The Motor Racing Game

October 17, 2016

2016 Week 40

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Welcome to week 40 – three races this weekend. F1 is in the U.S. at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA); MotoGP is down-under on Phillip Island in Australia; and NASCAR has their last race of their “Contender” round, at the big restrictor plate track of Talladega, after which four more drivers will no longer be in the Chase for the Cup. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 39:

WRC Spain, Moto GP Japan, NASCAR Kansas City, WEC Japan:


At the WRC mixed surface event of rally Spain, treacherous conditions in heavy rain and mud on the opening day, followed by high-speed and mostly wide asphalt roads on days 2 and 3, meant mixed results for the teams. Falling victim to the changing conditions were Kris Meeke who suffered a puncture, rolled, and on the final day had the engine of his Citroen fail, to leave him a non-finisher and no points for picking him. Andreas Mikkelsen crashed out in spectacular fashion on the last day leaving him out of the rally. Jari-Matti Latvala damaged his suspension in a minor incident that put him out on day 1, but he returned under Rally 2 rules to finish the event 14th. No such problems for the two front runners though, with local Spanish hero Dani Sordo leading the rally after day 1, but unable to keep Sebastien Ogier behind him on the following days. For Ogier it was a measured race, and his victory sealed the world championship for him for the fourth time.

At the Moto GP at Motegi in Japan, victory for Marc Marquez came with the bonus of sealing the world championship. It wasn’t expected, but came about when both his nearest contenders crashed. Valentino Rossi was first down, crashing out while in second. Jorge Lorenzo was probably suffering from a fall earlier in the weekend, and after he was handed second (when Rossi went down), he started losing ground to Marquez, and started coming under pressure from Andrea Dovizioso in third. Maybe it was all too much, and he too crashed, with five laps to go. And so with both challengers down, it gave Marquez not only the race win, but the championship too. Behind Dovizioso, Maverick Vinales took third place ahead of his teammate Aleix Espargaro. Dani Pedrosa had a massive crash in practice on Friday in which he broke his collarbone in four places and fractured his fibula. He was substituted by his team with Hiroshi Aoyama who finished 15th, so picking Pedrosa will garner Aoyama’s 15th place points under rule 5k of TMRG.

In the NASCAR race at Kansas Speedway, it was race 2 of the “Contender” round, and five drivers needed good results after disasters last week. Needing to make up the most was Kevin Harvick, who finished 38th last week after an engine failure. Job done this week, with a complete turn-around and victory at Kansas to seal his position in the next round. Joey Logano also did himself a favor by finishing third behind contender Carl Edwards. Austin Dillon’s problems last week were also put aside with a 6th place finish behind last week’s winner Jimmie Johnson in 4th, and contender Kyle Busch in 5th. No such good news for Denny Hamlin, who finished 15th, and more importantly finished behind Matt Kenseth in 9th, Martin Truex Jr. in 11th, and Kurt Busch in 13th. It means that Hamlin has a lot to do next week to get into the next round. Brad Keselowski, who had a 7th place finish last week, was in trouble this week with a crash that put him out of the race and a 38th place finish, so he too needs a very strong result next week to stay in the Chase. Final contender, Chase Elliot had a bad day last week, and another this week when he finished 31st, so he basically needs to win at Talladega to stay in.

In the WEC event at the Mt. Fuji circuit in Japan, it was a great battle between Toyota, Audi, and Porsche in the final hour of the six-hour event. And it was the #6 Toyota that took the win by a mere 1.4s over the #8 Audi. The #1 Porsche wasn’t too far behind – in third place only 16s behind the Audi. The lead #5 Toyota also finished on the lead lap, in fourth place. And the #2 Porsche wasn’t too far behind, a lap down, in fifth place. Among the top teams it was only the #7 Audi that suffered, when an engine failure put them out of the race in the first hour, and a 32nd place finish.


Congratulations to Sebastian and his 19th win of the year with one tie. And it was a good sized win – a 24 point margin after disastrous picks of Kris Meeke in WRC and Brad Keselowski in NASCAR for iomracer. No changes in positions in the season-long standings, but things have closed up quite a bit …


October 10, 2016

2016 Week 39

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Welcome to week 39 – four races this weekend. WRC is in Spain for their only mixed surface event on the calendar; Moto GP is at Motegi in Japan; NASCAR has race 2 of their “Contender” round for the Chase to the Cup at the Kansas intermediate oval; and the WEC is also in Japan, but at the Mt. Fuji circuit. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 38:

F1 Japan, NASCAR Charlotte:


A win for Nico Rosberg at the Japanese F1 race at Suzuka cements Rosberg’s lead in the Championship. Lewis Hamilton had a disastrous start that saw him drop to eight after starting on the front row. It took the rest of the race for him to recover to third, and he nearly got past Max Verstappen for second, but the Dutchman continued to show he belongs at the front of F1 with good defensive driving to hold the place. The two Ferrari drivers also had to move through the field to make up positions, and duly took fourth and fifth places for Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikonnen respectively. Daniel Ricciardo was somewhat hindered by one poor pit stop, but still managed a sixth place finish. Valtteri Bottas did not show a lot of speed all weekend, and had to settle for a 10th place finish. First and third place was enough for Mercedes to take the manufacturers title for 2016.

Jimmie Johnson won the NASCAR race in Charlotte, securing his spot in the final 8 in three weeks time. Matt Kenseth finished right behind him, and along with Kyle Busch in 6th, Brad Keselowski in 7th, Kurt Busch in 8th, Carl Edwards in 12th and Martin Truex Jr. in 13th, these seven drivers are doing what is needed to get to the next round. Not so for 5 “Contenders” who had miserable races, and hence much to do in the next two weeks. Denny Hamlin finished 30th after an engine failure with just 26 laps to go, while running 2nd. Austin Dillon was part of the initial cause of a 12-car wreck after Martin Truex Jr. turned him into the wall, putting Dillon out of the race and a 31st place finish. Chase Elliot got caught up in that same wreck, and his day ended too, with a 32nd place finish. Joey Logano caused two cautions, the first as result of a blown tire, and the second when he hit the wall hard on lap 155 (of 334), which meant a 36th place finish. And finally, the other “Contender” contender, Kevin Harvick also suffered from an engine failure and a 38th place finish.


Congratulations to iomracer and his seventeenth win of the year with one tie. Lucky NASCAR picks made the difference. No changes in position in the year-long standings …


October 3, 2016

2016 Week 38

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Welcome to week 38 – two races this weekend. F1 is at Suzuka in Japan, and NASCAR starts their “Contender” round at the intermediate oval in Charlotte, with 12 drivers remaining in the Chase for the Cup. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 37:

F1 Malaysia, WRC Corsica, NASCAR Dover, USCC Road Atlanta:


Lewis Hamilton looked to have had the Malaysian F1 GP easily in hand, but an engine failure while 20s ahead of the Red Bull cars ended his day and an 18th place finish. The Red Bulls had been battling each other for most of the race, but once it became a battle for the lead, the team took no risks by bringing them into the pits at the same time. That meant when Daniel Ricciardo left the pits first, the win was his, ahead of teammate Max Verstappen. Nico Rosberg got ran into by Sebastian Vettel at the start, demoting him to last place. But driving a Mercedes meant he was able to come back through the field to finish in third. For that final place he had to bump Kimi Raikkonen out of the way – a move that gave him a 10s penalty, but at the end he was 13s ahead of Raikkonen, so the penalty did not affect positions. There was no recovery for Vettel though – he was out and a 22nd place finish.

Sebastien Ogier dominated the French round of the WRC Rally de Corsica. The only driver who pressured him was once again Chris Meeke, but Meeke made a mistake on Saturday morning, and he was out of the rally. With almost a minute lead at that point over Thierry Nieuville, Ogier was able to cruise home for a comfortable win. Neuville seemed to be driving to make a point, since he currently has no confirmed drive for next year, and easily took second place. Andreas Mikkelsen had a solid rally to finish third. Jari-Matti Latvala struggled with his car set up for the first day and a half, and by the time he sorted it out he was too far behind to do better than fourth. Dani Sordo was pretty quick on Friday, sitting in third place, but a puncture on stage 4 that had to be changed mid-stage, dropped him well down the standings. He recovered to a 7th place finish. Craig Breen had a notable drive, finishing 5th in his first asphalt rally in a WRC car.

Martin Truex Jr. won his second NASCAR Chase race at Dover. Jimmie Johnson looked to be the dominant driver but a penalty for pit infraction put him a lap down, and from that point on Truex looked unbeatable. So Truex goes on to the “Contender” round in dominant fashion with his two wins, along with Kevin Harvick who won the other “Challenger” race, which was fortunate given that he finished 46 laps down in 37th place in this race, after his car was damaged following a puncture. Joining those two in the next Chase round are: Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano, Chase Elliot, Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards, Kurt Busch, and Austin Dillon. That means that the four drivers who dropped out were Chris Buescher, who realistically needed a win, Tony Stewart whose 12th place finish was not enough after the first two disappointing races, Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray, both of whom finished well down the order at Dover (McMurray was last after his engine failed).

The USCC had their final race of the year at Road Atlanta – the Petit LeMans. Two Ligier-Hondas finished on top with the #60 Michael Shank car just 3.5s ahead of the #2 Tequila Patron, after 10 hours of racing. The #10 Wayne Taylor Corvette was third, and the #31 Action Express Corvette was fourth – both finishing on the same lap as the winner. And fourth place was enough for the #31 to take the Championship title. The Action Express teammates in the #5 car finished 2 laps down in fifth. The #90 VisitFlorida Corvette had two spins in the race, and on both occasions the car got stuck in the grass and needed towing out – which left them 214 laps down and a 35th place finish.


Congratulations to Sebastian and his eighteenth win of the year with one tie. Both players included an unsuccessful pick, but Sebastian’s pick of Vettel in F1 was better than iomracer’s VisitFlorida pick in USCC, which made the difference. No changes in positions in the season-long standings …


September 26, 2016

2016 Week 37

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Welcome to week 37 – four races this weekend. F1 is in Kuala Lumpur for the Malaysian GP; WRC visits the island of Corsica for the Tour de Corse; NASCAR has its last round of the Chase “Challenger” races at Dover in Delaware, which means four drivers will be dropped from the Chase at the conclusion of the race; USCC is at Road Atlanta in Georgia for their final race of the year, the “Petit Le Mans”. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 36:

Moto GP Spain, NASCAR New Hampshire:


Marc Marquez took an easy win at Moto GP’s Spanish GP, although some mistakes in the beginning meant that he had to initially fight to get to the front. But once there he sailed home for a managed 2.7s win over Jorge Lorenzo. It was Valentino Rossi who looked like he might take second, but a mistake by Rossi while battling with Lorenzo meant that he had to settle for third. Maverick Vinales was in that battle for second for a while, until he ran wide at turn 12, and while that took away a podium chance, he was well clear of Cal Crutchlow. Crutchlow had a bad start, which meant that he had to battle to move up from eighth to finish fifth. Dani Pedrosa was sixth. Andrea Dovizioso had a poor ride to finish in 11th. Andrea Iannone remains sidelined with his back injury, so did not start the event, and no points.

Following Martin Truex last week, this week in the NASCAR Chase at New Hampshire it was Kevin Harvick who secured a ticket to the next round by winning the race. Matt Kenseth looked like he might win at the end, but couldn’t keep Harvick behind him after the final restart of the race. Kyle Busch was third, and Brad Keselowski was fourth, which actually puts him atop the Chase standings after his good performance (5th) last week. Joey Logano finished 11th. The top 11 places were filled with Chase contenders (with the exception of Kasey Kahne). Not included in there were Tony Stewart and Chris Buescher who finished 23rd and 30th respectively, and need huge races at Dover next week to stay in the Chase.


Congratulations to Sebastian and his seventeenth win of the year, with one tie. Iomracer’s miss by picking Andrea Iannone who didn’t race, made the difference. No changes in positions in the season long standings …


2016 Week 36

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Welcome to week 36 – two races this weekend. Moto GP is at Aragon in Spain, and NASCAR has their second race of the “Challenger” round of the Chase for the Cup in Loudon, New Hampshire, another intermediate oval like Chicago. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 35:

F1 Singapore, NASCAR Chicagoland, Indycar Sonoma, WEC and USCC Circuit of the Americas:


Nico Rosberg lead from start to finish at the F1 race in Singapore, but it was a close one at the end. With problems with the brake temperatures on Rosberg’s Mercedes and wearing tires, Daniel Ricciardo who was well behind going into the last third of the race, started closing on Rosberg rapidly. But he ran out of laps, finishing just 0.4s behind when the checkered flag flew. Lewis Hamilton had the same brake issues on his car, which meant that Kimi Raikkonen was able to launch a serious challenge for third; but wearing tires on Raikkonen’s Ferrari meant that he couldn’t keep up the pressure so had to settle for fourth behind Hamilton. Sebastian Vettel won the award for hard-charger when he finished fifth after starting at the very back of the grid.

The first race of the NASCAR “playoffs” at Chicagoland Raceway was won by Martin Truex Jr. All of the Chase contenders finished in the top 20 with the exception of Chris Buescher who was 28th. That means the Chase is still wide open after the first of three “Challenger” races.

The Indycar race at Sonoma (Sears Point) was the finale for the series with only Will Power and Simon Pagenaud in contention for the championship. Power was out of it before they got to half-way, when he suffered with a gearbox problem (he finished in 20th place). But Pagenaud made no doubt of the Championship outcome by winning the race and hence the title. Grahal Rahal was the only one close to Pagenaud at the end – 3.3s adrift in second place. Juan Pablo Montoya, who hasn’t secured a drive for next year yet, took the final podium position.

At the WEC race at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, the three major manufacturer teams all took a place on the podium. On the first step was the #1 Porsche who finished with a 23.6s gap over the #8 Audi, who in turn were 2.5s ahead of the third place #6 Toyota. They were the only three cars to finish on the lead lap. The team cars of those top three took the next three positions with the #2 Porsche one lap down in fourth place, the #5 Toyota two laps down in fifth place, and the #7 Audi six laps down in sixth place. The #13 Rebellion was the first of the non-manufacturer cars, 12 laps down in seventh place.

USCC was also at the Circuit of the Americas and was won by the #10 Wayne Taylor Corvette by a skinny 1.4s (after 2 hours 40 minutes of racing) over the #31 Action Express Corvette. The #5 Action Express finished third, and the #70 Mazda was the only other finisher on the lead lap, in fourth place.


Congratulations to Sebastian with the biggest weekly score of the year so far, and his sixteenth win of the year. Iomracer’s pick of Will Power was a significant hit, and closed the gap a bit in the season-long standings …


September 13, 2016

2016 Week 35

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Welcome to week 35 – five races this weekend. F1 is at the street circuit of Marina Bay in Singapore; NASCAR starts their “Chase” for the cup at Chicago Land’s intermediate oval; WEC and USCC are together at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas; and Indycar is in Sonoma, California (Sears Point) for their double-points Championship finale. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 34:

WRC China (cancelled), Moto GP Italy, NASCAR Richmond:


The WRC event in China was cancelled due to severe flooding that was a disaster for the area.

Tires once again played a factor at the Moto GP in Italy. This time it was Dani Pedrosa. He started eighth on the grid but gambled with super-soft tires, which none of the other top contenders took. His gamble paid off. As the race wore on he seemed to get quicker, and eventually he caught Valentino Rossi towards the end of the race, passed him, then rode away to take victory. Rossi was clear in second ahead of Jorge Lorenzo, and Lorenzo was clear in third ahead of Marc Marquez. The gap behind Marquez was even bigger, with Maverick Vinales in fifth, almost 6s down on Marquez. Cal Crutchlow was the top satellite ride, finishing in 8th place. Andrea Iannone crashed in practice, fracturing a vertebra; he wanted to race but was not permitted to by the track doctor, so zero points for picking him.

NASCAR had their final “regular” race of the year at Richmond. It was very messy with 16 cautions which included a red-flag stoppage after a particularly big crash. Ultimately it was Denny Hamlin who came out on top, ahead of Kyle Larson. Kevin Harvick finished fifth, and Kyle Busch ninth. Matt Kenseth who was involved in one of the earlier incidents, finished 38th. The 16 drivers who made it into the chase are: Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, Martin Truex Jr., Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano, Kyle Larson, Tony Stewart, Kurt Busch, Chris Buescher, Chase Elliott, Austin Dillon, and Jamie McMurray. So most of the big names made it. Dale Earnhardt Jr. misses out due to his ongoing concussion problems (will not race again this season), and Ryan Newman and Kasey Kahne were the closest drivers to miss out, finishing 17th and 18th in the standings respectively, but having the same points, and both virtually needing a win at Richmond to make it into the Chase.


Congratulations to iomracer and his 16th outright win of the year with one tie. Picking the NASCAR winner and second place finisher gave iomracer a massive 67 point victory – the biggest of the year, extending his points lead in the season long standings …


September 6, 2016

2016 Week 34

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Welcome to week 34 – there were supposed to be three races this weekend, but WRC China was cancelled due to a flooding disaster that struck the region that was to host the rally. So just two events open for picks: Moto GP is at Misano in Italy and NASCAR has their final race before the “Chase” at the short track of Richmond in Virginia. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 33:

F1 Italy, Moto GP England, NASCAR Darlington, Indycar Watkins Glen, WEC Mexico:


Lewis Hamilton had pole position at the start of the Italian GP. But a poor start had him down in sixth place, whereas his teammate got the lead into turn one, and never relinquished it. The Ferraris tried to put pressure on Nico Rosberg, but Roberg’s Mercedes was no match for them, and he won the race easily. It took Hamilton most the race and good pit stops to get him from sixth all the way past the Ferraris to finish second. At least the Ferraris held on to the next two positions with Sebastian Vettel taking the final podium spot over his teammate Kimi Raikkonen. Daniel Ricciardo took fifth place.

Yet another winner at the Moto GP race, this time at Silverstone in England. Maverick Vinales, on a Suzuki became the fourth winner in five events when he dominated the British GP. He took the lead shortly after the start, but then the race was red-flagged due to a bad crash involving Pol Espargaro and Loris Baz. Fortunately neither were seriously hurt. On the second start, Vinales again had the lead by the end of lap one, and from there he pulled away from the field to win. Behind him there was a good battle for second that was eventually won by British rider Cal Crutchlow over Valentino Rossi. Marc Marquez looked like he’d take second until he overshot a corner with two laps to go, which dropped him to fifth. In those final two laps Marquez did manage to get back to third, ahead of Dani Pedrosa. Jorge Lorenzo simply didn’t find the set up for the bike that he was comfortable with, so a poor performance left him down in eighth place.

Martin Truex won his second race of the season at Darlington ahead of Kevin Harvick. It looked like Harvick lost the race due to some really poor pit stops. Two slow ones in the latter part of the race meant that he had to come through the field, and the last pit stop with about 16 laps to go was too much for him to make up and beat Truex.

Scott Dixon cruised to a seemingly easy win at the Indycar race at Watkins Glen.  Championship leader Simon Pagenaud did not have a great race, finishing seventh. But his nearest challenger in the championship had a worse race – about 2/3rds of the way into the race Will Power pulled in front of Charlie Kimball on the back straight, made contact, and turned hard onto the wall. It seems a concussion ensued, and with all the focus on the lasting effects concussions can have these days, it is being reported that Power may not be permitted to start the final race at Sears Point in two weeks, which would give Pagenaud the championship. But we’ll see – there is no official decision yet.

There was mixed weather at the WEC race in Mexico, and that meant plenty of work for the teams in keeping their cars and drivers out on the track with the right tires and set up for the conditions. Porsche managed the conditions best, with the #1 coming home more than a minute ahead of the #7 Audi. Toyota made it three manufacturers on the podium with a fine third place by the #6 car. The second Porsche – the #2 car – was the only other finisher on the lead lap – in fourth place, and 12 laps ahead of the best of the rest, the #13 Rebellion. The #8 Audi had the lead of the race at one point, but a wheel bearing failure put them into the wall; they got back to the pits, but a lengthy stop meant a lowly 27th place finish, 63 laps down.


Congratulations to Sebastian and his fifteenth win of the year and one tie. Good picks in the WEC were the most obvious advantage to a dominant score. This closes up the season-long standings …


August 29, 2016

2016 Week 33

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Welcome to week 33 – it’s a busy weekend with five races. F1 is in Ferrari’s home country of Italy, at Monza; Moto GP is at Silverstone in England; NASCAR is at Darlington for their penultimate regular season race before the Chase for the Cup; Indycar is at the road course of Watkins Glen in New York; and the WEC is in Mexico at Autodrome Hermanos Rodriguez. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 32:

F1 Belgium, NASCAR Michigan, Indycar Texas, USCC Virginia:


Nico Rosberg won the Belgium F1 GP and closed the gap to championship leader Lewis Hamilton, but things could have been a lot worse for Hamilton. He started at the back of the grid (due to penalties) but came through the field to finish an impressive third. Sandwiched between the two Mercedes was Daniel Ricciardo. Hamilton was helped at the start when the two Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen crashed into each other, and into Max Verstappen. The damage to all three cars meant pit stops and opportunity for Hamilton to advance more quickly. At the end Vettal recovered the best with a 6th place finish. Raikkonen finished 9th, and Verstappen 11th. Kevin Magnussen had a huge crash, but fortunately walked away with just a small ankle abrasion.

The NASCAR race in Michigan was a race of tire management, and Kyle Larson made the best of wearing tires to get the jump from the front of bunch at the final restart (with some pushing help from Brad Keselowski) and win his first ever NASCAR race. For NASCAR fans the bad news is that Dale Earnhardt Jr. will also miss the next two races due to his ongoing concussion related problems, which means he’ll also miss the Chase.

At the Indycar redo in Texas, James Hincliffe picked up where he’d left off in June, and led most of the race. But a caution with less than 10 laps to go bunched the field, and Graham Rahal squeezed past him on the line to win by a nose (0.008s). Tony Kanaan and Simon Pagenaud were right on their tail, finishing third and fourth respectively, with all four cars separate by less than half a second. Scott Dixon and Ed Carpenter caused the first crash of the race when they came together, which left Dixon with a 19th place finish. Josef Newgarden was not allowed to race since he crashed out in the June portion of the race, but because he started in June, he was officially classified at the end of this race, in 22nd position.

With just the GTLM and GTD cars acing at the USCC event at VIR, it was the #3 Corvette that led most of the race and took the win by just 0.8s ahead of the #66 Ganassi Ford, after 2 hours and 40 minutes of racing. The #912 Porsche took third making it three manufacturers on the podium. The #67 Ganassi Ford took fourth, followed by the #25 BMW Team RLL car. The #911 Porsche was next, followed by the #62 Risi Competizone Ferrari in 7th, which was the best of the Ferraris. The #4 Corvette crashed toward the end of the race and finished 18th. The #68 Scuderia Corsa did not start the race, so no points for picking them.


Congratulations to iomracer and his fifteenth outright win of the year, with one tie. Picking the first and third place finishers in USCC negated the poor choice of the #68 pick, and provided the slim one-point win. The Indycar results gave Sebastian an additional 11 points for his pick of Scott Dixon back in June, and iomracer an additional 8 points for his Josef Newgarden pick. This closes the gap between iomracer and Sebastian by 2 points when added to this week’s results, but makes no difference in the final positions of week 21 (won by iomracer, now by 2 points instead of 5), and no changes in positions in the season long standings …


August 23, 2016

2016 Week 32

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Welcome to week 32 – four races this weekend. F1 is at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium; NASCAR is on the big track in Michigan; Indycar is on the oval of Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas; and the USCC (GTLM and GTD classes only) is at VIR in Virginia. Picks can be made at: Note that choices are not available for the Indycar race since this event is a continuation of the race that was abandoned in Week 21, and points will be awarded retroactively based on the picks back then and the final results in this part-2 race.

Scores from week 31:

WRC Germany, Moto GP Czech Republic, NASCAR Bristol, Indycar Pocono:


With no road-sweeping, the tarmac/asphalt roads of the German round of the WRC was Sebastian Ogier’s chance to finally get another win under his belt. And he duly delivered, setting blistering times in the challenging Baumholder military stages to open up an unassailable lead, and following through with the victory. While his was an easy win, the next four places were hotly contested through to the last stage, with Dani Sordo coming through from a shaky start of the rally to take second place, by just 0.1s from his teammate, Thierry Neuville. Andreas Mikkelsen was in contention for a podium, but a seemingly poor tire choice on the last day, left him just outside in fourth place. Haddon Paddon was on an unfamiliar surface for him, and was more than 3 minutes down on Mikkelsen, but still took fifth place after the other WRC cars of Jari-Matti Latvala, Ott Tanak, and Eric Camilli all hit problems. For Latvala it was a failed gearbox on day one that left him down in 48th place.

Back-to-back first time winners in Moto GP, this week with Cal Crutchlow taking his LCR Honda to victory in the Czech Republic. Undoubtedly it was his gamble with tires on a wet track that gave him the victory. He was the only rider to go out with two hard tires, and although he struggled at the beginning, being as low as 14th place at one point, the hard tires came into their own as the race progressed, and Crutchlow just got faster and faster until he took the lead and never looked back. Valentino Rossi also took a risk with tires with a hard tire on the back, but he had a soft tire on the front, and it couldn’t survive the way Crutchlow’s tires did, but second place nevertheless for Rossi. Marc Marquez was the best of the rest, finishing in third place. Maverick Vinales finished ninth. Jorge Lorenzo started on the same tire combination as Rossi, but twice went to the pits for a change, and twice the resulting stop was a mess, to leave Lorenzo a lap down and in 17th place at the end.

The NASCAR race at Bristol was delayed from its original Saturday night event to a Sunday race when rain spoiled the primetime plans. Rain further delayed then interrupted Sunday’s race, so it was into the evening before they got all 500 laps in, with Kevin Harvick taking the win.

The Indycar race at Pocono came down to a four car race between Will Power, Mikhail Aleshin, Josef Newgarden, and Ryan Hunter-Reay, and it was Power that took victory in a close finish against Aleshin. Hunter-Raey took third ahead of Newgarden. Sebastien Bourdais and Scott Dixon both closed up behind Newgarden at the end, with less than a second separating the three, and Bourdais ahead of Dixon for fifth and sixth place respectively. Next up was Carlos Munoz who finished ahead of Juan Pablo Montoya – seventh and eight respectively. Championship leader Simon Pagenaud crashed out close to the end of the race, finishing 18th and losing a lot of points to his closest rival Power.


Congratulations to iomracer and his fourteenth win of the year with one tie. Iomracer and Sebastian are now tied with fourteen wins apiece in the season. No changes in positions in the standings …


August 17, 2016

2016 Week 31

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Welcome to week 31 – four races this weekend. WRC has an asphalt event with Rally Deutschland; Moto GP is in Brno in the Czech Republic; NASCAR is on the short-track at Bristol, Tennessee; and Indycar is on the big oval of Pocono in Pennsylvania. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 30:

MotoGP Austria:


The Spielberg track in Austria was billed as one to favor the Ducatis, and indeed a Ducati set the pole position, and at the end of the race Andrea Iannone took the victory – his first ever in Moto GP – over his Ducati teammate Andrea Dovizioso. It was Ducati’s first Moto GP victory in six seasons. But the Yamahas kept it close for much of the race, which enabled Jorge Lorenzo to take third place ahead of his teammate Valentino Rossi. The rest of the field were never a factor. Marc Marquez rode an ironman race to take fifth on the Honda, after he dislocated his shoulder earlier in the weekend. Maverick Vinales was next, in sixth, for Yamaha, followed by Marquez’s Honda teammate, Dani Pedrosa. Pol Espargaro was a long way back in 10th place. Hector Barbara got a penalty for jumping the start, and then when he didn’t serve the penalty properly, he was disqualified after 12 laps, so a 21st place finish.


Congratulations to iomracer and his 13th win of the year, with one tie. Obviously the Andrea Iannone pick by iomracer versus the unlucky Hector Barbara pick of Sebastian made for a sizable points difference. No changes in positions in the season long standings …


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