Welcome all to Week Forty-One. This is the last week with as many as four events. These include Formula One (Delhi), MotoGP (Australia), WEC (Shanghai) and NASCAR (Martinsville). 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 26th 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
|2||Lorenzo||#95 Level 5||Paffett||Novikov||Truex|
|3||Stoner||#055 Level 5||Farfus||Tänak||Menard|
It was a wet race for MotoGP in Malaysia, which saw the now familiar theme of Lorenzo taking the lead only for Pedrosa to over-take him later in the race to pull away for the win. The track had been drying but more rain caused a red flag at about three-quarters distance, with Lorenzo in imminent danger of losing second to Stoner. A few riders fell off when conditions worsened, including Dovizioso who did manage to remount (13th), and Crutchlow (16th).
At the Petit Le Mans, Rebellion took both pole and victory. The #16 Dyson suffered repeated electrical and fuel issues (31st). The #6 Muscle Milk Pickett was keeping up with Rebellion, but after contact with the Green Hornet Porsche needed to halt for lengthy repairs (33rd). The #37 Conquest had finished fourth, but was excluded post-race for one of their drivers exceeding the maximum drive time (dsq).
At the DTM finale, Spengler had qualified third and passed Paffett who made a weak start. Fellow BMW driver, Farfus, let the Canadian past for the lead on lap one. Paffett managed to squeeze by Farfus in the pit-lane at the first stops, and the Brit chased down Spengler but could get no closer than 1·1 seconds. Spengler’s race win gave him the title. Rockenfeller retired after two laps with contact damage (21st).
Hirvonen won an eventful Sardinia Rally. Loeb hit a rock and broke a steering arm on stage three, due to a puncture just before that corner on the recce leading to an incorrect pace note, and chose not to use Rally Two rules to rejoin (rtd). Instead of taking advantage of Loeb’s misfortune, the Ford drivers both decided to crash as well, Latvala on stage four and Solberg on stage seven, with both resuming on Saturday, Latvala ending up 12th. Østberg lost minutes on Friday with rear-differential failure reducing his car to front-wheel-drive only.
Kenseth won in a fairly wild Sprint Cup race at Kansas, despite side-slamming the fence earlier in the race and needing his crew to pull his fenders back out. Johnson suffered even more damage when on lap 137 his car swapped ends and rear-ended the outer wall. The team repaired the car best they could during repeated stops behind the safety-car to avoid losing a lap, with the #48 recovering to top-ten.
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Non-entries get 176 according to the 90% rule.
Lots of congratulations to Drewe for a strong win in a difficult week, being the only player to select four winners. Well done also to RubberGoat, with his decision to avoid the vagaries of WRC paying off.
Commiserations to Speedgeek, who in the three years of this game has won a reasonable share of weeks but has had more bad luck than anyone, most especially this week. When checking the official result on Sunday and I spotted on top of everything else the #37 had been excluded, I felt terrible for Andy. If he purchased a lottery ticket, it would probably explode.
With so many good choices having bad weeks, in retrospect MotoGP and DTM were the strongest options, and even NASCAR looked relatively predictable. It is the first time in many weeks we have had a wide spread of scores, with it being the third time this year the spread has been more than one-hundred.
RubberGoat takes second-place off iomracer, but only by a scant five points, and they both need to look out for Maverick. Chris moves into fifth-place at Patrick’s expense, but that battle may be far from over.
· Formula 1 – Delhi, India
· MotoGP – Phillip Island, Australia
· WEC – Shanghai, China
· NASCAR – Martinsville, USA
The deadline is 6 AM BST Friday 26th 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.
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