Volkswagen, Rally of Great Britain, 2015

No celebrations on WRC podium after Paris attacks

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The World Rally Championship concluded in Britain with an eighth win of the year for champion Sebastien Ogier, who dedicated his triumph to the victims of Friday’s terrorist attack in Paris.

WRC

Round 13 of 13: Britain

There was no home victory in the Rally of Great Britain, though Kris Meeke’s second place was the best result for a local driver since Richard Burns triumphed in 2000.

Sebastien Ogier had 26 seconds in hand at the end of the rain-hit event after team mate Jari-Matti Latvala crashed on the second stage.

“We would like to dedicate today’s win to the memory of the victims of these attacks,” said Ogier afterwards. “All our thoughts go to those who tragically lost their lives on Friday night, to the many casualties and to the victims’ families.”

Next event: 2016 Rally of Monte Carlo

NASCAR

Race 35 of 36: Phoenix

Rain delayed and then curtailed the penultimate race of the NASCAR season by nearly 100 laps. Dale Earnhardt Jnr, who was already out of the title running, claimed his third victory of the year in a race.

The race decided which three drivers joined Jeff Gordon as those able to win the title under the series’ Chase for the Cup rules. Defending champion Kevin Harvick, who took second, claimed one of the places. However third place for Joey Logano was not enough to keep him in contention, despite having won as many races as any other driver this year.

Kyle Busch came fourth and will go to Homestead able to win the championship even though he missed 11 races earlier in the year due to injury. The final remaining chase contender is Martin Truex Jnr, who finished 14th.

Next race: Homestead – November 22nd

Also last weekend

The penultimate race of the F1 season saw Nico Rosberg hold off Lewis Hamilton for his fourth victory of the year.

Over to you

Felix Rosenqvist Prema European F3 Silverstone 2015
Felix Rosenqvist is among the F3 talent heading to Macau
What racing action did you take in last weekend? And what will you be watching next week? Have your say in the comments.

We’ve got one of the last big racing weekends of the year coming up. The Formula Three Macau Grand Prix will take place with European champion Felix Rosenqvist aiming to defend his 2014 victory. Among his rivals will be Daniel Juncadella, Antonio Giovinazzi, Charles Leclerc, Jake Dennis and Lance Stroll.

The World Endurance Championship heads to Bahrain for its season finale. Unusually it is being supported by GP2 and GP3 which are having one-off double-headers away from the F1 calendar to make up for their missed event due to the cancelled German Grand Prix.

The NASCAR title will be settled at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida and the V8 Supercars championship will have its penultimate event with a trio of races on the Philip Island circuit.

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  • 5 comments on “No celebrations on WRC podium after Paris attacks”

    1. Watched the Super GT finale on a drying Motegi track. The reigning champions at Nismo nailed the pit strategy to leapfrog their Impul Nissan rivals, and the leading quartet had a hairy drive through traffic following a mid-race Safety Car due to a collision between a GT300 McLaren and the MOLA Nissan. TOM’S Lexus won the day overall, with the #1 Nissan second to take the title – Ronnie Quintarelli’s record fourth. In GT300, the Toyota Prius with an old-generation LMP1 V8 in the back had an astonishing send-off, winning after falling way back in the order because they had to pit behind the Safety Car!
      Nice race, and in the end, the podium finishers went away with large baskets of rice

    2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ky2E72gCaYA

      The Super GT finale from Twin Ring Motegi was an absolute barnstormer of a race. The KeePer TOM’s RC-F of Andrea Caldarelli and Ryo Hirakawa won the race, and the Motul NISMO GT-R of Tsugio Matsuda and Ronnie Quintarelli successfully defended their championship by finishing ahead of the Calsonic Impul GT-R of Hironobu Yasuda and J.P. Oliveira. Quintarelli also becomes the first four-time champion driver in GT500 history.

      And the sensational RV8K-powered Toyota Prius GT, in what may be its final race, crushed the GT300 class despite an untimely safety car that put them well down the order.

    3. Rosberg has five victories now doesn’t he?

      1. Five wins this season, yes.

      2. Indeed. 5 wins after the Interlagos victory.

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