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V8 Supercars: Sandown 500 – Red Bulls finish 1-2

The typical Australian V8 Supercars event consists of multiple 40ish-lap road course/street circuit races on the same weekend. This weekend, however, brought the first of the season’s three consecutive endurance races, the Sandown 500; 161 laps for total of 500 km on the 3.1 km, 12-turn road course. Each car adds a co-driver for these events (which also include the legendary Bathurst 1000 and Gold Coast 600). Will Davison and co-driver Steve Owen put their Pepsi Max FPR Ford on the pole,...

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Formula 1: Italy - Vettel wins third of last four, Alonso P2

Photo: Getty Images/Mark Thompson Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber made it an all Red Bull front row in Monza. More remarkable, however, was the success of Nico Hulkenberg in nailing down P3 for Sauber and the lack of same for Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), who failed to make it to Q3 for the first time in 67 races after winning four straight poles. Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso did their best to keep the Tifosi at bay by putting their Ferraris on the grid at P4 and P5. Both Toro Rossos and both...

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F1: Belgium – Vettel wins, extends season points lead

Photo: www.formula1.com The end of Formula 1’s 25-day summer break means a return to the 4.4-mile, 19-turn forested thrills of Spa Francorhamps for the Belgian Grand Prix. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing-Renault) led the chase for his fourth consecutive championship by 38 points over Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus-Renault) coming into the race. The oft-changing weather at Spa during grid formation was cloudy but dry. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) won the pole, with Vettel starting next to him, the ...

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Formula 1 2013 - Hungary: Hamilton takes first win of year

Photo: DPPI/Francois Flamand Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) won his third straight pole to start at the front of the field in Hungary, the last Formula 1 race before the series summer break. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) took the second slot, with Romain Grosjean (Lotus) out-qualifying teammate Kimi Raikkonen for the second time in three races to start third on the grid. Daniel Ricciardo (P8, Toro Rosso), competing with Raikkonen to succeed Mark Webber at Red Bull, started in the Top 10 for the four...

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Formula 1 2013 - Canada: Vettel notches first Montreal win

Photo: Red Bull Both practice and qualifying saw on-and-off rain, with some of the heaviest reserved for Saturday’s qualifying sessions. Romain Grosjean (Lotus) failed to make it out of Q3, but kept his car in one piece. Felipe Massa (Ferrari), however, had his third hard crash in the past two events, his back end breaking loose during Q2 and sending him into a wall. In the end, the front row was locked down by a pair of the usual suspects, Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) and Lewis Hamilto...

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Pirelli World Challenge: Round 6 – O’Connell, Wilkins win from Belle Isle poles

Photo: Chris Smith/GonzoGeek Media Inc. Off and on rain was part of testing and remained a possibility at race time. Johnny O’Connell (Cadillac Racing CTS-V) took his third straight pole of the season, with Randy Pobst (K-PAX Racing Volvo S60 T6) starting P2. Mark Wilkins (Kinetic Kia Racing Optima) was out front in GTS.   O’Connell was still in front after the first caution, brought out by Wilkins’ Kia teammate Nic Jonsson, with Pobst in P2 and James Sofronas (Global Mo...

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Formula 1 2013: Monaco Grand Prix: Rosberg dominates

Photo: Reuters Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton locked down the front row of the gird during qualifying, putting a definitive point on a week which had seen Mercedes consistently the fastest make in the field. It was Rosberg’s third straight pole and followed his posting the fasted times in each of the week's practice sessions. Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber (Red Bull) started P3 and P4. Hamilton got off the line fastest but Rosberg held the inside line going into Turn 1 to r...

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V8 Supercars: Austin 400 – Race 15 qualifying; Red Bull, Coulthard stay on top

The Australian V8 Supercars took to the track this morning with one puzzle to solve: how to break the Jamie Whincup, Craig Lowndes (both Red Bull Racing Australia, Holden), Fabian Coulthard (Lockwood Racing, Holden) stranglehold on the podium. Yesterday’s pole winners were Coulthard (Race 13) and Whincup (Race 14), so starting in front of either of them couldn’t hurt. But it was not to be. Whincup took pole with a time of 1:32.1034, with Lowndes qualifying second 0.4468 sec back and...

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Formula 1 2013: Spanish Grand Prix - Ferrari 1, 3; Kimi takes second

Photo: Sky Sports Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) came into the race weekend with momentum, having won two of the three previous races. But in order to take the top step on the podium again he was going to have to overcome recent history at Circuit de Catalunya, where the last 12 race winners have come from the front row of the field. Mercedes locked down positions 1 and 2 (Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton respectively), the second time the manufacturer has done so since its return in 2010. Vettel...

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Australian V8 Supercars: Whincup rules Perth

Three-time V8 Supercar Champion Jamie Whincup (Red Bull Racing Australia, Holden) won both Sunday races at the Chill Perth 360, reinforcing the championship lead he took Saturday. He won the first race of the day over Team BOC's Jason Bright (Holden) and Pepsi Max Crew's Mark Winterbottom (Ford). He scored the double in by beating teammate Craig Lowndes with Bright third. Whincup’s focus now turns to the series US debut at the Circuit of the Americas, May 17-19. "Going to Texas is going t...

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