But it's not quite so good at providing an accurate picture, I'm afraid. Let me take just a few examples from the last two D2 races.
At Bathurst Kayo is listed as a DNS because he froze on the grid, but GPL_Protest (the "program") nailed him for two contacts anyway. Don Dodge went into the fence but without contacting another car. Apparently that counts as a contact. I had what appears clearly to be a lag contact with Don but the program did not record that incident. Despite my name's absence in the program results, I'm listed as having one contact at Bathurst. Now I agree that I probably did have the contact, but the program didn't find it.
Punta Fria has some even weirder occurrences. The start was a circus because Tim's engine exploded on the grid. Ricardo, two cars behind Tim, was the first to react by accelerating to his right. He had the slightest touch with Ronnie's RR tire and maybe --- it's impossible to tell --- another one with my LF tire in the course of a single second. The program rates the degree ("grad" in German) of the contact apparently. Each of Ricardo's "contacts" was degree zero (0), which I take to mean that if you can actually see the dent in either car, you'll win a week's vacation in Aruba. Compare that with the 63o smash when Mick T-boned Niky, putting the poor Romanian in the hospital for a week. Incidentally, less than one second before Niky was blasted, he was nudged by Dan --- you can see Niky's car being shifted out of position as Dan's car passes by --- but the touch was so insignificant that the program didn't record it. Had it done so, the grad should have been -2o or less.
Here's my point: The program is recording touches that didn't happen, missing ones that did, and, in Kayo's case, giving contact points to a guy who wasn't even in the race. It doesn't assign blame, of course, since even we drivers often can't agree on that and are willing to start a war to prove the depth of our conviction. If it could miraculously assign fault, everyone would agree that the program would have extraordinary value. We could take the driver who'd racked up 20 contacts in five races and have an intervention. As it is now, all we have is some data that may tend to show, though we're not really sure of the exact numbers, that some of our poor fellows are either really bad or really unlucky or both. But we're not even remotely sure about that either. I'll revise that, because even though Michi is the contact points leader in D1, no one is ever going to call him a bad driver.
I spent six years of my life as a computer programmer at the U.S. Census Bureau. I still love programming and I love even more its infinite possibilities. This is a seriously clever code that can pinpoint two cars occupying overlapping space at an exact moment. My hat is off to the guys who came up with the thought. But with all due respect I do question whether the chart that we now have has any use except making the unfortunate guys at the bottom of the list feel even worse than they already do.