The Motor Racing Game

November 13, 2017

2017 Week 44

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 4:27 am

Welcome to week 44 – three races this weekend, and just two weekends left including this one. WRC is down-under for their final event, Rally Australia. NASCAR has their finale at Homestead in Miami; and the WEC has their finale in Bahrain. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 43:

F1 Brazil, Moto GP Spain, NASCAR Arizona:

Results – Week 43
1 Sebastian Vettel Dani Pedrosa Matt Kenseth
2 Valtteri Bottas Johann Zarco Chase Elliott
3 Kimi Raikkonen Marc Marquez Martin Truex Jr.
4 Lewis Hamilton Alex Rins Erik Jones
5 Max Verstappen Valentino Rossi Kevin Harvick
6 Daniel Ricciardo Andrea Iannone Jamie McMurray
7 Felipe Massa Jack Miller Kyle Busch
8 Fernando Alonso Cal Crutchlow Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
9 Sergio Perez Michele Pirro Aric Almirola
10 Nico Hulkenberg Esteve Rabat Dale Earnhardt Jr.

The F1 race in Brazil was an exciting one. There was a close start between Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas at the beginning of the race, with Vettel edging out Bottas into turn 1. After the first round of pitstops it was again very close between them, but Vettel held on to take the win ahead of Bottas. There was quite a bit of carnage at the start of the race, which brought out the safety car. This had to have helped Lewis Hamilton, who had started from the pits in last place following his qualifying crash. When the safety car came out, Hamilton was already up to 14th place after overtaking four cars in the first part of the track, and then seeing three more cars drop out due to crash damage. He then proceeded to pick cars off, all the way up to fourth place with just a few laps to go. He got behind Kimi Raikkonen in third, but time ran out, and Raikkonen held onto that final podium position, with Hamilton in fourth. Max Verstappen had a solid race, finishing in a lonely fifth place. Daniel Ricciardo provided the other piece of excitement during the race. He was caught up in the first lap incidents to emerge in last place, but great driving saw him climb up through the field to an impressive sixth place finish.

Marc Marquez had a comfortable lead in the Moto GP championship going into the finale at Valencia in Spain, so any decent finish would have been enough. But when his only rival, Andreas Dovizioso crashed out with six laps to go (finishing in 19th), Marquez could breathe easy. However, he did push at times during the race, which at one point caused him to run wide and almost off track, giving his team a scare. But the final finishing position of 3rd was more than enough to give him the title. At the front Dani Pedrosa and Johann Zarco had a great battle for the race win, with Pedrosa coming out ahead. Behind Pedrosa, Zarco, and Marquez, Alex Rins had his best race of the year to take fourth place, with Valentino Rossi right on his tail in fifth place. Rossi complained that the Yamaha was hard to ride in the low grip conditions of Valencia, and his teammate Maverick Vinales would certainly agree, when he could do no better than a 12th place finish.

The NASCAR race in Phoenix was exciting in the closing laps. There was just one place available among five drivers to get into the final four at Homestead next week. First out was Jimmie Johnson whose car suffered a flat tire which put him into the wall and out, classified at the end in 39th place. Denny Hamlin was the next out, bumped into the wall by Chase Elliott, Hamlin also suffered a flat and a terminal collision into the wall – and a 35th place finish. Ryan Blaney never looked like he could challenge for the win he needed, and finished in 17th place. Chase Elliott, after bumping Hamlin out of the way, got into the lead with 18 laps to go. He needed a win, but Matt Kenseth was behind him and closing fast, and with eight laps to go Kenseth passed for the lead and pulled away for the win. Elliott finished 2nd. With none of the bottom four in the standings winning, it meant Brad Keselowski just needed to stay out of trouble and finish to be in the final four, and that’s exactly what he did, finishing in 16th place. So the final four who will race for the Cup next week at Homestead are, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., and Brad Keselowski.

Week-43 Player’s Scores iom seb
Sebastian Vettel 50 50
Valtteri Bottas 40 40
Kimi Raikkonen 35 35
Lewis Hamilton 32 32
Max Verstappen 30 30
Dani Pedrosa 50
Marc Marquez 35 35
Valentino Rossi 30 30
Maverick Vinales 18 18
Andrea Dovizioso 11 11
Kevin Harvick 30
Totals: 331 311

Congratulations to iomracer and his 14th win of the year, with the difference being his Moto GP pick of Dani Pedrosa over Sebastian’s NASCAR pick of Kevin Harvick. No changes in positions in the season-long standings with just two weeks to go …

Standings after week 43:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 11963 311 11652
2 2 iomracer 11526 -437 331 11195 -457
3 3 New Players 10211 -1315 280 9931 -1264




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