Welcome to week 19 – three races this weekend. F1 races around the streets of Monte Carlo at the Monaco GP. NASCAR remains at Charlotte following their all-star weekend, but this is their regular points counting race. And it’s the Indy 500 in Indianapolis. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-nineteen-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.
Scores from week 18:
MotoGP Le Mans, NASCAR Charlotte (All-Star race), DTM Oschersleben:
Marc Marquez looks unstoppable this year on the Honda. A poor start left him in 10th place after the first lap, but it made no difference. By halfway he was already in the lead, and wasn’t to be denied his fifth win in five starts this year. I can believe that it’s possible for him to sweep all 19 races this year. Valentino Rossi had a solid ride to finish second. If Yamaha can continue to improve Rossi’s bike, he could be the one to threaten Marquez later in the year, but more work on the bike is needed first. All of our picks finished in the top 10.
This year the All-Star NASCAR race in Charlotte comprised of four 20-lap segments and a final 10-lap sprint. The starting order for the last part was determined by each driver’s average finishing position in the first four segments, which dictated the order in which they pitted for a mandatory four-tire change. The order out of the pits was how they started the last sprint. Pretty convoluted, but actually it was all quite exciting. Different cars led different segments, but it slowly became apparent which cars were strong. A couple of wrecks mixed things up, and at the end of it all Jamie McMurray took the checked flag, the win, and the million dollar first prize. Kyle Busch was the winner of segment one, but in the second segment he appeared to try and bump Clint Bowyer out of the way, but it backfired when Bowyer’s car fishtailed back into Busch causing both to crash. Joey Logano then crashed into Busch at pretty high speed, destroying both cars. Both drivers were ok.
Christian Vietoris in a Mercedes won the DTM event in Oschersleben in rainy conditions through better pit strategy than the rest of the field. He took rain-tires earlier than everyone else, and made his mandatory pit-stop earlier too, which combined with safety car cautions put him into the lead and victorious at the end. Mike Rockenfeller was second by employing a similar pit strategy. We had a wide selection of picks with Augusto Farfus finishing 5th, Gary Paffett 8th, Martin Tomczyk 9th, Adrien Tambay 10th, Bruno Spengler 12th, Mattias Ekstrom 13th, and Marco Whittman 19th.
Congratulations to Sebastian who gets his fifth win of the year. Picking both Rockenfeller and Farfus was an important difference. His win is enough to overhaul me and take the lead in the season long standings…