Eight caution periods including two red flags severely disrupted NASCAR’s visit to former Formula One venue Watkins Glen.
Meanwhile ex-Formula Renault 3.5 racer Esteban Guerrieri impressed on his World Touring Car Championship debut.
Race 22 of 36: Watkins Glen
Denny Hamlin beat Joey Logano in a wild race at Watkins Glen which finished under caution. Hamlin took the lead with ten laps to go. Brad Keselowski followed Logano home having led the most laps.
World Touring Car Championship
Esteban Guerrieri, once a leading light in the Formula Renault 3.5 championship, impressed on his maiden outing in the World Touring Car Championship. The Super TC2000 driver would have put his Chevrolet on pole position had it not been for an infringement with the pit lane exit light, and after technical problems in race one bounced back to take sixrg in race two.
An eventful opening race was won by Tom Chilton who beat pole sitter John Filippi away from the line. Rob Huff fended off a late challenge from Yvan Muller to claim second while Jose Maria Lopez cimbed through the field to fifth having started last due to an engine change.
Lopez took the win in race two from pole position, beating early leader Norbert Michelisz after battling when the Hungarian beat him off the line. Michelisz later hit trouble and ended up in eighth, allowing Tom Coronel and Huff to complete the podium.
Round 7 of 12: Canada
Timmy Hansen claimed a surprise win despite initially failing to qualify for the final. He was promoted to the back row of the grid when Timur Timerzyanov was disqualified for contact with Toomas Heikkinen in the same semi-final.
Petter Solberg had dominated the weekend prior to the final. He started from pole but slipped down the order on a tracl made wet by pre-race rain. A poor start saw Heikkinen surge into the lead from the second row, and Andreas Bakkerud closed the door on Solberg at turn one dropping the champion to sixth.
Hansen passed Heikkinen on lap two, then took his joker on lap four before passing Bakkerud on the penultimate tour, holding off him and Johan Kristoffersson for his first win of the season.
Round 9 of 12: Road America
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Over to you
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With most series in their summer breaks action is a little thin on the ground next weekend, but we still have BTCC action at Knockhill to look forward to.
Thanks to Robert Mathershaw (@Mathers) for contributing to this article.
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