Joel Eriksson claims maiden DTM win, Alex Zanardi a sensational fifth
Rookie driver Joel Eriksson took a maiden DTM victory under lights at Misano, beating Edoardo Mortara to the checkered flag in what was a tumultuous 14th race of the 2018 season.
Starting from the sixth row of the grid alongside Pascal Wehrlein down in 12th place, Eriksson gambled with his race strategy as the only driver in the field of 19 opting for slick tires on a damp racing surface.
Struggling at the race start, the Swedish driver dropped down to 18th in the running order, however, slowly fought through the field as the rest of the pack followed his strategy call suit, switching to slick tires.
Justin Haley Wins In Thrilling Finish In Truck Playoff Opener
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The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series made the annual trip to Canada to open up their 2018 Playoffs at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
Despite missing the 2018 Playoffs, Todd Gilliland seemed almost destined to win his first career truck series race Sunday at CTMP. Taking the lead on Lap 53 from Johnny Sauter, it was smooth sailing for Gilliland, until a late race caution set up a thrilling NASCAR Overtime battle with his Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate and Playoff driver Noah Gragson. Gragson, who won both previous stages, dove to pass Gilliland in the final turn.
In similar shades to the move made by Chase Elliott in the 2013 race, the contact sent both Gragson and Gilliland spinning. The two trucks blocked the racetrack, causing a massive pile up coming to the checkered flag. The ensuing carnage allowed fellow Playoff driver Justin Haley to sneak through the wreckage and win the Chevrolet Silverado 250.
MotoGP's British Grand Prix has been cancelled due to torrential rain at Silverstone.
Despite the efforts of race organizers to avoid forecast rain, which led to the race being rescheduled to start 90 minutes earlier than originally planned, a downpour at the British track meant the race could not be started.
Lando Norris (Carlin), Nicholas Latifi (DAMS), Alexander Albon (DAMS)
Nicholas Latifi led from lights to flag for victory in the FIA Formula 2 Championship Sprint Race at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, converting a reverse-grid pole into his first win of 2018. Disappearing into the distance in the opening laps, Latifi was well ahead of a final-lap battle for second place, which was ultimately won by Carlin’s Lando Norris who was able to hold off Latifi’s DAMS teammate Alexander Albon – who joined the duo on the podium.
Whincup wins and Van Gisbergen new Championship leader
Race winner Whincup
Seven-time Supercars Champion Jamie Whincup has set the scene for a Championship fightback in a 1-2 finish with new Championship leader Shane van Gisbergen in the OTR SuperSprint at Tailem Bend in South Australia.
Whincup blasted away the field with an 11 second win from Van Gisbergen and a man of the match effort by David Reynolds to work through the field from 12th to third in an incident free race.
Bill Elliott: 'I feel like I hit everything but the lottery' The 62-year old Hall of Fame driver shares his thoughts after racing with the young studs in the NASCAR Xfinity race at Road America in the No. 23 GMS Chevrolet. Comment
Video: Meet The Stars Of Euro F3 (Ft. Mick Schumacher, Dan Ticktum & More)
European F3 is a proving ground for young drivers as they chase their dreams of one day competing in F1.
Mobil 1 The Grid spoke with an array of these up-and-coming stars, including Mick Schumacher and Red Bull-backed Dan Ticktum, during the recent Spa-Francorchamps round, to hear about their ambitions and how the series is preparing them for future competition.
Enaam Ahmed, Ralf Aron and Jehan Daruvala also feature.
Rossi did not use full throttle last 70 laps and still finished 2nd Alexander Rossi discusses his second place finish at Gateway that helped him inch closer to Scott Dixon in the IndyCar standings. Comment
Mazepin wins race two from Hubert to head ART 1-2-3-4
From left, Anthoine Hubert, Nikita Mazepin, Callum Ilott (all ART Grand Prix)
Nikita Mazepin secured a hard-earned victory in the GP3 Series Race 2 at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, producing a pair of clean overtakes to tie up his third victory of 2018. Mazepin spent the latter stages of a frenetic race managing the gap to ART Grand Prix teammate Anthoine Hubert, who thrust his way into second place as Callum Ilott cemented a 1-2-3 finish for the French team.
With a delayed start due to poor visibility as a result of fog, Race 1 winner David Beckmann’s day ended prematurely having pulled into the pit on the formation lap. As the lights went out, polesitter Joey Mawson got away strongly as Ilott wrested second place away from teammate Jake Hughes off the line. Ilott challenged for the lead on the lap after; attempting to seize control of the race from Mawson, the British driver was bumped wide at Les Combes and dropped to fourth.
Ryan Norman passed teammate Colton Herta six laps from the finish at Gateway Motorsports Park and drove on to his first Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires victory following an exciting late-race duel.
Points leader Patricio O'Ward finished third in the 75-lap race run without a caution period to give Andretti Autosport a podium sweep. O'Ward takes a 25-point lead over Herta to the doubleheader finale weekend at Portland International Raceway from Aug. 31-Sept. 2.
This afternoon’s Mazda St. Louis Indy Lights Oval Challenge Presented by Cooper Tires at Gateway Motorsports Park might have attracted only seven starters, but it provided a thrilling 75-lap race as Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Norman came from behind to claim a magnificent first-ever Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires victory over Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing stablemate Colton Herta.
Championship leader Patricio O’Ward was unable to quite match his two teammates, but his disappointment was tempered by the fact that his sixth consecutive podium finish meant he will travel to next weekend’s double-header season finale at Portland International Raceway with a 25-point edge over Herta as they battle for a scholarship valued at $1M to guarantee entry into at least three Verizon IndyCar Series races, including the 103rd Indianapolis 500, in 2019.
PREMA Theodore Racing experienced an outstanding Saturday at Misano. After locking out the two front rows of the grid in qualifying 1, the team put up a stellar run in race 1, dominating from start to finish to end up 1-2-3-4. Pole-sitter Mick Schumacher performed without a hitch from the word go, leading from start to finish.
NASCAR Will Likely Move To A Tiered Model For Cup Series Naming Rights
With TV ratings plummeting, Monster does not want to pay NASCAR anywhere near what they are paying now. It's the TV ratings stupid
When the 2020 NASCAR season kicks off in Daytona, there’s a good chance that the naming rights for the Cup Series will see a different sponsorship model that will remove exclusivity and be more of a tiered system, that according to multiple sources in the racing sanctioning body who requested anonymity.
While Monster Energy has renewed their entitlement sponsorship for the 2019 season, when negotiations for the 2020 season take place, NASCAR is planning to move away from having the naming rights be exclusive. Monster Energy could ultimately renew, but they would fall under a tiered system similar to what is done with FIFA, the Olympics, and PGA making the Cup naming rights something more along the lines of Official Partner with multiple companies part of the entitlement structure.
Can Miles collect anything from the bankrupt race promoter?
A race organizer’s failure to bring promised IndyCar Boston Grand Prix Labor Day weekend races to the finish line has resulted in an award of nearly $4 million in damages to the Indianapolis-based open-wheel racing series, but it’s unclear how much IndyCar may be able to recoup from bankrupt promoters.
Judge Tanya Walton Pratt on Tuesday awarded IndyCar damages of $3,926,795.48 after issuing a default judgment against defendant John Casey, who did not respond to the lawsuit. Pratt previously ruled in federal court in Indianapolis that Casey, who had signed a contract as a guarantor for the races, was liable for sanction fees for 2016 and 2017 races in Boston that were canceled.
De Vries storms to commanding Spa Feature Race win
Sergio Sette Camara (Carlin), Nyck de Vries (PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing), George Russell (ART Grand Prix)
Nyck de Vries put on a show for the travelling Dutch fans at the FIA Formula 2 Championship Feature Race at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, converting his pole position into a dominant victory. The PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing driver overcame traffic and a safety car restart to secure his third victory of the season, beating Carlin’s Sergio Sette Camara by 3.1s. Championship leader George Russell completed the top three after holding off rival Lando Norris in the latter stages of the race.
Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel defend Esteban Ocon
The very talented Ocon gets sacked to make way for a ride-buying wanker
Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel have both praised Esteban Ocon as he currently finds himself with no seat for the 2019 season.
Fresh from securing a fantastic P3 on the grid for the Belgian Grand Prix, reports emerged that Lance Stroll is set to have a seat fitting with Force India ahead of joining his father, who completed his takeover of the team in the past week.
Saturday Afternoon Update from Gateway Motorsports Park
Paving Project Costs $1 Million this year
It is a warm, sunny afternoon here in Madison, Illinois, home of Gateway Motorsports Park. Yesterday's rain and cold temperatures have been replaced with a hot sunny day. It is expected to reach 91 degrees right before race time tonight.
In testing conditions, Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) secured a sensational second pole position of the season at the GoPro British Grand Prix in a breathtaking Q2 session at Silverstone, with teammate Andrea Dovizioso earning his third consecutive front row start in second as Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) rounds out the front row at the British GP.
The start of the second qualifying session was delayed as we waited for the medical helicopter to return after taking a luckless Tito Rabat (Reale Avintia Racing) to hospital, an FP4 accident left the Spaniard with suspected right leg fractures. However, with the threat of rain looming over an already mixed-condition Northamptonshire layout, the 12 riders went out on wet Michelin tires and treated us to 15 minutes of tantalizing track action.
Ryan Tveter (Trident), David Beckmann (Trident), Anthoine Hubert (ART Grand Prix)
David Beckmann produced an assured drive in Race 1 at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, to clinch his first ever GP3 Series victory, seeing off the threat of Trident teammate Ryan Tveter to secure an one-two finish for the Italian team. ART Grand Prix’s Anthoine Hubert finished in third, having been unsuccessful in mounting a challenge on Tveter in the late stages of the race.
In the coldest conditions experienced in a race this season, the thermometer barely pushing 10°c at the start, the field lined up on the medium compound Pirellis despite damp patches on the circuit. As the lights went out, Beckmann grabbed a perfect start and immediately powered into a strong lead, taking advantage of the remainder of the field becoming congested at La Source. From eighth on the grid, Tveter slipped through into second as the ART trio of Hubert, Nikita Mazepin and Jake Hughes were bunched up on the outside of the corner – the American dived down the inside, with Pedro Piquet taking an early third.
Van Gisbergen claims crucial win to close Championship gap
Shane van Gisbergen
The race for the 2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship title is tighter than ever, with Shane van Gisbergen’s win at the OTR SuperSprint this afternoon bringing the kiwi to within 41 points of leader, Scott McLaughlin.
The Red Bull Holden ace cruised to victory today ahead of Nissan’s Rick Kelly whose strong season continues, while Kelly’s Nissan teammate Michael Caruso claimed his first podium since Darwin in 2016 to finish third.
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