The Motor Racing Game

July 17, 2017

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   

 

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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 Motorsport.com 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: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

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
F1
Daniel Ricciardo 50
Valtteri Bottas 40 40
Sebastian Vettel 32 32
Lewis Hamilton 30 30
Kimi Raikkonen 16 16
MotoGP
Valentino Rossi 50
Marc Marquez 35
Andrea Dovizioso 30 30
Dani Pedrosa 17
Johann Zarco 16
Maverick Vinales 9 9
NASCAR
Clint Bowyer 40
Indycar
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   

June 7, 2017

2017 Week 21

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 4:56 am

Welcome to week 21 – five races this weekend. F1 is in Montreal, Canada; WRC is in Italy on the island of Sardegna; Moto GP is at Catalunya in Spain; NASCAR visits the superspeedway of Pocono in Pennsylvania; and Indycar is at Texas Motor Speedway. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 20:

Moto GP Italy, NASCAR Dover, Indycar Michigan, USCC Michigan:

Results – Week 20
Pos MotoGP NASCAR Indycar

Race 1

Indycar

Race 2

Indycar USCC
1 Andrea Dovizioso Jimmie Johnson Graham Rahal Graham Rahal Graham Rahal 10-Wayne Taylor Racing
2 Maverick Vinales Kyle Larson Scott Dixon Josef Newgarden Josef Newgarden 31-Whelen Engineering Racing
3 Danilo Petrucci Martin Truex Jr. James Hinchcliffe Will Power Scott Dixon 70-Mazda Motorsports
4 Valentino Rossi Ryan Newman Josef Newgarden Takuma Sato Alexander Rossi 5-Mustang Sampling Racing
5 Alvaro Bautista Chase Elliott Alexander Rossi Simon Pagenaud Takuma Sato 55-Mazda Motorsports
6 Marc Marquez David Suarez Mikhail Aleshin Scott Dixon Helio Castroneves 85-JDC-Miller Motosports
7 Johann Zarco Jamie McMurray Helio Castroneves Alexander Rossi Will Power 22-Tequila Patron
8 Jorge Lorenzo Denny Hamlin Takuma Sato Charlie Kimball James Hinchcliffe 38-Performance Tech
9 Michele Pirro Kevin Harvick Ed Jones Helio Castroneves Simon Pagenaud 26-BAR1 Motorsports
10 Andrea Iannone Danica Patrick Spencer Pigot Tony Kanaan Mikhail Aleshin 20-BAR1 Motorsports

Another good Moto GP race at Mugello, with a number of lead changes including Valentino Rossi at the front at times, which was a bit of a surprise considering he was injured in a motocross accident the week before. Andrea Dovizioso was another one up front with health issues – for him it was a bout of food poisoning. The other two in the mix at the front for most the race, were championship leader Maverick Vinales, and Danilo Petrucci. After all the dicing, it was Dovizioso who got away at the end and won the race by 1.3s over Vinales, then Petrucci and Rossi. Alvaro Bautista had a battle with Marc Marquez, and finished just 8 hundredths ahead of Marquez for fifth. Then a bit of a gap to Johann Zarco in 7th, which wasn’t bad given his poor qualifying which had him starting 11th on the grid. And Jorge Lorenzo was 8th, which was a lowly finishing position considering he was battling for the lead in the opening laps. Dani Pedrosa was down in 12th when he crashed on the final lap, taking down Cal Cruthlow when he fell, and finishing 22nd.

The NASCAR race on the short track in Dover went into overtime after a late crash. And it was in the extra laps that Jimmie Johnson got ahead and won the race ahead of Kyle Larson and Martin Truex Jr. The result showed how strong Johnson and his Hendrick team are, considering that they started the race at the back after a gearbox change, and it was his third win of the year.

Indycar on Belle Island was a two-race affair – the only double race on the Indy calendar – and both races were won by Grahal Rahal. The combined second place finisher, Josef Newgarden was also in good form, with a fourth place in the first race, behind Rahal, Scott Dixon, and James Hinchcliffe, and then second in the second race behind only Rahal. While Dixon followed up his second place in the first race, with sixth in the second race. Simon Pagenaud was a lowly 16th in the first race, and 5th in the second race, for a combined 9th place.

The USCC was also on Belle Island, and the Cadillacs again dominated, with the #10 Wayne Taylor car taking the win and keeping the perfect season alive. It almost wasn’t to be, having started 16th on the grid after a qualifying crash, but they showed how dominant they are, and how hard it will be to beat them this year. The #31 Cadillac of the Wheelen Engineering team finished less than 5s behind in second. The third Cadillac of the #5 Mustang Sampling team was fourth, with the #70 Mazda car getting in between, and getting the final podium spot. The #85 JDC Miller Motorsports Oreca continued to show as best of the LMP 2 cars, with a strong sixth place finish behind the #55 Mazda.

Week-20 Player’s Scores iom seb
MotoGP
Andrea Dovizioso 50
Maverick Vinales 40 40
Valentino Rossi 32
Marc Marquez 28
Johann Zarco 26 26
Jorge Lorenzo 24
Dani Pedrosa 8 8
NASCAR
Indycar
Scott Dixon 35 35
Simon Pagenaud 22
USCC
10-Wayne Taylor Racing 50 50
31-Whelen Engineering Racing 40 40
5-Mustang Sampling Racing 32 32
85-JDC-Miller Motosports 28
Totals: 313 333

Congratulations to Sebastian who gets his fourteenth win of the year, with five in a row. Dovizioso in Moto GP was a key pick for the win. No changes in positions in the standings…

Standings after week 20:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 4957 333 4624
2 2 iomracer 4726 -231 313 4413 -211
3 3 New Players 4251 -475 282 3969 -444

 

June 4, 2017

2017 Detroit Double-Header Table

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sebastian X @ 11:06 pm

 

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