Welcome to Week 19 of the Too Much Racing Game!
I hope you enjoyed this fantastic weekend of racing, I certainly did! It was a tense F1 race in Turkey with an all-out battle between the current fastest two teams, ending in tears for one of them – I wonder if this is the tipping point for McLaren to take the lead, or if Red Bull will douse any flames?
This was followed by an excellent Indy 500, spoiled a little by poor TV and online coverage. It took a while to get going due to several caution periods, and then developed into one of the most tense and on-edge fuel strategy races I’ve seen in a long time. It was all building to crescendo when Conway’s crash happened on the final lap, and all thoughts of the race evaporated as we thought of his safety. Thankfully he’s safe with just a broken bone, it could have been far worse. Very lucky.
Speedgeek was at the 500 and he has some pre-race updates on his blog – I hope you’ll have a race report at some stage?
I didn’t see the Cup race, it was getting late and my eyes were hurting after staring at screens during the previous two races! I don’t think I could’ve stomached Fox’s ads after the copious commercials on the ABC feed. I also missed the WRC recap show as it was on during the 500.
Racing this week:
IZOD IndyCar – Texas 550k;
NASCAR Sprint Cup – Pocono;
DTM – Lausitzring;
Usual restrictions apply, pick up to 10 drivers, no more than 7 from one race.
The cutoff is Saturday 5th June at 4.59am BST (British Summer Time = GMT+1), that’s 11.59pm Friday night US EDT.
For the full results from Week 18, 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. 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 a driver in each race, any combination of up to 10 drivers is accepted.
On to the results!
Top Tens – Week 18
|Week 18||IndyCar||Formula 1|
|Points||Indianapolis 500||Turkish GP|
|1||50||Dario Franchitti||Lewis Hamilton|
|2||40||Dan Wheldon||Jenson Button|
|3||35||Marco Andretti||Mark Webber|
|4||32||Alex Lloyd||Michael Schumacher|
|5||30||Scott Dixon||Nico Rosberg|
|6||28||Danica Patrick||Robert Kubica|
|7||26||Justin Wilson||Felipe Massa|
|8||24||Will Power||Fernando Alonso|
|9||22||Helio Castroneves||Adrian Sutil|
|10||20||Alex Tagliani||Kamui Kobayashi|
|Points||Coca-Cola 600||Rally Portugal|
|1||50||Kurt Busch||Sebastien Ogier|
|2||40||Jamie McMurray||Sebastien Loeb|
|3||35||Kyle Busch||Dani Sordo|
|4||32||Mark Martin||Mikko Hirvonen|
|5||30||David Reutimann||Petter Solberg|
|6||28||Jeff Gordon||Matthew Wilson|
|7||26||Clint Bowyer||Mads Ostberg|
|8||24||Paul Menard||Federico Villagara|
|9||22||Ryan Newman||Khalid al-Qassimi|
|10||20||Matt Kenseth||Kimi Raikkonen|
Quite mixed up results in all four events! Most of us chose the Red Bull F1 drivers, Loeb, and some combination of Ganassi and Penske IndyCar drivers. Many of us were hit by some of the fancied Cup runners hitting trouble, with those going with either Busch brother being rewarded.
Points Awarded – Week 18
Congratulations Startledbunny! It was a fairly tight week and getting 40 pts more than the main pack is a good score. Game leader Sebastian scores well too, and mine isn’t too bad – in fact I pulled off the feat of scoring identically to last week using completely different racing series.
Unfortunately I didn’t receive entries from Burwellian or James, though I did send a reminder on Friday. If I don’t have an entry from you by Friday afternoon/evening I’ll now attempt to send a reminder by email, tweet or message elsewhere. Don’t take it personally, I’m aware not everyone has time to enter weekly. I’m electing not to remind Dank as he’s miles behind now, though of course always welcome to re-enter in future.
Overall Standings – Week 18
Sebastian’s lead is opened out a little further, but Speedgeek and I are still in contention. Sean is also within a realistic striking distance, and of course any of us many falter later in the year.
Jon retakes 6th position ahead of James.
Full results sheets are available on the TMR drop.io, which I believe is now fully updated on all tabs, and includes Cup points penalties from earlier in the year (which does not affect any players).
Coming Up – Week 19
This week we have three events:
IndyCar – After the big race of the year the teams and drivers are immediately back into the rest of the schedule with this 550km race at Texas Motor Speedway, a very fast 1.5 mile oval. Go to indycar.com for more info.
DTM – The Audi vs Mercedes battle reconvenes on the road course layout of the Eurospeedway Lausitz in Germany. Go to dtm.com for more info (don’t worry, I have linked the English version!).
Sprint Cup – This week it is the long and bumpy Pocono oval. Go to nascar.com for more info.
I think that’s everything, any questions just ask in the comments, good luck and enjoy one of the best motorsport weekends of the whole year!