Audi had a flawless second race weekend in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). At Spa, the brand started from the three best positions with the R18 e-tron quattro and after the six hours of racing mounted the podium with all three driver teams. Audi won the Belgian WEC round a year ago as well.
With positions one, two and three in qualifying and the race, the three Audi hybrid sports cars achieved the best possible result. In the competition of the hybrid vehicles, Audi celebrated a victory against Toyota for the second time in succession this year. In the season opener at Silverstone, the race cars from Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm managed a one-two win three weeks ago.
Audi is tackling the new DTM season at the Hockenheimring from position one on the grid. In the first qualifying session of the year, Timo Scheider in the AUTO TEST Audi RS 5 DTM of Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline secured the pole position in extremely difficult track conditions.
Pouring rain in the morning, a track that became increasingly drier in the afternoon: In the battle for the best grid positions, the teams were confronted with continually changing conditions in the DTM opening round at Hockenheim – a case right up the alley of the most successful Audi DTM team and the two-time DTM Champion. In the third qualifying section (Q3), Timo Scheider switched from rain tires to un-treaded rubber at the right moment and on the crucial lap in Q4 was a tenth of a second quicker than BMW driver Augusto Farfus.
Sao Paolo: Power tops Hunter-Reay in Practice 2 Will Power again led the field in second practice with a time of 1 minute, 20.9264 seconds. The track record, set in Qualifying 2 by Power in 2012, is 1:21.2781.
Reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay was second (1:21.0022) in the No. 1 DHL Chevy, while Andretti Autosport teammate E.J. Viso (1:21.2222) was third.
Scott Dixon was fourth in the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi car and native Brazilian Helio Castroneves was fifth for Team Penske.
NHRA Southern Nationals Postponed Persistent rain showers at Atlanta Dragway and a forecast for more heavy rain throughout the remainder of the weekend forced NHRA officials to postpone the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals until next weekend, May 10–11.
Two sessions of qualifying for the seventh of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series will take place Friday, May 10th at 2 and 4 p.m. Eliminations are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 11.
Lorenzo wins home pole MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo took a home pole position, on his 26th birthday, during an incident-packed qualifying at Jerez in Spain.
Lorenzo made his intentions clear by setting the fastest time of the weekend on his opening lap of the short 15-minute session - while pole rivals Cal Crutchlow, Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa went on to suffer fast spills.
By the time the dust had cleared, Yamaha's Lorenzo had further improved his time to take pole by 0.247s from Pedrosa, whose rookie Repsol Honda team-mate Marc Marquez completed an all-Spanish front row.
Sao Paolo: Power tops Practice 1 Will Power continued his domination on the streets of Sao Paolo, Brazil by turning the fastest lap in opening practice for tomorrow's Grand Prix of Sao Paolo IndyCar race. Power has won this event the past three years but perhaps domination is not the best word today because his time of 1m21.8157s just beat Josef Newgarden by 0.0459sec. Sebastian Bourdais, who has struggled this season, finally showed the form we all know he is capable of with a time just 0.1978 sec. behind Power.
Dario Franchitti was 4th and JR Hildebrand rounded out the top-5.
Audi prevailed in qualifying for round 2 of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) at Spa. The three Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars secured the three front grid positions and thus have good prerequisites for the race that starts at 14:30 on Saturday.
In qualifying at Spa-Francorchamps, Audi managed the maximum – last year’s World Champion is at the front of the grid with all three hybrid sports cars. Marcel Fassler (CH) and Andre Lotterer (D) on their four best laps achieved an average of 1m 59.961s. In the number 1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro they are competing together with Benoit Treluyer (F) and were the only driver squad to break the two-minute mark.
Rain washed out Friday NHRA qualifying Persistent rain showers forced the NHRA to cancel Friday’s qualifying sessions for the 33rd annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals. Saturday’s two qualifying sessions are still scheduled to be contested at Atlanta Dragway. Mello Yello Drag Racing Series professional Nitro qualifying will be run at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday.
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Denny Hamlin, cleared Thursday to race at Talladega, talked to the media on Friday at Talladega Superspeedway after practicing 16 laps in the #11 FedEx Toyota. A few comments from Hamlin about his back injury and return to the track:
Q) How did it feel to be back in the car in practice today?
Hamlin: "Obviously it's really good to get back and run some speed and get somewhat adrenaline pumping again. I'm thankful for everything Brian (Vickers) has done over these last four weeks and what he's going to do this weekend. We appreciate that and FedEx for sticking through it with us and obviously showing us a lot of support. So, it's definitely good to be back in a car and really just starting with hopefully what will be a good run in these next 17 weeks."
Q) Is it physically painful to be in the car on the race track?
Edwards leads Cup practice at Talladega as rain threatens qualifying Sprint Cup practice turned into a glorified qualifying session Friday at Talladega Superspeedway.
With a threat of rain at the track Saturday, drivers worked ferociously to post the top speeds in their first practice Friday. If qualifying is rained out Saturday, the starting order for the race Sunday would be set by practice speeds from the first session. That had drivers looking for the best draft possible, with Carl Edwards (199.675 mph) and Martin Truex Jr. (199.650) posting the two top speeds. Marcos Ambrose, Joey Logano and Ryan Newman were third through fifth, followed by Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne.
Pastrana Earns First Nationwide Pole Travis Pastrana has done a lot of things during his career, but on Friday he did something he has never done before.
Pastrana, wheeling the No. 60 Ford out of the Roush Fenway Racing stable, earned his first NASCAR Nationwide Series pole during qualifying for the Aaron’s 312 at Talladega Superspeedway. He circled Talladega’s massive 2.66-mile oval in 54.255 seconds at 176.500 mph.
"It feels awesome," Pastrana said after qualifying. “I worked a lot in practice with the 6 (Trevor Bayne) and the 43 (Reed Sorenson) so I think we’ve got a great team. We push really well with this car. This is the first time really getting into drafting, so drafting on pole is awesome."
Jenson Button made clear this week that he has cleared the air with his McLaren team-mate Sergio Perez and will not have any concerns about racing against him again in next week's Spanish Grand Prix.
The 2009 world champion said also that he was surprised at how exaggerated the tension between the two McLaren drivers was made to look -- and reiterated that he had not intended to broadcast his immediate emotions of their clashes during last month's Bahrain Grand Prix.
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