TMR Game – Week 10

Welcome to Week 10 of the Too Much Racing Game!

Apologies for my recent absence and I hope it wasn’t a hindrance, and thanks to Sebastian for compiling some unofficial results for last week! You’ll be pleased to hear I agree with his figures, I will include them here in case you didn’t see the link to those results so in this post you’ll see results from the last two weeks.

Just a word of warning, this is a WRC week and that means an early cut-off. The rally actually runs from Thursday to Saturday. I think it is quite harsh to have everyone pick by Thursday morning especially since I was slightly delayed with this post, so I propose a closing point of 6am UK time Friday morning (11 minutes before that day’s running begins). This does mean people entering Thursday will have a distinct advantage but I don’t know what else to suggest. Thoughts?

Quick-Start

Racing this week:
F1 – Malaysian Grand Prix;
WRC – Rally Jordan;

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 the morning of Friday 2nd April at 5.59am BST (British Summer Time = GMT+1).

For the full results from Weeks 8 and 9, 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 which will be updated later in the week.

Results (Weeks 8 and 9)

Top Tens


Week 8 NASCAR ALMS

Points Bristol Sebring
1 50 Jimmie Johnson (Hendrick) Gene/Wurz/Davidson (Peugeot)
2 40 Tony Stewart (Stewart-Haas) Lamy/Bourdais/Minassian (Peugeot)
3 35 Kurt Busch (Penske) Mucke/Primat/Fernandez (AMR)
4 32 Greg Biffle (Roush Fenway) Pickett/Graf/Maasen (Cytosport)
5 30 Matt Kenseth (Roush Fenway) Brabham/Pagenaud/Franchitti (Highcroft)
6 28 Carl Edwards (Roush Fenway) Melo/Bruni/Kaffer (Risi)
7 26 Dale Earnhardt Jr (Hendrick) Auberlen/Milner/Werner (Rahal)
8 24 Jamie McMurray (EGR) Mueller/Hand/Priaulx (Rahal)
9 22 Kyle Busch (Gibbs) Bergmeister/Long/Lieb (Flying Lizard)
10 20 Jeff Burton (Childress) Tucker/Bouchut/Wilkins (Level 5)

In the Sprint Cup there was another win for Johnson and continued good form for Kenseth, while down in Sebring for the ALMS it was a Peugeot sweep with Aston Martin Racing third. A thin prototype field suffering reliability issues saw the GT2 frontrunners take 4 of the top 10 positions.


Week 9 NASCAR F1 IndyCar

Points Martinsville Melbourne St Petersburg
1 50 Denny Hamlin (Gibbs) Jenson Button (McLaren) Will Power (Penske)
2 40 Joey Logano (Gibbs) Robert Kubica (Renault) Justin Wilson (DRR)
3 35 Jeff Gordon (Hendrick) Felipe Massa (Ferrari) Ryan Briscoe (Penske)
4 32 Ryan Newman (Stewart-Haas) Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) Helio Castroneves (Penske)
5 30 Martin Truex Jr (Waltrip) Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) Dario Franchitti (Ganassi)
6 28 Brian Vickers (Red Bull) Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) Alex Tagliani (FAZZT)
7 26 Clint Bowyer (Childress) Vitantonio Liuzzi (Force India) Danica Patrick (Andretti)
8 24 Carl Edwards (Roush Fenway) Rubens Barrichello (Williams) Raphael Matos (dFLR)
9 22 Jimmie Johnson (Hendrick) Mark Webber (Red Bull) Graham Rahal (Fisher)
10 20 Greg Biffle (Roush Fenway) Michael Schumacher (Mercedes) Tony Kanaan (Andretti)

I don’t think too many will have predicted this NASCAR result as Johnson finishes a little way down and Hamlin took the win. It was a similar story with Kubica’s Renault taking 2nd in Melbourne. Penske took 3 of the top 4 spots in the IndyCar race with only Justin Wilson spoiling their party.

Points Awarded

Player NASCAR ALMS Week 8
1 Sebastian 106 305 411
2 The Speedgeek 76 305 381
3 Jon Waldock 150 208 358
4 RG 160 186 346
5 Sean 132 210 342
6 Burwellian 125 215 340
7 Pat W 147 173 320
8 Startledbunny 155 143 298
9 Dank 175 0 175
10 Jackie 132 0 132
11 James 0 0 0

Sebastian took Week 8 with a superb 411 points, well done! Speedgeek wasn’t far back scoring identical ALMS points. Both took the gamble of picking several Peugeot drivers and they were rewarded when the team took a 1-2 finish. James unfortunately didn’t enter and his carryovers were of no use.


Player NASCAR F1 IndyCar Week 9
1 James 83 108 125 316
2 Sean 107 102 92 301
3 Sebastian 22 130 127 279
4 RG 57 130 81 268
5 The Speedgeek 61 67 139 267
6 Jon Waldock 23 178 60 261
7 Pat W 58 108 92 258
8 Burwellian 35 202 0 237
9 Startledbunny 23 138 68 229
10 Jackie 109 0 0 109
11 Dank 91 0 0 91

James redeems himself though by outscoring the field for Week 9! Sean was the only player to correctly pick Denny Hamlin for NASCAR and we all chose Jimmie Johnson who had a relatively bad week, while a couple of notable drivers retired and only scored single-digits.

Week 9: Overall Standings

Pos Pre +/- Name Prior Wk 8 Wk 9 Total
1 2 1 The Speedgeek 1250 381 267 1898
2 5 3 Sebastian 1169 411 279 1859
3 4 1 RG 1192 346 268 1806
4 3 -1 Pat W 1200 320 258 1778
5 6 1 Sean 1099 342 301 1742
6 7 1 Burwellian 1094 340 237 1671
7 8 1 Jon Waldock 1033 358 261 1652
8 1 -7 James 1286 0 316 1602
9 9 0 Startledbunny 789 298 229 1316
10 10 0 Dank 734 175 91 1000
11 11 0 Jackie 421 132 109 662

(position changes are since Week 7)

We have a new leader! James’ non-entry slips him down the order to allow The Speedgeek to take the front, while Sebastian takes a surge forwards into 2nd position with that good Wk8 score. I was the only player other than James to lose a position..

Week 10

This weekend we have the F1 Malaysian Grand Prix and the WRC Rally Jordan. I assume you’re all familiar with F1, if you’re looking for an entry list for this week’s WRC you can find it here and specifically this PDF (first-named is the driver). Unfortunately there are only 10 WRC-class cars, the rest of the field are Production WRC entrants or runners from the Middle East Rally Championship, but you can still pick from those if you think they’ll score well. Stage times should appear here throughout the weekend.

I think that’s everything, any questions just ask in the comments, and good luck!

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21 thoughts on “TMR Game – Week 10

  1. 4th for two weeks in a row, consistant.

    F1:

    Fernando Alonso
    Felipe Massa
    Jenson Button
    Tonio Liuzzi
    Nico Rosberg
    Mark Webber

    WRC:

    Seb Ogier
    Seb Loeb
    Mikko Hirvonen
    Jari Latvala

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  2. A Thursday morning cut-off would be OK as long as all nine of us know it is early and you know we all know. Obviously, RG has posted and I know. May I suggest you e-mail the other six to ask them to let you know they are aware of the situation and if you get a full set of responses, add a note to the post. (Lets give Jackie and Dank the extra day whatever.) In the meantime, if any of the gang see this, if they could post a comment that they are aware?

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  3. I’ll put my ten together later on, but just a heads up that the weather forecast for Malaysia is pretty much a repeat of last year. The BBC team worked through 3 thunderstorms while setting their equipment up the past couple of days.

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  4. F1
    Sebastian Vettel
    Jenson Button
    Lewis Hamilton
    Fernando Alonso
    Mark Webber

    WRC
    Sebastien Loeb
    Dani Sordo
    Mikko Hirvonen
    Jari-Matti Latvala
    Petter Solberg

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  5. F1
    Jenson Button
    Lewis Hamilton
    Fernando Alonso
    Felipe Massa
    Seb Vettel
    Michael Schumacher
    Rubens Barrichello

    WRC
    J-M Latvala
    D Sordo
    P Solberg

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  6. Fernando Alonso
    Felipe Massa
    Nico Rosberg
    Lewis Hamilton
    Sebastian Vettel
    Michael Schumacher
    Tonio Luizzi

    Sebastian Loeb
    Mikko Hirvonen
    Kimi Raikkonen (he’s gotta finish one race)

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  7. In on a technicality….

    WRC
    Sebastien Loeb
    Mikko Hirvonen
    Petter Solberg
    Jari-Matti Latvala

    F1
    Lewis Hamilton
    Jenson Button
    Felipe Massa
    Fernando Alonso
    Sebastian Vettel
    Adrian Sutil (because madness does pay off sometimes)

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  8. Weird. I left my lineup earlier, but it looks like it didn’t take. We’ll see if I can remember the whole thing.

    F1:
    Sebastian Vettel
    Fernando Alonso
    Felipe Massa
    Jenson Button
    Michael Schumacher

    WRC:
    Sebastien Loeb
    Dani Sordo
    Mikko Hirvonen
    Sebastien Ogier
    Henning Solberg

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  9. Looks like it went into the spam bin along with an entry from Jon. Both match the entries that eventually made it.
    I’m getting a lot of spam at the moment (actually just a string of random letters) and for some reason it is picking up the odd game entry too.

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  10. I’m less than an hour over. I often make fantasy picks late Thursday night before Friday deadlines. Didn’t look at this deadline until now, and I virtually never look at WRC news. I have no excuse especially because Sebastian e-mailed me… I handicapped myself by not looking at anything related to this weekend’s rally, and just picking five generally consistent rally guys.

    F1: Vettel, Alonso, Massa, Button, Hamilton
    WRC: Loeb, Sordo, Hirvonen, Latvala, Ogier

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  11. What can I say? The post has been up since Tuesday. I don’t mind if you want to leave your picks until later but surely the post is worth a cursory read to check the cutoffs. But I admit I made an error on the Thursday start so we all make mistakes.

    Now, you say it is late. On my WordPress Dashboard it shows 5.50am which is 10mins within. This is probably because I changed the timezone to reflect DST, but I can’t be sure.

    I’ll accept the entry for these reasons:
    – it is only marginally late (if it had been over an hour you’d be out of luck);
    – I can’t be 100% sure it is late;
    – we’ve only got a handful of players;
    – I also made an error with the cutoff time(if I hadn’t, I may not have been so favourable);

    All I’ll say about WRC is that you’re as handicapped by not following it as I am with GrandAm in Andy’s game!

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  12. What the almighty is going on with WRC? It makes a mockery of making predictions. After all these years, just how difficult is it to rotate the starting order of the top contenders across the stages so road-position advantages and disadvantages are approximately shared out?

    I do not want to seem bitter. I should have picked Latvala if I wanted more points and I veiw points I lose on Ogier as one of those things – unlucky and stupid but with some of the good luck I have had recently in this game, nothing to complain about. I just despair at the sheer farcical incompetance that the WRC has not sorted this issue years ago and need somewhere to vent. When I was a kid and my Mother was driving us, my sister and I were allowed to take turns sitting in the front. Is this too complicated for FIA?

    I notice only RG picked both front row drivers on the F1 grid. I thought this would be a bit of a non-week with solid choices getting solid points and not much spread in scores but it is looking more interesting now. However, three of us picked the same six F1 drivers from RBR, Ferrari and McLaren.

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  13. This is the downside to the WRC – getting intentional penalties to affect the road position is just crazy. Yet it is allowed within the regulations, or as Loeb said, “we are at the limit of the regulations”.

    I think the FIA shouldn’t announce the next day’s road positions until the last stage of the day has been run. Draw them at random from a tombola on a stage. Got to be better than this.

    Maybe next year I’ll switch the game to the IRC..

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