Welcome to week 14 – two races this week. F1 is in Shanghai, China, and WEC is at Silverstone in England. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-fourteen-guide-and-links/. Please make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.
Scores from week 13:
Marc Marquez pretty much dominated the MotoGP race at the Circuit of the Americas, except for the first lap, but that was only because Jorge Lorenzo jumped the start. Lorenzo had to come in to serve a penalty for that jump-start, so ended up in a lowly 10th by the end of the race. Second place Dani Pedrosa cruised around for most the race to finish behind Marquez. And the final podium spot went to the Ducati rider, Andrea Dovisioso. For a while it looked like Valentino Rossi might get to him and deny him third place, but Rossi had to use up too much tire just to get behind him, so then he started dropping back, finishing 8th. That left Stefan Bradl to try and close on Dovisioso, but he too didn’t have enough to finish the job, and had to settle for 4th. Our other pick, Alvaro Bautista crashed early on and finished 22nd.
At Darlington Kevin Harvick did a somewhat unusual double in NASCAR – getting pole position and winning the race. Unlike other series it doesn’t happen too often in NASCAR. Dale Earnhardt got back to form after last week’s miserable outing, by finishing 2nd. And Jimmie Johnson too showed that you can’t keep the good teams/drivers down for long, finishing 3rd. Jeff Gordon looked strong or most of the race, but couldn’t get a handle on the duel green-white-checked finish and end up behind Kyle Busch in 7th place. Our other pick, Kurt Busch, was the cause one of those green-white-checked attempts, leaving him six laps down in 31st place.
Indycar resembled a NASCAR race at the Long Beach road course with lots of crashes including a multi-car pile-up just after half way which took out, or out of contention, Ryan Hunter-Reay who caused the accident, Josef Newgarden, James Hinchcliffe, Jack Hawksworth, Tony Kanaan, Helio Castroneves, and Takuma Sato. In other incidents Simon Pagenaud got hit by Will Power, although both ended up 5th and 2nd respectively, Justin Wilson and Scott Dixon came together, and Sebastien Bourdais had a solo accident. Our other pick, Ryan Briscoe had engine problems and finished 20 laps down in 17th place.
Also at Long Beach USCC again showed a competitive field with the top 5 drivers finishing on the same lap, with the #01 Ganassi Racing prototype beating the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing car by less than a second, and the #5 Action Racing Corvette just 4 seconds further behind. The #42 Oak Racing and the #90 Spirit of Daytona were the other two to finish on the same lap. Just one lap back was the #1 Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD.
We decided not to include the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) in the game this year, but the winner of the opening round this week is worthy of a note. It was none other than 9-time world rally champion, Sebastien Loeb.
Congratulations to me and my fourth win of the year. An even split of picks between the two most predictable series, MotoGP and USCC was the way to go given the carnage in Indycar. No change in the standings …