The Motor Racing Game

March 12, 2018

2018 Week 8

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Welcome to week 8. Four races this weekend: Moto GP has their season opener in Losail, Qatar; NASCAR goes to the superspeedway in Fontana, California; USCC is at Sebring in Florida; and Formula E is in Punte del Este in Uruguay. Picks can be made at the usual place: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 7:
WRC Mexico, NASCAR Arizona, Indycar Florida:

Results – Week 7
Pos WRC NASCAR Indycar
1 Sebastien Ogier Kevin Harvick Sebastien Bourdais
2 Dani Sordo Kyle Busch Graham Rahal
3 Kris Meeke Chase Elliott Alexander Rossi
4 Andreas Mikkelsen Denny Hamlin James Hinchcliffe
5 Sebastien Loeb Martin Truex Jr. Ryan Hunter-Reay
6 Thierry Neuville Clint Bowyer Scott Dixon
7 Pontus Tidemand Aric Almirola Josef Newgarden
8 Jari-Matti Latvala David Suarez Ed Jones
9 Gus Greensmith Erik Jones Marco Andretti
10 Pedro Heller Kurt Busch Will Power

As usual in the Mexican round of the WRC, most drivers hit some major issues during the weekend, either crashing, or mechanical failures. Sebastian Ogier steered clear of any such problems, although starting second on the road on Friday he did have a difficult day continuing to sweep the roads behind Thierry Neuville. But he stayed in contention, and that was enough as those around him fell to the wayside, giving him the win by more than a minute over Dani Sordo. Sordo impressively had the lead of the rally after Friday, but was overhauled by a certain former World Champion on Saturday morning, then suffered a puncture on Saturday afternoon to drop him down to third. By this time Ogier was charging and got the lead by a few seconds over Kris Meeke, who was also on a good pace. Up until then, Sebastien Loeb had been showing us all why some call him the greatest rally driver ever, by taking the lead from Sordo. This was Loeb’s first competitive outing in a WRC car, after being absent from the sport for three years. But a puncture for him too on Saturday afternoon dropped him to fifth. Meeke had a half-roll on Sunday, giving second back to Sordo, and that was the podium – Ogier, Sordo, and Meeke. Andreas Mikkelsen had a lack luster weekend, but without any major mishaps took fourth ahead of Loeb. Neuville had all sorts of problems, the worst of which was a flooded engine after a water splash, which by the time he recovered, had dropped him a minute on the stage. So, a sixth-place finish wasn’t too bad considering he also started the event as sweeper. Jari-Matti Latvala’s Toyota seems to suffer from the same engine issues as last year, so 8th was all he could do. Elfyn Evans had a massive sixth-gear roll on Friday morning, and with a resulting concussion for his co-driver, Dan Barritt, they were out of the event, and no points.

Kevin Harvick made it three in a row by winning the NASCAR race in Phoenix. Like the other two races, the real battle was for second place, with Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, and Denny Hamlin battling it out, with that being the finishing order for second place through fourth.

Indycar opened their season on the streets of St. Petersburg in Florida, sporting cars with new aero packages that everyone seems to like. The Honda cars dominated by taking the first six places at the line, with Sebastien Bourdais winning. With two laps to go it seemed even more lopsided with Robert Wickens, also in a Honda, at the front of the field. But Alexander Rossi tried to get by in a very aggressive move that punted Wickens off the track and opened the door for Bourdais to take the lead, then the win. Graham Rahal also go through that incident favorably, taking second place across the line, ahead of Rossi. Scott Dixon finished sixth, which was actually quite impressive considering he got a penalty that put him at the back of the field early in the race, and then had a pit drive-through penalty fairly late in the race. In seventh was Joseph Newgarden who looked like he’d be handed a huge advantage when he pitted just before a yellow, but then strangely came in again when then field pitted under that yellow. Had he stayed out, he’d have had the lead on almost the same tires and fuel load as everyone else. Will Power crashed on the opening lap but got back to the pits for a new rear wing, and was able to continue, eventually finishing 10th. Simon Pagenaud finished 13th.

Week-7 Player’s Scores iom seb
WRC
Sebastien Ogier 50 50
Sebastien Loeb 30 30
Thierry Neuville 28 28
Jari-Matti Latvala 24
Ott Tanak 16 16
Elfyn Evans 0
NASCAR
Kevin Harvick 50
Indycar
Graham Rahal 40
Scott Dixon 28 28
Josef Newgarden 26 26
Will Power 20 20
Simon Pagenaud 17 17
Totals: 279 265

Congratulations to iomracer and his second win of the season. Obviously, the duck for Sebastian with Elfyn Evans failing to complete the WRC event made the biggest difference. No changes in position in the season-long standings …

Standings after week 7:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 1629 265 1364
2 2 iomracer 1583 -46 279 1304 -60
3 3 New Players 1515 -68 252 1263 -41

 

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March 5, 2018

2018 Week 7

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Welcome to week 7. Three events this weekend with WRC in Mexico for their high-altitude gravel event; NASCAR on the short track of Phoenix in Arizona; and Indycar on the streets of St. Petersburg in Florida. Please make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 6:
NASCAR Las Vegas, Formula E Mexico City:

Results – Week 6
Pos NASCAR Formula e
1 Kevin Harvick Daniel Abt
2 Kyle Busch Oliver Turvey
3 Kyle Larson Sebastien Buemi
4 Martin Truex Jr. Nelson Piquet Jr.
5 Ryan Blaney Jean-Eric Vergne
6 Brad Keselowski Mitch Evans
7 Joey Logano Antonio Felix da Costa
8 Erik Jones Edoardo Mortara
9 Paul Menard Lucas di Grassi
10 Aric Almirola Alex Lynn

Like last week, Kevin Harvick dominated the NASCAR race in Las Vegas, this time sweeping all stages of the event on his way to an easy victory. The Kyle’s Busch and Larson had a good battle at the end of the race to decide second place, which Busch took over Larson. Martin Truex Jr. had the lead of the race for a while, but couldn’t sustain a race winning speed, so had to settle for a fourth-place finish. Ryan Blaney was fifth, followed by Brad Keselowski in sixth and Joey Logano in seventh. Jimmie Johnson was never a factor, but a silver lining was his 12th place finish after starting 35th after a pre-race tech violation penalty. Denny Hamlin finished 17th.

Daniel Abt thought he’d won his first Formula E race in Hong Kong, but that result was taken away when the FIA found issues with the team, so victory in Mexico City felt like redemption for him and the team. Daniel credited a fast pit stop at the halfway point of the race as the defining moment that put him into the lead. He came out of the pits ahead of Oliver Turvey who held on to second place to the end of the race. The third step of the podium was taken by Sebastien Buemi. Nelson Piquet Jr. was fourth, and series points leader Jean-Eric Vergne was fifth. Edoardo Mortara was 8th and Sam Bird was 17th. Failing to finish was Felix Rosenqvist who was classified in 19th, and Nick Heidfeld who was classified 20th and last after completing just 27 laps (of 47).

Week-6 Player’s Scores iom seb
NASCAR    
Martin Truex Jr.   32
Brad Keselowski 28 28
Joey Logano 26  
Jimmie Johnson   18
Denny Hamlin 13  
Formula e    
Sebastien Buemi 35 35
Nelson Piquet Jr. 32 32
Jean-Eric Vergne 30 30
Edoardo Mortara 24 24
Sam Bird 13 13
Felix Rosenqvist 11 11
Nick Heidfeld 10 10
Totals: 222 233

Congratulations to Sebastian with his fifth win of the season and four in a row. The volatile picks of NASCAR made the different. No changes in position in the season long standings …

Standings after week 6:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 1364   233 1131  
2 2 iomracer 1304 -60 222 1082 -49
3 3 New Players 1263 -41 213 1050 -32

 

 

February 26, 2018

2018 Week 6

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Welcome to week 6 and two races this weekend. NASCAR goes across America to their second intermediate track this year in Las Vegas; and Formula E goes to Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City. Please make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 5:
NASCAR Atlanta:

Results – Week 5
Pos NASCAR
1 Kevin Harvick
2 Brad Keselowski
3 Clint Bowyer
4 Denny Hamlin
5 Martin Truex Jr.
6 Joey Logano
7 Kyle Busch
8 Kurt Busch
9 Kyle Larson
10 Chase Elliott

Kevin Harvick dominated the racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway by winning the support Xfinity race on Saturday, and then dominating in the Cup race on Sunday for another win. Brad Keselowski was the most serious challenger to Harvick, winning the second stage of the race, and then starting alongside Harvick at the restart after the final caution. But Harvick’s car was too fast and Keselowski had to settle for second, followed by Clint Bowyer and Denny Hamlin. Filling in the next 6 spots for the top 10 were: Martin Truex Jr., Joey Logano, the Busch brothers Kyle and Kurt, then Kyle Larson, and Chase Elloitt. Despite winning the Daytona 500 the week before, Austin Dillon did not look strong in Atlanta, and spent much of the race mid-pack, finishing 14th.

Players Scores:

Week-5 Player’s Scores iom seb
NASCAR
Kevin Harvick 50 50
Brad Keselowski 40 40
Martin Truex Jr. 30 30
Joey Logano 28 28
Kyle Busch 26
Kurt Busch 24
Kyle Larson 22 22
Chase Elliott 20
Austin Dillon 16
Totals: 206 220

Congratulations to Sebastian and his fourth win of the season and three in a row. Picking the Busch brothers was the key to winning this week. No changes in positions in the standings …

Standings after week 5:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 1131 220 911
2 2 iomracer 1082 -49 206 876 -35
3 3 New Players 1050 -32 200 850 -26

 

February 19, 2018

2018 Week 5

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Welcome to week 5 – just one race this coming weekend – it’s NASCAR at Atlanta Motor Speedway, an intermediate oval. Please make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 4:
WRC Sweden, NASCAR Daytona:

Results – Week 4
Pos WRC NASCAR
1 Thierry Neuville Austin Dillon
2 Craig Breen Darrell Wallace Jr.
3 Andreas Mikkelsen Denny Hamlin
4 Esapekka Lappi Joey Logano
5 Hayden Paddon Chris Buescher
6 Mads Ostberg Paul Menard
7 Jari-Matti Latvala Ryan Blaney
8 Teemu Suninen Ryan Newman
9 Ott Tanak Michael McDowell
10 Elfyn Evans AJ Allmendinger

At lot of snow at WRC Rally Sweden this year meant snow-ploughing for the road openers, and lots of grip for the later runners as their studded tires found the ice under the snow base. So, as road-opener, Sebastian Ogier saw the worst of the conditions, and there was nothing he could do but lose lots of time on Friday. His teammate, and second on the road, Ott Tanak didn’t have it much better, and by Saturday both of them were outside of the top 10, and many minutes down. There was no recovering from that, so an 11th place finish for Ogier, and 9th for Tanak. Thierry Neuville started fifth on the road, and by then the road was clean enough for him to post good times. He took the lead after Stage 3, and although the margins were never big, he kept the lead to the finish and the win. The battle for the other podium positions was tight throughout the rally, and it was a delighted Craig Breen who finished second. Andreas Mikkelsen had second for much of the event, but a small error late Saturday dropped him behind Breen, and he finished third. Hayden Paddon was another driver who had second place for a bit, but a small error from him meant a 5th place finish in a close field. Jari-Matti Latvala was a favorite going into the event, but a slow start, and minor technical issues throughout the event kept him in the middle of the pack, and a 7th place finish. Just like Monte Carlo, a flat tire early in a stage on Friday meant lots of time lost for Elfin Evans, and 10th place was his finishing position. Kris Meeke had another poor weekend, with errors and technical issues resulting in a 32nd place finish.

There were a lot of crashes at NASCAR’s Daytona 500, with multiple crashes at the end deciding the finishing order. Ryan Blaney had the lead for most of the race, but got wrapped up with Kurt Busch with a few laps to go, causing a massive crash and a green-white-checkered finish for the rest of the field. Busch finished 26th. And on the last lap, leader, Aric Almirola got turned around by Austin Dillon, who went on to take the win. Second and third were decided by a fraction of an inch, with Darrell Wallace Jr. edging over the line for second ahead of Denny Hamlin. Joey Logano was fourth. In the early crashes Jimmie Johnson was one of the first out, classified 38th at the end. Brad Keselowski was also caught up in an early crash, one that also took out Danica Patrick in her final NASCAR race. Keselowski finished 32nd. Martin Truex Jr. finished 18th.

Week-4 Player’s Scores iom seb
WRC
Thierry Neuville 50
Craig Breen 40
Andreas Mikkelsen 35 35
Hayden Paddon 30
Jari-Matti Latvala 26 26
Ott Tanak 22 22
Elfyn Evans 20 20
Sebastien Ogier 19 19
Kris Meeke 1
NASCAR
Denny Hamlin 35
Joey Logano 32
Martin Truex Jr. 12
Kurt Busch 4
Brad Keselowski 1
Jimmie Johnson 1
Totals: 218 232

Congratulations to Sebastian and his third win of the season. Results were mixed with both sets of picks, with iomracer’s pick of Kris Meeke in WRC looking particularly damaging. No changes in positions in the year-long standings …

Standings after week 4:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 911 232 679
2 2 iomracer 876 -35 218 658 -21
3 3 New Players 850 -26 214 636 -22

 

February 12, 2018

2018 Week 3

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Welcome to week 4. Two events this coming weekend: the Swedish WRC Rally; and the opening regular season event for NASCAR, the Daytona 500. Please make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 3:

NASCAR Clash at Daytona:

Results – Week 3
Pos NASCAR
1 Brad Keselowski
2 Joey Logano
3 Kurt Busch
4 Ryan Blaney
5 Austin Dillon
6 Denny Hamlin
7 Kyle Busch
8 Erik Jones
9 Kevin Harvick
10 Kyle Larson

It was mostly a crash-free race for 74 laps at NASCAR’s opening exhibition race of their season, the Clash at Daytona. The final lap was the most notable exception with a multicar pile-up that took out Jimmie Johnson and Martin Truex Jr. among others. It was started when Kyle Larson ran into the back of Jimmie Johnson. There had been plenty of bumping, but it seems Larson bumped Johnson harder than he intended, and it turned Johnson into the wall, with several other drivers running into the wreck. It made no difference to Brad Keselowski who was out ahead of Joey Logano and Kurt Busch, with the three of them finishing in that order. Ryan Blaney was fourth, followed by Austin Dillon, Denny Hamlin, and Kyle Busch. Erik Jones, Kevin Harvick, and Kyle Larson rounded out the top 10. Johnson finished 12th, and Truex Jr. finished 14th.

Week-3 Player’s Scores iom seb
NASCAR
Brad Keselowski 50
Joey Logano 40 40
Kurt Busch 35
Austin Dillon 30
Denny Hamlin 28
Kyle Busch 26 26
Kevin Harvick 22 22
Kyle Larson 20
Jimmie Johnson 18
Chase Elliott 17
Martin Truex Jr. 16
Totals: 191 199

Congratulations to Sebastian for winning the week, despite iomracer picking the winner Keselowski. The final lap crash hurt the picks of iomracer by shuffling Larson and Truex Jr. down the order. Sebastian remains in the lead in the season long standings …

Standings after week 3:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 679 199 480
2 2 iomracer 658 -21 191 467 -13
3 3 New Players 636 -22 189 447 -20

 

February 5, 2018

2018 Week 3

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Welcome to week 3. One race this weekend – NASCAR’s Clash at Daytona – their season opening invitational exhibition event. Take care with your picks, not all drivers on the teams’ 2018 rosters will be in the event. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml. If you haven’t signed up to play The Motor Racing Game, it’s still not too late to do so, just click on the link on the picks-page just under “Who are you?”.

Scores from week 2:

Formula E Chile:

Results – Week 2
Pos Formula e
1 Jean-Eric Vergne
2 Andre Lotterer
3 Sebastien Buemi
4 Felix Rosenqvist
5 Sam Bird
6 Nelson Piquet Jr.
7 Mitch Evans
8 Jerome d’Ambrosio
9 Antonio Felix da Costa
10 Nico Prost

Renault’s electric cars took all three podium positions in the Formula E race in Santiago, Chile. However, it was a Renault customer, the Techeetah team that took the first two spots, with Jean-Eric Vergne beating his teammate Andre Lotterer by 1.2s, with the Renault factory team driver Sebastien Buemi coming in third. Felix Rosenqvist had a terrible qualifying, and had to start the race 14th on the grid, but had a great race to battle to a fourth-place finish, ahead of Sam Bird in fifth, and Nelson Piquet Jr. in sixth. Edoardo Mortara finished well down the order in 13th place. But that was better than Nick Heidfeld and Lucas di Grassi who both failed to finish the race. Heidfeld was classified at the finish in 16th place, with reigning champion di Grassi in 17th place.

Week-2 Player’s Scores iom seb
Formula e
Jean-Eric Vergne 50 50
Sebastien Buemi 35 35
Felix Rosenqvist 32 32
Sam Bird 30 30
Nelson Piquet Jr. 28
Edoardo Mortara 17 17
Nick Heidfeld 14 14
Lucas di Grassi 13
Totals: 206 191

Congratulations to iomracer for winning the week by virtue of picking Piquet Jr. over Sebastian’s choice of reigning champion di Grassi. The winning margin wasn’t as big as Sebastian’s week one win, so Sebastian retains the lead in the season long standings …

Standings after week 2:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 480 191 289
2 2 iomracer 467 -13 206 261 -28
3 3 New Players 447 -20 189 258 -3

 

January 29, 2018

2018 Week 2

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Welcome to week 2. This week it’s the TMRG’s inaugural Formula E race. For the Formula E series it’s actually the fourth race of the twelve race series that started in December 2017, and will finish in mid-July 2018. In TMRG Formula E replaces DTM which continues with its double race weekend approach, making inclusion into TMRG too complex. Also, with Mercedes announcing that they will be withdrawing from DTM at the end of this year, it seems that DTM is on a bit of a decline in prestige. Formula E on the other hand, seems to be increasing in prestige. This is their fourth season, and increasingly they are attracting former Formula 1 drivers like Nick Heidfeld, and Formula 1 prospects like Oliver Turvey. The fact that the series races mostly on the streets of big cities, is also garnering lots of attention, and seems to be ahead of similar Formula One desires. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml. You can also sign-up to play the game by clicking on the link on the picks-page just under “Who are you?”.

Scores from week 1:

WRC Monte Carlo, USCC 24-Hours of Daytona:

Results – Week 1
Pos WRC USCC
1 Sebastien Ogier 5-Mustang Sampling Racing
2 Ott Tanak 31-Whelen Engineering Racing
3 Jari-Matti Latvala 54-CORE Autosport
4 Kris Meeke 32-United Autosports
5 Thierry Neuville 78-Jackie Chan
6 Elfyn Evans 85-JDC-Miller Motosports
7 Esapekka Lappi 99-JDC-Miller Motosports
8 Bryan Bouffier 38-Performance Tech
9 Craig Breen 7-Penske
10 Jan Kopecky 6-Penske

As usual the WRC Monte Carlo rally presented treacherous conditions for the drivers. All the top drivers were caught out at one point or another, spinning, colliding with embankments, crashing out, having mechanical difficulties – there seemed to be a bit of everything. But as usual, Sebastian Ogier came out on top. He built a commanding lead through the first three days, then just managed the gap on Sunday for victory. Ott Tanak was his closest challenger all weekend, and he also settled for a cautious drive on Sunday to come home second. And Jari-Matti Latvala gave Toyota two cars in the podium spots by finishing third. Thierry Neuville went off and got stuck for four minutes on Thursday night, and spent the rest of the weekend playing catch up, coming home in fifth place, just 10s behind Kris Meeke. Elfin Evans also overcame a four-minute deficit after a puncture on Thursday night, to finish sixth. Andreas Mikkelsen had an alternator failure on Friday morning, meaning that he had to use Rally 2 for the rest of the weekend, and a 14th place finish. Dani Sordo was having a strong rally until he too fell victim to the snow and ice on Saturday morning, putting him out of the rally (and no points in TMRG).

Two of the Cadillacs dominated the 24 hour race in Daytona, and with hardly any incidents, the winning car, the #5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac finished with a record-breaking distance of 2876 miles. The #31 Wheelen Engineering was second. Amazingly competitive, the #54 CORE racing LMP2 Oreca finished third – on the same lap as the winner. They weren’t the only LMP2 car in the top 10, with the #32 United Autosports LMP2 car finishing fourth, followed by the #78 Jackie Chan LMP2, the #85 JDC-Miller LMP2, the #99 JDC-Miller LMP2, and the #38 Performance Tech LMP2 all occupying the next five places through eight overall. Then came the two Penske DPi Acuras in ninth and tenth. The Ganassi Racing GTLM Fords were also mightily impressive, finishing 11th and 12th overall, just 25 laps down on the winning DPi car. These great results for the lessor-powered cars were helped when a slew of DPi cars dropped out early in the running. First out after just 30 laps was the #90 Spirit of Daytona Cadillac. Before the mid-point of the race the #2 Tequila Patron Nissan was next out, so a 49th place finish. Just after the halfway point, the #22 Tequila Patron Nissan was out (48th place finish). Next out were the two Mazdas, followed after 16h 40m by the #10 Konica Minolta Cadillac, in 45th place.

Week-1 Player’s Scores iom seb
WRC
Sebastien Ogier 50 50
Ott Tanak 40 40
Jari-Matti Latvala 35 35
Thierry Neuville 30
Elfyn Evans 28
Andreas Mikkelsen 16
Dani Sordo 0
USCC
5-Mustang Sampling Racing 50 50
31-Whelen Engineering Racing 40 40
85-JDC-Miller Motosports 28
66-Ganassi Racing 18
10-Konica Minolta 0
2-Tequila Patron ESM 0
22-Tequila Patron ESM 0
Totals: 261 289

Congratulations to Sebastian for winning week 1; picking three of the DPis that fared so poorly in the Daytona 24-hour race was iomracer’s undoing. So, Sebastian starts the season atop of the season-long leaderboard:

Standings after week 1:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 289 289 0 0
2 2 iomracer 261 -28 261 0 0
3 3 New Players 258 -3 258 0 0

 

 

January 21, 2018

2018 Week 1

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Welcome to week 1 – our opening week for the 2018 season. Two races kick off the season, the WRC’s Monte Carlo Rally, and the USCC’s 24 hours of Daytona.

In WRC M-Sport is back with 2017 champion Sebastien Ogier heading the team, after Ford ponied up additional support, making the team name officially M-Sport Ford, with Elfin Evans supporting Ogier as the team’s number two driver. Evans got the job when Ott Tanak moved to Toyota as the number two driver behind Jari-Matti Latvala. At Hyundai Thierry Neuville continues as the number one driver, with Andreas Mikkelsen signed up for the whole season as the number two driver. Finally, French Manufacturer Citroen are looking at a Brit and Irishman to overcome their miserable season of last year, with Kris Meeke as number one and Craig Breen as number two. All four teams will field number three drivers at most events, with the most interesting being the return to Citroen of Sebastian Loeb, although not at Monte Carlo.

Most of the usual Prototype (DPi) teams are at this year’s Daytona-24: four Cadillacs being raced by Mustang Sampling (#5), Konica Minolta (#10 – formerly Wayne Taylor Racing), Whelen Engineering (#31), and Spirit of Daytona (#90 – formerly VisitFlorida Racing); two Nissans by Tequila Patron; and two Mazdas by Mazda Motorsports.

Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Good luck!

Are you a new player interested in playing this fun game? Read on …

Each week players pick 10 drivers from all the major motor racing series that are racing that weekend (7 drivers if there’s only 1 major series racing). You score points based on how well your drivers did: 50 points if your driver won, 40 for second, then 35, 32, 30, 28, 26, 24, 22, 20, 19, 18, and so on down to 1 point for finishing in several of the lower positions. The player with the most points wins that week. We also accumulate points for the whole year of racing to decide a yearly champion of the game.

The major series we follow are: F1, WRC, MotoGP, WEC, NASCAR, Indycar, Formula-e, and the United SportsCar Championship (USCC).

There’s no money involved – just bragging rights. To sign up, send us an e-mail from http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml or send a Facebook message from The Motor Racing Game page, and we’ll reply with a pass-code that will allow you to post your weekly entry. No time for that? then just make a comment or send a message listing your 10 picks on Facebook, or post a comment with your picks on the WordPress blog, at https://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com.

November 27, 2017

2017 Final

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Thanks for playing the 2017 edition of “The Motor Racing Game”. Results below. Please mark your calendars for the start of the 2018 season – the WRC Monte Carlo Rally that starts on January 25, 2018 (picks due Thursday, January 25). Go to http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml (click on “New Players Click Here” under “Who are you?”) and sign up now!

Please visit any one of our pages for all the year’s results and stats:

The original, WordPress: https://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/
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The “picks” site: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml

Scores from week 45:

F1 Abu Dhabi:

Results – Week 45
Pos F1
1 Valtteri Bottas
2 Lewis Hamilton
3 Sebastian Vettel
4 Kimi Raikkonen
5 Max Verstappen
6 Nico Hulkenberg
7 Sergio Perez
8 Esteban Ocon
9 Fernando Alonso
10 Felipe Massa

Valtteri Bottas in the Mercedes lead from start to finish in the F1 finale in Abu Dhabi, placating his disappointment of his second-place finish in the previous round in Brazil. His teammate Lewis Hamilton pursued him for most of the race, but couldn’t make the pass on a track that Hamilton complains is very hard to pass at. The two Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkenen were next across the line, but were quite some ways behind the Mercedes. Max Verstappen was fifth, and as usual was quite aggressive in getting up to Raikkonen, but like Hamilton couldn’t make the pass. Sergio Perez finished seventh, 7s ahead of his Force India teammate, Esteban Ocon. Daniel Ricciardo finished last (20th) after his power steering failed on lap 21 (of 55).

Week-45 Player’s Scores iom seb
F1    
Valtteri Bottas 50 50
Lewis Hamilton 40 40
Sebastian Vettel 35 35
Kimi Raikkonen 32 32
Max Verstappen 30 30
Sergio Perez 26  
Esteban Ocon   24
Daniel Ricciardo 12 12
Totals: 225 223

Congratulations to iomracer and his fifteenth win of the year, with the obvious difference being between the Perez and Ocon picks. Double congratulations to Sebastian for winning the season and the most weeks – 29 in all. Also, many thanks to Sebastian for keeping the game alive – let’s hope some more folks will join the competition next year to add to the fun. Remember, it’s easy to sign up, just click the “New Players Click Here” link on the http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml page, or message me on Facebook or WordPress. Final standings…

Standings after week 45:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 12525   223 12302  
2 2 iomracer 12073 -452 225 11848 -454
3 3 New Players 10702 -1371 201 10501 -1347

 

November 20, 2017

2017 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: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 44:

WRC Australia, NASCAR Homestead, WEC Bahrain:

Results – Week 44
Pos WRC NASCAR WEC
1 Thierry Neuville Martin Truex Jr. 8-Toyota Racing
2 Ott Tanak Kyle Busch 2-Porsche Team
3 Hayden Paddon Kyle Larson 1-Porsche Team
4 Sebastien Ogier Kevin Harvick 7-Toyota Racing
5 Elfyn Evans Chase Elliott 31-Rebellion
6 Esapekka Lappi Joey Logano 38-Jackie Chan DC
7 Kris Meeke Brad Keselowski 13-Rebellion
8 Richie Dalton Matt Kenseth 36-Signatech Alpine
9 Nathan Quinn Denny Hamlin 25-Manor TRS
10 Dean Herridge Ryan Newman 24-Manor TRS

There wasn’t much left to fight for in the final event of the WRC in Australia. Thierry Neuville was looking to take second in the championship, M-Sport was looking for any podium position finish to make it at least a podium on every event of the year, and a bunch of drivers were hoping for a last hurrah win. Andreas Mikkelsen established a good lead early in the rally, but slight contact with a bank took two tires off their rims, and and with only one spare in the car he was out on Saturday. That gave Neuville the rally lead, and he kept a fine pace for the rest of the event to take the win. Ott Tanak and Jari-Matti Latvala were two of a group of drivers who tried to challenge Neuville, but Latvala crashed out of second place on the last stage. It promoted Tanak to second to secure the podium position that M-Sport was looking for, and it promoted Haddon Paddon to the final podium position. Sebastian Ogier was thwarted early in the rally with road sweeping, and also made some uncharacteristic mistakes, but his persistence and the demise of others saw him rewarded with a fourth-place finish. Mikkelsen came back on Sunday under rally 2 rules to finish 13th.

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. Martin Truex Jr. looked to struggle more than the others (relatively speaking), but with 51 laps to go (out of 267 laps) Truex took the lead and even a late caution wasn’t enough for his rivals to get around him. So Truex won the race and the championship. Kyle Busch tried a late charge, but it was not enough and he had to settle for second. Kevin Harvick was the next of the chasers to finish in fourth place, with Kyle Larson taking the final podium spot just ahead of him. The final chase contender, Brad Keselowski was also in the picture for much of the race, but had to settle for a seventh place finish at the end.

The WEC had their finale in Bahrain. There was a number of incidents among the four LMP1 cars – some involving GT cars that failed to see the LMP1 car. Both the #7 Toyota and the #1 Porsche got tangled (in separate incidents) with GT cars. In fact, in the case of the #1, it was ironically a GT Porsche that got into them. Flat tires resulted for both cars, which put them at least a lap down on their rivals. At the end the #8 Toyota was left alone to take the race win, a lap ahead of the #2 Porsche and the #1 Porsche, in that order. The #7 Toyota was a further 2 laps down in fourth place. Along the LMP2 cars, the #31 Rebellion was the class of the field, taking fifth place overall, with the #38 Jackie Chan car finishing 11s behind them in sixth place, and the #13 Rebellion a lap down in seventh.

Player’s Scores:

Week-44 Player’s Scores iom seb
WRC
Thierry Neuville 50 50
Ott Tanak 40 40
Sebastien Ogier 32 32
Andreas Mikkelsen 17
Jari-Matti Latvala 0 0
NASCAR
Kevin Harvick 32
WEC
8-Toyota Racing 50 50
2-Porsche Team 40 40
1-Porsche Team 35 35
7-Toyota Racing 32 32
38-Jackie Chan DC 28
13-Rebellion 26
Totals: 322 339

Congratulations to Sebastian and his 29th win of the year. The biggest difference was Sebastian’s NASCAR pick of Harvick over iomracer’s WRC pick of Mikkelsen. No changes in positions in the season long standings:

Standings after week 44:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 12302 339 11963
2 2 iomracer 11848 -454 322 11526 -437
3 3 New Players 10501 -1347 290 10211 -1315

 

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