The Motor Racing Game

October 13, 2015

2015 Week 39

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 3:05 am

Welcome to week 39 – two races this weekend. Moto GP are in the middle race of their 3 week Pacific Basin tour with a visit to Phillip Island in Australia; NASCAR has race 2 of their “Contender” round for the Chase to the Cup at the Kansas intermediate oval. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 38:

F1 Russia, Moto GP Japan, NASCAR Charlotte, WEC Japan:


Lewis Hamilton took an easy win in the Russian F1 GP after his teammate, Nico Rosberg had to retire following throttle problems (he was classified in 18th place). Sebastian Vettel also had an easy time in the Ferrari to finish second. Third place was much more exciting with three cars battling it out through the last lap. In the end Kimi Raikkonen punted Valtteri Bottas off the track giving third to Sergio Perez. Not in that battle, but inheriting fourth was Felipe Massa, which was an impressive result considering he started 15th. Raikkonen recovered from the incident to initially take fifth, but was then demoted to eighth after the stewards ruled that the punting was avoidable.

Wet, then drying conditions at the Motegi circuit in Japan proved decisive in the Moto GP. As the track dried tires started going off. It was Dani Pedrosa that managed his tires the best – as the track dried he started climbing up through the field, and eventually passed Valentino Rossi then Jorge Lorenzo to take his first win this year. It looked like Rossi managed his tires better than his teammate, because he too started to eat into Lorenzo’s lead as the track dried, and eventually passed him to finish second, with Lorenzo holding on to third. Marc Marquez never challenged for a podium, but wasn’t challenged from behind either, so finished fourth. Our other pick, Andrea Iannone had engine problems with his Ducati and retired from the race classified in 25th. Alex de Angelis who took a bad fall in practice remains in hospital in serious condition (brain hemorrhage, lung contusion, multiple fractured ribs, and multiple fractured vertebrae), but is reported to be improving. Let’s hope for a full recovery.

At the NASCAR race in Charlotte, the remaining 12 drivers in the Chase for the Cup entered the three-race Contender round, after which four more drivers will be eliminated. Joey Logano won the rain delayed race, which gives him a free-pass into the next Eliminator round. Two “contenders” who struggled outside of the top 20 and will have to do very well in the next two weeks, or win, were Dale Earnhardt Jr., who was 28th after hitting the wall, and Matt Kenseth who is in real trouble after finishing down in 42nd place following a crash that forced him to retire.

Team orders were on the menu for the WEC event at the Mt. Fuji circuit in Japan. The two Porsches finished a lap ahead of the two Audis, but the #18 Porsche that led most the race had to allow the #17 Porsche past in order for the trio of drivers in the #17 to take over the top spot in the driver’s championship, over the #7 Audi drivers. Similarly the two Audis swapped position, giving the #7 third, and the #8 fourth, to keep the championship as tight as possible. And to keep the teams in unison, the two Toyotas were fifth and sixth, with the #1 finishing ahead of the #2.


Only three of us played this week, and the only difference in our picks was Sebastian’s Andrea Iannone over Drewe and my pick of Marc Marquez. And with Iannone’s bike engine failing, it handed the joint win to Drewe and me. With Greased Lightning missing the week, third place toggles again, back into Drewe’s favor …



1 Comment »

  1. MotoGP:
    Marc Márquez
    Dani Pedrosa
    Jorge Lorenzo
    Valentino Rossi
    Andrea Dovizioso
    Andrea Ionnone
    Bradley Smith

    Jimmie Johnson
    Matt Kenseth
    Kevin Harvick

    I am posting my ten picks in the comments as I want to include Jimmie Johnson who is absent from the choices available on the entry page. I inputted the other nine.

    Comment by Sebastian X — October 15, 2015 @ 2:53 pm

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