Welcome all to Week Forty. This is the busiest week remaining with five events, comprising of MotoGP (Sepang), WRC (Sardinia), DTM (Hockenheim), ALMS/ELMS (Petit Le Mans), and NASCAR (Kansas). Please pick ten drivers/riders/sports-cars up to a maximum of seven in any one event in a comment on this post before 6 AM BST Friday 19th October (1 AM ET) (essentially late Thursday night).
Drewe’s Performance Charts
Do visit Drewe’s fine charts and tables to see such as the Full Year Difference Chart and Form Guide, which Drewe is updating every week.
Results – Top Tens
|5||Räikkönen||Stoner||#22 JRM||Kyle B.|
|8||Vergne||Hayden||#25 ADR Delta||Kahne|
Webber was on pole, but, as usual, made a weak start, with Vettel snatching the lead for a commanding win, albeit with some late doubts about the integrity of his right-front tyre. Button was clouted by Kobayashi at the start, leaving Jenson’s front-right at an ugly angle (24th).
At Motegi, Lorenzo got the jump at the start, but Pedrosa was able to pass him with thirteen to go and pull away for the victory. Stoner struggled with aches and pains which compromised his performance as the race progressed. Crutchlow was fighting with Bautista for third-place, but the Brit ran out of fuel on the last lap (17th).
Toyota won at Fuji by eleven seconds after a close battle with the #2 Audi. In the fourth hour, Treluyer hit the GTE Aston Martin of Stefan Mucke, was able to swap the Audi’s damaged nose during the consequent safety-car period, but the #2 was given a stop-and-go for the incident. Toyota had to make an extra splash-and-dash at the end but were able to rejoin with a few seconds in hand.
The NASCAR race at Charlotte came down to a fuel-mileage contest won by Clint Bowyer. Keselowski ran out of fuel earlier in the race, eventually only managing eleventh, causing a reduction in his Chase points-lead.
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Non-entries get 305 according to the 90% rule. RubberGoat and I tied for fifth-place, with just column-order based on my posting sooner.
Congratulations aplenty to Chris for his fifth outright win (plus two joint-wins) of the season. Chris was the only player to pick ten top-five finishers, and avoiding the McLarens in F1 paid very well. Maverick and Drewe were unfortunate indeed to not only be blighted by Button’s retirement (along with most of us), but also to be hit hard by Crutchlow’s fuel disaster.
iomracer makes up his second position in two weeks, this time taking second at Maverick’s expense. iomracer also takes another twelve points off me. With only six weeks left, I would take a lot of catching, but a bad week or two for me could make a huge difference. There are quite a few gaps between players that could easily be eradicated in the remaining weeks.
· MotoGP – Sepang, Malaysia
· WRC – Sardinia, Italy
· DTM – Hockenheim, Germany
· ALMS/ELMS – Atlanta, USA
· NASCAR – Kansas, USA
The deadline is 6 AM BST Friday 19th October (1 AM ET). Also remember the countdown widget rounds up on days.
Pick ten drivers/riders/sports-cars up to a maximum of seven in any one event.
The points system is