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.
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.
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. 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.
On to the results!
Top Tens – Week 20
|Week 20||F1||NASCAR Cup|
|1||50||Lewis Hamilton||Denny Hamlin|
|2||40||Jenson Button||Kasey Kahne|
|3||35||Fernando Alonso||Kurt Busch|
|4||32||Sebastian Vettel||Jeff Gordon|
|5||30||Mark Webber||Tony Stewart|
|6||28||Nico Rosberg||Jimmie Johnson|
|7||26||Robert Kubica||Dale Earnhardt Jr|
|8||24||Sebastien Buemi||Jeff Burton|
|9||22||Vitantonio Liuzzi||Greg Biffle|
|10||20||Adrian Sutil||Joey Logano|
|Points||24 Hours of Le Mans|
|1||50||Rockenfeller / Bernhard / Dumas|
|2||40||Lotterer / Fässler / Tréluyer|
|3||35||Kristensen / McNish / Capello|
|4||32||Ayari / Andre / Meyrick|
|5||30||Leventis / Watts / Kane|
|6||28||Primat / Mücke / Fernández|
|7||26||Lahaye / Moreau / Charouz|
|8||24||Newton / Erdos / Wallace|
|9||22||Nicolet / Hein / Yvon|
|10||20||Greaves / Ojjeh / Chalandon|
That Peugeot collapse was unexpected, wasn’t it! Audi take the 1-2-3 sweep at Le Mans. It was a great Canadian GP, too.
Note that I have scored Le Mans per this Wikipedia article. The 24 Hours is unique in that it removes non-finishers from the results, to my knowledge all other major events bar WRC retain them in the classification. For the purposes of scoring, the 28 finishers are scored first and then retirees are lined up behind them with those completing the furthest distance coming first. This is in line with the original ARFL game upon which this game is based (I’m sure Andy The Speedgeek can verify this).
Points Awarded – Week 20
|Player||Le Mans||F1||N-Cup||Week 20|
Congratulations RG! Completely wiped the floor with most of us with his risky strategy of ignoring Le Mans completely. It was a gamble, had the Peugeots finished on the podium the rest of us would’ve scored highly.
The other exceptions Burwellian (carryover entry with F1 and NASCAR only), and Dank (carryover entry, NASCAR only). Burwellian’s carryover picks happened to have a high score compared to usual and with the rest of us being so poor it maximised it.
Startledbunny’s choice of two Audi and two Peugeot drivers meant he was the only one to have two top ten finishers in his Le Mans picks, in addition to a strong F1 line-up. Jon had a good F1 result too.
That’s not a typo for James, he did get twelve from his carryover entry, those were ALMS drivers who came over for the 24 Hours but finished well down the order.
Oh what might have been…
Overall Standings – Week 20
RG’s massive points advantage claims him two positions, ahead of Speedgeek and Sean who seem to be about to engage in their own battle. I’ve closed in very slightly on leader Sebastian who’s the first to pass the 5000 barrier.
Startledbunny jumps ahead of James and Burwellian reclaims a chunk of the points gap.
When I said Le Mans would mix things up, I never thought it would be so one-sided! I don’t think anyone could’ve forseen every single Peugeot retiring.
Results sheets are available on the TMR drop.io.
Coming Up – Week 21
This week we have two events:
IZOD IndyCar Series – The short but fast Iowa Speedway which some describe as a small superspeedway, it is so fast. Ganassi are the team to beat on ovals, you can expect Penske to run them close and now Andretti Autosport seem to be recovering their old form. The good news is Ryan Hunter-Reay has been confirmed to continue for another race, and Graham Rahal has taken over Mike Conway’s car in place of temporary stand-in Tomas Scheckter. Check the entry list at indycar.com.
Sprint Cup – The first of two road courses on the Sprint Cup schedule, this is on the shorter version of the Infineon Raceway course at Sears Point, Sonoma, California. Please note that a few of the middle/lower order teams have substituted their regular drivers for ‘road course specialists’ including Jan Magnussen and in a surprise move, Mattias Ekstrom (via his Red Bull links) who you’ll be familiar with from your DTM picks. Now don’t say this game never does anything for you.. Go to nascar.com for more info.
I think that’s everything, any questions just ask in the comments.
[Photo: Audi vs Peugeot, (c) ZumaPress via Picapp]