TMR Game 2011 – Week 10

Hello and welcome to TMR Game Week 10.

This post accepts entries for these races:
– Jerez (MotoGP);
– Paul Ricard (Le Mans Series);
– Martinsville (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.

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The deadline for entries is Saturday morning at 6am GMT / 1am ET.

Scores

Top Tens

Week 9 Formula 1 IndyCar NASCAR Cup
Points Albert Park St Petersburg Fontana
1 50 #1 Sebastian Vettel #10 Dario Franchitti #29 Kevin Harvick
2 40 #3 Lewis Hamilton #12 Will Power #48 Jimmie Johnson
3 35 #10 Vitaly Petrov #82 Tony Kanaan #18 Kyle Busch
4 32 #5 Fernando Alonso #78 Simona de Silvestro #17 Matt Kenseth
5 30 #2 Mark Webber #5 Takuma Sato #39 Ryan Newman
6 28 #4 Jenson Button #77 Alex Tagliani #99 Carl Edwards
7 26 #6 Felipe Massa #17 Raphael Matos #33 Clint Bowyer
8 24 #18 Sebastien Buemi #14 Vitor Meira #83 Brian Vickers
9 22 #14 Adrian Sutil #02 Oriol Servia #4 Kasey Kahne
10 20 #15 Paul di Resta #22 Justin Wilson #42 Juan Montoya

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A chaotic IndyCar race took out or knocked back some fancied runners early in the going, although the top two places were all too predictable. It was a real shame to see the two Saubers penalised for such a minor infraction but those are the rules. Petrov was a real star (as was di Resta). I didn’t see the Cup race… although if Kimi eventually joins Juan full-time I may start watching them all!

Nobody had picked the Saubers but for the record I would’ve scored them according to these official results which placed them ahead of those registered as a DNF. Sebastien Bourdais recorded a DNS and was therefore not scored, despite picking up points under IndyCar’s own system apparently just for turning up that day.

Scores This Week

Player Formula One IndyCar Series NASCAR Cup Week 9
Sean 180 104 68 352
The Crooked Cap 140 99 103 342
Jackie 180 116 40 336
Sebastian X 140 122 72 334
Pat W 140 117 75 332
James 152 107 68 327
Jay 217 0 107 324
Rubbergoat 198 116 0 314
Startledbunny 152 104 58 314
Mike Rice 191 112 0 303
Felipe Gana 139 116 40 295
Maverick 138 64 92 294
Dylanpt24 112 92 82 286
The Speedgeek 132 65 47 244
Ryan 151 86 0 237

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Congratulations to Sean for the win! A nicely tight group follows before the table tails off. Several towards the bottom of the table had good results but they were masked by unreliablity in their other picks – for that you can largely blame the MercedesGP pair, the Penskes of Briscoe and Castroneves and maybe Tony Stewart. Had I not switched from Rahal to Conway I would’ve finished 3rd instead of 5th. The easiest way to see such trends is to take a look at Sebastian’s break-down of the scores.

Last week’s winner Ryan had a terrible week finishing last, some distance back after being hit by the IndyCar retirements (despite picking the winner).

This was the first week in a while to feature a full complement of entries – thanks!

Leaderboard

Pos Pre +/- Name Prior Wk 9 Total +
1 4 3 Sean 905 352 1257
= 1 -1 Sebastian X 923 334 1257 0
3 2 -1 James 915 327 1242 15
4 3 -1 Pat W 908 332 1240 2
5 5 0 Dylanpt24 905 286 1191 49
6 7 1 Jay 866 324 1190 1
7 8 1 Startledbunny 864 314 1178 12
8 9 1 RubberGoat 841 314 1155 23
9 6 -3 Ryan 894 237 1131 36
10 10 0 Felipe Gana 827 295 1122 9
11 12 1 The Crooked Cap 777 342 1119 3
12 14 2 Jackie 735 336 1071 48
13 13 0 Maverick 776 294 1070 1
14 11 -3 The Speedgeek 799 244 1043 27
15 15 0 Mike Rice 684 303 987 56

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We have a tie for the lead! Well done Sean who catches Sebastian. I’ve ranked Sean ahead on Sebastian’s suggestion, as I was undecided about how (or whether) to break the tie, so it is based on week wins. James and I drop back as a result, despite good scores this week.

Dylan manages to hang on to 5th despite a closing Jay, while he, Startledbunny and RubberGoat all jump Ryan.

The Crooked Cap and Jackie both scored well this week and both move up places. The Speedgeek had a bad week and drops 3 places.

270 points cover the field from top to bottom.

Upcoming Races

MotoGP: Spanish Grand Prix, Jerez

I’ve got to imagine the power of the Hondas will rule this season, but can the more agile bikes stay with them here?
www.motogp.com

Le Mans Series: Paul Ricard, Le Castellet

We’ve had the first ALMS round, now it is the turn for the LMS in Europe. Note this not an ILMC round so those teams (Peugeot, Audi) WILL NOT be present at this race, which will feature teams like Rebellion, Pescarolo, RML and Strakka. Entry List.

NASCAR Sprint Cup: Martinsville, Virginia

A change of pace this week as the series moves to the half-mile Martinsville Speedway. I might well watch this one.  www.nascar.com

Good luck! (and do let me know if I made any errors as it is easy to do)

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30 thoughts on “TMR Game 2011 – Week 10

  1. MotoGP:
    Jorge Lorenzo
    Dani Pedrosa
    Casey Stoner
    Andrea Dovizioso
    Ben Spies
    Marco Simoncelli

    LMS:
    #12 Rebellion (Lola-Toyota: Prost/Jani)

    NASCAR:
    Denny Hamlin
    Jimmie Johnston
    Jeff Gordon

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  2. Thanks to Sebastian or a great stats round-up as always :-D It’s good to see where everyone collected their points and it helps me learn a few new names.

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  3. I have absolutely no clue about the LMS race, even the car types are strange to me so I’ll have to have a think about that before I pick anything from that series.

    I’m totally out of my comfort zone with all three series this week so here goes!

    MotoGP:
    Ben Spies
    Casey Stoner
    Jorge Lorenzo
    Dani Pedrosa
    Valentino Rossi

    NASCAR:
    Greg Biffle
    Carl Edwards
    Kevin Harvick

    PS I still have 2 picks to make Pat, not sure yet whether I’ll pass on LMS and just stick to Nascar… more thought required

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  4. Jackie (and others) – The trick with sports-cars is to pick the reliable LMP1 cars, which last year in LMS was a problem as the domestic teams often were not reliable. Rebellion’s reliability last season was pretty 50:50, often with one car making it and one failing. However, this season, they have switched from Judds they prepared themselves to Toyota engines, and their one car had a reliable run at Sebring, but whether this means they will be more reliable this year I do not know. Pescarolo went into receivership in June last year, and Henri Pescarolo managed to rescue the team assets to re-launch this year with both cars failing at Sebring. Guess Racing seem to be an all-new outfit, with support from Mazda, what seems to be a proven Lola-Mazda package, but difficult to tell if they will hit the ground running. Quifel did half-well in LMP2 last year, this year moving up to LMP1, and I am not sure the Zytek is by any means a proven package. So no copper-bottomed choices.

    With the NASCAR standings, click on the driver names for statistics on their record at Martinsville and short-track circuits (for each driver-page there is a stat-table towards the top, and a more in-depth one further down).

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  5. Pat, I have the next MotoGP round as Jerez, not KL?

    Anyway, here’s my 10:

    MotoGP:
    1. Stoner
    2. Pedrosa
    3. Lorenzo
    4. Rossi
    5, Dovizioso

    LMS
    6. Rebellion 12
    7. Rebellion 13

    NASCAR
    8. Jeff Gordon
    9. Montoya
    10. Jimmie Johnson

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  6. Rubbergoat: That’s odd.. I’ve been reading about Jerez as well.. I must have been looking at the F1 calendar at the same time! I also got your F1 score wrong, giving you 40 points each for Hamilton and Button. It should be 40 for Hamilton and 28 for Button. Apologies, and thanks to Sebastian for checking.

    Jackie: The LMP field is unusually weak for this race so I don’t blame anyone for skipping it completely. LMP1 is probably a choice between the top three in the list (Guess Racing I know nothing about, Quifel ASM have an old car). LMP2 had shocking reliability at Sebring yet the two HPDs are fast for their class and are run by the two best teams in that class, I wouldn’t touch the other LMP2s with a bargepole. It depends how lucky you feel.
    It might be worth taking a flyer on a FLM or GTE Pro class car and if the race was the one we had this week, I’d do just that. But with two other events and the chance the 458s could

    In the recent past the ALMS had the best and strongest GT field with weak LMP, and in the LMS had the reverse with the best and strongest LMP field with a lot of weak GT. It seems the ALMS remains the same, but the LMS strength has moved to the ILMC rounds. Don’t worry as I will signpost the ILMC rounds clearly.

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  7. How about I stop editing my comment then getting distracted and editing another part, and forgetting to finish the first part. Now you know why I make so many scoring errors.
    “But with two other events and the chance the 458s could be unreliable as they are so new, it is difficult to pick a standout GT runner.”

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  8. Let´s go racing….! Here´s my ten picks:

    Moto GP
    Lorenzo
    Stoner
    Dovizioso
    Rossi

    NASCAR
    Jimmie Johnson
    Jeff Gordon
    Denny Hamlin
    Carl Edwards
    Mark Martin

    ALMS
    Rebellion Racing #12 (Prost /Jani)

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  9. MotoGP:
    Casey Stoner
    Jorge Lorenzo
    Dani Pedrosa (with surgery on the horizon)
    Ben Spies
    Andrea Dovizioso
    Marco Simoncelli

    LMS:
    #12 Rebellion
    #13 Rebellion

    NASCAR:
    Jimmie Johnston
    Jeff Gordon

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  10. Moto GP
    Casey Stoner
    Jorge Lorenzo
    Valentino Rossi
    Dani Pedrosa

    LMS
    #009 Aston Martin – Mucke/Turner/Primat
    #13 Rebellion – Belicchi/Boullion
    #16 Pescarolo – Collard/Tinseau/Jousse

    NASCAR
    Juan Montoya
    Jimmie Johnson
    Greg Biffle

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  11. NASCAR: Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart, Ryan Newman, Kevin Harvick.
    Moto GP: Stoner, Pedrosa, Lorenzo, Spies.

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  12. Having finally tracked down times for the first practice session (here, click the Live Timing button, wait for the pop-up, click for Free Practice One on the left), no sign of the Aston Martin LMP1 car. News on the LMS and Planet Le Mans sites are no help. The newest news story on the official AMR site says they will be at the race, but also says they will be at the test-session earlier this month, which they weren’t! Are the team there? Will they race? Heaven knows.

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  13. Amended entry:

    MotoGP:
    Jorge Lorenzo
    Dani Pedrosa
    Casey Stoner
    Andrea Dovizioso
    Ben Spies

    LMS:
    #12 Rebellion (Lola-Toyota: Prost/Jani)
    #13 Rebellion (Lola-Toyota: Belicchi/Boullion)

    NASCAR:
    Denny Hamlin
    Jimmie Johnston
    Jeff Gordon

    The AMR car missed FP1 as there was no engine in the car. It did one installation lap in FP2.

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  14. “The AMR car missed FP1 as there was no engine in the car.” < That's a pretty basic thing to forget to add to the car! :)

    Sorry I'm a tad later to post my entry than normal, I've been hastily arranging time off work the past few days so I could attend a speech by the Prime Minister this morning. Anyway, enough politics; my picks…

    MotoGP
    – Stoner
    – Pedrosa
    – Dovizioso
    – Lorenzo
    – Rossi

    LMS
    – Rebellion #12

    NASCAR
    – Edwards
    – Kyle Busch
    – Harvick
    – Johnson

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  15. I’m switching out the 009 AMR, I don’t like the look of it.
    I’m going to gamble with the #36 RML entry. A very large chunk of me wants to play safe and pick Dovizioso, but the smaller risk-taking side of me reckons RML could do something with the attrition rate here.

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  16. OK, so I need to be arresting this slide down the standings

    MotoGP
    Casey Stoner
    Jorge Lorenzo
    Dani Pedrosa
    Valentino Rossi

    LMS
    12 Rebellion, 13 Rebellion, 16 Pesca 36 RML

    NASCAR
    Jimmie Johnson
    Denny Hamlin

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