Just a simple idea here about the Champions cup and qualification for next season: at the moment when a team and coach become champion of a season they get the honor of becoming champion and win some prize money, after that the team is thrown into the bin and nothing happens with it anymore.
in multiple sports you do see that when a team/country becomes champion of a cup, they are automatically qualified for the next cup, thinking about that my proposal would be:
As another prize, the coach can choose to qualify with the team that became champion for next season, should the coach choose to do so:
- the coach is not allowed to play any games with that team in the upcoming season until the playoffs
- the coach has to contact the admins at the end of the qualifying season (to counter inactivity)
to keep qualification interesting for all races nothing would change in the qualification system (same top race/wildcard system), so the top team of the race that the champion team of last season has still qualifies, you will just only have 1 less wildcard spot (although you could possibly remove the wildcard option for the champion race during qualification if preferred).
let me know what you guys think