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Pirelli World Challenge – Rounds 11-12, Mid-Ohio: Figge, K-PAX win both races

Photo: Chris Smith/GonzoGeek Media Inc. Alex Figge (GT, K-PAX Racing Volvo S60) and Mark Wilkins (GTS, Kinetic/Kia Racing Optima) were the Round 11 Pirelli World Challenge winners at the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio presented by StopTech Brakes. The wins were each driver’s second of the 2013 season. Figge led wire-to-wire and finished 1.739 sec ahe...

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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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Pirelli World Challenge: Round 10, Toronto – O’Connell, Aschenbach win again

James Sofronas (Global Motorsports Group Audi R8) was leading GT coming into Toronto, with Johnny O’Connell and Andy Pilgrim running second and third in their Cadillac Racing CTS-V.Rs. Jack Baldwin (GTSport Racing with Goldcrest Motorsports Porsche Cayman S), Mark Wilkens (Kinetic Kia Racing Optima), and Lawson Aschenbach (Blackdog Racing Camaro) held down the Top 3 spots in GTS. O’Connell and Baldwin took the Round 9 wins last week at Lime Rock Park. O’Connell started on pole...

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24 Hours of Le Mans 2013: Audi, Nissan, Porsche rise to the top; Kristensen wins 9th

Photo: www.24h-lemans.com As the sun rose at Le Mans with roughly 9 hr to go, the No. 2 Audi, piloted by Loic Duval held a nearly 1-lap lead on the first Toyota. With 8:17 left Bruno Senna led GTE Pro in the No. 99 Aston Martin. During the race’s 21st hour Frederic Makowiecki crashed from the lead while driving this car, removing it from competition. The No. 7 Toyota piloted by Nicolas Lapierre crashed in the Porsche curves nearing the final hour, with his abandoning the vehicle ...

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24 Hours of Le Mans 2013: McNish and Audi lead at halfway

  Photo: www.24h-lemans.com Andre Lotterer (Audi Sport Team Joest No. 1 R18 E-Tron Quattro) pitted from the lead with 22 hr 41 min left, leaving the Toyota piloted by Anthony Davidson (Toyota Racing No. 8 TS 030 Hybrid) at the point. Toyota’s early pace surprised, helped by a 56-min caution brought about in the wake of an ultimately fatal crash by GTE Pro World Endurance Championship leader Allan Simonsen (Aston Martin). I love watching racing. I hate knowing that something like t...

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GRAND-AM: Rolex Series - Barbosa tops Mid-Ohio, Auberlen takes GT

Jordan Taylor and Max Angelelli (Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP) entered the weekend holding the DP points lead and doubled down on their grip by taking pole at Mid-Ohio. Robin Liddell and John Edwards (Stevenson Motorsports Camaro) had won three-straight GT races and held pole with Edwards behind the wheel at the start of Mid-Ohio action. Ricky Taylor (Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP) took the DP lead from brother Jordan at the start, with the Stevenson Camaro staying out front in GT. Contact b...

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Pirelli World Challenge: Round 7 – Pobst takes GT, Martin GTS in just his second race

Round 6 winner Johnny O’Connell (Cadillac Racing CTS-V) started at P3 for the second race at Belle Isle. James Sofronas (Global Motorsports Group Audi R8) was on the pole, with Randy Pobst (K-PAX Racing Volvo S60 R) on the outside of the front row. Andy Lee (Best IT Racing Camaro) took the GTS pole with Jack Baldwin (GTSport Racing with Goldcrest Motorsports Porsche Cayman S) starting P2. O’Connell took Sofronas at the start. Tomy Drissi (LG Motorsports Corvette) moved into P3 duri...

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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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Pirelli World Challenge: Race 5 – Sofronas wins GT, Lee GTS; Audi, Camaro

Photo: Chris Smith/GonzoGeek Media Inc. Johnny O’Connell (Cadillac Racing CTS V.R), the Race 4 winner, started from the pole. O’Connell’s teammate Andy Pilgrim took P2 at the start, with the Global Motor Sports Group Audi R8s of James Sofronas and Duncan Ende running third and fourth. The GTS field at the end of Lap 1 was Nic Jonsson, Mark Wilkins (both Kinetic Kia Racing Russell Smith Optimas), and Jack Baldwin in his GTSport Racing with Goldcrest Porsche Cayman S. O&rsquo...

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Pirelli World Challenge Race 4: COTA – Pole-sitters O’Connell, Aschenbach win

  Photo: General Motors Pole-sitter Johnny O’Connell (Cadillac Racing CTS-V.R) led 13 laps in followed by James Sofronas (Global Motorsports Group Audi R8), Randy Pobst (K-Pax Racing Volvo S60), Andy Pilgrim (Cadillac Racing), and Alex Figge (K-Pax Volvo). GTS leaders after 14 were Nic Jonsson (Kinetic Kia Racing Russell Smith Optima), Lawson Aschenbach (Black Dog Racing Camaro), and Mark Wilkins (Kinetic Kia). Aschenbach took the GTS lead from Jonsson during Lap 16, with O’C...

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