competitive as possible, so it "feels more like racing".
4. Each race uses all four lanes
5. Minimal number of races which gives every car get one more run to minimize event duration.
6. Any unavoidable biasing of results should sway towards the seedings made with the more fair 1st round perfect N schedule. So seeding determines lane selection.
I would appreciate opinions on how to achieve as much of the above as possible.
My thinking is to run the cars from slowest to fastest.
Since we only want one overall turtle award, it is the first race of a grand finals round.
The next races featuring progressively faster cars, with any necessary bye lane in the schedule filled by the winner of the previous race.
The toughest decision is in the selection of cars for the final two races. I am debating between the following options:
A. Gold race featuring 1st and 2nd seed from both groups, Bronze race with 3rd and 4th seeds.
B. Boy and Girl races featuring the top seeds.
With either method could replace the 4th seed spot with the winner of prior race as a wild card seed in order.