Welcome to week 30 – five more races this weekend. MotoGP is at Silverstone in England and WEC is in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Three events in the U.S.: NASCAR is in Atlanta, and Indycar and ALMS are together (not at the same time) at the street circuit in Baltimore, Maryland. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2013-week-thirty-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.
Scores from week 29:
The German rally was not such a good home event for Volkswagen. It started badly when Andreas Mikkelsen’s co-driver injured himself in practice, so the VW #3 team didn’t even start. Then Sebastian Ogier was out early, crashing while leading; he eventually ended up 17th (Autosport.com showed him finishing 16th, but in fact Keith Cronin in the WRC2 class finished 10 seconds ahead of him). That gave Jari-Matti Latvala the lead, but then he crashed on Saturday afternoon. By the end of that day, Citreon’s Daniel Sordo had a slender 0.8 second lead of M-Sport Ford driver Thierry Neuville. And it was close to the very end on Sunday, with Sordo taking his first win after 10 years in the WRC.
The MotoGP race was also a close affair, with just fractions of a second for most of the race between Marc Marquez, Jorge Lorenzo, and Dani Pedrosa. It was Marquez that got the better of the three at the end to win the race, followed by Pedrosa then Lorenzo. It was Cal Crutchlow though that started on pole, but unfortunately he fell half way through the race, got back up, and finished in 17th place.
Sebastian Vettel took a seemingly easy win at the F1 Grand Prix in Belgium. It was second place Fernando Alonso that had the stellar race, starting ninth on the grid, getting to fifth by the end of the first lap, and getting second place by the end. Kimi Raikkonen did not have a good day, eventually retiring from the race after 25 laps (of 44) with brake problems, leaving him in 22nd place.
Like last week, the NASCAR race at the short track in Bristol, Tennessee had plenty of crashes. This week it was Matt Kenseth that managed to stay clear of all the carnage to win the race ahead of Kasey Kahne. Juan Pablo Montoya looked strong all race, and finished in third. Jimmie Johnson was one of those caught up in a crash when he couldn’t avoid David Reutimann who was crashing ahead of him. That left Johnson to finish the race 59 laps down in 36th place.
Indycar was at the road course in Sonoma, California (formerly Sears Point). Scott Dixon looked like he was headed for victory when, in the pits, he hit Will Power’s tire that was in the hands of a tire changer. That resulted in three members of Power’s pit team being knocked over. The officials felt that it was an avoidable accident and penalized Dixon, resulting in a 21st place result. Will Power went on to win in a close race with Justin Wilson.
Congratulations to rubbergoat with his fourth outright win of the year, with one tie. When Ogier went out on Saturday morning in WRC, I thought rubbergoat was going to get the best of us since he was the only one not picking Ogier. And indeed that seems to have been the difference with a comfortable victory over Drewe in second. The rest of us were quite a way further back, with F1 picks seemingly the best option this week, which was a strategy only rubbergoat and Drewe followed. As usual, no changes in the standings…