Welcome to week 36 – four races this weekend. F1 is in Singapore, NASCAR has their second race of the Chase at Loudon in New Hampshire, and the USCC is at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas along with the WEC (separate races). Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-thirty-six-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.
Scores from week 35:
WRC Australia, MotoGP Italy, NASCAR Chicagoland, DTM Lausitzring:
It was a clean sweep for Volkswagen in Australia, taking all three podium positions with Sebastien Ogier, Jari-Matti Latvala, and Andreas Mikkelsen in that order. And that gave VW the manufacturer’s title for this year. Kris Meeke was challenging Mikkelsen for the third spot for much of the rally, but blatant corner-cutting forced the officials to penalized Meeke and dropped him into fifth place, although he then regained one position to finish fourth ahead of Mikko Hirvonen. New Zealander Hadden Paddon in the third Hyundai finish sixth, ahead of squad-leader Thierry Neuville. Our other pick, Mads Ostberg, finished 16th after breaking his suspension on the penultimate stage and limping through to the finish.
At the MotoGP race at Misano in Italy the home crowd were delighted by the deserved victory of Italian, Valentino Rossi. Is this a forerunner of next year, and the return of Rossi to the top? Anyway, he had to battle Marc Marquez early on, until Marquez crashed, and left Rossi with a somewhat comfortable lead (2.0s – comfortable by typical MotoGP standards) and win over Jorge Lorenzo. Dani Pedrosa was a bit further back (4.0s) in third place, and he had a battle to stay ahead of Andrea Dovizioso. Stefan Bradl was another crash victim – early in the race – leaving him classified in 21st position.
Brad Keselowski had a late-race surge to take victory in the first of the 10-race “Chase” at the NASCAR event in Chicagoland in Illinois. Non-championship contender, Kyle Larson looked like he might have got the victory, but he couldn’t hold off Keselowski at the end, and brushed the wall trying to hold off Jeff Gordon, who took the second spot, leaving Larson in third. Joey Logan, who is a strong choice for the title this year, had a strong race to finish fourth, ahead of Kevin Harvick.
At the DTM event at the Lausitzring in Germany, Pascal Wehrlein got his first win, and comfortably so over his Mercedes teammate, Christian Vietoris. Marco Whittmann was the championship leader coming into the event, and even with a 6th place finishing spot, it was enough for his to secure the DTM title with two races to go. Our other picks, Bruno Spengler and Edoardo Mortara languished down in 15th and 16th places respectively at the end, with a poor choice of tires (slicks for a wet track!) the downfall of Mortara.
Congratulations to Sebastian and his tenth win of the year with one tie. With 338 points it was also the highest scoring 4-event week so far this year. Picking Andreas Mikkelsen in WRC seems to be the most notable difference from the rest of our picks. That edges Sebastian a little closer to me for the top spot in the season’s standings. It’s still close for third too …