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IMSA: 12 Hours of Sebring – ESM Honda-Ligier wins second straight enduro

  The #2 Extreme Speed Motorsports Honda-Ligier JS P2 won the Twelve Hours of Sebring to take its second straight win in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. With 5 min 45 sec to go, Pipo Derani passed Dane Cameron (#31 Action Express Corvette DP) to take the lead and the eventual victory, sweeping Daytona and Sebring in back-to-back rounds of the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup.   “What a tough race this was,” said Derani. “We had some c...

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F1: Australia – Rosberg wins fourth straight to start 2016

Mercedes picked up where it left off in 2015, locking down the front row with Lewis Hamilton on pole and Nico Rosberg next to him. Ferrari occupied Row 2, Sebastian Vettel ahead of Kimi Raikkonen. Max Verstappen (Toro Rosso) started fifth and Felipe Massa (Williams) sixth. A second formation lap ran after Daniil Kvyat (Red Bull) brought his car to a stop just short of the starting grid. Vettel and Raikkonen moved into P1 and 2 at the start, Rosberg claiming third as Hamilton dropped to sixth. V...

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IMSA: 24 Hours of Daytona: Tandy fastest overall, Aleshin takes Prototype pole

Russian IndyCar driver Mikhail Aleshin overcame extremely wet conditions to capture the Prototype class pole for the 54th Rolex 24 At Daytona. Aleshin ran a lap of 2:05.793 (101.882 mph) in the Nissan-powered #37 BR01 fielded by Russian-based SMP Racing. The Prototype debuted in 2015 ELMS competition and is racing in North America for the first time.   ”I think the conditions were surprising for everyone,” Aleshin said. “During qualifying I was never sure while braking f...

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F1: Abu Dhabi – Rosberg wins third straight to close 2015

Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) won the Brazilian Grand Prix two weeks ago. He started on pole and led the entire race; the same for teammate Lewis Hamilton in second, and more or less the entire top part of the grid. Interlagos might be a fun circuit to drive, and a beautiful one to watch cars turn laps on, but riveting competition is not its forte. I love this form of this sport, but Brazil scored one for the haters. Rosberg and Hamilton topped qualifying again at Yas Marina. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)...

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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of Bahrain – Porsche wins race, championship

Audi won the first two races of the season, with Porsche winning at Le Mans and every race since to clinch the manufacturers championship. The #98 Aston Martin Racing Vantage (Paul Dalla Lana, Matthias Lauda, and Pedro Lamy) took pole in GTE Am. The #51 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia (Gianmaria Bruni, Toni Vilander) started first in GTE Pro. Signatech Alpine’s #36 A450b-Nissan (Tom Dillmann) topped the LMP2 grid. Team Porsche 919 Hybrid’s locked down the front row, the #17 (Timo Bernhar...

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F1: Mexico – Rosberg, Hamilton, Bottas finish 1-3

Newly crowned 2015 Champion Lewis Hamilton started on the front row, next to pole-sitting Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg. The lockout was Mercedes thirteenth of the season, a new F1 record. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) started third and Daniil Kvyat (Red Bull) fourth. All started on soft tires. Rosberg, Hamilton, and Kvyat ran 1-3 out of Turn 1, Vettel suffering a Lap 1 puncture. He pitted and put on mediums. By Lap 15 of 71, Rosberg led Hamilton by 1.8 sec. Lap 21 saw the gap expanded to 2.6 sec...

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FIA WEC: Shanghai – Porsche wins, takes manufacturer’s title

The #17 Team Porsche 919 Hybrid (Mark Webber, Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley) came into the race with the points lead, having won three straight. The #98 Aston Martin Racing Vantage (Pedro Lamy, Paul Dalla Lana, Matthias Lauda) topped GTE Am qualifying. Toni Vilander and Gianmaria Bruni started on GTE Pro pole in the #51 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia, followed by the #71 piloted by teammate Davide Rigon. The #26 G-Drive Racing Ligier-Nissan (Roman Rusinov, Julien Canal, Sam Bird) qualified fastes...

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F1: United States – Hamilton wins race and 2015 championship

Nico Rosberg qualified on the pole in wet conditions, beating out Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton, who started P2. Red Bull locked down Row 2, Daniel Ricciardo ahead of Daniil Kvyat, and Force India Row 3, Sergio Perez besting Nico Hulkenberg. The two Ferrari drivers—Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen—started back in the pack due to 10-grid spot penalties for using their fifth engine of the season. Hamilton needed to outscore Vettel by 9 points to clinch the 2015 driver championshi...

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F1: Russia – Hamilton, Vettel joined by Perez/Force India on podium

Nico Rosberg beat Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton to pole position. Mercedes came into the race needing to score 3 more points than Ferrari to clinch the constructor’s championship. Williams’ Valtteri Bottas qualified third. Most drivers were expected to stop just once on the low-abrasion Sochi circuit. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) started P4. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) took third from Bottas through the first few corners. A safety car came out following a spin and collisions at the ba...

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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of Fuji – #17 Porsche wins; Webber, Hartley, Bernhard take points lead

The race started behind the safety car in heavy rain, the green flag flying after 21 min. Porsche Team 919 Hybrid’s locked down the front row again, the #17 ahead of the #18. The #7 Audi r18 e-tron quattro started third. G-Drive racing held down the first to spots in LMP2, the #26 beating the #28 in qualifying. AF Corse Ferraris and one of the Aston Martin Racing entries bested the Porsche Team Manthey 911s in GTE Pro qualifying, the #71, #51, and #99 beginning the race in that order. SMP...

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