The Motor Racing Game

August 14, 2017

2017 Week 31

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 2:46 am

Welcome to week 31 – three races this weekend. WRC has an asphalt event with Rally Deutschland; NASCAR is on the short-track at Bristol, Tennessee; and Indycar is on the big oval of Pocono in Pennsylvania. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 30:

MotoGP Austria, NASCAR Michigan:

Results – Week 30
Pos MotoGP NASCAR
1 Andrea Dovizioso Kyle Larson
2 Marc Marquez Martin Truex Jr.
3 Dani Pedrosa Erik Jones
4 Jorge Lorenzo Ryan Newman
5 Johann Zarco Trevor Bayne
6 Maverick Vinales Chris Buescher
7 Valentino Rossi Austin Dillon
8 Alvaro Bautista Chase Elliott
9 Loris Baz Jamie McMurray
10 Mika Kallio Kyle Busch

The Moto GP race at the Spielberg track in Austria started in typical fashion with the top six covered by a proverbial blanket after the first handful of laps. But gradually riders started dropping off the lead. Early leader Jorge Lorenzo found his front tire going off and soon ceded the lead, and started dropping back to an eventual fourth place finish. That was better than Valentino Rossi, who dropped away from the front runners after going wide and off the track at one point, to finish seventh. Maverick Vinales did the same thing at the same corner, so sixth was his finishing position. Johann Zarco finished one place ahead of them in fifth. Dani Pedrosa dropped back, then caught up with the top two riders, but had nothing left to challenge a win, so settled for third. The two upfront, who swapped positions multiple times, were Andrea Dovizioso and Marc Marquez. Marquez tried a last-ditch move on Dovizioso on the last corner, but couldn’t make it stick, and Dovizioso had the victory. Further down the order, Cal Crutchlow finished 15th, and Jonas Folger finished 23rd.

NASCAR was at the 2-mile super over in Michigan. Martin Truex Jr. looked strong, like he has in a number of races now, winning the second stage in Michigan. And he had the lead when a late caution came out, causing the race to go into overtime. But on the restart Kyle Larson seemed to have found some kind of booster device on his car, and shot through a gap from fourth place to take the lead and drive away to the victory. It took everyone by surprise, including the commentators, as well as Truex who had to settle for second. Other TMRG picks finished as follows: Chase Elliott 8th, Kevin Harvick 13th, Brad Keselowski 17th, and Joey Logano 28th after getting a flat tire with 15 laps to go.

Week-30 Player’s Scores iom seb
MotoGP
Andrea Dovizioso 50 50
Marc Marquez 40 40
Dani Pedrosa 35 35
Johann Zarco 30 30
Maverick Vinales 28 28
Valentino Rossi 26 26
Cal Crutchlow 15
Jonas Folger 7
NASCAR
Kyle Larson 50
Martin Truex Jr. 40
Chase Elliott 24
Kevin Harvick 17
Brad Keselowski 13
Joey Logano 2
Totals: 294 292

Congratulations to iomracer and his 9th win of the year. The volatile NASCAR picks made the biggest difference. No changes in positions in the season long standings …

Standings After Week 30:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 iomracer 7592 221 7371
2 2 Sebastian 7516 -76 180 7336 -35
3 3 New Players 6699 -817 162 6537 -799

 

August 7, 2017

2017 Week 30

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 12:33 am

Welcome to week 30 – two races this weekend. MotoGP is at Spielberg in Austria, and NASCAR is at the super-oval in Michigan. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 29:

Moto GP Czech Republic, NASCAR Watkins Glen, USCC Road America:

Results – Week 29
Pos MotoGP NASCAR USCC
1 Marc Marquez Martin Truex Jr. 22-Tequila Patron
2 Dani Pedrosa Matt Kenseth 10-Wayne Taylor Racing
3 Maverick Vinales David Suarez 2-Tequila Patron ESM
4 Valentino Rossi Denny Hamlin 31-Whelen Engineering Racing
5 Cal Crutchlow Clint Bowyer 90-VisitFlorida Racing
6 Andrea Dovizioso Kurt Busch 5-Mustang Sampling Racing
7 Danilo Petrucci Kyle Busch 52-PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports
8 Aleix Espargaro Ryan Blaney 85-JDC-Miller Motosports
9 Pol Espargaro AJ Allmendinger 38-Performance Tech
10 Jonas Folger Erik Jones 26-BAR1 Motorsports

With the Moto GP race in the Czech Republic starting out wet, then drying, the results were dictated by the decisions the teams made to switch from wet tires to dry tires. Marc Marquez was the first to switch, very early, on just lap two. Early proved to be the best choice, and after the race leaders all pitted two to three laps later, it was apparent that they were too late, and Marquez had a 20s lead. That enabled him to cruise to victory. Dani Pedrosa switched on lap four, along with Maverick Vinales, Jorge Lorenzo, and Cal Crutchlow, and that was one lap earlier than Valentino Rossi and Andrea Dovizioso. And so it was that Pedrosa finished second and Vinales third. Rossi got around Crutchlow to take fourth, and Dovizioso was sixth.

Martin Truex Jr. won a tactical NASCAR race on the road circuit of Watkins Glen. He had the lead with just over 10 laps to go, but he, along with the drivers behind him were all trying to stretch their fuel to the end. So Truex, in ultra-conservation fuel-saving mode, let the next two drivers past him, under the crew chief’s guess that Brad Keselowski and Ryan Blaney would run out of fuel before the end. And they were right. When Keselowski and Blaney were forced to pit, Truex had the lead back and won the race with (presumably) very little fuel left in his own tank. Matt Kenseth and Daniel Suarez also managed to stretch their fuel to the end, to take second and third places respectively. Kyle Busch finished seventh after having a wheel problem on one pitstop, and later getting into a minor altercation with Keselowski.

It was a very close race in the USCC event at Road America, with eight Prototypes finishing on the lead lap after 2 hours and 40 minutes of racing, with only 11s covering the top seven. It was the #22 Tequila Patron Nissan that took the victory by 2.4s over the #10 Konica Minolta Cadillac (Wayne Taylor Racing), and a further 0.4s over the #2 Tequila Patron Nissan. Then a 2.7s gap to the #31 Whelen Cadillac in fourth, with the #90 Florida Racing Ligier (LMP 2 car) 1.6s further behind in fifth. The #5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac was sixth 9s behind the winner, and the #52 PR1/Mathiansen Ligier in seventh. The last car to finish on the lead lap was the #85 JDC-Miller Oreca (LMP2). The #55 Mazda (and #70 Mazda) did not enter the race.

Week-29 Player’s Scores iom seb
MotoGP
Marc Marquez 50 50
Dani Pedrosa 40 40
Maverick Vinales 35 35
Valentino Rossi 32 32
Andrea Dovizioso 28 28
NASCAR
Kyle Busch 26
USCC
10-Wayne Taylor Racing 40 40
31-Whelen Engineering Racing 32 32
5-Mustang Sampling Racing 28 28
85-JDC-Miller Motosports 24 24
55-Mazda Motorsports 0
Totals: 309 335

Congratulations to Sebastian and his twentieth win of the year. An unfortunate non-competing pick of the #55 Mazda in USCC by iomracer made it impossible to overcome the good picks of Sebastian. No changes in positions in the season long standings …

Standings after week 29:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 7610 335 7275
2 2 iomracer 7269 -341 309 6960 -315
3 3 New Players 6486 -783 278 6208 -752

 

July 31, 2017

2017 Week 29

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 1:25 am

Welcome to week 29 – three races this weekend. Moto GP is at Brno in the Czech Republic; NASCAR is on the road course of Watkins Glen in New York; and USCC is at Road America in Wisconsin. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 28:

F1 Hungary, WRC Finland, NASCAR Pocono, Indycar Mid-Ohio:

Results – Week 28
Pos F1 WRC NASCAR Indycar
1 Sebastian Vettel Esapekka Lappi Kyle Busch Josef Newgarden
2 Kimi Raikkonen Elfyn Evans Kevin Harvick Will Power
3 Valtteri Bottas Juho Hanninen Martin Truex Jr. Graham Rahal
4 Lewis Hamilton Teemu Suninen Denny Hamlin Simon Pagenaud
5 Max Verstappen Craig Breen Brad Keselowski Takuma Sato
6 Fernando Alonso Thierry Neuville Clint Bowyer Alexander Rossi
7 Carlos Sainz Ott Tanak David Suarez Helio Castroneves
8 Sergio Perez Kris Meeke Erik Jones Ryan Hunter-Reay
9 Esteban Ocon Dani Sordo Matt Kenseth Scott Dixon
10 Stoffel Vandoorne Mads Ostberg Chase Elliott Connor Daly

Sebastian Vettel drove away to a comfortable victory at the F1 Hungary GP, and that was despite a reported steering problem. The problem did allow Kimi Raikkonen to get to within 1s at the end, but there were not enough laps left for Raikkonen to get around. Behind Raikkonen was an interesting race between the Mercedes drivers. Valtteri Bottas was ahead of Lewis Hamilton, but under team orders pulled over to allow Hamilton past to try and catch and pass Raikkonen. But when Hamilton couldn’t make progress as the end of the race neared, Hamilton let Bottas back past to take the final podium position. At the start of the race Max Verstappen ran wide at turn one, then tried too hard to make up the error at turn two, driving into Daniel Ricciardo and taking him out. Despite being given a 10s penalty for causing the incident, Verstappen still managed to be well clear of Fernando Alonso to finish in fifth place. Ricciardo on the other hand finished 20th and last.

Finland is usually a rally that the Finns do well at, and they certainly shined this weekend, with four Finns filling the top four places on the leaderboard at one point. But WRC Rally Finland is a high speed rally that punishes even small errors. So it was that the Finns eventually opened the door for one other driver in particular to stand on the podium. First it was Jari-Matti Latvala, who lost the lead late Saturday, although not through an error, but rather because of the failure of the car’s ECU. Then on Sunday with two stages to go, both Juho Hanninen and Temmu Suninen made errors that opened the door for Elfin Evans to blast his way to a second place finish on the last stage, by 0.3s over Hanninen, with Suninen in fourth. Ahead of all of them, Esapekka Lappi drove a perfect rally in only his fourth outing in the Toyota. Having kept it close with Latvala through most of Saturday, once Latvala was out Lappi had a 56s lead which he easily protected through Sunday to take the win. Latvala did return on Sunday under Rally 2 rules, but finished a lowly 21st after the penalties were applied. Beside Evans, Craig Breen was the next best of the non-Finns, finishing 5th ahead of a struggling Thierry Neuville, who simply couldn’t find the speed during the weekend. Behind Neuville in 7th, was Ott Tanak, who was quick most of the weekend, but an error on Friday damaged a wheel which had to be changed mid-stage, and that was too costly for the Estonian to make up the time despite his speed. Sebastien Ogier made a rare mistake and had a heavy crash early on Friday. The hit was big enough to give his codriver, Julien Ingrassia, a concussion, and a 15 days suspension to recover. So a DNF for Ogier and no points.

The NASCAR race in Pocono was won by Kyle Busch ahead of Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. It was Busch’s first win of the year, and it puts him into the Chase field which starts in six weeks.

Josef Newgarden got around pole sitter and teammate Will Power early in the Indycar race at Mid-Ohio, and never ceded the lead to win by 5s over Power. After a full-course caution and a restart two-thirds of the way through the race, Power was held up badly by lapped driver Esteban Gutierrez, who threw several blocks on Power, preventing him from getting by and letting Newgarden get away. Graham Rahal finished third, ahead of Simon Pagenaud in fourth. Scott Dixon finished ninth.

Week-28 Player’s Scores iom seb
F1
Sebastian Vettel 50 50
Kimi Raikkonen 40 40
Valtteri Bottas 35 35
Lewis Hamilton 32 32
Max Verstappen 30
Daniel Ricciardo 10 10
WRC
Thierry Neuville 28 28
Ott Tanak 26
Jari-Matti Latvala 9
Sebastien Ogier 0 0
NASCAR
Indycar
Josef Newgarden 50
Simon Pagenaud 32
Scott Dixon 22
Totals: 280 279

Congratulations to iomracer and his eighth win of the year, by the slim margin of just one point. No changes in position in the season-long standings …

Standings after week 28:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 7275 279 6996
2 2 iomracer 6960 -315 280 6680 -316
3 3 New Players 6208 -752 251 5957 -723

 

July 24, 2017

2017 Week 28

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 3:44 am

Welcome to week 28 – four races this weekend. F1 is at Hockenheim in Germany; WRC is in Finland for a fast and high flying (lots of jumps) event; NASCAR is at the superspeedway of Pocono in Pennsylvania; Indycar is at the road course of Mid-Ohio. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 27:

NASCAR Indianapolis, USCC Lime Rock:

Results – Week 27
Pos NASCAR USCC
1 Kasey Kahne 911-Porsche GT Team
2 Brad Keselowski 912-Porsche GT Team
3 Ryan Newman 24-BMW Team RLL
4 Joey Logano 3-Corvette Racing
5 Matt Kenseth 67-Ganassi Racing
6 Kevin Harvick 25-BMW Team RLL
7 David Suarez 66-Ganassi Racing
8 Matt DiBenedetto 73-Park Place Motorsports
9 Chris Buescher 48-Paul Miller Racing
10 AJ Allmendinger 28-Alegra Motorsports

The NASCAR race at Indianapolis was delayed by rain, and then was drawn out by a lot of cautions caused by small crashes and mechanical failures. Chase Elliott was one of the early drivers to exit, with a blown engine, leaving him classified in 39th place at the end. But the cautions made pit strategy an important play, along with car and driver performance. Kyle Busch was most dominant during the race, but he was wrecked when Martin Truex Jr. lost it on a restart on lap 112 (of 160). Busch finished 34th, and Truex finished 33rd. A number of drivers were going to stretch their fuel mileage to the limit, but everything changed with 10 laps to go when there was a big wreck involving Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, and Erik Jones. In the lead at that time were Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson, but they couldn’t avoid the splash-and-go. Another wreck followed with 6 to go taking out Kyle Larson, who finished classified 28th. This allowed Keselowski and Johnson to get back to the front. Then another wreck with 2 laps to go, which took out Jimmie Johnson while 3-wide for the lead with Brad Keselowski and Kasey Kahne. Johnson ended up classified 27th. So an overtime restart, and yet another wreck midfield involving at least 7 cars. The last attempt at an overtime restart had Keselowski on the outside and Kahne on the bottom. The bottom was the place to be and Kahne took the lead. Although there was another wreck, Kahne had got to the “overtime line” which meant he had the win.

The USCC was at Lime Rock Park with only the Grand Touring Le Mans (GTLM) cars and Grand Touring Daytona (GTD) cars racing. It was the GTLM Porches that dominated the event, coming home first and second with the #911 ahead of their teammates, the #912. It was a close battle through to the end of the race for third place, with the #24 BMW eventually beating the #3 Corvette by only 0.3s after 2 hours 40 minutes of racing. The #67 Chip Ganassi Ford was fifth, and the only other car to finish on the lead lap. The #25 BMW finished a lap down in sixth place. The #66 Chip Ganassi Ford finished seventh. The #4 Corvette had issues and finished 30 laps down in 22nd place.

Week-27 Player’s Scores iom seb
NASCAR
Jimmie Johnson 3
Kyle Larson 2 2
Martin Truex Jr. 1
Kyle Busch 1
Chase Elliott 1
USCC
911-Porsche GT Team 50 50
912-Porsche GT Team 40
24-BMW Team RLL 35
3-Corvette Racing 32 32
67-Ganassi Racing 30 30
25-BMW Team RLL 28 28
66-Ganassi Racing 26 26
4-Corvette Racing 8 8
Totals: 213 220

Congratulations to Sebastian and his nineteenth win of the year. One good pick in NASCAR by either player would have sealed the win, but all such picks scored very little, making the Porsche #911 pick of Sebastian the decider more than anything else. No changes in position in the season long standings …

Standings after week 27:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 6996 220 6776
2 2 iomracer 6680 -316 213 6467 -309
3 3 New Players 5957 -723 192 5765 -702

 

July 17, 2017

2017 Week 27

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 2:19 am

Welcome to week 27 – two races this weekend. NASCAR is at Indianapolis, and USCC is at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 26:

F1 Silverstone, NASCAR New Hampshire, Indycar Toronto, WEC Nurburgring:

Results – Week 26
Pos F1 NASCAR Indycar WEC
1 Lewis Hamilton Denny Hamlin Josef Newgarden 2-Porsche Team
2 Valtteri Bottas Kyle Larson Alexander Rossi 1-Porsche Team
3 Kimi Raikkonen Martin Truex Jr. James Hinchcliffe 7-Toyota Racing
4 Max Verstappen Matt Kenseth Marco Andretti 8-Toyota Racing
5 Daniel Ricciardo Kevin Harvick Simon Pagenaud 38-Jackie Chan DC
6 Nico Hulkenberg David Suarez Ryan Hunter-Reay 31-Rebellion
7 Sebastian Vettel Clint Bowyer Max Chilton 36-Signatech Alpine
8 Esteban Ocon Kurt Busch Helio Castroneves 13-Rebellion
9 Sergio Perez Brad Keselowski Graham Rahal 37-Jackie Chan DC
10 Felipe Massa Jimmie Johnson Scott Dixon 26-G-Drive Racing

Lewis Hamilton dominated the F1 GP at Silverstone in England – he led every lap to take the victory over his teammate Valtteri Bottas. The two Ferraris of Championship leader Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen were both looking to be in position to challenge for the podium, with Raikkonen in second and Vettel in fourth. But both suffered tire problems in the last few laps, causing Raikkonen to finish third, and Vettel seventh after a late trip to the pits. Vettel’s woes left Max Verstappen with a comfortable fourth place finish, ahead of Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenburg. Only those seven finished on the lead lap.

Denny Hamlin won a fairly close race at the NASCAR event in Loudon, New Hampshire. It was Hamlin’s first win of the year, finishing a couple of car lengths ahead of Kyle Larson and Martin Truex Jr.

The Indycar race in Toronto was won by Josef Newgarden who inherited the lead early on when he pitted early and a caution flag quickly followed (sending the rest of the field to the pits, giving Newgarden the lead when he stayed out). He held off Alexander Rossi by a scant 1.9s. James Hinchcliffe finished a somewhat lonely third.

The WEC race at the Nurburgring in Germany was a battle from start to finish between the two Porsches. At the end the #2 Porsche eked out the victory over their teammates by just 1.6s. The #7 Toyota just didn’t have the pace of the Porches and finished a minute and five second down on the winner. The #8 Toyota suffered fuel pump problems, yet despite stopping to change the fuel pump early in the race, rallied to take fourth place at the end, albeit 5 laps down. The #4 Team Bykolles car finished 22 laps down in 14th place.

Week-26 Player’s Scores iom seb
F1
Lewis Hamilton 50 50
Valtteri Bottas 40 40
Kimi Raikkonen 35
Max Verstappen 32
Daniel Ricciardo 30 30
Sebastian Vettel 26 26
NASCAR
Indycar
Graham Rahal 22
WEC
2-Porsche Team 50 50
1-Porsche Team 40 40
7-Toyota Racing 35 35
8-Toyota Racing 32 32
4-Team Bykolles 16
Totals: 341 370

Congratulations to Sebastian and his eighteenth win of the year. Iomracer lost out with a risky Indycar pick and a poor WEC pick, versus Sebastian’s solid F1 and WEC picks. No changes in position in the season long standings …

Standings after week 26:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 6776 370 6406
2 2 iomracer 6467 -309 341 6126 -280
3 3 New Players 5765 -702 307 5458 -668

 

Week Twenty-Six Provisional Results

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sebastian X @ 12:59 am

 

 

Pos  Pre  +/-  Name        Prior    Wk 26   Total   Differences 
1    1       Sebastian    6406     370      6776    0    –   
2    2       iomracer    6126     341      6467    309    309   
3    3       New player    5461     307      5768    1008    699   

 

July 10, 2017

Week Twenty-Five Provisional Results

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sebastian X @ 8:28 pm

 

 

Pos  Pre  +/-  Name        Prior    Wk 25   Total   Differences
1    1       Sebastian    6061     345      6406    0    –   
2    2       iomracer    5761     365      6126    280    280   
3    3       New player    5150     311      5461    945    665   

 

Week Twenty-Four Provisional Results – Take Two

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sebastian X @ 8:24 pm

I am very pissed off with IMSA. After Watkins Glen, the result was nowhere to be found on their website (or anywhere else I checked) so I finally based the scores on the positions I had noted from the timing screen.

It was when I was double-checking I had the right result for this week’s IMSA race (after initially again taking it from timing) that I noticed they finally had a result for Watkins Glen, and the #31 was back in 38th with 0 laps (despite being listed as running and with a best lap-time).

Absolutely nothing about this in news on the IMSA site, but Wikipedia provides the unattributed information that they were relegated to back of class for violation of minimum drive time requirements.

I have wondered why Autosport and Motorsport.com have entirely dropped USCC coverage since the Daytona event. Perhaps it is in protest at IMSA refusing to provide timely results or key information.

Unfortunately, as well as redoing week twenty-four results, I had already done the week twenty-five leaderboard so that will need updating because of their abject incompetence.

 

 

Pos  Pre  +/-  Name        Prior    Wk 24   Total   Differences
1    1       Sebastian    5761     300      6061    0    –   
2    2       iomracer    5498     263      5761    300    300   
3    3       New player    4913     237      5150    911    611   

 

July 3, 2017

Week Twenty-Four Provisional Results

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sebastian X @ 9:03 pm

 

 

Pos  Pre  +/-  Name        Prior    Wk 24   Total   Differences
1    1       Sebastian    5761     313      6074    0    –   
2    2       iomracer    5498     276      5774    300    300   
3    3       New player    4913     248      5161    913    613   

 

June 27, 2017

2017 Week 24

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 3:12 am

Welcome to week 24 – four races this weekend. WRC is in Poland; Moto GP is at the Sachsenring in Germany; NASCAR is back at Daytona; and the USCC is at Watkins Glen in New York. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 23:

F1 Azerbaijan, Moto GP Holland, NASCAR Sonoma, Indycar Wisconsin:

Results – Week 23
Pos F1 MotoGP NASCAR Indycar
1 Daniel Ricciardo Valentino Rossi Kevin Harvick Scott Dixon
2 Valtteri Bottas Danilo Petrucci Clint Bowyer Josef Newgarden
3 Lance Stroll Marc Marquez Brad Keselowski Helio Castroneves
4 Sebastian Vettel Cal Crutchlow Denny Hamlin Simon Pagenaud
5 Lewis Hamilton Andrea Dovizioso Kyle Busch Will Power
6 Esteban Ocon Jack Miller Dale Earnhardt Jr. Charlie Kimball
7 Kevin Magnussen Karel Abraham Kurt Busch Ed Jones
8 Carlos Sainz Loris Baz Chase Elliott Graham Rahal
9 Fernando Alonso Andrea Iannone Ryan Blaney Max Chilton
10 Pascal Wehrlein Aleix Espargaro Jamie McMurray Mikhail Aleshin

It was a dramatic F1 race in Azerbaijan with Daniel Ricciardo winning from the 10th starting spot. He was helped to the front through a series of clashes among the usual leaders during the race. Early on Valtteri Bottas collided with Kimi Raikkonen, causing damage to both cars. Amazingly, and despite going a lap down while getting repairs in the pit lap, Bottas prevailed, and with help from the other clashes in the race got back to the front to finish second behind Ricciardo. Raikkonen suffered more damage later in the race when he ran over debris from another incident, and he finished 14th. The usual front-runners, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel also got together, with Vettel running into the back of Hamilton just prior to a restart, then pulling alongside and seemingly deliberately driving into the side of Hamilton’s car. Nevertheless, those two held the two lead positions in the race, until a bizarre mechanical problem (a loose headrest) put Hamilton into the pits for an unscheduled stop, and Vettal was handed a 10s penalty for the earlier altercation with Hamilton. So at the end, Vettel finished the race fourth, and Hamilton fifth. Just ahead of them in third, an outstanding performance by Lance Stroll saw him take his first podium.

The Doctor is back. I think I’ve used a similar line in many stories over the years, but Valentino Rossi, the “Doctor”, just keeps coming back with wins, every season. This time in the Moto GP event in Assen, Holland, his Yamaha worked just as he wanted it, and he squeaked out a win by beating Danilo Petrucci to the line by just 0.06s. The two of them had a healthy lead over the rest of the pack, with Marc Marquez taking third, 5.2s down on Rossi, and in a very close finish ahead of Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso, with just over 0.1s covering the three of them. Johann Zarco had another great race going, staying with the leaders – in third at one point – but got spooked when the rain came late in the race, and pitted for a rain-prep’ed bike, when the leaders didn’t, resulting in a 14th place finish. Dani Pedrosa was one of the riders who stayed out on slicks in the rain, but unlike the leaders, couldn’t keep heat in the tires and dropped to a 13th place finish. Maverick Vinales crashed out, and a 21st place finish.

In NASCAR’s “specialty” road race around Sonoma (formerly Sears Point) in California, Kevin Harvick won his first event of the year. He wasn’t the most dominant driver on the day, but did lead a good haul of laps at the end to take a deserved victory over Clint Bowyer, whose second place finish was a good result for him considering many bangs and brushes he had with other cars during the race.

In the Indycar event at Road America in Wisconsin, Scott Dixon got around early pace-setting Josef Newgarden to take the lead just after the half-way point of the race, then lead most of the remaining laps to take a deserved victory. Helio Castroneves started on pole, and took the final podium position. Will Power finished fourth.

Week-23 Player’s Scores iom seb
F1
Daniel Ricciardo 50
Valtteri Bottas 40 40
Sebastian Vettel 32 32
Lewis Hamilton 30 30
Kimi Raikkonen 16 16
MotoGP
Valentino Rossi 50
Marc Marquez 35
Andrea Dovizioso 30 30
Dani Pedrosa 17
Johann Zarco 16
Maverick Vinales 9 9
NASCAR
Clint Bowyer 40
Indycar
Josef Newgarden 40
Simon Pagenaud 32
Totals: 290 304

Congratulations to Sebastian and his 16th win of the year. The picks of Clint Bowyer in NASCAR and Newgarden and Pagenaud in Indycar, trumped iomracer’s MotoGP heavy picks. No changes in positions in the season-long standings …

Standings after week 23:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 5758 304 5454
2 2 iomracer 5496 -262 290 5206 -248
3 3 New Players 4910 -586 261 4649 -557

 

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