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F1: Spain – Hamilton, Vettel duel; Hamilton wins

Mercedes and Ferrari once again dueled for pole, Mercedes taking spots 1 and 3 (Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas) and Ferrari 2 and 4 (Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen). Vettel entered the race with a 13-point lead on Hamilton. Red Bull held down Row 3, Max Verstappen ahead of Daniel Ricciardo. Fernando Alonso gave McLaren-Honda its highest qualifying position of the year, P7. Vettel took the lead at the start. Bottas punted Raikkonen into Verstappen, putting both the Ferrari and Red Bull out of...

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IMSA: COTA – Taylors continue domination; Corvette, Mercedes also win

Ricky Taylor (#10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi) started from the pole, Johannes van Overbeek (#22 Extreme Speed Motorsports Nissan DPi) next door. John Edwards (#24 BMW Team RLL M6) and Giancarlo Fisichella (#62 Risi Competitzione Ferrari 488) topped the GTLM grid. The #62 Ferrari, #4 Corvette, #912 Porsche, and #67 Ford GT collided in Turn 1 at the start, damaging all three. A full-course yellow was issued less than 2 min into the race. The #66 Ford spun Fisichella in the #62 to start the ...

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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of Spa – Toyota, Ferrari take 1-2s; G-Drive, Aston Martin also win

Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050 Hybrids finished 1-2 at the 6 Hours of Spa, Sebastien Buemi (#8) outrunning Kamui Kobayashi (#7) to the checkered flag by just 1.992 sec. The #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid (Brendon Hartley, Earl Bamber, Timo Bernhard) finished third. The 1-2 finish was Toyota’s first in WEC competition since the 6 Hours of Shanghai in 2014. The #8 (Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima, Anthony Davidson) also won the season opener at Silverstone.   Alex Lynn, Roman Rusinov, and Pierre Thiriet won...

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ICTSC: COTA – C360R McLarens 1-2 overall, Audi third in ST

Paul Holton (#76 McLaren) led from pole. The #69 McLaren, which qualified second, did not make the grid. At the end of the first lap Dylan Murcott (#28 Porsche Cayman) ran second and Matt Bell (#57 Chevrolet Camaro) third. Christopher Stone (#34 Mazda MX-5) led the ST class, having passed Derek Jones in the pole-sitting #73 JCW Mini. The #34 Mazda suffered an engine fire after 45 min of running in the lead under green and had to pull of course. Russell Ward in the #35 Porsche Cayman, meanwhile,...

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IMSA: COTA Qualifying – Cadillac, BMW, Porsche top the fields

Ricky Taylor (#10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi) took pole position for tomorrow’s Advance Autoparts Sportscar Showdown by 1.592 sec over the next fastest qualifier, Johannes van Overbeek in the #22 Extreme Speed Motorsports Nissan DPi. Only three cars make up the Prototype Challenge field for the event. James French took PC pole in the #38 Performance Tech Motorsports entry. BMW Team RLL put both its M6s in the Top 3 of the GT Le Mans grid. John Edwards (#24) took pole and Alexander ...

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F1: Russia – Bottas takes career-first win

Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) out-qualified teammate Lewis Hamilton to start third on the grid in Sochi, lined up behind the Ferraris of pole-sitter Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen. Bottas split the Ferraris at the start and passed Vettel for the lead going into Turn 2. The lead didn’t change hands for the rest of the race, but Vettel did close to inside 1 sec during the final laps, forcing the Finn to work for his debut victory. Bottas’s win came 81 races into his career. Vettel...

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WEC: 6 Hours of Silverstone – Toyota, Ford, Chinese open season with wins

Starting grid, Top 3 each class LMP1 #7 Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050 Hybrid (Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi, Jose Maria Lopez), #8 Toyota (Sebastian Buemi, Anthony Davidson, Kaz Nakajima), #1 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid (Neel Jani, Andre Lotterer, Nick Tandy) LMP2 #26 G-Drive Racing Oreca 07-Gibson (Roman Rusinov, Pierre Thiriet, Alex Lynn), #36 Signatech Alpine Matmut A470-Gibson (Nicolas Lapierre, Gustavo Menezes, M. Rao), #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca 07-Gibson (Ho-Pin Tung, Oliver Jarvis, Thomas ...

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F1: Bahrain – Vettel wins, retakes championship lead

Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) won the first pole of his F1 career, teammate Lewis Hamilton lining up next to him. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) lined up in P3 aside Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull). Row 3 was also a Ferrari-Red Bull affair: Kimi Raikkonen ahead of Max Verstappen. Vettel took second from Hamilton on the start, Verstappen moving up to fourth and Felipe Massa (Williams) up to P6 as Raikkonen fell through the ranks. Bottas, still in the lead, reported the beginning of problems with his rear ...

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F1: China – Hamilton wins, pulls even with Vettel in standings

Round 2 of the 2017 season kept the Hamilton-Vettel rivalry in place, Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) starting on pole with Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) right next to him. Row 2 was also a Mercedes-Ferrari affair, Finns Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen starting next to each other. Starting conditions were wet but no longer rainy. Carlos Sainz Jr. (Toro Rosso, P11) was the only driver to start on slick tires, the rest of the field running on intermediates. Bottas challenged Vettel through Turn 1 but t...

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IMSA: Long Beach – WTR takes third straight, Milner grabs GTLM victory

Ricky Taylor (#10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi) started on pole and kept the lead from the start. GTLM pole-sitter Jan Magnussen (#3 Corvette Racing C7.R), however, was part of a three-car pileup behind Ed Brown in the #22 Extreme Speed Motorsports Nissan DPi. Toni Vilander in the Risi Competitizione Ferrari and Joey Hand in one of the Ford GTs were also involved. As the field circulated under caution with 1 hr 30 min remaining (of 1:40), Taylor led Tristan Nunez (#55 Mazda Racing DPi) and ...

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