TMR Game 2011 – Week 18

Hello and welcome to TMR Game Week 18.

This post accepts entries for this great trio of blue-riband events:

- F1 Monaco
– IndyCar Indianapolis
– NASCAR Charlotte

Housekeeping

Each week you pick 10 entries with a maximum of 7 of those coming from a single championship. You can have any mix of races from those listed in this post, and you don’t have to use all of them.

See this page for the game rules.

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Scores

Top Tens

Week 17 Formula 1
Points Barcelona
1 50 Sebastian Vettel
2 40 Lewis Hamilton
3 35 Jenson Button
4 32 Mark Webber
5 30 Fernando Alonso
6 28 Michael Schumacher
7 26 Nico Rosberg
8 24 Nick Heidfeld
9 22 Sergio Perez
10 20 Kamui Kobayashi

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Scores This Week

Player F1 Week 17
Sebastian X 237 237
RubberGoat 237 237
Felipe Gana 233 233
James 232 232
The Speedgeek 231 231
Pat W 229 229
Maverick 221 221
Jackie 221 221
Startledbunny 221 221
Jay 221 221
Sean 219 219
Dylanpt24 215 215
Ryan 205 205
No Entry Received: 80% of lowest score
Mike Rice 164
The Crooked Cap 164

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Congratulations Sebastian and Gavin! Both would’ve had a full set of positions 1-7 had it not been for that pesky Schumacher.

As expected it was a very closely-matched week, with a tie for the win and a four-way tie in the mix as well.

Ryan was hoping for a Vettel retirement I think, no such luck there with him winning another race. Six players were unlucky though, picking Massa who did post a retirement and only netted 8 points when you might expect him to score at least 20.

Do check the more detailed sheet produced by Sebastian.

Leaderboard

Pos Pre +/- Name Prior Wk 17 Total Gap
1 1 0 Sean 3312 219 3531
2 2 0 Sebastian X 3226 237 3463 68
3 3 0 RubberGoat 3104 237 3341 122
4 4 0 Pat W 3082 229 3311 30
5 5 0 Felipe Gana 3033 233 3266 45
6 7 1 James 2950 232 3182 84
7 8 1 Startledbunny 2940 221 3161 21
8 6 -2 The Crooked Cap 2995 164 3159 2
9 9 0 Dylanpt24 2928 215 3143 16
10 10 0 Jackie 2911 221 3132 11
11 12 1 The Speedgeek 2892 231 3123 9
12 11 -1 Maverick 2900 221 3121 2
13 13 0 Ryan 2841 205 3046 75
14 14 0 Jay 2755 221 2976 70
15 15 0 Mike Rice 2327 164 2491 485

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James and Startledbunny pass the non-entering Crooked Cap. Speedgeek makes a place on Maverick although they are only two points apart.

‘Bunny is up into 8th. Maverick made some good gains to regain some lost ground on fellow VivaF1 player Jackie. Speedgeek moved up a spot too, while Ryan and Jay drop back. It seems as though Mike is no longer playing.

Upcoming Races

There are three huge races this weekend which should be one of the favourite weekends of the racing year for any fan. Those races are, in chronological order:

F1: Monaco Grand Prix

I love the Monaco GP. It has a lot of critics but they are all wrong. You can pass there without a DRS with a bit of opportunism, at the chicane or maybe, just maybe if you are lucky, into Ste.Devote. It rewards someone willing to give it a go, but punishes them if they get it wrong – something of a theme for the 3 tracks this week. Sadly a very real problem this year could be the mass of Pirelli marbles. www.f1.com

IndyCar: Indianapolis 500

A venue so completely different to Monaco in every way, except it also so very similar. A one-line race track which both rewards and punishes those who pass or push hard. Very much more than the usual ‘four corners turing left’. Some unusual cars were fast in qualifying but I still expect the Ganassis and Penskes to pull through for the race – we say that every year and yet by the end there’s always an unexpected pursuer close behind such as Dan Wheldon, maybe this year that’ll be Alex Tagliani, maybe he could win? At the time of writing notable Andretti Autosport drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay and Mike Conway have failed to qualify, though there is talk of getting RHR into Bruno Junqueira’s car. www.indycar.com

NASCAR Cup: Charlotte

The Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte is the last of our epic triple-header and it is also the longest. It is a bit like a sportscar race in that if you want to watch it all, you’ll be there a while. There is no way I’m going to predict the outcome of a 600-mile NASCAR race with all the potential for crashes and whatnot. www.nascar.com

Don’t forget to watch Kimi on Saturday night, again at Charlotte.

Good luck!

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17 thoughts on “TMR Game 2011 – Week 18

  1. Okay… uh… messed that up.

    Indy: Ed Carpenter, Will Power, Alex Tagliani, Dan Wheldon.

    F1: Sebastien Vettel, Lewis Hamilton

    NASCAR: Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch, Greg Biffle

  2. Tricky one this. Might waver later.

    Formula One:
    Sebastian Vettel
    Mark Webber
    Lewis Hamilton
    Jenson Button
    Fernando Alonso
    Nick Heidfeld

    Indycar:
    Scott Dixon
    Dario Franchitti
    Helio Castroneves

    NASCAR:
    Jimmie Johnston

    In two minds about Heidi. He has been very unlucky this season, but should I pick him hoping his bad luck is over, or pick someone luckier?

  3. This is a tricky one. Monaco can be the one race where even dominant cars/drivers don’t win, and at Indy even if fancied runners finishes in the top 3 the rest of the top ten might be made up of all sorts.

    Here is my opening gambit which I may change Thursday/Friday. I have elected to skip NASCAR for the time being but I might add a guy later.

    F1
    Vettel
    Webber
    Hamilton
    Button
    Alonso

    IndyCar
    Franchitti
    Power
    Dixon
    Tagliani
    and here’s a flyer… Rice

  4. Indycar
    Dario Franchitti
    Scott Dixon
    Will Power
    Helio Castroneves

    Formula 1
    Sebastian Vettel
    Mark Webber
    Lewis Hamilton
    Fernando Alonso
    Michael Schumacher
    Nico Rosberg

  5. IndyCar
    Will Power
    Dario Franchitti
    Scott Dixon
    Danica Patrick
    Helio Castroneves

    F1
    Sebastian Vettel
    Mark Webber
    Lewis Hamilton
    Jenson Button
    Fernando Alonso

  6. OK, I have wavered.

    Formula One:
    Sebastian Vettel
    Mark Webber
    Lewis Hamilton
    Jenson Button
    Fernando Alonso
    Nick Heidfeld
    Nico Rosberg

    Indycar:
    Scott Dixon
    Dario Franchitti
    Helio Castroneves

    NASCAR:
    Jimmie Johnston

  7. F1:
    Vettel
    Webber
    Alonso
    Hamilton
    Button
    Schumacher (made me feel guilty for not picking him last week)

    IndyCar:
    Dixon
    Franchitti
    Tagliani
    Power

  8. F1
    Sebastian Vettel
    Mark Webber
    Lewis Hamilton
    Jenson Button

    INDYCAR
    Dario Franchitti
    Will Power
    Alex Tagliani
    Scott Dixon

    NASCAR
    Carl Edwards
    Jimmie Johnson

  9. I’m ignoring NASCAR again. However I’m gonna go for a 5-5 split as both Monaco & Indy are also a bit random.

    F1
    1. Alonso
    2. Vettel
    3. Webber
    4. Hamilton
    5. Button

    Indy
    6. Dixon
    7. Franchitti
    8. Power
    9. Castroneves
    10. Tagliani

  10. This could be going a little bit better like.

    F1: Alonso, Hamilton, Vettel, Webber, Rosberg, Massa
    IndyCar: Dixon, Franchitti, Sato and Bell.

  11. A fine combination of the established and nutty this week….

    F1
    Vettel
    Webber
    Hamilton
    Alonso

    Indy
    Franchitti
    Castroneves
    Townsend Bell
    Dan Wheldon

    NASCAR
    Jimmie Johnson
    Marcus Ambrose

  12. Forgot to mention this tweet from Jay on Friday
    @toomuchracing I will when I get home! Usual F1 7 if I don’t tho plz; Bulls, McLaren, Ferrari + Rosberg.

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