The Motor Racing Game

October 29, 2012

Week Forty-Two

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sebastian X @ 9:06 pm

Welcome all to Week Forty-Two. This week we have Formula One in Abu Dhabi and Sprint Cup from Texas, so no avoiding the dreaded NASCAR. Please pick ten drivers up to a maximum of seven in any one event in a comment on this post before 6 AM BST Friday 2nd November (2 AM ET) (essentially late Thursday night).

Deadline News

The clocks in Britain went back an hour to GMT (winter time) on Saturday night, so for overseas players the deadline is now an hour later. I believe the switch from DST in the USA takes place in the forthcoming weekend, so if I have this figured correctly, that will put the deadline back to 1 AM ET for next week.

Drewe’s Performance Charts

Do visit Drewe’s fine charts and tables to see such as the Full Year Difference Chart and Form Guide, which Drewe is updating every week.

Click to open Performance Charts in new window.


Results – Top Tens

    Formula 1     MotoGP     WEC     NASCAR
    Delhi Australia Shanghai Martinsville
1    Vettel Stoner #7  Toyota Johnson
2    Alonso Lorenzo #2  Audi Kyle B.
3    Webber Crutchlow #1  Audi Kahne
4    Hamilton Dovizioso #13 Rebellion Almirola
5    Button Bautista #22 JRM Bowyer
6    Massa Bradl #21 Strakka Keselowski
7    Räikkönen Rossi #25 ADR-Delta Gordon
8    Hulkenberg Hayden #44 Starworks Vickers
9    Grosjean Abraham #24 Oak Labonte
10    Senna Espargaro #49 Pecom Biffle

Another dominating performance by Vettel in India. Alonso managed to scrape second as Webber lost his DRS again.

It was an exciting lap-and-a-half at Phillip Island in the MotoGP. Lorenzo nabbed the lead at the start, but lost it to Pedrosa within a few turns. Stoner blasted by Lorenzo into the first corner of the next lap, and was almost immediately on Pedrosa’s tail. Dani went slightly wide of the racing line but still tried to turn in as usual resulting in a tumble (19th). Jorge Lorenzo’s second-place gave him the title.

In the WEC at Shanghai, it was much the same story as last time, with Toyota building enough of a lead to allow the extra splash-and-dash they needed towards the end. For a change, the #2 Audi beat the #1, but for the latter, third was plenty to win the inaugural FIA World Endurance Championship. Strakka had contact with the #1 Audi necessitating a delay to fix damaged bodywork. The #12 Rebellion gearbox failed with seven minutes to go (under ACO rules dropping them behind all those still running to 25th).

At the paper-clip Martinsville half-mile circuit, Johnson qualified on pole, was near the sharp end all the race, and took the victory. Keselowski recovered well from a starting position of thirty-second, on a track at which passing is hard, to finish sixth. Hamlin had severe electrical problems, at one point grinding to a halt, ending up 33rd.

Player Scores

    You might want to try full-screen (F11), or
click here to open table-image in a new window.

Non-entries get 302 according to the 90% rule.

Well done me for winning the week, helped by picking all four winners. Also a mention in dispatches for Gavin who had a strong week with his four F1 choices finishing 1-2-3-4.

Yet again, one of our bankers, this time Pedrosa, failed. There was the most variety of choices in Formula One, but we all had Vettel, and every other driver picked finished top-seven, so it did not have a large effect on relative scoring.


Pos  Pre  +/-  Name  Prior    Wk 41   Total    Differences
1    1       Sebastian    10982    392    11374    0   –  
2    3    +1   RubberGoat    10794    383    11177    197   197  
3    2    -1   iomracer    10799    353    11152    222   25  
4    4       Maverick    10761    352    11113    261   39  
5    5       Chris W.    10679    370    11049    325   64  
6    6       Pat W.    10631    361    10992    382   57  
7    7       Drewe    10550    373    10923    451   69  
8    8       The Speedgeek    10322    335    10657    717   266  
9    9       Jackie    9653    302    9955    1419   702  
10    10       Matt    9224    302    9526    1548   429  
11    11       Ryan    8728    302    9030    2344   496  
12    12       Jay    8514    302    8816    2558   214  
13    13       James    8445    302    8747    2627   69  
14    14       New players    8426    302    8728    2646   19  

RubberGoat gains a position for the second week running, this time past iomracer for second-place. (It is only three weeks ago that iomracer took third-place from Gavin.)

This Week


· Formula 1 – Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi
· NASCAR – Texas, USA

The deadline is 6 AM BST Friday 2nd November (2 AM ET). Also remember the countdown widget rounds up on days.

Pick ten drivers up to a maximum of seven in any one event.

The points system is

Click to open guide/links to this week’s events in new window.



  1. Congrats Sebastian, almost a 200 point lead now. I feel like most will pick the same F1 drivers plus Johnson and Keselowski, so the difference this week could come down to the third NASCAR pick. I know I should do a stretch pick, to try and get back past RubberGoat. But it’s hard not to pick the top 3 in NASCAR standings:

    1) Jimmy Johnson
    2) Brad Keselowski
    3) Clint Bowyer

    4) Sebastian Vettel
    5) Fernando Alonso
    6) Felipe Massa
    7) Kimi Raikkonen
    8) Lewis Hamilton
    9) Jenson Button
    10) Mark Webber

    Comment by iomracer — October 29, 2012 @ 10:40 pm

  2. NASCAR (Going to take a punt and weight more here)
    Gordon (Jeff)


    Comment by Drewe — October 30, 2012 @ 3:54 am

  3. Also punting, but not as far as Drewe. Picking early due to possible power outages from Frankenstorm Sandy… 3 inches of snow overnight here in West Virginia.



    I fear not taking Button may be a bad move… I may change it up after I have a chance to look at the numbers a bit more.

    Comment by Chris W — October 30, 2012 @ 3:33 pm

  4. Don’t seem to be having much luck at the moment. Very similar picks to Sebastian the last few weeks and yet it’s always been one of my differences that has gone AWOL for some random reason.

    Was thinking, we really should have Macua F3 GP on the schedule as a one off.



    Comment by Mav — October 30, 2012 @ 9:14 pm

  5. I usually do my picks on a Tuesday, and post them on Wednesday. I eventually decided to take Hamlin over Biffle, but the ten that gave me were the ten Maverick posted, so I may as well go for Biffle.

    Formula One:
    Fernando Alonso
    Sebastian Vettel
    Kimi Räikkönen
    Jenson Button
    Lewis Hamilton
    Felipe Massa
    Mark Webber

    Jimmie Johnson
    Matt Kenseth
    Greg Biffle

    Comment by Sebastian X — October 31, 2012 @ 6:10 pm

  6. Well, that’s Hamlin’s race ruined again then! 😉

    Comment by Mav — November 1, 2012 @ 11:35 am

  7. Late entry – been really busy this week!

    1) Alonso
    2) Vettel
    3) Webber
    4) Hamilton
    5) Button
    6) Raikkonen
    7) Massa

    8) Jimmie Johnson
    9) Brad Keselowski
    10) Clint Bowyer

    Comment by rubbergoat — November 1, 2012 @ 4:03 pm

  8. F1
    Grosjean (let’s make this race exciting)


    Comment by Pat W — November 1, 2012 @ 8:07 pm

  9. Seb – I’m swapping Bowyer out for Hamlin. This makes the difference between me an Rubbergoat – the only way to get back to 2nd.

    Comment by iomracer — November 2, 2012 @ 2:45 am

  10. Going to change again. Stretching a bit more – no to Bowyer, no to Hamlin, yes to Jeff gordon. So my three NASCAR picks are now: Jimmy Johnson, Brad Keselowski, and Jeff Gordon.

    Comment by iomracer — November 2, 2012 @ 2:48 am

  11. I see Sebastian has already picked 2 of the 3 Cup guys I was going to go with. Oh, well. It’s not like I’m going to make up 700 points in 4 weeks, anyway.


    Jeff Gordon
    Matt Kenseth
    Biff Riffle

    Comment by The Speedgeek — November 2, 2012 @ 3:15 am

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