The Motor Racing Game

February 2, 2014

Week 4

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 3:29 pm

Welcome to week 4. Just the Swedish WRC Rally this week. All the regular drivers are there: Ogier, Latvala, and Mikkelsen in the Volkswagens; Ostberg and Meeke in the Citroens with Al Qassini joining them; Hirvonen, Evans, and Kubica in the M-Sport Fords, Prokop too in his own Ford; and Neuville in the new Hyundai, partnered in this rally with Juho Hanninen.  Then there’s a bunch of “occasionals” entered: Ott Tanak, Michal Solowow, Pontus Tidemand, Henning Solberg, and Craig Breen all in Fords; and Eyvind Brynildsen in a Citroen.

It might seem a relatively easy choice – simply pick seven from the regulars. But it’s not that easy. For example, Evans is a regular this season in one of the quick Fords, but it’ll be his first time racing on snow. Also, the rally may be one-off for Tidemond, Solberg, and Brynildsen, but all are Scandinavians who grew up rallying on the snow, and all have had success in the past (at least in the IRC). So it’s tough to choose seven. Sebastian has a useful guide here: http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-four-guide-and-links/. Please make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

The rally will be well under way on Thursday (they’re actually starting on Wednesday), which is before the deadline for submitting your picks, so please keep a close eye on our posts on WordPress, or on the rally news from one of the many sport media outlets (I particularly like www.irallylive.com).  

Scores from week 3: None (no racing)

Standings:

Week2Standings

January 27, 2014

Week 3

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 6:48 pm

Welcome to week 3. No races this week, and this is the only time it happens this season.

Scores from week 2:

USCC 24 Hours of Daytona:

Week2Rslts

The USCC racing season got off to a bad start at the Daytona 24 hour race when a violent crash occurred early in the race, sending two drivers to the hospital. Memo Gridley in the #99 Gainsco Stallings Racing Corvette DP collided at high speed into the #62 Risi Competizione Ferrari being driven by Matteo Malucelli. Gridley needed surgery on his arm and leg, and is reported to need another surgery on a fracture in his back. No injuries were reported for Malucelli, but he is spending the night in the hospital for observation.

There were many other crashes in the race, but in the end the #5 Action Express Racing Corvette got the better of the #10 Wayne Taylor Corvette by just 1.5 seconds. In third place, the second Action Express Corvette, the #9 car, finished on the lead lap, but 18 seconds further adrift. Because of the carnage in the race, two GTLM cars – a Porsche 911 and a BMW Z4 – managed to finish in the top 10.

Four of our picks finished outside of the top 43, so no points if you picked: #60-Michael Shank Racing (47th), #1-Extreme Speed Motorsports (59th), #78-Starworks Motorsport (62nd), #99-Gainsco Stallings Racing (65th).

Players Scores:

Week2PickRslts

That was a tough week to pick. I believe that Chris’ winning score of 139 is the lowest in the history of the game. Congratulations nevertheless, as he was the only one to pick the race winner and score points with all his other picks bar one. With three of my picks scoring no points, it lets Chris jump into an early lead in the season’s standings …

Standings:

Week2Standings

January 19, 2014

Week 2

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 11:57 pm

Welcome to week 2 – the new USCC series starts this week with their opener in Daytona. The name, United Sports Car Championship (USCC), comes about because it is the union of Grand Am and the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), so many of the teams that were in those series are racing. Sebastian has more information in his guide at: http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 1:

WRC Monte Carlo:

Week1Rslts

As expected the Monte Carlo Rally was an event in which attrition played its usual role. First out was Thierry Neuville in the new factory Hyundai Team, who crashed on stage 1. The other Hyundai car, driven by Dani Sordo was out after stage 5 when the electrics failed. Francois Delecour and Martin Prokop also went out on day 1 although none of us picked them. On day 2 it was Robert Kubica’s turn to crash on stage 9. Then on the last day Mikko Hirvonen went out on the last stage when his alternator failed. There’s no “Rally 2” at the Monte, so all who went out could not rejoin, so there’s no points scored for those of us who picked those drivers.

As if to emphasize the attrition, 9th place went to Matteo Gamba in a Peugeot 207 in the RC2 group – that’s not WRC 2 – it’s usually considered a “lower” group, although the cars are generally WRC 2 spec, just with non-conformal tires. And the WRC 2 winner of the event, Yurly Protasov managed to take 10th place overall.

The top-flight winner was current world champion Sebastien Ogier. His day 1 was not too good when he made the wrong tire choice in the quickly changing conditions – using slick racing tires then encountering snow. But he quickly came back to form on day 2 and took the lead from Bryan Bouffier who held on to second to the end. Bouffier is a previous winner of the Monte, albeit when it was part of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) – the forerunner to the European Rally Championship – in 2011. He was also in the WRC rally last year when he finished 5th. Irishman Kris Meeke was third, which was the first podium for a Brit since Richard Burns’ 3rd place finish in Australia in 2003. Meeke was also the first Brit to podium in the Monte since Paddy Hopkirk won it in a Mini 50 years ago.

Player’s Scores:

Week1PickRslts

Congratulations to me for winning the opening week. Obviously my pick of Bryan Bouffier made the difference – WRC is “my sport”, and I knew Bouffier had a good record in the Monte.

Standings:

Week1Standings

January 12, 2014

Week 1

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 2:11 pm

Welcome to week 1 – our opening week for the 2014 season. Only one race to pick from, it’s the WRC’s Monte Carlo Rally.

A new works team starts the WRC season at the Monte: Hyundai with two cars. One of the cars will be driven all season by Thierry Neuville. The team has stated intent to rotate their second car among several drivers, and for the Monte it will be Dani Sordo.

There were major changes with all the top teams except Volkswagen who are sticking with champion Sebastien Ogier, and with Jari-Matti Latvala, and Andreas Mikkelsen. Citroen replaced Sordo and Mikko Hirvonen with Mads Ostberg and Kris Meeke, and like last year Khalid Al Qassimi will do select races again this year. Horvonen went over to M-Sport, who also picked up Elfyn Evans, hence dropping Evgeny Novikov (in addition to losing Neuville to Hyundai). A couple of other drivers who’ll drive M-Sport Fords, but not under the M-Sport banner include Martin Prokop with his Jipocar sponsor, and Robert Kubica who will do a full season with his Lotus sponsor.

For the Monte there are also several other drivers competing in the top-flight class, probably as one-offs. You can find the full entry list here: http://www.acm.mc/documents/4/LISTE%20DES%20ENGAGES%20PAR%20LISTE%20DE%20PRIORITE.pdf.

Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

The guide and links can be found here: http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-one-guide-and-links/.

Good luck!

 

Are you a new player interested in playing this fun game? Read on …

Each week players pick 10 drivers from all the major motor racing series that are racing that weekend (7 drivers if there’s only 1 major series racing). You score points based on how well your drivers did: 50 points if your driver won, 40 for second, then 35, 32, 30, 28, 26, 24, 22, 20, 19, 18, and so on down to 1 point for finishing in several of the lower positions. The player with the most points wins that week. We also accumulate points for the whole year of racing to decide a yearly champion of the game.

The major series we follow are: F1, WRC, MotoGP, WEC, NASCAR, Indycar, DTM, and the United SportsCar Championship (formerly ALMS and GrandAm).

There’s no money involved – just bragging rights. To sign up, post a comment to this site telling us you’re interested, including your e-mail address, and we’ll reply with a pass-code that will allow you to post your weekly entry.

December 15, 2013

Welcome to the 2014 edition of the game

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 5:04 am

Welcome to The Motor Racing Game 2014.

For new players here’s a brief rundown on how we play the game.

Each week players pick 10 drivers from all the major motor racing series that are racing that weekend (7 drivers if there’s only 1 major series racing). You score points based on how well your drivers did: 50 points if your driver won, 40 for second, then 35, 32, 30, 28, 26, 24, 22, 20, 19, 18, and so on down to 1 point for finishing in several of the lower positions. The player with the most points wins that week. We also accumulate points for the whole year of racing to decide a yearly champion of the game.

The major series we follow are: F1, WRC, MotoGP, WEC, NASCAR, Indycar, DTM, and the United SportsCar Championship (formerly ALMS and GrandAm).

There’s no money involved – just bragging rights. To sign up, post a comment to this site telling us you’re interested, including your e-mail address, and we’ll reply with a pass-code that will allow you to post your weekly entry.

The first weekend of racing in 2014 is the WRC Monte Carlo Rally. The deadline for submitting your driver picks is January 16th. It’s fun – try it!

December 1, 2013

2013 Season End

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 7:25 pm

Thank you for playing in 2013. Congratulations to Sebastian and his overall season win.

Next year’s competition is only 7 weeks away – in the third week of January (picks due Jan-16, 2014) with the kickoff of the WRC Monte Carlo Rally, and in the following week the Daytona 24 hour race now under the auspices of the United SportsCar Championship (in my opinion a horrible name, but I suppose somewhat logical given that it is the union of ALMS and GrandAm).

I like to suggest a couple of changes for next year.

1)       Extend the “New Players” ease-of-entry period to week 10, giving them 99% of the lowest score in week one, and reducing by 1% each week through week 10.

2)      Have a competition within a competition that I’ll score: the best cumulative score attained by players in each series. In other words we’d finish the season with an overall winner like Sebastian was this year, but we’d also have an F1 winner, NASCAR winner, etc.

3)      Bring the WTC (World Touring Car Championship) into the mix. I’m tentative about this, but in theory the series is as good as, if not arguably more prestigious than DTM.

Let me know what you think about these changes in the comments section. And anything you can do to attract more players, the more fun the game will be.

Scores from week 43:

WEC Bahrain:

Week43Rslts

Toyota finally won a race in the WEC (ignoring the Japan debacle earlier), with the #8 beating the #1 Audi by just over a minute. The #7 Toyota suffered engine failure just before the 2-hour mark of the 6 hour race (25th place finish). Engine failure came even earlier for the #12 Rebellion, after just 1 hour and 22 minutes (26th place finish). The #2 Audi also could not make the distance, becoming stranded out on track just before the 3-hour mark with a broken drivetrain (22nd place finish).  That left the third podium position for the P2 cars to contend, and at the end the #26 G-Drive Oreca-Nission took the place over the #24 Oak Morgan-Nissan. The other Oak Morgan-Mission, the #35, finished two places further back in 6th, behind the #41 Greaves Zytek-Nissan which none of us picked. The #49 Pecom was our other pick, and they finished in 14th place, 27 laps down.

Player’s Scores:

Week43PickRslts

Congratulations to Chris, Drewe, and myself in a big three-way tie. I don’t feel like I deserve to share the win since I had all the intentions to change my picks at the last minute to be unique – but I missed the deadline. Nevertheless, I finish the season with 11 and a third wins – besting Sebastian’s 10.5 wins. We all had multiple wins this year, which shows how smart we all are, on occasions, with our motorsport knowledge.

Once again, congratulations to Sebastian and his overall victory, and to RubberGoat with a solid runner-up spot, managing to hold me off in third, despite my wins, showing off Rubbergoat’s consistency in picks.

Final Standings:

Week43Standings

November 24, 2013

Week 43

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 10:28 pm

Welcome to week 43 – final week and only one race to pick from. It’s WEC in Bahrain. Top five picks are obvious (all the LMP1 cars), the remaining two not so (which LMP2 cars?). Sebastian has the guide for your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2013-week-forty-three-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 42:

F1 Brazil:

Week42Rslts

Sebastian Vettel set an all-time record when he won at Interlagos – 9 F1 race wins in-a-row. He also tied Michael Schumacher with 13 wins in a single season. He celebrated with donuts at the end of the cool-down lap just before pit entrance. The FIA has fined him before for doing donuts, so this flaunting of their prior penalty won’t go down well with them – but I support the celebration – the FIA are just a bunch of stiffs. His team-mate Mark Webber completed his final race in F1 in second place, and enjoyed the cool down lap with gloves and helmet off – something else the FIA will not like. And Fernando Alonso rounded out the top three – interestingly having the same number of career F1 starts as Webber, but of course unlike Webber, he’ll be racing again next year. Nico Rosberg briefly had the lead early in lap one, but couldn’t match the pace of the leading contenders, and ended up 5th. Lewis Hamilton had a trying race; Valterri Bottas was trying to unlap himself, but as he came up alongside Hamilton the two touched wheels and both suffered punctures. Bottas ended up out of the race (21st place finish), and Hamilton had to limp around to the pits to get new tires. Subsequently the FIA judged Hamilton to have been at fault in the incident (and to my eyes it did look like he moved into Bottas), and had to come into the pits again for a drive-through penalty. In the end Hamilton finished in 9th place behind Felipe Massa and Nico Hulkenberg (7th and 8th respectively). Romain Grosjean only completed two laps when his engine let go, and that was that – a 22nd place finish.

Player’s Scores:

Week42PickRslts

Congratulations to Chris and his fourth win of the year. Obviously it was his pick of Massa that made the difference. No changes in the standings, and it doesn’t look like there’ll be changes next week unless someone fails to post their picks. The closest margin among active players is currently between Chris and Drewe, but its 67 points, and the biggest margin of victory this year has been 38 points, so it’d need really wild picks from Drewe and considerable luck for him to get past Chris…

Standings:

Week42Standings

November 18, 2013

Week 42

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 2:41 am

Welcome to week 42 – second to last week and only one race to pick from. It’s F1 and it’s at Interlagos in Brazil. Sebastian has made me aware that Heikki Kovalainen is driving for Lotus at this event, in place of Kimi Raikkonen who’s out for back surgery, so I’ve added him to the picks, and removed Raikkonen. As usual Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2013-week-forty-two-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 41:

F1 Texas, WRC Wales, NASCAR Florida:

Week41Rslts

Sebastian Vettel won again in F1 at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. It was a mostly uneventful race with Romain Grosjean and Mark Webber rounding out the podium positions. The only incident was on the opening lap when contact between Adrian Sutil and Pastor Maldonado sent Sutil into the wall. He was unhurt, but it prompted a safety car. For our picks outside the top three, Lewis Hamilton was 4th, Fernando Alonso 5th, and Nico Rosberg 9th after qualifying poorly.

WRC was in Wales for the Rally of Great Britain, and once again Sebastien Ogier came away the victor. He was only really challenged by his Volkswagen teammate Jari-Matti Latvala. Thierry Neuville took the third spot, which is what he needed to finish the season second in the championship – not bad for a privateer entry. Mikko Hirvenon had a spectacular high speed crash on the opening day after missing a pace note, and in addition to having more mud inside the car that outside after the crash, the car was too badly damaged for him to continue, even under Rally 2 rules; so no points for those who picked him. Other victims of the Welsh mud were Evgeny Novikov, and Robert Kubica who went off twice – on the first day when he misjudged a muddy section, and then again on the second day – like Hirvonen, a victim of a missed pace note.

NASCAR wrapped up its season at Homestead in Miami, and Jimmie Johnson drove a conservative race, finishing 9th but winning the championship. Matt Kenseth or Kevin Harvick needed to win the event and hope for a poor performance from Johnson to snatch the title away from him, and while the latter did not happen, at least Kenseth had a good run finishing second behind the race winner Denny Hamlin. Harvick finished behind Johnson in 10th. And behind Harvick in 11th was Jeff Gordon. Our other pick, Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 3rd. There was a spectacular fire in the pits when Paul Menard’s car came in with the fire already brewing by the rear tire, and after he stopped the tire exploded with quite some force. Fortunately no one was hurt.

Player’s Scores:

Week41PickRslts

Congratulations to me and my eleventh win of the year. I felt I picked wildly, and indeed my NASCAR picks were key to my success. I’m trying to get past Rubbergoat in these final weeks, but this week Rubbergoat finished in a strong second place, so I only gained 13 points. As expected greased lightning overhauled Pat’s position…

Standings:

Week41Standings

November 11, 2013

Week 41

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 4:41 am

Welcome to week 41 – three races this weekend. F1 is in Texas at the Circuit of the America’s, WRC is in Wales for the Rally of Great Britain, and NASCAR has their final race of the year at Homestead in Florida.

Kimi Raikonnen will be absent from F1 in Texas, as he has back surgery to correct a long suffering problem. In the WRC former F1 driver Robert Kubica makes his top-flight debut in one of the Abu Dhabi Citroen WRC cars. He says that fans should not expect him to break into the top five – otherwise there is something very wrong with the talent in the series. This could be interesting, so I’ve added him to the list for you to pick if you want to be brave. In NASCAR Jimmie Johnson takes a 28 point lead into the final race, so if Matt Kenseth wins, Johnson needs just a 25th place finish or better (with some minor assumptions), or if Kevin Harvick wins, Johnson needs a 31st place finish or better. No one else can win the championship. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2013-guide-and-links-week-forty-one/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 40:

MotoGP Spain, NASCAR Texas, WEC China:

Week40Rslts

Marc Marquez is the youngest ever MotoGP World Champion at age 20. Jorge Lorenzo had to win the race, which he duly did, and have Marquez finish out of the top four, but that was unlikely, and Marquez ultimately played it smart and settled for third place and hence the championship. Sandwiched between the two was Dani Pedrosa who battled hard for the lead with Lorenzo in the early stages of the race. There was contact between them at one point, almost dooming them both. Even though they both stayed upright, the aggressiveness of the incident means the results are still subject to a post-race investigation. Since we all picked them both, I won’t alter the scores even if the results are amended. Behind these three Valentino Rossi got the better of Alvaro Bautista for 4th and 5th respectively. Cal Crutchlow is usually the other rider to battle for fourth, but he crashed early in the race giving him a 23rd place finish.

In NASCAR Kevin Harvick kept his slim hopes for a championship alive by winning the race at Phoenix International Raceway. He finished two places ahead of Jimmie Johnson, with Kasey Kahne in between in second place. As these three closed in on the final lap of the race, it was actually Carl Edwards who had the lead, but a miscalculation in fuel consumption had him run out of gas, handing Harvick the victory. Johnson’s third place was lucky in a couple of ways – in the form of spins during the race as a result of contact from other cars; but in both cases Johnson kept away from the walls, and avoided serious damage. Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished in fourth place – which was a great finish considering that he went a lap down early in the race due to a loose wheel. Jeff Gordon looked strong during the race – leading for a while – but he faded to 14th place at the end.

In WEC the #2 Audi drivers of Allan McNish, Tom Kristensen and Loic Duval won the championship with their third place finish in Shanghai. Their teammates in the #1 Audi took the race victory, and in between was the #7 Toyota which finished just 16 seconds off the lead. The #12 Rebellion was fourth. The #8 Toyota actually had the lead in the fourth hour of the race, but were forced to retire when their front suspension collapsed after a critical bolt sheered, leaving them with a 24th place finish.

Player’s Scores:

Week40PickRslts

Congratulations to Chris and his third win of the year. Picking the top finishers in MotoGP and WEC, plus strong picks in NASCAR did the trick. But it was a close week, with Greased Lightning just 2 points behind with the difference being Rossi versus Bautista, and Sebastian just a further 3 points behind. Myself, Drewe, and Rubbergoat all had quite different picks, but ended up just 3 points apart. That means that little changed in the standings except that Chris puts some cushion between himself and Drewe. Three weeks left, so still time for a couple of position swaps for those willing to pick wildly, and greased lightning will now certainly overhaul Pat’s position…

Standings:

Week40Standings

November 4, 2013

Week 40

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 3:40 am

Welcome to week 40 – three races this weekend. MotoGP’s final race of the season, with the title on the line, is at Valencia in Spain; WEC is in Shanghai, China; and NASCAR visits Phoenix International Raceway in Arizona. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2013-week-forty-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 39:

F1 Abu Dhabi, NASCAR Texas:

Week39Rslts

Sebastian Vettel dominated the F1 race at Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi. His teammate Mark Webber was the best of the rest, finishing just ahead of Nico Rosberg. There wasn’t too much excitement in the race, except the early exit of Kimi Raikonnen (22nd place finish) when he came into contact with Giedo van der Garde in the first corner, and later on when Fernando Alonso came out of the pits and almost hit Jean-Eric Verne.

The NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway was dominated by Jimmie Johnson who now has a 7 point lead over Matt Kenseth in the championship. These two are now clear of the rest of the field, so it looks to be between them with two races to go. Kenseth looked strong in the race, although not as strong as Johnson, and he hurt himself by going too fast in pit lane at one point which put him well down in the field, so he actually did a good job to get back to finish fourth. Jeff Gordon was the other contender at the start of the Texas race, but he hit the wall early on and did too much damage to continue until later in the race, hence finishing 41st. Our other two picks were Kevin Harvick who finished 8th, and Kyle Busch who finished 13th despite heavy contact with the wall early on.

Player’s Scores:

Week39PickRslts

Congratulations to Drewe and his fourth outright win of the year with one tie. Earnhardt was the choice de jour for Drewe, separating him from the rest of us who otherwise had similar picks. No changes in the standings although another week like this one and Drewe will have a shot at passing Chris. With just four weeks to go it’s looking good for Sebastian. I’ll be getting wild in my picks to try and pass Rubbergoat for second, greased lightning should be able to overhaul the absent Pat (remember greased lightning joined us late in the season), and with Chris and Drewe so close, there’s plenty of time for them to battle it out for fourth place …

Standings:

Week39Standings

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