For the eightieth running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, it has to be presumed the Audis are the favourites. Two of their four cars are the hybrids, which may benefit more from that technology than at Spa. The Toyota hybrids might spring a surprise, but since they could not have a car ready for Spa, it does look like a development year for them. The rest of the LMP1s are the WEC regulars. Pescarola are introducing their new car, which is a development of the Aston Martin AMR One chassis from last year with a Judd engine, as well as running the Dome-Judd car.
MotoGP makes its third visit to Silverstone. I think we all know pretty much what to expect.
The Milwaukee Mile is next up for Indycar. For the shorter ovals such as this, the contrast between drivers better on ovals or on non-ovals is not so marked, but above anyway is last year’s results separated between the two disciplines. Indycar skipped Milwaukee in 2010.
The two-mile superspeedway at Michigan is one of NASCAR’s fastest non-restrictor-plate venues. The rule of thumb with Sprint cup ovals is the longer they are the less predictable the order. Only Stewart finished top-ten in all the last four visits, none better than fifth. Hamlin’s last four results are 1st, 2nd, 1st and 35th.
I guess we will all pick a few MotoGP riders. It is worth looking to all-rounders for the Indycar. Le Mans can sometimes be a lottery, but unless Toyota are better prepared than first-year teams usually are, reliable Audi may be able to race more steadily than recent years when up against the Pugs. Michigan looks a bit dicey, but the driver-stats might help. The big decision seems to be how much risk to put on the Audis at Le Mans in the hope of big points.
Le Mans links:
2012 Standings (has option to view oval or non-oval points)
2012 Points/Results table (Wikipedia anchored link)
2011 Points/Results table (Wikipedia anchored link)
2011 Milwaukee Results
2009 Milwaukee Result
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)
2011 Pocono Result (August)
2011 Pocono Result (June)
2010 Pocono Result (August)
2010 Pocono Result (June)
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