The Motor Racing Game

October 16, 2017

2017 Week 40

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 12:48 am

Welcome to week 40 – three races this weekend. F1 is in the U.S. at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA); MotoGP is down-under on Phillip Island in Australia; and NASCAR has their last race of their “Contender” round, at the intermediate track in Kansas, after which four more drivers will no longer be in the Chase for the Cup. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 39:

Moto GP Japan, NASCAR Talladega, WEC Japan:

Results – Week 39
1 Andrea Dovizioso Brad Keselowski 8-Toyota Racing
2 Marc Marquez Ryan Newman 7-Toyota Racing
3 Danilo Petrucci Trevor Bayne 1-Porsche Team
4 Andrea Iannone Joey Logano 2-Porsche Team
5 Alex Rins Aric Almirola 31-Rebellion
6 Jorge Lorenzo Denny Hamlin 36-Signatech Alpine
7 Aleix Espargaro Dale Earnhardt Jr. 38-Jackie Chan DC
8 Johann Zarco Kasey Kahne 28-TDS Racing
9 Maverick Vinales Gray Gaulding 24-Manor TRS
10 Loris Baz David Ragan 26-G-Drive Racing

Another close battle at the Moto GP at Motegi in Japan, with Andrea Dovizioso passing Marc Marquez on the last lap to take the victory. Danilo Petrucci had the lead for the first half of the race, but couldn’t keep the two top championship contenders behind him, and had to settle for third. Jorge Lorenzo had a good start, dropped back in the rain, but rallied a little at the end to finish sixth. Maverick Vinales finished 9th after a disappointing qualifying. Dani Pedrosa retired with 4 laps to go, to finish in the 20th position. Valetino Rossi crashed twice during the weekend, once in early qualifying, and then again on lap six of the race, to finish classified in 23rd. Hopefully he has not exacerbated the damage to his broken leg.

In the NASCAR race at Talladega it took until 17 laps to go for the “big one” to happen, and it took out four of the Chase contenders. Then another crash with 11 to go took out two more. There were only 17 cars left in the field at this point, with 7 of the 12 contenders out. Yet another crash with 6 laps to go took out three more Chase contenders, leaving just Brad Keselowski with the lead and Denny Hamlin in fourth. And was Keselowski that took the win in the final 11-car field. So in the Chase Ryan Blaney and Jimmie Johnson are left above the cut line, 9 and 7 points (race positions) respectively ahead of Kyle Busch, with Matt Kenseth a further 1 point behind. For Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Jamie McMurray they are 22 and 26 points behind respectively, so basically need to win the final race to stay in the Chase. Martin Truex Jr. and Brad Keselowski are through to the next round with their wins, and Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, and Chase Elliot all look fairly safe.

It was heavy rain at the WEC event at the Mt. Fuji circuit in Japan, and finally when the conditions deteriorated to the point of reduced visibility, the race was stopped with 1-½ hours to go. At that time it was the #8 Toyota that was in the lead, and took the win by 1.5s from their teammates the #7 Toyota, with the #1 Porsche just 0.8s further back. The #2 Porsche was a lap behind in fourth place. There was a cortina (group) of LMP2 cars three laps back, with the #38 Jackie Chan car in the middle of them in 7th place.

Week-39 Player’s Scores iom seb
Andrea Dovizioso 50 50
Marc Marquez 40 40
Jorge Lorenzo 28
Maverick Vinales 22 22
Dani Pedrosa 10 10
Valentino Rossi 7 7
8-Toyota Racing 50 50
7-Toyota Racing 40 40
1-Porsche Team 35 35
2-Porsche Team 32 32
38-Jackie Chan DC 26
Totals: 312 314

Congratulations to Sebastian and his 27th win of the year. The difference was Lorenzo’s 6th place finish over the #38 Jackie Chan car’s 7th place finish. No changes in positions in the season-long standings …

Standings after week 39:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 10735 314 10421
2 2 iomracer 10244 -491 312 9932 -489
3 3 New Players 9128 -1116 281 8847 -1085



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