The Motor Racing Game

May 2, 2016

2016 Week 16

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Welcome to week 16 – 3 races this weekend. Moto GP is at Le Mans in France; NASCAR is in Kansas; and WEC is at Spa Francorchamps in Belgium. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 15:

F1 Russia, NASCAR Talladega, USCC Laguna Seca:


For the third race in a row, Nico Rosberg dominated the F1 event in Sochi, Russia. Lewis Hamilton had a good race to finish second, having started 10th on the grid after he was unable to take part in the final qualifying shoot-out, after an ERS system issue. Hamilton was helped by the exit of Sebastian Vettel, who was hit twice by Daniil Kvyat, with the second collision ending Vettel’s race against the wall, and a 20th place classification. Kvyat suffered enough damage to send him to the pits for a new front wing, so 15th was as good as it was going to get as a finishing position for him. In that first collision, Vettel bounced off into Daniel Ricciardo sending him to the pits too. So 11th was the best Ricciardo could do by the finish. All of this mess at the start cleared the way for Kimi Raikkonen to claim the final podium spot, although he also needed to use a well-timed pit stop to get ahead of 4th place finisher Valtteri Bottas.

NASCAR was at Talladega and there were three big crashes, all coming in the latter part of the race. Emerging from the final wreck that happened just before the checkered flag finish, was Brad Keselowski, who took his second win of the year. Two cars went airborne in crashes – Chris Buescher, who barrel-rolled after a collision, and Matt Kenseth who turned upside down and into the inside wall in a crash – both incidents that will surely re-raise the discussion of how to keep the cars on the ground. But Dale Earnhardt Jr. probably had the worst day of anyone, crashing twice, with the second crash taking him out of the race for good; but in addition, his steering wheel came off at one point in the race, requiring him to steer with the steering column before he managed to get the steering wheel back in place. That incident produced a really unique in-car video. His calmness in handling the problem, is awesome.

The #60 Michael Shank Racing Honda/Ligier won the 2-hour USCC race at Laguna Seca – their first victory in USCC for four years. Good pit stops and good speed at the end of the race put them 30 seconds ahead of the Corvettes of the #90 Visit Florida car, and the #31 Action Express car that was right behind them. Both the Corvettes benefited from trouble that the favored Mazdas encountered. A mechanical failure put the #70 Mazda out of the race, and their teammate, the #55 Mazda had two incidents that at the end left them a minute adrift of the winning car, and a fourth place finish. The #10 Wayne Taylor Corvette got collected by the #5 Action Express Corvette in an incident only 30 minutes into the race. The #10 got stuck in the gravel, and lost two laps before they got going again, resulting in an 8th place finish. The #5 Action Express similarly got stuck, but it took 5 laps to extract them, resulting in a 17th place finish.


Congratulations to iomracer and his third win of the year. The #55 Mazda pick was the better one than Sebastian’s Daniil Kvyat pick. No changes in the standings’ positions …


April 25, 2016

2016 Week 15

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Welcome to week 15 – three races this week. F1 goes to Sochi in Russia; NASCAR is at the restrictor-plate super-speedway of Talladega; USCC is at Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 14:

WRC Argentina, MotoGP Spain, NASCAR Richmond, Indycar Barber:


For the second year in a row, Rally Argentina produced another WRC first time winner. This year it was New Zealand’s Hayden Paddon in the Hyundai. It nearly wasn’t his win – Jari-Matti Latvala had a healthy lead into Saturday afternoon, but then a suspension failure resulted in a massive crash, which both he and co-driver Miikka Anttila walked away from uninjured. The VW team even managed to repair the car enough to get back out on Sunday, but it still had serious problems and Latvala limped home in 16th place. Despite sweeping the roads, Sebastien Ogier’s times were very close to Paddon’s, and when Paddon suffered gearbox problems on the opening stage on Sunday, he had only a 2.4s lead going into the last stage. But he achieved the rare feat of beating Ogier in a power stage, and hence secured the win. Andreas Mikkelsen drove his typical steady race, and took third place. Dani Sordo was the only other driver to stay remotely close to the top end of the field, and finished fourth. Mads Osberg didn’t have the pace, and couldn’t keep up with the front runners, but he was steady and seemed to enjoy himself, finishing fifth and nearly 5 minutes down on Paddon.

In the Moto GP event at Jerez in Spain, Valentino Rossi was back on form. Maybe his new 2 year contract with Yamaha with the knowledge that Jorge Lorenzo won’t be his teammate next year buoyed his enthusiasm. It was a dominant victory over Lorenzo who was never able to close the gap. It was a similar story across the field, with Marc Marquez finishing third, but not really challenging Lorenzo at the end, and Dani Pedrosa fourth, and not really challenging Marquez. Andrea Dovizioso had mechanical problems that led to his retirement after just 9 laps, and classified with a 20th place finish.

Carl Edwards won the NASCAR event at Richmond with a bump-and-run move over his teammate Kyle Busch on the last lap. It was probably deserved since Edwards lead the most laps in the race. Jimmie Johnson finished third, despite complaining of an ill-handling car.

It was a close Indycar race at Barber in Alabama, with Simon Pagenaud and Graham Rahal battling for the win through the last lap. Rahal had the lead going into the last lap, just, over Pagenaud, but they both had to get around back marker Jack Hawksworth, and Rahal clipped him, allowing Pagenaud past and on to the win. Third place finisher Josef Newgarden was quite some way adrift going into the last lap, so Rahal’s incident wasn’t enough to stop Rahal from taking second ahead of Newgarden. It was very close though between Newgarden and Will Power, with Power also losing out in the final laps. Juan Pablo Montoya started the race 21st and last, and complained of gearshift problems, but nevertheless managed to race through the field to a fifth place finish.


Congratulations to Iomracer and his second win of the year, breaking Sebastian’s string of wins in the process. Clearly it was the picks of Paddon in WRC and Pagenaud in Indycar that were the difference. No changes in positions in the standings …


April 18, 2016

2016 Week 14

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Welcome to week 14 – four races this week. WRC resumes after a 7-week break with Rally Argentina; Moto GP is at Jerez in Spain; NASCAR is at another short-track, this time Richmond in Virginia; and Indycar goes to Alabama and the Barber road course. Please make your picks at:

Scores from week 13:

F1 China, NASCAR Bristol, Indycar Long Beach, WEC England, USCC Long Beach:


Three for three for Nico Rosberg with a win in the F1 race in Shaghai, China. Team-mate Lewis Hamilton had to start at the back of the pack after a power-unit change after qualifying, and then getting caught up in the first corner mayhem, meant that he could do no better than 7th by race end. Part of that first corner mayhem included the two Ferraris getting together, which put Kimi Raikkonen into the pits for repairs, and ultimately a 5th place finish. His team-mate Sebastian Vettel did not suffer from the contact, so powered on to take second place. Vettel blamed the contact on trying to avoid Daniil Kvyat who made a very aggressive move into the first corner. But that move paid off for Kvyat who finished on the podium in third. Kvyat’s Red Bull team-mate avoided the mayhem by getting to turn-1 first, but a puncture on lap three put him down a few spots and an eventual 4th place finish.

Carl Edwards has been one of the more consistent top-10 finishing drivers in NASCAR so far this year, and that consistency paid off with a win for him at Bristol. He beat Dale Earnhardt Jr. who managed a remarkable comeback after being two laps down on the leaders at one point in the race. Kurt Busch has been another frequent top-10 finisher, and again achieved that with 3rd place.

After two second place finishes so far this year, Simon Pagenaud finally got to the top step with a win around the streets of Long Beach. He beat second place Scott Dixon through pit tactics, who himself used a tactful pit-stop to get ahead of, and stay ahead of third place finisher Helio Castroneves. Juan-Pablo Montoya finished fourth in a caution-less race – a surprise and novelty for a street race, which usually features someone who is unable to avoid walls of the tight track.

In the opening round of the WEC race at Silverstone in England, it was a battle through to the finish of Audi versus Porsche, although only one car each, as the #1 Porsche exited the race in spectacular fashion with a big crash after driver Brendon Hartley tried to be too (and unnecessarily) aggressive getting around a GTE car – the car finished classified in 30th. The #8 Audi was out of the race a few minutes earlier with a failure of their energy retrieval system – they were classified 31st. Of the two leading cars, an unscheduled pit-stop by the #2 Porsche due to a puncture seemed to doom them to a second place finish, with victory going to the #7 Audi. But the Audi failed post-race technical inspection and was disqualified from the race (no points). That promoted the #6 Toyota into the 2nd spot, and the #13 Rebellion into the third spot, even though the latter was 11 laps down on the Porsche.

In the USCC event around the streets of Long Beach, the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette dominated the race from turn-1 of the first lap through to their victory an hour and forty minutes later. As usual in USCC it was close though, with them beating the #5 Action Express Corvette by just under 3s. Action Express team-mates in the #31 car finished just over a second further back for third place. Fourth and fifth went to the two Mazda Prototypes with the #70 finishing 3s ahead of the #55, with both finishing on the lead lap. Two other cars finished on the lead lap: the #90 Visit Florida Corvette was fifth, 32s down on the winner; and the #60 Michael Shank Honda was sixth, 33s down on the winner.


Congratulations to Sebastian with his ninth win of the year with one tie. The difference was clearly Sebastian’s Raikkonen pick over Iomracer’s #90 USCC pick. No changes in the order of the standings …


April 11, 2016

2016 Week 13

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Welcome to week 13 – five races this weekend. F1 is in Shanghai, China; NASCAR is in the “bowl” – the super-short ½ mile oval in Bristol, Tennessee; Indycar is at the Long Beach street circuit in California; and USCC joins Indycar in Long Beach; and the WEC starts their season at Silverstone in England. Please make your picks at:

Scores from week 12: MotoGP U.S., NASCAR Texas:


The Moto GP event at the Circuit of Americas in the U.S. was a crash fest. Among the top riders in the race, only Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo managed to stay upright, and so finished first and second, although it wasn’t close after a dominating ride from Marquez. Valentino Rossi, Dani Pedrosa, and Andrea Dovizioso all crashed. Pedrosa took out Dovizioso, and Rossi crashed out on just lap 3. They ended up classified 18th (Pedrosa), 19th (Dovizioso), and 20th (Rossi). All of that did allow Andrea Iannone to take the final podium position (although he almost came off too after contact with Dovizioso). Bradley Smith was another faller, right behind Cal Crutchlow, but Smith got back on to finish the race 17th. Pol Espargaro stayed on his bike, but could do no better than 7th.

The NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway was won by Kyle Busch. It had been Martin Truex Jr. and Carl Edwards dominating the race, but Truex was the only one not to pit on the last caution, and it cost him the race (he finished 6th). Edwards suffered from a bad pit stop which put him a lap down, although he did get back on the lead lap to finish 7th. Jimmie Johnson was another driver to go a lap down but managed to get back on the lead lap, and finished a respectable 4th. Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth were also front runners, but a pit speeding penalty meant Harvick lost ground and could only recover to 10th, and Matt Kenseth had a loose wheel towards the end of the race, and finished 11th.


Congratulations to Sebastian and his eighth win of the year and one tie. Kyle Busch was the key pick in NASCAR. No changes in the standings …


April 4, 2016

2016 Week 12

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Welcome to week 12 – two races this weekend. MotoGP comes to the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas; and NASCAR is also in Texas, but at the Motor Speedway in the Dallas area. Please make your picks at:

Scores from week 11:
F1 Bahrain, MotoGP Argentina, NASCAR Martinsville, Indycar Phoenix


Nico Rosberg made it two wins in a row when he crossed the finish line first at the F1 race in Bahrain. Pole setter Lewis Hamilton didn’t have a good start, and things immediately went from bad to worse when Valtteri Botas rammed into him in turn one, demoting him to ninth. It took the rest of the race for Hamilton to get back to third, finishing behind Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen. Raikkonen’s Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel didn’t even get a chance to start when his engine failed on the formation lap. has him listed four places behind final race finisher, 17th place Rio Haryanto, which for TMRG purposes puts Vettel in 21st.

The Moto GP race in Argentina was frankly a bit of a debacle. First the Michelin rear tires were deemed unsafe, forcing the teams to use a hard compound tire substitute for which they didn’t know the bike set up. Also because of this, there was a mandatory pit stop half way through the race. At that time the lead was looking like a good battle between Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi, but when the two of them came out of the pits, a back-marker who hadn’t yet come in, got between them, causing a gap to open which Rossi then couldn’t close. While that seemed like bad luck for Rossi, he got some extraordinary good luck at the final corner of the race. Both Ducatis of Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone managed to catch and get around Rossi in the closing laps, but then Iannone got too greedy at the last corner, wanting second place, and took out both Ducatis, gifting Rossi second place, and Daniel Pedrosa third. Jorge Lorenzo wasn’t competitive in the race, and ended up crashing while sixth.

NASCAR was at the short track in Martinsville, and it was dominated by Kyle Busch who led the most laps and took victory after the final restart, with A.J. Allmendinger taking a surprising second place, ahead of Kyle Larsen.

Indycar was at the flat oval in Pheonix, Arizona. Penske had two of their drivers on the podium just like in the season opener, but this time that did not include the top step. The win went to Scott Dixon in the Ganassi car, ahead of Simon Pagenaud and Will Power. Two other Penskes had the lead during the race, but both Juan-Pablo Montoya and Helio Castroneves suffered tire failures which left them in 9th and 11th place respectively at the end.


Congratulations to Sebastian and his seventh outright win of the year. Even discounting Dovizioso’s crash in Moto GP at the last corner while second, Sebastian’s pick of Dixon over Iomracer’s Pagenaud in Indycar, was enough for the victory. No changes in the season standings…


March 21, 2016

2016 Week 10

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Welcome to week 10 – no racing this weekend, the last time this happens this season. But you can always make your picks for the following four race week 11 at:

Scores from week 9: F1 Australia, MotoGP Qatar, NASCAR Fontana, USCC Sebring:


In the F1 race in Australia the Mercedes looked the strongest as expected, resulting in Nico Rosberg taking the win over teammate Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton made it hard on himself with a terrible start that left him down in sixth place, from which he had the chase the lead cars all race long. Also as expected the Ferrari’s looked to be Mercedes closest competition with Sebastian Vettel claiming third, while Kimi Raikkonen retired from third (finished classified 18th) with what looked like a failed engine. Of course all the news was of Fernando Alonso’s horrific crash, from which he thankfully walked away unharmed.

The MotoGP race in Qatar also went mostly to plan, with the Yamahas and Hondas the dominant bikes for the most part. The straight-line speed of the Ducatis made them serious contenders – probably more so that was expected. So in the end it was Jorge Lorenzo on the Yamaha beating Andrea Dovizioso on the Ducati. Marc Marquez was third on the Honda, just squeaking across the finish line by 1/10th over fourth place Valentino Rossi. Dani Pedrosa never really challenged the leading bikes, and finished fifth, 12s down on Rossi.

Kevin Harvick dominated the NASCAR at Fontana in California, but when Kyle Busch crashed with two laps to go, sending the race into overtime, the green-white-checkered didn’t work out the way he expected. Instead Jimmie Johnson, drove past both Harvick and eventual third place finisher Denny Hamlin, to take the win.

The USCC had their 12-hour race at Sebring and it was a close one despite the length of the race. Six cars finished on the lead lap, with the winning car coming from third to first with less than 10 minutes left on the clock. That car was the #2 Tequila Patron Honda, which beat the #31 Action Express Corvette by just under 3s. The #5 Action Express Corvette was less than a second behind in third, and less than a second ahead of fourth place finisher, the #81 DragonSpeed Oreca-Nissan. Rounding out those who finished on the winning lap were the #90 Visit Florida Corvette in 5th, and the #55 Mazda in 6th.


Congratulations to Sebastian and his sixth outright win of the year. Kimi Raikkonen’s crash doomed Iomracer into the runner-up spot. No changes in the season standings…


March 14, 2016

2016 Week 9

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Welcome to week 9 – four races this weekend. F1 has its season opener in Melbourne, Australia; MotoGP also opens their season in Losail, Qatar; NASCAR goes to Los Angeles and the Fontana superspeedway; and the USCC is in Florida at Sebring for the 12-hour endurance race. Please make your picks at:

Scores from week 8:
NASCAR Phoenix, Indycar St. Petersburg:


Three close finishes in four NASCAR events, with this week’s finishing gap in Phoenix being the same as Daytona, with 1/100th of a second separating winner Kevin Harvick, from Carl Edwards. Denny Hamlin was third and Kyle Busch fourth, with less than 0.5s separating these top four. Jimmie Johnson had to drive his backup car after he crashed in qualifying, so 11th place was the best he could do by the end of the race. Joey Logano finished a lap down in 18th, while Brad Keselowski finished in 29th place, six laps down after a tire let go with 85 laps remaining (of 313 laps).

In the season opening Indycar race around the streets of St. Petersburg in Florida, Juan-Pablo Montoya, who just missed out on the championship last year, got this year off to the best of starts with a victory over his teammate Simon Pagenaud. The two of them looked the strongest of the field for most of the race, with excellent pit stops seeming to give Montoya the advantage he needed. Ryan Hunter-Reay managed to get past Helio Castroneves for third, preventing Penske from sweeping the podium. Scott Dixon was 7th and Tony Kanaan was 9th. About half-way through the race, Carlos Munoz ran into Graham Rahal, an incident that left Rahal one lap down at the end in 16th place. James Hinchcliffe was involved in a first lap incident, so he could do no better than 19th. Josef Newgarden was forced to retire after electrical problems, leaving him classified 22nd and last. Will Power suffered a concussion in Friday’s practice, and did not feel well enough to race, so he was replaced by Oriol Servia (who counts for Power under TMRG rule 5k) who finished 18th after getting held up in the Munoz-Rahal incident.


Congratulations to Sebastian and his 5th outright win this year. A note from last week on a results change: in WRC, third place finisher Dani Sordo was penalized 2 minutes for using too many tires, which meant that he and Mads Osberg swapped positions; this had no effect on TMRG scores. No change in the standings …


March 7, 2016

2016 Week 8

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Welcome to week 8. Two races this weekend: Indycar has their season opener in the streets of St. Petersburg in Florida; and NASCAR visits Phoenix, Arizona. Picks can be made at the usual place:

Scores from week 7:
WRC Mexico, NASCAR Las Vegas:


The WRC event in Mexico was the first proper gravel rally of the season. As championship leader, Sebastien Ogier was first on the road and hence suffered by being sweeper for the first two full days. Conversely, Jari-Matti Latvala, having scored no points in the first two rounds, started eighth and benefited from swept roads. As a result Latvala built a lead in the first two days that was unassailable by Ogier on the final day, and so the first win for Latvala this year. That Ogier, despite his handicap, finished a comfortable 2nd, is testament to his abilities. Andreas Mikkelsen in the third VW had a miserable rally, although despite his woes he was battling with Dani Sordo for third, but then a big crash Saturday afternoon ended the event for him (and no points for picking him). That left Sordo with a clear 3rd place finish. Thierry Neuville was another driver who crashed out of the event – he actually crashed on Friday, came back on Saturday under Rally 2 and crashed again – so again no points for picking him. Mads Ostberg finished fourth, well ahead of Haddon Paddon who had incidents on both Friday and Saturday that damaged his car, denying him of bettering his 5th place finish.

Brad Keselowski won the NASCAR race at Las Vegas despite having a drive-through penalty half-way through the race. He was helped by misfortunes for early leader Kurt Busch who also had a drive-through penalty, and mid-race leader Matt Kenseth who crashed with only 40 laps or so to go, and a 37th place finish for him. The two other strong-looking drivers who had the lead for spells, finished behind Keselowski at the end – Joey Logano in 2nd and Jimmie Johnson in 3rd. Kevin Harvick finished 7th, ahead of Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 8th. And Carl Edwards finished 18th.


Congratulations to me and my first win of the year. Both entries got the winner right in one of the events, and Paddon versus Johnson was almost a wash, which meant Matt Kenseth’s crash put paid to another win for Sebastian. No changes in the standings …


March 1, 2016

2016 Week 7

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Welcome to week 7. Two races this weekend: WRC is in Mexico for their challenging high-altitude event of the year; and NASCAR is in Las Vegas and another “intermediate” track like Atlanta. Please make your picks at:

Scores from week 6:
NASCAR Atlanta:


Two good NASCAR races in a row in the last two weeks, with no big crashes and two finishes. This week at Atlanta it was Jimmie Johnson who held off Dale Earnhardt Jr. by 0.5s in “overtime” after a minor incident (Ryan Newman had a tire fail). The Busch brothers were close behind with Kyle beating Kurt. Less than a second covered these top four. Carl Edwards repeated last week’s performance with a fifth place finish. Kevin Harvick finished close behind Edwards in sixth place. For our other picks: Brad Keselowski finshed 9th, Joey Logano 12th, Danny Hamlin 16th, Matt Kenseth 19th, Kasey Kane 23rd, and Kyle Larson 26th.


Congratulations to Sebastian with his fourth win in a row. I just couldn’t bring myself to pick either of the Busch brothers, and that proved costly. Sebastian’s lead is growing …


February 22, 2016

2016 Week 6

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Welcome to week 6 and again NASCAR is the only race, this time at the intermediate track, Atlanta Motor Speedway. Maybe the Daytona results with guide you, maybe not. Please make your picks at:

Scores from week 5: NASCAR Daytona 500:


The Daytona 500 had a number of one or two car crashes, but nothing big (a good thing). Denny Hamlin dominated most of the race and duly won, although to say it was close would be an understatement. Hamlin beat Martin Truex Jr. by about 12 inches, or 1/100th of a second – the closest finish in Daytona 500 history. Hamlin was helped on the final lap with a push from Kevin Harvick, who crossed the line in fourth place, just behind Kyle Busch, but ahead of Carl Edwards and Joey Logano in 6th. Busch’s brother, Kurt, finished in 10th place. Matt Kenseth was actually leading the race just before the final lap started, but he tried to block Hamlin too aggressively, and ended up having to fight a big slide, which doomed him to a 14th place finish. Jimmie Johnson could do no better than 16th after serving a pit drive-through penalty for his crew coming over the wall too early. Brad Keselowski finished 20th. And Dale Earnhardt Jr. was one of those that suffered with a solo-crash, and ended up 31 laps down in 36th place.

Players Scores:


Congratulations to Sebastian again, with Matt Kenseth being the better pick over iomracer’s Brad Keselowski. No changes in the standings …


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