The Motor Racing Game

October 8, 2017

2017 Week 39

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 11:00 pm

Welcome to week 39 – three races this weekend. Moto GP is at Motegi in Japan; NASCAR has race 2 of their “Contender” round for the Chase to the Cup at the superspeedway of Talladega; and the WEC is also in Japan, but at the Mt. Fuji circuit. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 38:

F1 Japan, WRC Spain, NASCAR Charlotte, USCC Road Atlanta:

Results – Week 38
Pos F1 WRC NASCAR USCC
1 Lewis Hamilton Kris Meeke Martin Truex Jr. 2-Tequila Patron ESM
2 Max Verstappen Sebastien Ogier Chase Elliott 31-Whelen Engineering Racing
3 Daniel Ricciardo Ott Tanak Kevin Harvick 6-Penske
4 Valtteri Bottas Juho Hanninen Denny Hamlin 22-Tequila Patron
5 Kimi Raikkonen Mads Ostberg Jamie McMurray 5-Mustang Sampling Racing
6 Esteban Ocon Stephane Lefebvre David Suarez 85-JDC-Miller Motosports
7 Sergio Perez Elfyn Evans Jimmie Johnson 25-BMW Team RLL
8 Kevin Magnussen Teemu Suninen Ryan Blaney 3-Corvette Racing
9 Romain Grosjean Jan Kopecky Kasey Kahne 62-Risi Competizione
10 Felipe Massa Ole Christian Veiby Kyle Larson 4-Corvette Racing

At the F1 race in Japan, Lewis Hamilton led from pole to take victory. His championship rival, Sebastian Vettel had another disastrous race. He got into turn one in second behind Hamilton, but by lap five a spark plug failed on his Ferrari, and he was out of the race (classified 19th). Hamilton looked comfortable in the lead, with Max Verstappen unable to keep up on the super soft tires. However, once Verstappen went to soft tires, he suddenly started gaining on Hamilton, getting to 0.2s behind at one point. But Hamilton got fortunate with lapping back markers and held off Verstappen for a 1.2s win. Verstappen’s Red Bull teammate, Daniel Ricciardo took the final podium spot. Valtteri Bottas did a long stint on his super soft tires, presumably in an effort to hold up Verstappen who stopped earlier to change tires. It meant a fourth-place finish for Bottas, but still comfortably ahead of Raikkonen in fifth.

At the Spanish WRC event in Catalunya it was another disaster for Thierry Neuville. After a similarly disastrous event in Germany, Neuville needed a good result to keep the pressure on championship leader Sebastian Ogier. But Neuville made a poor tire choice on Friday, and on Saturday he suffered mechanical problems and an unusual liaison section crash which meant he then had to push. And he pushed too much on Sunday, crashing out of the event. That means the championship is almost certainly Ogier’s, who finished second after sweeping the roads on Friday, and then driving his usual steady speed for the rest of the event. It was Kris Meeke who got the better of Ogier, pushing hard on Saturday morning to take a lead that he would not cede. Ott Tanak was also able to put some pressure on Ogier, but in the end had to settle for third, 5s behind. Jari-Matti Latvala had a short weekend after his Toyota suffered an oil leak on Friday which could not be fixed, leaving him out of the race for the rest of the weekend.

Martin Truex continued to show himself as the man to beat with a comfortable victory at the NASCAR race in Charlotte. All but one of the contenders finished in the top 15, so the Chase leaderboard remains close going into Talladega. It was Kyle Busch who had problems the entire race and ended up in 29th place. But going in he had a lot of championship points, so the poor showing didn’t hurt him too much, still sitting sixth in the standings, with eight who will go on to the next round after two more races.

The USCC was at Road Atlanta in Georgia. The Nissans looked strong throughout the race, but the Cadillacs stayed close. After a restart in the race with less than 30 minutes of the 10-hour race to go, the Cadillacs managed to get into each other, hurting their chances of victory. But the lead Nissan didn’t do itself any favors after an incident with a GT car led to a penalty. That meant the #2 Tequila Patron Nissan that was in fourth place after the restart suddenly found themselves in the lead, and ultimately took victory by 7.6s over the #31 Wheelen Cadilac. The #6 Penske LMP2 car took advantage of the chaos to take a good third place. The #22 Tequila Patron Nissan finished fourth, and the #5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac finished one lap down in fifth. The #85 JDC-Miller LMP2 car had a solid race, finishing in 6th place, 3 laps down to the winner. But not a good race for the #13 Rebellion LMP2 which finished 36th, nor the #10 Wayne Taylor Cadillac which finished 37th. For the Rebellion it was a mid-race crash with a PC class car that took them out. The poor finish for the Wayne Taylor Cadillac was not enough to dislodge them from the top of the standings, and with this being the last race of the year, Ricky Taylor and Jordan Taylor are champions, also bringing along the manufacturers title for Cadillac.

Week-38 Player’s Scores iom seb
F1
Lewis Hamilton 50 50
Daniel Ricciardo 35
Valtteri Bottas 32 32
Sebastian Vettel 11 11
WRC
Sebastien Ogier 40 40
Jari-Matti Latvala 0
Thierry Neuville 0 0
NASCAR
USCC
2-Tequila Patron ESM 50
31-Whelen Engineering Racing 40
5-Mustang Sampling Racing 30 30
85-JDC-Miller Motosports 28
13-Rebellion Racing 1
10-Wayne Taylor Racing 1 1
Totals: 254 228

Congratulations to iomracer and his eleventh win of the year. Good USCC picks overcame the two non-finishing WRC picks to take the win. No changes in position in the year-long standings …

Standings after week 38:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 10421 228 10193
2 2 iomracer 9932 -489 254 9678 -515
3 3 New Players 8847 -1085 205 8642 -1036

 

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