Welcome to week 34 – three races this weekend. MotoGP is at Aragon in Spain; NASCAR is in Dover, Delaware; DTM is at Zandvoort in Holland. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2013-week-thirty-four-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.
Scores from week 33:
F1 Singapore, NASCAR New Hampshire, WEC and ALMS Texas:
In F1 Sebastian Vettel dominated the race in Singapore, leading every lap on his way to the win. Behind Fernando Alonso in second, Kimi Raikonnen had a great drive starting thirteenth on the grid but battled his way up to a third place finish. Mark Webber was the only one of our picks who had trouble, and that was a failed engine with half a lap to go, leaving him with a 15th place finish.
Matt Kenseth has won two in a row in the Chase for the Cup, following up his NASCAR win last week with a win at New Hampshire this week. And even more remarkably in the usually volatile NASCAR series, his Toyota teammate, Kyle Busch, again finished second, just like last week. Greg Biffle broke the repeat string with third this week (he was 16th last week).
No surprises in the WEC with the four P1 cars taking the four top spots. Perhaps a little surprising was the #1 Audi finishing third behind their winning #2 teammate and the second place #8 Toyota. It was a result of damage the #1 Audi sustained when passing a GTE car, going wide, and then getting hit from behind which caused the damage that had to be repaired. At the end they were only a lap down on the #2 Audi and the Toyota. The Toyota managed to keep the race close by doing a double stint on their tires – it makes a big difference if you can cut out a pit stop in an endurance race (which I learnt when I lost an endurance race a few years back for the very same reason). The result unofficially gives Audi the manufacturer’s title in the WEC.
In ALMS the two P1 cars finished 1-2 with the #6 Muscle Milk car leading every lap. The Delta Wing, technically a “P1” car resorted to their inconsistent running and finished 17 laps down in 29th. So the four P2 cars took the next 4 spots, led by the two Level 5 cars, ahead of the two Extreme Speed cars.
Congratulations to me and my eighth win of the year. I spread my picks around just a little more than everyone else except greased lightning, where the difference came down to my pick of Vettel in F1. And there is a change in the standings this week; with Chris missing the week, Drewe overhauled him to take fourth place …