Hello and welcome to TMR Game Week 9.
This post accepts entries for these races:
– Australian Grand Prix (F1);
– St Petersburg (IndyCar);
– California Speedway, Fontana (NASCAR Cup);
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 / 2am ET (there’s a 4hr difference during the offset DST change).
Here is a reminder of the current score table. Since the last round Gavin has kindly produced some further analysis on his blog. Alongside Sebastian’s figures we now have many ways of showing results patterns, which should hopefully aid our picking!
|Week 8||Sprint Cup||MotoGP||ILMC/ALMS|
|1||50||#18 Kyle Busch||#27 Casey Stoner||#10 ORECA Peugeot|
|2||40||#99 Carl Edwards||#1 Jorge Lorenzo||#01 Highcroft HPD|
|3||35||#48 Jimmie Johnson||#26 Dani Pedrosa||#8 Peugeot|
|4||32||#17 Matt Kenseth||#4 Andrea Dovizioso||#2 Audi|
|5||30||#27 Paul Menard||#58 Marcus Simoncelli||#1 Audi|
|6||28||#29 Kevin Harvick||#11 Ben Spies||#016 Dyson Lola|
|7||26||#22 Kurt Busch||#46 Valentino Rossi||#12 Rebellion Lola|
|8||24||#16 Greg Biffle||#5 Colin Edwards||#7 Peugeot|
|9||22||#4 Kasey Kahne||#69 Nicky Hayden||#036 Genoa ORECA|
|10||20||#39 Ryan Newman||#7 Hiroshi Aoyama||#56 BMW|
A great upset by the ORECA and Highcroft teams!
Scores This Week
|Player||Sprint Cup||MotoGP||ILMC / ALMS||Week 8|
|The Crooked Cap||86||179||62||327|
|No Entry Received:|
Congratulations to Ryan, Jay and Felipe for the podium result this week! These three did well to pull away from quite a tight midfield here.
Do take a look at Sebastian’s break-down of the scores per driver/team. The #7 Peugeot let down several people, and Sebastian and James were unlucky with the Muscle Milk AMR retirement dropping it out of the TMRG points positions.
I didn’t receive an entry from Jackie so she’s been awarded 80% of Startledbunny’s score.
|12||13||1||The Crooked Cap||450||327||777||22|
Sebastian takes the lead! I have a feeling this’ll be fought out between Sebastian and James although I am not far behind, I’m pleased to say. I’m very happy to jump two places into third. Dylan joins Sean to tie for 4th position. (I’ll only break a tie in the final week and then maybe only for the winner, apart from that I’ll treat them as a golf score).
Ryan and Jay’s good week sees them jump positions. Startledbunny’s near-last place sees him fall 5 places into the pack. Jackie’s 80% scores means six positions are lost. Mike’s 4th place score this week sees him get close to striking distance of the main field.
An interesting week!
Formula 1 (F1): Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne
The uncertainty over the new Pirelli tyres and the potential for 4 stops per car may make life difficult for the teams and drivers in this opening round, at what is usually a very green track. What’s more, there’s the threat of rain! Red Bull and Ferrari seem to be in charge in testing but McLaren and Mercedes will have revised cars, and Renault could pose a threat. www.f1.com
IZOD IndyCar Series (ICS): Grand Prix of St Petersburg, St Pete, Florida
The first round of this year’s IndyCar Series is at the part-airport runway, part-street track in Florida. Much like Albert Park this race has been known to throw a surprise result so it may not be an automatic choice to pick a Penske or Ganassi frontrunner, though they are sure to feature. Will Power has paced the field in pre-season testing on road courses, but the series doesn’t test on the different beasts of street tracks for obvious reasons. The addition of past winner Graham Rahal to a second Ganassi team may make him an interesting choice. www.indycar.com
NASCAR Sprint Cup (NSC): Auto Club 400, Auto Club Speedway (California Speedway), Fontana
A fast 2-mile oval which has been known to host some pretty boring NASCAR races… and that may be saying something. I’m going to assume this’ll be between Johnson (or rather Hendrick) and Kyle Busch, but I think I’ve already hit the maximum amount of NASCAR I can watch in a season. Maybe I’ll dip in again later in the year… when FOX have finished. www.nascar.com