The Motor Racing Game

November 20, 2017

2017 Week 45

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 5:57 am

Welcome to week 45 – just one race this weekend – the finale of F1 in Abu Dhabi – and the final week of the TheMotorRacingGame for this year. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 44:

WRC Australia, NASCAR Homestead, WEC Bahrain:

Results – Week 44
1 Thierry Neuville Martin Truex Jr. 8-Toyota Racing
2 Ott Tanak Kyle Busch 2-Porsche Team
3 Hayden Paddon Kyle Larson 1-Porsche Team
4 Sebastien Ogier Kevin Harvick 7-Toyota Racing
5 Elfyn Evans Chase Elliott 31-Rebellion
6 Esapekka Lappi Joey Logano 38-Jackie Chan DC
7 Kris Meeke Brad Keselowski 13-Rebellion
8 Richie Dalton Matt Kenseth 36-Signatech Alpine
9 Nathan Quinn Denny Hamlin 25-Manor TRS
10 Dean Herridge Ryan Newman 24-Manor TRS

There wasn’t much left to fight for in the final event of the WRC in Australia. Thierry Neuville was looking to take second in the championship, M-Sport was looking for any podium position finish to make it at least a podium on every event of the year, and a bunch of drivers were hoping for a last hurrah win. Andreas Mikkelsen established a good lead early in the rally, but slight contact with a bank took two tires off their rims, and and with only one spare in the car he was out on Saturday. That gave Neuville the rally lead, and he kept a fine pace for the rest of the event to take the win. Ott Tanak and Jari-Matti Latvala were two of a group of drivers who tried to challenge Neuville, but Latvala crashed out of second place on the last stage. It promoted Tanak to second to secure the podium position that M-Sport was looking for, and it promoted Haddon Paddon to the final podium position. Sebastian Ogier was thwarted early in the rally with road sweeping, and also made some uncharacteristic mistakes, but his persistence and the demise of others saw him rewarded with a fourth-place finish. Mikkelsen came back on Sunday under rally 2 rules to finish 13th.

The NASCAR finale at Homestead had four drivers competing for the Championship. All four raced near the front of the pack at various times throughout the event. Martin Truex Jr. looked to struggle more than the others (relatively speaking), but with 51 laps to go (out of 267 laps) Truex took the lead and even a late caution wasn’t enough for his rivals to get around him. So Truex won the race and the championship. Kyle Busch tried a late charge, but it was not enough and he had to settle for second. Kevin Harvick was the next of the chasers to finish in fourth place, with Kyle Larson taking the final podium spot just ahead of him. The final chase contender, Brad Keselowski was also in the picture for much of the race, but had to settle for a seventh place finish at the end.

The WEC had their finale in Bahrain. There was a number of incidents among the four LMP1 cars – some involving GT cars that failed to see the LMP1 car. Both the #7 Toyota and the #1 Porsche got tangled (in separate incidents) with GT cars. In fact, in the case of the #1, it was ironically a GT Porsche that got into them. Flat tires resulted for both cars, which put them at least a lap down on their rivals. At the end the #8 Toyota was left alone to take the race win, a lap ahead of the #2 Porsche and the #1 Porsche, in that order. The #7 Toyota was a further 2 laps down in fourth place. Along the LMP2 cars, the #31 Rebellion was the class of the field, taking fifth place overall, with the #38 Jackie Chan car finishing 11s behind them in sixth place, and the #13 Rebellion a lap down in seventh.

Player’s Scores:

Week-44 Player’s Scores iom seb
Thierry Neuville 50 50
Ott Tanak 40 40
Sebastien Ogier 32 32
Andreas Mikkelsen 17
Jari-Matti Latvala 0 0
Kevin Harvick 32
8-Toyota Racing 50 50
2-Porsche Team 40 40
1-Porsche Team 35 35
7-Toyota Racing 32 32
38-Jackie Chan DC 28
13-Rebellion 26
Totals: 322 339

Congratulations to Sebastian and his 29th win of the year. The biggest difference was Sebastian’s NASCAR pick of Harvick over iomracer’s WRC pick of Mikkelsen. No changes in positions in the season long standings:

Standings after week 44:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 12302 339 11963
2 2 iomracer 11848 -454 322 11526 -437
3 3 New Players 10501 -1347 290 10211 -1315



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