The Motor Racing Game

November 5, 2012

Week Forty-Three

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sebastian X @ 7:27 pm

Welcome all to Week Forty-Three. This is the last three-event week, with MotoGP at Valencia, WRC in Spain, and Sprint Cup visiting Phoenix. Please pick ten drivers/riders up to a maximum of seven in any one event in a comment on this post before 6 AM BST Friday 9th November (1 AM ET) (essentially late Thursday night).

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.

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Results – Top Tens

    Formula 1     NASCAR
    Abu Dhabi Texas
1    Räikkönen Johnson
2    Alonso Keselowski
3    Vettel Kyle B.
4    Button Kenseth
5    Maldonado Stewart
6    Kobayashi Bowyer
7    Massa Earnhardt
8    Senna Kurt B.
9    di Resta Harvick
10    Ricciardo Biffle

An incident packed Formula One race that provided a win for Räikkönen after Hamilton’s McLaren conked out. Some argy-bargy caused by Perez led to contact that took out Grosjean (19th) and Webber (20th). After a fuel pump failure, Hamilton ended up 21st. Hulkenberg had terminal damage from contact with Force India team-mate, di Resta, as well as Senna, at the very first corner (24th).

Jimmie Johnson again took the pole and victory, this time after a hard battle with Keselowski. Gordon had made his way up to second at one stage of the race, but a green-flag stop for a puncture, and later contact with Kahne requiring repairs, left Jeff back in 14th. Hamlin had a quiet race finishing on the lead lap in 20th.

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Non-entries get 203 according to the 90% rule. The count-back tie-breaker rule does apply, with iomracer taking second, both he and Chris having two winning, two second-placed, and one third-placed picks, but iomracer had a fourth-placed pick.

Congratulations to RubberGoat on his sixth win of the season, with his strategy of picking the three NASCAR drivers that were doing best in the Chase points paying off with a strong victory.

All the NASCAR picks made finished top-twenty, which is more than can be said for the Formula One picks. Indeed, fifty-three selections were made from F1, scoring an average of 27·3 TMRG points, whilst the twenty-seven Sprint Cup selections returned an average of 31·5.


Pos  Pre  +/-  Name  Prior    Wk 42   Total    Differences
1    1       Sebastian    11374    304    11678    0   –  
2    2       RubberGoat    11177    320    11497    181   181  
3    3       iomracer    11152    308    11460    218   37  
4    4       Maverick    11113    294    11407    271   53  
5    5       Chris W.    11049    308    11357    321   50  
6    6       Pat W.    10992    287    11279    399   78  
7    7       Drewe    10923    252    11175    503   104  
8    8       The Speedgeek    10657    226    10883    795   292  
9    9       Jackie    9955    203    10158    1520   725  
10    10       Matt    9526    203    9729    1649   429  
11    11       Ryan    9030    203    9233    2445   496  
12    12       Jay    8816    203    9019    2659   214  
13    13       James    8747    203    8950    2728   69  
14    14       New players    8728    203    8931    2747   19  

No movement this week, with only Chris and Gavin out-scoring the next player up. Only three weeks left with three, two and one events.

This Week


· MotoGP – Valencia, Spain
· WRC – Catalunya, Spain
· NASCAR – Phoenix, USA

The deadline is 6 AM BST Friday 9th November (1 AM ET). Also remember the countdown widget rounds up on days.

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

The points system is

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  1. Interesting – I made 126 points in NASCAR and F1. Though I rue not picking Kimi! Oh well, it was a calculated risk to gain a final advantage.

    And I have to say, Kimi on the radio was the absolute highlight of the race. ‘Go away, I know what I am doing’.


    Comment by Drewe — November 5, 2012 @ 11:36 pm

  2. Rubbergoat pulls away from me a bit for 2nd place – congratulations. Going for a 5/5 split this week between WRC and MotoGP. I consider this somewhat risky since a crash fest in Spain would not be unexpected since a win there is the only meaningful prize left in WRC.

    1) Sebastian Loeb
    2) Mikko Horvonen
    3) Jari-Matti Latvala
    4) Petter Solberg
    5) Mads Ostberg (not usually fast on tarmac, but he really wants 3rd place in the Championship, which might inspire him)

    6) Dani Pedrosa
    7) Jorge Lorenzo
    8) Alvardo Bautista
    9) Casey Stoner
    10) Andrea Dovizioso

    Comment by iomracer — November 6, 2012 @ 10:59 pm

  3. No NASCAR this week. Picking Crutchlow instead of Latvala was marginal.

    Casey Stoner
    Jorge Lorenzo
    Dani Pedrosa
    Andrea Dovizioso
    Álvaro Bautista
    Carl Crutchlow

    Sébastian Loeb
    Dani Sordo
    Mikko Hirvonen
    Mads Østberg

    Comment by Sebastian X — November 7, 2012 @ 5:23 pm

  4. Jeez, I got a bit lucky last week. I was going to stay away from NASCAR but I think WRC is becoming just as random 😉

    1) Lorenzo
    2) Pedrosa
    3) Stoner
    4) Dovisioso
    5) Bradl
    6) Bautista

    7) Loeb
    8) Hirvonen

    9) Jimmie Johnson
    10) Brad Keselowski

    Somebody is going to let me down big time this week.

    Comment by rubbergoat — November 8, 2012 @ 6:53 am

  5. And by the way, the reason why I didn’t pick Crutchlow is that if it wasn’t for the fact that BBC spend half their program on him, we would have barely noticed him save for a couple of good rides this year 😉

    Comment by rubbergoat — November 8, 2012 @ 6:55 am

  6. MotoGP – Valencia, Spain

    WRC – Catalunya, Spain
    Solberg (p)
    Latvala (win it or bin it Latvala…)

    NASCAR – Phoenix, USA

    Comment by Drewe — November 8, 2012 @ 6:57 am

  7. · MotoGP – Valencia, Spain

    · WRC – Catalunya, Spain

    · NASCAR – Phoenix, USA
    Kyle Busch

    Think I need to pick something different so it may as well be NASCAR

    Comment by Mav — November 8, 2012 @ 12:36 pm

  8. MotoGP
    Bautista (nearly nearly picked Rossi)


    Hamlin (won in Spring so maybe that’ll count for something)

    Comment by Pat W — November 8, 2012 @ 5:53 pm

  9. Mmm… It’s going to be close to catch up to Mav. Here goes…


    Petter Solberg


    Comment by Chris W — November 8, 2012 @ 10:53 pm

  10. MotoGP:

    Petter Solberg

    NASCAR Cup:
    Jimmie Johnson
    Kyle Busch

    Comment by The Speedgeek — November 9, 2012 @ 3:32 am

  11. Junior fever huh?


    Comment by Drewe — November 9, 2012 @ 3:36 am

  12. Solberg is out on stage 2:

    This is why I hate picking WRC!!!

    Comment by rubbergoat — November 9, 2012 @ 9:57 am

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