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TMR Game – Week 23

Welcome to Week 23 of the Too Much Racing Game!

Here are all the results from this week’s racing.

Quick-Start

Racing this week:

IndyCar – Watkins Glen, New York;

Sprint Cup – Daytona, Florida;

DTM – Norisring, Nuremberg;

Usual restrictions apply, pick up to 10 drivers, no more than 7 from one race.

The cutoff is Saturday 3rd July at 4.59am BST (British Summer Time = GMT+1), that’s 11.59pm Friday night US EDT.

For the full results from Week 22, read on. Continue reading

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Start Times: 26-27 June

Here is this week’s rough guide to race start times, all UK (GMT+1), please check your TV listings as pre-race shows vary. NASCAR Cup’s TV start time is given as the green flag time is not known.

UK Time Duration Series Venue Event
GMT+1
Saturday
1pm MotoGP Assen Dutch TT
1pm 1 hour Formula 1 Valencia Qualifying
2.40pm 32 laps GP2 Series Valencia Race 1
Sunday
8.55am 13 laps Auto GP Spa-Franchorchamps Race 1
9.35am 23 laps GP2 Series Valencia Race 2
10am 45min Superleague Nurburgring Race 1
11am 24 laps World Superbike Misano Race 1
1pm 57 laps Formula 1 Valencia European GP
1pm 45min Superleague Nurburgring Race 2
2pm 5 laps Superleague Nurburgring Superfinal
2.30pm 24 laps World Superbike Misano Race 2
2.35pm 10 laps Auto GP Spa-Franchorchamps Race 2
6pm (TV) 300 laps Sprint Cup New Hampshire Lenox Tools 301

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Much of this incidental of course, the biggest event this weekend is in football. Germany v England in the World Cup is an event of major national significance and I’d say in this country it is the biggest international fixture possible in any sport. You can bet nearly everybody will be watching. F1 at Valencia will not long be finished but that race is boring anyway! Don’t expect anything in post-race analysis, the UK-based teams want to watch too (no doubt it’ll be tense down at MercedesGP). Note F1 is on BBC2 on Sunday due to Cup build-up.

Fantastically warm and sunny weekend though, so if the above races and the other games don’t grab you, I won’t blame you for disappearing off elsewhere.

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TMR Game – Week 22

Welcome to Week 22 of the Too Much Racing Game!

An interesting week! A great IndyCar race with a deserving winner, and I saw the latter half of an interesting Cup race where there was a mix of strategy and all sorts. You should be able to read more of my thoughts of the weekend in a day or two in another post.

Quick-Start

Racing this week:

Formula 1 – Valencia, Spain;

Sprint Cup – Loudon, New Hampshire;

Usual restrictions apply, pick up to 10 drivers, no more than 7 from one race. Note that the Cup race is on a road course and some of the drivers have changed – more on that later.

The cutoff is Saturday 26th June at 4.59am BST (British Summer Time = GMT+1), that’s 11.59pm Friday night US EDT.

For the full results from Week 20, read on. Continue reading

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Start Times: 19-20 June

I neglected this last week, though it seems most people worked out when Le Mans started! We’re back into the smaller events now so a helping hand may be needed. Of course with the hot and sunny weather we’ve been having here in the UK it seems foolish to stay in all day watching racing.

For future rounds of some of these series please see the Google Calendar links on the sidebar – be aware the start times for those events are not accurate so please only use it to find the date.

Notes
- the GP2 round scheduled at Portimao for this weekend was cancelled some time ago.
- These events are noted in UK time but I may have made errors, particularly with US events so be careful.
- I’ve listed overnight events as Saturday as many people stay up for them rather than sleep and get up especially.

UK Time Duration Series Venue Event
GMT+1



Saturday
11.15am 40 mins Formula 2 Zolder Zolder race 1


2pm 45min WS by Renault FR3.5 Magny-Cours M-C race 1


10pm 2hr 45m GrandAm Mid-Ohio SCC EMCO Gears Classic


8.30pm 50 laps Nationwide Series Road America Bucyrus 200


10.30pm Qual IZOD IndyCar
Iowa Speedway Qualifying


2.45am 115 laps Indy Lights Iowa Speedway Iowa


Sunday


10am 45min Superleague Formula Jarama Jarama Race 1


11.30am 45min Superleague Formula Jarama Jarama Race 2


12.05pm 30 mins WTCC Zolder WTCC race 1


12.07pm 15 laps BTCC Croft Croft race 1


12.30pm 5 laps Superleague Formula Jarama Jarama Superfinal


1pm MotoGP Silverstone British Grand Prix


1pm 35 mins Formula 2 Zolder Zolder race 2


11.50am 45min WS by Renault FR3.5 Magny-Cours M-C race 2


1pm 35 mins Formula 2 Zolder Zolder race 2


2.20pm 30 mins WTCC Zolder WTCC race 2


2.40pm 15 laps BTCC Croft Croft race 2


5.15pm 15 laps BTCC Croft Croft race 3


7pm 250 laps IZOD IndyCar Iowa Speedway Iowa Corn Indy 250


8pm 110 laps Sprint Cup Infineon Raceway Toyota/Save Mart 350
Sears Point, Sonoma

Enjoy!

Iowa Speedway

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TMR Game – Week 21

Welcome to Week 21 of the Too Much Racing Game!

What a week of sport! Starting with Le Mans qualifying, through the race itself and the World Cup opening games to the Canadian GP, it felt like it was non-stop. I hope you enjoyed it too, and you can read some of my thoughts of the weekend in my recap.

Quick-Start

Racing this week:

IndyCar – Iowa (oval);

Sprint Cup – Sonoma (road course);

Usual restrictions apply, pick up to 10 drivers, no more than 7 from one race. Note that the Cup race is on a road course and some of the drivers have changed – more on that later.

The cutoff is Saturday 19th June at 4.59am BST (British Summer Time = GMT+1), that’s 11.59pm Friday night US EDT.

For the full results from Week 20, read on.

Continue reading

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I’m Watching… #2

This weekend was all about one race…. at least, it was supposed to be.

We all know that F1 races are quite boring this year. We also all know that the battle between Audi and Peugeot for overall honours over the 24 Hour race at Le Mans has turned into an epic annual contest which has been enthralling for several years now, with further depth through the classes.

Not this year.

Le Mans 24 Hours

I didn’t think the 2010 24 Hours was a classic, but a mediocre race at Le Mans is more evocative than a decent race at many other venues.

- LMP1

It promised much, but as early as Wednesday night’s qualifying session Peugeot laid down lap times so fast as to effectively smack down the improved Audi’s challenge in terms of an out and out race. This was going to be a reliability run rather than a strategic battle, and with Peugeot having successfully completed a 30-hour endurance test it looked all sewn up before the race had started.

As it turned out, Audi’s race pace wasn’t that poor and they seemed to be able to maintain their top pace for much longer – Peugeot had far faster cars but they couldn’t maintain 3m19s laps for long. This mean the French team held a 1 or 2 lap lead over the German team for a considerable amount of time, but no more. All of the seven cars were pushing.

In terms of an actual race, things went wrong early when a Safety Car period for Mansell’s crash split the frontrunners, giving the four Peugeots an extra minute over the three Audis. On the green flag the Audis held that gap for ages, proving they could’ve got amongst the Pug’s early on had they been given the chance. Once we were into the meat of the race the Peugeots were easily the things to have and they extended a gap, so there wasn’t much in the way of racing, either passing or on pit strategy.

This was ‘run until someone either wins or breaks’. Eventually all four Peugeots broke down or were involved in incidents (and one of them broke surprisingly early), and the Audis didn’t ran near-flawlessly save for an ‘off’ by TK. Win sealed, go home. It wasn’t enthralling waiting for something to happen for so many hours. Interestingly it was the faster car from each team that dropped back – that is unless the others were managing their pace while these two pushed to catch up) and while both cars put in their customary supreme stints overnight, it wasn’t for the win.. Didn’t grab me.

Petrol cars:  AMR were ‘best of the rest’ for nearly the whole race but died near the end, leaving ORECA’s other car to take the spoils. Not necessarily a bad result, it had been quicker than I’d expected it to be and could’ve won it on merit, but as it turned out it was the last car standing. Again though, not much of a race because the team I expected to really hustle AMR – Rebellion and its pair of Lolas – suffered all manner of difficulties, which was a shame. This sub-class turned into a survival of the fittest. I know that’s what Le Mans is about, I guess we’ve just been spoiled with a different type of fight in the past.

- LMP2

Two cars were the class of the field: the two HPD (nee Acura) chassis run by Strakka and Highcroft. I tipped Highcroft for the win because they are so good in the US and this is Strakka’s first year with the car, plus Highcroft had 3 good drivers and Strakka had 2+ 1 average. As it turned out it went the other way, Stakka’s experience of 24-hour racing shone through and they led the class throughout – well done to them. Highcroft were racing outside North America for the first time, in a 24 hour race for the first time, unfamiliar with the ACO’s different way of doing things and without as much support gear with them as they are used to. Highcroft ran into several difficulties during the race but they seemed to pick themselves up and push on, all credit to them. Unfortunately this meant the expected duel between the two never really materialised for any length of time.

There were a few other good teams – notably RML – but they couldn’t stay in contention, and there were the usual few makeweights/fieldfillers.

- GT1

Pathetic. To think that this class used to provide the best race in the field, and now the cars can barely finish let alone even beat GT2. In fairness to the class it has been completely neutered so that the power advantage it had is now reduced, they barely have a time advantage over the GT2s, while the extra weight and fuel consumption and therefore extra pit stops drops them back every time. I’m sure the development this style of racing is famous for would recover much of that over the coming years, they won’t be allowed the chance to find out, the class has been removed for 2011 in the mistaken belief the cars can’t be turned into endurance racers. Ostensibly this is because of the increasing cost of the previous regulations which did need addressing, but the ongoing bunfight between the SRO and ACO has lost us the chance to rebuild the class at a more reasonable cost – instead we get some lame GT2 sub-category for amateurs. A real shame.

- GT2

This class featured the best racing and the most contenders for victory, and the highlight of the entire race for me was the on-track race for the lead between the Corvette and the Risi Ferrari, the positions changing from straight to straight for several laps – at sunset, no less! That’s Le Mans fever right there. It was a real shame the Risi car suffered the gearbox problem, and then (much) later the two Corvettes had their own issues with one breaking the other apparently being pushed off track by a Peugeot, if not by physical contact then by not giving the ‘Vette the racing room. Attrition hit this class too, leaving the Felbermayr Porsche to take the win.

A very high attrition rate throughout the field this year, was that due to underfunded teams, a harder pace, or some other unknown reason? I have a feeling it is a mixture of those things. Still, new rules for 2011 and 2012 see the 24 move into a new era – let’s see what it brings.

F1: Canadian Grand Prix

What a race! This was easily the best Formula 1 race of the year. Every season F1 throws up two or three excellent races, this was one of them and the best F1 race I’ve seen since Brazil’s title decider last year. There was action throughout, split strategies and sometimes it seemed like guesswork. The soft tyres were entirely inappropriate for what turned out to be a far more abrasive track than Bridgestone anticipated, yet that was exactly what created such a good race. Could the softs last long enough? Had they brought a compound step higher this could’ve been another snorer. Thankfully Bridgestone won’t be around to make use of that lesson next year!

McLaren were expected to walk away from the rest with their F-Duct, but then they deployed their ‘interesting’ strategy of using the soft tyres first in the hope of a Safety Car that never came. And yet… it worked! I’ve no idea how they pulled it off, in a race with so many early stops it left the Lotus of Kovalainen in 7th for a short while it was difficult to know what was going on for a while, thankfully I had the aid of live timing else I’d have been completely lost.

One more note on Canada – did you see how full those stands were?! Absolutely brilliant, and I’m sure there were more than usual. Welcome back to the schedule, Montreal – you were missed.

Other

Among this glut of racing I managed to catch the England v USA World Cup game, which ended in a disappointing but perhaps expected draw. I have a feeling both teams can win their remaining games and will both qualify, I hope so.

I also booked my ticket to the Goodwood Festival of Speed! I’ll be there on the Sunday and I’m really looking forward to it.

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