Welcome all to Week Thirty-Eight. Just the three this week, including Formula One (Suzuka), WRC (France) and NASCAR (Talledega). Please pick ten drivers up to a maximum of seven in any one event in a comment on this post before 6 AM BST Friday 5th October (1 AM ET) (essentially late Thursday night).
Drewe’s Performance Charts
Drewe is keeping these charts and tables up to date after each week’s results come in. In the last week he has added a chart visually representing the form of each player against the average, across the season based on the previous five weeks, so please do have a look at that (full-screen may give the best view).
Results – Top Tens
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Lorenzo took the initial lead, but Pedrosa did not take too long to pass him, and then pulled away for the victory. Bradl passed Spies for third, but very soon after crashed (19th). Dovizioso and Crutchlow were in close battle the whole race (both overhauling Spies), with only 0·137 between them at the line.
In Bahrain, it was an Audi hybrid one-two, with the #1 car beating the #2 by a couple of laps, after the latter was delayed by over-heating rear-brakes, and nose-changes necessitated by failing headlights. The #12 Rebellion lost a third-place finish due to having to stop to change one of its race-numbers. The #7 Toyota had taken the lead after a few laps, but needed to stop for an electrical fault concerning the lighting behind the number panels. They had recovered to third, but retired after they tangled with the Strakka (24th).
After struggling for grip, the highest placed Mercedes in qualification was fourteenth, and with Spengler only managing twelve, it was to be a mixed up result. Farfus won from pole. I do not know why Scheider retired (17th). Paffett was given a stop/go for spinning Hand’s BMW on lap one, and eventually retired with damage from that contact (18th).
The last leg of the NASCAR turned into a fuel strategy battle, with Johnson having to surrender the lead to save fuel, as well as Kyle Petty and Hamlin needing to make late splash-and-dashes, giving victory to Keselowski. Harvick finished 13th. Kahne had been top-five late in the race but had to pit with a loose right front wheel (15th). Biffle was 16th. Kenseth suffered a broken track-rod (35th).
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Non-entries get 225 according to the 90% rule.
Many congratulations to Chris for his fourth outright win of the season (plus two joint wins), achieved with the inspired pick of Keselowski giving him three winners. Well done to me for running Chris close, helped by my choice of Ekström. Very unfortunately, Andy the Speedgeek picked the absent Stoner, which I only noticed after the deadline.
We all picked both Audis, the Toyota, Lorenzo and Pedrosa, thus we were all hit by the Toyota’s retirement.
No changes in order. My second place on the week does no harm to my lead. Things are close between Maverick, RubberGoat, and iomracer, with a lot to play for. Chris’s win leaves him breathing down Patrick’s neck. Despite the gaps, there is still time for Drewe and The Speedgeek to make progress.
With only eight weeks left, taking some gambles will be tempting, but they do go wrong a lot more often than they go right, and getting into eight weeks of such risks may not be pretty. I would suggest being very selective with deliberately different choices.
· Formula 1 – Suzuka, Japan.
· WRC – France
· NASCAR – Talledega, USA
The deadline is 6 AM BST Friday 5th October (1 AM ET). Also remember the countdown widget rounds up on days.
Pick ten drivers up to a maximum of seven in any one event.
The points system is