NASCARs second visit to Daytona this year ended with ‘The Big One’ happening on the final lap. Austin Dillon was launched into the fence, showering the crowd with debris which left some with minor injuries.
Elsewhere, Volkswagen faced more opposition in the World Rally Championship and for the first time this year the Euroformula Open championship leader left a race weekend without a win.
Round 17: Daytona International Speedway
Just one week after IndyCar’s pack racing at Fontana drew criticism, NASCAR’s latest restrictor-plate race ended with the kind of huge accident known as ‘The Big One’.
While Dale Earnhardt Jnr took the chequered flag first, dozens of cars were wiped out behind him after Denny Hamlin was pushed into a spin, triggering a huge shunt.
Next race: Kentucky Speedway (11th July)
World Rally Championship
Round 7: Poland
Sebastien Ogier took his fifth win from seven rounds so far this season, but was pushed all the way by not just Volkswagen team mates Andreas Mikkelsen and Jari-Matti Latvala and the M-Sport Ford Fiesta of Ott Tanak.
Tanak led early on before a mistake handed the initiative to Ogier. The reigning champion stayed ahead until the end, but the top four were covered by no more than 25 seconds until the final stage, where an eerror by Latvala handed Tanak his second podium finish.
Theirry Neuville also crashed on the previous stage, rolling his Hyundai but making it to the finish, albeit with a wooden post sticking out of his rear wheel arch. Former F1 driver Robert Kubica had a solid home event, picking up four points for eighth place following a string of crashes in previous rounds.
Next round: Finland (31st July – 2nd August)
Round 5: Red Bull Ring, Austria
Race one saw a maiden winner in the category, with Leonardo Pulcini taking the spoils ahead of Konstantin Tereschenko and Tanart Sathienthirakul, after front runner and pole sitter Vitor Baptista retired on the first lap.
Baptista’s weekend rapidly improved however, when he took a lights-to-flag win in race two ahead of Yarin Stern and Yu Kanumaru, with Tereschenko fourth. The latter leads the championship by 11 points from Baptista ahead of the summer break.
Next round: Spa, Belgium (5th – 6th September)
World Rallycross Championship
Round 6: Holjesbanan, Sweden
Timmy Hansen overtook Mattias Ekstrom on the final corner to cross the line first at his home rallycross event in Sweden. But he didn’t win, as a penalty for exceeding track limits handing Ekstrom the home victory.
Andreas Bakkerud finished third to complete an all Scandinavian podium in Sweden but reigning Champion and Championship leader Petter Solberg failed to finish for the first time this year after breaking his steering on a kerb.
Next race: Canada (7th – 8th August)
Also last weekend
Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix despite stiff competition from the Williams’, his team mate and the weather.
However the support races were all run in dry conditions. Ex-Sauber reserve driver Sergey Sirotkin claimed the feature race win in GP2 ahead of Alexander Rossi, with runaway points leader Stoffel Vandoorne third. On Sunday Rio Haryanto took another sprint race ahead of Ferrari and Red Bull juniors Raffaele Marciello and Pierre Gasly respectively, with Vandoorne posting his first non-score of the season in ninth.
Menawhile in GP3 Marvin Kirchhofer claimed the race one win from pole position ahead of home favourites Emil Bernstorff and Matt Parry – with the latter taking his debut podium, and in race two Kevin Ceccon claimed the honours, ahead of Esteban Ocon and reverse grid pole-sitter Ralph Boschung.
Over to you
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