The Motor Racing Game

October 23, 2017

2017 Week 41

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 3:30 am

Welcome to week 41 – four races this weekend. F1 is in Mexico City; WRC goes back to gravel (and likely rain and mud) with Rally Wales; Moto GP is at Sepang in Malaysia; and NASCAR is at the short track in Martinsville, Virginia, for the first of the three races in the Eliminator round that will decide the four drivers who will vie for the Cup in the final race. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 40:

F1 Circuit of the Americas, Moto GP Australia, NASCAR Kansas:

Results – Week 40
1 Lewis Hamilton Marc Marquez Martin Truex Jr.
2 Sebastian Vettel Valentino Rossi Kurt Busch
3 Kimi Raikkonen Maverick Vinales Ryan Blaney
4 Max Verstappen Johann Zarco Chase Elliott
5 Valtteri Bottas Cal Crutchlow Denny Hamlin
6 Esteban Ocon Andrea Iannone Chris Buescher
7 Carlos Sainz Jack Miller Dale Earnhardt Jr.
8 Sergio Perez Alex Rins Kevin Harvick
9 Felipe Massa Pol Espargaro Aric Almirola
10 Daniil Kvyat Bradley Smith Kyle Busch

Lewis Hamilton has always liked the Circuit of the Americas, and again this weekend he went from pole to victory. His nearest championship rival, Sebastian Vettel managed to keep the Brit from winning the championship by finishing in second, but Hamilton most likely will take the title next week in Mexico. Hamilton’s win was enough for Mercedes to take the manufacturer’s championship. Vettel had the lead at one point, but in the end, it wasn’t close. In fact, after the first round of pit stops, Hamilton was in the lead and Kimi Raikkonen held second with Vettel behind him. The Ferrari team ordered Raikkonen to pull over to let teammate Vettel by him towards the end of the race, which gave Vettel that second step on the podium. Max Verstappen also got around Raikkonen, but needed to drive off the track to make the move. That led to a 5s penalty which put Raikkonen back in the final podium spot, and left Max Verstappen in fourth. Valtteri Bottas was also in the top three after the mid-race point, but couldn’t keep the Ferraris nor Verstappen behind him, and had to settle for fifth. Daniel Ricciardo’s engine expired after 14 laps, leaving him classified in 18th place.

At the Moto GP event in Australia, Marc Marquez went from pole to victory, although it was a close race among a large group of riders, with only 1.2s covering the top 8 at one point. Even at the end of the race, only 5.6s covered the top 7. Amazingly, only three weeks after breaking his leg, it was Valentino Rossi who took second place. Maverick Vinales battled Rossi (and others) hard for a podium spot, and was rewarded with third place, although his title hopes are only mathematical at this point. Andrea Dovizioso is Marquez’s closest title contender, but had his chances dashed early on when he ran wide and lost touch with the leading group of riders, and ended up in 13th place. Dani Pedrosa only qualified 12th, and that’s where he finished the race. Jorge Lorenzo had a disappointing race, finishing 15th. Jack Miller had a noteworthy race – he broke his leg only two weeks ago, yet at one point had the lead in his home race. He finished in 7th.

In NASCAR four more drivers were eliminated from the Chase leaving eight. The battle to stay in the final eight took twists and turns throughout the race. Jimmie Johnson looked like he was going to be eliminated after spinning twice. But Kyle Larson, who had a good points cushion going into the race, had his engine let go, and that was him out of the Chase. Then Matt Kenseth got caught up in a late crash, and in a terrible pit crew mistake, seven men (instead of six) went over the wall to service his damaged car, for which the penalty was to park the car, so he too was out. An 11th place finish for Johnson was enough to keep him in the Chase. Both Ricky Stenhouse, and Jamie McMurray basically needed a win to stay in, but could only finish 29th and 34th respectively. So that leaves the following drivers in the Chase: Martin Truex Jr. who won the race in Kansas – his seventh win of the season, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, and Chase Elliott.

Week-40 Player’s Scores iom seb
Lewis Hamilton 50 50
Sebastian Vettel 40 40
Kimi Raikkonen   35
Max Verstappen 32  
Valtteri Bottas 30 30
Daniel Ricciardo 13 13
Marc Marquez 50 50
Valentino Rossi   40
Maverick Vinales 35 35
Dani Pedrosa 18  
Andrea Dovizioso 17 17
Jorge Lorenzo 15 15
Totals: 300 325

Congratulations to Sebastian and his 28th win of the season. The Raikkonen/Rossi combination were the winning choices. No changes in positions in the season long standings …

Standings after week 40:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 11060   325 10735  
2 2 Iomracer 10544 -516 300 10244 -491
3 3 New Players 9398 -1146 270 9128 -1116



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