Motorsport Weekend: Formula 1 Canadian GP, 24 Hours of Le Mans and Nascar Michigan and Kentucky race results | Rpmgo.com



Welcome to a new edition of Motorsport Weekend, our own feature where we talk about the best motorsport events in the last three days.

This week, we were treated to one of the most prestigious endurance events in the world, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, that took place in France. Besides that, Formula 1 held its Canadian GP this weekend, while Nascar saw two races take place, one in Kentucky, for the Nationwide Series, and one in Michigan, for the Sprint Cup.

So, it seems there was something for everyone. Curious to see how Lewis Hamilton, Mark Webber, Denny Hamlin or Brad Keselowski did in their respective events? Hit the jump to find out.

First off, we have to give props to the Formula 1 Canadian GP, as it offered one heck of a race, filled with leader changes, crashes and fierce wheel-to-wheel rivalry.

In the end, McLaren once again achieved a 1-2 finish, with Hamilton seeing the checkered flag first, followed by teammate Jenson Button and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.

While Red Bull duo Vettel and Webber gave the McLaren boys some trouble, in the end the Brits came out on top, largely thanks to better pit strategies. Still, we were treated to quite a lot of drama during the race, with a lot involving Michael Schumacher, which took the fighting a bit too seriously in some cases.

Overall standings show Hamilton in the lead, with 109 points. Button and Webber closely follow, with 106 and 103 points, respectively. Team standings see McLaren in the lead, with 215 points, followed by Red Bull (193) and Ferrari (161).

Moving onto the Nascar races, we were once again treated to two separate events. The Meijer 300 was held at the Kentucky Speedway, counting for the Nationwide Series, while the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 took place at the Michigan International Speedway, counting for the Sprint Cup.

First, the Nationwide race. The main conflict was between pole-sitter Joey Logano and Carl Edwards, as the two swapped the lead of the race for quite some time. In the end Logano came out on top, managing to win this race for the third time in a row. Brad Keselowski completed the podium.

Standings still show Keselowski in an impressive lead, Trailing him is Carl Edwards, 272 points behind, followed by Justin Allgaier, 313 points behind.

Moving onto the Sprint Cup event, we were treated to another show of force by Denny Hemlin, which le for the majority of the race. A late caution could have thrown the driver off the lead, but his strategy was rock solid. Runner up was Kasey Kahne, followed by Kurt Busch.

Overall standings see Kevin Harvick in the lead, followed by Kyle Busch (22 points behind) and Hamlin (47 points behind).

By far the most expected race from the last weekend was the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance event. The main rivalry, at least during the beginning of the race, was between the main diesel-powered prototypes, the Peugeot 908 and the Audi R15.

The LMP1 battle waged on for quite some time, but even though it looked like the French team had the win in the bag, many mechanical failures left the Audi team to sweep the podium. First came the #9 R15, followed by #8 and #7.

The LMP2 class was won by former Acura-badged prototype HPD ARX-01, raced by Strakka Racing. It was followed by OAK Racing’s Pescarolo 01 and by RML’s Lola prototype.

In the GT1 category, the Larbre Competition Saleen S7R put up a stiff fight with the #60 Ford GT, but seeing as how the Blue Oval model retired before the end, it passed the checkered flag first in its class. It was followed by the Luc Alphand Corvette C6.R and the Young Driver AMR’s Aston Martin DBR9.

Last but not least, the GT2 category saw the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR from Team Felbermayr Proton cross the finish line first, followed by Hankook Farnbacher’s Ferrari F430 and BMS Scuderia Italia’s Porsche 911.

BMW fans were pretty sad after the race, as the #78 M3 GT2 (the regular race car) managed to finish 6h in its GT2 category and 19th overall. The #79 BMW Art Car was plagued by mechanical problems, and was forced to retired 20 hours into the race.


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