The Motor Racing Game

July 24, 2017

2017 Week 28

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 3:44 am

Welcome to week 28 – four races this weekend. F1 is at Hockenheim in Germany; WRC is in Finland for a fast and high flying (lots of jumps) event; NASCAR is at the superspeedway of Pocono in Pennsylvania; Indycar is at the road course of Mid-Ohio. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 27:

NASCAR Indianapolis, USCC Lime Rock:

Results – Week 27
1 Kasey Kahne 911-Porsche GT Team
2 Brad Keselowski 912-Porsche GT Team
3 Ryan Newman 24-BMW Team RLL
4 Joey Logano 3-Corvette Racing
5 Matt Kenseth 67-Ganassi Racing
6 Kevin Harvick 25-BMW Team RLL
7 David Suarez 66-Ganassi Racing
8 Matt DiBenedetto 73-Park Place Motorsports
9 Chris Buescher 48-Paul Miller Racing
10 AJ Allmendinger 28-Alegra Motorsports

The NASCAR race at Indianapolis was delayed by rain, and then was drawn out by a lot of cautions caused by small crashes and mechanical failures. Chase Elliott was one of the early drivers to exit, with a blown engine, leaving him classified in 39th place at the end. But the cautions made pit strategy an important play, along with car and driver performance. Kyle Busch was most dominant during the race, but he was wrecked when Martin Truex Jr. lost it on a restart on lap 112 (of 160). Busch finished 34th, and Truex finished 33rd. A number of drivers were going to stretch their fuel mileage to the limit, but everything changed with 10 laps to go when there was a big wreck involving Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, and Erik Jones. In the lead at that time were Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson, but they couldn’t avoid the splash-and-go. Another wreck followed with 6 to go taking out Kyle Larson, who finished classified 28th. This allowed Keselowski and Johnson to get back to the front. Then another wreck with 2 laps to go, which took out Jimmie Johnson while 3-wide for the lead with Brad Keselowski and Kasey Kahne. Johnson ended up classified 27th. So an overtime restart, and yet another wreck midfield involving at least 7 cars. The last attempt at an overtime restart had Keselowski on the outside and Kahne on the bottom. The bottom was the place to be and Kahne took the lead. Although there was another wreck, Kahne had got to the “overtime line” which meant he had the win.

The USCC was at Lime Rock Park with only the Grand Touring Le Mans (GTLM) cars and Grand Touring Daytona (GTD) cars racing. It was the GTLM Porches that dominated the event, coming home first and second with the #911 ahead of their teammates, the #912. It was a close battle through to the end of the race for third place, with the #24 BMW eventually beating the #3 Corvette by only 0.3s after 2 hours 40 minutes of racing. The #67 Chip Ganassi Ford was fifth, and the only other car to finish on the lead lap. The #25 BMW finished a lap down in sixth place. The #66 Chip Ganassi Ford finished seventh. The #4 Corvette had issues and finished 30 laps down in 22nd place.

Week-27 Player’s Scores iom seb
Jimmie Johnson 3
Kyle Larson 2 2
Martin Truex Jr. 1
Kyle Busch 1
Chase Elliott 1
911-Porsche GT Team 50 50
912-Porsche GT Team 40
24-BMW Team RLL 35
3-Corvette Racing 32 32
67-Ganassi Racing 30 30
25-BMW Team RLL 28 28
66-Ganassi Racing 26 26
4-Corvette Racing 8 8
Totals: 213 220

Congratulations to Sebastian and his nineteenth win of the year. One good pick in NASCAR by either player would have sealed the win, but all such picks scored very little, making the Porsche #911 pick of Sebastian the decider more than anything else. No changes in position in the season long standings …

Standings after week 27:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 6996 220 6776
2 2 iomracer 6680 -316 213 6467 -309
3 3 New Players 5957 -723 192 5765 -702


July 17, 2017

2017 Week 27

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 2:19 am

Welcome to week 27 – two races this weekend. NASCAR is at Indianapolis, and USCC is at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 26:

F1 Silverstone, NASCAR New Hampshire, Indycar Toronto, WEC Nurburgring:

Results – Week 26
Pos F1 NASCAR Indycar WEC
1 Lewis Hamilton Denny Hamlin Josef Newgarden 2-Porsche Team
2 Valtteri Bottas Kyle Larson Alexander Rossi 1-Porsche Team
3 Kimi Raikkonen Martin Truex Jr. James Hinchcliffe 7-Toyota Racing
4 Max Verstappen Matt Kenseth Marco Andretti 8-Toyota Racing
5 Daniel Ricciardo Kevin Harvick Simon Pagenaud 38-Jackie Chan DC
6 Nico Hulkenberg David Suarez Ryan Hunter-Reay 31-Rebellion
7 Sebastian Vettel Clint Bowyer Max Chilton 36-Signatech Alpine
8 Esteban Ocon Kurt Busch Helio Castroneves 13-Rebellion
9 Sergio Perez Brad Keselowski Graham Rahal 37-Jackie Chan DC
10 Felipe Massa Jimmie Johnson Scott Dixon 26-G-Drive Racing

Lewis Hamilton dominated the F1 GP at Silverstone in England – he led every lap to take the victory over his teammate Valtteri Bottas. The two Ferraris of Championship leader Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen were both looking to be in position to challenge for the podium, with Raikkonen in second and Vettel in fourth. But both suffered tire problems in the last few laps, causing Raikkonen to finish third, and Vettel seventh after a late trip to the pits. Vettel’s woes left Max Verstappen with a comfortable fourth place finish, ahead of Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenburg. Only those seven finished on the lead lap.

Denny Hamlin won a fairly close race at the NASCAR event in Loudon, New Hampshire. It was Hamlin’s first win of the year, finishing a couple of car lengths ahead of Kyle Larson and Martin Truex Jr.

The Indycar race in Toronto was won by Josef Newgarden who inherited the lead early on when he pitted early and a caution flag quickly followed (sending the rest of the field to the pits, giving Newgarden the lead when he stayed out). He held off Alexander Rossi by a scant 1.9s. James Hinchcliffe finished a somewhat lonely third.

The WEC race at the Nurburgring in Germany was a battle from start to finish between the two Porsches. At the end the #2 Porsche eked out the victory over their teammates by just 1.6s. The #7 Toyota just didn’t have the pace of the Porches and finished a minute and five second down on the winner. The #8 Toyota suffered fuel pump problems, yet despite stopping to change the fuel pump early in the race, rallied to take fourth place at the end, albeit 5 laps down. The #4 Team Bykolles car finished 22 laps down in 14th place.

Week-26 Player’s Scores iom seb
Lewis Hamilton 50 50
Valtteri Bottas 40 40
Kimi Raikkonen 35
Max Verstappen 32
Daniel Ricciardo 30 30
Sebastian Vettel 26 26
Graham Rahal 22
2-Porsche Team 50 50
1-Porsche Team 40 40
7-Toyota Racing 35 35
8-Toyota Racing 32 32
4-Team Bykolles 16
Totals: 341 370

Congratulations to Sebastian and his eighteenth win of the year. Iomracer lost out with a risky Indycar pick and a poor WEC pick, versus Sebastian’s solid F1 and WEC picks. No changes in position in the season long standings …

Standings after week 26:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 6776 370 6406
2 2 iomracer 6467 -309 341 6126 -280
3 3 New Players 5765 -702 307 5458 -668


Week Twenty-Six Provisional Results

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sebastian X @ 12:59 am



Pos  Pre  +/-  Name        Prior    Wk 26   Total   Differences 
1    1       Sebastian    6406     370      6776    0    –   
2    2       iomracer    6126     341      6467    309    309   
3    3       New player    5461     307      5768    1008    699   


July 10, 2017

Week Twenty-Five Provisional Results

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sebastian X @ 8:28 pm



Pos  Pre  +/-  Name        Prior    Wk 25   Total   Differences
1    1       Sebastian    6061     345      6406    0    –   
2    2       iomracer    5761     365      6126    280    280   
3    3       New player    5150     311      5461    945    665   


Week Twenty-Four Provisional Results – Take Two

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sebastian X @ 8:24 pm

I am very pissed off with IMSA. After Watkins Glen, the result was nowhere to be found on their website (or anywhere else I checked) so I finally based the scores on the positions I had noted from the timing screen.

It was when I was double-checking I had the right result for this week’s IMSA race (after initially again taking it from timing) that I noticed they finally had a result for Watkins Glen, and the #31 was back in 38th with 0 laps (despite being listed as running and with a best lap-time).

Absolutely nothing about this in news on the IMSA site, but Wikipedia provides the unattributed information that they were relegated to back of class for violation of minimum drive time requirements.

I have wondered why Autosport and have entirely dropped USCC coverage since the Daytona event. Perhaps it is in protest at IMSA refusing to provide timely results or key information.

Unfortunately, as well as redoing week twenty-four results, I had already done the week twenty-five leaderboard so that will need updating because of their abject incompetence.



Pos  Pre  +/-  Name        Prior    Wk 24   Total   Differences
1    1       Sebastian    5761     300      6061    0    –   
2    2       iomracer    5498     263      5761    300    300   
3    3       New player    4913     237      5150    911    611   


July 3, 2017

Week Twenty-Four Provisional Results

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sebastian X @ 9:03 pm



Pos  Pre  +/-  Name        Prior    Wk 24   Total   Differences
1    1       Sebastian    5761     313      6074    0    –   
2    2       iomracer    5498     276      5774    300    300   
3    3       New player    4913     248      5161    913    613   


June 27, 2017

2017 Week 24

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 3:12 am

Welcome to week 24 – four races this weekend. WRC is in Poland; Moto GP is at the Sachsenring in Germany; NASCAR is back at Daytona; and the USCC is at Watkins Glen in New York. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 23:

F1 Azerbaijan, Moto GP Holland, NASCAR Sonoma, Indycar Wisconsin:

Results – Week 23
Pos F1 MotoGP NASCAR Indycar
1 Daniel Ricciardo Valentino Rossi Kevin Harvick Scott Dixon
2 Valtteri Bottas Danilo Petrucci Clint Bowyer Josef Newgarden
3 Lance Stroll Marc Marquez Brad Keselowski Helio Castroneves
4 Sebastian Vettel Cal Crutchlow Denny Hamlin Simon Pagenaud
5 Lewis Hamilton Andrea Dovizioso Kyle Busch Will Power
6 Esteban Ocon Jack Miller Dale Earnhardt Jr. Charlie Kimball
7 Kevin Magnussen Karel Abraham Kurt Busch Ed Jones
8 Carlos Sainz Loris Baz Chase Elliott Graham Rahal
9 Fernando Alonso Andrea Iannone Ryan Blaney Max Chilton
10 Pascal Wehrlein Aleix Espargaro Jamie McMurray Mikhail Aleshin

It was a dramatic F1 race in Azerbaijan with Daniel Ricciardo winning from the 10th starting spot. He was helped to the front through a series of clashes among the usual leaders during the race. Early on Valtteri Bottas collided with Kimi Raikkonen, causing damage to both cars. Amazingly, and despite going a lap down while getting repairs in the pit lap, Bottas prevailed, and with help from the other clashes in the race got back to the front to finish second behind Ricciardo. Raikkonen suffered more damage later in the race when he ran over debris from another incident, and he finished 14th. The usual front-runners, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel also got together, with Vettel running into the back of Hamilton just prior to a restart, then pulling alongside and seemingly deliberately driving into the side of Hamilton’s car. Nevertheless, those two held the two lead positions in the race, until a bizarre mechanical problem (a loose headrest) put Hamilton into the pits for an unscheduled stop, and Vettal was handed a 10s penalty for the earlier altercation with Hamilton. So at the end, Vettel finished the race fourth, and Hamilton fifth. Just ahead of them in third, an outstanding performance by Lance Stroll saw him take his first podium.

The Doctor is back. I think I’ve used a similar line in many stories over the years, but Valentino Rossi, the “Doctor”, just keeps coming back with wins, every season. This time in the Moto GP event in Assen, Holland, his Yamaha worked just as he wanted it, and he squeaked out a win by beating Danilo Petrucci to the line by just 0.06s. The two of them had a healthy lead over the rest of the pack, with Marc Marquez taking third, 5.2s down on Rossi, and in a very close finish ahead of Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso, with just over 0.1s covering the three of them. Johann Zarco had another great race going, staying with the leaders – in third at one point – but got spooked when the rain came late in the race, and pitted for a rain-prep’ed bike, when the leaders didn’t, resulting in a 14th place finish. Dani Pedrosa was one of the riders who stayed out on slicks in the rain, but unlike the leaders, couldn’t keep heat in the tires and dropped to a 13th place finish. Maverick Vinales crashed out, and a 21st place finish.

In NASCAR’s “specialty” road race around Sonoma (formerly Sears Point) in California, Kevin Harvick won his first event of the year. He wasn’t the most dominant driver on the day, but did lead a good haul of laps at the end to take a deserved victory over Clint Bowyer, whose second place finish was a good result for him considering many bangs and brushes he had with other cars during the race.

In the Indycar event at Road America in Wisconsin, Scott Dixon got around early pace-setting Josef Newgarden to take the lead just after the half-way point of the race, then lead most of the remaining laps to take a deserved victory. Helio Castroneves started on pole, and took the final podium position. Will Power finished fourth.

Week-23 Player’s Scores iom seb
Daniel Ricciardo 50
Valtteri Bottas 40 40
Sebastian Vettel 32 32
Lewis Hamilton 30 30
Kimi Raikkonen 16 16
Valentino Rossi 50
Marc Marquez 35
Andrea Dovizioso 30 30
Dani Pedrosa 17
Johann Zarco 16
Maverick Vinales 9 9
Clint Bowyer 40
Josef Newgarden 40
Simon Pagenaud 32
Totals: 290 304

Congratulations to Sebastian and his 16th win of the year. The picks of Clint Bowyer in NASCAR and Newgarden and Pagenaud in Indycar, trumped iomracer’s MotoGP heavy picks. No changes in positions in the season-long standings …

Standings after week 23:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 5758 304 5454
2 2 iomracer 5496 -262 290 5206 -248
3 3 New Players 4910 -586 261 4649 -557


June 26, 2017

2017 Week Twenty-Three Provisional Results

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sebastian X @ 2:27 am



Pos  Pre  +/-  Name        Prior    Wk 23   Total   Differences
1    1       Sebastian    5455     304      5759    0    –   
2    2       iomracer    5208     290      5498    261    261   
3    3       New player    4652     261      4913    846    585   


June 19, 2017

2017 Week Twenty-Two Provisional Results

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sebastian X @ 11:13 pm



Pos  Pre  +/-  Name        Prior    Wk 22   Total   Differences
1    1       Sebastian    5302     153      5455    0    –   
2    2       iomracer    5018     190      5208    247    247   
3    3       New player    4514     138      4652    803    556   


June 12, 2017

2017 Week Twenty-One Interim Results

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sebastian X @ 1:54 am



Pos  Pre  +/-  Name        Prior    Wk 21   Total   Differences
1    1       Sebastian    4957     345      5302    0    –   
2    2       iomracer    4726     292      5018    284    284   
3    3       New player    4251     263      4514    788    504   
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