Hello and welcome to TMR Game Week 36.
9 weeks to go. This post accepts entries for these 5 events. This is the last time we see five events in one week so make your choices count!
– ILMC/ALMS Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta
– IndyCar Kentucky
– NASCAR Cup Dover
– MotoGP Motegi
– DTM Valencia
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.
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|Week 35||F1||LMS||NASCAR Cup|
|4||32||Alonso||#41 Greaves||J Gordon|
|5||30||Hamilton||#44 Extreme Limite||Vickers|
|6||28||di Resta||#66 JMW||Kenseth|
|8||24||Sutil||#40 Race Performance||Edwards|
|9||22||Massa||#76 IMSA Performance||Montoya|
|10||20||Perez||#71 AF Corse||Smith|
|Crooked Cap (80%)||243|
|Mike Rice (80%)||243|
Well done Felipe, a big win! Jackie got some useful points too.
I’m not too pleased at having another poor week.
Please see the score-by-score results produced by Sebastian.
|12||12||0||The Crooked Cap||7399||243||7642||395|
Sebastian again outscores Sean, this time by 19 points and closes the gap down to just 5 points.
Felipe’s big points gap over the rest of us this week sees him jump me to take 4th and he also closes the gap to Gavin. From positions 5-8 the player worse off in the table outscored the player they are chasing, so that battle tightened up a little this week.
Dylan has caught and passed Ryan.
Races This Week
ILMC / ALMS Road Atlanta – Petit Le Mans
This is the last major endurance race of the year (Zhuhai won’t be this big) and it is at a race which has become a modern classic, Petit Le Mans. Despite the good reputation there is chatter the ILMC/WEC will not be returning in 2012 and it’ll revert to an ALMS-only race, so be sure to enjoy the mix of American and European teams and drivers whilst you still can.
There is a HUGE entry list this year, more than the grid can handle so some teams will be going home after the qualifying sessions, those first on the list to be sent home are the slowest in the LMPC and GTC classes.
Again it will be Audi v Peugeot up at the front. They seem to be fighting harder these days, at Silverstone a car from each was delayed due to contact with GT cars. Don’t rule out a top 4 finish by ORECA with their older-generation Peugeot. If any of those hit trouble the petrol cars from Aston Martin, Muscle Milk, Dyson and Rebellion will be waiting to pick up the pieces.
By the way they won’t be any good for the game, but pay attention to the GT race, I think it’ll be the best GT class race of the season anywhere.
The final two IndyCar races are on 1.5-mile ovals and this is the first of them. I’ve got to assume Ganassi are the favourites here with Penske a close second, but there are some oval-specialist teams which will get into the mix I’m sure.
NASCAR Cup Dover
There’s not much I can say here, back in the Spring the race was won by Matt Kenseth with Mark Martin and Marcos Ambrose filling out the top 3. Otherwise I have no idea about this race other than that the track is very bumpy.
MotoGP’s turn to visit the Twin Ring’s road course, being Honda’s back yard I expect their riders will be up front as they have been for much of the year. Perhaps Lorenzo and Spies will get amongst them as they did at Aragon.
DTM decided to visit Valencia’s Ricardo Tormo circuit instead of going back to Barcelona, I’m not sure the racing will be any better though!
12 thoughts on “TMR Game 2011 – Week 36”
Hmm. This might be the best weekend for a spread:
9. Audi #2
10. Peugeot #7
I think Kentucky’s going to be a crapshoot especially given the unusual volatility in the entry list (and the track’s history in general, especially the Ed Carpenter photo finish, and the insanity of the oval races this year in general – Penske/Ganassi being largely lost at Indy, MARCO winning at Iowa, that Loudon fiasco…). Dover will be less of a crapshoot, but after two straight fuel mileage races and too many strategy races this summer, I’ll pass there too. I need to be ridiculously conservative, though maybe that’s not the right strategy with such a small lead.
ALMS: 1, 2, 7, 8
DTM: Ekström, Spengler, Tomczyk
MotoGP: Lorenzo, Pedrosa, Stoner
Hooray, I have my internet back.
It would be surprising if Petit Le Mans is not part of the World Endurance Championship as I thought it was to be about eight events including a couple from North America, with Sebring and Atlanta being the obvious candidates. Maybe there is some difficulty behind the scenes between Panoz and the ACO/FIA alliance.
Audi 1 & 2, Peugeot 7 & 8
Stoner, Pedrosa, Lorenzo
I can definitely relate to Sean’s point about unpredictability. I still think Ganassi holds an advantage on this style of oval and I think Dario is very likely to win – unless he crashes like he did at Loudon. And like you say, odd entry list (even more so at Las Vegas), anything can happen. With 3 other strong events I can’t pick Cup either – with Dover being a tough track I wonder if the Chase drivers might choose to play it cool and let others worry about the hard fight, so that means it could be anyone’s race.
On Petit, the problem is that next year the WEC will be standalone rather than combined with ALMS/LMS grids. The ALMS (and IMSA) understandably doesn’t want to give up its own big races if it can help it, especially Petit which basically got the ALMS started in the first place.
I just can’t seem to make myself roll the dice much this week. Maybe next week…
Woot, picking NASCAR worked out well! 🙂
Indycar: Will Power, Tony Kanaan, JR Hildebrand
MotoGP: Stoner, Spies, Lorenzo
ALMS: Audi #1 Peugeot #8
NASCAR: Jeff Gordon, Brad Keselowski
Change of heart with my IndyCar pick: Scott out, Dario in…
Oh dammit, I totally forgot to do this last night, What time is the cut off?
If I’m too late then it serves me right, however if it’s not here goes…
Apparently Petit Le Mans was where the major volatility occurred this weekend. No way the Cup, IndyCar, DTM, or MotoGP races will be that unpredictable.
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