The Motor Racing Game

Guide and Links Week Forty-Three

The last round of the MotoGP is the Valencia GP at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo. We all know who the fast guys are.

The WRC season concludes with the Rally de España (used to be the Rally de Catalunya), which is a mixed surface round, with, as far as I can tell, approximately two-thirds asphalt and one-third gravel. It was also mixed-surface last year, but before that may have been a full tarmac event. Dani Sordo is back. The results site I usually link to is not working so I have linked instead to the results on the official WRC site, but these do not include retirements.

Phoenix International Speedway is a one-mile oval with an unusual dog-leg on the back stretch. It was so drastically reconfigured last year that only the two most recent results are worth heeding. Thus it is difficult to work out how predictable the venue is. Four drivers, Johnson, Gordon, Harvick and Busch (Kyle), managed top-tens for both the most recent races. No drivers featured in the top-ten at both the races since the configuration changes, which suggests high unpredictability, as even if both results were completely random, no drivers being top-ten in both would be very unlikely.

MotoGP should be the safest, with solid picks in WRC. It is difficult to work out if a punt on NASCAR is worthwhile, or indeed who might be worth choosing, with only two results from the new Phoenix.

MotoGP links:

2012 Points/Results Table (Wikipedia anchored link)
2011 Points/Results Table (Wikipedia anchored link)
2011 Valencia Report
2010 Valencia Report
2009 Valencia Report

WRC links:

Entry List
2012 Results-table (Wikipedia anchored link)
2011 Results-table (Wikipedia anchored link)
2011 Spain Result
2010 Spain Result
2009 Spain Result

NASCAR links:

Entry List (Page usually turns up by Tuesday.)
2012 Championship points-table
2012 Championship results-table (Wikipedia anchored link)
2011 Championship points-table
2011 Championship points-table without Chase (Can be used to access drivers’ stats pages)
Driver stats page (Brad Keselowski) (Use the ‘SELECT DRIVER’ menu towards the top-right to reach the other driver-pages)
2012 Phoenix result (first visit)
2011 Phoenix result (second visit)
2011 Phoenix result (first visit)
2010 Phoenix result (second visit)
2010 Phoenix result (first visit)

If you want to leave a comment on this page, that is fine, but, as this page is effectively an extension of the weekly post, I suggest that it will be more cohesive if comments are left there instead.

2 Comments »

  1. Four drivers, Johnson, Gordon, Harvick and Busch (Kyle), managed top-tens for both the most recent races.

    Which two most recent races are you using? None of them were top 10 last Autumn.

    Comment by Mav — November 6, 2012 @ 9:46 am

  2. Bugger. Must have clicked the wrong link (last year’s first visit). Will correct later. Thanks for mentioning.

    Comment by Sebastian. — November 6, 2012 @ 12:40 pm


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