SUMMARY: You just knew it was going to happen sooner or later.
Well, folks, we're getting word that the 2009 Grand Prix qualifying season will now require clean runs to qualify.
Sigh--I knew that would happen sooner or later. There go all of Tika's future GP qualifiers. (It's like steeplechase--knocked bars have kept her from qualifying SO many times; now it'll be the same in the GP. 19 of her 25 GP Qs have been with 5 faults. And one of Boost's two Qs has been with 5 faults. Basically-- I'm doomed.)
Here's how they've gradually been shortening the leash:
Grand Prix introduced: 1988. I have no info from then through 1996.
1997: 15 or fewer faults to qualify.
1998, 1999: I can't find info. Anyone have this?
2000, 2001, 2002: 10 or fewer
2003, 2004, 2005, 2006: 7 or fewer
2007, 2008: 5 or fewer
2009: 0 or fewer
2012: 0 or fewer faults within 25% of the top three finishers?
2015: The top three finishers with 0 faults?
Maybe I shouldn't even suggest those, even facetiously, in public...it might give the wrong people some bad ideas...