Motorsport Weekend 5-7 March: Rally Mexico, Rally Curitiba, WTCC and Nascar Kobalt Tools 500 results –

Hello and welcome to a new edition of Motorsport Weekend, our own feature where we roundup all of the biggest motorsport events in the last three days and show you the results.

The past weekend was pretty hectic, with four major events taking place. First were two rallies: the WRC Rally Mexico and the IRC’s Rally Curitiba, taking place in Brazil. We also had the first round of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) also in Curitiba and then there was the Nascar Kobalt Tools 500 race in Atlanta, counting for the Sprint Cup.

Curious to see how Sebastien Loeb, Mikko Hirvonen, Kris Meeke, Yvan Muller, Gabriele Tarquini or Kurt Busch faired? Then hit the jump and find out.

First up we have the Kobalt Tools 500 race, which took place at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, counting for the Nascar Sprint Cup. The race was won by Kurt Busch, after some pretty intense events during it. The most important one was the crash of Brad Keselowski, partly caused by Carl Edwards, which resulted in the Chevrolet #12 car going airborne. Luckily the driver wasn’t injured.

Busch displayed some impressive skills, managing to hold off former Formula 1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya, who eventually finished third. Matt Kenseth was the one who came between the two rivals. He is now trailing Kevin Harvick in the overall standing by just 26 points.

Next up we had the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, which visited Brazil for the Rally Curitiba. The race was dominated by reigning champion Kris Meeke in his Peugeot 207, proving that the crash he suffered in the opening round at the Monte Carlo Rally was just bad luck. He managed to hold off fellow British racer Guy Wilks, who finished second in his Skoda Fabia.

The WTCC saw its two opening rounds this past weekend being held in Curitiba. The first race was a show of force for the Chevrolet team, managing to occupy the full podium. Yvan Muller led the pack while Robert Huff and Alain Menu occupied second and third place.

The second race, which saw the first eight contestants in the previous race start in reverse order was much more exciting. Seat’s reigning world champion Gabriele Tarquini managed to seize the win, after overtaking Jordi Gene. The last spot of the podium was disputed between the three Chevrolet drivers, with Menu managing to seize it before the checkered flag waved he finish.

Last but not least, the WRC saw its second round: the Rally Mexico, offering a fresh change to gravel from the snow of the Rally Sweden. After succumbing to Mikko Hirvonen in the previous round, this time Sebastien Loeb showed why he is the reigning champion.

Even though the first day was dominated by Petter Solberg, Loeb managed to make a comeback, and eventually put 24 seconds between him and the Norwegian. Solberg on the other hand had a tough time fending off Citroen Junior team’s Sebastien Ogier, who came in third just 1.1 seconds behind him.

Ford drivers Mikko Hirvonen and Jari-Matti Latvala came in fourth and fifth, respectively. A big entry for this event was Monster World Rally Team’s Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino crew. After winning the 100 Acre Wood Rally in North America, Block got off to a good start in Mexico. Sadly a crash in the first race of day two equaled precious time wasted, which meant he finished the event in second to last place.

Overall, this weekend was extremely hectic. Stay tuned for more motorsport coverage next time.

Photo sources: IRC, FIA WTCC, Citroen

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