Welcome to Week 8 of the Too Much Racing Game!
The F1 and IndyCar openers are done and dusted, one was incredibly boring and I hear the other was very exciting although I didn’t get to see it – I’ll catch it another time.
A word of warning – I am out of the country from Wednesday morning until Tuesday evening, so I probably won’t be able to check entries this week or provide scores next week. I’ll schedule an entry post for next Tuesday as normal and you’ll get two sets of results the following week. I’ll check tomorrow at the airport wifi but that may be it!
The other thing is a request for feedback: it was brought up on the Game page that perhaps Okayama may be too obscure a race. I think we’ll see some familiar drivers from the LMS and ALMS there but it may be a valid point. Do we lose it? The other thing was the Macau F3 GP – what do people say to including that, would it add an element of unpredictability to the final week of the game since the only there at the moment is the last NASCAR race, or is it too obscure also?
Racing this week:
American Le Mans Series – 12 Hours of Sebring, Florida, USA;
NASCAR Sprint Cup – Bristol, Tennessee, USA;
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 19th March at 11.59pm GMT. Call it midnight Friday night. Good luck! American/Canadian players entering Friday please note that although you’ve switched to Summer time Europe hasn’t yet – check your timezones.
For the full results from Week 7, read on.
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.
Further information can be found on the game sub-page.
Week 7: Top Ten Finishers
(Photo: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull-Cosworth RB6) leads Fernando Alonso (Ferrari F10), Bahrain Grand Prix, Sakhir courtesy Getty Images via PicApp)
|1||50||Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)||Will Power (Penske)|
|2||40||Felipe Massa (Ferrari)||Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti)|
|3||35||Lewis Hamilton (McLaren)||Vitor Meira (AJ Foyt)|
|4||32||Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)||Raphael Matos (dF/LDR)|
|5||30||Nico Rosberg (Merc)||Dan Wheldon (Panther)|
|6||28||Michael Schumacher (Merc)||Scott Dixon (Ganassi)|
|7||26||Jenson Button (McLaren)||Dario Franchitti (Ganassi)|
|8||24||Mark Webber (Red Bull)||Mike Conway (DRR)|
|9||22||Vitantonio Liuzzi (Force India)||Helio Castroneves (Penske)|
|10||20||Rubens Barrichello (Williams)||Tony Kanaan (Andretti)|
A tedious procession in Bahrain ended with a Ferrari 1-2 after leader Vettel’s car developed a spark plug problem. He hung on to claim 4th. I know I previously posted about enjoying all kinds of races but really, this was a tough one to sit through.
A new street track, dust, bumps, rain, stoppages, unexpected good results from some and Takuma Sato in an opening lap crash. What did this race not have? And that’s just what I picked up on Twitter.
Week 7: Points Awarded This Week
(Photo: Will Power (Team Penske, Dallara IR4-Honda); courtesy Getty Images via PicApp)
Well done Sebastian, James and Startledbunny for scoring over 320 points this week. Hard luck for Sean and myself who didn’t break the 300 barrier despite using completely different strategies. RG managed an almost even points split between the races! Jackie and Dank didn’t enter and their carryovers were exclusively NASCAR drivers. The scores were impressively close despite the varied ways of acheiving them.
Week 7: Overall Standings
James has extended his lead a little. There were no changes in position among the scorers yet things are still close, with the top 7 within 200 points given the number still on the table, anything can happen. I must say I’m a little disappointed that F1 and IndyCar didn’t attract any new entries and we’re struggling to retain regular entrants.
There are TWO events this week.
ALMS – 12 Hours of Sebring
The 58th running of this tough endurance event, Sebring is so rough and bumpy that it is said 12 hours here is like 24 hours at Le Mans. Go to the ALMS Racehub to link through to a PDF Entry List and live timing & scoring. With two Peugeots and no Audis it will surely be a French win, but what if those bumps catch them out, could Drayson take a shock result? You can pick drivers from the same car if you like, so if it wins you get the 50 twice… but what if it crashes? It could be worth picking some LMP2 drivers as well, but which? If you plan to follow the race on Saturday be sure to listen to radiolemans.com.
NASCAR Cup – Bristol
Stock car fun for 500 laps of the dizzying half-mile oval. Expect panel-bashing. nascar.com for the info, I always say check the points as well as the entry list but to be honest at this track who knows what to expect?
I will soon update the TMR Game page with the current scores, I’ve not had time just yet (I’m rushing to prepare for my holiday!).
A reminder – from March 17th to 24th I will be away. I will not see your entries until next week so if you mis-pick I can’t point it out. Your entry may end up in the spam bin waiting to be authorised – if that happens it won’t show up as a reply, send another and if it happens again that’s probably where it is. I will see it when I get back and if it is within the time I’ll allow and publish it, you may want to email me as a backup. I may yet check in from time to time, but be aware I may not.
Next Tuesday you will see 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 the following Tuesday.
I think that’s it – good luck!