The Motor Racing Game

January 21, 2018

2018 Week 1

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Welcome to week 1 – our opening week for the 2018 season. Two races kick off the season, the WRC’s Monte Carlo Rally, and the USCC’s 24 hours of Daytona.

In WRC M-Sport is back with 2017 champion Sebastien Ogier heading the team, after Ford ponied up additional support, making the team name officially M-Sport Ford, with Elfin Evans supporting Ogier as the team’s number two driver. Evans got the job when Ott Tanak moved to Toyota as the number two driver behind Jari-Matti Latvala. At Hyundai Thierry Neuville continues as the number one driver, with Andreas Mikkelsen signed up for the whole season as the number two driver. Finally, French Manufacturer Citroen are looking at a Brit and Irishman to overcome their miserable season of last year, with Kris Meeke as number one and Craig Breen as number two. All four teams will field number three drivers at most events, with the most interesting being the return to Citroen of Sebastian Loeb, although not at Monte Carlo.

Most of the usual Prototype (DPi) teams are at this year’s Daytona-24: four Cadillacs being raced by Mustang Sampling (#5), Konica Minolta (#10 – formerly Wayne Taylor Racing), Whelen Engineering (#31), and Spirit of Daytona (#90 – formerly VisitFlorida Racing); two Nissans by Tequila Patron; and two Mazdas by Mazda Motorsports.

Picks can be made at:

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, Formula-e, and the United SportsCar Championship (USCC).

There’s no money involved – just bragging rights. To sign up, send us an e-mail from or send a Facebook message from 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


November 27, 2017

2017 Final

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 2:59 am

Thanks for playing the 2017 edition of “The Motor Racing Game”. Results below. Please mark your calendars for the start of the 2018 season – the WRC Monte Carlo Rally that starts on January 25, 2018 (picks due Thursday, January 25). Go to (click on “New Players Click Here” under “Who are you?”) and sign up now!

Please visit any one of our pages for all the year’s results and stats:

The original, WordPress:
The “picks” site:

Scores from week 45:

F1 Abu Dhabi:

Results – Week 45
Pos F1
1 Valtteri Bottas
2 Lewis Hamilton
3 Sebastian Vettel
4 Kimi Raikkonen
5 Max Verstappen
6 Nico Hulkenberg
7 Sergio Perez
8 Esteban Ocon
9 Fernando Alonso
10 Felipe Massa

Valtteri Bottas in the Mercedes lead from start to finish in the F1 finale in Abu Dhabi, placating his disappointment of his second-place finish in the previous round in Brazil. His teammate Lewis Hamilton pursued him for most of the race, but couldn’t make the pass on a track that Hamilton complains is very hard to pass at. The two Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkenen were next across the line, but were quite some ways behind the Mercedes. Max Verstappen was fifth, and as usual was quite aggressive in getting up to Raikkonen, but like Hamilton couldn’t make the pass. Sergio Perez finished seventh, 7s ahead of his Force India teammate, Esteban Ocon. Daniel Ricciardo finished last (20th) after his power steering failed on lap 21 (of 55).

Week-45 Player’s Scores iom seb
Valtteri Bottas 50 50
Lewis Hamilton 40 40
Sebastian Vettel 35 35
Kimi Raikkonen 32 32
Max Verstappen 30 30
Sergio Perez 26  
Esteban Ocon   24
Daniel Ricciardo 12 12
Totals: 225 223

Congratulations to iomracer and his fifteenth win of the year, with the obvious difference being between the Perez and Ocon picks. Double congratulations to Sebastian for winning the season and the most weeks – 29 in all. Also, many thanks to Sebastian for keeping the game alive – let’s hope some more folks will join the competition next year to add to the fun. Remember, it’s easy to sign up, just click the “New Players Click Here” link on the page, or message me on Facebook or WordPress. Final standings…

Standings after week 45:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 12525   223 12302  
2 2 iomracer 12073 -452 225 11848 -454
3 3 New Players 10702 -1371 201 10501 -1347


November 20, 2017

2017 Week 45

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Welcome to week 45 – just one race this weekend – the finale of F1 in Abu Dhabi – and the final week of the TheMotorRacingGame for this year. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 44:

WRC Australia, NASCAR Homestead, WEC Bahrain:

Results – Week 44
1 Thierry Neuville Martin Truex Jr. 8-Toyota Racing
2 Ott Tanak Kyle Busch 2-Porsche Team
3 Hayden Paddon Kyle Larson 1-Porsche Team
4 Sebastien Ogier Kevin Harvick 7-Toyota Racing
5 Elfyn Evans Chase Elliott 31-Rebellion
6 Esapekka Lappi Joey Logano 38-Jackie Chan DC
7 Kris Meeke Brad Keselowski 13-Rebellion
8 Richie Dalton Matt Kenseth 36-Signatech Alpine
9 Nathan Quinn Denny Hamlin 25-Manor TRS
10 Dean Herridge Ryan Newman 24-Manor TRS

There wasn’t much left to fight for in the final event of the WRC in Australia. Thierry Neuville was looking to take second in the championship, M-Sport was looking for any podium position finish to make it at least a podium on every event of the year, and a bunch of drivers were hoping for a last hurrah win. Andreas Mikkelsen established a good lead early in the rally, but slight contact with a bank took two tires off their rims, and and with only one spare in the car he was out on Saturday. That gave Neuville the rally lead, and he kept a fine pace for the rest of the event to take the win. Ott Tanak and Jari-Matti Latvala were two of a group of drivers who tried to challenge Neuville, but Latvala crashed out of second place on the last stage. It promoted Tanak to second to secure the podium position that M-Sport was looking for, and it promoted Haddon Paddon to the final podium position. Sebastian Ogier was thwarted early in the rally with road sweeping, and also made some uncharacteristic mistakes, but his persistence and the demise of others saw him rewarded with a fourth-place finish. Mikkelsen came back on Sunday under rally 2 rules to finish 13th.

The NASCAR finale at Homestead had four drivers competing for the Championship. All four raced near the front of the pack at various times throughout the event. Martin Truex Jr. looked to struggle more than the others (relatively speaking), but with 51 laps to go (out of 267 laps) Truex took the lead and even a late caution wasn’t enough for his rivals to get around him. So Truex won the race and the championship. Kyle Busch tried a late charge, but it was not enough and he had to settle for second. Kevin Harvick was the next of the chasers to finish in fourth place, with Kyle Larson taking the final podium spot just ahead of him. The final chase contender, Brad Keselowski was also in the picture for much of the race, but had to settle for a seventh place finish at the end.

The WEC had their finale in Bahrain. There was a number of incidents among the four LMP1 cars – some involving GT cars that failed to see the LMP1 car. Both the #7 Toyota and the #1 Porsche got tangled (in separate incidents) with GT cars. In fact, in the case of the #1, it was ironically a GT Porsche that got into them. Flat tires resulted for both cars, which put them at least a lap down on their rivals. At the end the #8 Toyota was left alone to take the race win, a lap ahead of the #2 Porsche and the #1 Porsche, in that order. The #7 Toyota was a further 2 laps down in fourth place. Along the LMP2 cars, the #31 Rebellion was the class of the field, taking fifth place overall, with the #38 Jackie Chan car finishing 11s behind them in sixth place, and the #13 Rebellion a lap down in seventh.

Player’s Scores:

Week-44 Player’s Scores iom seb
Thierry Neuville 50 50
Ott Tanak 40 40
Sebastien Ogier 32 32
Andreas Mikkelsen 17
Jari-Matti Latvala 0 0
Kevin Harvick 32
8-Toyota Racing 50 50
2-Porsche Team 40 40
1-Porsche Team 35 35
7-Toyota Racing 32 32
38-Jackie Chan DC 28
13-Rebellion 26
Totals: 322 339

Congratulations to Sebastian and his 29th win of the year. The biggest difference was Sebastian’s NASCAR pick of Harvick over iomracer’s WRC pick of Mikkelsen. No changes in positions in the season long standings:

Standings after week 44:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 12302 339 11963
2 2 iomracer 11848 -454 322 11526 -437
3 3 New Players 10501 -1347 290 10211 -1315


November 13, 2017

2017 Week 44

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 4:27 am

Welcome to week 44 – three races this weekend, and just two weekends left including this one. WRC is down-under for their final event, Rally Australia. NASCAR has their finale at Homestead in Miami; and the WEC has their finale in Bahrain. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 43:

F1 Brazil, Moto GP Spain, NASCAR Arizona:

Results – Week 43
1 Sebastian Vettel Dani Pedrosa Matt Kenseth
2 Valtteri Bottas Johann Zarco Chase Elliott
3 Kimi Raikkonen Marc Marquez Martin Truex Jr.
4 Lewis Hamilton Alex Rins Erik Jones
5 Max Verstappen Valentino Rossi Kevin Harvick
6 Daniel Ricciardo Andrea Iannone Jamie McMurray
7 Felipe Massa Jack Miller Kyle Busch
8 Fernando Alonso Cal Crutchlow Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
9 Sergio Perez Michele Pirro Aric Almirola
10 Nico Hulkenberg Esteve Rabat Dale Earnhardt Jr.

The F1 race in Brazil was an exciting one. There was a close start between Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas at the beginning of the race, with Vettel edging out Bottas into turn 1. After the first round of pitstops it was again very close between them, but Vettel held on to take the win ahead of Bottas. There was quite a bit of carnage at the start of the race, which brought out the safety car. This had to have helped Lewis Hamilton, who had started from the pits in last place following his qualifying crash. When the safety car came out, Hamilton was already up to 14th place after overtaking four cars in the first part of the track, and then seeing three more cars drop out due to crash damage. He then proceeded to pick cars off, all the way up to fourth place with just a few laps to go. He got behind Kimi Raikkonen in third, but time ran out, and Raikkonen held onto that final podium position, with Hamilton in fourth. Max Verstappen had a solid race, finishing in a lonely fifth place. Daniel Ricciardo provided the other piece of excitement during the race. He was caught up in the first lap incidents to emerge in last place, but great driving saw him climb up through the field to an impressive sixth place finish.

Marc Marquez had a comfortable lead in the Moto GP championship going into the finale at Valencia in Spain, so any decent finish would have been enough. But when his only rival, Andreas Dovizioso crashed out with six laps to go (finishing in 19th), Marquez could breathe easy. However, he did push at times during the race, which at one point caused him to run wide and almost off track, giving his team a scare. But the final finishing position of 3rd was more than enough to give him the title. At the front Dani Pedrosa and Johann Zarco had a great battle for the race win, with Pedrosa coming out ahead. Behind Pedrosa, Zarco, and Marquez, Alex Rins had his best race of the year to take fourth place, with Valentino Rossi right on his tail in fifth place. Rossi complained that the Yamaha was hard to ride in the low grip conditions of Valencia, and his teammate Maverick Vinales would certainly agree, when he could do no better than a 12th place finish.

The NASCAR race in Phoenix was exciting in the closing laps. There was just one place available among five drivers to get into the final four at Homestead next week. First out was Jimmie Johnson whose car suffered a flat tire which put him into the wall and out, classified at the end in 39th place. Denny Hamlin was the next out, bumped into the wall by Chase Elliott, Hamlin also suffered a flat and a terminal collision into the wall – and a 35th place finish. Ryan Blaney never looked like he could challenge for the win he needed, and finished in 17th place. Chase Elliott, after bumping Hamlin out of the way, got into the lead with 18 laps to go. He needed a win, but Matt Kenseth was behind him and closing fast, and with eight laps to go Kenseth passed for the lead and pulled away for the win. Elliott finished 2nd. With none of the bottom four in the standings winning, it meant Brad Keselowski just needed to stay out of trouble and finish to be in the final four, and that’s exactly what he did, finishing in 16th place. So the final four who will race for the Cup next week at Homestead are, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., and Brad Keselowski.

Week-43 Player’s Scores iom seb
Sebastian Vettel 50 50
Valtteri Bottas 40 40
Kimi Raikkonen 35 35
Lewis Hamilton 32 32
Max Verstappen 30 30
Dani Pedrosa 50
Marc Marquez 35 35
Valentino Rossi 30 30
Maverick Vinales 18 18
Andrea Dovizioso 11 11
Kevin Harvick 30
Totals: 331 311

Congratulations to iomracer and his 14th win of the year, with the difference being his Moto GP pick of Dani Pedrosa over Sebastian’s NASCAR pick of Kevin Harvick. No changes in positions in the season-long standings with just two weeks to go …

Standings after week 43:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 11963 311 11652
2 2 iomracer 11526 -437 331 11195 -457
3 3 New Players 10211 -1315 280 9931 -1264



November 6, 2017

2017 Week 43

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Welcome to week 43 – three races this weekend, and just three weekends left including this one. F1 moves south within the Americas to San Paulo in Brazil; Moto GP has their finale at Valencia in Spain; and NASCAR has their penultimate race at Phoenix International Raceway in Arizona, in which the final four will be decided for the Chase for the Cup in the finale the following week. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 42:

NASCAR Texas, WEC China:

Results – Week 42
1 Kevin Harvick 8-Toyota Racing
2 Martin Truex Jr. 2-Porsche Team
3 Denny Hamlin 1-Porsche Team
4 Matt Kenseth 7-Toyota Racing
5 Brad Keselowski 31-Rebellion
6 Ryan Blaney 36-Signatech Alpine
7 Joey Logano 13-Rebellion
8 Chase Elliott 38-Jackie Chan DC
9 Kurt Busch 25-Manor TRS
10 Erik Jones 28-TDS Racing

Not the most exciting NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway. Won by Kevin Harvick who passed Martin Truex Jr. with eight laps to go. That guarantees Harvick for the final four and the Chase for the Cup. With all the playoff points Truex had coming into Texas, his second place also guarantees him a place in the final four. Last week’s winner, Kyle Busch, finished 19th. So that leaves one place to claim in the Chase. Brad Keselowski is in the strongest position, finishing 5th in today’s race, and 19 points above the cut line. The four drivers below the cut line will likely need to win next week’s race in Phoenix, barring a disaster for Keselowski. Those drivers are: Denny Hamlin who finished this week’s race in 8th, and is 19 points behind Keselowski; Ryan Blaney who finished 6th and is 22 points behind; Chase Elliott who finished 8th and is 49 points behind; and Jimmie Johnson who finished 27th and is 51 points behind. Elliott and Johnson will definitely need a win in Phoenix to advance. Matt Kenseth (not in the Chase) finished 4th.

The #8 Toyota was in a class of its own in the WEC race in Shaghai in China. They won a clear lap ahead of the #2 Porsche and the #1 Porsche. For the #2 Porsche team it was enough to claim the driver’s championship title (Timo Bernhard, Earl Bamber and Brendon Hartley). And the 2-3 finish of the Porsches was enough for Porsche to take the manufacturers title, with one race to go. The #7 Toyota was also having a great race until a collision with a GTE Pro car in the final hour (of the 6 hour race) which put them into the pits, and a 4th place finish, 7 laps down on their teammates. In the LMP2 class, the #31 Rebellion Oreca took the class win and 5th overall, ahead of the #36 Signatach Alpine Renault. The #38 Jackie Chan Oreca was, as usual, very strong in their class, but a collision with the #26 G-Drive Oreca inside the final 2 hours put them a lap down on their rivals and a 7th place finish overall (4th in class). Finishing 35s ahead of the #38 was the #13 Rebellion (6th overall and 3rd in class).

Week-42 Player’s Scores iom seb
Martin Truex Jr. 40  
Denny Hamlin 35  
Matt Kenseth   32
Chase Elliott 24 24
Kyle Busch   11
Jimmie Johnson   3
8-Toyota Racing 50 50
2-Porsche Team 40 40
1-Porsche Team 35 35
7-Toyota Racing 32 32
31-Rebellion 30 30
36-Signatech Alpine 28  
38-Jackie Chan DC 24 24
Totals: 338 281

Congratulations to iomracer and his thirteenth win of the year. The margin of victory (57) was the largest this year, thanks largely to better NASCAR picks, but it’s still too little too late to make any difference in the season long standings, with only three weeks to go:

Standings after week 42:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 11652   281 11371  
2 2 iomracer 11195 -457 338 10857 -514
3 3 New Players 9931 -1264 253 9678 -1179


October 30, 2017

2017 Week 42

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Welcome to week 42 – two races this weekend. NASCAR goes to the Intermediate track of Texas Motor Speedway for the second of the three races in the Eliminator round that will decide the four drivers who will vie for the Cup in the final race; and the WEC is in China for their penultimate race of the season. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 41:

F1 Mexico, WRC Wales, Moto GP Malaysia, NASCAR Martinsville:

Results – Week 41
1 Max Verstappen Elfyn Evans Andrea Dovizioso Kyle Busch
2 Valtteri Bottas Thierry Neuville Jorge Lorenzo Martin Truex Jr.
3 Kimi Raikkonen Sebastien Ogier Johann Zarco Clint Bowyer
4 Sebastian Vettel Andreas Mikkelsen Marc Marquez Brad Keselowski
5 Esteban Ocon Jari-Matti Latvala Dani Pedrosa Kevin Harvick
6 Lance Stroll Ott Tanak Danilo Petrucci Trevor Bayne
7 Sergio Perez Kris Meeke Valentino Rossi Denny Hamlin
8 Kevin Magnussen Hayden Paddon Jack Miller Ryan Blaney
9 Lewis Hamilton Esapekka Lappi Maverick Vinales Matt Kenseth
10 Fernando Alonso Dani Sordo Pol Espargaro Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

The battle between the two remaining contenders in the F1 championship came to an end by turn three of the Mexican Grand Prix, when Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel collided and both cars were damaged. Hamilton was worse off, and after repairs in the pits, could only progress to a ninth place finish. Sebastian Vettel also needed to go to the pits, but managed to recover to a fourth place finish. These finishing positions nevertheless were enough for Hamilton to take the drivers World Championship. The clash also opened the door for another driver to take a win, and Max Verstappen duly stepped up and took victory, helped by a great start started from second to take the lead going into turn three. Valtteri Bottas followed Hamilton from turn two into turn three, so had second after the collision of Hamilton and Vettel. And there Bottas managed to stay through to the end. Kimi Raikkonen had third, and so in theory could have slowed and let his teammate Vettel have another position, but it wouldn’t have made a difference in the championship, and with Raikkonen almost 24s ahead, it was too much for the team to make that call, so they settled on the finishing positions. Daniel Ricciardo retired with engine problems, and at the end was classified in 20th and last place.

Elfin Evans dominated the WRC Rally Wales to take his first win, and the first WRC win by a Welshman. Behind him though, it was very close between the three championship contenders of Sebastian Ogier, Ott Tanak, and Thierry Neuville, plus Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen. Ott Tanak was looking solid in second until the foggy night stages saw him slip well down the order, finishing the event in sixth. Sebastian Ogier also had an off during the night time stages, but still finished Saturday in second place. Thierry Neuville managed to overhaul him on Sunday to finish second, but the third place finish of Ogier, along with two bonus points on the power stage (helped by Tanak deliberately slowing to make sure he didn’t take those points) was enough for Ogier to secure the drivers World Championship. Mikkelsen and Latvala also threatened Ogier, but couldn’t quite do enough, finishing fourth and fifth respectively, with only 5s covering the three of them. The manufacturers championship looked like a foregone conclusion before the event with M-Sport only need one car to finish to take it. But with Evans’ win, plus Ogier’s podium it easily handed them the title.

At the Moto GP event in Sepang in Malaysia, Marc Marquez was looking to take the championship title. But he did himself no favors by crashing in qualifying, to start seventh on the grid. He started the race aggressively, and even had the lead for a moment, but finally, knowing he has a good points lead, he cooled down after his rival Andrea Dovizioso boldly passed him and almost took them both out. Dovizioso had to be bold, since he realistically had to win the race, and his aggressive riding did indeed give him the victory. He was helped when his teammate, Jorge Lorenzo, ceded the lead by running wide late in the race, making team orders for him to let Dovizioso past, unnecessary. Johann Zarco had a strong race to take the final podium spot, well ahead of Marquez. With a fourth-place finish by Marquez, the title goes to the final race in Spain, but Marquez still has a solid 21 point lead in the championship. Valentino Rossi couldn’t seem to come to grips with the wet conditions, and after starting fourth, eventually slipped to a seventh-place finish. Maverick Vinales had it worse than Rossi, starting fifth on the grid and finishing ninth.

NASCAR was at the short track in Martinsville and most of the Chase contenders battled at the front for victory. In the closing laps one after another were moved aside with the bump-and-run, with Kyle Busch eventually crossing the line as the winner, and automatically advancing to the final four. One of the biggest losers was Chase Elliott who was crashed out from the lead in the final laps, and now finds himself at the bottom of the list of Chase contenders, and having to win one of the next two races. All the other six contenders finished in the top 12, and still have it all to play for.

Week-41 Player’s Scores iom seb
Valtteri Bottas 40 40
Sebastian Vettel 32 32
Lewis Hamilton 22 22
Daniel Ricciardo 12 12
Thierry Neuville 40 40
Sebastien Ogier 35 35
Ott Tanak 28
Andrea Dovizioso 50 50
Marc Marquez 32 32
Valentino Rossi 26
Maverick Vinales 22 22
Totals: 313 311

Congratulations to iomracer and his twelfth win of the year. Obviously the difference was iomracer’s Tanak pick who finished sixth versus Sebastian’s pick of Rossi who finished seventh. No changes in positions in the standings …

Standings after week 41:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 11371 311 11060
2 2 iomracer 10857 -514 313 10544 -516
3 3 New Players 9678 -1179 280 9398 -1146


October 23, 2017

2017 Week 41

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 3:30 am

Welcome to week 41 – four races this weekend. F1 is in Mexico City; WRC goes back to gravel (and likely rain and mud) with Rally Wales; Moto GP is at Sepang in Malaysia; and NASCAR is at the short track in Martinsville, Virginia, for the first of the three races in the Eliminator round that will decide the four drivers who will vie for the Cup in the final race. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 40:

F1 Circuit of the Americas, Moto GP Australia, NASCAR Kansas:

Results – Week 40
1 Lewis Hamilton Marc Marquez Martin Truex Jr.
2 Sebastian Vettel Valentino Rossi Kurt Busch
3 Kimi Raikkonen Maverick Vinales Ryan Blaney
4 Max Verstappen Johann Zarco Chase Elliott
5 Valtteri Bottas Cal Crutchlow Denny Hamlin
6 Esteban Ocon Andrea Iannone Chris Buescher
7 Carlos Sainz Jack Miller Dale Earnhardt Jr.
8 Sergio Perez Alex Rins Kevin Harvick
9 Felipe Massa Pol Espargaro Aric Almirola
10 Daniil Kvyat Bradley Smith Kyle Busch

Lewis Hamilton has always liked the Circuit of the Americas, and again this weekend he went from pole to victory. His nearest championship rival, Sebastian Vettel managed to keep the Brit from winning the championship by finishing in second, but Hamilton most likely will take the title next week in Mexico. Hamilton’s win was enough for Mercedes to take the manufacturer’s championship. Vettel had the lead at one point, but in the end, it wasn’t close. In fact, after the first round of pit stops, Hamilton was in the lead and Kimi Raikkonen held second with Vettel behind him. The Ferrari team ordered Raikkonen to pull over to let teammate Vettel by him towards the end of the race, which gave Vettel that second step on the podium. Max Verstappen also got around Raikkonen, but needed to drive off the track to make the move. That led to a 5s penalty which put Raikkonen back in the final podium spot, and left Max Verstappen in fourth. Valtteri Bottas was also in the top three after the mid-race point, but couldn’t keep the Ferraris nor Verstappen behind him, and had to settle for fifth. Daniel Ricciardo’s engine expired after 14 laps, leaving him classified in 18th place.

At the Moto GP event in Australia, Marc Marquez went from pole to victory, although it was a close race among a large group of riders, with only 1.2s covering the top 8 at one point. Even at the end of the race, only 5.6s covered the top 7. Amazingly, only three weeks after breaking his leg, it was Valentino Rossi who took second place. Maverick Vinales battled Rossi (and others) hard for a podium spot, and was rewarded with third place, although his title hopes are only mathematical at this point. Andrea Dovizioso is Marquez’s closest title contender, but had his chances dashed early on when he ran wide and lost touch with the leading group of riders, and ended up in 13th place. Dani Pedrosa only qualified 12th, and that’s where he finished the race. Jorge Lorenzo had a disappointing race, finishing 15th. Jack Miller had a noteworthy race – he broke his leg only two weeks ago, yet at one point had the lead in his home race. He finished in 7th.

In NASCAR four more drivers were eliminated from the Chase leaving eight. The battle to stay in the final eight took twists and turns throughout the race. Jimmie Johnson looked like he was going to be eliminated after spinning twice. But Kyle Larson, who had a good points cushion going into the race, had his engine let go, and that was him out of the Chase. Then Matt Kenseth got caught up in a late crash, and in a terrible pit crew mistake, seven men (instead of six) went over the wall to service his damaged car, for which the penalty was to park the car, so he too was out. An 11th place finish for Johnson was enough to keep him in the Chase. Both Ricky Stenhouse, and Jamie McMurray basically needed a win to stay in, but could only finish 29th and 34th respectively. So that leaves the following drivers in the Chase: Martin Truex Jr. who won the race in Kansas – his seventh win of the season, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, and Chase Elliott.

Week-40 Player’s Scores iom seb
Lewis Hamilton 50 50
Sebastian Vettel 40 40
Kimi Raikkonen   35
Max Verstappen 32  
Valtteri Bottas 30 30
Daniel Ricciardo 13 13
Marc Marquez 50 50
Valentino Rossi   40
Maverick Vinales 35 35
Dani Pedrosa 18  
Andrea Dovizioso 17 17
Jorge Lorenzo 15 15
Totals: 300 325

Congratulations to Sebastian and his 28th win of the season. The Raikkonen/Rossi combination were the winning choices. No changes in positions in the season long standings …

Standings after week 40:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 11060   325 10735  
2 2 Iomracer 10544 -516 300 10244 -491
3 3 New Players 9398 -1146 270 9128 -1116


October 16, 2017

2017 Week 40

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 12:48 am

Welcome to week 40 – three races this weekend. F1 is in the U.S. at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA); MotoGP is down-under on Phillip Island in Australia; and NASCAR has their last race of their “Contender” round, at the intermediate track in Kansas, after which four more drivers will no longer be in the Chase for the Cup. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 39:

Moto GP Japan, NASCAR Talladega, WEC Japan:

Results – Week 39
1 Andrea Dovizioso Brad Keselowski 8-Toyota Racing
2 Marc Marquez Ryan Newman 7-Toyota Racing
3 Danilo Petrucci Trevor Bayne 1-Porsche Team
4 Andrea Iannone Joey Logano 2-Porsche Team
5 Alex Rins Aric Almirola 31-Rebellion
6 Jorge Lorenzo Denny Hamlin 36-Signatech Alpine
7 Aleix Espargaro Dale Earnhardt Jr. 38-Jackie Chan DC
8 Johann Zarco Kasey Kahne 28-TDS Racing
9 Maverick Vinales Gray Gaulding 24-Manor TRS
10 Loris Baz David Ragan 26-G-Drive Racing

Another close battle at the Moto GP at Motegi in Japan, with Andrea Dovizioso passing Marc Marquez on the last lap to take the victory. Danilo Petrucci had the lead for the first half of the race, but couldn’t keep the two top championship contenders behind him, and had to settle for third. Jorge Lorenzo had a good start, dropped back in the rain, but rallied a little at the end to finish sixth. Maverick Vinales finished 9th after a disappointing qualifying. Dani Pedrosa retired with 4 laps to go, to finish in the 20th position. Valetino Rossi crashed twice during the weekend, once in early qualifying, and then again on lap six of the race, to finish classified in 23rd. Hopefully he has not exacerbated the damage to his broken leg.

In the NASCAR race at Talladega it took until 17 laps to go for the “big one” to happen, and it took out four of the Chase contenders. Then another crash with 11 to go took out two more. There were only 17 cars left in the field at this point, with 7 of the 12 contenders out. Yet another crash with 6 laps to go took out three more Chase contenders, leaving just Brad Keselowski with the lead and Denny Hamlin in fourth. And was Keselowski that took the win in the final 11-car field. So in the Chase Ryan Blaney and Jimmie Johnson are left above the cut line, 9 and 7 points (race positions) respectively ahead of Kyle Busch, with Matt Kenseth a further 1 point behind. For Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Jamie McMurray they are 22 and 26 points behind respectively, so basically need to win the final race to stay in the Chase. Martin Truex Jr. and Brad Keselowski are through to the next round with their wins, and Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, and Chase Elliot all look fairly safe.

It was heavy rain at the WEC event at the Mt. Fuji circuit in Japan, and finally when the conditions deteriorated to the point of reduced visibility, the race was stopped with 1-½ hours to go. At that time it was the #8 Toyota that was in the lead, and took the win by 1.5s from their teammates the #7 Toyota, with the #1 Porsche just 0.8s further back. The #2 Porsche was a lap behind in fourth place. There was a cortina (group) of LMP2 cars three laps back, with the #38 Jackie Chan car in the middle of them in 7th place.

Week-39 Player’s Scores iom seb
Andrea Dovizioso 50 50
Marc Marquez 40 40
Jorge Lorenzo 28
Maverick Vinales 22 22
Dani Pedrosa 10 10
Valentino Rossi 7 7
8-Toyota Racing 50 50
7-Toyota Racing 40 40
1-Porsche Team 35 35
2-Porsche Team 32 32
38-Jackie Chan DC 26
Totals: 312 314

Congratulations to Sebastian and his 27th win of the year. The difference was Lorenzo’s 6th place finish over the #38 Jackie Chan car’s 7th place finish. No changes in positions in the season-long standings …

Standings after week 39:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 10735 314 10421
2 2 iomracer 10244 -491 312 9932 -489
3 3 New Players 9128 -1116 281 8847 -1085


October 8, 2017

2017 Week 39

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 11:00 pm

Welcome to week 39 – three races this weekend. Moto GP is at Motegi in Japan; NASCAR has race 2 of their “Contender” round for the Chase to the Cup at the superspeedway of Talladega; and the WEC is also in Japan, but at the Mt. Fuji circuit. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 38:

F1 Japan, WRC Spain, NASCAR Charlotte, USCC Road Atlanta:

Results – Week 38
1 Lewis Hamilton Kris Meeke Martin Truex Jr. 2-Tequila Patron ESM
2 Max Verstappen Sebastien Ogier Chase Elliott 31-Whelen Engineering Racing
3 Daniel Ricciardo Ott Tanak Kevin Harvick 6-Penske
4 Valtteri Bottas Juho Hanninen Denny Hamlin 22-Tequila Patron
5 Kimi Raikkonen Mads Ostberg Jamie McMurray 5-Mustang Sampling Racing
6 Esteban Ocon Stephane Lefebvre David Suarez 85-JDC-Miller Motosports
7 Sergio Perez Elfyn Evans Jimmie Johnson 25-BMW Team RLL
8 Kevin Magnussen Teemu Suninen Ryan Blaney 3-Corvette Racing
9 Romain Grosjean Jan Kopecky Kasey Kahne 62-Risi Competizione
10 Felipe Massa Ole Christian Veiby Kyle Larson 4-Corvette Racing

At the F1 race in Japan, Lewis Hamilton led from pole to take victory. His championship rival, Sebastian Vettel had another disastrous race. He got into turn one in second behind Hamilton, but by lap five a spark plug failed on his Ferrari, and he was out of the race (classified 19th). Hamilton looked comfortable in the lead, with Max Verstappen unable to keep up on the super soft tires. However, once Verstappen went to soft tires, he suddenly started gaining on Hamilton, getting to 0.2s behind at one point. But Hamilton got fortunate with lapping back markers and held off Verstappen for a 1.2s win. Verstappen’s Red Bull teammate, Daniel Ricciardo took the final podium spot. Valtteri Bottas did a long stint on his super soft tires, presumably in an effort to hold up Verstappen who stopped earlier to change tires. It meant a fourth-place finish for Bottas, but still comfortably ahead of Raikkonen in fifth.

At the Spanish WRC event in Catalunya it was another disaster for Thierry Neuville. After a similarly disastrous event in Germany, Neuville needed a good result to keep the pressure on championship leader Sebastian Ogier. But Neuville made a poor tire choice on Friday, and on Saturday he suffered mechanical problems and an unusual liaison section crash which meant he then had to push. And he pushed too much on Sunday, crashing out of the event. That means the championship is almost certainly Ogier’s, who finished second after sweeping the roads on Friday, and then driving his usual steady speed for the rest of the event. It was Kris Meeke who got the better of Ogier, pushing hard on Saturday morning to take a lead that he would not cede. Ott Tanak was also able to put some pressure on Ogier, but in the end had to settle for third, 5s behind. Jari-Matti Latvala had a short weekend after his Toyota suffered an oil leak on Friday which could not be fixed, leaving him out of the race for the rest of the weekend.

Martin Truex continued to show himself as the man to beat with a comfortable victory at the NASCAR race in Charlotte. All but one of the contenders finished in the top 15, so the Chase leaderboard remains close going into Talladega. It was Kyle Busch who had problems the entire race and ended up in 29th place. But going in he had a lot of championship points, so the poor showing didn’t hurt him too much, still sitting sixth in the standings, with eight who will go on to the next round after two more races.

The USCC was at Road Atlanta in Georgia. The Nissans looked strong throughout the race, but the Cadillacs stayed close. After a restart in the race with less than 30 minutes of the 10-hour race to go, the Cadillacs managed to get into each other, hurting their chances of victory. But the lead Nissan didn’t do itself any favors after an incident with a GT car led to a penalty. That meant the #2 Tequila Patron Nissan that was in fourth place after the restart suddenly found themselves in the lead, and ultimately took victory by 7.6s over the #31 Wheelen Cadilac. The #6 Penske LMP2 car took advantage of the chaos to take a good third place. The #22 Tequila Patron Nissan finished fourth, and the #5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac finished one lap down in fifth. The #85 JDC-Miller LMP2 car had a solid race, finishing in 6th place, 3 laps down to the winner. But not a good race for the #13 Rebellion LMP2 which finished 36th, nor the #10 Wayne Taylor Cadillac which finished 37th. For the Rebellion it was a mid-race crash with a PC class car that took them out. The poor finish for the Wayne Taylor Cadillac was not enough to dislodge them from the top of the standings, and with this being the last race of the year, Ricky Taylor and Jordan Taylor are champions, also bringing along the manufacturers title for Cadillac.

Week-38 Player’s Scores iom seb
Lewis Hamilton 50 50
Daniel Ricciardo 35
Valtteri Bottas 32 32
Sebastian Vettel 11 11
Sebastien Ogier 40 40
Jari-Matti Latvala 0
Thierry Neuville 0 0
2-Tequila Patron ESM 50
31-Whelen Engineering Racing 40
5-Mustang Sampling Racing 30 30
85-JDC-Miller Motosports 28
13-Rebellion Racing 1
10-Wayne Taylor Racing 1 1
Totals: 254 228

Congratulations to iomracer and his eleventh win of the year. Good USCC picks overcame the two non-finishing WRC picks to take the win. No changes in position in the year-long standings …

Standings after week 38:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 10421 228 10193
2 2 iomracer 9932 -489 254 9678 -515
3 3 New Players 8847 -1085 205 8642 -1036


October 1, 2017

2017 Week 38

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 11:32 pm

Welcome to week 38 – four races this weekend. F1 is at Suzuka in Japan; WRC is in Spain for Rally Catalunya; NASCAR starts their “Contender” round at the intermediate oval in Charlotte, with 12 drivers remaining in the Chase for the Cup; and the USCC has their finale at Road Atlanta with the 10 hour Petit Le Mans. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 37:

F1 Malaysia, NASCAR Dover:

Results – Week 37
1 Max Verstappen Kyle Busch
2 Lewis Hamilton Chase Elliott
3 Daniel Ricciardo Jimmie Johnson
4 Sebastian Vettel Martin Truex Jr.
5 Valtteri Bottas Kyle Larson
6 Sergio Perez Clint Bowyer
7 Stoffel Vandoorne Dale Earnhardt Jr.
8 Lance Stroll David Suarez
9 Felipe Massa Jamie McMurray
10 Esteban Ocon Brad Keselowski

Lewis Hamilton extended his lead in the F1 championship by finishing second versus his Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel’s fourth place finish. It was a great race for Vettel, who had to start at the back of the grid after engine failure in qualifying. But it was Max Verstappen’s turn to shine. Starting from third place on the grid, he got a good start to be second through the first corner. On lap four he passed Hamilton for the lead, and never looked back, winning the race by almost 13s. Hamilton was also untroubled in second place for the whole race. Third through sixth were hotly contested with Daniel Ricciardo having to hold off Vettel for third place, until engine concerns caused Vettel to back off toward the end of the race. Valtteri Bottas had third place in the opening lap, but was unable to keep Ricciardo behind him, and then also got passed by Vettel, to finish fifth. Sergio Perez was sick, but managed his suffering to finish sixth, and the last car on the lead lap. Kimi Raikkonen had a disaster when, even before the formation lap started, his car had a turbo problem and he had to be pushed into the pits. Unable to fix the issue, he was classified in 20th and last place.

NASCAR had the third race of the Challenger round in Dover, which meant four drivers were knocked out of the championship, and 12 advanced to the Contender round. Kasey Kahne and Kurt Busch basically needed a win to stay in contention, but never came close with a 14th and 20th place finish respectively, so they are now out. Ryan Newman and Austin Dillon didn’t need a win, but did need good results, and both failed in that respect. They finished 13th and 16th respectively, not far enough ahead of Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who was on the bubble for most of the race, but did enough with a 19th place finish to stay in the list of 12 who advance to the next round. Winning the race was Kyle Busch, who took over the lead from Chase Elliot with one lap to go, which was a shame for Elliot as he was a long-time leader and it would have been his first NASCAR victory. So the list of 12 who move forward in the Chase for the title are (in ranking order): Martin Truex Jr. who finished 4th, Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson who finished 5th, Brad Keselowski (10th), Jimmie Johnson (3rd), Kevin Harvick (17th), Denny Hamlin (35th), Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Ryan Blaney (23rd), Chase Elliot, Matt Kenseth (11th), and Jamie McMurray (9th).

Week-37 Player’s Scores iom seb
Max Verstappen 50 50
Lewis Hamilton 40 40
Daniel Ricciardo 35 35
Sebastian Vettel 32 32
Valtteri Bottas 30 30
Sergio Perez 28
Kimi Raikkonen 11 11
Chase Elliott 40
Jimmie Johnson 35
Kyle Larson 30 30
Matt Kenseth 19
Ryan Newman 17
Denny Hamlin 1
Totals: 274 322

Congratulations to Sebastian and his twenty-sixth win of the year. Better picks in NASCAR made the difference. No changes in positions in the season-long standings …

Standings after week 37:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 10193 322 9871
2 2 iomracer 9678 -515 274 9404 -467
3 3 New Players 8642 -1036 247 8395 -1009


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