Welcome to week 23 – two races this weekend. F1 is in Austria and NASCAR is at the road circuit of Sonoma in California. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-twenty-three-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.
Scores from week 22:
MotoGP Spain, NASCAR Michigan, WEC Le Mans:
Marc Marquez won his seventh MotoGP race in a row, but it’s getting harder and harder for him. In the last race it was Lorenzo that challenged Marquez for the win, and in this race, in addition to Lorenzo who finished fourth, it was Valentino Rossi who led a good portion of the race and finished second, and Dani Pedrosa who seriously challenged Marquez for the win, but contact between the two on the last lap left Pedrosa the worse off and a third place finish. Behind these four Stefan Bradl finished a distant fifth, but he was well ahead of Aleix Espargaro, Pol Espargaro, and Andrea Dovizioso in 6th, 7th and 8th respectively. Our other pick, Alvaro Bautista finished classified in 22nd place after his bike quit on him after just 3 laps, possibly due to an electrical problem.
Jimmie Johnson is starting to act like Marc Marquez except in NASCAR. He took the win in Michigan this weekend making it back-to-back wins and three out of the last four races. Kevin Harvick had a chance to win until a poor last pit stop meant that he ended up having to fight his way back to a second place finish. Our other pick, Matt Kenseth, finished in 16th place.
Audi took the win and second place at the WEC 24-hour of Le Mans. But it could have been Toyota or Porsche, with cars from both of those teams holding a good lead at one point or another during the race. But as it is with the 24-hour race, attrition played a major role in the finishing order. Even the first place #2 Audi and second place #1 Audi both had to have their turbo-chargers changed during the last part of the race, and that left the #20 Porsche out front for a while. But the Porsche powertrain failed with just 34 laps to go, leaving them with a 39th place finish. With the Toyotas the pole-setting #7 had the lead through the 14th hour, but then were stranded out on track with electrical failure, and ultimately a 40th place finish. The #8 Toyota wasn’t in contention after a heavy crash early on in the race, but the hard-working crew patched the car well enough that they managed a third place finish when attrition with all the other cars had taken its toll. During that Toyota crash the car hit a GT car, which in turn took out the #3 Audi, which couldn’t be repaired, and ended up being classified in 51st place and no points for any of us – we all picked them.
Congratulations to Drewe who gets his fourth win of the year. Ignoring the #7 Toyota that we all picked for just 1 point and the #3 Audi that we all picked for no points, Drewe had the top-5 perfect in MotoGP and the top-3 in WEC. Also with Greased Lightning besting Chris by 20 points, they change positions with Greased Lightning taking over the third spot …
On a personal note, if anyone is interested, I won both races of a Northeast Divisional Championship series double-header this weekend at Pittsburgh International Raceway, in my Spec Racer Ford. I got two bottles of bubbly, two medals, and a set of brake pads, among other spoils of victory.