Chris Griffis Memorial Test - Indy Lights (Update 6) UPDATE #6
The fifth annual Chris Griffis Memorial Mazda Road to Indy Test concluded today at Circuit of The Americas with drivers from all three levels of the acclaimed development ladder - the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires - enjoying three sessions in near-perfect cool, dry conditions.
No major incidents were reported during the two days as 38 drivers representing 12 different nationalities turned a total of 3,009 laps around the challenging 3.4-mile, 20-turn road course.
Chris Griffis Memorial Test - Pro Mazda (Update 5) UPDATE #5
The parity that had been evident yesterday among the Pro Mazda field was duplicated today with Pato O'Ward (Team Pelfrey) and Nico Jamin (Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing) trading fastest times in the trio of test sessions.
Jamin, 19, from Rouen, France, who is stepping up to Pro Mazda with a Mazda Scholarship after winning this year's USF2000 championship, set the pace in two of the 45-minute periods, but it was O'Ward, 16, from Monterrey, Mexico, who this morning secured the honors with the fastest time of the weekend at 2:04.7677 (98.012 mph).
Chris Griffis Memorial Test - U.S. F2000 (Update 5) UPDATE #5
A total of 19 USF2000 drivers turned a combined 1,356 laps during the two days, with Nikita Lastochkin maintaining his form from Saturday by posting the fastest times in every USF2000 session aboard the No. 2 Van Diemen-Mazda for Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing.
Los Angeles-based Lastochkin, who hails originally from Moscow, Russia, turned his best lap in the second of two sessions this morning at 2:09.5454 (94.494 mph).
Engel and Mercedes-Benz win the first FIA GT World Cup
Maro Engel celebrates
Maro Engel at the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz will go down in motor racing history as the winner of the first FIA GT World Cup. The German make also won the manufacturers' title in the face of fierce opposition from Aston Martin, Audi, McLaren and Porsche.
The German driver in the Mercedes AMG Driving Academy team, who was on pole after his win in the previous day's qualifying race, lost first place straight away as he was passed by Edoardo Mortara who made a blinding start in his Audi R8 LMS. It was too good to be true as the Stewards hit him with a penalty after the race. But in the meantime, Engel had taken the law into his own hands by regaining the lead from the Italian on the inside in the Mandarin corner, while his team-mate Renger van der Zande also slipped past the Audi. It proved to be a decisive double overtaking maneuver for Mercedes-Benz before the cars tackled the roller-coaster section on the upper part of the circuit.
Felix Rosenqvist took victory in the 62nd Macau Grand Prix for SJM Theodore Racing by Prema, his second win in the race and Theodore Racing's eighth.
The Swedish driver emerged from an early battle for the lead with Charles Leclerc, in which they continually swapped positions in the opening laps, and made his winning bid on a restart after the race was suspended due to a large accident. Rosenqvist beat Leclerc by 1.1 sec. at the flag.
Leclerc pulled off a superb maneuver, passing Rosenqvist under braking on the outside line to take the lead at the start.
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