Welcome to Week 11 of the Too Much Racing Game!
I hope you enjoyed the Malaysian GP, or at least tolerated it – I thought it was a fairly average race, nothing special but not terrible, you can read more of my thoughts here. The other series running was World Rally over in Jordan where the top Ford and Citroen teams played some rather pathetic games with time penalties in order to secure a better road position (running first means you encounter more gravel and are clearing the road for the others).
Coming up this week we have the first race of the Le Mans Series schedule – an 8-hour special rather than the usual six – as well as IndyCar at Barber Motorsport Park in Alabama and NASCAR Cup at Phoenix. See the later section for entry lists.
Just as a heads-up, next week will see five events and is the second-biggest weekend of the year in terms of number of events to choose from – could be a tricky one! More details on that in next week’s post or check the Game page for the schedule.
Racing this week:
Le Mans Series: 8 heures du Castellet, Paul Ricard, France;
IndyCar Series: Barber Motorsport Park, Alabama, USA;
NASCAR Cup: Phoenix International Raceway, Arizona, USA;
All you have to do is reply to this post and pick up to 10 drivers! The only limit? No more than 7 from one race.
The cutoff is Friday 9th April at 11.59pm BST (British Summer Time = GMT+1), or 4.59pm US Eastern..
For the full results from Week 10, 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, usually some time on a Friday. 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 from each race, any combination of up to 10 drivers is accepted.
Further information can be found on the game sub-page which will be updated later in the week.
Results – Week 10
|1||50||Sebastian Vettel||Sébastian Loeb|
|2||40||Mark Webber||Jari-Matti Latvala|
|3||35||Nico Rosberg||Petter Solberg|
|4||32||Robert Kubica||Dani Sordo|
|5||30||Adrian Sutil||Matthew Wilson|
|6||28||Lewis Hamilton||Sébastien Ogier|
|7||26||Felipe Massa||Federico Villagara|
|8||24||Jenson Button||Kimi Raikkonen|
|9||22||Jaime Alguersuari||Henning Solberg|
|10||20||Nico Hülkenberg||Xavier Pons|
Vettel finally takes a win! After two previous events as the fastest driver in the field, Sebastian Vettel put in a flawless drive to lead from turn one all the way to the flag. Webber had to settle for 2nd. Their main rivals from McLaren and Ferrari did well to make their way up from the back but that doesn’t diminish from some good runs from the likes of Rosberg, Kubica, Sutil and Alguersuari.
Over in rallying, Loeb predictably took another win after he made up a full minute on Day 2 leader Latvala – recovering from a 30-second deficit to post a 30-second lead after Day 3. Good to see Petter Solberg on the podium too. Mikko Hirvonen crashed out and rejoined the next day under SuperRally rules with the requisite time penalties, but his eventual 20th place cost a lot of TMR players some good points.
Well done Jon! James, Sebastian, Sean and Startledbunny scored well once more and I didn’t do too badly either..
Good to see Jackie back, unfortunately she was one of those hit by Hirvonen’s retirement.
Week 10: Overall Standings
Despite most of us having four-digit scores after just 10 weeks, The Speedgeek’s lead is now just two single points over Sebastian, who missed the first round of the year. That’s quite something, and it proves some good picks and a bit of luck can bring you up to the front.
I’ve recovered the place I lost last week and Jon’s ‘win’ leaps him over Burwellian.
This weekend we have LMS Paul Ricard, IndyCar Barber Motorsport Park, and NASCAR Phoenix.
LMS – This is the season-opening event for the Le Mans Series and is an extended event. Rather than being 1000km or 6 hours, this race will run to a time limit of 8 hours and I don’t believe there is a distance limit. As always with sportscar races, you may choose more than one driver per car and scoring that 50 for a win more than once, bearing in mind you take the risk of that car not finishing and losing two or three scoring opportunities. This might not be as clear cut as Sebring though!
Official LMS website with live timing. PlanetLeMans.com has an unofficial entry list which is quite accurate. Don’t forget to follow the race live on RadioLeMans.com particularly as the TV coverage is quite limited. It starts at 10am UK time Sunday.
IndyCar – This is a new event at the Alabama circuit, which apparently is fairly tight and narrow but I’ve never seen a race there before. It should feature the usual cast of characters, plus Bertrand Baguette who is joining the series at this race. You can see a list of drivers here in championship order.
NASCAR – The first of two visits this year to the fairly flat (non-banked) Arizona oval. Again it is the same faces we’ve seen almost every week since February so there should be no surprises, here is the current championship order if you’d like a form guide.
I think that’s everything, any questions just ask in the comments, and good luck!