Welcome all to Week Twenty-Eight. Three events again, including Formula One in Hungary, MotoGP stateside at Leguna Seca, and NASCAR at Indianapolis. Please pick ten drivers/riders, no more than seven in one event, in a comment on this post before 6 AM BST Friday 27th July (1 AM ET) (essentially late Thursday night).
Results – Top Tens
|1||Alonso||Castroneves||#6 Muscle Milk|
|4||Kobayashi||Rahal||#055 Level 5|
Alonso took pole in a wet qualification, and did enough in the race to hold that advantage to the flag. Vettel finished second, but was bumped to fifth with a post-race penalty for leaving the track when passing Button. Massa (12th) and Grosjean (18th) both broke their front-wings at the start, probably with the subsequent debris causing Hamilton’s rear puncture, leading to a possibly tactical retirement late in the race (24th).
Castroneves held off Sato in a caution-free race at Edmonton. There were ten-grid-spot penalties aplenty, with Dixon’s for using a sixth engine when the season-allocation is five, plus Hunter-Reay, Power and Servia all making strategic engine changes, due to concerns about the spate of high-mileage engine blow-ups this season, combined with just how difficult passing at the following Mid Ohio will be. Servia had a mechanical issue in the race (24th).
Despite some re-occurrence of the electronic issues suffered in the previous round plus a pit-lane penalty, the Muscle Milk Pickett HPD still had enough in hand to beat Dyson to the victory. For the second race in a row, Level 5 only started the race with one of their two cars.
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Non-entries get 276 according to the 90% rule. Gavin, Drewe and I are all joint-fourth as the count-back tie-break rule did not separate us, with column order thus dictated by order of entry.
Many congratulations to Andy The Speedgeek for a very fine win, being the only player to have all ten choices finish top-ten in results, and eight of those top-five; this makes it four wins plus a joint-win for Andy. All of the rest of us were caught out by the six-points-only scores of Hamilton or Servia. Both of the bottom-two players have a right to feel hard done by, as Chris picked all three winners, and Pat had nine of his selections finish top-ten.
Clearly, it was the week to go longer on ALMS picks with all the five cars variously picked by us finishing top-five at Mosport.
Maverick gains second-place from RubberGoat and makes a significant inroad in points on my lead. Speedgeek’s win gives him a two-place gain to seventh, whilst Drewe retains eighth, losing a place to Andy but gaining over Jackie.
We are past halfway in weeks and about halfway in points (with early weeks being quiet and the busiest weeks to come). In my opinion, seeking steady progress is still the best strategy, with it best to save lateral gambles (that so usually backfire) until the very late weeks if needed.
· Formula One – Hungaroring, Hungary
· MotoGP – Leguna Seca, USA
· NASCAR – Indianapolis, USA
The deadline is 6 AM BST Friday 27th July (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