Motorsport Weekend: IRC's Rally Argentina, ALMS' 12 Hours of Sebring and Nascar Bristol races results

Welcome to a new edition of Motorsport Weekend, our weekly feature where we present the results of the biggest motorsport events in the last three days.

After last week was dominated by the first race of the 2010 Formula 1 season, the Bahrain GP, this week we were treated to a variety of events, including the IRC’s Rally of Argentina, the first round of the American Le Mans series: the 12 Hours of Sebring, and the two Nascar races which took place at the Bristol speedway: the Food City 500 and the Scotts Turf Builder 300.

Curious to see how drivers like Kris Meeke, Juho Hanninen, Jimmie Johnson or Kevin Harvick faired in their respective events? Then hit the jump to see the results.

The third round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge was the Rally of Argentina, taking place in Carlos Paz. The all-gravel event took a heavy toll on many cars, and was eventually won by Skoda’s Juho Hanninen, who scored his third podium finish this season. Fellow Skoda teammates Guy Wilks and Jan Kopecky finished second and third, making the Czech carmaker extremely happy.

Reigning champion Kris Meeke pushed his Peugeot 207 to its limits, but the car experienced successive mechanical problems, which cost the British driver the race. Overall, Hanninen leads, while Wilks is 5 points behind and Kopecky trails by 9 points.

Endurance racing fans were thrilled that the 2010 season of the American Le Mans (ALMS) kicked off its opening round, with the 12 Hours of Sebring, taking place in the lovely Florida. The main race was dominated by Peugeot’s two 908 HDi race cars, who led the pack from start to finish. First place was occupied by car #07, while the #08 one closely followed. This was Peugeot’s maiden win at the famous Sebring track.

The only petrol-powered models which gave the Peugeot team a bit of a competition were the Aston Martin Lola prototypes, with the #007 car finishing in third place overall. But while the diesel-powered French cars dominated the main class, the GT2 segment was fiercely debated between the Ferrari F430s of Risi Competizione, the Porsche 911 GT3s from Flying Lizard and the BMW E92 M3s from BMW Rahal Letterman.

The battle was eventually won by #62 Ferrari F430, while the two BMW M3s models, #92 and #90 finished in second and third, respectively. The endurance race proved to be too much for the Jaguar XKR-S, which retired due to a mechanical problem, while the Corvette models, who showed promise during the qualifying sessions, disappointed during the actual race.

Moving to Nascar, the stock car racing championship headed to Bristol last weekend, where the Scotts Turf Builder 300, counting for the Nationwide Series, and the Food City 500, for the Sprint Cup, were held.

The first race was pretty impressive as Justin Allgaier, starting from the 30th place, slowly but surely climbed among the ranks, and snatched victory from fellow Penkse Racing teammate Brad Keselowski, on lap number 272. Keselowski showed impressive form, especially after being involved in a big crash two weeks ago.

Kyle Busch managed to nab third place. Overall, Carl Edwards still leads the Nationwide Series, but Keselowski is inching closer, being just 22 points behind, followed by Allgaier, 31 poitns behind.

The Food City 500 race was also pretty impressive, especially in the end. With 17 laps to go, a debris caution was issued, and the leaders of the pack, Kurt Busch and Jimmie Johnson enter the pit lane. They were overtaken by Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart, who were faster, and resulted in Busch and Johnson getting back in the race in fifth and sixth place respectively, with 10 more laps to go.

Johnson then proved his worth, and by the end of the race, he saw the checkered flag first, followed by Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch. Overall standings still see Kevin Harvick in the lead, but Matt Kenseth is just one point behind, and Johnson at 14 points behind Harvick.

In the end, these were some pretty big and exciting races. More will come, so stay tuned to

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