The Motor Racing Game

February 23, 2015

2015 Week 6

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Welcome to week 6 and again NASCAR is the only race, this time at the intermediate track, Atlanta Motor Speedway. Maybe the Daytona results with guide you, maybe not. Either way Sebastian has all the stats and tips for making your choices here: https://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2015-week-six-guide-and-links/. Please make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 5:
NASCAR Daytona 500:

Week5Rslts

The Daytona 500 started quietly enough with only two cautions early on, the first when Landon Cassill lost an engine, and the second when Tony Stewart lost control and collected Matt Kenseth, dooming both to lowly finishes – 42nd and 35th respectively. Most of the race was dominated by Jeff Gordon, which, based on history did not bode well for him at the finish. And indeed, a poor restart after one of the late cautions meant that he was not in contention, and then to make things worse he got collected in the final wreck and finished 33rd. And there were lots of cautions and wrecks in the closing stages. But Joey Logano had been close to the front all day, and he got ahead in the final green-white-checkered (the latter turning into another yellow with a last-lap crash) and won the race ahead of Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Rounding out the top 10 were: Denny Hamlin 4th; Jimmie Johnson 5th; Casey Mears 6th; Clint Bowyer 7th; Martin Truex Jr 8th; Kasey Kahne 9th; and Greg Biffle 10th. Other picks we made were Carl Edwards 23rd, Jamie McMurray 27th, and Brad Keselowski 41st. We also picked both Busch brothers, but Kyle broke his leg in Saturday’s support race, and Kurt was suspended by NASCAR indefinitely after a judge ruled it likely that he abused his girlfriend. Since news of both became national after the deadline then their replacements are counted: Matt Crafton (18th place finish) for Kyle, and Regan Smith (16th place finish) for Kurt.

Players Scores:

Week5PickRslts

Congratulations to Greased Lightning who has now won the first three weekends! Our picks were all over the place, which is not surprising with it being a NASCAR only week. Getting the top 3 finishers garnered the most points for Greased Lightning. Although IOMRacing went one better with the top 4, he also suffered with the trio of Gordon, Kenseth, and Keselowski, and so it was Greased Lightning’s pick of Carl Edwards that brought home the money. No changes at the top of the standings, but Drewe moves ahead of Sebastian mid-pack …

Week5Standings

February 15, 2015

2015 Week 5

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Welcome to week 5 – just one race this coming weekend – NASCAR stays in Daytona for their first “proper” race of the year. Like the Sprint Unlimited, drafting is the feature of the race, and while the Sprint gives some pointers as to who can manage the drafting tactics the best, it’s still a bit of a lottery trying to pick a winner. As usual Sebastian has the best guide to help you here: https://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2015-week-five-guide-and-links/. Please make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 4: WRC Sweden, NASCAR Sprint Unlimited:

Week4Rslts

In Rally Sweden all of the top-flight drivers got stuck in at least one snow bank during the course of the event. So victory ultimately boiled down to who was stuck for the least amount of time and who could apply the pressure when not stuck. It looked like Andreas Mikkelsen might take his maiden victory, but in the last part of the last stage he had yet another encounter with a snow bank, and dropped to a third place finish behind Thierry Neuville and winner Sebastian Ogier. Neuville had had the lead starting the final day, but in the opening stage had intercom problems which he said was the root of a slight off into a snow bank, and that made winning the event too big of a challenge in the 2014 spec car. With Mikkelsen’s mistake, Ogier was handed the victory. Behind this trio Ott Tanak continued with an impressive start to the season, clear in 4th place overall. The next four places were close entering the final day, with Hayden Paddon taking a well-deserved 5th place. Martin Prokop started the final day ahead of the two Brits Evans and Meeke, but finished behind them after almost rolling out of the rally on the penultimate stage. Of our other picks, Mads Osberg, like many others had multiple encounters with snow banks and finished 10th. Jari-Matti Latvala had a miserable rally – it seemed that almost every report about him involved him going off, and a 12th place finish reflected his woes. Henning Solberg also encountered many snow banks and finished 13th, but as usual seemed to have enjoyed the event overall.

Not unexpectedly with a superspeedway track where drafting is the order of the day, there were big wrecks at the NASCAR Sprint Unlimited. Perhaps a little surprising was the severity of two of them – both resulting in red flag stoppages. The first came just after half way when Jamie McMurray spun and took out more than half the field. The second came towards the end when Tony Stewart was bumped into a spin and collected many of the remaining cars. In all the crashes took out of the race more than half the field, with only 12 out of the starting 25 cars crossing the finish line at the end. At the front of that group was Matt Kenseth who took the victory over Martin Truex Jr. and Carl Edwards. For our picks, besides Kenseth, Edwards, Logano, Gordon, Kyle Busch, and Earnhardt who were all in the top 10, we picked Brad Keselowski who was the first to retire and so a 25th place finish, Jimmie Johnson – 22nd, Kurt Busch – 15th, Greg Biffle – 14th, Tony Stewart – 13th, and Kevin Harvick – 11th.

Players Scores:

Week4PickRslts

Congratulations to back-to-back winner Greased Lightning. Solid picks in NASCAR compared to the rest of us seems to have made the difference.

Week4Standings

February 9, 2015

2015 Week 4

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Welcome to week 4. Two events this coming weekend: the Swedish WRC Rally; and the opening event for NASCAR, the Sprint Unlimited on Saturday at Daytona.

In news, Dani Sordo is out of the Swedish rally due to breaking some ribs in a mountain biking accident. Haddon Paddon will take the number two car for Hyundai, and test driver Kevin Abbring will take Paddon’s third-car drive. In NASCAR the field for the Sprint Unlimited is set. In both cases I have limited the picks in the website to help try and avoid any heartburn by picking a driver who wasn’t racing (which could still happen for unforeseen reasons). Sebastian has a useful guide here: https://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2015-week-four-guide-and-links/. Please make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Week1Standings

February 2, 2015

2015 Week 3

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Welcome to week 3. No racing this week or next weekend, so just a quick piece of news with this post. The opening round of the Indycar series was supposed to be the weekend of March 8th in Brazil. Things looked fine, but last week a surprise announcement that the race had been cancelled. It’s still not clear why, and based on tweets it took several drivers by surprise. So the street of St. Petersburg in Florida will now be the opening round on the weekend of March 29th.

Week1Standings

January 26, 2015

2015 Week 2

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 4:13 am

Welcome to week 2 – no racing this weekend or next weekend, so on to the results from week 1:

Scores from week 1:

WRC Monte Carlo, USCC Daytona:

Week1Rslts

The big unknown coming into the Monte Carlo rally was how Sebastian Loeb would do having been out of a WRC car for more than 400 days. He started quite well. Actually really well. He beat the world champion Sebastian Ogier on the first stage by more than 30 seconds, which is an eternity in WRC. In my opinion another check that he is the greatest racecar driver ever. But the fairytale story came to an end on Friday when he drifted wide at a corner, hit a rock, and ripped the rear wheel off the car. Watching the in-car video, he looked to be really unlucky, barely wide, and just catching a rock that was sticking out. Still, he rejoined the event on Saturday, and climbed through the field with more fastest-time stages to finish 8th.

That left Ogier to dominate and win in the WV, with his teammate Jari-Matti Latvala his closest rival, but 58s behind. Actually a good result for Latvala who traditionally doesn’t do well at this unique event. Andreas Mikkelsen took it steady the whole weekend, and it paid off when his rivals made mistakes, resulting in Mikkelsen finishing third, and a podium sweep for Volkswagen.

Other notable good performances came from Kris Meeke who won a couple of stages in his Citroen, but finishing 10th due to a similar incident on stage 8 to Loeb, where he pretty much tore off a wheel on a rock. Robert Kubica who also won several stages, but lost the brakes at the end of the penultimate stage, crashing out of the event. And Ott Tanak couldn’t get into the top 10 but he was very fast early on, dropping to an 18th place finish after going off on stage 10, and needing many spectators and about 18 minutes to get back on the road.

In the Daytona 24 hour USCC race it was a close finish between three of the top-flight cars. The victory was taken by the #02 Ganassi Riley/Ford, who finished just 1.3s ahead of the #5 Action Express Corvette. The #10 Wayne Taylor Corvette also finished on the same lap as the winner, and third place. The #90 Visit Florida Corvette was fourth and 6 laps down, but suffered less than the remaining Prototypes that all finished lower down the order. The #01 Ganassi Racing Ford/Riley suffered from clutch issues that left them down in 25th place, and the #7 Starworks BMW/Riley suffered engine problems resulting in a 39th place finish.

Player’s Scores:

Week1PickRslts

Congratulations to Greased Lightning who piped me by one point. Being week 1 that also puts him at the top of the standings for the year …

Standings:

Week1Standings

 

January 17, 2015

2015 Week 1

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Welcome to week 1 – our opening week for the 2015 season. Two races kick off the season, the WRC’s Monte Carlo Rally, and the USCC’s 24 hours of Daytona.

In WRC Volkswagen is back with the same successful line up as last year, headed by Sebastien Ogier, along with Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen. Citroen is also sticking with the same two drivers as last year, with Mads Ostberg and Kris Meeke; but Sebastien Loeb is making what is being called a one-off appearance for Citroen at the Monte. In Hyundai along with their number one driver Thierry Neuville, they have announced that they are sticking with Dani Sordo all year, along with Kevin Abbring in a permanently featured third car. The semi-works Fords of M-Sport have a new year-long driver line-up of Elfyn Evans and Ott Tanak, who will be joined by Bryan Bouffier for the Monte. Of the privateers, Robert Kubica is the most prominent, also driving a Ford.

Most of the usual Prototype teams are at this year’s Daytona-24: Ganassi with two Ford Rileys, Action Express with its two Corvettes, Wayne Taylor Racing also with a Corvette, and SpeedSource with their two Mazdas. Starworks and Highway To Help are using BMW power in their Rileys. Extreme Speed Motorsport have their two Honda HPDs, but the team will now be known as the Tequila Patron ESM team.

For the Monte you can find the full entry list here: http://acm.mc/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/RAMC-2015-List-of-entries-in-seeded-order.pdf.

For the Daytona-24 the entry list is here: http://www.imsa.com/sites/default/files/races/entry_lists/2015%20TUDOR%20Championship%20ROLEX%20Pre-Event%20Entry%20List_v2.pdf.

Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Belated guide and links here.

Good luck!

 

Are you a new player interested in playing this fun game? Read on …

Each week players pick 10 drivers from all the major motor racing series that are racing that weekend (7 drivers if there’s only 1 major series racing). You score points based on how well your drivers did: 50 points if your driver won, 40 for second, then 35, 32, 30, 28, 26, 24, 22, 20, 19, 18, and so on down to 1 point for finishing in several of the lower positions. The player with the most points wins that week. We also accumulate points for the whole year of racing to decide a yearly champion of the game.

The major series we follow are: F1, WRC, MotoGP, WEC, NASCAR, Indycar, DTM, and the United SportsCar Championship (formerly ALMS and GrandAm).

There’s no money involved – just bragging rights. To sign up, send us an e-mail from http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml or send a Facebook message the The Motor Racing Game page, and we’ll reply with a pass-code that will allow you to post your weekly entry. No time for that? then just make a comment or send a message listing your 10 picks on Facebook, or post a comment with your picks on the WordPress blog, at https://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com.

December 1, 2014

Week 47 (End of Season)

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Thank you for playing in 2014. Congratulations to Sebastian and his overall season win.

Next year’s competition is only 8 weeks away – in the fourth weekend of January (picks due 1/22/2015) with the kickoff of the WRC Monte Carlo Rally and the Daytona 24 hour race.

I’d like to suggest a couple of changes for next year

1) Resorting to declaring a weekly winner by count-back (who picked the most winners, second place finishers, etc.) – which is something I neglected this year.

2) Replicating the blog on a Facebook page – I think there’s more traffic on Facebook and more opportunity to attract other players. I’ll still post here on WordPress, hopefully with Sebastian’s help with the outstanding guides he produces.

3) Give players an opportunity to have “default drivers/cars” in reserve in case they miss a deadline. This is not intended to be a requirement, just an option if a player wants to use it. It could render better or worse results than the 90% rule. This needs comments and opinion if you please. My idea is that players can pick up to 7 “default drivers/cars” in all series, in a ranking order of “best” driver first. If the player misses a week in which one series is running, the default 7 drivers will be selected on behalf of the player. If two series are running, the top five default drivers in each series will be chosen. Three series: top four drivers from one series and three each from the other two (4/3/3). The series in which the higher number of drivers from the default list is picked will be based on the following “stability” ranking of series: MotoGP, F1, WEC, WRC, USCC, DTM, Indycar, NASCAR. Four series: 3/3/2/2. Five series: top 2 default drivers each series. Six series: 2/2/2/2/1/1. Seven series: 2/2/2/1/1/1/1. All eight series: 2/2/1/1/1/1/1/1. If a driver/car is not competing, take the next one in the list, or zero points if the list becomes exhausted. Players can change or cancel this lineup at any time, and actual weekly picks always override any default. What do you think?

Let me know what you think about these changes in the comments section. And anything you can do to attract more players, the more fun the game will be.

Scores from week 46:

WEC Brazil:

Week46Rslts

Porsche had its maiden win in the finale of the WEC race in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The #14 had a comfortable lead with 26 minutes to go in the 6-hour race, but was on worn tires. Behind them the #8 Toyota that finished second was on fresh tires. But we’ll never know if the Toyota could have taken the victory from the Porsche because the last 26 minutes were run behind the pace car when the #20 Porsche had a heavy crash (finished classified in 22nd). The #1 Audi took the final podium position. Behind the Audi was the #7 Toyota in fourth, which along with its teammate’s second place was good enough for Toyota to win the manufacturers title. Fifth was the second Audi (#2), and behind them the leading LMP 2 car, the #47 KCMG. Not sure what happened to the two Rebellion cars but they finished 18th and 19th (#13 and #12 respectively). The other four LMP 2 cars that I picked finished 20th (#27 SMP Racing), 24th (#37 SMP Racing), 26th (#26 G-Drive Racing), and the #21 Strakka did not start so no points.

Player’s Scores:

Week46PickRslts

Congratulations to Sebastian, Drewe , and Greased Lightning for their 3-way tie for the final week. Chris didn’t put in an entry, and my miserable score was due to a hail-Mary effort of picking all the LMP 2 cars in a futile attempt to catch Sebastian at the last minute. Unfortunately my miserable score meant an equally miserable default score for Chris, and it dropped him behind Greased Lightning in the final standings for the year.

As mentioned Sebastian topped the standings – a deserved victory since he had 12 outright winning weeks this year.

Final Standings:

Week46Standings

 

November 24, 2014

Week 46

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Welcome to week 46 and our final week – just one race this weekend – the finale of the WEC in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Sebastian has the guide for your picks at https://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-forty-six-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 45:

F1 Abu Dhabi:

Week45Rslts

Lewis Hamilton is F1 world champion. And he won the race in Abu Dhabi. It was not the exciting affair we’d hoped for, or looked like it might be after Nico Rosberg took pole. Hamilton had the better start and charged into the lead at the first corner. Rosberg stuck with him until almost half way, but then Rosberg’s ERS system failed, and without the extra power he was doomed. He finished 14th. With Hamilton seemingly off the hook, he slowed, allowing Filipe Massa to catch him and almost snatch victory. But it was to be Hamilton’s day – he took the win and the title. Behind Massa, Valtteri Bottas took the final podium position. Then came Daniel Ricciardo who did well to get fourth considering he started from the pits after being disqualified from qualifying due to a technical issue with the Red Bull car. Fifth was Jenson Button for whom the race may be the last of his career. Sixth and seventh were the two Force India Mercedes of Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez, ahead of Sebastian Vettal who similar to his Red Bull teammate had to start from pit lane. Rounding out the top 10 were the two Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen.

Player’s Scores:

Week45PickRslts

Congratulations to Drewe , his ninth win of the year, two in a row, and the highest score this year for a single event week. And it pretty much guarantees him third in this year’s standings. With F1 wrapping up, it is Sebastian who made the most out of the sport, taking home the most points in F1 for the season. Last week it was me who took WRC points honors, which I was happy about since I consider WRC to be “my” sport. Also last week Greased Lightning wrapped up the title for most points in NASCAR. My attempts to catch Sebastian with some wild picks this week did not pay off (as expected), so it looks like the standings are settled even with the final week still to play…

Standings:

Week45Standings

 

November 17, 2014

Week 45

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Welcome to week 45 – just one race this weekend – the finale of F1 in Abu Dhabi. And just two more weeks left in The Motor Racing Game, this week and the WEC’s finale wrapping things up in two weeks in Brazil. Sebastian has the guide for your picks at https://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-forty-five-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 44:

WRC Great Britain, NASCAR Homestead, WEC Bahrain:

Week44Rslts

At the head of the WRC event in Wales it was a bit of a bore. Jari-Matti Latvala was Sebastian Ogier’s only close competition early on, but then he went into a ditch (finished nnth) leaving Ogier with a dominant lead over the rest of the field, enabling him to cruise to the win. Second place was much more exciting with Mikko Hirvonen coming out ahead of a tight three-way battle. That was a great way for Hirvonen to finish his career in WRC with a fine achievement considering he was driving a non-factory Ford. Kris Meeke put the most pressure on Hirvonen, but a trip into a ditch dropped him down to a sixth place finish. So that gave third place to Citroen driver Mads Osberg. We all picked Andreas Mikkelsen, but he had a miserable event, going off in the first day, then going off again in the last day, so failing to finish, and no points for any of us.

NASCAR had their finale at Homestead in Miami, and for most of the race the four contenders: Ryan Newman, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, and Kevin Harvick were running at the top of the field. Jeff Gordon was the dominate driver though, leading the most laps. Joey Logano was the first to drop out when his car fell of the jacks in the pit with just 16 laps to go. Denny Hamlin was the next to drop back after he decided not to pit for fresh tires in that same stop (16 laps to go), and the old tires hurt him in the remaining laps. Gordon also did not pit in that stop, but pitted on the next caution dropping him deep into the field (he recovered to a 10th place finish). That left Newman and Harvick to battle it out for the win. Newman had Harvick’s bumper in the final laps but in the last lap Harvick slowly drew away for the win of the race and the championship. Brad Keselowski, who only came on strong at the end, finished 3rd.

The WEC had their penultimate race in Bahrain. It was won by the #7 Toyota over the #14 Porsche, but the headline news was the 11th place finish of the #8 Toyota which was so low because they had an alternator failure that had to be replaced, but it was high enough that they were able to win the championship even though there’s still one event to go. Their closest rival, the #2 Audi needed to finish 1st or 2nd to keep their hopes alive, but they could not get the better of the two Porsches that finished 2nd (the #14) and 3rd (the #20). At least their team-mates in the #1 Audi let them finish ahead, just in case the Toyota faulted. The two Rebellions were next to finish with the #13 in 6th and the #12 in 7th.

Player’s Scores:

Week44PickRslts

Congratulations to Drewe and his eighth win of the year. Solid picks in both WRC and WEC did the trick. Drewe is looking pretty solid in third now with only two races left in the year. While I gained a little more ground on Sebastian for first, I fear it is not enough, and only crazy picks with lucky results in the final two weeks will unseat Sebastian at the top of the standings…

Standings:

Week44Standings

 

November 10, 2014

Week 44

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Welcome to week 44 – three races this weekend, and just three weekends left including this one. The WRC has their finale in Wales; the drivers and manufacturer’s titles are decided, but you can expect a tough battle for victory in what is considered one of rally’s “classics”. NASCAR have their finale in Homestead, Florida, and while any one of the regular drivers in the field of 43 cars can win, all eyes will be on the four remaining contenders for the title (more below). The WEC has their penultimate race in Bahrain. Sebastian has the guide for your picks at https://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-forty-four-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 43:

F1 Brazil, MotoGP Spain, NASCAR Arizona:

Week43Rslts

Nico Rosberg beat his teammate Lewis Hamilton in the F1 Grand Prix in Brazil, and closed the gap in the championship. Assuming that the two Mercedes drivers are at the sharp end of the season closing race in two weeks, the champion will be the one that finishes ahead of the other, since the points are too close for positions to count for anything (unless both languish towards the back of the field, which is a ridiculous notion). In Sao Paulo, behind Hamilton, Brazilian Felipe Massa took third spot, despite pausing in the McLaren pit-stall for new tires, before moving forward to his own Williams pit-stall. Jenson Button finished fifth after squeezing out Kimi Raikkonen, who as a result, lost another position to Sebastian Vettel (sixth), and then another to Fernando Alonso (seventh). Valtteri Bottas was another of our picks, and looked like he might finish as high as fourth, until a poor pit-stop doomed him to 10th by the end. Our other pick, Daniel Ricciardo, broke his suspension and finished classified 18th and last.

Marc Marquez rounded off the finale of the MotoGP season at Valencia the way he started the season – with a win. And Valentino Rossi finished a strong second – continuing his good form of late. It was mixed conditions at Valencia with a couple of rain showers that made the riders test their bravery on slick tires. Dani Pedrosa wasn’t as brave as Rossi and lost ground to him during the second shower, but still managed to stay ahead of Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow to take third spot. Jorge Lorenzo did not like the conditions and changed to wet weather tires which were disastrous as the track quickly dried after the shower, and he subsequently retired and finished classified in 23rd.

The NASCAR race in Phoenix was a surprisingly timid affair with none of the shenanigans that were expected from the eight contenders (although there were a lot of cautions). Kevin Harvick won the race, automatically qualifying him for one of the fourth positions among which the champion will be decided next week in Homestead. Jeff Gordon finished second, but with Harvick’s win and Ryan Newman’s 11th place finish, it was enough to push Gordon out of the top four by just one point – that’s one position that he could have had, and more, without the Brad Keselowski incident last week. At least Gordon had the pleasure of seeing Keselowski eliminated too, with his fourth place finish, which wasn’t enough. After Harvick and Gordon, Matt Kenseth was third, but that too wasn’t enough for him. Denny Hamlin was fifth behind Keselowski, and Joey Logano sixth. All that means that Gordon, Keselowski, Kenseth and Carl Edwards (who finished 15th) are out, and Harvick, Hamlin, Logano and Newman will battle for the championship at Homestead. Highest finisher will take the title.

Player’s Scores:

Week43PickRslts

Congratulations to Chris and his seventh win of the year with one tie. The combination of picking Massa in F1 and Gordon in NASCAR were the keys. I was not second. My picks were late and I’m disqualified from this week’s result. They’re shown because our leader, Sebastian did not want to be “handed” the season championship by me missing my picks by a few hours, so I relented and have shown my picks above, which were the ones I posted on the WordPress site prior to any race starting. I have added these points to the season-long tally at the behest of Sebastian, but if anyone strongly objects to this, I’ll subtract them – let me know with your WordPress comments. Chris tightens the gap to Drewe for third, but like me, will likely need to pick a bit wild in the last weeks to make up the gap…

Standings:

Week43Standings

 

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