TMR Game 2011 – Week 32

Hello and welcome to TMR Game Week 32.

I’ve been thinking about not continuing the game in 2012. It is fun, but it is quite time-consuming and it would be nice to have time to write blog posts again, the best time for that is Monday/Tuesday nights before the tiredness of a working week takes effect and all I want to do of an evening is mess about on Twitter!

This post accepts entries for these FIVE events, including a new IndyCar/ALMS double-header on a Baltimore street course:

- IndyCar Baltimore
– ALMS Baltimore
– NASCAR Cup Atlanta
– MotoGP Misano
– DTM Brands Hatch

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 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.

Scores

Results

Week 31 F1 NASCAR Cup
Points Spa Bristol
1 50 Sebastian Vettel Brad Keselowski
2 40 Mark Webber Martin Truex Jr
3 35 Jenson Button Jeff Gordon
4 32 Fernando Alonso Jimmie Johnson
5 30 Michael Schumacher Jamie McMurray
6 28 Nico Rosberg Matt Kenseth
7 26 Adrian Sutil Denny Hamlin
8 24 Felipe Massa Ryan Newman
9 22 Vitaly Petrov Carl Edwards
10 20 Pastor Maldonado Marcos Ambrose
MotoGP IndyCar
Points Indianapolis Sonoma
1 50 Casey Stoner Will Power
2 40 Dani Pedrosa Helio Castroneves
3 35 Ben Spies Ryan Briscoe
4 32 Jorge Lorenzo Dario Franchitti
5 30 Andrea Dovizioso Scott Dixon
6 28 Alvaro Bautista Sebastien Bourdais
7 26 Colin Edwards James Hinchcliffe
8 24 Randy de Puniet Graham Rahal
9 22 Hiroshi Aoyama EJ Viso
10 20 Valentino Rossi Ryan Hunter-Reay

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Player Scores

Player F1 NASCAR MotoGP IndyCar Week 31
Felipe Gana 157 - 117 117 391
Maverick 93 - 147 112 352
Sebastian X 98 16 122 112 348
Startledbunny 117 24 122 82 345
RubberGoat 165 - 172 - 337
The Speedgeek 130 - 112 94 336
Sean 130 42 82 82 336
Pat W 133 38 82 82 335
Ryan 117 24 112 82 335
Jackie 130 8 102 82 322
Dylanpt24 58 59 117 52 286
Crooked Cap (80%) 229
James (80%) 229
Jay (80%) 229
Mike Rice (80%) 229

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Well done Felipe, a dominant win with a big F1 score only beaten by Gavin. Mav is 2nd with a focus on MotoGP, with Sebastian taking out the final podium spot with a more mixed approach.

A very tightly packed midfield. I’ve left any ties ranked in the order Excel left them when I sorted by total score.

Dylan found more bad luck and would’ve been more competitive had it not been for the misfortunes of Lewis Hamilton and Tony Kanaan, who both ought to have scored fairly well.

Please see the results produced by Sebastian for a break-down driver by driver.

Leaderboard

Pos Pre +/- Name Prior Wk 31 Total +
1 1 0 Sean 7637 336 7973
2 2 0 Sebastian X 7548 348 7896 77
3 3 0 RubberGoat 7206 337 7543 353
4 4 0 Pat W 7185 335 7520 23
5 5 0 The Speedgeek 7181 336 7517 3
6 6 0 Felipe Gana 7110 391 7501 16
7 7 0 Maverick 7103 352 7455 46
8 8 0 Jackie 7037 322 7359 96
9 9 0 Startledbunny 6968 345 7313 46
10 10 0 Ryan 6691 335 7026 287
11 11 0 Dylanpt24 6609 286 6895 131
12 12 0 The Crooked Cap 6507 229 6736 159
13 13 0 James 6028 229 6257 479
14 14 0 Jay 5559 229 5788 469
15 15 0 Mike Rice 5043 229 5272 516

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Sebastian closes the lead gap a little. Andy creeps ever so closer to me. Felipe made a big gain points terms if not positions and now sits just 16 behind Andy.

 

Races This Week

DTM Brands Hatch

This is on the short ‘Indy’ circuit not the full GP track so the laps come around fast, almost at oval laptimes. Sadly the place is too narrow so you rarely see position changes on the racetrack with cars this fast at this track, it’ll come down to pit strategy and crash damage.

NASCAR Cup Atlanta

This track used to have two Cup races each year but has dropped to just the one, and from what I remember from Spring 2010 it was quite a boring race despite being one of the fastest on Cup’s calendar. Pick your superspeedway guys or make the most of the other four events.

MotoGP Misano

The San Marino round is held at Misano in Italy, perhaps defined by the fast back straight kink leading into the twisty run to home. Current form suggests it would be hard to bet against Honda.

IndyCar Baltimore

I don’t know what to expect from this track, it is a street track and the map suggests it is quite twisty in places yet fast in others. I have no idea of the width of it. Of note is that the start/finish is one place and the pitlane is halfway around the track somewhere else entirely.
With the way Race Control has been acting lately it could be risky to take a gamble with picks.

ALMS Baltimore

As above, but again for this series expect the prototype count to be low until Petit Le Mans. The question here is whether the top guys will be affected by the nature of street circuit racing and that’s something of a lottery. Entry list.

Good luck!

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20 thoughts on “TMR Game 2011 – Week 32

  1. I was strongly tempted to score Pantano 6th, but I suppose I have to follow the official result.

    Here is Mav’s entry for this week:
    ALMS:
    #6 Romain Dumas/Klaus Graf, Muscle Milk AMR
    #16 Chris Dyson/Guy Smith, Dyson Racing

    IndyCar:
    Dario Franchitti

    DTM:
    Bruno Spengler
    Martin Tomczyk
    Timo Scheider

    MotoGP:
    Casey Stoner
    Jorge Lorenzo
    Ben Spies
    Andrea Dovizioso

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  2. “I was strongly tempted to score Pantano 6th, but I suppose I have to follow the official result.”

    What happened? It would actually make no difference to anybody’s score if you did score him sixth.

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  3. DTM
    Bruno Spengler
    Martin Tomcyk

    MOTOGP
    Casey Stoner
    Jorge Lorenzo
    Andrea Dovizioso

    INDYCAR
    Dario Franchitti
    Will Power
    Scott Dixon

    ALMS
    #16
    #6

    Leaving out NASCAR this week. The entry list for ALMS doesn’t appear for me, so going with Numbers from a previous round.

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  4. IndyCar:
    Will Power
    Ryan Briscoe
    Dario Franchitti

    MotoGP:
    Casey Stoner
    Dani Pedrosa
    Jorge Lorenzo
    Ben Spies

    DTM:
    Mike Rockenfeller
    Gary Paffett
    Bruno Spengler

    I’d be bummed if you discontinued the game for 2012, but I totally would understand if you did. It’s a lot of work, and can really take away time from other things you want to do. It’s been fun while we’ve done it, right?

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  5. Yay! Finally a good result (and a great one)!

    Playing my first season in the TMR Game has been fun and I think it´s a neat idea, but I understand it is a lot of work, so I agree that if it is taking a lot of time that could be used in something that you would like to do, then it would be right to stop it.

    On to this week:

    IndyCar
    Will Power
    Dario Franchitti
    Ryan Briscoe

    DTM
    Bruno Spengler
    Martin Tomcyk

    Moto GP
    Casey Stoner
    Jorge Lorenzo
    Ben Spies

    ALMS
    #16 – Dyson
    #6 – AMR

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  6. ALMS:
    #6 Muscle Milk AMR (Graf/Luhr)
    #16 Dyson (Dyson/Smith)

    MotoGP:
    Casey Stoner
    Dani Pedrosa
    Jorge Lorenzo

    Indycar:
    Will Power
    Dario Franchitti

    DTM:
    Bruno Spengler
    Martin Tomczyk
    Timo Scheider

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  7. What happened? It would actually make no difference to anybody’s score if you did score him sixth.

    Race Control penalised him for breaking their ‘no blocking’ rule, except he didn’t block he defended – which they call blocking.

    My entry:
    MotoGP – Stoner, Pedrosa, Lorenzo
    DTM – Spengler
    ALMS – #6 AMR, #16 Dyson
    IndyCar – Power, Franchitti, Servia
    Cup – Edwards

    May regret picking 3 in IndyCar for a street track but I think I need to gamble to try and get back into 3rd overall.

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  8. Bleh.

    MotoGP: Casey Stoner, Dani Pedrosa, Jorge Lorenzo, Andrea Dovisioso
    DTM: Bruno Spengler, Martin Tomcyk, Timo Scheider, Gary Paffett
    IndyCar: Giorgio Pantano, Will Power

    Shame about this not staying on for next year, albeit understandable. If it means more quality posts, then I’m all for it ;)

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  9. Gonna go for a mixed bag this week:

    MotoGP:

    1. Stoner
    2. Lorenzo
    3. Dovisioso
    4. Pedrosa

    IndyCar:
    5. Franchitti
    6. Power
    7. Dixon

    DTM:
    8. Spengler
    9. Tomczyk
    10. Scheider

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  10. ALMS: 6, 16
    DTM: Rockenfeller, Spengler, Tomczyk
    IndyCar: Power
    MotoGP: Lorenzo, Pedrosa, Stoner
    NASCAR Cup: Ky. Busch (solely because there’s $1,000,000 on the line if any of the late-summer winners can win, which I think will motivate him more than usual, and I still wasn’t comfortable enough to pick Brad instead…)

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  11. I’d really miss the game if you were to stop it Pat but I appreciate it must be a tremendous amount of work for you and Sebastian… is there any way we could alternate who writes the posts for the game? Could you have say 3 guest authors who write the post once a month or have you had enough?

    Anyhoo, onto my picks.
    No NASCAR

    IndyCar:
    Dario Franchitti
    Will Power

    ALMS:
    #6 Muscle Milk AMR
    #16 Dyson Racing

    DTM:
    Martin Tomczyk
    Bruno Spengler
    Timo Scheider

    MotoGP:
    Jorge Lorenzo
    Ben Spies
    Andrea Dovizioso

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  12. Indycar: Will Power, Ryan Hunter Reay, James Hinchcliffe
    NASCAR: Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Jeff Gordon
    MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo, Casey Stoner, Ben Spies
    ALMS: Muscle Milk Cytosport

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  13. Pat,

    Just seen your comment about dropping the game in 2012. Understand if it means a lot of work – perhaps if you ran the competition once a month with less series involved?

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  14. I don’t know if it is the workload as much as the fact it is so repetitive. I do scores on a Monday night, it takes a couple of hours. I usually do the blog post on a Tuesday which doesn’t take too long, I only separate it because I don’t have the attention span to do the scores plus the blog post in one go. Then have to spend Thursdays and Fridays making sure people enter because they forget. After 32 weeks I just get worn down by it and it would feel nice to not be tied to something!

    The fun part is entering the results in the spreadsheet and watching it all unfold. What’s not fun is the general admin.

    And it would be nice to have a weekly or fortnightly column on a Tuesday. I want to make this a blog again.

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  15. “I don’t know if it is the workload as much as the fact it is so repetitive.”
    Been there done that.
    No point doing it if you’re not enjoying it. As much as I enjoy the game, I’d like to see more blog stuff anyway.
    Put it this way, you’re either doing the right thing or you need to change the blog name… TMTMRG is just starting to sound silly though.

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  16. NASCAR event delayed until Tuesday!

    Pat, would you blog more if you gave up the game? You seem to have lost your enthusiasm for it. I know myself how wanting to write stuff becomes thinking I should, but never today. Both of us, if it was something we wanted to do, then we would blog because we wanted to. If you are fed up of doing the game, then call time on it, but if you are not otherwise blogging the rest of the week, I suggest that may be a deeper issue.

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  17. I think I would because my enthusasm for blogging is at its height on a Monday/Tuesday – after a race weekend but before I’ve been worn down by work (I always struggle to write anything on a Thursday/Friday). By the time I’ve worked the numbers any desire to write anything has gone, which is the main reason I don’t write the game results blog post straight after doing the spreadsheet.

    This week I was free on Sunday evening so I put together some scores then, which means I can write something tonight. I may choose to post it after the scores tomorrow though because I can’t stand having the game take precedence as the lead item all week, it was only ever supposed to be a ‘thing on the side’ and now it has consumed the whole site.

    Ultimately I don’t want the blog to be a job or a chore. I already have those! Well, that’s unless I can make a living from it and cut back hours at work, but I don’t think I have enough opinions, and the world and his dog already does race reports. :)

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