Welcome to Week 7 of the Too Much Racing Game!
This is the start of the serious business – Formula 1 and IndyCar kick off this weekend and I really hope you play along! Forget the past scores, we’ve got a whole season ahead of us. Let’s go.
Racing this week:
Formula 1 – Bahrain GP, Sakhir;
IndyCar – Sao Paulo Indy 300, streets of Sao Paulo;
All you have to do is reply to this post and pick up to 10 drivers! The only limit? No more than 7 in one race.
The cutoff is Friday 12th March at 11.59pm GMT. Call it midnight Friday night. Good luck!
For the full results from Week 6, read on. I will endeavour to have results up next Monday or Tuesday as I will be away for a week after that, more details below.
How To Enter
1. Reply to this post.
2. List up to 10 drivers, with no more than 7 from a single event.
3. Send your entry before the stated deadline, usually some time on a Friday. You can make as many changes as you like until the closing point, I’ll take your last entry.
Most weeks feature 2 or 3 races, some weeks may have more than that and some may only have one. There’s not a rule stating you have to choose from each race, any combination of up to 10 drivers is accepted.
Don’t worry if you didn’t enter the first few weeks – there can be big differences in scoring from week to week so you have the chance to catch up, or how about just playing for fun?
Further information can be found on the game sub-page (this will be updated with current scores tonight).
Week 6: Top Ten Finishers
(Photo: Kurt Busch (Penske Dodge) and Juan Montoya (Ganassi Chevrolet), Kobalt Tools 500, Atlanta; courtesy ZumaPress via PicApp)
|1||50||Kurt Busch||Sébastien Loeb|
|2||40||Matt Kenseth||Petter Solberg|
|3||35||Juan Pablo Montoya||Sébastien Ogier|
|4||32||Kasey Kahne||Mikko Hirvonen|
|5||30||Paul Menard||Jari-Matti Latvala|
|6||28||AJ Allmendinger||Henning Solberg|
|7||26||Brian Vickers||Federico Villagra|
|8||24||Greg Biffle||Xavier Pons|
|9||22||Kevin Harvick||Martin Prokop|
|10||20||Scott Speed||Armindo Araujo|
Following a shocking crash in the closing stages between Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski which eventually lead to a green/white/chequered finish, Kurt Busch took the win in Atlanta ahead of Matt Kenseth and Juan Pablo Montoya. I’ve pictured Busch and Montoya because I am continually amazed at how their respective powerhouse teams of Penske and Ganassi are able to fight each other across disciplines, often simultaneously, from NASCAR to IndyCar to GrandAm, and still beat the rest of the opposition (with the proviso that Montoya hasn’t won in Cup yet, but he’s up there). As a side note, it was interesting to see Speed get a decent result for a change!
Down in Mexico, Sebastien Loeb took a dominant win over Petter Solberg’s customer Citroen, and the two were probably the class of the field all weekend after Petter set the pace on Friday. Sebastien Ogier made it an all-Citroen podium, making up for the loss of Sordo (15th) and Raikkonen (DNF). Ford struggled throughout the weekend and had to settle for 4th and 5th. Several retirements in the WRC class means the S2000 frontrunners Pons and Prokop feature in the top ten, as does Production class winner Araujo.
For the purposes of TMR scoring, drivers who retired on Friday or Saturday and failed to rejoin the rally, and subsequently don’t appear in the final results sheet, have not been scored. Drivers who retired but then rejoined with a time penalty are scored as normal.
Week 6: Points Awarded This Week
(Photo: 2nd-placed Petter Solberg and Phil Mills, Citroen C4 WRC, Rally Mexico; courtesy Getty Images via PicApp)
Congratulations to Sebastian and TheSpeedgeek for leading the scoring this week, very good rally scores guys!
Week 6: Overall Standings
James’ lead over The Speedgeek has been reduced by 34 points to just 22, with a further 29 back to me in 3rd. RG is hanging on to 4th but is the next target for the ever-advancing Sebastian and Sean. Dank falls back 3 places after not entering, the NASCAR scores weren’t quite enough for our 3 ‘carry over’ entries this week though they were decent race scores in their own right!
There are TWO events this week.
Formula 1 – Bahrain
I don’t think an entry list is all that necessary for F1, I’m pretty sure all the players follow it well enough! I hope the first Grand Prix of the year will attract some new players too. It will be fascinating to see what the rule changes and added teams will bring to the picture – and to see who you pick as your top finishers!
IndyCar – Sao Paulo
The inaugural running of the Sao Paulo Indy 300 which will be run on the city streets rather than at Interlagos. Questions about the wisdom of this move will no doubt be answered on Sunday! Many of you will know about IndyCar, many won’t. For those that don’t I’ve been trying to find an entry list but there doesn’t seem to be one right now – you’ll have to make do with the Driver bio page. Be aware that some of those drivers will not appear in Brazil, most will and if you pick one that isn’t I will let you know, so check back here before the end of the week!
I will soon update the TMR Game page with the current scores, I’ve not had time just yet.
A reminder – from March 17th to 24th I will be away. I’ll have the next set of results posted next week as normal before I go away. The following week I won’t be near the blog at all so will schedule an automated post, it will be a basic post inviting entries for that week and will not feature any scores from Sebring or Bristol. I’ll do a combined results post featuring Weeks 8 and 9 in the normal slot the following week.
I think that’s it – good luck!