Welcome all to Week Seventeen. It is a two-event week, with DTM at Brands Hatch, and MotoGP at Le Mans. Please pick ten drivers/riders, no more than seven in one event, in a comment on this post before 6 AM BST Friday 18th May (1 AM ET) (essentially late Thursday night).
Results – Top Tens
|1||Maldonado||#6 Muscle Milk||Johnson|
|2||Alonso||#95 Level 5||Hamlin|
|4||Grosjean||#9 RSR||Kyle B.|
|6||Vettel||#5 Muscle Milk||Kenseth|
What the hell is happening in Formula One? Williams successfully battling Ferrari for victory with neither Red Bull or McLaren in the top-five was not on the cards. Webber finished 11th. Schumacher (24th) crashed with Senna.
The Muscle Milk Pickett P1 car ran away with the six-hour race at Leguna Seca, winning by three laps. The Dyson Lola struggled to stay ahead of the P2-cars, then received a two-and-a-half minute penalty for passing the safety-car, before other problems resulted in 23rd. The #37 Conquest Morgan had electrical problems (20th). The #055 Level 5 P2-car had its race ruined when Montagny collided with a PC-backmarker (29th). There were two other P2-cars in the race that did not appear on the provided entry-list, neither featuring. The HPDs of Muscle Milk in P1 and Level 5 in P2 were impressively fast.
Johnson used the right fuel strategy to deliver Hendrick’s much-anticipated 200th win. Biffle spent most of the race looking good for better, but faded to 12th with his set-up not suiting changes in track-conditions. Keselowski languished down the field for a long time, but used the cautions of the second half of the race to get back on the lead lap and recover to 15th. Until about halfway, Jeff Gordon was racing for the top-ten, until two left-rear punctures in quick succession led to the car being taken behind the wall to completely fail to find any cause (35th).
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Non-entries get 214 according to the 90% rule.
Congratulations indeed to Pat for a fine win of twenty points over the field by being the bravest with NASCAR. This is Patrick’s second outright win of the season (plus a joint win). The rest of us were less successful in dodging the bullets, and commiserations to those hit by more of the bad luck in what was a decidedly tricky week.
With even the usually very reliable Dyson failing, the ALMS was poor pickings for points. Formula One was a somewhat jumbled result, whilst the favourites (except Gordon) had a much better set of results between them than would have been expected for Darlington, thus that an even split in picks between just F1 and NASCAR looks the way to have gone, but would have only been wise with the benefit of hindsight.
Jackie not only keeps the top position for a fifth consecutive week, but increases her lead by eleven to sixty. Bearing in mind there have only been fifteen scoring weeks, that is a very impressive four-point average.
Pat’s win on the week saw him over-take RubberGoat, Maverick and Chris for third. Chris retained fourth by edging back past Maverick (whom he lost a position to last week), with Maverick unfortunately losing two positions despite a respectable week.
It is only two events this week, and both obvious enough to avoid much variance I would think, but several busy weeks follow when many points will be won and lost.
· MotoGP – Le Mans, France
· DTM – Brands Hatch, GB
The deadline is 6 AM BST Friday 18th May (1 AM ET). Also remember the countdown widget rounds up on days.
Pick ten drivers/riders to a maximum of seven from any one event.
The points system is