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June 26, 2017

2017 Week Twenty-Three Provisional Results

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Pos  Pre  +/-  Name        Prior    Wk 23   Total   Differences
1    1       Sebastian    5455     304      5759    0    –   
2    2       iomracer    5208     290      5498    261    261   
3    3       New player    4652     261      4913    846    585   


June 19, 2017

2017 Week Twenty-Two Provisional Results

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sebastian X @ 11:13 pm



Pos  Pre  +/-  Name        Prior    Wk 22   Total   Differences
1    1       Sebastian    5302     153      5455    0    –   
2    2       iomracer    5018     190      5208    247    247   
3    3       New player    4514     138      4652    803    556   


June 12, 2017

2017 Week Twenty-One Interim Results

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sebastian X @ 1:54 am



Pos  Pre  +/-  Name        Prior    Wk 21   Total   Differences
1    1       Sebastian    4957     345      5302    0    –   
2    2       iomracer    4726     292      5018    284    284   
3    3       New player    4251     263      4514    788    504   

June 7, 2017

2017 Week 21

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 4:56 am

Welcome to week 21 – five races this weekend. F1 is in Montreal, Canada; WRC is in Italy on the island of Sardegna; Moto GP is at Catalunya in Spain; NASCAR visits the superspeedway of Pocono in Pennsylvania; and Indycar is at Texas Motor Speedway. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 20:

Moto GP Italy, NASCAR Dover, Indycar Michigan, USCC Michigan:

Results – Week 20
Pos MotoGP NASCAR Indycar

Race 1


Race 2

Indycar USCC
1 Andrea Dovizioso Jimmie Johnson Graham Rahal Graham Rahal Graham Rahal 10-Wayne Taylor Racing
2 Maverick Vinales Kyle Larson Scott Dixon Josef Newgarden Josef Newgarden 31-Whelen Engineering Racing
3 Danilo Petrucci Martin Truex Jr. James Hinchcliffe Will Power Scott Dixon 70-Mazda Motorsports
4 Valentino Rossi Ryan Newman Josef Newgarden Takuma Sato Alexander Rossi 5-Mustang Sampling Racing
5 Alvaro Bautista Chase Elliott Alexander Rossi Simon Pagenaud Takuma Sato 55-Mazda Motorsports
6 Marc Marquez David Suarez Mikhail Aleshin Scott Dixon Helio Castroneves 85-JDC-Miller Motosports
7 Johann Zarco Jamie McMurray Helio Castroneves Alexander Rossi Will Power 22-Tequila Patron
8 Jorge Lorenzo Denny Hamlin Takuma Sato Charlie Kimball James Hinchcliffe 38-Performance Tech
9 Michele Pirro Kevin Harvick Ed Jones Helio Castroneves Simon Pagenaud 26-BAR1 Motorsports
10 Andrea Iannone Danica Patrick Spencer Pigot Tony Kanaan Mikhail Aleshin 20-BAR1 Motorsports

Another good Moto GP race at Mugello, with a number of lead changes including Valentino Rossi at the front at times, which was a bit of a surprise considering he was injured in a motocross accident the week before. Andrea Dovizioso was another one up front with health issues – for him it was a bout of food poisoning. The other two in the mix at the front for most the race, were championship leader Maverick Vinales, and Danilo Petrucci. After all the dicing, it was Dovizioso who got away at the end and won the race by 1.3s over Vinales, then Petrucci and Rossi. Alvaro Bautista had a battle with Marc Marquez, and finished just 8 hundredths ahead of Marquez for fifth. Then a bit of a gap to Johann Zarco in 7th, which wasn’t bad given his poor qualifying which had him starting 11th on the grid. And Jorge Lorenzo was 8th, which was a lowly finishing position considering he was battling for the lead in the opening laps. Dani Pedrosa was down in 12th when he crashed on the final lap, taking down Cal Cruthlow when he fell, and finishing 22nd.

The NASCAR race on the short track in Dover went into overtime after a late crash. And it was in the extra laps that Jimmie Johnson got ahead and won the race ahead of Kyle Larson and Martin Truex Jr. The result showed how strong Johnson and his Hendrick team are, considering that they started the race at the back after a gearbox change, and it was his third win of the year.

Indycar on Belle Island was a two-race affair – the only double race on the Indy calendar – and both races were won by Grahal Rahal. The combined second place finisher, Josef Newgarden was also in good form, with a fourth place in the first race, behind Rahal, Scott Dixon, and James Hinchcliffe, and then second in the second race behind only Rahal. While Dixon followed up his second place in the first race, with sixth in the second race. Simon Pagenaud was a lowly 16th in the first race, and 5th in the second race, for a combined 9th place.

The USCC was also on Belle Island, and the Cadillacs again dominated, with the #10 Wayne Taylor car taking the win and keeping the perfect season alive. It almost wasn’t to be, having started 16th on the grid after a qualifying crash, but they showed how dominant they are, and how hard it will be to beat them this year. The #31 Cadillac of the Wheelen Engineering team finished less than 5s behind in second. The third Cadillac of the #5 Mustang Sampling team was fourth, with the #70 Mazda car getting in between, and getting the final podium spot. The #85 JDC Miller Motorsports Oreca continued to show as best of the LMP 2 cars, with a strong sixth place finish behind the #55 Mazda.

Week-20 Player’s Scores iom seb
Andrea Dovizioso 50
Maverick Vinales 40 40
Valentino Rossi 32
Marc Marquez 28
Johann Zarco 26 26
Jorge Lorenzo 24
Dani Pedrosa 8 8
Scott Dixon 35 35
Simon Pagenaud 22
10-Wayne Taylor Racing 50 50
31-Whelen Engineering Racing 40 40
5-Mustang Sampling Racing 32 32
85-JDC-Miller Motosports 28
Totals: 313 333

Congratulations to Sebastian who gets his fourteenth win of the year, with five in a row. Dovizioso in Moto GP was a key pick for the win. No changes in positions in the standings…

Standings after week 20:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 4957 333 4624
2 2 iomracer 4726 -231 313 4413 -211
3 3 New Players 4251 -475 282 3969 -444


June 4, 2017

2017 Detroit Double-Header Table

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May 30, 2017

2017 Week 20

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 3:47 am

Welcome to week 20 – four races this weekend. Moto GP is at Mugello in Italy, and Valentino Rossi is questionable due to injuries suffered in a Motocross accident; NASCAR is on the short track in Dover, Delaware; Indycar is on Belle Island, in Detroit, Michigan; and joining Indycar on Belle Island is the USCC.  Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 19:

F1 Monte Carlo, NASCAR Charlotte, Indycar Indianapolis 500:

Results – Week 19
Pos F1 NASCAR Indycar
1 Sebastian Vettel Austin Dillon Takuma Sato
2 Kimi Raikkonen Kyle Busch Helio Castroneves
3 Daniel Ricciardo Martin Truex Jr. Ed Jones
4 Valtteri Bottas Matt Kenseth Max Chilton
5 Max Verstappen Denny Hamlin Tony Kanaan
6 Carlos Sainz Kurt Busch Juan Pablo Montoya
7 Lewis Hamilton Erik Jones Alexander Rossi
8 Romain Grosjean Kevin Harvick Marco Andretti
9 Felipe Massa Ryan Newman Gabby Chaves
10 Kevin Magnussen Dale Earnhardt Jr. Carlos Munoz

Ferrari dominated the F1 Monaco Grand Prix with Kimi Raikkonen starting on pole, and eventually finishing second behind his teammate Sebastian Vettal, for a Ferrari one-two. But it wasn’t all smiles and cheers for the Ferrari guys – in fact Raikkonen, the “Ice Man”, was uncharacteristically, but visibly, fuming after losing the win on what was essentially a team decision, by the way the pit stops were organized. The tires were lasting, so it seemed coming in later than planned was the way to go, so when Ferrari pulled Raikkonen in first from the lead, then Vettel five laps later, Vettel was ahead of Raikkonen after his pitstop, and that was the deciding strategy. Lewis Hamilton lost a lot of championship points to Vettel by having a miserable weekend, and finishing 7th, which was at least a whole lot better than his 13th place qualifying position. Hamilton’s teammate, Valtteri Bottas, did a little better finishing fourth, but overall not a good weekend for Mercedes. Red Bull on the other hand showed some pace, and a well-deserved third for Daniel Ricciardo, and fifth for Max Verstappen, although he felt a better result was possible. Sergio Perez was hampered by a loose front wing that needed a pitstop early, then he collided with Daniil Kvyat which led to another pitstop, and eventually a 13th place finish.

It was a long NASCAR race at Charlotte with rain dragging out the race by an extra hour and forty minutes. Austin Dillon led most laps, so it was a well-deserved victory for him after gambling on fuel in the closing stages. It was in fact Jimmie Johnson who had the lead with three laps to go, but he too had gambled on fuel, and it didn’t pay off when he ran out, finishing 17th.

Takuma Sato won the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500, getting revenge over his near-win last year when he crashed in the closing stages battling for the win. This time it was Helio Castroneves who tried to make a move on Sato in the closing laps, but Sato’s car was too quick and the win was his. The other headline from the race was the scary crash of Scott Dixon into Jay Howard in the early stages. After Howard hit the wall, he drifted across the track and Dixon had nowhere to go, except into Howard, into the air, and into the catch fencing on top of the inside wall. Dixon’s car was destroyed, but thankfully he walked away, and a 32nd place finish. A multi-car crash with 17 laps to go caught out Will Power, and 23rd place finish for him. Simon Pagenaud had an unmemorable day, finishing 14th.

Week-19 Player’s Scores iom seb
Sebastian Vettel 50 50
Kimi Raikkonen 40 40
Daniel Ricciardo 35 35
Valtteri Bottas 32 32
Max Verstappen 30 30
Lewis Hamilton 26 26
Sergio Perez 17
Jimmie Johnson 13
Helio Castroneves 40 40
Simon Pagenaud 16
Will Power 7
Scott Dixon 1 1
Totals: 277 284

Congratulations to Sebastian and his thirteenth win of the year. Picking Perez in F1 and Johnson again in NASCAR was better than iomracer’s gamble with four Indycar picks. No changes in positions in the season long standings…

Standings after week 19:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 4624 284 4340
2 2 iomracer 4413 -211 277 4136 -204
3 3 New Players 3969 -444 249 3720 -416


May 21, 2017

2017 Week 19

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 10:26 pm

Welcome to week 19 – three races this weekend. F1 is in Monte Carlo for the Monaco Grand Prix; NASCAR stays in Charlotte with a regular race following last week’s All-Star race at the same track; Indycar is in Indianapolis for the Indy 500. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 18:

WRC Portugal, Moto GP France, NASCAR Charlotte (All-Star race):

Results – Week 18
1 Sebastien Ogier Maverick Vinales Kyle Busch
2 Thierry Neuville Johann Zarco Kyle Larson
3 Dani Sordo Dani Pedrosa Jimmie Johnson
4 Ott Tanak Andrea Dovizioso Kurt Busch
5 Craig Breen Cal Crutchlow Jamie McMurray
6 Elfyn Evans Jorge Lorenzo Kevin Harvick
7 Juho Hanninen Jonas Folger Chase Elliott
8 Mads Ostberg Jack Miller Joey Logano
9 Jari-Matti Latvala Loris Baz Brad Keselowski
10 Esapekka Lappi Andrea Iannone Denny Hamlin

The WRC Rally Portugal was a close affair in the first couple of days, with six different leaders in the first day of rallying, and the top 8 separated by just 9s. Attrition took its toll on the second day, and the leaderboard was pretty much sorted as the last day started. With Sebastian Ogier 15s ahead of Thierry Neuville, who was 30s ahead of Dani Sordo, everyone drove defensively to hold their positions, and that was the finishing order. Elfin Evans lost time on Friday with a puncture, and them more time on Saturday when he went off and suffered another puncture, but recovered to a 6th place finish. Jari-Matti Latvala rolled on Friday, and was ill for the rest of the weekend, including spending Saturday night in the hospital to rehydrate; 9th was his finishing position. Another poor rally by Kris Meeke, a broken suspension after going wide into hinkelstein-like stone on Friday had him rejoin the rally on Saturday under Rally 2 rules; 18th was his finishing position.

At the MotoGP race in Le Mans, Valentino Rossi almost had his first win of the year, but uncharacteristically crashed on the last lap. He got the lead from Maverick Vinales with three laps to go, but lost it when he ran wide in turn 8 on the last lap, then came down in turn 11 trying to get back the win, resulting in a 16th place finish. So Vinales took the win, with Johann Zarco continuing to impress with second place, 3s behind Vinales. Dani Pedrosa took the final podium spot a further 5s behind Zarco, followed by Andrea Dovizioso in fourth. Marc Marquez was another rider who took a tumble, just after the half way mark, and an 18th place finish for him.

The NASCAR all-star race in Charlotte was a bit of a bore. They tried to spice things up by giving the teams two tire choices: the regular tire, and a softer tire, both with different coloring on the tire wall so everyone could see what they were using. But there was only one set of softs available for each team, so they supposedly had to be prudent in using them. It turned out to make no difference, with clean-air at the front of the pack being the dominant factor. Whoever led, seemingly couldn’t be caught or passed, no matter the tires, so the only shuffling among the leaders came with cautions and end of stages. At the start of the last stage Kyle Busch got the jump on everyone, and as had been the case all night, that was essentially the end, and a comfortable win for Busch over Kyle Larson and Jimmie Johnson. The lack of excitement had people (fans), once again, talking about shifting the all-star race to somewhere like Bristol.

Week-18 Player’s Scores iom seb
Sebastien Ogier 50 50
Thierry Neuville 40 40
Dani Sordo 35
Elfyn Evans 28
Jari-Matti Latvala 22 22
Kris Meeke 12
Maverick Vinales 50 50
Johann Zarco 40
Dani Pedrosa 35 35
Andrea Dovizioso 32
Valentino Rossi 14 14
Marc Marquez 12 12
Jimmie Johnson 35
Totals: 303 325

Congratulations to Sebastian and his twelfth win of the year. Picking Johnson in NASCAR was a little bit of a gamble, but with solid picks in WRC and MotoGP, it made the difference. No changes in positions in the season long standings…

Standings after week 17:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 4015 311 3704
2 2 iomracer 3833 -182 297 3536 -168
3 3 New Players 3447 -386 267 3180 -356


May 16, 2017

2017 Week 18

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 4:54 am

Welcome to week 18 – three races this weekend. WRC is at the gravel event in Portugal; Moto GP is at Le Mans in France; and NASCAR has their all-star race in Charlotte, North Carolina. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 17:

F1 Spain, NASCAR Kansas City, Indycar Indianapolis (road course):

Results – Week 17
Pos F1 NASCAR Indycar
1 Lewis Hamilton Martin Truex Jr. Will Power
2 Sebastian Vettel Brad Keselowski Scott Dixon
3 Daniel Ricciardo Kevin Harvick Ryan Hunter-Reay
4 Sergio Perez Ryan Blaney Simon Pagenaud
5 Esteban Ocon Kyle Busch Helio Castroneves
6 Nico Hulkenberg Kyle Larson Graham Rahal
7 Carlos Sainz David Suarez Max Chilton
8 Pascal Wehrlein Jamie McMurray Alexander Rossi
9 Daniil Kvyat Clint Bowyer Spencer Pigot
10 Romain Grosjean Trevor Bayne Juan Pablo Montoya

It was a close F1 race in Catalunya, Spain, with a combination of clever pit strategy by Mercedes and great driving by Lewis Hamilton, to beat a great drive by Sebastian Vettel in the Ferrari. Vettel got the jump on Hamilton at the start, and it took until late in the race before Hamilton took the lead, and a win of just 3.5s. Daniel Ricciardo was a long way back from the leading duo, and the only other car to finish on the same lap, in third, and that was a gift. It looked like Valtteri Bottas in the other Mercedes would pick up third, but he lost the engine about two thirds of the way through the race. Bottas was also the one for whom a momentary lapse of control at the start caused him to hit Kimi Raikkonen, who in turn hit Max Verstappen, resulting in the end of the race for the latter two. These three were classified in 17th, 20th, and 19th place respectively. Force India had a great weekend, with their two drivers ending up the best of the rest, with Sergio Perez finishing fourth, and Esteban Ocon finishing fifth.

The NASCAR race in Kansas City was won by Martin Truex Jr. ahead of Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick. But the big story was the spectacular crash that occurred when something broke Joey Logano’s car, turning him into Danica Patrick whose car burst into flames. Aric Almirola them plowed into them. Understandably Patrick was out of her burning car almost before it stopped rolling, and she and Logano were unhurt. But unfortunately, Almirola suffered a compression fracture in his back. He’s out of the hospital, but obviously will be out of racing for a while.

Indycar was at Indianapolis, but on the road course. It was a caution-free race, something that hasn’t happened in a long time, so it was all down to pit strategy and execution, and good driving. Will Power and the Penske team were the ones to execute the best, with Power taking the win by 5s after leading 61 of the 85 laps. Scott Dixon in the Ganassi Honda were second, 7s ahead of Ryan Hunter-Reay in the Andretti Honda. Simon Pagenaud was fourth, and Helio Castroneves was fifth. Josef Newgarden was eleventh.

Week-17 Player’s Scores iom seb
Lewis Hamilton 50 50
Sebastian Vettel 40 40
Daniel Ricciardo 35
Sergio Perez 32
Valtteri Bottas 13 13
Max Verstappen 11 11
Kimi Raikkonen 10 10
Will Power 50 50
Scott Dixon 40 40
Simon Pagenaud 32 32
Helio Castroneves 30
Josef Newgarden 19
Totals: 297 311

Congratulations to Sebastian and his eleventh win of the year. His pick of Castroneves over iomracer’s Newgarden in Indycar was the biggest difference. No changes in positions in the season-long standings…

Standings after week 17:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 4015 311 3704
2 2 iomracer 3833 -182 297 3536 -168
3 3 New Players 3447 -386 267 3180 -356


May 8, 2017

2017 Week 17

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 5:11 am

Welcome to week 17 – three races this weekend. F1 visits Catalunya in Spain; NASCAR is in Kansas City; and Indycar is in Indianapolis to run the road course. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 16:

Moto GP Spain, NASCAR Talladega, WEC Belgium, USCC Circuit of the Americas:

Results – Week 16
1 Dani Pedrosa Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 8-Toyota Racing 10-Wayne Taylor Racing
2 Marc Marquez Jamie McMurray 7-Toyota Racing 31-Whelen Engineering Racing
3 Jorge Lorenzo Kyle Busch 2-Porsche Team 5-Mustang Sampling Racing
4 Johann Zarco Aric Almirola 1-Porsche Team 85-JDC-Miller Motosports
5 Andrea Dovizioso Kasey Kahne 9-Toyota Racing 22-Tequila Patron
6 Maverick Vinales Kurt Busch 4-Team Bykolles 38-Performance Tech
7 Danilo Petrucci Brad Keselowski 26-G-Drive Racing 3-Corvette Racing
8 Jonas Folger Jimmie Johnson 31-Rebellion 25-BMW Team RLL
9 Aleix Espargaro Paul Menard 38-Jackie Chan DC 26-BAR1 Motorsports
10 Valentino Rossi David Ragan 13-Rebellion 24-BMW Team RLL

At the Moto GP race in Jerez, Spain, Dani Pedrosa started on pole, got the hole shot into turn one, and never lost the lead, winning the race by 6s over Marc Marquez. The rookie Johann Zarco looks like the real deal, battling Marquez for second place early on. At the end Jorge Lorenzo got around Zarco to take the final podium spot, but fourth for Zarco was still a great result. Andrea Dovizioso and Maverick Venales were both a little off the pace, and finished finished 5th and 6th respectively, more than 5s behind Zarco. But that wasn’t as bad as Valentino Rossi, who looked like he had a bad Michelin tire on the front of the bike, with which he didn’t like the grip, and complained of a vibration from it in the later part of the race – 10th place was his finishing position, but he still holds onto the championship lead.

Also going from pole to victory lane was Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in the NASCAR race at Talladega, although it did need a last-lap pass around Kyle Busch, in overtime, to seal the victory. Jamie McMurray also got around Busch on that last lap, and that was the podium – Stenhouse, McMurray, Busch. It took most of the race before the “big one” came around, and it was big and spectacular. Eighteen cars were involved, including AJ Allmendinger who went airborne and landed on top of Joey Logano’s car. It took almost 30 minutes to clean up the mess. Two more cautions came out with less than 20 laps to go (out of 188) setting up the green-white-checkered end to the race.

As expected at the WEC race at Spa Francorchamps in Belgium, the top four positions went to the Toyotas and Porsches. But it was very close. After 6 hours of racing, the #8 Toyota beat their teammate the #7 Toyota by only 1.9s. The #2 Porsche took the final podium position, 33s further back, followed by the #1 Porsche, another minute further back, and the only other car on the same lap as the winner.

The USCC was at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas, and the Cadillacs repeated their Sebring result of taking all three of the podium positions. A slightly different order this time, with the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing car winning (as they did in Sebring) by 18.9s over the #31 Whelen Engineering car, which was 0.9s clear of the #5 Mustang Sampling car. The #2 Tequila Patron car was actually in third place with 5 laps to go, but unexpectedly caught fire, and had to pull to a corner station to get the flames extinguished, but that was them out, and a 28th place finish.

Week-16 Player’s Scores iom seb
Marc Marquez 40 40
Maverick Vinales 28 28
Valentino Rossi 20 20
8-Toyota Racing 50 50
7-Toyota Racing 40 40
2-Porsche Team 35 35
1-Porsche Team 32 32
10-Wayne Taylor Racing 50 50
31-Whelen Engineering Racing 40
5-Mustang Sampling Racing 35 35
2-Tequila Patron ESM 2
Totals: 332 370

Congratulations to Sebastian and his tenth win of the year. Iomracer was unfortunate with his gamble of picking the #2 car in USCC over all three Cadillacs – 5 laps short from making it a much closer finish. No changes in positions in the season long standings …

Standings after week 16:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 3704 370 3334
2 2 iomracer 3536 -168 332 3204 -130
3 3 New Players 3180 -356 267 2913 -291


May 1, 2017

2017 Week 16

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 12:13 am

Welcome to week 16 – four races this weekend. Moto GP is at Jerez in Spain; NASCAR is at the restrictor plate track of Talladega in Alabama; WEC is at Spa Francorchamps in Belgium, and the USCC is at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 15:

F1 Russia, WRC Argentina, NASCAR Richmond, Indycar Phoenix:

Results – Week 15
Pos F1 WRC NASCAR Indycar
1 Valtteri Bottas Thierry Neuville Joey Logano Simon Pagenaud
2 Sebastian Vettel Elfyn Evans Brad Keselowski Will Power
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ott Tanak Denny Hamlin JR Hildebrand
4 Lewis Hamilton Sebastien Ogier Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Helio Castroneves
5 Max Verstappen Jari-Matti Latvala Kevin Harvick Scott Dixon
6 Sergio Perez Hayden Paddon Jamie McMurray Tony Kanaan
7 Esteban Ocon Juho Hanninen Ryan Newman Ed Carpenter
8 Nico Hulkenberg Dani Sordo Kurt Busch Charlie Kimball
9 Felipe Massa Mads Ostberg Aric Almirola Josef Newgarden
10 Carlos Sainz Pontus Tidemand Martin Truex Jr. Carlos Munoz

Right from the start it was a most unexpected F1 race in Russia. It began with Valtteri Bottas driving around Sebastian Vettel and getting into turn two in the lead. And then he drove away. Behind him, Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen were showing great pace, while Lewis Hamilton dropped behind. But it took until the end for Vettal to really put the pressure on Bottas, who didn’t flinch, and beat Vettel across the line by 0.6s. Raikkonen was a further 10.5s back, and Hamilton a massive 36s down on the winner. Hamilton’s car did have a bit of an overheating problem, but Mercedes also said that his car was set up wrong, and that they have a hard week of work ahead of them to make sure there’s no repeat at the next race in Spain. Max Verstappen had a lonely race, finishing fifth, 24s behind Hamilton. Felipe Massa was as high as sixth, but a suspected puncture sent him to the pits for an unscheduled stop, and dropped him down the field, and eventually a 9th place finish. Daniel Ricciardo had brake problems and only managed five laps, and a 17th place finish. But that was better than Fernando Alonso, who’s McLaren Honda failed to get through the warm-up lap. Alonso must be very much looking forward to the Indy 500 and driving a competitive car with the Andretti team.

The WRC Argentina rally met the pre-race expectations of being a car-killer. Every driver had at least one problem during the event. Elfyn Evans had the cleanest run up to the last leg of Saturday, building a commanding lead of more than a minute. But then things started to unravel. He suffered a slow puncture on the second to last stage, then took the tire off the rim on Saturday’s last stage. On Sunday he had brake issues, and by the final stage of the event he had just a 0.6s lead over Thierry Neuville. Neuville’s second place going into the last stage was a great comeback having suffered a broken front damper on Friday. In the final stage showdown, Neuville was fastest by 1.3s over Evans, meaning he’d won the event by a skinny 0.7s. Ott Tanak had an ill-handling car on Friday morning, and even after that was sorted, a couple of spins didn’t help him. But he charged hard, especially in the fast stages, and eventually finished in a comfortable third place, ahead of Sebastian Ogier. Ogier had all sorts of problems, including a couple of excursions into the scenery – unusual for him – but mostly complained about mechanical problems with the Ford Fiesta. Jari-Matti Latvala’s woes included an overheating car that forced him to drive in safe-mode for parts of Friday, then a puncture that took him out of the picture. Fifth was his finishing position. Dani Sordo broke a steering arm on Friday that took him 10 minutes to fix on stage, and played catch-up for the rest of the event, eventually finishing eighth. Kris Meeke had the worst of it, with a heavy roll on Friday that the Citroen team patched up to put him back on the stages on Saturday, where he subsequently had another massive roll, that ended his race, and no points.

NASCAR was at Richmond in Virginia. It was a fantastic race for Joey Logano, who started at the back after changing a transmission before the race, but worked his way through the field to take the lead with 16 laps to go, and on to the win. Brad Keselowski’s car looked to be the fastest all day, but he couldn’t get around slower cars that had stayed out on old tires at the final caution, and ran out of time in his effort to catch Logano, finishing second. Denny Hamlin was a distant third.

Indycar was on the flat oval of Phoenix, Arizona. The field didn’t even complete lap one when five cars crashed in turn one. That took out Sebastien Bourdais, Max Chilton, Graham Rahal and Marco Andretti, and Mikhail Aleshin who started it. Another wreck shortly after half distance, involving Takuma Sato, and in the middle of pit stops, resulted in only five cars left on the lead lap. Josef Newgarden was one of them, until a collision with Ryan Hunter-Reay with 28 laps to go, put him out. That left Simon Pagenaud, Will Power, JR Hildebrand, and Helio Castroneves as the only cars on the lead lap. Power’s pursuit of Pagenaud was thwarted by lapped traffic, so that was the finishing order, with Pagenaud taking his first oval win. Scott Dixon was the first of the lapped cars to finish – in fifth place.

Week-15 Player’s Scores iom seb
Valtteri Bottas 50 50
Sebastian Vettel 40 40
Kimi Raikkonen 35 35
Lewis Hamilton 32 32
Max Verstappen 30
Felipe Massa 22
Daniel Ricciardo 13
Thierry Neuville 50
Sebastien Ogier 32 32
Jari-Matti Latvala 30
Dani Sordo 24
Kris Meeke 0
Will Power 40
Scott Dixon 30 30
Totals: 339 308

Congratulations to iomracer and his fifth win of the year. The picks of Neuville in WRC and Power in Indycar made the difference. No changes in the positions in the season-long standings …

Standings after week 15:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 3334 308 3026
2 2 iomracer 3204 -130 339 2865 -161
3 3 New Players 2913 -291 277 2636 -229


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