Welcome to week 33 – two races this weekend. F1 is in Ferrari’s home country of Italy, at Monza; NASCAR is at Darlington for their penultimate regular season race before the Chase for the Cup. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.
Scores from week 32:
Moto GP England, Indycar Sonoma, WEC Germany:
The British weather made a last minute appearance just before the start of the Moto GP race at Silverstone by raining during the warm up lap. With all the bikes coming in for wet weather tires, the start was delayed so that the grid could reform for a proper start. Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez showed themselves to be the masters of the rain by riding away from the rest of field, but when Marquez crashed (finishing classified in 21st) Rossi slowed and was almost caught by the best of the rest, Danilo Petrucci and Andrea Dovizioso, who battled all race long and finished second and third respectively behind Rossi. Jorge Lorenzo could only manage fourth place, ceding his lead in the championship back to Rossi. Dani Pedrosa was a lonely fifth. Our other pick, Andrea Iannone finished 8th.
At the Indycar finale in Sonoma Scott Dixon pretty much needed to win the race to stand any chance of taking the title, and even then he’d need Juan Pablo Montoya to do no better than sixth. Both happened. Dixon had such a good race that he finished more than six seconds clear of second place Ryan Hunter-Reay. For Montoya he was thwarted by an incident when teammate Will Power closed the door on Montoya’s passing attempt, causing damage to both cars, requiring an off cycle pit stop for both. From there Montoya could do no better than sixth, which was not good enough to win the championship. Power finished behind him in seventh. But it was a subdued victory for Dixon and the rest of the drivers, who remembered and celebrated in their press interviews the life of Justin Wilson which was sadly lost in the accident of last week.
At the Nurburgring the home team Porsche took a one-two victory in the WEC 6-hour race. The #17 driven by Mark Webber, Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley, finished a lap clear of their teammate the #18 Porsche driven by Neel Jani, Marc Lieb and Romain Dumas. For the #18 it was a closer finish over the next two cars, the two Audis, with the #7 (Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer) ahead of the #8 (Lucas Di Grassi, Loic Duval, Oliver Jarvis), with both finishing on the same lap as the Porsche. And keeping the two-by-two order intact, in fifth and sixth place where the two Toyotas, albeit more laps down, with the #1 (Anthony Davidson, Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima) finishing ahead of the #2 (Alexander Wurz, Stephane Sarrazin, Mike Conway).
Congratulations to me and my eleventh outright win of the year, with one tie, and breaking Sebastian’s string of three wins in a row. Avoiding Will Power seemed to make the difference. No changes in the standings, although Drewe continued to close the gap on Greased Lightning who made a welcome return to the game …