The Motor Racing Game

February 10, 2013

Week 2

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 8:53 pm

Welcome to week 2. Just the opening NASCAR event at Daytona this week – the Sprint Unlimited – basically an exhibition race to open the season. It is usually quite exciting to watch since they eliminate drivers between three rounds of racing, with the final round usually a quick sprint with a shorter field of remaining cars that results in lots of contact (and hence crashes). Very unpredictable.

Scores from week 1:

Rally Sweden:

Pos. No. Driver / Co-driver
Pos. SS time
Total time Diff.Leader
1 8 Ogier S. / Ingrassia J.
Volkswagen Polo R WRC 
03:11:41.9 03:11:41.9 00:00:00.0
2 1 Loeb Sébastien / Elena Daniel
Citroën DS3 WRC 
03:12:23.7 03:12:23.7 00:00:41.8
3 4 Østberg Mads / Andersson Jonas
Ford Fiesta RS WRC 
03:13:06.4 00:01:24.5
4 7 Latvala J. / Anttila Miikka
Volkswagen Polo R WRC 
03:13:12.5 03:13:12.5 00:01:30.6
5 11 Neuville T. / Gilsoul Nicolas
Ford Fiesta RS WRC 
03:16:48.3 03:16:48.3 00:05:06.4
6 15 Hänninen Juho / Tuominen Tomi
Ford Fiesta RS WRC 
03:17:25.0 03:17:25.0 00:05:43.1
7 21 Prokop Martin / Ernst Michal
Ford Fiesta RS WRC 
03:23:07.3 03:23:07.3 00:11:25.4
8 16 Solberg Henning / Axelsson Emil
Ford Fiesta RS WRC 
03:23:34.6 00:11:52.7
9 5 Novikov Evgeny / Minor Ilka
Ford Fiesta RS WRC 
03:24:46.6 03:24:46.6 00:13:04.7
10 35 Al Rajhi Yazeed / Orr Michael
Ford Fiesta S2000 
03:28:08.9 03:28:08.9 00:16:27.0

It was a battle between the Sebastien’s with Ogier in the new Volkswagen coming out ahead of Loeb’s Citreon. These two were always well ahead of the rest of the field. This is Volkswagen’s first win at the world rallying level since 1987 (26 years ago when Sweden’s Kenneth Eriksson won the Ivory Coast rally in a Golf GTi), and their first win in Sweden since Harry Bengtsson won in an original Beetle in 1956.

Hirvonen’s woes started early with an off on Stage 2, and managed to climb back to 17th. We all picked Dani Sordo who was in 10th place when he crashed on stage 20 (of 22) and got a DNF. Pat picked Jari Ketomaa who was 18th after day 3, but did not start day 4 when his co-driver got sick.

Players Scores:


Congratulations to me for winning week one. WRC is “my” sport, so I’m always hopeful of a good result. Chris and Sebastian tied for second and like most others (except me) got burned when Novikov went off on stage 20 to end the day in 9th (he had been 5th and ahead of Neuville who I had picked).





  1. Doh! I thought Loeb wasn’t running last week, hence my obvious miss of a pick, otherwise I was looking good!

    Comment by Drewe — February 10, 2013 @ 9:20 pm

  2. I did not realise we were doing the Daytona Shoot Out. I notice the Charlotte All Star race is also on the roster checking your entry page. I will amend the schedule page.

    Comment by Sebastian X — February 11, 2013 @ 3:50 pm

  3. I have updated the schedule page and put up the guide and links:

    Comment by Sebastian X — February 12, 2013 @ 2:37 am

  4. Can’t get the form to work – tried many times on Thursday and gave up and went to bed 😦

    My picks:

    Matt Kenseth
    Carl Edwards
    Joey Logano
    Jeff Gordon
    Jimmie Johnson
    Jeff Gordon

    Comment by rubbergoat — February 15, 2013 @ 6:59 am

  5. I notice a couple of players have picked Brad Keselowski. Very unfortunately, he did not qualify for the Sprint Unlimited, as he did not get a pole last season, so is not racing. Sorry to break the news.

    Comment by Sebastian X — February 16, 2013 @ 10:28 am

  6. I specifically chose not to enter this week because this is a non-championship bonus race, with rules specifically set for ‘entertainment’ and dubious eligibility methods which change annually. If it were just a straightforward non-championship race that would be fine, but it isn’t. Especially this year, the format won’t be known until the green flag drops – it is decided by a fan vote. I never included it when I ran the game and Andy doesn’t in his game.

    Comment by Pat W — February 16, 2013 @ 9:34 pm

  7. Wait, keselowski is the champion and he doesn’t qualify because he didn’t score a pole?


    Comment by rubbergoat — February 16, 2013 @ 9:45 pm

  8. @Pat. I chose not to include the non-championship Sprint-Cup associated races myself, but it is iomracer’s call, it fills an otherwise blank week, and behind the faff it comes down to a straight race at the end, as is often the case with Sprint Cup races and the series’s dubious compromises to entertainment. It might be argued that having to use both compounds of slightly unsuitable tyres in F1 is for dubious entertainment purposes. However, if you want to sacrifice the points to make a point, that’s your call.

    @RubberGoat. It is an odd situation. I made the unusual call to include the full entry-list within the guide-and-links hoping no one would be caught out by picking any of the absent runners. For the non-championship All-Star race at Charlotte, the main eligibility is based on winning races in recent times, so I guess they needed a different angle for this one.

    Comment by Sebastian X — February 17, 2013 @ 4:08 am

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