The Motor Racing Game

June 13, 2016

2016 Week 22

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Welcome to week 22 – two races this weekend: F1 is in Baku City in Azerbaijan; and WEC hosts the 24 hours of Le Mans. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 21:

F1 Montreal, WRC Italy, NASCAR Michigan, Indycar Texas:


In the F1 race around Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal Lewis Hamilton beat Sebastian Vettel by employing a one-stop pit strategy versus Vettel’s two-stop strategy. Third place finisher Valtteri Bottas also went with one stop. At the start of the race Vettel got around both Mercedes to lead the race into turn 1. Hamilton followed him on the inside of the track while Nico Rosberg tried an outside move which, upon contact with Hamilton, pushed him out into the grass, losing lots of places. The best he could do then was to spend the rest if the race scrambling to make up positions, eventually finishing 5th behind Max Verstappen. Kimi Raikkonen was also using the clearly inferior two-stop pit strategy, so finished 6th, and only just on the lead lap. Behind him, Daniel Ricciardo was the only other driver to finish on the lead lap, in 7th.

As usual with the WRC Rally Italy, some big names had a disastrous event due to the tough conditions. Haddon Paddon was the first of the big names out, when he left the road at high speed and crushed the back of the car beyond repair. Mads Ostberg was doing quite well going into the last day, and even winning stage 12 on Saturday, but on Sunday he hit a rock and broke his suspension, and was out. No points for picking either driver. Andreas Mikkelsen also hit a rock and broke part of his suspension on Sunday, but he managed to struggle through to the finish and 13th place. At the pointy-end of the leaderboard, Thierry Neuville and Jari-Matti Latvala were in a class of their own. Neuville had the lead going into Saturday and didn’t relinquish it through Sunday, winning his 2nd ever WRC event, 25s ahead of Latvala. Sebastien Ogier was more than a minute further behind having spent the event sweeping the roads, but he was well ahead of Dani Sordo in 4th.

The NASCAR race in Michigan was won by Joey Logano, who also led the most laps in the race. As expected with a restrictor-plate race, it was a close finish with Chase Elliott less than a 1s behind in second, and Kyle Larson in third.

The Indycar race in Texas was washed out after rain on both the scheduled race day of Saturday, and then again on Sunday. It has been rescheduled for the week between the Pocono and Boston races (week 32 of TMRG). The cars did manage to get 71 of 248 laps in, and will resume with lap 72 on that late-August weekend in the order they stood when the red-flag came out: James Hinchcliffe in the lead, followed by Ryan Hunter-Reay, Mikhail Aleshin, Will Power, and Ed Carpenter. Scott Dixon was in 14th place, and Josef Newgarden was 22nd and last after a massive crash which resulted in him going to the hospital with a broken collarbone and a fracture in his right hand. Conor Daly was also involved in the crash, but walked away without injury. Newgarden will be allowed to resume at the race in August, but will start 35-laps down, which was how he was listed on the leaderboard at the stoppage. For TMRG, zero points will be scored this week (per rule 5i). Rule 5i provides a cancelled race as an example of a result not declared, but this is only an example, and postponement to a different week seems to be equally applicable as a “result is not declared” for this week. The resumed race in August will be added as an additional event for TMRG, and new picks may be made then, if desired.


Congratulations to iomracer and his eighth win of the year. Both players picked a non-scoring driver in WRC, and with no scores in Indycar, the winning pick came down to Bottas in F1 versus Latvala in WRC, with Latvala giving iomracer the win by finishing 2nd. No changes in positions in the year-long standings …


June 7, 2016

2016 Week 21

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Welcome to week 21 – four races this weekend. F1 is in Montreal, Canada; WRC is in Italy on the island of Sardegna; NASCAR visits the superspeedway in Michigan; and Indycar is at Texas Motor Speedway. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 20:

Moto GP Catalunya, NASCAR Pocono, Indycar Michigan, USCC Michigan:


Valentino Rossi won a close Moto GP race at Catalunya in Spain over Marc Marquez. Rossi had a bad start and took a few laps to catch up to the leading pack. Once Rossi arrived leader Jorge Lorenzo started to struggle, dropping behind Rossi, then Marquez, then Dani Pedrosa, then Maverick Vinales. The final blow for Lorenzo was when Andrea Iannone caught him up, then took him out when he (Iannone) crashed. So Lorenzo ended up classified 19th. Rossi and Marquez spent the rest of the race swapping the lead, but a mistake by Marquez on the penultimate lap gave Rossi the small cushion he needed to take the win. Pedrosa wasn’t far behind to take third behind Marquez. Vinales finished fourth, but was not in touch with the top three.

The NASCAR race at the big tri-oval of Pocono in Pennsylvania was postponed from Sunday to Monday due to rain. There was still plenty of action with ten cautions. The last of them came and went back to green just outside of the fuel window for many drivers. But not for Kurt Busch who employed a fuel saving drive to win the race on fumes, just ahead of Dale Earnhardt Jr., who used the same tactic. Behind them in third was Brad Keselowski.

Indycar on Belle Island was a two-race affair – the only double race on the Indy calendar this year. The first race was decided by pit strategies, with Sebastien Bourdais choosing the right one. A fuel-only last stop put him in second place behind Conor Daly. But Daly had one more stop to go, so once he went in the lead was Bourdais’, and he went on to win by 2s over Daly. Juan Pablo Montoya was 3.7s further behind in third place. Simon Pagenaud’s pit strategy was not so good, and a late additional stop for fuel dropped him down to a 13th place finish. But that was better than Will Power who lost a wheel and was out of the race, classified in 20th place. The second race was less about pit-stops and more about good close racing. Pagenaud held the lead for much of the race, but a switch to harder tires took away his advantage. After Pablo Montoya hit the wall bringing out an all-course yellow, Will Power got around Pagenaud on the restart, and then held on to take the win. As in the past, TMRG points are given based on the drivers’ average finishing result from both races. For our picks this put Will Power in 4th place, Simon Pagenaud in 5th, and Juan Pablo Montoya in 10th.

The USCC was also on Belle Island. About half way a full course caution came out, and when the race resumed it was headed by a bunch of lapped GT cars, then some PC cars, then Barbosa and Taylor in the Prototypes. It was Taylor in the #10 Corvette that executed the best overtaking maneuvers, getting around the two PC cars and Barbosa in one move, then picking off the GT cars to keep some space between himself and Barbosa, to take the win by less than 2s. Behind the #5 Action Express Corvette of Barbosa, the top PC car took the final overall podium spot with an excellent run by the #8 Starworks Oreca. The #90 Visit Florida Corvette suffered a double crash only 14 minutes into the race. First the car clipped a tire barrier that took off the rear wing, and then with a lack of downforce the car spun into the barriers and then into the #31 Action Express Corvette. That was the end of the race for the #40 and a 27th and last place finish. The #31 managed to get to the pits, but it took 17 laps for them to get the car back into the race, and so a 23rd place finish.


Congratulations to Sebastian who gets his tenth outright win of the year. Solid picks in Indycar made the difference. No changes in positions in the standings…


June 5, 2016

Indycar Detroit Double-Header

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June 2, 2016

2016 Week 20

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Welcome to week 20 – four races this weekend. Moto GP is at Catalunya in Spain; NASCAR is on the tri-oval at Pocono in Pennsylvania; Indycar is on Belle Island, in Detroit, Michigan; and joining Indycar on Belle Island is the USCC.  Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 19:

F1 Monte Carlo, NASCAR Charlotte, Indycar Indianapolis 500:


Lewis Hamilton was gifted the F1 win in Monte Carlo when the Red Bull team called leader Daniel Ricciardo into the pits before the pit crew was ready. The delay gave Hamilton the lead and he didn’t relinquish it, beating Ricciardo at the end by just over 7s. Sergio Perez had a great race in the Force India car to take third, holding off the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel. Fernando Alonso also had a great race in the McLaren to finish fifth, and Nico Hulkenberg got around Nico Rosberg (who had brake issues) on the last lap to take sixth place. Just after the race got going Kimi Raikkonen overshot the hairpin, and when he rejoined he did so right in front of Felipe Massa who ran into the back of him, causing him to crash again, this time taking Romain Grosjean with him. That left Raikkonen classified in 21st place. Massa went on to finish 10th. Valtteri Bottas didn’t have a good race, compounded with a collision with Esteban Gutierrez on the last lap, which the stewards said was Bottas’ fault, giving him a 10s penalty and a 12th place finish. Max Verstappen had a worse race, having to start from the pits, and then crashing out, ending classified in 18th place. And Daniil Kvyat had a problem with his steering wheel at the start of the race, immediately losing him a lap, and then collided with Kevin Magnussen to put him out of the race for good, classified in 20th place.

Martin Truex Jr. absolutely dominated the NASCAR race in Charlotte, North Carolina, by starting on pole and leading 392 of the 400 laps. The 8 laps he didn’t lead were while he was in the pits. Kevin Harvick made a late challenge to Truex, but couldn’t get around and had to settle for second place, ahead of Jimmie Johnson – the only other lap leader of the race.

The Indianapolis 500 was won by the last American hope for F1 – Alexander Rossi. Rossi “grew up” in the European racing series, leading to an F1 drive with Manor Marussia. But Manor are not a competitive team, so when he got an offer to race in the Herta/Andretti team at the Indy 500, how could he refuse, despite having no oval experience? And while his win obviously showcased his driving talents, terrific pit strategy also played an important role, as he stretched his final tank of gas to coast across the finishing line on empty, and take the win. Scott Dixon simply didn’t have the pace at the Indy 500, qualifying a lowly 13th, and finishing 8th mostly because of attrition from cars ahead of him. Helio Castroneves had a couple of issues during the race, first losing his front wing in a collision with Townsend Bell, and then suffering from a loose rear wheel guard toward the end of the race, to leave him with an 11th place finish. Simon Pagenaud made a pit error when he pulled out into Mikhail Aleshin, which the stewards deemed his fault, and placed him at the back of the field, from where he could only recover to a 19th place finish. Juan Pablo Montoya had the worse race of everyone, when he was the first of the field to crash out just after ¼ distance, leaving him classified 33rd and last.


Congratulations to Iomracer who squeaks out the win over Sebastian. Many popular drivers had issues in Monte Carlo and at the Indy 500, so ultimately the win came down to luck and which picked drivers suffered the least. No changes in position in the season long standings…


May 23, 2016

2016 Week 19

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Welcome to week 19 – three races this weekend. F1 is in Monte Carlo for the Monaco Grand Prix; NASCAR stays in Charlotte with a regular race following last week’s All-Star race at the same track; Indycar is in Indianapolis for the Indy 500. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 18:

WRC Portugal, Moto GP Italy, NASCAR Charlotte (All-Star race):


The WRC Rally Portugal was another rally of attrition, and like the last two rallies, the attrition plus the road sweeping that Sebastian Ogier had to do being first on the road, opened the door for yet another winner. This time it was Kris Meeke, despite having missed the two previous rallies. After shaking off the rust, everything went pretty much perfectly for the Brit, giving him a comfortable win at the end. Ogier held second for most of the rally, but two punctures on the last day meant the hard charging Andreas Mikkelsen was able to overhaul him for second place. Dani Sordo felt his Hyundai was ill-handling, and couldn’t match the pace of the top three, giving him a fourth place finish. But he was well ahead of Eric Camilli who had his best ever result with fifth, and just beating out Jari-Matti Latvala who suffered numerous problems over the weekend. The another big gap to Mads Osberg who wasn’t on pace, and also suffered a number of mechanical problems. But Hayden Paddon probably had the worst weekend, when, after a roll, the bushes caught fire on the hot exhaust, and then burnt the car to a shell (so no points since he did not finish).

It was a great battle for the win at the Moto GP event in Mugello, Italy, between Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez. After many exchanges of the lead, eventually it was Lorenzo that beat Marquez across the line by less than 2 thousands of a second. Pole setter Valentino Rossi was in the mix early on, but his engine expired on lap nine, leaving him classified with a 17th place finish. Behind the leading two a good three-way battle ensued at the end of the race, with Andrea Iannone, Dani Pedrosa, and Andrea Dovizioso exchanging positions numerous times, eventually finishing in that order. Maverick Vinales started on the front row of the grid, but could not recover from a bad start, finishing in sixth place.

The NASCAR all-star race in Charlotte added a twist this year to try and spice up the finish. The top 11 cars all had to pit with 13 laps to go, with the rest of the field not permitted to pit. In theory it would be exciting in the final laps to see if the cars with the fresh tires could get around a bunch of cars with old tires. But the format went wrong for NASCAR when race leader after the second segment got that position by skipping a mandatory pit, and incurred a one-lap penalty. Problem is, that forced most of the rest of the field to also be a lap down, which meant when the final laps began, those on new tires only had two cars to get around, which was of course, easy. It was still an exciting finish through, with Joey Logano and Kyle Larson and side-by-side with a couple of laps to go. Then Larson hit the wall and the Logano went on to the victory ahead of Brad Keselowski, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Carl Edwards in fourth.


Congratulations to iomracer and his sixth win of the year with one tie, and five wins in a row. Picking the first two in WRC was key. No changes in positions in the season long standings…


May 19, 2016

2016 Week 18

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Welcome to week 18 – three races this weekend. WRC is in Portugal; Moto GP is at Mugello in Italy; and NASCAR has their all-star race in Charlotte, North Carolina. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 17:

F1 Spain, NASCAR Dover, Indycar Indianapolis (road course):


The F1 race in Catalunya, Spain, was a debacle for Mercedes. Lewis Hamilton started on pole, but got beaten to turn one by his teammate Nico Rosberg. But Rosberg claims to have had his engine mode switch on the wrong setting, meaning he had a loss of power, which prompted Hamilton to dive down the inside of him entering turn three. Rosberg moved to block him, the two collided, and that was that for both of them – second-to-last (21st) and last (22nd) finishing positions for the two of them. That left the race wide-open for the usual also-rans, and in his debut in the Red Bull car, Max Verstappen took full advantage (with some help from good pit strategy) to win the race. That pit strategy got him ahead of Kimi Raikkonen who had to settle for second place. The two other drivers challenging for the win were Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo. Vettel ended up on the final podium step after one of Ricciardo’s tires gave out close to the finish, forcing him into the pits for an unscheduled stop, and a fourth place finish. Valtteri Bottas wasn’t in the mix at the front, but was the best of the rest, finishing in fifth place. Felipe Massa did well to finish eight considering he started 18 on the starting grid.

The NASCAR race at Dover was won by Matt Kenseth, who took his first win of the year. There was one big wreck, started by Jimmie Johnson on a restart when his gearbox decided it wasn’t going to let him shift. He was at the front of the pack when this happened, so most the field piled into him, caused a red-flag stoppage to the race. It was toward the end of the race, so Johnson still managed to get classified in 25th place.

On the Indianapolis road course, Simon Pagenaud continued his dominate form by winning, ahead of his teammate Helio Castroneves. That makes it three wins and two second places for Pagenaud, five races into the season. Scott Dixon did not have a great day, finishing 7th, but that was one place better than Juan Pablo Montana who started down the field, and was also handed a pit-exit penalty in the race. Will Power had a spin early in the race, from which he couldn’t recover, and finished in 19th place.


Congratulations to iomracer and his fifth win of the year, with one tie. Sebastian got unlucky with the Jimmie Johnson pick, since Johnson was at the pointy end of the NASCAR race when his gearbox apparently gave out, and cost Sebastian the possible win for the week. And it changes the standings with iomracer taking a narrow lead over Sebastian …


May 9, 2016

2016 Week 17

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Welcome to week 17 – two races this weekend. F1 visits Catalunya in Spain, and Indycar is in Indianapolis to run the road course. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 16:

Moto GP France, NASCAR Kansas, WEC Belgium:


At the Moto GP race in Le Mans, France, Jorge Lorenzo started on pole, and never ceded the lead, going on to win by almost 11s ahead of Valentino Rossi. Rossi did well to get to second, having started 7th on the grid, and surgically picking off riders until he got around Marc Marquez and then Andrea Dovizioso at around the half way mark of the race. Both of them subsequently solo-crashed, leaving no real threat to Rossi. While Marc Marquez got back on his bike to limp home in 13th, Dovizioso called it a day. Dani Pedrosa was another rider to have a fine race, coming from 11th on the grid, and passing Pol Espargaro and Aleix Espargaro, to claim fourth after the fallers vacated their spots. Pol and Aleix finished 5th and 6th respectively. Andrea Iannone should have been another rider in the mix at the end, but he fell early on in the race while in second place.

Kyle Busch won the NASCAR race in Kansas. The key move seemed to be to forego the pits after a late crash by Ricky Stenhouse, while the final podium drivers – Kevin Harvick in second and Kurt Busch in third, both opted to go in and take four tires. They were both certainly fast on the final restart, getting by Matt Kenseth who also did not go to the pits, but their speed was not enough to get around Kyle before the checkered flag flew. Jimmie Johnson had a poor day by his standards, finishing 17th.

The WEC race at Spa Francorchamps in Belgium was unusual for WEC in that only one car finished on the lead lap. That was the #8 Audi, which was one of the few LMP1 cars to have a clean race. Their teammates in the #7 Audi had to endure underfloor and body work during the race, and a late collision with an LMP2 car, leaving them 5 laps down in fifth place. Beneficiary of the Audi collision was the #12 Rebellion, enabling them to finish 4th. The other Rebellion, the #13, was a lap clear at that late stage, despite a spin, and so secured another third place finish this year. But the Rebellions had no answer to the speed of the winning Audi or the second place Porsche, even with the #2 Porsche suffering from Hybrid problems throughout the race.


Congratulations to iomracer and his fourth win of the year. Avoiding NASCAR and the Toyotas in the WEC made the difference. But no difference in positions in the standings, although Sebastian’s lead has been trimmed quite a bit …


May 2, 2016

2016 Week 16

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Welcome to week 16 – 3 races this weekend. Moto GP is at Le Mans in France; NASCAR is in Kansas; and WEC is at Spa Francorchamps in Belgium. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 15:

F1 Russia, NASCAR Talladega, USCC Laguna Seca:


For the third race in a row, Nico Rosberg dominated the F1 event in Sochi, Russia. Lewis Hamilton had a good race to finish second, having started 10th on the grid after he was unable to take part in the final qualifying shoot-out, after an ERS system issue. Hamilton was helped by the exit of Sebastian Vettel, who was hit twice by Daniil Kvyat, with the second collision ending Vettel’s race against the wall, and a 20th place classification. Kvyat suffered enough damage to send him to the pits for a new front wing, so 15th was as good as it was going to get as a finishing position for him. In that first collision, Vettel bounced off into Daniel Ricciardo sending him to the pits too. So 11th was the best Ricciardo could do by the finish. All of this mess at the start cleared the way for Kimi Raikkonen to claim the final podium spot, although he also needed to use a well-timed pit stop to get ahead of 4th place finisher Valtteri Bottas.

NASCAR was at Talladega and there were three big crashes, all coming in the latter part of the race. Emerging from the final wreck that happened just before the checkered flag finish, was Brad Keselowski, who took his second win of the year. Two cars went airborne in crashes – Chris Buescher, who barrel-rolled after a collision, and Matt Kenseth who turned upside down and into the inside wall in a crash – both incidents that will surely re-raise the discussion of how to keep the cars on the ground. But Dale Earnhardt Jr. probably had the worst day of anyone, crashing twice, with the second crash taking him out of the race for good; but in addition, his steering wheel came off at one point in the race, requiring him to steer with the steering column before he managed to get the steering wheel back in place. That incident produced a really unique in-car video. His calmness in handling the problem, is awesome.

The #60 Michael Shank Racing Honda/Ligier won the 2-hour USCC race at Laguna Seca – their first victory in USCC for four years. Good pit stops and good speed at the end of the race put them 30 seconds ahead of the Corvettes of the #90 Visit Florida car, and the #31 Action Express car that was right behind them. Both the Corvettes benefited from trouble that the favored Mazdas encountered. A mechanical failure put the #70 Mazda out of the race, and their teammate, the #55 Mazda had two incidents that at the end left them a minute adrift of the winning car, and a fourth place finish. The #10 Wayne Taylor Corvette got collected by the #5 Action Express Corvette in an incident only 30 minutes into the race. The #10 got stuck in the gravel, and lost two laps before they got going again, resulting in an 8th place finish. The #5 Action Express similarly got stuck, but it took 5 laps to extract them, resulting in a 17th place finish.


Congratulations to iomracer and his third win of the year. The #55 Mazda pick was the better one than Sebastian’s Daniil Kvyat pick. No changes in the standings’ positions …


April 25, 2016

2016 Week 15

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Welcome to week 15 – three races this week. F1 goes to Sochi in Russia; NASCAR is at the restrictor-plate super-speedway of Talladega; USCC is at Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 14:

WRC Argentina, MotoGP Spain, NASCAR Richmond, Indycar Barber:


For the second year in a row, Rally Argentina produced another WRC first time winner. This year it was New Zealand’s Hayden Paddon in the Hyundai. It nearly wasn’t his win – Jari-Matti Latvala had a healthy lead into Saturday afternoon, but then a suspension failure resulted in a massive crash, which both he and co-driver Miikka Anttila walked away from uninjured. The VW team even managed to repair the car enough to get back out on Sunday, but it still had serious problems and Latvala limped home in 16th place. Despite sweeping the roads, Sebastien Ogier’s times were very close to Paddon’s, and when Paddon suffered gearbox problems on the opening stage on Sunday, he had only a 2.4s lead going into the last stage. But he achieved the rare feat of beating Ogier in a power stage, and hence secured the win. Andreas Mikkelsen drove his typical steady race, and took third place. Dani Sordo was the only other driver to stay remotely close to the top end of the field, and finished fourth. Mads Osberg didn’t have the pace, and couldn’t keep up with the front runners, but he was steady and seemed to enjoy himself, finishing fifth and nearly 5 minutes down on Paddon.

In the Moto GP event at Jerez in Spain, Valentino Rossi was back on form. Maybe his new 2 year contract with Yamaha with the knowledge that Jorge Lorenzo won’t be his teammate next year buoyed his enthusiasm. It was a dominant victory over Lorenzo who was never able to close the gap. It was a similar story across the field, with Marc Marquez finishing third, but not really challenging Lorenzo at the end, and Dani Pedrosa fourth, and not really challenging Marquez. Andrea Dovizioso had mechanical problems that led to his retirement after just 9 laps, and classified with a 20th place finish.

Carl Edwards won the NASCAR event at Richmond with a bump-and-run move over his teammate Kyle Busch on the last lap. It was probably deserved since Edwards lead the most laps in the race. Jimmie Johnson finished third, despite complaining of an ill-handling car.

It was a close Indycar race at Barber in Alabama, with Simon Pagenaud and Graham Rahal battling for the win through the last lap. Rahal had the lead going into the last lap, just, over Pagenaud, but they both had to get around back marker Jack Hawksworth, and Rahal clipped him, allowing Pagenaud past and on to the win. Third place finisher Josef Newgarden was quite some way adrift going into the last lap, so Rahal’s incident wasn’t enough to stop Rahal from taking second ahead of Newgarden. It was very close though between Newgarden and Will Power, with Power also losing out in the final laps. Juan Pablo Montoya started the race 21st and last, and complained of gearshift problems, but nevertheless managed to race through the field to a fifth place finish.


Congratulations to Iomracer and his second win of the year, breaking Sebastian’s string of wins in the process. Clearly it was the picks of Paddon in WRC and Pagenaud in Indycar that were the difference. No changes in positions in the standings …


April 18, 2016

2016 Week 14

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Welcome to week 14 – four races this week. WRC resumes after a 7-week break with Rally Argentina; Moto GP is at Jerez in Spain; NASCAR is at another short-track, this time Richmond in Virginia; and Indycar goes to Alabama and the Barber road course. Please make your picks at:

Scores from week 13:

F1 China, NASCAR Bristol, Indycar Long Beach, WEC England, USCC Long Beach:


Three for three for Nico Rosberg with a win in the F1 race in Shaghai, China. Team-mate Lewis Hamilton had to start at the back of the pack after a power-unit change after qualifying, and then getting caught up in the first corner mayhem, meant that he could do no better than 7th by race end. Part of that first corner mayhem included the two Ferraris getting together, which put Kimi Raikkonen into the pits for repairs, and ultimately a 5th place finish. His team-mate Sebastian Vettel did not suffer from the contact, so powered on to take second place. Vettel blamed the contact on trying to avoid Daniil Kvyat who made a very aggressive move into the first corner. But that move paid off for Kvyat who finished on the podium in third. Kvyat’s Red Bull team-mate avoided the mayhem by getting to turn-1 first, but a puncture on lap three put him down a few spots and an eventual 4th place finish.

Carl Edwards has been one of the more consistent top-10 finishing drivers in NASCAR so far this year, and that consistency paid off with a win for him at Bristol. He beat Dale Earnhardt Jr. who managed a remarkable comeback after being two laps down on the leaders at one point in the race. Kurt Busch has been another frequent top-10 finisher, and again achieved that with 3rd place.

After two second place finishes so far this year, Simon Pagenaud finally got to the top step with a win around the streets of Long Beach. He beat second place Scott Dixon through pit tactics, who himself used a tactful pit-stop to get ahead of, and stay ahead of third place finisher Helio Castroneves. Juan-Pablo Montoya finished fourth in a caution-less race – a surprise and novelty for a street race, which usually features someone who is unable to avoid walls of the tight track.

In the opening round of the WEC race at Silverstone in England, it was a battle through to the finish of Audi versus Porsche, although only one car each, as the #1 Porsche exited the race in spectacular fashion with a big crash after driver Brendon Hartley tried to be too (and unnecessarily) aggressive getting around a GTE car – the car finished classified in 30th. The #8 Audi was out of the race a few minutes earlier with a failure of their energy retrieval system – they were classified 31st. Of the two leading cars, an unscheduled pit-stop by the #2 Porsche due to a puncture seemed to doom them to a second place finish, with victory going to the #7 Audi. But the Audi failed post-race technical inspection and was disqualified from the race (no points). That promoted the #6 Toyota into the 2nd spot, and the #13 Rebellion into the third spot, even though the latter was 11 laps down on the Porsche.

In the USCC event around the streets of Long Beach, the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette dominated the race from turn-1 of the first lap through to their victory an hour and forty minutes later. As usual in USCC it was close though, with them beating the #5 Action Express Corvette by just under 3s. Action Express team-mates in the #31 car finished just over a second further back for third place. Fourth and fifth went to the two Mazda Prototypes with the #70 finishing 3s ahead of the #55, with both finishing on the lead lap. Two other cars finished on the lead lap: the #90 Visit Florida Corvette was fifth, 32s down on the winner; and the #60 Michael Shank Honda was sixth, 33s down on the winner.


Congratulations to Sebastian with his ninth win of the year with one tie. The difference was clearly Sebastian’s Raikkonen pick over Iomracer’s #90 USCC pick. No changes in the order of the standings …


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