Welcome all to Week Thirty. Just one event to choose from, that being NASCAR Sprint Cup at Watkins Glen. Please pick seven drivers in a comment on this post before 6 AM BST Friday 10th August (1 AM ET) (essentially late Thursday night).
Results – Top Tens
|Finland||Mid Ohio||Mid Ohio||Pocono|
|1||Loeb||Dixon||#6 Muscle Milk||Gordon|
|3||Latvala||Pagenaud||#055 Level 5||Truex|
|5||Østberg||Hinchcliffe||#95 Level 5||Stewart|
As usual, Sébastian Loeb drove only as fast as he needed to for victory. Novikov rolled on stage five, injuring his co-driver’s back, and re-started on Saturday to finish 36th. Atkinson was running top-ten when he misheard a pace-note, getting stuck on a tree-stump to lose sixteen minutes, and then hit a rock on stage nine, also needing to make use of super-rally rules (39th).
Scott Dixon took a record fourth victory at Mid Ohio in a caution-free race with fuel strategy and sharp pit-stops. Castroneves had an engine-penalty ending up only 16th. Hunter-Raey had his engine give out (24th).
The Muscle Milk Pickett HPD took another convincing win. Towards the end, the #20 Dyson was running fifth, but dropped to 13th very late on.
Jimmie Johnson looked in command of the rain-delayed Pocono race until sliding into Kenseth at a re-start. Johnson fell to 14th and Gordon took the lead, with the result called when precipitation resumed.
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Non-entries get 277 according to the 90% rule.
Congratulations to me, and also to Andy for a strong-scoring week. Commiserations to Chris, who picked the winners but was hit by the most bad luck.
There were a lot of points to be had in WRC with a number of players picking the top-five or top-four finishers. A lot of players were hit by Castroneves and Hunter-Reay having a bad weekend in Mid Ohio. There were also good scores to be had in ALMS for being brave with the P2 favourites, but no one took huge advantage of that, perhaps wisely with the inherent risks.
Patrick gains a place on Chris for fourth place. I extend my lead by a few points with my first win for ages, and Speedgeek’s strong week has him gain ground on those ahead.
This might be a week of sizable points-variation with the uncertainties of Sprint Cup on a road course, followed by some busy weeks.
· NASCAR – Watkins Glen, USA
The deadline is 6 AM BST Friday 10th August (1 AM ET). Also remember the countdown widget rounds up on days.
Pick seven drivers.
The points system is