Welcome to a new edition of Motorsport Weekend, our own feature where we take a look at the results of the most important motorsport races that took place in the last three days.
We were treated to some memorable events in Europe, the Formula 1 Monaco GP and the 24 Hours of Nurburgring Nordschleife, plus the Nascar races that took place at the Dover International Speedway, in the USA.
Curious to see how your favorite drivers and teams faired in their respective events? Then hit the jump and find out!
Formula 1 returned once more to one of its most memorable circuits, the city track in Monte Carlo, Monaco. Drivers and cars were pushed to their limits and we actually had a bit of a show during the race, thanks to the fact that Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso was forced to start last, after crashing during the free practice session.
In terms of leader, the race had no history, with Red Bull’s Mark Webber repeating his stunning performance from Barcelona last week and leading from start to finish. He was trailed by his teammate, Sebastian Vettel, who stole second place from Renault’s Robert Kubica at the start.
Many drivers played it safe, but some really pushed it, like the aforementioned Alonso, who managed to finish sixth at the end. Being Monaco, the tight and twisty circuit claimed a few drivers, among them being McLaren’s Jensen Button, whose car failed during the first third of the race. The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG safety car made quite a few appearances, with the race ending behind its draft.
The Monaco F1 GP finished with another Red Bull 1-2, followed by Kubica. Webber’s performance now has him tied for first place overall, with teammate Vettel, followed by Alonso, with three points behind. Red Bull Racing leads the constructor’s championship, followed by Ferrari, 20 points behind, and McLaren, which trails by 27.
Sticking to European races, we were treated with the traditional 24 Hours of Nurburgring Nordschleife endurance event, which saw the appearance of quite a few interesting cars, including Porsche’s 911 GT3 R Hybrid.
The famous competition saw some pretty fierce battles, with the qualifying session being dominated by Audi, and the major part of the race being led by Porsche, with the GT3 R Hybrid model. Sadly for the Stuttgart crew, the hybrid-powered racer broke down on hour 22, and was quickly replaced by BMW’s M3 GT2 racer.
The #25 M3, piloted by Team Schnitzer crew Jorg Müller, Augusto Farfus, Uwe Alzen and Pedro Lamy, continued to lead until the end of the race, followed closely behind by the #43 Ferrari F430 GTC and the #97 Audi R8 LMS. Another highlight of the race was the #76 BMW Z4 GT3 that snatched fourth place.
Moving on to the Nascar results, we were treated with a show of force by Kyle Busch, who won both the Nationwide Series Heluva Good! 200 race and the Sprint Cup Autism Speaks 400 event.
Busch dominated the Nationwide race almost fromt start to finish, losing the lead for just 14 laps out of the total of 200. He was followed by Ryan Newman and Jamie McMurray, who completed the podium for the Dover race.
Overall, Brad Keselowski still leads the Nationwide Series, but is followed by Busch with just 11 points behind and by Kevin Harvick, with 64 points behind.
On Sunday, at the Sprint Cup race, Busch once again proved his worth, when battling with reigning champion Jimmie Johnson. The latter was penalized in the last laps for speeding in the pit lane, which guaranteed victory for Busch. He was followed by Jeff Burton and Matt Kenseth.
Overall, Kevin Harvick still leads in the Sprint Cup standings, with Kyle Busch trailing by 69 points and Matt Kenseth behind by 126 points.