Welcome all to Week Twenty-Three. On offer this week are F1 at Valencia, WRC in New Zealand, Indycar at Iowa, and NASCAR on the road-course at Sonoma. Please pick ten drivers, no more than seven in one event, in a comment on this post before 6 AM BST Friday 22nd June (1 AM ET) (essentially late Thursday night).
Results – Top Tens
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Le Mans was as expected an Audi benefit, despite a plethora of problems for the team cars. Toyota had one car punted off by a backmarker, Davidson flipping before hitting the barriers, with the other car suffering an engine failure. The Rebellion #12 car won the petrol/gasoline battle, with only one other LMP1 car, the JRM HPD, beating the best LMP2.
I have only been half-following MotoGP since last season, but the race at Silverstone was the most entertaining I have seen, with passing and re-passing aplenty. Crutchlow missed qualification with a badly hurt ankle so had to start from the back, taking sixth off Hayden on the last lap. Dovizioso seemed to all but fall over (it looked like he bounced up again after his handle-bar glanced the tarmac), damaging his brake-lever causing a lengthy stop (19th).
Hunter-Reay took the lead off Castroneves on lap 142 at Milwaukee and kept ahead the rest of the race to win. Dixon was in third when given a penalty that later transpired to be due to a system-error (11th). Power struggled for speed in traffic (12th). Briscoe finished a lap down in 14th. After contact with Briscoe, Franchitti’s suspension failed putting him into the wall at the next turn (19th).
Earnhardt Junior ended his four-year drought with another win at Michigan. Newman clipped Denny Hamlin off into the infield, with Hamlin’s Toyota in flames as it reached the pit-lane (34th).
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Non-entries get 261 according to the 90% rule.
Congratulations to Andy The Speedgeek for his second consecutive win. Well done also to Drewe for a strong score.
In the last four weeks, the vagaries of Indycar have had a lot of effect on scoring. Trusting all four Audis turned out to be a good risk for a solid score, with Andy bucking that but doing significantly better than the rest of us at Milwaukee.
I pip Patrick by two points to gain the overall lead; I have not finished top-three in the last six weeks, but have been top-six for the last twelve weeks, whilst Pat has been top-six for seven weeks, including a couple of wins. Maverick, Chris and RubberGoat each make up a place with Jackie’s absence. Drewe overhauls iomracer for seventh by less than the proverbial cigarette-paper.
(Tied scores are resolved by who has won most weeks. Gavin has won four and Jackie two. Drewe and iomracer have one outright win each, but Drewe does better on joint-wins.)
· Formula 1 – Valencia, Spain
· WRC – New Zealand
· Indycar – Iowa, USA
· NASCAR – Sonoma, USA
The deadline is 6 AM BST Friday 22nd June (1 AM ET). Also remember the countdown widget rounds up on days.
Pick ten drivers to a maximum of seven from any one event. All WRC retirements score zero.
The points system is