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WORLD WRAP: Kiwis head Porsche WEC one-two

The winning #2 Porsche

World Endurance Championship

New Zealanders Earl Bamber and Brendon Hartley and German Timo Bernhard have delivered Porsche victory in Round 4 of the World Endurance Championship at the Nurburgring.

The 6-hour race was for the most part a battle between their #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid and the #1 Porsche of Neel Jani, Andre Lotterer, and Nick Tandy.

While car #1 held the advantage to their final pit stops, in the last 10 minutes, Porsche opted to hold Lotterer in car #1 for 20s longer than Bernhard, effectively handing victory to the championship-leading #2 entry.

The #7 Toyota of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi, and Jose Maria Lopez finished more than a minute adrift in third, despite Kobayashi being the early race leader.

The #8 Toyota of Sebastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson, and Kazuki Nakajima finished fourth.

Nick Foster was last of the finishers in 27th outright and fifth in LMGTE Am class in the Gulf Racing Porsche 911 RSR he shares with Ben Barker and Michael Wainwright.

Round 5 is the 6 Hours of Mexico on September 1-3.

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Robert Shwartzman won Race 1

Formula Renault Eurocup

Thomas Randle, Luis Leeds, and Zane Goddard each picked up points across the two races of Round 6 of the Formula Renault Eurocup at the Nurburgring.

Robert Shwartzman won the first race from pole position while Sacha Fenestraz took out the second after a battle with Daniel Ticktum in the rain.

Randle was best of the Australians with a ninth in Race 2 after finishing Race 1 in 11th, while Leeds rounded out the top 10 in Race 2 off the back of a 14th in Race 1.

Goddard finished 10th in Race 1, having passed Leeds and Randle at the first corner, and 11th in Race 2.

Countrymen Alex Peroni recorded results of 13th and 15th, and Tom Maxwell 23rd and 18th.

Schwartzman heads the standings with Round 7 this coming weekend (July 21-23) at the Red Bull Ring.

Marcus Armstrong celebrates his race win

Italian Formula 4

New Zealander Marcus Armstrong has extended his championship lead in Italian Formula 4 off the back of a win and second placing in Round 4 at Mugello.

Armstrong took an easy win from pole position in Race 1, and climbed from fourth on the grid to finish second in Race 2.

Running Race 3 on used tyres, Armstrong drove from 14th on the grid to seventh on Lap 1 alone, before losing one position three laps from home to finish eighth.

Round 4 of 7 takes place at Imola on September 8-10.

Kyle Kaiser pic: Juncos Racing Twitter

Indy Lights

Kyle Kaiser has won both Indy Lights races in Toronto to extend his championship lead to a sizeable 51 points.

Kaiser (Juncos Racing) was an all-the-way winner in Race 1 as his nearest championship rival Matheus Leist (Carlin Racing) found the wall while running third and was then hit by Nico Jamin (Andretti Autosport) as a result.

Race 2 was a less straightforward affair with pole-sitter Colton Herta (Andretti Steinbrenner Racing) leading the first 25 of 45 laps before suffering a suspension failure, handing another win to Kaiser.

The start of that race was a mess, caused when Jamin glanced the wall at Turn 3 on the outside of a three-wide run with Kaiser and Santi Urrutia (Belardi Auto Racing).

Shelby Blackstock (Belardi Auto Racing) rode over the side of Jamin’s car as a result, while Neil Alberico (Carlin Racing) did likewise to Jaun Piedrahita (Team Pelfrey) as the rest checked up.

The next two races are at Mid-Ohio on July 28-30.

Parker Thompson

USF2000 Championship

Canadian Parker Thompson has swept both USF2000 races in Toronto, giving his Canadian team Exclusive Autosport its first two race wins in the category.

Thompson led every lap in Race 1 before inheriting a lead he would never give up in Race 2 when the top three managed to take each other out in one moment on Lap 8.

Oliver Askew, who was running third, was the most innocent victim in the prang and takes a reduced championship lead over Rinus VeeKay to Mid-Ohio on July 28-30.

Charles Leclerc

Formula 2

Charles Leclerc has taken a fifth race win of the season, his fourth in Feature Races, in Round 6 of Formula 2 at Silverstone.

Despite his Prema Racing entry blowing smoke before his pit stop, then dropping its left mirror, he beat Norman Nato home by nearly nine seconds.

Oliver Rowland finished third, having not been able to find a way past Nato.

Nicholas Latifi took a first F2 race win in the Sprint Race, leading all the way from first position in the starting grid.

Leclerc finished that encounter in fifth, the Monegasque now leading the championship by 67 points, more than the equivalent of a perfect round, with the Hungaroring next up on July 28-30.

George Russell

GP3 Series

George Russell and Giuliano Alesi have shared the race wins in Round 3 of the GP3 Series at Silverstone.

Russell was jumped by fellow front-row starter Anthoine Hubert at the start of Race 1 but the Briton slipstreamed past along Hangar Straight on Lap 4 and ultimately on to victory on home soil.

Frenchman Alesi led from lights to flag in Race 2, while fourth place for Russell was enough to give him the championship lead.

Previous points leader Nirei Fukuzumi suffered a gearbox problem in Race 1 and finished outside the points in Race 2 having had to start from the back.

Round 4 is at the Hungaroring on July 28-30.

Yann Ehrlacher pic: Francois Flamand / DPPI

World Touring Car Championship

Yann Ehrlacher has taken a maiden victory in the Opening Race of the World Touring Car Championship round in Argentina.

Ehrlacher (Lada) copped a bump-and-run from Tom Chilton (Citroen) early in the piece and while their on-track positions did not change thereafter, a five-second penalty for Chilton handed the win to Ehrlacher.

Norbert Michelisz (Honda) won the main race after then-leader Nicky Catsburg (Volvo) suffered a puncture.

Tiago Monteiro (Honda) takes the championship lead to Round 7 in China on October 13-15.


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