Welcome to Week 14 of the Too Much Racing Game!
I didn’t think that was a great week in terms of racing action, the DTM race I watched via web feed seemed fairly flat though this may be unfair as I admit my attention was elsewhere at the time. Perhaps if my full focus had been on it I’d have enjoyed it more. [Photo - First lap of the DTM at Hockenheim, by Hasan Bratic of Getty Images, via Picapp]
As usual I missed the Cup race though this time partly because I don’t like restrictor plate tracks – but apparently it was a good race, better now they’ve changed the aero? I see they still had the big crash and the showbiz ending though.
This week sees the focus switch to the ovals with IndyCar and more NASCAR Cup.
Racing this week:
IRL IZOD IndyCar Series – Kansas;
NASCAR Sprint Cup – Richmond;
Usual restrictions apply, pick up to 10 drivers, no more than 7 from one race.
The cutoff is Saturday 1st May at 4.59am BST (British Summer Time = GMT+1), that’s 11.59pm Friday night US EDT.
For the full results from Week 13, 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 a driver in 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.
On to the results!
Top Tens – Week 13
|Week 13||DTM||NASCAR Cup|
|1||50||Gary Paffett||Kevin Harvick|
|2||40||Bruno Spengler||Jamie McMurray|
|3||35||Jamie Green||Juan Montoya|
|4||32||Paul di Resta||Denny Hamlin|
|5||30||Mike Rockenfeller||Mark Martin|
|6||28||Mattias Ekstrom||David Ragan|
|7||26||Timo Scheider||Clint Bowyer|
|8||24||Miguel Molina||Kurt Busch|
|9||22||Ralf Schumacher||Kyle Busch|
|10||20||Alexandre Premat||Mike Bliss|
Mercedes domination in Germany as the marque sweeps the first four positions, though with four Audis after that the top ten is an even split at 5 cars apiece.
A crash in the closing stages of the Talladega race meant some big names were classified in the minor positions, including Johnson, J.Gordon and Kenseth – the crash severely hit some TMR players.
Points Awarded – Week 13
Well done Sean! A clear win with a strong DTM score backed up with a relatively good Cup score, and the latter made the difference compared to myself and The Speedgeek who scored just as well in DTM but lost out in NASCAR points.
James took the best Cup score of the ‘regular’ players because he picked 5 drivers and only lost out with Johnson in the crash, this put him a clear second in the week. Speedgeek was by far the worst hit as his Cup picks finished 28th, 31st and 32nd, hard luck Andy and good job you had those strong DTM picks!
The battle between Jon and RG was won by Jon this week.
5th to 10th was surprisingly close, and good to see Jackie mixing it with the field now, perhaps Mav’s influence really was dragging you back.. Game leader Sebastian could only manage 8th.
Overall Standings – Week 13
Sebastian remains in the lead and becomes the only player so far to break the 3100 barrier.
I am now in second position, overtaking The Speedgeek and gaining on the leader though it’ll probably be short-lived! The top three are separated by 61 points.
Sean isn’t far behind, having retaken his position from Jon and also jumping RG this week. Jon and RG are waging their own battle and this week Jon jumps ahead in the standings. James joins this bracket too with his good score this week. This group are all in the 2900s.
Burwellian is still in touch with the field, but Startledbunny will have to hope people miss a week while Jackie is just playing for fun at this stage which she is more than welcome to do – it’ll be interesting to see if those gaps can be closed during the year and you’re still playing for weekly wins!
Full results sheets will be available on the TMR drop.io shortly.
This week we have the first of a run of oval events in IndyCar, their first of the season is at Kansas. The NASCAR Sprint Cup visits Richmond.
IRL IndyCar – Their first oval of the year is the 1.5 mile Kansas Speedway. Penske has dominated the road and street course opening swing, but Ganassi are strong on ovals. Chances are the top few places will be fought out between these five cars but I wouldn’t count out some of the others to score a top 3 result – a win may be asking too much of them, perhaps. Info at www.indycar.com
NASCAR Cup – A change of scenery this week, from the big superspeedway at Talladega to the small Richmond oval. Traffic ought to be a factor here. Info at www.nascar.com
I think that’s everything, any questions just ask in the comments, and good luck!