The Motor Racing Game

May 21, 2017

2017 Week 19

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 10:26 pm

Welcome to week 19 – three races this weekend. F1 is in Monte Carlo for the Monaco Grand Prix; NASCAR stays in Charlotte with a regular race following last week’s All-Star race at the same track; Indycar is in Indianapolis for the Indy 500. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 18:

WRC Portugal, Moto GP France, NASCAR Charlotte (All-Star race):

Results – Week 18
Pos WRC MotoGP NASCAR
1 Sebastien Ogier Maverick Vinales Kyle Busch
2 Thierry Neuville Johann Zarco Kyle Larson
3 Dani Sordo Dani Pedrosa Jimmie Johnson
4 Ott Tanak Andrea Dovizioso Kurt Busch
5 Craig Breen Cal Crutchlow Jamie McMurray
6 Elfyn Evans Jorge Lorenzo Kevin Harvick
7 Juho Hanninen Jonas Folger Chase Elliott
8 Mads Ostberg Jack Miller Joey Logano
9 Jari-Matti Latvala Loris Baz Brad Keselowski
10 Esapekka Lappi Andrea Iannone Denny Hamlin

The WRC Rally Portugal was a close affair in the first couple of days, with six different leaders in the first day of rallying, and the top 8 separated by just 9s. Attrition took its toll on the second day, and the leaderboard was pretty much sorted as the last day started. With Sebastian Ogier 15s ahead of Thierry Neuville, who was 30s ahead of Dani Sordo, everyone drove defensively to hold their positions, and that was the finishing order. Elfin Evans lost time on Friday with a puncture, and them more time on Saturday when he went off and suffered another puncture, but recovered to a 6th place finish. Jari-Matti Latvala rolled on Friday, and was ill for the rest of the weekend, including spending Saturday night in the hospital to rehydrate; 9th was his finishing position. Another poor rally by Kris Meeke, a broken suspension after going wide into hinkelstein-like stone on Friday had him rejoin the rally on Saturday under Rally 2 rules; 18th was his finishing position.

At the MotoGP race in Le Mans, Valentino Rossi almost had his first win of the year, but uncharacteristically crashed on the last lap. He got the lead from Maverick Vinales with three laps to go, but lost it when he ran wide in turn 8 on the last lap, then came down in turn 11 trying to get back the win, resulting in a 16th place finish. So Vinales took the win, with Johann Zarco continuing to impress with second place, 3s behind Vinales. Dani Pedrosa took the final podium spot a further 5s behind Zarco, followed by Andrea Dovizioso in fourth. Marc Marquez was another rider who took a tumble, just after the half way mark, and an 18th place finish for him.

The NASCAR all-star race in Charlotte was a bit of a bore. They tried to spice things up by giving the teams two tire choices: the regular tire, and a softer tire, both with different coloring on the tire wall so everyone could see what they were using. But there was only one set of softs available for each team, so they supposedly had to be prudent in using them. It turned out to make no difference, with clean-air at the front of the pack being the dominant factor. Whoever led, seemingly couldn’t be caught or passed, no matter the tires, so the only shuffling among the leaders came with cautions and end of stages. At the start of the last stage Kyle Busch got the jump on everyone, and as had been the case all night, that was essentially the end, and a comfortable win for Busch over Kyle Larson and Jimmie Johnson. The lack of excitement had people (fans), once again, talking about shifting the all-star race to somewhere like Bristol.

Week-18 Player’s Scores iom seb
WRC
Sebastien Ogier 50 50
Thierry Neuville 40 40
Dani Sordo 35
Elfyn Evans 28
Jari-Matti Latvala 22 22
Kris Meeke 12
MotoGP
Maverick Vinales 50 50
Johann Zarco 40
Dani Pedrosa 35 35
Andrea Dovizioso 32
Valentino Rossi 14 14
Marc Marquez 12 12
NASCAR
Jimmie Johnson 35
Totals: 303 325

Congratulations to Sebastian and his twelfth win of the year. Picking Johnson in NASCAR was a little bit of a gamble, but with solid picks in WRC and MotoGP, it made the difference. No changes in positions in the season long standings…

Standings after week 17:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 4015 311 3704
2 2 iomracer 3833 -182 297 3536 -168
3 3 New Players 3447 -386 267 3180 -356

 

May 16, 2017

2017 Week 18

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 4:54 am

Welcome to week 18 – three races this weekend. WRC is at the gravel event in Portugal; Moto GP is at Le Mans in France; and NASCAR has their all-star race in Charlotte, North Carolina. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 17:

F1 Spain, NASCAR Kansas City, Indycar Indianapolis (road course):

Results – Week 17
Pos F1 NASCAR Indycar
1 Lewis Hamilton Martin Truex Jr. Will Power
2 Sebastian Vettel Brad Keselowski Scott Dixon
3 Daniel Ricciardo Kevin Harvick Ryan Hunter-Reay
4 Sergio Perez Ryan Blaney Simon Pagenaud
5 Esteban Ocon Kyle Busch Helio Castroneves
6 Nico Hulkenberg Kyle Larson Graham Rahal
7 Carlos Sainz David Suarez Max Chilton
8 Pascal Wehrlein Jamie McMurray Alexander Rossi
9 Daniil Kvyat Clint Bowyer Spencer Pigot
10 Romain Grosjean Trevor Bayne Juan Pablo Montoya

It was a close F1 race in Catalunya, Spain, with a combination of clever pit strategy by Mercedes and great driving by Lewis Hamilton, to beat a great drive by Sebastian Vettel in the Ferrari. Vettel got the jump on Hamilton at the start, and it took until late in the race before Hamilton took the lead, and a win of just 3.5s. Daniel Ricciardo was a long way back from the leading duo, and the only other car to finish on the same lap, in third, and that was a gift. It looked like Valtteri Bottas in the other Mercedes would pick up third, but he lost the engine about two thirds of the way through the race. Bottas was also the one for whom a momentary lapse of control at the start caused him to hit Kimi Raikkonen, who in turn hit Max Verstappen, resulting in the end of the race for the latter two. These three were classified in 17th, 20th, and 19th place respectively. Force India had a great weekend, with their two drivers ending up the best of the rest, with Sergio Perez finishing fourth, and Esteban Ocon finishing fifth.

The NASCAR race in Kansas City was won by Martin Truex Jr. ahead of Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick. But the big story was the spectacular crash that occurred when something broke Joey Logano’s car, turning him into Danica Patrick whose car burst into flames. Aric Almirola them plowed into them. Understandably Patrick was out of her burning car almost before it stopped rolling, and she and Logano were unhurt. But unfortunately, Almirola suffered a compression fracture in his back. He’s out of the hospital, but obviously will be out of racing for a while.

Indycar was at Indianapolis, but on the road course. It was a caution-free race, something that hasn’t happened in a long time, so it was all down to pit strategy and execution, and good driving. Will Power and the Penske team were the ones to execute the best, with Power taking the win by 5s after leading 61 of the 85 laps. Scott Dixon in the Ganassi Honda were second, 7s ahead of Ryan Hunter-Reay in the Andretti Honda. Simon Pagenaud was fourth, and Helio Castroneves was fifth. Josef Newgarden was eleventh.

Week-17 Player’s Scores iom seb
F1
Lewis Hamilton 50 50
Sebastian Vettel 40 40
Daniel Ricciardo 35
Sergio Perez 32
Valtteri Bottas 13 13
Max Verstappen 11 11
Kimi Raikkonen 10 10
NASCAR
Indycar
Will Power 50 50
Scott Dixon 40 40
Simon Pagenaud 32 32
Helio Castroneves 30
Josef Newgarden 19
Totals: 297 311

Congratulations to Sebastian and his eleventh win of the year. His pick of Castroneves over iomracer’s Newgarden in Indycar was the biggest difference. No changes in positions in the season-long standings…

Standings after week 17:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 4015 311 3704
2 2 iomracer 3833 -182 297 3536 -168
3 3 New Players 3447 -386 267 3180 -356

 

May 8, 2017

2017 Week 17

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 5:11 am

Welcome to week 17 – three races this weekend. F1 visits Catalunya in Spain; NASCAR is in Kansas City; and Indycar is in Indianapolis to run the road course. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 16:

Moto GP Spain, NASCAR Talladega, WEC Belgium, USCC Circuit of the Americas:

Results – Week 16
Pos MotoGP NASCAR WEC USCC
1 Dani Pedrosa Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 8-Toyota Racing 10-Wayne Taylor Racing
2 Marc Marquez Jamie McMurray 7-Toyota Racing 31-Whelen Engineering Racing
3 Jorge Lorenzo Kyle Busch 2-Porsche Team 5-Mustang Sampling Racing
4 Johann Zarco Aric Almirola 1-Porsche Team 85-JDC-Miller Motosports
5 Andrea Dovizioso Kasey Kahne 9-Toyota Racing 22-Tequila Patron
6 Maverick Vinales Kurt Busch 4-Team Bykolles 38-Performance Tech
7 Danilo Petrucci Brad Keselowski 26-G-Drive Racing 3-Corvette Racing
8 Jonas Folger Jimmie Johnson 31-Rebellion 25-BMW Team RLL
9 Aleix Espargaro Paul Menard 38-Jackie Chan DC 26-BAR1 Motorsports
10 Valentino Rossi David Ragan 13-Rebellion 24-BMW Team RLL

At the Moto GP race in Jerez, Spain, Dani Pedrosa started on pole, got the hole shot into turn one, and never lost the lead, winning the race by 6s over Marc Marquez. The rookie Johann Zarco looks like the real deal, battling Marquez for second place early on. At the end Jorge Lorenzo got around Zarco to take the final podium spot, but fourth for Zarco was still a great result. Andrea Dovizioso and Maverick Venales were both a little off the pace, and finished finished 5th and 6th respectively, more than 5s behind Zarco. But that wasn’t as bad as Valentino Rossi, who looked like he had a bad Michelin tire on the front of the bike, with which he didn’t like the grip, and complained of a vibration from it in the later part of the race – 10th place was his finishing position, but he still holds onto the championship lead.

Also going from pole to victory lane was Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in the NASCAR race at Talladega, although it did need a last-lap pass around Kyle Busch, in overtime, to seal the victory. Jamie McMurray also got around Busch on that last lap, and that was the podium – Stenhouse, McMurray, Busch. It took most of the race before the “big one” came around, and it was big and spectacular. Eighteen cars were involved, including AJ Allmendinger who went airborne and landed on top of Joey Logano’s car. It took almost 30 minutes to clean up the mess. Two more cautions came out with less than 20 laps to go (out of 188) setting up the green-white-checkered end to the race.

As expected at the WEC race at Spa Francorchamps in Belgium, the top four positions went to the Toyotas and Porsches. But it was very close. After 6 hours of racing, the #8 Toyota beat their teammate the #7 Toyota by only 1.9s. The #2 Porsche took the final podium position, 33s further back, followed by the #1 Porsche, another minute further back, and the only other car on the same lap as the winner.

The USCC was at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas, and the Cadillacs repeated their Sebring result of taking all three of the podium positions. A slightly different order this time, with the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing car winning (as they did in Sebring) by 18.9s over the #31 Whelen Engineering car, which was 0.9s clear of the #5 Mustang Sampling car. The #2 Tequila Patron car was actually in third place with 5 laps to go, but unexpectedly caught fire, and had to pull to a corner station to get the flames extinguished, but that was them out, and a 28th place finish.

Week-16 Player’s Scores iom seb
MotoGP
Marc Marquez 40 40
Maverick Vinales 28 28
Valentino Rossi 20 20
NASCAR
WEC
8-Toyota Racing 50 50
7-Toyota Racing 40 40
2-Porsche Team 35 35
1-Porsche Team 32 32
USCC
10-Wayne Taylor Racing 50 50
31-Whelen Engineering Racing 40
5-Mustang Sampling Racing 35 35
2-Tequila Patron ESM 2
Totals: 332 370

Congratulations to Sebastian and his tenth win of the year. Iomracer was unfortunate with his gamble of picking the #2 car in USCC over all three Cadillacs – 5 laps short from making it a much closer finish. No changes in positions in the season long standings …

Standings after week 16:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 3704 370 3334
2 2 iomracer 3536 -168 332 3204 -130
3 3 New Players 3180 -356 267 2913 -291

 

May 1, 2017

2017 Week 16

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 12:13 am

Welcome to week 16 – four races this weekend. Moto GP is at Jerez in Spain; NASCAR is at the restrictor plate track of Talladega in Alabama; WEC is at Spa Francorchamps in Belgium, and the USCC is at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 15:

F1 Russia, WRC Argentina, NASCAR Richmond, Indycar Phoenix:

Results – Week 15
Pos F1 WRC NASCAR Indycar
1 Valtteri Bottas Thierry Neuville Joey Logano Simon Pagenaud
2 Sebastian Vettel Elfyn Evans Brad Keselowski Will Power
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ott Tanak Denny Hamlin JR Hildebrand
4 Lewis Hamilton Sebastien Ogier Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Helio Castroneves
5 Max Verstappen Jari-Matti Latvala Kevin Harvick Scott Dixon
6 Sergio Perez Hayden Paddon Jamie McMurray Tony Kanaan
7 Esteban Ocon Juho Hanninen Ryan Newman Ed Carpenter
8 Nico Hulkenberg Dani Sordo Kurt Busch Charlie Kimball
9 Felipe Massa Mads Ostberg Aric Almirola Josef Newgarden
10 Carlos Sainz Pontus Tidemand Martin Truex Jr. Carlos Munoz

Right from the start it was a most unexpected F1 race in Russia. It began with Valtteri Bottas driving around Sebastian Vettel and getting into turn two in the lead. And then he drove away. Behind him, Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen were showing great pace, while Lewis Hamilton dropped behind. But it took until the end for Vettal to really put the pressure on Bottas, who didn’t flinch, and beat Vettel across the line by 0.6s. Raikkonen was a further 10.5s back, and Hamilton a massive 36s down on the winner. Hamilton’s car did have a bit of an overheating problem, but Mercedes also said that his car was set up wrong, and that they have a hard week of work ahead of them to make sure there’s no repeat at the next race in Spain. Max Verstappen had a lonely race, finishing fifth, 24s behind Hamilton. Felipe Massa was as high as sixth, but a suspected puncture sent him to the pits for an unscheduled stop, and dropped him down the field, and eventually a 9th place finish. Daniel Ricciardo had brake problems and only managed five laps, and a 17th place finish. But that was better than Fernando Alonso, who’s McLaren Honda failed to get through the warm-up lap. Alonso must be very much looking forward to the Indy 500 and driving a competitive car with the Andretti team.

The WRC Argentina rally met the pre-race expectations of being a car-killer. Every driver had at least one problem during the event. Elfyn Evans had the cleanest run up to the last leg of Saturday, building a commanding lead of more than a minute. But then things started to unravel. He suffered a slow puncture on the second to last stage, then took the tire off the rim on Saturday’s last stage. On Sunday he had brake issues, and by the final stage of the event he had just a 0.6s lead over Thierry Neuville. Neuville’s second place going into the last stage was a great comeback having suffered a broken front damper on Friday. In the final stage showdown, Neuville was fastest by 1.3s over Evans, meaning he’d won the event by a skinny 0.7s. Ott Tanak had an ill-handling car on Friday morning, and even after that was sorted, a couple of spins didn’t help him. But he charged hard, especially in the fast stages, and eventually finished in a comfortable third place, ahead of Sebastian Ogier. Ogier had all sorts of problems, including a couple of excursions into the scenery – unusual for him – but mostly complained about mechanical problems with the Ford Fiesta. Jari-Matti Latvala’s woes included an overheating car that forced him to drive in safe-mode for parts of Friday, then a puncture that took him out of the picture. Fifth was his finishing position. Dani Sordo broke a steering arm on Friday that took him 10 minutes to fix on stage, and played catch-up for the rest of the event, eventually finishing eighth. Kris Meeke had the worst of it, with a heavy roll on Friday that the Citroen team patched up to put him back on the stages on Saturday, where he subsequently had another massive roll, that ended his race, and no points.

NASCAR was at Richmond in Virginia. It was a fantastic race for Joey Logano, who started at the back after changing a transmission before the race, but worked his way through the field to take the lead with 16 laps to go, and on to the win. Brad Keselowski’s car looked to be the fastest all day, but he couldn’t get around slower cars that had stayed out on old tires at the final caution, and ran out of time in his effort to catch Logano, finishing second. Denny Hamlin was a distant third.

Indycar was on the flat oval of Phoenix, Arizona. The field didn’t even complete lap one when five cars crashed in turn one. That took out Sebastien Bourdais, Max Chilton, Graham Rahal and Marco Andretti, and Mikhail Aleshin who started it. Another wreck shortly after half distance, involving Takuma Sato, and in the middle of pit stops, resulted in only five cars left on the lead lap. Josef Newgarden was one of them, until a collision with Ryan Hunter-Reay with 28 laps to go, put him out. That left Simon Pagenaud, Will Power, JR Hildebrand, and Helio Castroneves as the only cars on the lead lap. Power’s pursuit of Pagenaud was thwarted by lapped traffic, so that was the finishing order, with Pagenaud taking his first oval win. Scott Dixon was the first of the lapped cars to finish – in fifth place.

Week-15 Player’s Scores iom seb
F1
Valtteri Bottas 50 50
Sebastian Vettel 40 40
Kimi Raikkonen 35 35
Lewis Hamilton 32 32
Max Verstappen 30
Felipe Massa 22
Daniel Ricciardo 13
WRC
Thierry Neuville 50
Sebastien Ogier 32 32
Jari-Matti Latvala 30
Dani Sordo 24
Kris Meeke 0
NASCAR
Indycar
Will Power 40
Scott Dixon 30 30
Totals: 339 308

Congratulations to iomracer and his fifth win of the year. The picks of Neuville in WRC and Power in Indycar made the difference. No changes in the positions in the season-long standings …

Standings after week 15:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 3334 308 3026
2 2 iomracer 3204 -130 339 2865 -161
3 3 New Players 2913 -291 277 2636 -229

 

April 26, 2017

2017 Week 15

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 4:45 am

Welcome to week 15 – four races this week. F1 goes to Sochi in Russia; WRC is in Argentina for what has been described as the roughest rally on the calendar; NASCAR is on the short track of Richmond, Virginia; and Indycar is on the flat oval (i.e. not much banking) of Phoenix, Arizona. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 14:

MotoGP USA, NASCAR Bristol, Indycar Barber:

Results – Week 14
Pos MotoGP NASCAR Indycar
1 Marc Marquez Jimmie Johnson Josef Newgarden
2 Valentino Rossi Clint Bowyer Scott Dixon
3 Dani Pedrosa Kevin Harvick Simon Pagenaud
4 Cal Crutchlow Matt Kenseth Helio Castroneves
5 Johann Zarco Joey Logano Alexander Rossi
6 Andrea Dovizioso Kyle Larson James Hinchcliffe
7 Andrea Iannone Chase Elliott Tony Kanaan
8 Danilo Petrucci Martin Truex Jr. Sebastien Bourdais
9 Jorge Lorenzo Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Takuma Sato
10 Jack Miller Denny Hamlin Mikhail Aleshin

Marc Marquez won the MotoGP event at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas, for the fifth time in a row. Once he was ahead, he rode away and ceased to be the interesting story. The story of the race was Championship leader Maverick Vinales, and his teammate Valentino Rossi. It wasn’t a good story for Vinales, who crashed out on lap two (classified 21st at the finish), and subsequently lost his Championship lead. For Rossi, he battled hard for one of the podium spots with Johann Zarco, who at one point pushed Rossi off track. When Rossi rejoined, he was deemed to cut the next corner in an advantageous way, and was handed a 0.3s penalty. It made no difference, Rossi was ahead of Zarco, then reeled in and passed Dani Pedrosa who was in second at that time, and finished far enough ahead that the penalty didn’t affect the finishing position. And that puts Rossi on top of the Championship standings, 6 points clear of his teammate. Behind Pedrosa, who finished third, Cal Crutchlow also got around Zarco to claim fourth, with Zarco taking fifth, ahead of Andrea Dovizioso. Alvaro Bautista crashed at the halfway mark of the race, but got back aboard his bike and finished 15th.

The NASCAR race at the short track in Bristol, Tennessee, was postponed until Monday due to rain. Jimmie Johnson followed up his win at the last race, two weeks ago on the intermediate track of Texas, to take the win in Bristol, and put everyone on notice that his team is back on top form, and will likely be hard to beat for the rest of the year.

The Indycar race at Barber in Alabama was won by Josef Newgarden. Will Power was the one to beat though, having started on pole he took an early lead and led the most laps. But as the end of the race closed in, he suffered a slow puncture, which meant he had to pit. When he came out, there was not enough of the race left for him to get anywhere but a 14th place finish. His problem put Newgarden into the lead, and at the end it was a close finish with Scott Dixon just one second behind at the line. Behind Dixon, Simon Pagenaud took the final podium position, with Helio Castroneves finishing a distant fourth.

Week-14 Player’s Scores iom seb
MotoGP    
Marc Marquez 50 50
Valentino Rossi 40 40
Dani Pedrosa 35 35
Cal Crutchlow 32  
Andrea Dovizioso 28 28
Alvaro Bautista 15  
Maverick Vinales 9 9
NASCAR    
Indycar    
Josef Newgarden   50
Scott Dixon   40
Simon Pagenaud 35 35
Helio Castroneves 32 32
Will Power 16 16
Totals: 292 335

Congratulations to Sebastian and his ninth win of the year with six in a row. Solid picks in Indycar made the biggest difference. No changes in positions in the standings …

Standings after week 14:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 3026   335 2691  
2 2 iomracer 2865 -161 292 2573 -118
3 3 New Players 2636 -229 263 2373 -200

 

April 17, 2017

2017 Week 14

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 1:56 am

Welcome to week 14 – three races this week. Moto GP is at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in the U.S.; NASCAR is at the short-track in Bristol, Tennessee; and Indycar goes to Alabama and the Barber road course. Please make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 13:

F1 Bahrain, WEC England:

Results – Week 13
Pos F1 WEC
1 Sebastian Vettel 8-Toyota Racing
2 Lewis Hamilton 2-Porsche Team
3 Valtteri Bottas 1-Porsche Team
4 Kimi Raikkonen 38-Jackie Chan DC
5 Daniel Ricciardo 31-Rebellion
6 Felipe Massa 28-TDS Racing
7 Sergio Perez 36-Signatech Alpine
8 Romain Grosjean 26-G-Drive Racing
9 Nico Hulkenberg 24-Manor TRS
10 Esteban Ocon 25-Manor TRS

It looks like the competition among the top teams in F1 is truly more equitable this year versus past years. Mercedes and Ferrari have had some good battles this year, and the race in Bahrain was no exception. Red Bull wasn’t far off the pace either. And pit visits also played an important role. But at the start it was Valtteri Bottas in the Mercedes that got the jump on everyone else, with Sebastian Vettel in the Ferrari beating Lewis Hamilton into turn one, and Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo right behind. It was Ferrari that pitted first after only 10 laps, but their subsequent pace made it look like a good decision. The Red Bulls followed, but when Verstappen came back out on track, he crashed, likely due to brake failure. That forced both Mercedes to the pits at the same time. Understanding that he’d get stuck behind his teammate, Hamilton drove through the pits slowly, and surprisingly got penalized for driving too slow! Once Hamilton got back out on track, he soon caught Bottas, and everyone got to see that Hamilton is definitely the team’s #1 driver, as Bottas pulled aside and let Hamilton past. Vettal, in the lead at that point, pitted again, as did Hamilton. But Hamilton was held for five seconds, serving his earlier penalty. When he came out, he again quickly caught his teammate, who let him through again. But the penalty was too much to overcome, and Hamilton had to settle for second place, behind race winner Vettel. Bottas finished third, with Kimi Raikkonen finishing a scant two seconds further adrift in fourth. Fifth was Daniel Ricciardo in the Red Bull, showing some competitiveness from that team. Verstappen’s crash left him classified in 18th place.

Toyota was competitive in the WEC last year, but not enough to take the title. If the season opening at Silverstone in England is any indication, then they’ve ratcheted it up a notch this year, leading to the win by the #8 Toyota over last year’s champions in the #2 Porsche, although by just 6s after 6 hours of racing. The #1 Porsche was third, and the only other car on the lead lap. The #7 Toyota had a big crash when the rain came, and although it was able to get back to the pits, it took more than an hour to fix, and the driver (Jose Maria Lopez) went to the hospital, fortunately released later with no significant injuries. That all left them classified in 23rd place, 38 laps down on the winner. The #4 Bykolles car only managed 155 laps and were not running at the end, which officially classified them with a 26th place finish.

Week-13 Player’s Scores iom seb
F1
Sebastian Vettel 50 50
Lewis Hamilton 40 40
Valtteri Bottas 35 35
Kimi Raikkonen 32 32
Daniel Ricciardo 30
Max Verstappen 12 12
WEC
8-Toyota Racing 50 50
2-Porsche Team 40 40
1-Porsche Team 35 35
7-Toyota Racing 7 7
4-Team Bykolles 4
Totals: 305 331

Congratulations to Sebastian with his eighth win of the year with five in a row. The difference was clearly Sebastian’s pick of Ricciardo pick over Iomracer’s pick of the #4 Bykolles car in the WEC. No changes in positions in the standings …

Standings after week 13:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 2691 331 2360
2 2 iomracer 2573 -118 305 2268 -92
3 3 New Players 2373 -200 275 2098 -170

 

April 10, 2017

2017 Week 13

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 12:39 am

Welcome to week 13 – two races this weekend. F1 is in Bahrain, and WEC kicks off their season at Silverstone in England. Please make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 12:
F1 China, WRC Corsica, MotoGP Argentina, NASCAR Texas, Indycar California, USCC California:

Results – Week 12
Pos F1 WRC MotoGP NASCAR Indycar USCC
1 Lewis Hamilton Thierry Neuville Maverick Vinales Jimmie Johnson James Hinchcliffe 10-Wayne Taylor Racing
2 Sebastian Vettel Sebastien Ogier Valentino Rossi Kyle Larson Sebastien Bourdais 2-Tequila Patron ESM
3 Max Verstappen Dani Sordo Cal Crutchlow Joey Logano Josef Newgarden 55-Mazda Motorsports
4 Daniel Ricciardo Jari-Matti Latvala Alvaro Bautista Kevin Harvick Scott Dixon 85-JDC-Miller Motosports
5 Kimi Raikkonen Craig Breen Johann Zarco Dale Earnhardt Jr. Simon Pagenaud 52-PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports
6 Valtteri Bottas Hayden Paddon Jonas Folger Brad Keselowski Ed Jones 4-Corvette Racing
7 Carlos Sainz Andreas Mikkelsen Danilo Petrucci Jamie McMurray Carlos Munoz 67-Ganassi Racing
8 Kevin Magnussen Teemu Suninen Scott Redding Martin Truex Jr. Spencer Pigot 912-Porsche GT Team
9 Sergio Perez Stephane Sarrazin Jack Miller Chase Elliott Helio Castroneves 25-BMW Team RLL
10 Esteban Ocon Yohan Rossel Karel Abraham Kurt Busch Graham Rahal 3-Corvette Racing

A lot of action at the F1 event in China, with rainy conditions turning dry, crashes, lots of overtaking (at least behind the leaders), and close racing. Lewis Hamilton came out ahead of Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel to take the win by 6 seconds. Max Verstappen had a great race, coming from 16th on the grid to take third, including passing an impressive nine cars on the opening lap on a wet track. But he’s shown that before, that he seems unrivaled in the wet. As the track dried, Verstappen’s Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo closed back up on him, but with the cars being equal, he couldn’t get around and had to settle for fourth. Kimi Raikkonen finished fifth which must be seen as a disappointing result given his teammate’s challenge for the win. He blamed a late pit stop which caused him to be out on the track for too long on worn tires, but questions are already raising as to whether he can be as fast as his teammate this year. Valtteri Bottas had an embarrassing spin behind the pace car that dropped him to 12th place; he recovered to a sixth-place finish.

WRC was at the all-tarmac event on the island of Corsica. Kris Meeke looked strongest and had built up a good lead late into the Saturday stages, until the engine on his Citroen expired, and that was the end of his weekend. His demise handed the lead to Thierry Neuville, with Sebastian Ogier close behind. But Ogier had a number of issues with his Ford both late on Saturday and on the opening stage on Sunday, which meant Neuville won with a dominant time margin. Ogier’s woes dropped him behind Dani Sordo at one point, but a power-stage push got him back to second, finishing just 1.3s ahead of Sordo. Jari-Matti Latvala struggled with finding the right set up for his Toyota for most of the race, but when he switched his transmission settings to the same ones his teammate Juho Hanninen (who crashed out) was using, he found a lot more speed, won the power stage, and finished fourth overall.

MotoGP was in Argentina and Maverick Vinales showed why he’s a favorite to win the title this year, with a solid performance and a comfortable win, while other top riders fell behind him. Jorge Lorenzo (23rd place finish), Marc Marquez (22nd), Dani Pedrosa(19th), Aleix Espargaro (18th), and Andrea Dovizioso (17th) all crashed (among others). The first three were solo crashes, but Dovizioso was unfortunate to be collected when Espargaro came off. At the end, behind Vinales, Cal Crutchlow and Valentino Rossi had a good battle going, and when Rossi got around Crutchlow with six laps to go, that settled the finishing order.

In the NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway, Jimmie Johnson finally showed why he could not be counted out after a lackluster start to the season. He started at the rear of the field after changing tires between qualifying and the race, but kept his cool and methodically progressed through the field to lead with 16 to go, and then held on for victory, ahead of Kyle Larson and Joey Logano.

Indycar was racing around the streets of Long Beach in California and there were lots of retirements. Not so for James Hinchcliffe who won the race. But it wasn’t easy for him. He was pressured late by Ryan Hunter-Reay, but Hunter-Reay’s car expired with six laps to go, leaving him stranded on track and bringing out the full course caution that bunched up the field. That meant pressure from Sebastien Bourdais and Josef Newgarden, but they couldn’t get around Hinchcliffe, and that was the finishing order (Hinchcliffe, Bourdais, Newgarden).

USCC was also at Long Beach and for the third race in a row (out of three races so far, this season), the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac won. Unlike the two earlier races, the #5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac could not secure second place after making too early a cut after passing a GTD car, getting clipped, and ending up in the tire wall; 29th place was their finishing position. The other Cadillac, the #31 Wheelen Engineering car also crashed, but theirs was a big one that ended their race and a 32nd place finish. This gave the other manufacturers a chance, and the #2 Tequila Patron Nissan made the most of it, finishing 2nd, 6.3s behind the Cadillac. And the #55 Mazda took 3rd place, a further 9s behind.

Week-12 Player’s Scores iom Seb
F1
Lewis Hamilton 50 50
Sebastian Vettel 40 40
Valtteri Bottas 28 28
WRC
Sebastien Ogier 40
Jari-Matti Latvala 32
Kris Meeke 0
MotoGP
Maverick Vinales 50 50
Valentino Rossi 40 40
Marc Marquez 8
NASCAR
Indycar
USCC
10-Wayne Taylor Racing 50 50
5-Mustang Samping Racing 2 2
31-Whelen Engineering Racing 1 1
Totals: 293 309

Congratulations to Sebastian and his seventh win of the year and four in a row. Iomracer was unfortunate with the retirement of Kris Meeke in WRC, when it looked like it was his race to win. No changes in positions in the season-long standings …

Standings after week 12:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 2360 309 2051
2 2 iomracer 2268 -92 293 1975 -76
3 3 New Players 2098 -170 267 1831 -144

 

April 3, 2017

2017 Week 12

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 4:24 am

Welcome to week 12 – almost all of the series are racing this weekend, WEC being the exception. F1 is in Shanghai in China; WRC is in Corsica for the French round of the series; MotoGP is at the Termas De Rio Hondo Circuit in Santiago del Estero, Argentina; NASCAR is at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas; Indycar is on the streets of Long Beach in California; and USCC joins Indycar in Long Beach. Please make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 11:
NASCAR Martinsville

Results – Week 11
Pos NASCAR
1 Brad Keselowski
2 Kyle Busch
3 Chase Elliott
4 Joey Logano
5 Austin Dillon
6 AJ Allmendinger
7 Clint Bowyer
8 Ryan Newman
9 Matt Kenseth
10 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

NASCAR was at the short track in Martinsville, and as is typical at this track there was lots of banging between cars, causing lots of cautions. But after the last caution, with 56 laps to go (out of 500) it looked like it was down to Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch, with Busch in the lead. Keselowski got around him with 42 laps to go, and held on to take the win by 1.8s. Busch complained that he got a bad set of tires during that last caution, which unsettled the car and was why he couldn’t hold off Keselowski. Chase Elliott finished third, and Joey Logano fourth, which was a great result for Logano considering he was a lap down at one point and needed one of those cautions to get the lucky dog and back on the lead lap. Behind Austin Dillon in 5th and AJ Allmendinger in 6th, was Clint Bowyer who was the winner of segment one in the race. Rounding out the top ten were Ryan Newman in 8th, Matt Kenseth in 9th, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in 10th. Jimmie Johnson has still not got his season together, finishing 15th; he may be down, but don’t count him out yet. Kyle Larson started on pole after Friday’s qualifying was rained out, causing the grid to be set by season points order, but he eventually lost a lap, then got it back via the lucky dog, and finished 17th. Kevin Harvick was another one to find himself a lap down, and recipient of the lucky dog with the third to last caution, but with most of the race gone, 20th was the best he could finish. Denny Hamlin started strong, finishing 2nd in segment one, but was involved in an altercation with Danica Patrick with less than 100 laps to go, so finished down in 30th place. Dale Earnhardt Jr. got caught in that same incident, which destroyed the radiator of his car, putting him out of the race and a 34th place finish. But that was better than Kurt Busch who crashed out just after the half way mark of the race, and a 37th place finish.

Week-11 Player’s Scores iom seb
NASCAR
Brad Keselowski 50 50
Kyle Busch 40
Joey Logano 32
Clint Bowyer 26
Matt Kenseth 22
Jimmie Johnson 15 15
Kyle Larson 13
Kevin Harvick 10
Denny Hamlin 2
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1 1
Kurt Busch 1
Totals: 122 156

A dominant win by Sebastian by 34 points, and his sixth win of the year. No changes in positions in the season standings…

Standings after week 11:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 2051 156 1895
2 2 iomracer 1975 -76 122 1853 -42
3 3 New Players 1831 -144 112 1719 -134

 

March 26, 2017

2017 Week 11

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 11:18 pm

Welcome to week 11 – just one race this weekend. NASCAR is at the short track of Martinsville, Virginia. Make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 10:
F1 Australsia, MotoGP Qatar, NASCAR California:

Results – Week 10
Pos F1 MotoGP NASCAR
1 Sebastian Vettel Maverick Vinales Kyle Larson
2 Lewis Hamilton Andrea Dovizioso Brad Keselowski
3 Valtteri Bottas Valentino Rossi Clint Bowyer
4 Kimi Raikkonen Marc Marquez Martin Truex Jr.
5 Max Verstappen Dani Pedrosa Joey Logano
6 Felipe Massa Aleix Espargaro Jamie McMurray
7 Sergio Perez Scott Redding David Suarez
8 Carlos Sainz Jack Miller Kyle Busch
9 Daniil Kvyat Alex Rins Ryan Blaney
10 Esteban Ocon Jonas Folger Chase Elliott

At the opening round of the F1 season in Melbourne, Australia, Ferrari showed that they could be a serious challenger to Mercedes this year. Better pit strategy versus Mercedes certainly helped, but Sebastian Vettel beat Lewis Hamilton by almost 10s at the end, so a somewhat convincing victory. Valtteri Bottas showed good form by closing in on Hamilton in the closing third of the race, to finish in third, just 1.3s behind, having been a lot further back than that after the last round of pit stops. These three were well ahead of the rest of the field. With these results it might be assumed that Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari would have done well, but Raikkonen claimed his car was suffering from understeer with the first set of tires, and a distant fourth place was his finishing position. Max Verstappen finished behind Raikkonen in fifth place. Daniel Ricciardo started the race two laps down after the car got stuck in gear on the warm up lap, and it took the engineers some time to free it, but once in the race he didn’t last long with what was reported as engine failure on lap 28; he was classified with a 17th place finish.

The MotoGP in Losail, Qatar, was an incredibly exciting race. Many fans took to twitter to suggest F1 should look at Moto GP to see just how exciting racing can be. Off the start it was the rookie Johann Zarco that took the lead. A dream start for him that was shattered on lap 7 when he crashed. But the great battle behind involved Andrea Ionnone, Maverick Vinales, Andrea Dovizioso, Marc Marquez, and Valentino Rossi who had quickly moved up the field from his 10th place starting position. Then Ionnone crashed on lap 11. Vinales, Dovizioso, and Rossi then built a gap over Marquez, but the excitement didn’t abate. Vinales and Dovizioso swapped the lead on almost every lap, including the last lap, with Vinales finally getting first over the line to take the win. Behind Dovizioso in second and the Doctor in third, was Marquez, a long way back but heading a group of three more riders, including Dani Pedrosa in fifth place. Jorge Lorenzo was thwarted by running off track on the opening lap, dropping him to 16th; 11th was his finishing position.

The NASCAR race in California was dominated by Kyle Larson, with Martin Truex Jr. being a close challenger for most of the race. But under the second to last caution, after which there were only five laps to go, Truex didn’t pit, and that was a mistake which took him out of the running for the final run. Another caution ensured leading to a green-white-checkered finish, in which Larson cleaned up, driving away from the field for a comfortable win.

Week-10 Player’s Scores iom seb
F1
Sebastian Vettel 50 50
Lewis Hamilton 40 40
Valtteri Bottas 35 35
Kimi Raikkonen 32
Max Verstappen 30 30
Daniel Ricciardo 13 13
MotoGP
Maverick Vinales 50 50
Valentino Rossi 35 35
Marc Marquez 32 32
Dani Pedrosa 30 30
Jorge Lorenzo 19
NASCAR
Totals: 334 347

A win for Sebastian by virtue of a better performance by Raikkonen versus iomracer’s pick unique pick of Lorenzo. No changes in positions in the standings …

Standings after week 10:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 1895 347 1548
2 2 iomracer 1853 -42 334 1519 -29
3 3 New Players 1719 -134 307 1412 -107

 

March 20, 2017

2017 Week 10

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 2:52 am

Welcome to week 10 – three races this weekend. F1 starts their season in Melbourne, Australia; Moto GP also start their season, but in Losail in Qatar; and NASCAR is at the superspeedway in Fontana, California. Make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 9:
NASCAR Phoenix, USCC Sebring:

Results – Week 9
Pos NASCAR USCC
1 Ryan Newman 10-Wayne Taylor Racing
2 Kyle Larson 5-Mustang Samping Racing
3 Kyle Busch 31-Whelen Engineering Racing
4 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 85-JDC-Miller Motosports
5 Brad Keselowski 38-Performance Tech
6 Kevin Harvick 8-Starworks Motorsport
7 David Suarez 3-Corvette Racing
8 Erik Jones 66-Ganassi Racing
9 Jimmie Johnson 62-Risi Competizione
10 Denny Hamlin 67-Ganassi Racing

Ryan Newman won the NASCAR race in Phoenix, Arizona, after staying out with old tires when the last caution came out. He only had to survive two laps, and he had two others behind him who didn’t pit under the last caution. They were Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Martin Truex Jr., who held up the rest of the pack that took tires. Kyle Larson, who had taken two tires was the first around the two Jr.’s but ran out of time to get around Newman, so settled for second. Kyle Busch led the most laps in the race, but he too pitted for tires under the final caution, resulting in a third-place finish. Kevin Harvick finished 6th after starting 23rd, so a good run for him. Jimmie Johnson had another mediocre race by his standards, but still finished in the top 10, in 9th place, just ahead of Denny Hamlin. Pole setter Joey Logano was the one who caused the final caution when he blew a tire, leaving him with a 31st place finish.

The USCC’s 12-hour race around Sebring came down to two Cadillacs. The #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac had the lead but got held up by a GTD car, allowing the #5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac past. But then the #5 got held up by a different GTD car, allowing the #10 to repass, and into a lead they did not relinquish, to win by 13.6s. The #31 Whelen Engineering Racing Cadillac finished third, two laps down, but that made it a Cadillac one-two-three. The #85 JDC Miller Motorsports Oreca was the first non-Cadillac, a further two laps down. The #90 Visit Florida Racing Riley had engine and starter motor issues which needed several trips to the garage, resulting in a 37th place finish. The #22 Tequila Patron Nissan also had mechanical issues, leading to retirement after 158 laps (versus the 348 laps completed by the winner), and a 42nd place finish. The #2 Tequila Patron Nissan only manage 47 laps until they too retired with engine issues, and a 45th place finish.

Week-9 Player’s Scores seb
NASCAR
Kyle Busch 35
Kevin Harvick 28
Jimmie Johnson 22
Denny Hamlin 20
USCC
10-Wayne Taylor Racing 50
5-Mustang Samping Racing 40
31-Whelen Engineering Racing 35
90-VisitFlorida Racing 1
22-Tequila Patron 1
2-Tequila Patron ESM 0
Totals: 232

Congratulations to Sebastian and his fourth win of the year. Iomracer failed to make an entry, so it was a solo-effort by Sebastian. No changes in positions in the season standings…

Standings after week 9:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 1548 232 1316
2 2 iomracer 1519 -29 216 1303 -13
3 3 New Players 1412 -107 216 1196 -107

 

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