Welcome to week 15 – four races this week. MotoGP is in Spain; NASCAR is at the restrictor-plate super-speedway of Talladega; WEC is at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium; USCC is at Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at https://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2015-week-fifteen-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.
Scores from week 14:
WRC Argentina, NASCAR Richmond, Indycar Barber:
Kris Meeke won the WRC’s Rally Argentina – the first British driver to win a WRC event since Colin McRae in 2002. And a Brit took the third spot too, with Elfin Evans surviving the brutal event. For Citroen it was a 1-2 with Mads Osberg taking the runners-up spot. Martin Prokop took fourth and Dani Sordo fifth. Prior to the event Meeke called the conditions the worst of any event now that Greece is no longer on the calendar, and every driver had problems due to the rough conditions. Even Meeke had a power-steering failure early in the race. Sebastien Ogier failed to finish day-2 with an engine problem, and with the time penalties for rejoining on day-3 under rally 2 rules, he finished 17th. Our other three picks all failed to finish the rally, so no points. Jari-Matti Latvala was the first out when he stopped on the first stage of Sunday with fuel supply problems. The final stage took out both Andreas Mikkelsen and Thierry Neuville, who both hit the same rock near the start of the stage and ripped off the right-rear wheel.
In NASCAR, the man who was banned from racing by the NASCAR powers, then reinstated three races later, Kurt Busch, won the event at Richmond, putting him into the Chase at the end of the year. Shame. Kevin Harvick was runner-up, followed by Jimmie Johnson who started at the back of the field, but finished third. Jeff Gordon was an outside threat towards the end, running in the top 10, and finishing eighth.
The Indycar race at Barber in Alabama was quite an exciting affair, with bumps and crashes, off-sequence pit strategies, drivers running out of fuel – Helio Castroneves who finished 15th – and drivers who had wasted their tires by the end. Josef Newgarden was one of those latter drivers, but had built up enough of a lead to stay ahead of Graham Rahal and win the race. Rahal, by virtue of his off-sequence pit strategy, had fresh tires at the end of the race enabling him to get around Will Power who finish fourth, and Scott Dixon who finished third, and almost catch Newgarden all in the final stint. Juan Pablo Montoya didn’t qualify well, and broke two front wings in the race to finish a lowly 14th, just behind Tony Kanaan.
Congratulations to Drewe and his third win of the year by a dominant margin of 31 points. Everyone except Drewe got three ducks in WRC – i.e. Drewe made his picks count by not only avoiding Mikkelsen, but getting Meeke and Ostberg right, then piling on with Dixon and Power in Indycar. His victory margin was enough to get him back into the third spot in the standings …