The Motor Racing Game

November 12, 2012

Week Forty-Four

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sebastian X @ 6:28 pm

Welcome all to Week Forty-Four. This is the penultimate week and last with two events, Formula One from Austin, and the last race of the NASCAR season at Homestead. 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 16th 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

    MotoGP     WRC     NASCAR
    Valencia Spain Phoenix
1    Pedrosa Loeb Harvick
2    Nakasuga Latvala Hamlin
3    Stoner Hirvonen Kyle B.
4    Bautista Østberg Kahne
5    Pirro Nikara Newman
6    Dovizioso Breen Keselowski
7    Abraham Atkinson Biffle
8    Petrucci Andersson Kurt B.
9    Ellison Sordo Menard
10    Rossi Novikov Martin

A drying track at Valencia caused a very action packed MotoGP race. The field was split between those starting on wet tyres (including Stoner), those starting on slicks (including Lorenzo), and those that elected to switch to slicks at the end of the warm-up lap thus starting from the pit-lane (including Pedrosa), with those initially gaining on wets having to pit to switch bikes as the track developed a narrow dry line. Lorenzo gained the lead by the end of lap three, but looking to lap Ellison, put his rear on the wet and had a big crash (18th), leaving the win for Pedrosa. Crutchlow was too far behind to think about winning and far enough ahead of Nakasuga to have no fear of being caught, but none the less lost the front braking into a turn and crashed out (15th). Bradl was running high in the order when he crashed nine laps in (19th).

Another routine win for Loeb in Spain. Rain on Friday caused many incidents, including Solberg hitting a rock he hit last year (11th), and Sordo getting stuck after an off, with both rejoining on Saturday.

Harvick won his first race for quite a while at Phoenix. Earnhardt finished 21st. Johnson lost many laps for repairs after his right-front tyre puncturing caused him to hit the wall hard (32nd). With Keselowski finishing sixth, he gains a twenty point lead in the Chase, thus only needs a half-decent finish at Homestead to seal the title.

Player Scores

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

Non-entries get 247 according to the 90% rule.

Many congratulations to iomracer for his sixth win of the season (plus a tied win). His strategy of avoiding Nascar for a five:five MotoGP-WRC split paid off, despite the Spanish rain having some effect on both. Well done also to Patrick and myself for strong podium positions.

It was a week to dodge the bullets, with the number of picks that finished top-ten being the biggest factor in player scoring order. Had Johnson squeezed out a top-five instead of what happened, that would have made a huge difference to the week.


Pos  Pre  +/-  Name  Prior    Wk 43   Total    Differences
1    1       Sebastian    11678    311    11989    0   –  
2    3    +1   iomracer    11460    333    11793    196   196  
3    2    -1   RubberGoat    11497    282    11779    210   14  
4    4       Maverick    11407    293    11700    289   79  
5    5       Chris W.    11357    298    11655    334   45  
6    6       Pat W.    11279    316    11595    394   60  
7    7       Drewe    11175    283    11458    531   137  
8    8       The Speedgeek    10883    274    11157    832   301  
9    9       Jackie    10158    247    10405    1584   752  
10    10       Matt    9729    247    9976    1713   429  
11    11       Ryan    9233    247    9480    2509   496  
12    12       Jay    9019    247    9266    2723   214  
13    13       James    8950    247    9197    2792   69  
14    14       New players    8931    247    9178    2811   19  

iomracer takes second-place off RubberGoat (which Gavin took off iomracer two weeks ago).

This may be a very interesting week coming up, as I expect several players will take a few NASCAR risks to see if it can make the difference.

This Week


· Formula 1 – Austin, USA
· NASCAR – Homestead, USA

The deadline is 6 AM BST Friday 16th November (1 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. let’s see…

    Bowyer, Gordon, Grosjean, Maldonado… 😉

    Comment by Mav — November 12, 2012 @ 6:56 pm

  2. F1:
    1) Sebastian Vettel
    2) Fernando Alonso
    3) Kimi Raikkonen
    4) Jenson Button
    5) Felipe Massa
    6) Mark Webber
    7) Lewis Hamilton

    8) Jimmy Johnson
    9) Kasey Kane
    10) Brad Keselowski (who must finish in the top 15 to be assured of the championship)

    I wanted to pick Bowyer, but I think everyone, including me, expects him and Jeff Gordon to have some “close” racing at Homestead, if you know what I mean.

    Comment by iomracer — November 13, 2012 @ 2:17 pm



    Probably would have gone with Kahne but was beaten to it.

    Not really sure what you could throw into there to mix it up really. Gamble on more McLaren unreliability perhaps?

    Comment by Mav — November 13, 2012 @ 11:00 pm

  4. Hmmm. Well, 2 to go and even 100 points either way won’t make much difference. So, here we go. I would go safe with more F1, but, well, I may as well try something now!

    Keselowski (He and his team will be all out – and most teams will get out of his way, at least those out of the top 5)
    Johnson (Gonna go for it anyway I bet – all he can do is win and hope BK fails)

    Hamilton (Please. No more failures!)

    Comment by Drewe — November 14, 2012 @ 12:29 am

  5. I don’t believe it … I did so well with my picks (avoided a lot of trainwrecks) and I’m second last???

    1) Sebastian Vettel
    2) Fernando Alonso
    3) Kimi Raikkonen
    4) Jenson Button
    5) Felipe Massa
    6) Mark Webber
    7) Lewis Hamilton

    8) Brad Keselowski
    9) Jimmie Johnson
    10) Kasey Kahne

    Comment by rubbergoat — November 14, 2012 @ 1:42 pm

  6. The Formula One picks were not the most difficult decision of the season. I would have liked a reason to go six:four, but no way was my fourth-best NASCAR pick a better prospect than my seventh-best F1 choice.

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

    Carl Edwards
    Denny Hamlin
    Kevin Harvick

    Comment by Sebastian X — November 14, 2012 @ 6:49 pm

  7. Seb, just to be clear, my 2nd NASCAR pick is Kasey Kahne (misspelt in my original post).

    Comment by iomracer — November 14, 2012 @ 9:04 pm

  8. F1:


    I’ll be at the Grand Prix this weekend. Should be a fun time…

    Comment by Chris W — November 15, 2012 @ 6:20 pm

  9. F1:

    NASCAR Cup:
    Jimmie Johnson
    Tony Stewart
    Carl Edwards
    Matt Kenseth
    Biff Riffle

    Comment by The Speedgeek — November 16, 2012 @ 4:02 am

  10. Rats, I completely forgot. Not that I think I’d have made up much more ground.

    Comment by Pat W — November 16, 2012 @ 6:29 pm

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