The Motor Racing Game

June 29, 2015

2015 Week 24

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 3:13 am

Welcome to week 24 – three races this weekend. F1 is at Silverstone in England; WRC is in Poland; NASCAR is at Daytona. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at https://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2015-week-twenty-four-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Many thanks to Sebastian for scoring the last two weeks while I was computerless on vacation.

Scores from week 23:

MotoGP Netherlands, NASCAR Sonoma, Indycar Fontana, USCC Watkins Glen:

Week23Rslts

At the Moto GP race at Assen in Holland, Valentino Rossi got back to the top step after beating Marc Marquez in a close race that saw them bump on the last lap which briefly sent Rossi off-track. Jorge Lorenzo had a poor qualifying and had to fight to get to a third place finish – he never threatened Rossi or Marquez. Lorenzo’s fight was with the fourth through tenth place riders who battled closely throughout the race. In fourth finished Andrea Iannone, followed by Pol Espargaro and Cal Crutchlow. Our other pick, Andrea Dovizioso, couldn’t mix it with the top ten, and finished in 12th.

The Indycar race at the big Fontana oval in California was close throughout the 500 miles with almost a record number of lead changes. This was a result of “pack” racing, which was criticized by most of the racers as dangerous. The racing I do is mostly “pack” racing, albeit at considerably slower speeds, so I disagree with the drivers’ opinions, instead redirecting the criticism to the 220+ mph speeds they race at. Instead of eliminating pack racing as suggested by the drivers, leading to dominating teams, which is uninteresting to spectators, they should reduce the speeds – 200 mph still produces exciting racing, while leading to more manageable safety, as NASCAR has proven. The drivers’ point was nevertheless emphasized by a horrendous last lap crash between Ryan Briscoe and Ryan Hunter-Reay with Briscoe going airborne and destroying his car on landing. Fortunately both drivers walked away. Graham Rahal won the race under caution. Just four laps earlier Takuma Sato and Will Power had got together with Sato hitting the wall hard and bringing out the red flag (mostly to give a chance for the race to finish under green) – both drivers were unhurt. Power finished 19th. Helio Castroneves also crashed early in the race, finishing 23rd and last. Simon Pagenaud started the race from pole, and finished ninth. Juan Pablo Montoya was a challenger for win all race long, and finished fourth, maintaining his lead in the Indycar championship.

The Busch brothers took the spoils at the Sears Point road course in NASCAR, with Kyle beating Kurt. Jeff Gordon found himself in third place with seven laps to go, but he was on old tires when almost everyone behind him had fresh tires, and the combination meant Gordon went backwards through the last seven laps down to a 16th place finish. David Ragan and Martin Truex Jr. got together on lap 30 (of 110) putting Truex out of the race and a 42nd place finish. Truex blamed Ragen, but it looked like Truex started it at the prior corner – Ragen just finished it off.

At Watkins Glen the #90 Visit Florida Corvette took the USCC win under the yellow flag, beating the #01 Ganassi Racing Riley/Ford. The #5 Action Express Corvette was third and the only other car on the lead lap after six hours of racing. The other Action Express Corvette, the #31, finished 2 laps down in 8th place. The #10 Wayne Taylor Corvette had the lead with 30 minutes to go, but crashed out and finished in 28th place.

Week23PickRslts

Congratulations to Sebastian and his fourth win of the year. Solid Indycar picks did the job. No changes in the season-long standings …

Week23Standings

June 21, 2015

2015 Week Twenty-Three

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sebastian X @ 6:37 pm

Welcome all to week twenty-three. Four this week. MotoGP has the Dutch TT at Assen. The USCC holds a six-hour event at Watkins Glen. Indycar races on the Fontana superspeedway. NASCAR has a road-course race at Sonoma.

Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml. The guide can be found at: https://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2015-week-twenty-three-guide-and-links/.

Scores

Results – Top Tens

    Formula 1
    Austria
     
1    Rosberg
2    Hamilton
3    Massa
4    Vettel
5    Bottas
6    Hülkenberg
7    Maldonado
8    Verstappen
9    Pérez
10    Ricciardo

Rosberg got the drop on pole-man, Hamilton, at the first corner, and converted that into the victory. Grosjean had to retire with a gearbox issue (16th). Räikkönen (20th) had a tank-slapper on lap one thus crashing with Alonso.

Player Scores

     

Well done to iomracer and greasedlightning for their tied win, courtesy of Ricciardo despite his penalty having a better race than Grosjean.

Leaderboard

Pos  Pre  +/-  Name Prior    Wk 22   Total   Differences
1    1       iomracer    5315     217     5532    0   –  
2    2       greased lightning    5168     217     5385    147   147  
3    3       Sebastian    5101     211     5312    220   73  
4    4       Drewe    5049     211     5260    272   52  
5    5       Chris W.    4801     190     4991    541   269  
6    6       New players    4240     190     4430    1102   561  

June 14, 2015

2015 Week Twenty-Two

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sebastian X @ 11:51 pm

Welcome all to week twenty-two. Only a single event this week; Formula One at Spielberg (Red Bull Ring née A1 Ring née Österreichring). Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml. The guide can be found at: https://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2015-week-twenty-two-guide-and-links/.

Scores

Results – Top Tens

    MotoGP     WEC     WRC     Indycar     NASCAR
    Catalunya Le Mans Sardinia Toronto Michigan
             
1    Lorenzo #19 Porsche Ogier Newgarden Ku. Busch
2    Rossi #17 Porsche Paddon Filippi Earnhardt
3    Pedrosa #7 Audi Neuville Castroneves Truex
4    Iannone #8 Audi Evans Power Kenseth
5    Smith #18 Porsche Østberg Bourdais logano
6    Viñales #2 Toyota Latvala Kanaan Keselowski
7    Redding #9 Audi Protasov Montoya McMurray
8    Bradl #1 Toyota Andreucci Dixon Menard
9    Petrucci #47 KCMG Kopecký Rahal Bayne
10    Bautista #38 JOTA Al Qassimi Sato Bowyer

For Catalunya, Lorenzo led from start to finish, with Rossi making his way up to second but was unable to catch his team-mate. Dovioso hit the deck (20th), and Marquez crashed fighting for the lead on lap three (22nd).

It was a relatively undramatic Le Mans in the top class with the eight manufacturer prototypes all being consistent enough to fill the top-eight places. Porsche had the reliability to match their pace, vying with the Audis but gaining an edge on speed to pull away during the cooler night-and-early-morning hours when Porsche’s tendency to overheat was negated. The stand-out drives from Nick Tandy gave the #19 Porsche the victory. Audi had a lot of niggles with energy collection from braking. Toyota were off the pace.

With the new rules in WRC that have the championship leader run first and sweep the road for the first two legs, this was a repeat of Mexico in that Ogier declared it would take a miracle to win, and then won, aided by everyone else in contention buggering up. Latvala blew it in stage nine clouting a bank and knocking a tyre off the rim, then hit a rock in stage seventeen breaking a damper, leading him to limp through following stages. Meeke had an off on stage two, returning on Saturday to end up 24th.

It was a one-two in Toronto for CFH Racing with Josef Newgarden ahead of Luca Filippi. Our picks only included the four Penske drivers, three of whom were top-seven with Pagenaud 11th.

It rained a lot for the NASCAR, and Kurt Busch won a shortened race.

Player Scores

     

Well done to greasedlightning for his sixth win of the year; nine of his picks finished top-seven. In the Indycar and WEC, none of us picked the winner, although in retrospect going long on Le Mans would have been more successful than other years.

Leaderboard

Pos  Pre  +/-  Name Prior    Wk 21   Total   Differences
1    1       iomracer    5014     301     5315    0   –  
2    2       greased lightning    4827     341     5168    147   147  
3    3       Sebastian    4792     309     5101    214   67  
4    4       Drewe    4718     331     5049    266   52  
5    5       Chris W.    4530     271     4801    514   248  
6    6       New players    3969     271     4240    1075   561  

June 8, 2015

2015 Week 21

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Welcome to week 21 – the third of four weekends with five faces. WRC is in Italy on the island of Sardegna; Moto GP is at Catalunya in Spain; NASCAR visits the superspeedway in Michigan; Indycar is on the man-made island in Toronto, Canada; WEC hosts the premier sports car race of the year – the 24 hours of Le Mans. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 20:

F1 Canada, NASCAR Pocono, Indycar Texas:

Week20Rslts

Lewis Hamilton got back into his winning ways, and took back control of the F1 championship by beating his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg at the Canadian GP in Montreal. Hamilton led the race from start to finish (excluding pit-stops). Kimi Raikkonen started the race in a solid third, but spun before half way and lost the position to Valtteri Bottas, and that’s how they stayed to the end. Raikkonen’s teammate Sebastian Vettal finished behind him in fifth which was a remarkable performance considering he was in last place at one point. Felipe Massa was sixth. Our other two picks were Daniil Kvyat who finished 9th and Daniel Ricciardo who finished 13th.

Martin Truex Jr. won the gear-shifting race at the big tri-oval of Pocono in Pennsylvania. There were quite a few solo-crashes at the end of the race, but despite the stop-and-go nature of the last 20 laps, Truex’s only real challengers at the end were second place finisher, Kevin Harvick, followed by Jimmie Johnson. Joey Logano was strong at the end also, and came home fourth. Our other pick, Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 11th.

Indycar was on the Texas Motor Speedway oval in Fort Worth, Texas (just outside Dallas). The Ganassi team dominated the race with Scott Dixon taking the win over his teammate Tony Kanaan. Penske also had a good race with two drivers finishing third and four, with Helio Castroneves ahead of Juan Pablo Montoya. Simon Pagenaud, also with Penske, gambled with an early last pit stop to try and improve his position, but it didn’t work out and he finished 11th. Will Power started from pole position, but showed no speed during the race, and lost position after position down to a 13th place finish. Our other pick, Graham Rahal finished 15th.

Week20PickRslts

Congratulations to Sebastian who gets his third win of the year. Picking Indy winner Scott Dixon and doing well in NASCAR with Jimmie Johnson, left it to Sebastian’s pick of Valtteri Botas to make the big difference, although with a margin of victory of 24 points, his “lower” picks did comparatively well too. No changes in the standings…

Week20Standings

June 1, 2015

2015 Week 20

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Welcome to week 20 – three races this weekend. F1 is in Montreal, Canada; NASCAR is on the tri-oval at Pocono in Pennsylvania; and Indycar has an oval race at Texas Motor Speedway, just outside Dallas. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 19:

Moto GP Italy, NASCAR Dover, Indycar Belle Island, USCC Belle Island:

Week19Rslts

Jorge Lorenzo has become the man to beat after he easily rode to his third victory in a row at Mugello in Italy. After the first lap, once Lorenzo got ahead, the excitement was for the lesser positions. It was a tussle for most the race between Marc Marquez, Andrea Iannone, and Andrea Dovizioso. But Marquez crashed with five laps to go trying to get around Iannone, leaving Marquez with a 20th place finish. And Dovizioso’s bike suffered some sort of mechanical problem forcing him to the pits, and a 21st place finish. That left third place, behind Iannone, to Valentino Rossi, who at least holds on to the championship lead, and fourth place to Daniel Pedrosa.

Jimmie Johnson is starting to show his dominance in NASCAR this year after winning his fourth race of the year at Dover, Delaware. There was a couple of cautions late in the race, with the last one resulting in a green-white-checkered finish, but on both restarts Johnson basically drove away from the field, making victory look easy. Kevin Harvick was second, and Kyle Larson third.

It was mixed weather in Detroit for the Indycar race around Belle Island, meaning periods of wet and dry track, and tough choices with which tires to run. In the first race it was Carlos Munoz who got it right by staying out the longest on slicks, and that gave him a 20 second lead after he came out of the pits with his rain tires. When lightning started to accompany the rain it was unsafe for the race to continue, so it was stopped, and eventually abandoned, giving Munoz the win ahead of Marco Andretti and Simon Pagenaud both of whom stayed out longer than most on slicks (but not as long as Munoz did). Will Power and Scott Dixon both stopped to change onto rain tires early – while Power had the lead – which proved to be the wrong choice with Power finishing 4th and Dixon 5th. Juan-Pablo Montoya finished 10th. In race two there were again lots of differing opinions as to when to run slicks versus dry tires. Along with lots of cautions (and many laps behind the pace car), and gambling with fuel mileage, it was at the end Sebastien Bourdais who got it all right. It looked like Juan-Pablo Montoya was going to get second, and he would have deserved it with a good race, but he ran out of fuel at the end of the final lap and crossed the line 10th. Simon Pagenaud was a victim of poor gas mileage, having to stop for a splash-and-dash at the end of the race, demoting him to a 14th place finish. That was still better than Will Power who first had to change his steering wheel after the electronics kept putting the car into neutral, then he got spun by Helio Castroneves, ruining any chance Power had and leaving him with an 18th place finish; and Scott Dixon who was pushed into the wall by Charlie Kimball, leaving him 20th at the end. Our method of combining results to give a composite result for both races, placed Pagenaud 6th, Power 8th, Dixon 11th, and Montoya 12th (thanks to Sebastian for the double-header score board).

Another close event in USCC with 10 cars finishing on the lead lap. It looked like it was going to be a Corvette one-two, but the #5 Action Express spun out with just a couple of laps to go and lost second place to the #60 Michael Shank Honda, who was at that time too far behind to catch the winner, the #31 Action Express. Behind the Honda and the #5 Corvette came the #01 Ganassi Racing Ford, and in fifth the #90 Visit Florida Corvette. In sixth place the #8 Starworks Oreca was the leading PC car, and behind them in seventh was the #10 Wayne Taylor Corvette. That gave Corvette four spots in the top 10 in their home town of Detroit. The #02 Ganassi car was not racing in Detroit this weekend.

Week19PickRslts

Congratulations to me again – three in a row and my sixth of the year. It was close with Sebastian with my pick of Montoya being the decisive one. Sebastian and Drewe once again toggle positions in the season long standings…

Week19Standings

May 25, 2015

2015 Week 19

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Welcome to week 19 – four races this weekend. Moto GP is in Italy at Mugello; NASCAR is on the short track in Dover, Delaware; Indycar and the USCC are together (different days) racing around Belle Island, Detroit, Michigan. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 18:

F1 Monaco, WRC Portugal, NASCAR Charlotte, Indycar Indianapolis:

Week18Rslts

Lewis Hamilton dominated the F1 Monte Carlo GP, but didn’t win it thanks to a ridiculous decision by his team to bring him in for fresh tires during a safety car caution with just 10 or so laps to go. The commentators were incredulous, then tried to find some excuse as to why Mercedes might have made the decision, but at a track with practically no opportunity to pass, I didn’t see any reason for him to come in. It gave his teammate Nico Rosberg the lead and hence the win, followed across the line by Sebastian Vettal, then Hamilton. It cuts Hamilton’s championship lead to just 10 points. Daniil Kvyat had his best race ever with fourth place which he briefly ceded to Daniel Ricciardo who tried to catch and pass Hamilton in the closing laps, but Ricciardo gave the position back again (a gentlemanly act) in the final lap. Behind Ricciardo, Kimi Raikkonen was the top finishing Ferrari with sixth place. Our other pick, Valtteri Bottas finished 14th – he simply didn’t have the pace.

The WRC event in Northern Portugal was an interesting race with both Citroen and M-Sport (Ford) introducing new and they hoped more competitive cars to challenge the Volkswagen might. It seems like mission accomplished with five different stage winners in the first five stages. As championship leader, Sebastien Ogier was sweeper for most of Friday and Saturday and that put him down a bit in positions. But from the second loop of stages on Saturday he didn’t have to sweep and so started a charge that eventually took him to a second place finish. He was bested by his teammate Jari-Matti Latvala who held the lead from Friday afternoon through to the finish. Third VW driver Andreas Mikkelsen took the final podium position, but until the last stage it was very close for third with Kris Meeke – the only other driver who seemed to stay competitive with the VWs. But Meeke broke the rear sway-arm on the Citroen on the penultimate stage which meant he had to settle for a fourth place finish. Fifth was the Ford of Ott Tanak, and sixth the Hyundai of Dani Sordo. Sordo’s teammate Thierry Neuville had a miserable weekend; poor tire choices saw him down the standings after Friday, and then on the first stage of Saturday he rolled. He returned on Sunday under rally 2, but with the penalties could do no better than a 38th place finish.

The Indianapolis 500 was a nervous race for everyone, including me as TV spectator, after three horrible crashed occurred in the practice week leading up to qualifying. Three cars in solo crashes hit the wall and went airborne. Fortunately all three drivers were ok. But it prompted some rule changes for qualifying and the race to slow the cars down. Still, the crashes dominated the pre-race talk, and as mentioned, everyone was nervous for the race. A crash on lap 1 involving Sage Karam and Takuma Sato didn’t help. But after that the race settled down. There was a pit road incident involving Carlos Huertas, Pippa Mann, and Tristan Vautier, which unfortunately sent a crewman to the hospital, but apparently not a serious injury. There was one final nasty looking crash on lap 176 which took out Jack Hawksworth, Stefano Coletti, and Sebastian Saavedra. After that is was an exciting final few laps with Juan Pablo Montoya, Will Power, Charlie Kimball, and Scott Dixon battling for the win. Montoya passed Power with four to go and stayed ahead for the win – 15 years after he won it as an Indy rookie. Following him across the line was Power, Kimball, and Dixon in that order. Our other pick, Simon Pagenaud had a good race, being up front for stretches, but faded to a tenth place finish.

The NASCAR race in Charlotte is the longest of their calendar at 600 miles. And it was long to watch too. There was a smattering of crashes (nothing big), at least one engine failure, and mostly lead by Martin Truex Jr. But different tire/fuel strategies shuffled the pack in the closing stages when the race stayed green, causing some drivers, including Truex, to have an extra stop for gas and tires. Carl Edwards was not one of them, and by staying out he inherited the lead and won the race over Greg Biffle and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Week18PickRslts

Congratulations to me and my fifth win of the year, and back-to-back from last week. Drewe and Greased Lightning tied for second. For Drewe it was enough to edge back ahead of Sebastian in the season long standings…

Week18Standings

May 18, 2015

2015 Week 18

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Welcome to week 18 – four races this weekend. F1 has what is arguably their most famous race of the year, the Monte Carlo GP around the streets of Monaco; Indycar hosts their most famous race of the year – and few would argue it isn’t – the Indianapolis 500; WRC is back in Europe in the north of Portugal; NASCAR stays in Charlotte, North Carolina, following last weekend’s all-star race around the same track. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 17:

Moto GP France, NASCAR Charlotte (All-Star Race):

Week17Rslts

Jorge Lorenzo is starting to look awfully good in Moto GP. Following up his win of a couple of weeks ago in Spain, Lorenzo again put it what looked like a flawless race to win ahead of his teammate Valentino Rossi. A difference from Spain is that Lorenzo didn’t start from pole, that honor went to Andrea Dovizioso who managed to hang on for a podium finish in third place. Marc Marquez made a couple of errors that cost him any chance for a higher place finish than fourth, and for that he had to battle hard with fifth place finisher Andrea Iannone and Bradley Smith in sixth. Dani Pedrosa crashed on lap 2, and although he got back on his bike he could not finish higher than 16th. Cal Crutchlow also crashed, on lap 8, but that was the end for him, and a 21st place finish.

The NASCAR All-Star race was a bit of a sleeper. Kasey Kahne won segment one, Brad Keselowski won segments two and three, and Kurt Busch won segment four. No one else really looked like they had a chance. Keselowski took himself out of contention by speeding on pit lane during the last stop, and at the green flag of the last segment, Denny Hamlin drove away from “pole” and never looked back, taking an easy victory over Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, and Jeff Gordon. Kasey Kahne faded after his segment one win and finished 7th. Keselowski started at the back of the field after the speeding penalty, so could do no better than 9th just behind Joey Logano, but ahead of Dale Earnhardt Jr. who was 10th. Our other three picks were never a factor any time during the race with Jimmie Johnson finishing 15th, Jamie McMurray 16th, and Carl Edwards 17th.

Week17PickRslts

Congratulations to me and my fourth win of the year. Bradley Smith and Kevin Harvick seem to have been the key picks, although it was extremely close for most of us. Sebastian’s strong score moves him ahead of Drewe in the standings …

Week17Standings

May 11, 2015

2015 Week 17

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Welcome to week 17 – two races this weekend. MotoGP is at LeMans in France and NASCAR has their all-star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina. I’ve restricted the driver choices on the picks page to those drivers who automatically qualified for the All-Star race. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at https://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2015-week-seventeen-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 16:

F1 Spain, NASCAR Kansas, Indycar Indianapolis:

Week16Rslts

Nico Rosberg got the better of Lewis Hamilton for the first time this year, and won the F1 race at the Catalunya circuit in Spain. Hamilton was hindered by losing out to both Rosberg (who had pole) and Sebastian Vettel on the start. On a track that has few overtaking places, it took pit stops to get Hamilton ahead of Vettal. With Hamilton’s first pit stop a slow one, he needed all three versus Vettel’s two to get around him and finish second, but a long way behind Rosberg. Vettel was third. Valtteri Bottas, Kimi Raikkonen, and Felipe Massa completed the next spots, and were the only other drivers to finish on the lead lap. Daniel Ricciardo was the best of the rest with a seventh place finish, which means we picked the top 7.

It was a very long Saturday night NASCAR racing in Kansas. Cautions and a long rain delay drew out the event, but at the end Jimmie Johnson stayed out on old tires with just seven laps to go (after the last caution), and proved it was the right choice when he won ahead of Kevin Harvick who had come in for fresh tires. The fresh tires did mean however that Harvick got around Dale Earnhardt Jr. who finished in third. Brad Keselowski finished seventh, and long-time race leader Martin Turex Jr., who also pitted at the last caution, could do no better than ninth, even with fresh tires.

Will Power led the most laps at the road circuit at Indy, and duly won the Indycar race ahead of Graham Rahal. It looked like Juan Pablo Montoya might have also challenged for the win, but fuel concerns in the latter stages of the race made him back-off and settle for third. Next across the line were Sebastian Bourdais, Charlie Kimball, and Helio Castroneves in sixth. Castroneves was the instigator of a pile up at the start of the race, which also involved Scott Dixon, who ended up tenth. Simon Pagenaud was running in the top five at one point, but mechanical problems ended his race, and he finished classified 25th and last.

Week16PickRslts

Congratulations to Greased Lightning and his fifth win of the year. Greased Lightning often takes NASCAR picks even when other events offer arguably more reliable choices, but as he has done often this year, his solid NASCAR picks resulted in the win for the week. It enables him to stretch ahead of Drewe a bit, but no changes of position in the standings …

Week16Standings

May 4, 2015

2015 Week 16

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Welcome to week 16 – 3 races this weekend. F1 is at the Catalunya circuit in Spain; NASCAR is in Kansas; and Indycar takes to the road course in Indianapolis. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at https://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2015-week-sixteen-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 15:

MotoGP Spain, NASCAR Talladega, WEC Belgium, USCC Laguna Seca:

Week15Rslts

Jorge Lorenzo dominated the MotoGP event at Jerez in Spain. He was quickest in practice, won the pole position, started in the lead, and led throughout the race to an easy 5.6s victory over Marc Marquez. Valentino Rossi started further down the order, but got to third place at the end, although too late to do anything about Marquez. It was Rossi’s 200th podium in GP racing – a record. Cal Crutchlow and Pol Espargaro had a good battle early on, with Crutchlow taking the fourth spot ahead of Espargaro. Andrea Iannone had a horrible start, and couldn’t recover to finish down in 6th. Andrea Dovizioso crashed on lap one, so actually made a terrific effort to get back to 9th place by the end.

There was one big wreck at the NASCAR race at Talladega, and that happened early on in the race causing a red flag. Trevor Bayne started the wreck that involved sixteen cars, including Joey Logano who ended the race in 33rd place. There was a smaller and inevitable wreck at the very end – with ½ lap to go which demoted Jeff Gordon who had been on pole and in a strong position most of the race, down to 31st. The latter half of the race was led by Dale Earnhardt Jr., and since the man in front rarely wins the restrictor plate races, it was a little surprising that he took the win, although some masterful blocking in the last lap helped.

The #7 Audi triumphed over the #18 Porsche at the WEC event at Spa Francorchamps in Belgium, by taking fewer trips to the pits and double-stinting their tires. It was still a close finish between them, with only 3.5s separating them after 6 hours. The #17 Porsche suffered with damper problems, and were also given a drive-through penalty at one point to leave them a lap down on the winner, but still in third place. A further lap back was the #9 Audi who had a problem with their door window which caused delays when they had to replace it. In fifth was the #2 Toyota, 3 laps down, but did not appear to have any problems, so were simply not as fast as the cars ahead. Then came the #19 Porsche, the #8 Audi, and the #1 Toyota, 3 laps, 8 laps, and 14 laps down respectively. For the #1 Toyota it was a combination of throttle and electrical problems that caused them to have a poor race.

The #90 VisitFlorida.com Corvette took a close win over the #10 Wayne Taylor Corvette in the USCC event at Laguna Seca – just 1.4s separated them at the finish. As we’ve seen on a number of occasions in USCC this year, there were several Prototype cars that finished on the lead lap. The #60 Michael Shank Honda took third, the #5 Action Express Corvette fourth, and the #31 Action Express Corvette fifth, all finishing on the same lap as the winner. We also picked the #01 Ganassi Racing Ford, which suffered gearbox issues and finished in a lowly 23rd place.

Week15PickRslts

Congratulations to Sebastian and his second win of the year. Strong in all the events, not picking the #01 Ganassi car in USCC was a decisive move. No changes in the standings, although with a strong second place Drewe is closing in on Greased Lightning …

Week15Standings

April 27, 2015

2015 Week 15

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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:

Week14Rslts

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.

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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 …

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