The Motor Racing Game

March 13, 2017

2017 Week 9

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Welcome to week 9 – two races this weekend. NASCAR goes to the “flat track” of Phoenix, Arizona; and the USCC goes to Sebring for their 12-hour race. Please make your picks at: http://www.RoadRaceTracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 8:
WRC Mexico, NASCAR Las Vegas, Indycar St. Petersburg:

Results – Week 8
Pos WRC NASCAR Indycar
1 Kris Meeke Martin Truex Jr. Sebastien Bourdais
2 Sebastien Ogier Kyle Larson Simon Pagenaud
3 Thierry Neuville Chase Elliott Scott Dixon
4 Ott Tanak Joey Logano Ryan Hunter-Reay
5 Hayden Paddon Brad Keselowski Takuma Sato
6 Jari-Matti Latvala Denny Hamlin Helio Castroneves
7 Juho Hanninen Ryan Blaney Marco Andretti
8 Dani Sordo Jamie McMurray Josef Newgarden
9 Elfyn Evans Matt Kenseth James Hinchcliffe
10 Pontus Tidemand Clint Bowyer Ed Jones

In the high-altitude test of Rally Mexico most of the new WRC cars struggled with numerous problems, including several cars overheating in the hot and thin atmosphere. Only Kris Meeke in the Citroen got through the first two days with no issues, and with his good starting position (toward the rear of the field where there’s no “sweeping”), he had a solid 37s lead over Sebastian Ogier going into the last stage. But he almost threw it all away when he went off road with less than a km to go. Fortunately, the subsequent trip through some spectators’ cars (one of which he missed by inches when he flew off the road) only cost him only 24s, so victory by 13s was his at the end. Ogier was ruing a spin he uncharacteristically had on Saturday, which probably cost him close to 13s, but second place and some bonus power stage points (for 2nd in that stage), places him back in his familiar spot at the top of the championship table. Thierry Neuville finished in a comfortable third place, overcoming a bad misfire in the Hyundai on Friday. Ott Tanak’s Fiesta was one of the cars that overheated on Friday, but he got through the day, and had a good pace through the next two days to finish fourth. Hayden Paddon’s Hyundai also had a misfire on Friday, but after that was sorted he was able to bring the car home in fifth. Jari-Matti Latvala’s Toyota had numerous problems on Friday, including center-diff and brake problems, so despite hard-charging after those problems were fixed, sixth place was the best he could do by the finish. Juho Hanninen was the leader after Thursday night’s super-special stages in Mexico City, but slowly dropped back over the next three days, due to being very sick, to finish seventh. And Dani Sordo finished eighth when his Hyundai suffered the most from a misfire on Friday.

Martin Truex Jr. had a great NASCAR race at Las Vegas, resulting in him being the first driver to win all three segments of the race in the new format, so maximum points for him. He was a little lucky at the very end when it looked like Brad Keselowski would win the race, but something broke on Keselowski’s car with two to go, and that let not just Truex past, but also Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, and Joey Logano past, with them finishing 2nd, 3rd, and 4th respectively, with Keselowski in 5th. Kyle Busch was in contention at the end, but Logano’s car got loose and he ran up and into Busch’s car, causing Busch to spin down the pit road and finish in 22nd place. Busch wasn’t happy, and tried to pick a fight with Logano in the pits after the race. He ended up the worse off, and hopefully will have NASCAR penalties coming his way on Tuesday or Wednesday (because Logano didn’t deliberately spin him, so there was no call for his behavior). Jimmie Johnson simply didn’t have a good day by his standards, and finished 11th.

Sebastien Bourdais had an amazing race in the season opening Indycar event around the streets of St. Petersburg in Florida. A crash during qualifying meant that he started dead-last, but great driving and great tire management got him to the front of the field and victory at the end. Both he and Simon Pagenaud made a key-call to stay out on track when the second full-course caution came out. With track position being so critical in a street race, it proved decisive, with Pagenaud claiming second place at the finish. Scott Dixon was simply steady all day, and third place was his reward. Helio Castroneves was sixth. Tony Kanaan collided with Mikhail Aleshin to cause that second caution of the day, but managed to recover enough to finish 12th. Will Power had numerous issues throughout the day, including taking a wheel gun to the track after a pit stop, and then suffering mechanical issues toward the end of the race, to finish 19th.

Week-8 Player’s Scores iom seb
WRC
Kris Meeke 50
Sebastien Ogier 40 40
Thierry Neuville 35 35
Ott Tanak 32 32
Jari-Matti Latvala 28 28
Dani Sordo 24
NASCAR
Jimmie Johnson 19
Indycar
Simon Pagenaud 40 40
Scott Dixon 35 35
Helio Castroneves 28 28
Tony Kanaan 18
Will Power 11 11
Totals: 317 292

Congratulations to iomracer and his 4th win in a row. iomracer’s pick of Kris Meeke in WRC made the difference. Still no changes in positions in the standings, although the difference in points is a whole lot closer …

Standings after week 8:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 1316 292 1024
2 2 iomracer 1303 -13 317 986 -38
3 3 New Players 1196 -107 274 922 -64

 

March 6, 2017

2017 Week 8

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Welcome to week 8. Three races this weekend: WRC is in Mexico for another specialized event, in the high-elevation gravel roads around Guanajuato; Indycar has their season opener in the streets of St. Petersburg in Florida; and NASCAR is in Las Vegas. Picks can be made at the usual place: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 7:
NASCAR Atlanta:

Results – Week 7
Pos NASCAR
1 Brad Keselowski
2 Kyle Larson
3 Matt Kenseth
4 Kasey Kahne
5 Chase Elliott
6 Joey Logano
7 Kurt Busch
8 Martin Truex Jr.
9 Kevin Harvick
10 Jamie McMurray

Kevin Harvick dominated the NASCAR race in Atlanta until 12 laps from the end when he incurred a penalty for speeding on pit road during a caution. That put him at the tail of the longest line of cars, with no chance of winning. On the restart is was Brad Keselowski and Kyle Larson who battled it out. Keselowsi won out, and probably deserved it as one of the few who put pressure on Harvick at times during the race. Behind Larson, Matt Kenseth finished 3rd, Kasey Kahne 4th, Chase Elliott 5th, Joey Logano 6th, Kurt Busch 7th, Martin Truex Jr. 8th, and Harvick who recovered to 9th. Those included most our picks. Kyle Busch finished 16th, Jimmie Johnson 19th, and Dale Earnhardt Jr finished 30th after getting a flat tire and a pit penalty.

Week-7 Player’s Scores iom seb
NASCAR    
Brad Keselowski 50  
Matt Kenseth   35
Kasey Kahne   32
Joey Logano 28  
Kurt Busch 26 26
Kevin Harvick 22 22
Kyle Busch 14 14
Jimmie Johnson 11 11
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2 2
Totals: 153 142

Congratulations to iomracer and his third win in a row. Obviously it was the picks of Keselowski and Logano that made the 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 1024   142 882  
2 2 iomracer 986 -38 153 833 -49
3 3 New Players 922 -64 135 787 -46

 

February 27, 2017

2017 Week 7

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Welcome to week 7. A single race again this weekend, and again it’s NASCAR, this time at the intermediate track of Atlanta. Please make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 6:
NASCAR Daytona:

Results – Week 6
Pos NASCAR
1 Kurt Busch
2 Ryan Blaney
3 AJ Allmendinger
4 Aric Almirola
5 Paul Menard
6 Joey Logano
7 Kasey Kahne
8 Michael Waltrip
9 Matt DiBenedetto
10 Trevor Bayne

NASCAR started their season at Daytona with a new format – a three segment race, with points awarded at the end of each segment. Obviously, the last segment had the most points as it decided the winner of the race – Kurt Busch. It was an 11-car final 10 laps – a short train due to the many big wrecks that happened during the race. The train stayed in line with Chase Elliott at the front until two laps to go, then it looked like a number of drivers started running out of gas, since cars started dropping away quickly, including Elliott. But no such problems for Busch and those who followed him across the line, with Ryan Blaney in second, and AJ Allmendinger in third. Joey Logano was 6th. Involved in the various crashes during the race were Kyle Larson who ended up classified 12th, Denny Hamlin who was 17th, Kevin Harvick 22nd,  Brad Keselowski 27th, Clint Bowyer 32nd, Jimmie Johnson 34th, Kyle Busch 38th, and Matt Kenseth in 40th and last.

Week-6 Player’s Scores iom seb
NASCAR
Kurt Busch 50 50
Joey Logano 28 28
Kyle Larson 18
Denny Hamlin 13 13
Kevin Harvick 8 8
Brad Keselowski 3
Clint Bowyer 1
Jimmie Johnson 1
Kyle Busch 1
Matt Kenseth 1
Totals: 121 102

Congratulations to iomracer with his second win in a row. The wrecks are so unpredictable but so influential for scoring in TMRG, and having three picks involved in early wrecks was too much for Sebastian’s picks. But no changes in position in the season long standings …

Standings after week 6:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 882 102 780
2 2 iomracer 833 -49 121 712 -68
3 3 New Players 787 -46 98 689 -23

 

February 20, 2017

2017 Week 6

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Welcome to week 6 and NASCAR is the only race, staying at Daytona, this one is the official kick-off of the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series, the Daytona 500. Please make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 5:
NASCAR Clash at Daytona:

Results – Week 5
Pos NASCAR
1 Joey Logano
2 Kyle Busch
3 Alex Bowman
4 Danica Patrick
5 Kevin Harvick
6 Brad Keselowski
7 Chase Elliott
8 David Suarez
9 Chris Buescher
10 Jamie McMurray

A shorter race than the Daytona 500, and with a limited field, and nothing to lose for the drivers and teams, the Clash was supposed to be a spectator-friendly shootout. But rain nixed the Saturday evening race and it ran on Sunday morning instead. It was still a good race, with a very exciting end. Going into the last lap Denny Hamlin had the lead, but Brad Keselowski had momentum, and going into turn two he dived down underneath Hamlin’s line, and it looked like nothing was going to stop him. But Hamlin misjudged Keselowski’s speed, and when he turned down to close the gap, it was already too late – Keselowski was already there. They collided, and wrecked. Joey Logano, in third place, went to the outside and kept his foot in it. He cleared the wreck still with good speed, and with others behind him checking up, he had a clear rest of the lap to take the win. Kyle Busch and Alex Bowman were next to clear the wreck, and went side-by-side to the finish line, where Busch beat Bowman by a nose. The wreck also favored Danica Patrick who went from 10th place to finish fourth. Kevin Harvick was fifth, then came Keselowski, who fared better than Hamlin after the collision, and made it around to the finish line in sixth. Matt Kenseth was 11th. Hamlin didn’t make it to the finish, but being the last lap, he was the first a lap down, and an 13th place finish. Kyle Larson exited the race when he was taken out by Martin Truex Jr., 14 laps from the end, and a 14th place finish. Jimmie Johnson had two crashes during the race, with the second one taking his car out of the race, and a 16th place finish. His first wreck was when he lost the back of the car and took out Kurt Busch, just 16 laps into the race, leaving Busch out, and 17th place and last.

Players Scores:

Week-5 Player’s Scores iom seb
NASCAR    
Joey Logano 50 50
Kyle Busch 40 40
Kevin Harvick 30 30
Brad Keselowski 28  
Matt Kenseth   19
Denny Hamlin 17 17
Kyle Larson 16  
Jimmie Johnson   14
Kurt Busch 13 13
Totals: 194 183

Congratulations to Iomracer and his first win of the year. Despite Keselowki’s run-in with Hamlin, his efforts to continue to the finish in sixth was the major difference in the score. No changes in positions in the standings, but Iomracer finally makes up some ground …

Standings after week 5:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 780   183 597  
2 2 iomracer 712 -68 194 518 -79
3 3 New Players 689 -23 178 511 -7

 

February 13, 2017

2017 Week 5

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Welcome to week 5 – just one race this coming weekend – it’s NASCAR’s “Clash at Daytona”, the exhibition race before their first “proper” race of the year, next week. Drafting is the feature of the race, so it’s a bit of a lottery trying to pick a winner. Please make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 4:
WRC Sweden:

Results – Week 4
Pos WRC
1 Jari-Matti Latvala
2 Ott Tanak
3 Sebastien Ogier
4 Dani Sordo
5 Craig Breen
6 Elfyn Evans
7 Hayden Paddon
8 Stephane Lefebvre
9 Pontus Tidemand
10 Teemu Suninen

Unlike last year’s mudfest, WRC Rally Sweden this year had plenty of snow and ice, making it the proper winter rally that is expected. Using studded snow tires on the new and faster cars, made for very fast stages. As usual all drivers had some issue or two, but the most heartbreaking was Thierry Neuville, who, just like in Monte Carlo, crashed out on Saturday from a healthy lead. And like the Monte, it was more bad luck than bad driving. He returned on Sunday under Rally 2 rules, but penalties left him with a 13th place finish. In Monte it was Sebastian Ogier who inherited the lead, but just a few too many minor problems in Sweden had him in fourth place before Neuville’s demise, so the third step on the podium was the best he could do. It was his teammate in the Ford, Ott Tanak who had the best chance to push for the win after Neuville went out, but he had to settle for second when Jari-Matti Latvala blistered through the final stages to take the win for himself and the new Toyota team. Behind these three, Dani Sordo had another solid and steady event to finish the best Hyundai in fourth place. Then came Craig Breen in his first outing in one of the new WRC cars, so a good result for him in fifth in the Citroen. Elfin Evans was sixth, and Hayden Paddon was seventh after suffering through Saturday without power steering. Kris Meeke found a ditch that took the spectators eight minutes to pull out the car, so 12th was the best he could do. And Mads Osberg needed Rally 2 rules to come back on Saturday after losing his rear spoiler, rendering the car “undrivable”.

Week-4 Player’s Scores iom seb
WRC
Jari-Matti Latvala 50 50
Ott Tanak 40 40
Sebastien Ogier 35 35
Dani Sordo 32
Craig Breen 30 30
Hayden Paddon 26 26
Kris Meeke 18
Thierry Neuville 17
Mads Ostberg 15
Totals: 216 228

Congratulations to Sebastian and his third win in a row. His Sordo/Osberg combination was better than iomracer’s Meeke/Neuville combination. No changes in positions in the year-long standings, but Sebastian pulls further out in the lead …

Standings after week 4:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 597 228 369
2 2 iomracer 518 -79 216 302 -67
3 3 New Players 511 -7 212 299 -3

 

January 30, 2017

2017 Week 3

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Welcome to week 3. No racing this week weekend – the only time we have a weekend pass this year.

Scores from week 2:

USCC 24-Hours of Daytona:

Results – Week 2
Pos USCC
1 10-Wayne Taylor Racing
2 5-Mustang Samping Racing
3 90-VisitFlorida Racing
4 2-Tequila Patron ESM
5 66-Ganassi Racing
6 911-Porsche GT Team
7 62-Risi Competizione
8 3-Corvette Racing
9 69-Ganassi Team UK
10 912-Porsche GT Team

The United Sports Car Championship (USCC) kicked off with their famous Daytona 24-hour race. Originally the top Prototype class of the series was supposed to run the new LMP2 cars eligible for the Le Mans 24-hour race and the WEC, but IMSA didn’t like the one-engine concept and created the Daytona Prototype International (DPi) cars to allow different engine manufacturers, but to race alongside the LMP2 cars, on equal footing. But no-one knew how equal the cars would be. Well, after 24 hours around Daytona International Raceway, it seems that Cadillac have the measure of all other cars. Their DPi cars drove away from the rest of the field and finished one-two. In an unusual incident for the Prototype cars, the #10 Wayne Taylor racing took the lead that led to the win, with a bump-and-run against the #5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac – something usually only seen in NASCAR. The #5 team was mighty upset, but IMSA took no penalizing action, so that was the final result. In third place was the first of the LMP2 cars, the #90 Visit Florida Racing Riley/Gibson, a lap down, so not too far behind in terms of competitiveness. In fourth was the #2 Tequila Patron Nissan DPi car. Among other entries, the #31 Wheelen Engineering DPi Cadillac finished 14th, the #22 Tequila Patron Nissan DPi finished 17th, the #13 Rebellion Racing Oreca/Gibson LMP2 finishe 31st, the #81 Dragon Speed Oreca/Gibson LMP2 finished 39th, the #55 Mazda Motorsports DPi finished 39th, and the #70 Mazda Motorsports DPi finished 46th.

Week-2 Player’s Scores iom seb
USCC
10-Wayne Taylor Racing 50 50
5-Mustang Samping Racing 40
90-VisitFlorida Racing 35 35
2-Tequila Patron ESM 32 32
31-Whelen Engineering Racing 16
22-Tequila Patron 13 13
13-Rebellion Racing 1
81-DragonSpeed 1
55-Mazda Motorsports 1
70-Mazda Motorsports 0
Totals: 132 187

Congratulations to Sebastian for winning the 2nd week in a row, by managing to stay away from the cars that suffered problems during the 24 hours of the race (in particular, the Mazdas).

Standings after week 2:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 369 187 182
2 2 iomracer 302 -67 132 170 -12
3 3 New Players 299 -3 131 168 -2

 

January 25, 2017

2017 Week 2

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The motor racing season is underway and it is already week 2 of TMRG! This week it’s the USCC’s famous 24-hours of Daytona this weekend. 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:

Results – Week 1
Pos WRC
1 Sebastien Ogier
2 Jari-Matti Latvala
3 Ott Tanak
4 Dani Sordo
5 Craig Breen
6 Elfyn Evans
7 Andreas Mikkelsen
8 Jan Kopecky
9 Stephane Lefebvre
10 Brian Bouffier

The first race of the WRC season featured the new, faster cars. With all new cars nobody knew who had done the best job of squeezing the most out of the new regulations, and Monte Carlo was supposed to clue us in. But as usual, the Monte was too unpredictable to give any solid answers to which teams and cars will be at the forefront this year. Certainly Ford looked strong with Sebastian Ogier winning the event in an M-Sport Fiesta, and Ott Tanak in another Fiesta finishing third. But before he threw it all away in an unfortunate crash, Thierry Neuville in the new Hyundai had been dominating the event – almost a minute up on his nearest rivals. He came back on Saturday under Rally 2 rules to finish 15th in the general classification. And then there was Jari-Matti Latvala in the new Toyota team’s Yaris. He finished second, a great result for a new team, but how much did attrition with other cars play into his result? After a slow start, Citroen’s lead driver Kris Meeke also started showing serious pace, but he too crashed out, and with a highway accident on Saturday and no Rally 2 option for Sunday, he was out with no points for picking him in TMRG. Dani Sordo ended up the top Hyundai in fourth place. Behind him was a remarkable fifth place for Craig Breen driving the now underpowered 2016 version of the Citroen. Elfin Evans in the other M-Sport Fiesta finished sixth, and Stephane Lefebvre in the other Citroen finished ninth. Hayden Paddon in the Hyundai crashed on Stage 1, and with the unfortunate death of a spectator at the crash site (not hit by the car), Paddon withdrew from the event out of respect.

Week-1 Player’s Scores iom seb
WRC
Sebastien Ogier 50 50
Jari-Matti Latvala 40
Ott Tanak 35 35
Dani Sordo 32
Craig Breen 30
Elfyn Evans 28
Stephane Lefebvre 22
Thierry Neuville 15 15
Hayden Paddon 0
Kris Meeke 0 0
Totals: 170 182

Congratulations to Sebastian for winning week 1; avoiding Hayden Paddon was the key choice. 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 182 182 0 0
2 1 iomracer 170 -12 170 0 0
3 1 New Players 168 -2 168 0 0

 

 

November 27, 2016

2016 Final Results

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Thanks for playing the 2016 edition of “The Motor Racing Game”. Results below. Please mark your calendars for the start of the 2017 season – the WRC Monte Carlo Rally that starts on January 20, 2016 (picks due Thursday, January 19). 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:

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Scores from week 45:

F1 Abu Dhabi:

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The F1 finale in Abu Dhabi went the way most would have expected given the points positions going into the race. Nico Rosberg needed third or better to control his own destiny. Lewis Hamilton needed to win the race and have Rosberg finish fourth or worse. So, as expected, Rosberg drove cautiously behind his teammate for most the race, and Hamilton led the race and slowed toward the end to try and hold up Rosberg and put him into the clutches of the two chasing drivers. But Sebastian Vettel in the Ferrari who charged through the field toward the end of the race after putting on super soft tires, seemed to be content for the final podium position, and likely wanted to see his countryman win the title, so did not really fight for second. And behind Vettel, Max Verstappen again had a sensational drive from the back of the grid, after a first corner collision, to fourth place, but his tires seemed to have expired in the effort, and could not challenge for a better position. And so it was, Hamilton won the race, and second for Rosberg was enough for the Championship.

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Congratulations to Iomracer and his eighteenth win of the year, and with a score only two points off the maximum possible for a one-event weekend. The season-long points were close, so Sebastian mixed it up with his final week picks in a last-ditch effort, but F1 is a little too predictable for dramatic change, so Iomracer takes the season-long title. Congratulations must go to Sebastian for winning the most weeks – 23 in all – along with two ties. Let’s hope others will join the competition next year to add to the fun. Final standings…

week45standings

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

Scores from week 44:

WRC Australia, NASCAR Homestead, WEC Bahrain:

week44rslts

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:

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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 …

Standings:

week44standings

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

Scores from week 43:

F1 Brazil, Moto GP Spain, NASCAR Arizona:

week43rslts

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.

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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 …

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