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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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Australian V8 Supercars: Kurt Busch, James Courtney swap rides

Former NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Kurt Busch and ex-Australian V8 Supercar Champion James Courtney swapped cars at the Circuit of The Americas. The circuit will host the Austin 400 stop of the V8 Supercar Championship May 17-19, when the series visits US soil for the first time. In a prelude to the event, Busch (the 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion) and Courtney (the 2010 Australian V8 Supercar Champion) drove each other’s cars around the Texas venue. The Australian V8 Supercar is 40...

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Formula 1 2013: Bahrain Grand Prix - Vettel wins, Lotus ascendant

Photo: Getty Images Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) took pole position, the second of his career and the first back-to-back Mercedes P1 starts since 1956, Lewis Hamilton having started from the front in China. Force India, meanwhile, acquitted itself very well by locking down Row 3 (Paul di Resta P5, Adrian Sutil P6), its best-ever qualifying effort. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) and Ferrari teammates Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa were sandwiched between in P2, 3, and 4 respectively. Massa was the sol...

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Formula 1 2013: Chinese Grand Prix - Alonso wins, Raikkonen P2

  Photo: AFP Lewis Hamilton won his first pole since moving to Mercedes during the off-season, joined on the front row by Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus). Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) and Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) qualified third and fourth respectively. Tire wear was a theme throughout practice and qualifying, with the soft option tires degrading in as quickly as 3 laps but being substantially faster when new. This wear rate saw both Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull, P9) and Jenson Button (McLaren, P8) go o...

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Australian V8 Supercars: Circuit of the Americas May 17-19

Photo: VUE Images / Red Bull Content Pool Australian V8 Supercars will debut at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin May 17-19. The series’ first US race, the V8 Supercars Austin 400, will feature 4 x 100 km races rune on COTA’s shorter 2.3 mile circuit, two on Saturday and two on Sunday. A qualifying session will be held each morning. Former Aussie Champion and NASCAR stalwart Marcos Ambrose said the short track was ideally suited to his former category and he looked forward to w...

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United SportsCar Racing unveiled; DTM affiliations explored

On March 14, 2013, United SportsCar Racing was introduced as the new premier North American sports car racing series beginning in 2014, combining the current GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron.  The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) will be the sole sanctioning body moving into 2014. Originally created in 1969 by John Bishop and NASCAR’s Bill France Sr., to produce high-level, professional sports car racing in Nort...

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Formula 1 2013: Malaysian Grand Prix – Vettel wins, Webber not happy

Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus) won the season’s opening round in Australia, and starts seventh on the grid in Malaysia today for Race 2. Defending 3-time Formula 1 champion Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) won his second straight pole, followed by the Ferraris of Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso. In the run up the race both rain and rapid tire degradation featured prominently in conversation.   Most teams took to the track on intermediate tires, with rain on parts of the course and sunshine on o...

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