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February 19, 2018

2018 Week 5

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Welcome to week 5 – just one race this coming weekend – it’s NASCAR at Atlanta Motor Speedway, an intermediate oval. Please make your picks at:

Scores from week 4:
WRC Sweden, NASCAR Daytona:

Results – Week 4
1 Thierry Neuville Austin Dillon
2 Craig Breen Darrell Wallace Jr.
3 Andreas Mikkelsen Denny Hamlin
4 Esapekka Lappi Joey Logano
5 Hayden Paddon Chris Buescher
6 Mads Ostberg Paul Menard
7 Jari-Matti Latvala Ryan Blaney
8 Teemu Suninen Ryan Newman
9 Ott Tanak Michael McDowell
10 Elfyn Evans AJ Allmendinger

At lot of snow at WRC Rally Sweden this year meant snow-ploughing for the road openers, and lots of grip for the later runners as their studded tires found the ice under the snow base. So, as road-opener, Sebastian Ogier saw the worst of the conditions, and there was nothing he could do but lose lots of time on Friday. His teammate, and second on the road, Ott Tanak didn’t have it much better, and by Saturday both of them were outside of the top 10, and many minutes down. There was no recovering from that, so an 11th place finish for Ogier, and 9th for Tanak. Thierry Neuville started fifth on the road, and by then the road was clean enough for him to post good times. He took the lead after Stage 3, and although the margins were never big, he kept the lead to the finish and the win. The battle for the other podium positions was tight throughout the rally, and it was a delighted Craig Breen who finished second. Andreas Mikkelsen had second for much of the event, but a small error late Saturday dropped him behind Breen, and he finished third. Hayden Paddon was another driver who had second place for a bit, but a small error from him meant a 5th place finish in a close field. Jari-Matti Latvala was a favorite going into the event, but a slow start, and minor technical issues throughout the event kept him in the middle of the pack, and a 7th place finish. Just like Monte Carlo, a flat tire early in a stage on Friday meant lots of time lost for Elfin Evans, and 10th place was his finishing position. Kris Meeke had another poor weekend, with errors and technical issues resulting in a 32nd place finish.

There were a lot of crashes at NASCAR’s Daytona 500, with multiple crashes at the end deciding the finishing order. Ryan Blaney had the lead for most of the race, but got wrapped up with Kurt Busch with a few laps to go, causing a massive crash and a green-white-checkered finish for the rest of the field. Busch finished 26th. And on the last lap, leader, Aric Almirola got turned around by Austin Dillon, who went on to take the win. Second and third were decided by a fraction of an inch, with Darrell Wallace Jr. edging over the line for second ahead of Denny Hamlin. Joey Logano was fourth. In the early crashes Jimmie Johnson was one of the first out, classified 38th at the end. Brad Keselowski was also caught up in an early crash, one that also took out Danica Patrick in her final NASCAR race. Keselowski finished 32nd. Martin Truex Jr. finished 18th.

Week-4 Player’s Scores iom seb
Thierry Neuville 50
Craig Breen 40
Andreas Mikkelsen 35 35
Hayden Paddon 30
Jari-Matti Latvala 26 26
Ott Tanak 22 22
Elfyn Evans 20 20
Sebastien Ogier 19 19
Kris Meeke 1
Denny Hamlin 35
Joey Logano 32
Martin Truex Jr. 12
Kurt Busch 4
Brad Keselowski 1
Jimmie Johnson 1
Totals: 218 232

Congratulations to Sebastian and his third win of the season. Results were mixed with both sets of picks, with iomracer’s pick of Kris Meeke in WRC looking particularly damaging. No changes in positions in the year-long standings …

Standings after week 4:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 911 232 679
2 2 iomracer 876 -35 218 658 -21
3 3 New Players 850 -26 214 636 -22



February 12, 2018

2018 Week 3

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Welcome to week 4. Two events this coming weekend: the Swedish WRC Rally; and the opening regular season event for NASCAR, the Daytona 500. Please make your picks at:

Scores from week 3:

NASCAR Clash at Daytona:

Results – Week 3
1 Brad Keselowski
2 Joey Logano
3 Kurt Busch
4 Ryan Blaney
5 Austin Dillon
6 Denny Hamlin
7 Kyle Busch
8 Erik Jones
9 Kevin Harvick
10 Kyle Larson

It was mostly a crash-free race for 74 laps at NASCAR’s opening exhibition race of their season, the Clash at Daytona. The final lap was the most notable exception with a multicar pile-up that took out Jimmie Johnson and Martin Truex Jr. among others. It was started when Kyle Larson ran into the back of Jimmie Johnson. There had been plenty of bumping, but it seems Larson bumped Johnson harder than he intended, and it turned Johnson into the wall, with several other drivers running into the wreck. It made no difference to Brad Keselowski who was out ahead of Joey Logano and Kurt Busch, with the three of them finishing in that order. Ryan Blaney was fourth, followed by Austin Dillon, Denny Hamlin, and Kyle Busch. Erik Jones, Kevin Harvick, and Kyle Larson rounded out the top 10. Johnson finished 12th, and Truex Jr. finished 14th.

Week-3 Player’s Scores iom seb
Brad Keselowski 50
Joey Logano 40 40
Kurt Busch 35
Austin Dillon 30
Denny Hamlin 28
Kyle Busch 26 26
Kevin Harvick 22 22
Kyle Larson 20
Jimmie Johnson 18
Chase Elliott 17
Martin Truex Jr. 16
Totals: 191 199

Congratulations to Sebastian for winning the week, despite iomracer picking the winner Keselowski. The final lap crash hurt the picks of iomracer by shuffling Larson and Truex Jr. down the order. Sebastian remains in the lead in the season long standings …

Standings after week 3:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 679 199 480
2 2 iomracer 658 -21 191 467 -13
3 3 New Players 636 -22 189 447 -20


February 5, 2018

2018 Week 3

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 4:46 am

Welcome to week 3. One race this weekend – NASCAR’s Clash at Daytona – their season opening invitational exhibition event. Take care with your picks, not all drivers on the teams’ 2018 rosters will be in the event. Picks can be made at: If you haven’t signed up to play The Motor Racing Game, it’s still not too late to do so, just click on the link on the picks-page just under “Who are you?”.

Scores from week 2:

Formula E Chile:

Results – Week 2
Pos Formula e
1 Jean-Eric Vergne
2 Andre Lotterer
3 Sebastien Buemi
4 Felix Rosenqvist
5 Sam Bird
6 Nelson Piquet Jr.
7 Mitch Evans
8 Jerome d’Ambrosio
9 Antonio Felix da Costa
10 Nico Prost

Renault’s electric cars took all three podium positions in the Formula E race in Santiago, Chile. However, it was a Renault customer, the Techeetah team that took the first two spots, with Jean-Eric Vergne beating his teammate Andre Lotterer by 1.2s, with the Renault factory team driver Sebastien Buemi coming in third. Felix Rosenqvist had a terrible qualifying, and had to start the race 14th on the grid, but had a great race to battle to a fourth-place finish, ahead of Sam Bird in fifth, and Nelson Piquet Jr. in sixth. Edoardo Mortara finished well down the order in 13th place. But that was better than Nick Heidfeld and Lucas di Grassi who both failed to finish the race. Heidfeld was classified at the finish in 16th place, with reigning champion di Grassi in 17th place.

Week-2 Player’s Scores iom seb
Formula e
Jean-Eric Vergne 50 50
Sebastien Buemi 35 35
Felix Rosenqvist 32 32
Sam Bird 30 30
Nelson Piquet Jr. 28
Edoardo Mortara 17 17
Nick Heidfeld 14 14
Lucas di Grassi 13
Totals: 206 191

Congratulations to iomracer for winning the week by virtue of picking Piquet Jr. over Sebastian’s choice of reigning champion di Grassi. The winning margin wasn’t as big as Sebastian’s week one win, so Sebastian retains the lead in the season long standings …

Standings after week 2:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 480 191 289
2 2 iomracer 467 -13 206 261 -28
3 3 New Players 447 -20 189 258 -3


January 29, 2018

2018 Week 2

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Welcome to week 2. This week it’s the TMRG’s inaugural Formula E race. For the Formula E series it’s actually the fourth race of the twelve race series that started in December 2017, and will finish in mid-July 2018. In TMRG Formula E replaces DTM which continues with its double race weekend approach, making inclusion into TMRG too complex. Also, with Mercedes announcing that they will be withdrawing from DTM at the end of this year, it seems that DTM is on a bit of a decline in prestige. Formula E on the other hand, seems to be increasing in prestige. This is their fourth season, and increasingly they are attracting former Formula 1 drivers like Nick Heidfeld, and Formula 1 prospects like Oliver Turvey. The fact that the series races mostly on the streets of big cities, is also garnering lots of attention, and seems to be ahead of similar Formula One desires. Picks can be made at: You can also sign-up to play the game by clicking on the link on the picks-page just under “Who are you?”.

Scores from week 1:

WRC Monte Carlo, USCC 24-Hours of Daytona:

Results – Week 1
1 Sebastien Ogier 5-Mustang Sampling Racing
2 Ott Tanak 31-Whelen Engineering Racing
3 Jari-Matti Latvala 54-CORE Autosport
4 Kris Meeke 32-United Autosports
5 Thierry Neuville 78-Jackie Chan
6 Elfyn Evans 85-JDC-Miller Motosports
7 Esapekka Lappi 99-JDC-Miller Motosports
8 Bryan Bouffier 38-Performance Tech
9 Craig Breen 7-Penske
10 Jan Kopecky 6-Penske

As usual the WRC Monte Carlo rally presented treacherous conditions for the drivers. All the top drivers were caught out at one point or another, spinning, colliding with embankments, crashing out, having mechanical difficulties – there seemed to be a bit of everything. But as usual, Sebastian Ogier came out on top. He built a commanding lead through the first three days, then just managed the gap on Sunday for victory. Ott Tanak was his closest challenger all weekend, and he also settled for a cautious drive on Sunday to come home second. And Jari-Matti Latvala gave Toyota two cars in the podium spots by finishing third. Thierry Neuville went off and got stuck for four minutes on Thursday night, and spent the rest of the weekend playing catch up, coming home in fifth place, just 10s behind Kris Meeke. Elfin Evans also overcame a four-minute deficit after a puncture on Thursday night, to finish sixth. Andreas Mikkelsen had an alternator failure on Friday morning, meaning that he had to use Rally 2 for the rest of the weekend, and a 14th place finish. Dani Sordo was having a strong rally until he too fell victim to the snow and ice on Saturday morning, putting him out of the rally (and no points in TMRG).

Two of the Cadillacs dominated the 24 hour race in Daytona, and with hardly any incidents, the winning car, the #5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac finished with a record-breaking distance of 2876 miles. The #31 Wheelen Engineering was second. Amazingly competitive, the #54 CORE racing LMP2 Oreca finished third – on the same lap as the winner. They weren’t the only LMP2 car in the top 10, with the #32 United Autosports LMP2 car finishing fourth, followed by the #78 Jackie Chan LMP2, the #85 JDC-Miller LMP2, the #99 JDC-Miller LMP2, and the #38 Performance Tech LMP2 all occupying the next five places through eight overall. Then came the two Penske DPi Acuras in ninth and tenth. The Ganassi Racing GTLM Fords were also mightily impressive, finishing 11th and 12th overall, just 25 laps down on the winning DPi car. These great results for the lessor-powered cars were helped when a slew of DPi cars dropped out early in the running. First out after just 30 laps was the #90 Spirit of Daytona Cadillac. Before the mid-point of the race the #2 Tequila Patron Nissan was next out, so a 49th place finish. Just after the halfway point, the #22 Tequila Patron Nissan was out (48th place finish). Next out were the two Mazdas, followed after 16h 40m by the #10 Konica Minolta Cadillac, in 45th place.

Week-1 Player’s Scores iom seb
Sebastien Ogier 50 50
Ott Tanak 40 40
Jari-Matti Latvala 35 35
Thierry Neuville 30
Elfyn Evans 28
Andreas Mikkelsen 16
Dani Sordo 0
5-Mustang Sampling Racing 50 50
31-Whelen Engineering Racing 40 40
85-JDC-Miller Motosports 28
66-Ganassi Racing 18
10-Konica Minolta 0
2-Tequila Patron ESM 0
22-Tequila Patron ESM 0
Totals: 261 289

Congratulations to Sebastian for winning week 1; picking three of the DPis that fared so poorly in the Daytona 24-hour race was iomracer’s undoing. So, Sebastian starts the season atop of the season-long leaderboard:

Standings after week 1:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 289 289 0 0
2 2 iomracer 261 -28 261 0 0
3 3 New Players 258 -3 258 0 0



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

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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

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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

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 1:46 am

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


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