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November 21, 2016

2016 Week 45

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Welcome to week 45 – just one race this weekend – the finale of F1 in Abu Dhabi – and the final week of the TheMotorRacingGame for this year. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 44:

WRC Australia, NASCAR Homestead, WEC Bahrain:


The final event of the WRC this year was also the final rally for Volkswagen, who will not be competing next year. And the battle all weekend was between two of the three VW drivers – Sebastian Ogier and Andreas Mikkelsen. Entering the last day, there was just two seconds between them, when Ogier made an uncharacteristic mistake and had a high-speed spin which cost him 20s. That gave the final VW win to Mikkelsen. Thierry Neuville was third in the Hyundai, and for him that was enough to hold on to second in the Championship behind Ogier, and ahead of Mikkelsen. Hayden Paddon had a up and down weekend; unable to look after his tires, he eventually finished strong, getting ahead of his Hyundai teammate Dani Sordo in the closing stages, to finish fourth. Mads Osberg was the leading Ford driver finishing in sixth, ahead of the DMack shod Ford of Ott Tanak. Jari-Matti Latvala hit a bridge on the first corner of the first stage, and the suspension damage caused him to lose four minutes. He spent the rest of the event trying to make up time, which he did admirably to finish ninth behind WRC2 winner, Esapekka Lappi.

The NASCAR finale at Homestead had four drivers competing for the Championship. All four raced near the front of the pack at various times throughout the event. Kyle Busch was the first to look in trouble when a flat tire dropped him a lap down. But subsequent cautions got him back on the lead lap, and at one point ahead of the other three contenders. The big one (wreck) came right at the end of the race when Joey Logano turned Carl Edwards into the inside wall. Edwards took responsibility for the wreck, claiming he was too aggressive trying to block Logano. On the ensuring green-white-checkered finish Jimmie Johnson grabbed the lead and held on to take victory in the race, and the Chase title. Logano, who dropped places in his tousle with Edwards managed a fourth-place finish. Busch ended up sixth, and Edwards was classified in 34th.

The WEC had their finale in Bahrain. It was an Audi one-two with the #8 car finishing ahead of the #7 car by 16s. The #1 Porsche was third, a further minute adrift, and the only other car on the lead lap. The #2 Porsche finished three laps down in sixth place, but it was enough to crown the drivers, Romain Dumas, Neel Jani, and Marc Lieb, WEC Champions for 2016. Finishing ahead of them in the race were the two Toyotas with the #5 coming out 36s ahead of the #6. The top privateer LMP1 car was, as expected, the #13 Rebellion, finishing 10 laps down in seventh place.

Player’s Scores:


Congratulations to Sebastian and his 23rd win of the year, and 4 in-a-row, and by the biggest score for a 3-event weekend this year, and by a large 23-point gap over Iomracer. This closes things up considerably in the season-long points, although some wild picks and good luck will be needed to snatch victory with only the consistent F1 event remaining …



November 14, 2016

2016 Week 44

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Welcome to week 44 – three races this weekend, and just two weekends left including this one. WRC is down-under for their final event, Rally Australia. NASCAR has their finale at Homestead in Miami; and the WEC has their finale in Bahrain. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 43:

F1 Brazil, Moto GP Spain, NASCAR Arizona:


There was heavy rain for the F1 race in San Paulo, Brazil. That meant a lot of spins, crashes, safety car laps, and even two stoppages. But the event was run to completion, and Lewis Hamilton took what he described as a comfortable win. It looked like Max Verstappen might take second place, but the Red Bull team made a strange decision to switch to intermediate tires, despite the heavy rain. There was a lot of discussion within the teams about the tires, with some drivers feeling that the intermediates may be better than the full rain tires, even in the worst conditions. But during the last safety car Verstappen switched back to full rain tires dropping him to 15th with 15 laps to go. From there he demonstrated why he’s the driver of the future, by picking off almost everyone to finish third behind Nico Rosberg. Kimi Raikkonen was one of those who crashed in the rain, leaving him with a 20th place finish. That left Sebastian Vettel in the remaining Ferrari to make the best of the conditions, and he finished fifth behind Sergio Perez. Verstappen’s teammate, Daniel Ricciardo, was unable to master the rain to the same extent, but still showed good speed, passing a couple of drivers in the last few laps to finish 8th. The championship comes down to the last race in two weeks in Abu Dhabi, between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. If Hamilton wins the last event, second or third will be enough for Rosberg to take the Championship; fourth or lower for Rosberg will give Hamilton another World title.

At the Moto GP finale at Valencia in Spain, pole-setting Jorge Lorenzo jumped the field on the start and never looked back, winning the event by a comfortable margin. It was a good battle for second, with Andrea Iannone, Maverick Vinales, Valentino Rossi, and Marc Marquez passing and re-passing each other for most of the race. Marquez came out on top, finishing comfortably clear of Iannone, who battled Rossi to the last lap. Vinales finished in fifth, 3s behind Rossi. Andrea Dovizioso didn’t have a great race, losing out to satellite rider Pol Espagaro to finish 7th. Of course Marquez was already champion, having wrapped up the title a few races ago.

The NASCAR race in Phoenix was exciting in the closing laps. There were two places available among six drivers to get into the final four at Homestead next week. Matt Kenseth looked like he’d take one of those places with a comfortable lead in the race, with Joey Logano holding that second place with fourth in the race. But Logano’s position was very tentative – dropping to fifth would put him out due to Kyle Busch running third. A very late caution put the race into overtime, and on the restart Alex Bowman who was running second, crashed into Kenseth, putting Kenseth out of the race and out of the final four. It didn’t look like Bowman’s fault, with Kenseth turning down into Bowman after the spotter called Kenseth clear, when he wasn’t. The commentators were reluctant to blame the spotter, but the driver has a restricted view of what’s behind and rely on their spotters, and in professional racing, usually the whole team must be perfect. A final green-white-checker ensued, with Logano getting the hole-shot and taking the victory, so it was he and Busch who finished behind him, that took the final two spots into the final race, along with the winners from the last two weeks, Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards.


Congratulations to Sebastian and his 22nd win of the year, with the highest score for a three-event weekend this season. No changes in positions in the season-long points, but Sebastian continues to inch closer with just two weeks to go …


November 7, 2016

2016 Week 43

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Welcome to week 43 – three races this weekend, and just three weekends left including this one. F1 moves south within the Americas to San Paulo in Brazil; Moto GP has their finale at Valencia in Spain; and NASCAR has their penultimate race at Phoenix International Raceway in Arizona, in which the final four will be decided for the Chase for the Cup in the finale the following week. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 42:

NASCAR Texas, WEC China:


It was a snoozer for most of the NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway. Almost F1-style, with a very processional race. Initially delayed by five hours, the most exciting part of the race came with 120 laps to go, when it looked like the rain may come again, and must-win Carl Edwards started a hard charge. Joey Logano had dominated the race from start to just past mid-way, when Martin Truex Jr. then got and kept the lead. As the rain neared, an outstanding green-flag pit stop by Edwards’ team put him ahead of Truex. He had to hold the lead a couple of times more on restarts after cautions, but finally the rain came and he had the win. At that time Joey Logano had found his second wind, and was closing on him, but second place puts Logano in the third spot in the championship table, so a good day’s work. Kyle Busch was the next of the Chase contenders to finish, in fifth place behind Truex and Chase Elliott, and that puts him in fourth place in the championship table. Kevin Harvick was sixth, but with the bad week he had last week, he needs an amazing week next week to stay in the Chase. Matt Kenseth was seventh, which puts him on the outside of the championship’s top-four, but only one point behind Kyle Busch. Denny Hamlin was ninth, so he’s now two places out of the top-four, but only two points behind Kyle Busch. Jimmie Johnson was 11th, but with the win last week, along with Edwards, he’s guaranteed one of the championship four places in the final at Homestead. Finally, Kurt Busch had another bad week, so he’ll need to win at Phoenix next week to stay in the Chase.

The #1 Porsche won the WEC race in Shaghai in China, and it gave the manufacturers title to Porsche. By recent WEC standards, they had a fairly big gap over the next three cars, although at 1 minute, it’s still amazingly close after 6 hours of racing. Those next three had a good battle through to the end, with the two Toyotas taking the final two podium positions, with the #6 finishing ahead of the #5. The #2 Porsche was also in the mix, but missed out on the podium with a fourth-place finish. The two Audis were not in contention. The #8 Audi had refueling problems with every stop, cumulatively losing them 3 laps through the race, and a fifth-place finish. To add to the Audi woes, the two cars got together at one point, causing enough damage to the #7 Audi to put them into the garage for 14 laps, finally finishing in sixth place. The #13 Rebellion had engine problems and finished 29 laps down in 24th place.


Congratulations to Sebastian and his twenty-first outright win of the year with two ties. Picking Kyle Busch over Iomracer’s Matt Kenseth was the difference that produced the win. No changes in positions in the standings …


October 31, 2016

2016 Week 42

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Welcome to week 42 – two races this weekend. NASCAR goes to the Intermediate track of Texas Motor Speedway for the second of the three races in the Eliminator round that will decide the four drivers who will vie for the Cup in the final race; and the WEC is in China for their penultimate race of the season. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 41:

F1 Mexico, WRC Wales, Moto GP Malaysia, NASCAR Martinsville:


Lewis Hamilton started on pole at the F1 GP in Mexico and never looked threatened on his way to an 8.3s victory over his Mercedes teammate, Nico Rosberg. Hamilton did take a short-cut through turn 2 at the start, and for me it looked to give him a distance advantage, but no one else seemed to think so, and nothing more challenged Hamilton in the race. Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel were the other two leaders at various points in the race, but only because Hamilton pitted before them. Max Verstappen tried to challenge Rosberg for second, but was too aggressive for his own good, passing Rosberg but then immediately losing the position with Rosberg’s over-under crossing pass. After that Verstappen found himself under pressure from Vettel. Overly aggressive defense of his position eventually led the stewards to give Verstappen a 5 second penalty, which dropped him to fifth behind Vettel who took the final podium position, and Daniel Ricciardo in fourth. But then there was a big gap back to sixth place which became Kimi Raikkonen’s when he got past Nico Hulkenberg late in the race.

Leading up to WRC Rally Wales, it looked like it might have offered dry conditions. But when the event started it was back to the expected muddy and foggy stages. That gave the advantage to Sebastian Ogier starting first, and he duly made the most of it, leading from start to finish and winning the event. Ott Tanak started further down the order, but his D-Mack tires were expected to perform well in the muddy conditions, and indeed he was Ogier’s only serious rival all rally long. But Ogier is World Champion for a reason, and kept Tanak at bay. Tanak’s second place finish was the best of his career, and well deserved. The two Hyundais of Thierry Neuville and Haddon Paddon were the best of the rest, finishing third and fourth, but well behind Ogier and Tanak. Chris Meeke simply couldn’t find the speed in the Welsh forests, and on Saturday when he used up his two spare tires early, with no tire changes permitted all day, he had to drive cautiously. So at the end he was 40s back from Paddon, in fifth place. Dani Sordo was almost a minute and a half further back from Meeke in sixth place. Jari-Matti Latvala lost a lot of time with a broken drive shaft on Friday, and fought hard to climb back up to a seventh-place finish. A broken drive shaft plagued all three Volkswagens, with Andrea Mikkelsen suffering early on Friday, which lost him so much time, 12th was the best he could do. Ogier’s car suffered the same fate, but it was at the end of the last stage on Friday, so he lucked out, and it made no difference to the times or the positions.

Moto GP was in Sepang in Malaysia and the race started with a tight fight between six riders. Swapping the lead many times were pole setter Andrea Dovizioso, Andrea Iannone, and Valentino Rossi, with Marc Marquez, Cal Cruthlow, and Jorge Lorenzo snapping at their heels. Then it all changed over the course of two laps when Crutchlow crashed, then Marquez crashed, then Iannone crashed. That left Dovizioso and Rossi out front pulling away from Lorenzo. With five laps to go Rossi ran wide at turn one and let Dovizioso into the lead. With his tires going away, there was nothing more Rossi could do, and he had to concede the win to Dovizioso. Lorenzo was well clear in third to take the final podium position, with the two former open class team riders of Hector Barbera and Loriz Baz taking fourth and fifth. Maverick Vinales did not enjoy the rain soaked event, and could do no better than a sixth-place finish. Marquez did get back on his bike after his crash, and so managed to salvage an 11th place finish.

NASCAR was at the short track in Martinsville, but unusually there were not a lot of cautions. In fact, a green-flag stretch of more than 130 laps had drivers in the pits under green-flag conditions when a yellow came out. As usual in these kinds of situations, there was mass confusion, and it took NASCAR 29 laps to sort out the field and restart the race. When it did restart, there were only 10 drivers on the lead lap. Five of those ten were Chase contenders, so they start the Eliminator round with good opening race results. Especially for Jimmie Johnson who took the victory and guaranteed his position in the final four at Homestead in three weeks. The other top Chase finishers were Denny Hamlin who finished 3rd, Matt Kenseth 4th, Kyle Busch 5th, and Joey Logano 9th. The three drivers who now have a lot to do in the next two races include Kevin Harvick who finished 20th, Kurt Busch who finished 22nd, and worse of all, Carl Edwards who dropped 76 laps after a heavy crash and with a 37th place finish will probably need to win one of the remaining two races to stay in the Chase.


Congratulations to Sebastian and his twentieth win of the year. Picking Vettel in F1 and Lorenzo in Moto GP were the prominent picks making a difference. No changes in positions in the standings …


October 24, 2016

2016 Week 41

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Welcome to week 41 – four races this weekend. F1 is in Mexico City; WRC goes back to gravel (and likely rain and mud) with Rally Wales; Moto GP is at Sepang in Malaysia; and NASCAR is at the short track in Martinsville, Virginia, for the first of the three races in the Eliminator round that will decide the four drivers who will vie for the Cup in the final race. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 40:

F1 Circuit of the Americas, Moto GP Australia, NASCAR Talladega:


Lewis Hamilton has always liked the Circuit of the Americas, and again this weekend he dominated to take the win. But with his teammate Nico Rosberg finishing second, the Championship didn’t change too much. Daniel Ricciardo felt he had a shot at second place, but a virtual safety car at the same time as the Mercedes pit window (with Ricciardo having pitted before the safety car), meant that Ricciardo had to settle for third. Sebastian Vettel finished a lonely fourth after Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen both dropped out of the race while ahead of him. For Verstappen, his race started to unravel when he pitted when the crew wasn’t ready, and then on lap 31 his gearbox failed, leaving him with a 20th place finish. Raikkonen’s woes also came in the pits, when he pulled away from his third stop, with the tire gun still attached to the wheel, and the wheel not properly on, which led to his retirement and a 19th place finish.

Although Marc Marquez entered the Australian round of the Moto GP calendar as the newly crowned Moto GP Champion, he showed no signs of letting up, opening up a decent gap up front in the early part of the race. But an error on lap 10 saw him go down, out of the race, and classified with a 20th place finish. That handed the lead to Cal Crutchlow who seized the chance at the win, and raced hard to keep himself ahead of Valentino Rossi, and indeed take the win at the end. Rossi’s run to second was extraordinary considering he started 15th on the grid. But he earned his nickname, “the doctor”, for a reason, and in this race he surgically picked off one rider at a time until there was only Crutchlow ahead, and no one near him behind. But Crutchlow was too fast on this day to give Rossi that final step. A battle looked to be brewing for third, with Andrea Dovizioso and Maverick Vinales gaining on Aleix Espagaro, but then Espagaro also crashed out, leaving it down to Maverick Vinales and Andrea Dovizioso to battle it out. Vinales was too fast and a gap opened to Dovizioso giving them a third and fourth place finish respectively. Behind Pol Espagaro in fifth, Jorge Lorenzo also had a good race, finishing sixth after starting 12th on the grid.

In NASCAR four more drivers were eliminated from the Chase leaving eight. Going into the race Joey Logano, who won this event last year, was on the bubble of elimination, but he took the victory in “overtime” to make no doubt of his place in the final eight of the Chase. His win also denied Chase Elliott of his must-win, although a 12th place finish meant that Elliott wasn’t really close. Brad Keselowski was another driver who needed a good race, and another 38th place finish when his engine failed doomed his chances. Martin Truex Jr. also went out of the race with a failed engine, and so too went his chance to move on in the Chase. With Elliott, Keselowski, and Truex out, there was one more driver to face elimination. At the end of the race it came down to Denny Hamlin and Austin Dillon fighting for that final position with Hamlin needing to finish 6 places ahead of Dillon to move on to the next round.  Hamlin finished 3rd and Dillon six places behind him in 9th, which tied them in points, but Dillon was out of the Chase based on tie-breaking rules. So the eight that move on are: Joey Logano, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, and Kyle Busch.


A tie this week between Sebastian and Iomracer – only the second tie this year, with Vettal finishing fourth in F1 for Sebastian and Dovizioso finishing fourth in Moto GP for Iomracer, and all other picks being the same. So, no changes in the standings…


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 …


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