Welcome to week 28 – four races this weekend. F1 is at Hockenheim in Germany; WRC is in Finland for a fast and high flying (lots of jumps) event; NASCAR is at the superspeedway of Pocono in Pennsylvania; Indycar is at the road course of Mid-Ohio. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.
Scores from week 27:
F1 Hungary, NASCAR Indianapolis, WEC Germany, USCC Lime Rock:
With victory in Hungary Lewis Hamilton has now won five of the last six races, which puts him atop of the F1 Championship leaderboard. His got the jump on his pole-sitting teammate at the start, and never relinquished the lead (except when in the pits), with Nico Rosberg finishing just under 2s down. In third and fourth it was a close battle all race long between Daniel Ricciardo in the Red Bull, who eventually beat out Sebastian Vettel in the Ferrari by less than a second. Similarly for fifth and sixth it was a close battle with Max Verstappen in the other Red Bull beating Kimi Raikkonen in the other Ferrari, by less than half a second.
Kyle Busch dominated the NASCAR race on the big oval at Indianapolis. Not only did he win the main race from pole position, he also won the undercard Xfinity race from pole position – the first time in NASCAR that clean sweep in the same weekend across both series has been achieved. Kyle Busch drives for Joe Gibbs racing, as does second place finisher Matt Kenseth, and fourth place finisher Denny Hamlin. It was Jimmie Johnson in third place in the Hendricks car that spoilt the Gibbs party. But in the build up to the race the news had been all about the return of Jeff Gordon to Hendricks Motorsports, replacing Dale Earnhardt Jr. who is suffering concussion-like symptoms. Considering that Gordon’s been in the commentary box all year, so far, he finished a respectable 13th place. Gordon will also get behind the wheel at Pocono this coming weekend.
WEC was at the infamous Nurburgring in Germany where the #1 Porsche finally got its first win of the season, by beating the #8 Audi by just under a minute after 6 hours of racing. The #7 Audi in third, and the #2 Porsche in fourth, were the only other two cars to finish on the lead lap. The #5 Toyota was fifth, a lap down, and the #6 Toyota sixth, 4 laps down.
The USCC was at Lime Rock Park with only the Prototype Challenge (PC) and Grand Touring Daytona (GTD) cars racing. Many of the PC cars had problems during the race, meaning only the top four positions were taken by the PC machines. Among them it was the #8 Starworks who took overall honors by a skinny 0.185s over the #52 PR1/Mathiasen car after two hours and forty minutes of racing. The #38 Performance Tech car finished third, a lap down, with the #20 BAR1 car fourth, also a lap down. The #85 JDC-Miller car crashed heavily and only managed to complete 108 laps (compared to 168 of the winning car), leaving them with a 26th place finish. But that was better than the #54 CORE car that started at the back of the field when they swapped drivers, then got penalized for a pit infraction, then damaged their suspension after contact with a GTD car, leaving them with only 69 laps completed and a 30th place finish.
Congratulations to iomracer and his eleventh win of the year with one tie. A more even spread of picks across the three semi-consistent series made the difference. For the second week in a row, season-long standings switch around with iomracer taking a 7 point lead …