The Motor Racing Game

October 30, 2017

2017 Week 42

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 1:46 am

Welcome to week 42 – two races this weekend. NASCAR goes to the Intermediate track of Texas Motor Speedway for the second of the three races in the Eliminator round that will decide the four drivers who will vie for the Cup in the final race; and the WEC is in China for their penultimate race of the season. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 41:

F1 Mexico, WRC Wales, Moto GP Malaysia, NASCAR Martinsville:

Results – Week 41
1 Max Verstappen Elfyn Evans Andrea Dovizioso Kyle Busch
2 Valtteri Bottas Thierry Neuville Jorge Lorenzo Martin Truex Jr.
3 Kimi Raikkonen Sebastien Ogier Johann Zarco Clint Bowyer
4 Sebastian Vettel Andreas Mikkelsen Marc Marquez Brad Keselowski
5 Esteban Ocon Jari-Matti Latvala Dani Pedrosa Kevin Harvick
6 Lance Stroll Ott Tanak Danilo Petrucci Trevor Bayne
7 Sergio Perez Kris Meeke Valentino Rossi Denny Hamlin
8 Kevin Magnussen Hayden Paddon Jack Miller Ryan Blaney
9 Lewis Hamilton Esapekka Lappi Maverick Vinales Matt Kenseth
10 Fernando Alonso Dani Sordo Pol Espargaro Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

The battle between the two remaining contenders in the F1 championship came to an end by turn three of the Mexican Grand Prix, when Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel collided and both cars were damaged. Hamilton was worse off, and after repairs in the pits, could only progress to a ninth place finish. Sebastian Vettel also needed to go to the pits, but managed to recover to a fourth place finish. These finishing positions nevertheless were enough for Hamilton to take the drivers World Championship. The clash also opened the door for another driver to take a win, and Max Verstappen duly stepped up and took victory, helped by a great start started from second to take the lead going into turn three. Valtteri Bottas followed Hamilton from turn two into turn three, so had second after the collision of Hamilton and Vettel. And there Bottas managed to stay through to the end. Kimi Raikkonen had third, and so in theory could have slowed and let his teammate Vettel have another position, but it wouldn’t have made a difference in the championship, and with Raikkonen almost 24s ahead, it was too much for the team to make that call, so they settled on the finishing positions. Daniel Ricciardo retired with engine problems, and at the end was classified in 20th and last place.

Elfin Evans dominated the WRC Rally Wales to take his first win, and the first WRC win by a Welshman. Behind him though, it was very close between the three championship contenders of Sebastian Ogier, Ott Tanak, and Thierry Neuville, plus Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen. Ott Tanak was looking solid in second until the foggy night stages saw him slip well down the order, finishing the event in sixth. Sebastian Ogier also had an off during the night time stages, but still finished Saturday in second place. Thierry Neuville managed to overhaul him on Sunday to finish second, but the third place finish of Ogier, along with two bonus points on the power stage (helped by Tanak deliberately slowing to make sure he didn’t take those points) was enough for Ogier to secure the drivers World Championship. Mikkelsen and Latvala also threatened Ogier, but couldn’t quite do enough, finishing fourth and fifth respectively, with only 5s covering the three of them. The manufacturers championship looked like a foregone conclusion before the event with M-Sport only need one car to finish to take it. But with Evans’ win, plus Ogier’s podium it easily handed them the title.

At the Moto GP event in Sepang in Malaysia, Marc Marquez was looking to take the championship title. But he did himself no favors by crashing in qualifying, to start seventh on the grid. He started the race aggressively, and even had the lead for a moment, but finally, knowing he has a good points lead, he cooled down after his rival Andrea Dovizioso boldly passed him and almost took them both out. Dovizioso had to be bold, since he realistically had to win the race, and his aggressive riding did indeed give him the victory. He was helped when his teammate, Jorge Lorenzo, ceded the lead by running wide late in the race, making team orders for him to let Dovizioso past, unnecessary. Johann Zarco had a strong race to take the final podium spot, well ahead of Marquez. With a fourth-place finish by Marquez, the title goes to the final race in Spain, but Marquez still has a solid 21 point lead in the championship. Valentino Rossi couldn’t seem to come to grips with the wet conditions, and after starting fourth, eventually slipped to a seventh-place finish. Maverick Vinales had it worse than Rossi, starting fifth on the grid and finishing ninth.

NASCAR was at the short track in Martinsville and most of the Chase contenders battled at the front for victory. In the closing laps one after another were moved aside with the bump-and-run, with Kyle Busch eventually crossing the line as the winner, and automatically advancing to the final four. One of the biggest losers was Chase Elliott who was crashed out from the lead in the final laps, and now finds himself at the bottom of the list of Chase contenders, and having to win one of the next two races. All the other six contenders finished in the top 12, and still have it all to play for.

Week-41 Player’s Scores iom seb
Valtteri Bottas 40 40
Sebastian Vettel 32 32
Lewis Hamilton 22 22
Daniel Ricciardo 12 12
Thierry Neuville 40 40
Sebastien Ogier 35 35
Ott Tanak 28
Andrea Dovizioso 50 50
Marc Marquez 32 32
Valentino Rossi 26
Maverick Vinales 22 22
Totals: 313 311

Congratulations to iomracer and his twelfth win of the year. Obviously the difference was iomracer’s Tanak pick who finished sixth versus Sebastian’s pick of Rossi who finished seventh. No changes in positions in the standings …

Standings after week 41:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 11371 311 11060
2 2 iomracer 10857 -514 313 10544 -516
3 3 New Players 9678 -1179 280 9398 -1146



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