The Motor Racing Game

November 12, 2018

2018 Week 43

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 12:24 am

Welcome to the penultimate week for TMRG – week 43, and four races this weekend. WRC has their finale in Australia with both the driver’s and manufacturer’s championships on the line; MotoGP also has their finale at Valencia in Spain, although their championships are already decided; NASCAR has their finale at Homestead in Florida with four drivers contending for the championship; and WEC is in Shanghai in China. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 42:

F1 Brazil, NASCAR Phoenix:

Results – Week 42
1 Lewis Hamilton Kyle Busch
2 Max Verstappen Brad Keselowski
3 Kimi Raikkonen Kyle Larson
4 Daniel Ricciardo Aric Almirola
5 Valtteri Bottas Kevin Harvick
6 Sebastian Vettel Jamie McMurray
7 Charles Leclerc Matt Kenseth
8 Romain Grosjean Austin Dillon
9 Kevin Magnussen William Byron
10 Sergio Perez Darrell Wallace Jr.

Although Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton had pole position for the start of the F1 Brazilian GP, it was quickly apparent that they did not have the fastest cars on the track. The Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo both looked quick, and it wasn’t long before Verstappen had moved up from his fifth-place starting position to take the lead of the race. Then disaster when lapped driver Esteban Ocon decided to pass Verstappen to get his lap back. He was overly aggressive considering he was challenging the leader of the race, and the two came together and spun off track. By the time Verstappen got going again he was 5s behind Hamilton, and there were simply not enough laps left for him to close the gap, so victory was Hamilton’s with Verstappen second, 1.5s behind. The Ferraris also seemed to struggled for speed although Kimi Raikkonen put in a great drive to take the final podium spot. Valtteri Bottas had to be defensive at the end of the race to keep Ricciardo at bay, but Ricciardo’s Red Bull ultimately proved too fast, giving him a fourth-place finish, with Bottas in fifth. Sebastian Vettel in the other Ferrari struggled and had to settle for sixth. Nico Hulkenberg retired on lap 34 with an overheating engine – apparently something got into the air duct – he was classified 19th at the finish.

The NASCAR race at Phoenix in Arizona decided the final four drivers who will contend for the Championship at the final race next week in Homestead, Florida. Coming into the race, last week’s winner Kevin Harvick had had his victory taken away in terms of an automatic position in the final four, for a post-race inspection infraction. So that meant three positions for the remaining seven contenders to fight over. Throughout the race the three drivers who were above the cut-line bounced among six drivers, depending on who was leading, and their position in the field relative to each other. Clint Bowyer was the driver who dropped out early, when he had to retire during stage 2 after hitting the wall heavily – caused by a flat tire. The closest to the cut line were Harvick and Kurt Busch, separated by only two points (two positions) as the race wound down. But with 43 laps to go a big crash caught up Busch and Chase Elliott (classified at the end in 23rd), essentially eliminating them, which left just Aric Almirola remaining outside the top four, needing to win to advance. But he couldn’t do it (finishing fourth), so that meant Joey Logano (finished 37th also due to a crash from a flat tire), Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr. (14th), and Kevin Harvick (5th) are the four who will contend for the championship next week. Oh, by the way, Kyle Busch won the race.

Week-42 Player’s Scores iom seb
Lewis Hamilton 50 50
Max Verstappen 40 40
Kimi Raikkonen 35 35
Daniel Ricciardo 32 32
Valtteri Bottas 30 30
Sebastian Vettel 28 28
Nico Hulkenberg 11 11
Kyle Busch 50 50
Kevin Harvick 30
Chase Elliott 7 7
Joey Logano 1
Totals: 284 313

Congratulations to Sebastian and his 24th win of the year. Obviously, it was his NASCAR Harvick pick that was the difference versus iomracer’s Logano pick. No changes in positions in the standings:

Standings after week 42:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 12076 313 11763
2 2 iomracer 11900 -176 284 11616 -147
3 3 New Players 10570 -1330 256 10314 -1302



November 5, 2018

2018 Week 42

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 4:33 am

Welcome to week 42 – two races this weekend. F1 is in Sao Paulo in Brazil, and NASCAR is on the short “flat” oval in Phoenix, Arizona for their last race to decide the final four who will contend for the Championship at Homestead. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 41:

Moto GP Malaysia, NASCAR Texas:

Results – Week 41
1 Marc Marquez Kevin Harvick
2 Alex Rins Ryan Blaney
3 Johann Zarco Joey Logano
4 Maverick Vinales Erik Jones
5 Dani Pedrosa Kyle Larson
6 Andrea Dovizioso Chase Elliott
7 Alvaro Bautista Kurt Busch
8 Jack Miller Aric Almirola
9 Danilo Petrucci Martin Truex Jr.
10 Hafizh Syahrin Austin Dillon

At the Moto GP event in Sepang in Malaysia, Valentino Rossi dug hard early in the race to build a lead over the rest of the field. Marc Marquez was eventually the second rider on the road and he too pulled away from the rest of the field. As Marquez closed the gap to Rossi toward the end of the race, Rossi made an uncharacteristic mistake and lost his bike with only four laps to go. He remounted, but by then an 18th place finish was all he could do. The mistake gave Marquez a comfortable lead which he managed with ease to win the race. In these late stages it looked like Johann Zarco would take second, but he was passed by Alex Rins on the final corner. Maverick Vinales looked fast for most of the race, but an 11th place starting position meant he had to work through traffic, so fourth was his final finishing position, ahead of Dani Pedrosa. Andrea Dovizioso was a lonely sixth, 5s behind Pedrosa, but 4s up on Alvaro Bautista. Danilo Petrucci finished ninth. Andrea Iannone crashed on the first lap for a 23rd place finish. In a way there was irony in the crash. In qualifying he’d been blocked by Marquez which resulted in Marquez getting a six-place grid penalty for the race. As the race got underway Marquez had a huge moment where he lost both the front and back wheel, but he managed to keep the bike upright without losing a position. Iannone was right behind him, and had nowhere to go except to the ground himself, and he couldn’t recover, putting him out of the race before even completing a lap.

Kevin Harvick won the NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway. He won all three stages and led the most laps. The only thing he missed out on was pole position from qualifying – that went to Ryan Blaney (who finished second). That puts Harvick into the final four to contend for the Championship in two weeks’ time, along with last week’s winner, Joey Logano, who finished third behind Blaney. Martin Truex Jr. made a remarkable comeback after going two laps down 2/3rds of the way through the race (after a penalty), to not only get back on the leading lap, but to finish ninth. Jimmie Johnson was moved to the back of the pack for the start of the race for a blown-penalty (one that NASCAR admitted shouldn’t have been made), although in all fairness to likely outcomes, he’d not had a particularly good qualifying and would have otherwise started 23rd. He finished the race 15th. Kyle Busch had issues during the race, incurring a penalty, and later an unscheduled pit stop for a loose wheel, leaving him with a 17th place finish. In the battle for the final two spots in the final four for the Championship, Kyle Busch and Truex are a long way ahead of the bottom four, which means, in all likelihood, Kurt Busch, Chase Elliott, Aric Almirola, or Clint Bowyer will need a win next week at Phoenix to keep their Championship hopes alive.

Week-41 Player’s Scores iom seb
Marc Marquez 50 50
Alex Rins 40
Johann Zarco 35
Maverick Vinales 32 32
Andrea Dovizioso 28 28
Danilo Petrucci 22
Valentino Rossi 12 12
Andrea Iannone 7 7
Cal Crutchlow 0
Kevin Harvick 50
Joey Logano 35
Martin Truex Jr. 22
Jimmie Johnson 15
Kyle Busch 13 13
Totals: 239 264

Congratulations to Sebastian and his 23rd win of the year. Obviously iomracer’s pick of Cal Crutchlow in MotoGP, who didn’t race due to injuries from his practice crash last week in Australia, was a damaging blow to his results. No changes in positions in the standings …

Standings after week 41:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 11763 264 11499
2 2 iomracer 11616 -147 239 11377 -122
3 3 New Players 10314 -1302 215 10099 -1278


October 29, 2018

2018 Week 41

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 2:02 am

Welcome to week 41 – two races this weekend. MotoGP is in Sepang in Malaysia; and NASCAR has their second “race of eight” at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 40:

F1 Mexico, WRC Spain, MotoGP Australia, NASCAR Martinsville:

Results – Week 40
1 Max Verstappen Sebastien Loeb Maverick Vinales Joey Logano
2 Sebastian Vettel Sebastien Ogier Andrea Iannone Denny Hamlin
3 Kimi Raikkonen Elfyn Evans Andrea Dovizioso Martin Truex Jr.
4 Lewis Hamilton Thierry Neuville Alvaro Bautista Kyle Busch
5 Valtteri Bottas Dani Sordo Alex Rins Brad Keselowski
6 Nico Hulkenberg Ott Tanak Valentino Rossi Kurt Busch
7 Charles Leclerc Esapekka Lappi Jack Miller Chase Elliott
8 Stoffel Vandoorne Jari-Matti Latvala Franco Morbidelli Ryan Newman
9 Marcus Ericsson Craig Breen Aleix Espargaro Daniel Suarez
10 Pierre Gasly Andreas Mikkelsen Bradley Smith Kevin Harvick

The two Red Bull cars started on the front grid of the Mexican F1 race, for the first time this year. But pole sitter Daniel Ricciardo had a poor start while Lewis Hamilton had a flyer of a start from third. Hamilton was smart not to scrap with Max Verstappen through the first complex of corners, so Verstappen had the lead with Hamilton in second, and from there the field spread itself out. The story for most of the race was the high wear of tires. Verstappen managed both his tires and the race expertly, easily taking the win over Sebastian Vettel. The other Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen took the final podium spot. Hamilton’s tires were a problem for quite a bit of the race, and he had to cruise to preserve them, so fourth was his result, but that was enough to win the World Championship.

WRC was at the mixed surface event in Spain, and the field included Sebastian Loeb in a rare appearance with Citroen. Loeb did not expect to be as fast as the three contenders for the championship, but hoped he could be otherwise competitive, and he is nine-time world champion after all. The first day of the event was on gravel, so for the three contenders, and Thierry Neuville in particular, it meant road-sweeping, leaving him in ninth after Friday’s stages. Sebastian Ogier didn’t fare too much better, finishing Friday seventh. But Ott Tanak was flying and led the event after the first day. If these positions held, Tanak would lead the Championship going into the final event in Australia. But disaster struck Tanak on Saturday when he had to change a wheel mid-stage after a puncture. That allowed Dani Sordo into the lead, but Jari-Matti Latvala was also flying in his Toyota, and recovered from a Friday puncture to take the lead by the end of Saturday. The crews expected damp conditions on Sunday, so pretty much everyone took soft racing tires. The exception was Loeb who took hard tires, and when the conditions turned out to be completely dry, Loeb had a distinct advantage, and moved from third up into the lead and incredibly took the win – not bad for a part-time competitor. Behind him Ogier had moved up to finish second, and Neuville fourth, with the two of them being split by Elfyn Evans. Latvala lost out after hitting a barrier and flatting a tire in the penultimate stage.

At the Moto GP event in Australia, there were a lot of riders crashing or running wide. Johann Zarco and Marc Marquez had the biggest incident on lap six when Zarco collided with the back of Marquez’s bike on the front straight at high speed and came off. He was ok, and Marquez managed to stay on his bike although the damage to his bike proved to be terminal – he finished classified 22nd. Up front it was a battle between Maverick Vinales, Andrea Iannone, and Valentino Rossi. When Andrea Dovizioso joined the mix it gave Vinales an opportunity to stretch a gap at the front. That gap proved to be vital as it shrank in the closing laps under a charging Iannone, but it was enough for Vinales to take the win. Dovizioso was third, just 0.3s behind Iannone. For Rossi he couldn’t hold off Alvaro Bautista nor Alex Rins, so he had to settle for sixth.

NASCAR was at the short track of Martinsville in Virginia for the first of three races that would decide the final four for the finale. Joey Logano looked the strongest throughout the event, but Brad Keselowski, and Martin Truex Jr. piled up the pressure with ten laps to go. Truex’s car had been strong on long stints, and he put his nose in front with 4 laps to go. He and Logano were side-by-side with one lap to go, and Truex then got ahead. But a bump-and-run by Logano on the last corner had both cars sideways, and Logano’s out of control car crossed the line first to take the win.

Week-40 Player’s Scores iom seb
Max Verstappen 50
Sebastian Vettel 40 40
Kimi Raikkonen 35
Lewis Hamilton 32 32
Valtteri Bottas 30 30
Sebastien Loeb 50
Sebastien Ogier 40 40
Thierry Neuville 32 32
Ott Tanak 28 28
Andrea Dovizioso 35 35
Valentino Rossi 28
Marc Marquez 8 8
Totals: 330 323

Congratulations to iomracer and his 16th win of the season and two in-a-row. While the Loeb pick from Sebastian in WRC was a great success, a combination of picks in F1 and MotoGP gave iomracer the win. No changes in positions in the season long standings …

Standings after week 40:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 11499 323 11176
2 2 iomracer 11377 -122 330 11047 -129
3 3 New Players 10099 -1278 291 9808 -1239


October 21, 2018

2018 Week 40

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 11:51 pm

Welcome to week 40 – four races this weekend. F1 stays in the continent of North America, but moves south to Mexico City for the Mexican Grand Prix; Sebastian Loeb returns to Citroen for one more event as WRC takes on the mixed surface in Catalunya, Spain; MotoGP is “down under” on Philip Island in Australia; and NASCAR has their first of three races in their “round of eight” at Martinsville in Virginia. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 39:

F1 America, MotoGP Japan, NASCAR Kansas City:

Results – Week 39
1 Kimi Raikkonen Marc Marquez Chase Elliott
2 Max Verstappen Cal Crutchlow Kyle Busch
3 Lewis Hamilton Alex Rins Kyle Larson
4 Sebastian Vettel Valentino Rossi Erik Jones
5 Valtteri Bottas Alvaro Bautista Martin Truex Jr.
6 Nico Hulkenberg Johann Zarco Brad Keselowski
7 Carlos Sainz Maverick Vinales Ryan Blaney
8 Esteban Ocon Dani Pedrosa Joey Logano
9 Kevin Magnussen Danilo Petrucci Alex Bowman
10 Sergio Perez Hafizh Syahrin Aric Almirola

There was a chance that Lewis Hamilton could have won the F1 title at the Circuit of Americas in the U.S. He certainly looked to be on the right foot as he took pole position while challenger Sabastian Vettel got a grid penalty that saw him start in fifth. When the green flag waved (or the red lights went out, as used by F1 to start the race) Hamilton got beaten off the line by Kimi Raikkonen. Meanwhile Vettel managed to again spin out battling for position, and was down in 15th by the end of the first lap. So, it was still looking good for Hamilton. But Ferrari played a good tactical race (for once), with Raikkonen slowing Hamilton at one point, and both Ferraris foregoing a change of tires in an early full-course yellow. Mercedes on the other hand, did bring Hamilton in for tires during that yellow, which meant a two-stop race for them, versus Ferrari’s one-stop strategy which turned out to be the better choice. Indeed, after Hamilton’s second stop, not only could he not catch Raikkonen for the lead, he couldn’t get around Max Verstappen either, despite spectacular racing from both of them in the effort. So, in the end Raikkonen took his first victory in more than five years, Verstappen was second – which was a brilliant drive after starting 18th on the grid, and Hamilton was third. Meanwhile Vettel clawed his way back to a fourth-place finish, getting past Valtteri Bottas in the closing laps, and denying Hamilton the title, at least for another week. Daniel Ricciardo had a strong start to the race, lying fourth in the opening laps despite nearly being taken out by Vettel in his first lap spin, but on lap 9 his Red Bull Renault lost all power, and he was out – and an 18th place finish.

The top riders in the MotoGP World Championship did not have a good qualifying in Japan, all starting in lower than usual positions, with the exception of Andrea Dovizioso who grabbed pole. It was what Dovizioso needed to keep any hopes of the championship alive. But he threw any chance away on the penultimate lap when he came off his machine, resulting in an 18th place finish. In the meanwhile, Marc Marquez had moved up from a sixth-place start to take the lead with only a handful of laps to go, and victory meant that the World Championship was his for a fifth time. Behind him, Cal Crutchlow and Alex Rins took the other two podium positions. Valentino Rossi finished fourth and said that he was satisfied with that after starting ninth on the grid. Maverick Vinales started seventh on the grid but could make no headway, finishing seventh.

The NASCAR race in Kansas City set the field of eight who will compete in the next three races to be in the final four in the series finale. Chase Elliott won the race, although he was already in the final eight with his win two weeks ago. Along with Aric Almirola who won last week (finishing 10th this week), and Kevin Harvick (12th) who secured his ticket last week based on points, it left five other spots open. With the four drivers at the bottom of the “round of 12” needing miracles to stay in, and none doing anything miraculous, it was Kyle Busch (who finished 2nd behind Elliot), Martin Truex Jr. (5th), Joey Logano (8th), Clint Bowyer (13th), and Kurt Busch (18th) who moved into those spots.

Week-39 Player’s Scores iom seb
Kimi Raikkonen 50 50
Max Verstappen 40 40
Lewis Hamilton 35 35
Sebastian Vettel 32 32
Valtteri Bottas 30 30
Daniel Ricciardo 12
Marc Marquez 50 50
Valentino Rossi 32 32
Maverick Vinales 26
Andrea Dovizioso 12 12
Joey Logano 24
Kevin Harvick 18
Totals: 331 311

Congratulations to iomracer and his 15th win of the year. Good picks by iomracer with Vinales in MotoGP and Logano in NASCAR made the difference. No changes in positions in the season-long standings …

Standings after week 39:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 11176 311 10865
2 2 iomracer 11047 -129 331 10716 -149
3 3 New Players 9808 -1239 280 9528 -1188


October 15, 2018

2018 Week 39

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 3:34 am

Welcome to week 39 – three races this weekend. F1 is in the U.S. at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas; Moto GP is at Motegi in Japan; and NASCAR has their final race of what is essentially their quarter finals, at Kansas Speedway, in which the 12 drivers in contention for the championship will be reduced to 8. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 38:

NASCAR Talladega, WEC Japan, USCC Road Atlanta:

Results – Week 38
1 Aric Almirola 7-Toyota Racing 10-Konica Minolta
2 Clint Bowyer 8-Toyota Racing 77-Mazda Motorsports
3 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 1-Rebellion 55-Mazda Motorsports
4 Denny Hamlin 11-SMP Racing 5-Mustang Sampling Racing
5 Joey Logano 4-Team Bykolles 7-Penske
6 AJ Allmendinger 37-Jackie Chan DC 22-Tequila Patron ESM
7 Jimmie Johnson 38-Jackie Chan DC 54-CORE Autosport
8 Erik Jones 36-Signatech Alpine 31-Whelen Engineering Racing
9 Paul Menard 28-TDS Racing 85-JDC-Miller Motosports
10 Regan Smith 50-Larbre Competition 99-JDC-Miller Motosports

At the restrictor-plate race for NASCAR on the superspeedway of Talladega, pretty much the same four drivers headed the field for almost the entire race: Aric Almirola, Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, and Kevin Harvick. But a caution with three laps to go meant an overtime finish and all four cars were already straining their gas mileage. Harvick decided he wouldn’t make it, so he can to the pits for a top-up, but that moved him deep into the field and out of contention for the win – he finished 28th. The other three stayed out, but Busch’s car ran out of fuel on the final corner, and he was done – a 14th place finish. Almirola and Bowyer made it across the finish line one and two respectively, with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. taking the third podium spot. For the championship the result puts Almirola into the final eight automatically, along with last week’s winner Chase Elloitt; and Kevin Harvick has done enough to also get in on points, with a total that means can’t be overhauled in next week’s final race of the round of 12. On the other end of the leaderboard, Brad Keselowski (finished 27th this week), Ryan Blaney (29th), Kyle Larson (11th), and Alex Bowman (33rd), all look like they’ll need a win next week to avoid elimination. On the bubble, but 18 points to the good, is Martin Truex Jr.

The WEC race at Mt. Fuji in Japan started in wet conditions, but quickly dried out. However, the wet initially caught out some drivers including the #3 Rebellion which crashed after only 23 laps, leaving them with a 33rd place finish. The conditions did help the #7 Toyota which had started off at the back of the grid due to a qualifying penalty. The #7 got through the field and really only had their teammates the #8 Toyota to challenge for the victory. In the end, after 6 hours of racing, the #7 won by 11.4s ahead of the #8. In third was the #1 Rebellion, but 4 laps down on the Toyotas. The #17 SMP Racing car crashed on lap 133 and was severely damaged, putting them out and a 32nd place finish.

The USCC was at Road Atlanta in Georgia for their finale. Like NASCAR, late race gas mileage made the difference when the #5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac ran out of gas with three corners to go, allowing the #10 Konica Minolta Cadillac past and on to victory after 10 hours of racing. The #77 Mazda and the #55 Mazda also got by for second and third respectively, denying the #5 of a podium finish. The #7 Penske couldn’t make it past the #5 before the line, being more than 20s down at the time of the drama. Similarly for the #22 Tequila Nissan and the #54 Core Autosport Oreca (the leading LMP2 car), who finished 6th and 7th respectively, although on the same lap as the winner. The #31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac was a lap down in 8th, but that was good enough for them to take the championship (with Eric Curran and Felipe Nasr). The #6 Penske finished 133 laps down (but they were running) in 32nd place after spending a long time in the pits repairing the damage from an early crash. The #54 Core Autosport team were the unofficial LMP2 champions  (Colin Braun and Jonathan Bennett) – unofficial because LMPs was lumped in with the Daytona Prototype International (DPi) cars for championship purposes. In GTLM the #3 Corvette team were champions (Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen), and in GTD the #48 Paul Miller Racing team were champions (Bryan Sellers and Madison Snow) with their Lamborghini.

Week-38 Player’s Scores iom seb
Kevin Harvick 2
7-Toyota Racing 50 50
8-Toyota Racing 40 40
1-Rebellion 35 35
17-SMP Racing 1
3-Rebellion 1 1
10-Konica Minolta 50 50
5-Mustang Sampling Racing 32 32
7-Penske 30
54-CORE Autosport 26 26
31-Whelen Engineering Racing 24 24
6-Penske 1
Totals: 261 289

Congratulations to Sebastian and his 22nd win of the year and 3 in a row. Both players got burned with two bad picks each in WEC and USCC, but iomracer’s pick of Harvick in NASCAR was his additional poor scorer. No changes in position in the year-long standings …

Standings after week 38:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 10865 289 10576
2 2 iomracer 10716 -149 261 10455 -121
3 3 New Players 9528 -1188 235 9293 -1162


October 8, 2018

2018 Week 38

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 4:25 am

Welcome to week 38 – three races this weekend. NASCAR is at Talladega in Alabama; WEC is at Mt. Fuji in Japan; and USCC has their finale at Road Atlanta with the 10 hour Petit Le Mans. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 37:

F1 Japan, WRC Great Britain, MotoGP Thailand, NASCAR Dover:

Results – Week 37
1 Lewis Hamilton Sebastien Ogier Marc Marquez Chase Elliott
2 Valtteri Bottas Jari-Matti Latvala Andrea Dovizioso Denny Hamlin
3 Max Verstappen Esapekka Lappi Maverick Vinales Joey Logano
4 Daniel Ricciardo Craig Breen Valentino Rossi Erik Jones
5 Kimi Raikkonen Thierry Neuville Johann Zarco Kurt Busch
6 Sebastian Vettel Andreas Mikkelsen Alex Rins Kevin Harvick
7 Sergio Perez Hayden Paddon Cal Crutchlow Austin Dillon
8 Romain Grosjean Mads Ostberg Alvaro Bautista Kyle Busch
9 Esteban Ocon Kalle Rovanpera Danilo Petrucci Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
10 Carlos Sainz Pontus Tidemand Jack Miller Daniel Suarez

Lewis Hamilton dominated the F1 Japanese Grand Prix by taking pole, winning the race, and almost setting the fastest lap time – he had the fastest lap until Sebastian Vettel took it on the penultimate lap. It was a disastrous race for Vettel who collided with Max Verstappen while trying to get into third behind Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas. Verstappen had squeezed him as he tried to pass, but he was trying to pass at a place where there was really no room for passing, so it was deemed a no-fault racing incident. It was surprising though that Vettel attempted the pass, since Verstappen had a five second penalty to serve in the pits, so the collision could have been avoided with a little patience on Vettel’s part. Verstappen had got the penalty when he went off the road and rejoined in a manner that forced Kimi Raikkonen off the track. Neither the penalty nor the side-swipe from Vettel slowed Verstappen much though, and he finished on the third step of the podium behind Bottas. Vettel was left worse off in the incident, dropping to 19th place, but he did manage to climb back to sixth by the end, finishing behind Raikkonen. Daniel Ricciardo was another driver who did an impressive job driving through the field after starting 18th after an engine change – he finished 4th.

WRC had their Rally of Great Britain in Wales. Winner of the last four rounds, Ott Tanak, looked like he might win this round too, after starting strong and building a big lead. But a heavy impact on Saturday did some damage to his car, which eventually overheated and he was out. He did come back under Rally 2 on Sunday, but 19th was the best he could finish. When he dropped out, he left the lead to Sebastian Ogier, who was in a close battle with Jari-Matti Latvala. Latvala got the lead for a short while, but could not hold on to it, losing to Ogier by the end of Sunday, by 10.6s. Esapekka Lappi took third, a further 25s behind. Championship leader Thierry Neuville made a rare mistake on Saturday which sent him into a ditch, and he needed spectators to push the car out, losing 45s in the process and dropping Neuville to eighth. Over the remaining day and a half he improved three places to finish fifth and somewhat limit the damage to his championship lead.

In the first MotoGP race in Thailand at the Chang International Circuit, Marc Marquez took the lead from pole when the green flag waved. In the opening laps though he got passed by Valentino Rossi and Andrea Dovizioso. But Rossi’s time in the limelight was limited with Marquez and Dovizioso eventually pulling clear to make it a two-bike race after the half-way mark. Between Marquez and Dovizioso it stayed very close to the very end, with Marquez getting across the finish line first, but only by 0.15s. Their battle also allowed Maverick Vinales to catch up, but not in time to do anything other than take the third step of the podium, one place ahead of his teammate Rossi.

NASCAR had their first of three races in the “round of 12” at Dover, Delaware. Kevin Harvick was the front runner for most of the race, but an unplanned pitstop late in the race when a tire went down meant a sixth-place finish. That left the race up for grabs, and after a very late wreck (by Aric Almirola) resulted in an overtime green-white-checkered finish, it was Chase Elliott who pulled away from the field to take the win and an automatic ticket into the “round of 8”.

Week-37 Player’s Scores iom seb
Lewis Hamilton 50 50
Valtteri Bottas 40 40
Kimi Raikkonen 30
Sebastian Vettel 28 28
Sebastien Ogier 50 50
Thierry Neuville 30 30
Ott Tanak 11 11
Marc Marquez 50 50
Andrea Dovizioso 40 40
Valentino Rossi 32 32
Kevin Harvick 28
Totals: 359 361

Congratulations to Sebastian and his twenty-first win of the year. Obviously the result came down to the difference between Kimi Raikkonen’s finish in F1 and Kevin Harvick’s finish in NASCAR, with Raikkonen’s one-position better result giving Sebastian the win for the week. No changes in positions in the season-long standings …

Standings after week 37:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 10576 361 10215
2 2 iomracer 10455 -121 359 10096 -119
3 3 New Players 9293 -1162 323 8970 -1126


October 1, 2018

2018 Week 37

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 3:55 am

Welcome to week 37 – four races this weekend. F1 is at Suzuka in Japan; WRC is in Wales for the Rally of Great Britain; MotoGP is in Buriram, Thailand; and NASCAR is on the short track in Dover, Delaware. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 36:

F1 Russia, NASCAR North Carolina:

Results – Week 36
1 Lewis Hamilton Ryan Blaney
2 Valtteri Bottas Jamie McMurray
3 Sebastian Vettel Clint Bowyer
4 Kimi Raikkonen Alex Bowman
5 Max Verstappen Kurt Busch
6 Daniel Ricciardo Chase Elliott
7 Charles Leclerc AJ Allmendinger
8 Kevin Magnussen Jimmie Johnson
9 Esteban Ocon Kevin Harvick
10 Sergio Perez Joey Logano

At the F1 race in Sochi, Russia, the Mercedes started on the front row and looked dominate all race. Good pit strategy by Ferrari got Sebastian Vettel ahead of Lewis Hamilton for second place after the sole round of pit stops, but Hamilton got quickly back around in a car that simply looked like it was faster. Behind, Max Verstappen had a double engine change going into the race, which had him start 19th on the grid. He charged up the field, and with a late planned pit stop, actually had the lead for much of the race. After he did pit he came out fifth, which is where he finished behind Kimi Raikkonen in fourth, and Sebastian Vettel in third. Valtteri Bottas led the race until he let Hamilton passed under team orders, so second place for him, with Hamilton on the top step of the podium. Sergio Perez and his teammate Esteban Ocon got stuck behind Kevin Magnussen, and neither could get by, despite the team swapping them around twice in their efforts to pass Magnussen. So, a 10th place finish for Perez.

NASCAR was at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. It’s usually an intermediate oval, but this time they employed part of the infield road course to make it NASCAR’s first “roval” race. But with two significant chicanes on the straight parts of the oval, it was really just a traditional road course. The race didn’t quite meet the hype with the cars getting spaced out early. While the race stages and yellows pulled the field back together, gaps quickly formed again once they got going, although there were small groups of cars that raced close and kept the event somewhat exciting. It was a very exciting last lap in terms of both the race and the playoffs. Martin Truex Jr. and Jimmie Johnson were battling for the win and Johnson collected Truex into the last corner, wrecking them both and giving the win to Ryan Blaney. Almost as importantly, the wreck eliminated Jimmie Johnson from the playoffs. Also in danger of being eliminated, Kyle Larson had been involved in a big wreck 6 laps earlier and had a severely damaged car. Incredibly Jeffrey Earnhardt also spun in the last corner, allowing Larson to pass (hitting the wall in the process) which got him into the next round, essentially eliminating Johnson. So, at the end it was Johnson, Austin Dillon, Denny Hamlin (finished 12th), and Erik Jones eliminated. Going through to the next round are: this week’s winner Blaney, last week’s winner Kyle Busch (32nd), and the winner from two weeks ago Brad Keselowski; plus Kevin Harvick (9th), Martin Truex Jr. (14th), Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, Chase Elliott, Larson (25th), Almirola, and Alex Bowman.

Week-36 Player’s Scores iom seb
Lewis Hamilton 50 50
Valtteri Bottas 40 40
Sebastian Vettel 35 35
Kimi Raikkonen 32 32
Max Verstappen 30 30
Daniel Ricciardo 28 28
Sergio Perez 20
Kevin Harvick 22
Denny Hamlin 18
Martin Truex Jr. 16 16
Kyle Larson 5
Kyle Busch 1 1
Totals: 259 270

Congratulations to Sebastian and his twentieth win of the year. Iomracer’s pick of Kyle Larson in NASCAR was the most significant pick that lost the week. No changes in positions in the season long standings …

Standings after week 36:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 10215 270 9945
2 2 iomracer 10096 -119 259 9837 -108
3 3 New Players 8970 -1126 233 8737 -1100


September 23, 2018

2018 Week 36

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 11:58 pm

Welcome to week 36 – two races this weekend. F1 is in Sochi in Russia; and NASCAR has their final race of the “Challenger” round of the Chase for the Cup in Charlotte, North Carolina, which means four of the sixteen drivers vying for the Cup will be eliminated. Also, of note in NASCAR, the cars will be racing on a new track configuration at Charlotte Motor Speedway, comprising of parts of both the circuit’s road race track and parts of the oval, making this race NASCAR’s first “roval”. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 35:

MotoGP Spain, NASCAR Richmond:

Results – Week 35
1 Marc Marquez Kyle Busch
2 Andrea Dovizioso Kevin Harvick
3 Andrea Iannone Martin Truex Jr.
4 Alex Rins Chase Elliott
5 Dani Pedrosa Aric Almirola
6 Aleix Espargaro Austin Dillon
7 Danilo Petrucci Kyle Larson
8 Valentino Rossi Jimmie Johnson
9 Jack Miller Brad Keselowski
10 Maverick Vinales Clint Bowyer

Marc Marquez won the MotoGP race at Aragon in Spain after a race-long battle with Andrea Dovizioso. Andrea Iannone took third after he spent much of the race battling Alex Rins, who finished fourth. Dani Pedrosa finished fifth, although he was almost 3s behind Rins. Valentino Rossi had a tough qualifying to start 17th, but did manage to get to an 8th place finish, ahead of Jack Miller, and Maverick Vinales in 10th, who was quite a bit further behind. The biggest news of the day though was turn one when Marquez and pole-man Jorge Lorenzo ran wide, and Lorenzo high-sided in a heavy crash in which he fractured his foot and dislocated his big toe. After the race Lorenzo blamed Marquez for the crash, saying that Marquez had made a “block pass” on him, forcing him onto the dirty part of the track. Cal Crutchlow was another one to crash, albeit later in the race, finishing classified in 21st place.

The second race of the NASCAR “playoffs” at Richmond was won by Kyle Busch, who ended up comfortably ahead of second placed Kevin Harvick, and gets his automatic free pass into the next round. Martin Truex Jr. finished third, and bagged enough points to guarantee his slot in the next playoff round. Brad Keselowski had the lead position with 36 laps to go, but faded to 9th place in the closing laps. Joey Logano ran in the top 10, but on lap 269 (of 400) a penalty for an uncontrolled tire during his pit stop made a good finish difficult, and 14th was his final placing. At least that was two places better than Denny Hamlin, who finished a lap down in 16th. In the playoff picture, below the cut line, which will be decided at next week’s race, Clint Bowyer, who finished 10th in this week’s race, and Jimmie Johnson, who finished 8th, are just 4 and 6 points respectively, behind Ryan Blaney, who currently holds the last qualifying spot, and Alex Bowman, who is just one point ahead of Blaney. So, these four will battle it out next week to squeak into the next round. Erik Jones and Denny Hamlin are so far behind, they pretty much need a win next week to advance into the next round, and everyone else is so far ahead, they’d need a pretty big disaster not to make the cut (that’s Harvick, Logano, Aric Almirola, Kyle Larson, Kurt Busch, Chase Elliott, and Austin Dillon, in addition to the three who are automatically through to the next round).

Week-35 Player’s Scores iom seb
Marc Marquez 50 50
Andrea Dovizioso 40 40
Alex Rins 32
Dani Pedrosa 30
Valentino Rossi 24 24
Maverick Vinales 20 20
Cal Crutchlow 9 9
Jorge Lorenzo 7 7
Kyle Busch 50
Kevin Harvick 40
Brad Keselowski 22
Joey Logano 16 16
Denny Hamlin 14
Totals: 260 260

Congratulations to both Sebastian and iomracer who tied this week, despite having a combined six different picks; this is the first tie this year. No changes in positions in the season-long standings …

Standings after week 35:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 9945 260 9685
2 2 iomracer 9837 -108 260 9577 -108
3 3 New Players 8737 -1100 234 8503 -1074


September 17, 2018

2018 Week 35

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 3:50 am

Welcome to week 35 – two races this weekend. MotoGP is in Aragon, Spain; and NASCAR has the second round of their Chase to the Cup at Richmond in Virginia. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 34:

F1 Singapore, WRC Turkey, NASCAR Las Vegas, Indycar Sonoma:

Results – Week 34
Pos F1 WRC NASCAR Indycar
1 Lewis Hamilton Ott Tanak Brad Keselowski Ryan Hunter-Reay
2 Max Verstappen Jari-Matti Latvala Kyle Larson Scott Dixon
3 Sebastian Vettel Hayden Paddon Martin Truex Jr. Will Power
4 Valtteri Bottas Teemu Suninen Joey Logano Simon Pagenaud
5 Kimi Raikkonen Andreas Mikkelsen Ryan Blaney Marco Andretti
6 Daniel Ricciardo Henning Solberg Aric Almirola Sebastien Bourdais
7 Fernando Alonso Jan Kopecky Kyle Busch Alexander Rossi
8 Carlos Sainz Simone Tempestini Daniel Suarez Josef Newgarden
9 Charles Leclerc Chris Ingram Ryan Newman Patricio O’Ward
10 Nico Hulkenberg Sebastien Ogier Paul Menard Ed Jones

F1 was in Singapore at Marina Bay. It was an easy race for Lewis Hamilton who drove to victory from pole position. The start was hectic with Sebastian Vettel winning a joust with Max Verstappen. But after the first cycle of pit stops Verstappen undercut Vettel to take second place, and there he stayed through the end of the race, with Vettel finishing third. Behind those three Kimi Raikkonen was able to provide some pressure on Valtteri Bottas for fourth, but at the end it was Bottas that finished behind Vettel. Daniel Ricciardo finished sixth.

WRC returned to Turkey for the first time in 8 years, and it was expected to be a harsh rally for the cars. And that’s exactly how it turned out with everyone hitting some kind of trouble during the event – it was a matter of the extend of trouble that decided the final results. And Ott Tanak had the least trouble, and hence took the win, ahead of his teammate Jari-Matti Latvala. Third was Haddon Paddon although he was a long way behind the leading two. Thierry Neuville was leading the rally on Saturday when the suspension came out through the hood, and he retired. He came back on Sunday under Rally 2 rules, won the power stage, but could only finish 16th overall. Sebastian Ogier inherited the lead when Neuville dropped out, but then he too hit mechanical issues – although not terminal – but then he uncharacteristically crashed on the next stage. He also came back on Sunday under Rally 2, to finish second in the power stage and 10th overall. With three rallies left, it is now close for the championship between Neuville, Tanak, and Ogier.

NASCAR had their first race in their Chase for the Cup. Sixteen contenders will try to win, or at least do well in the next three races to avoid being one of the four dropped for the subsequent rounds. Eleven of those sixteen hit problems during the race. Coming worse off were Denny Hamlin (finished 32nd), Erik Jones (40th), Chase Elliott (36th), and Jimmie Johnson (22nd). Kevin Harvick also had a bad day finishing 39th, but it didn’t damage his Chase position too much since he started close to the top of the standings. At the other end of the race, Brad Keselowski won to automatically put himself into the next round, with contenders Kyle Larson finishing second and Martin Truex Jr. third.

Indycar had a double points finale at Sears Point in Sonoma California. There were really only two drivers in contention for the championship, and it all went wrong for Alexander Rossi immediately off the line, when he ran into the back of Marco Andretti, damaged his car, and lost a lap in the pits getting it repaired. Meanwhile the other contender Scott Dixon started at the pointy end of field in second place. Rossi made a huge push to make up ground, got his lap back, benefited from a timely full course yellow, and eventually got up to fifth place. But his tires were punished by then, and he could do no more, eventually losing two positions to finish seventh. Dixon finished second and won the championship. Ryan Hunter-Reay won the race by 4s over Dixon with Will Power in third.

Week-34 Player’s Scores iom seb
Lewis Hamilton 50 50
Max Verstappen 40
Sebastian Vettel 35 35
Valtteri Bottas 32 32
Kimi Raikkonen 30 30
Daniel Ricciardo 28
Ott Tanak 50 50
Sebastien Ogier 20 20
Thierry Neuville 14 14
Kevin Harvick 1
Scott Dixon 40 40
Alexander Rossi 26
Totals: 298 339

Congratulations to Sebastian and his 19th win of the year. Picking the top six finishers in F1 gave Sebastian a 41-point victory over iomracer. No changes in positions in the season long standings …

Standings after week 34:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 9685 339 9346
2 2 iomracer 9577 -108 298 9279 -67
3 3 New Players 8503 -1074 268 8235 -1044

September 11, 2018

2018 Week 34

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 10:15 pm

Welcome to week 34 – four races this weekend: F1 races around Marina Bay in Singapore; WRC returns to Turkey for the first time in 8 years and on roads that have never been run before; NASCAR is on the intermediate oval in Las Vegas; and Indycar is in Sonoma, California at Sears Point. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 33:

MotoGP Italy, NASCAR Indianapolis, USCC Laguna Seca:

Results – Week 33
1 Andrea Dovizioso Brad Keselowski 22-Tequila Patron ESM
2 Marc Marquez Erik Jones 54-CORE Autosport
3 Cal Crutchlow Denny Hamlin 6-Penske
4 Alex Rins Kevin Harvick 55-Mazda Motorsports
5 Maverick Vinales Clint Bowyer 31-Whelen Engineering Racing
6 Dani Pedrosa Kurt Busch 99-JDC-Miller Motosports
7 Valentino Rossi Jamie McMurray 85-JDC-Miller Motosports
8 Andrea Iannone Kyle Busch 52-PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports
9 Alvaro Bautista Paul Menard 77-Mazda Motorsports
10 Johann Zarco Ryan Newman 25-BMW Team RLL

Jorge Lorenzo started on pole and had the lead for the first bunch of laps ahead of Jack Miller, Marc Marquez and Andrea Dovizioso. These four got clear of the rest of the field, and then became three when Miller crashed. Dovizioso took the lead and then started putting in fast laps to ease ahead of the remaining two. Towards the end of the race the two started gaining on Dovizioso again, but then Lorenzo crashed with two laps to go – he finished classified in 17th – and left it an easy race victory for Dovizioso, with Marquez taking second. Some way behind Cal Crutchlow inherited the final podium position. Although he was on home soil, Valentino Rossi could not get the Yamaha to work at Misano, and finished in a disappointing seventh place.

Rain delayed the NASCAR race at Indianapolis from Sunday to Monday. This was the last race of the regular season and so set the field for the playoffs. With 14 different winners this season, and Brad Keselowski repeating as winner by winning Indianapolis, it meant that there were only two spots left to get into the playoffs without a win. With Jimmie Johnson finishing 16th and Alex Bowman 33rd, it meant that those two rounded out the field of 16 playoff contenders. The others are: Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, Clint Bowyer, Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliott, Aric Almirola, Erik Jones, and Austin Dillon.

USCC was at Laguna Seca in Monterey, California, and it was a difficult weekend for many of the Prototype cars. The #22 Tequila Patron Nissan looked to be starting off on the wrong foot when one of their drivers missed qualifying due to illness, so thay had to start at the back of the Prototype field. A spin early on didn’t help their cause either. But the drivers methodically made their way through the field as other Prototypes fell by the wayside, and near the end of the race they had made it to second place behind the #55 Mazda, and when the Mazda spun with just 35 minutes left in the race, the #22 inherited the lead, and went on to victory. Meanwhile the #55 had dropped behind the #54 Core Autosport LMP2 car, who finished second, and the #6 Penske Acura who took the final podium position. Finishing behind the #55, in fifth place, was the #31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac. The #7 Penske finished 4 laps back in 15th place after suffering damage from an incident late in the race when they were running second. The #5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac didn’t even get to the start of the race. During the formation lap the field was speeding up and slowing down, and the #5 seemed to get caught out and got rear-ended when trying to avoid driving into the slowing field. That took them out of the race before the green flag even waved, so no points for picking them.

Week-33 Player’s Scores iom seb
Andrea Dovizioso 50 50
Marc Marquez 40 40
Cal Crutchlow 35
Valentino Rossi 26 26
Jorge Lorenzo 13 13
54-CORE Autosport 40 40
6-Penske 35 35
31-Whelen Engineering Racing 30 30
7-Penske 15
10-Konica Minolta 2 2
5-Mustang Sampling Racing 0 0
Totals: 271 251

Congratulations to iomracer and his 14th win of the year. The difference was clearly iomracer’s choice of Cal Crutchlow in MotoGP versus Sebastian’s pick of the #7 Penske in USCC. No changes in positions in the season-long standings …

Standings after week 33:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 9346 251 9095
2 2 iomracer 9279 -67 271 9008 -87
3 3 New Players 8235 -1044 226 8009 -999


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