Welcome all to week twenty-two. Only a single event this week; Formula One at Spielberg (Red Bull Ring née A1 Ring née Österreichring). Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml. The guide can be found at: https://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2015-week-twenty-two-guide-and-links/.
Results – Top Tens
|1||Lorenzo||#19 Porsche||Ogier||Newgarden||Ku. Busch|
|10||Bautista||#38 JOTA||Al Qassimi||Sato||Bowyer|
For Catalunya, Lorenzo led from start to finish, with Rossi making his way up to second but was unable to catch his team-mate. Dovioso hit the deck (20th), and Marquez crashed fighting for the lead on lap three (22nd).
It was a relatively undramatic Le Mans in the top class with the eight manufacturer prototypes all being consistent enough to fill the top-eight places. Porsche had the reliability to match their pace, vying with the Audis but gaining an edge on speed to pull away during the cooler night-and-early-morning hours when Porsche’s tendency to overheat was negated. The stand-out drives from Nick Tandy gave the #19 Porsche the victory. Audi had a lot of niggles with energy collection from braking. Toyota were off the pace.
With the new rules in WRC that have the championship leader run first and sweep the road for the first two legs, this was a repeat of Mexico in that Ogier declared it would take a miracle to win, and then won, aided by everyone else in contention buggering up. Latvala blew it in stage nine clouting a bank and knocking a tyre off the rim, then hit a rock in stage seventeen breaking a damper, leading him to limp through following stages. Meeke had an off on stage two, returning on Saturday to end up 24th.
It was a one-two in Toronto for CFH Racing with Josef Newgarden ahead of Luca Filippi. Our picks only included the four Penske drivers, three of whom were top-seven with Pagenaud 11th.
It rained a lot for the NASCAR, and Kurt Busch won a shortened race.
Well done to greasedlightning for his sixth win of the year; nine of his picks finished top-seven. In the Indycar and WEC, none of us picked the winner, although in retrospect going long on Le Mans would have been more successful than other years.