TMR Game 2011 – Week 9

Hello and welcome to TMR Game Week 9.

This post accepts entries for these races:
– Australian Grand Prix (F1);
– St Petersburg (IndyCar);
– California Speedway, Fontana (NASCAR Cup);

Housekeeping

Thinking of joining in? If you place your first entry during the first 10 weeks of the game you will receive 80% of the lowest player’s score from any weeks you missed. That brings you into contention whilst applying a small penalty for lateness, the rest is up to you!

Each week you pick 10 entries with a maximum of 7 from a single championship. This is the first week of the season featuring more than one race, what will your strategy be, how will you split your picks between races? Remember for sportscars races to pick the car not the driver.

See this page for the game rules.

Email reminders will be sent on Thursdays or Fridays by either myself or Sebastian. Please leave a valid email address in the comment form. If you do not wish to receive reminders please let us know, otherwise we’ll assume we’re okay to send them. Also let us know (privately if you prefer) if you would like to use a different address to the one you use here.

The deadline for entries is Saturday morning at 6am GMT / 2am ET (there’s a 4hr difference during the offset DST change).

Scores

Here is a reminder of the current score table. Since the last round Gavin has kindly produced some further analysis on his blog. Alongside Sebastian’s figures we now have many ways of showing results patterns, which should hopefully aid our picking!

Top Tens

Week 8 Sprint Cup MotoGP ILMC/ALMS
Points Bristol Losail Sebring
1 50 #18 Kyle Busch #27 Casey Stoner #10 ORECA Peugeot
2 40 #99 Carl Edwards #1 Jorge Lorenzo #01 Highcroft HPD
3 35 #48 Jimmie Johnson #26 Dani Pedrosa #8 Peugeot
4 32 #17 Matt Kenseth #4 Andrea Dovizioso #2 Audi
5 30 #27 Paul Menard #58 Marcus Simoncelli #1 Audi
6 28 #29 Kevin Harvick #11 Ben Spies #016 Dyson Lola
7 26 #22 Kurt Busch #46 Valentino Rossi #12 Rebellion Lola
8 24 #16 Greg Biffle #5 Colin Edwards #7 Peugeot
9 22 #4 Kasey Kahne #69 Nicky Hayden #036 Genoa ORECA
10 20 #39 Ryan Newman #7 Hiroshi Aoyama #56 BMW

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A great upset by the ORECA and Highcroft teams!

Scores This Week

Player Sprint Cup MotoGP ILMC / ALMS Week 8
Ryan 59 183 117 359
Jay 63 151 141 355
Felipe Gana 91 90 171 352
Dylanpt24 134 144 67 345
Mike Rice 104 118 121 343
RubberGoat 41 90 211 342
Maverick 35 183 121 339
Pat W 0 151 187 338
Sebastian X 50 185 97 332
The Speedgeek 26 185 121 332
The Crooked Cap 86 179 62 327
Sean 51 151 121 323
James 100 125 67 292
Startledbunny 52 101 121 274
No Entry Received:
Jackie 219

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Congratulations to Ryan, Jay and Felipe for the podium result this week! These three did well to pull away from quite a tight midfield here.

Do take a look at Sebastian’s break-down of the scores per driver/team. The #7 Peugeot let down several people, and Sebastian and James were unlucky with the Muscle Milk AMR retirement dropping it out of the TMRG points positions.

I didn’t receive an entry from Jackie so she’s been awarded 80% of Startledbunny’s score.

Leaderboard

Pos Pre +/- Name Prior Wk 8 Total +
1 2 1 Sebastian X 591 332 923
2 1 -1 James 623 292 915 8
3 5 2 Pat W 570 338 908 7
4 4 0 Sean 582 323 905 3
= 6 1 Dylanpt24 560 345 905 0
6 7 1 Ryan 535 359 894 11
7 9 2 Jay 511 355 866 28
8 3 -5 Startledbunny 590 274 864 2
9 10 1 RubberGoat 499 342 841 23
10 11 1 Felipe Gana 475 352 827 14
11 12 1 The Speedgeek 467 332 799 28
12 13 1 The Crooked Cap 450 327 777 22
13 14 1 Maverick 437 339 776 1
14 8 -6 Jackie 516 219 735 41
15 15 0 Mike Rice 341 343 684 51

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Sebastian takes the lead! I have a feeling this’ll be fought out between Sebastian and James although I am not far behind, I’m pleased to say. I’m very happy to jump two places into third. Dylan joins Sean to tie for 4th position. (I’ll only break a tie in the final week and then maybe only for the winner, apart from that I’ll treat them as a golf score).

Ryan and Jay’s good week sees them jump positions. Startledbunny’s near-last place sees him fall 5 places into the pack. Jackie’s 80% scores means six positions are lost. Mike’s 4th place score this week sees him get close to striking distance of the main field.

An interesting week!

Upcoming Races

Formula 1 (F1): Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne

The uncertainty over the new Pirelli tyres and the potential for 4 stops per car may make life difficult for the teams and drivers in this opening round, at what is usually a very green track. What’s more, there’s the threat of rain! Red Bull and Ferrari seem to be in charge in testing but McLaren and Mercedes will have revised cars, and Renault could pose a threat. www.f1.com

IZOD IndyCar Series (ICS): Grand Prix of St Petersburg, St Pete, Florida

The first round of this year’s IndyCar Series is at the part-airport runway, part-street track in Florida. Much like Albert Park this race has been known to throw a surprise result so it may not be an automatic choice to pick a Penske or Ganassi frontrunner, though they are sure to feature. Will Power has paced the field in pre-season testing on road courses, but the series doesn’t test on the different beasts of street tracks for obvious reasons. The addition of past winner Graham Rahal to a second Ganassi team may make him an interesting choice. www.indycar.com

NASCAR Sprint Cup (NSC): Auto Club 400, Auto Club Speedway (California Speedway), Fontana

A fast 2-mile oval which has been known to host some pretty boring NASCAR races… and that may be saying something. I’m going to assume this’ll be between Johnson (or rather Hendrick) and Kyle Busch, but I think I’ve already hit the maximum amount of NASCAR I can watch in a season. Maybe I’ll dip in again later in the year… when FOX have finished.  www.nascar.com

Good luck!

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26 thoughts on “TMR Game 2011 – Week 9

  1. I’d like to credit your preview for my picking the ORECA. Cheers Pat!

    Formula 1
    – Fernando Alonso
    – Sebastien Vettel
    – Mark Webber
    – Felipe Massa
    – Jenson Button
    – Lewis Hamilton
    – Nico Rosberg

    NASCAR
    – Kyle Busch
    – Jimmie Johnson
    – Matt Kenseth

    …and I’m going to hope that a spanner doesn’t get thrown too badly into the works!

  2. Formula 1 (F1):
    Fernando Alonso
    Felipe Massa
    Sebastian Vettel
    Mark Webber

    IZOD IndyCar Series (ICS):
    Helio Castroneves
    Scott Dixon
    Will Power

    NASCAR Sprint Cup (NSC):
    Jimmie Johnson
    Kyle Busch
    Tony Stewart

  3. Pat, sorry to be that guy (new guy shows up, registers an error call in second week)…as I add up what I thought were my scores, I come up with 345, not 343…could you let me know what you find in this (more work, I know). Sorry, I’ve just got a lot of ground to try to make up. Every point will help!

  4. F1:
    Vettel, Alonso, Hamilton, Webber
    IICS:
    Power, Helio, Franchitti
    NASCAR:
    Jimmie “ol’ 5-time” Johnson, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards

  5. Since there’s such a huge gap to make up, a revision (already) to my picks:
    F1: Vettel, Alonso, Webber, Massa, Hamilton, Rosberg
    IICS: Power, Helio, Dario, Briscoe
    Skip the Cup race…although I think the previous picks will fare well.

  6. Strange week. It is normally avoiding bad scores that gives good results, but players that had all ten picks finish top-eight finished second, fifth, seventh, eighth, and tenth. I picked the Audi cars and the Muscle Milk Lola-Aston Martin because I thought they were most likely to have clean runs, whereas Highcroft and Peugeot had new unproved cars, and Oreca and Rebellion did not have great reliability records…oops!

    Indycar:
    Will Power
    Dario Franchitti
    Justin Wilson
    Ryan Briscoe

    Formula One:
    Sebastian Vettel
    Mark Webber
    Fernando Alonso
    Jenson Button

    NASCAR:
    Jimmie Johnson
    Matt Kenseth

    Difficult choice; I had four definites and about twelve maybes.

  7. Right… so my picks:

    F1:
    – Alonso
    – Vettel
    – Hamilton
    – Heidfeld
    – Button
    – Webber

    INDYCAR:
    – Dixon
    – Power
    – Franchitti
    – Briscoe

    Can’t be bothered with picking Montoya this week as NASCAR is a bit too random!

  8. Here we go:

    IndyCar
    Will Power
    Dario Franchitti
    Ryan Briscoe
    Scott Dixon

    Formula 1
    Sebastian Vettel
    Mark Webber
    Fernando Alonso
    Michael Schumacher
    Nick Heidfeld

    NASCAR
    Jimmie Johnson

  9. F1
    Fernando Alonso
    Sebastian Vettel
    Sergio Perez
    Mark Webber
    Michael Schumacher

    Nascar
    Jimmie Johnson

    Indycar
    Ryan Briscoe
    Scott Dixon
    Will Power
    Dario Franchitti

  10. F1:
    Fernando Alonso
    Sebastien Vettel
    Mark Webber
    NASCAR:
    Kyle Busch
    Carl Edwards
    Greg Biffle
    Indycar:
    Will Power
    Simona De Silvestro
    Sebastien Bourdais
    Justin Wilson

  11. Dylan, come on…we don’t get bonus points for beatin’ the odds, do we? Although it won’t surprise me at all to see Seabass or JWil near the front. Simona (I think) will suffer since Mike Cannon departed for KV to work with TK. I hope I’m wrong, but that’s my gut hunch.

  12. Interesting week afoot…

    F1:
    Sebastian Vettel
    Mark Webber
    Nico Rosberg
    Michael Schumacher
    Fernando Alonso

    IndyCar:
    Will Power
    Ryan Briscoe
    Graham Rahal

    NASCAR Cup:
    Greg Biffle
    Carl Edwards

  13. Pat can I change my F1 drivers list to exclude Perez and Schumacher and I’ll have the McLaren boys, Hamilton and Button instead (the little sandbaggers!)

  14. F1
    – Vettel
    – Webber
    – Alonso
    – Button

    IndyCar
    – Wilson
    – Power
    – Franchitti
    – Rahal

    Cup
    – Kyle Busch
    – Jimmie Johnson

  15. *Does little dance*

    Formula 1: Vettel, Webber, Alonso, Button, Rosberg,

    IndyCar: Dixon, Franchitti, Rahal, Hunter-Reay, Bourdais.

  16. F1: Button, Webber, Vettel, Alonso
    IndyCar: Power, Hunter-Reay, Franchitti
    NASCAR: Kyle Busch, Johnson, Edwards

  17. F1
    Sebastian Vettel
    Fernando Alonso
    Mark Webber
    Lewi sHamilton

    Indycar
    Will Power
    Dario Franchitti
    Helio Castroneves
    Mike Conway (I’m feeling lucky….)

    NASCAR
    Jimmie Johnson
    Carl Edwards

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