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Muller fastest in Moscow practice

September 16th, 2015 by

Nico Muller emerged from DTM free practice at Moscow Raceway as the pacesetter, finishing on top of an Audi 1-2-3 in the second session.The rookie was third fastest in the first hour long session, before improving on his morning time by more than half a second in the afternoon to set a best of 1m28.993s – the only time below 1m29s.Reigning champion and winner of last year’s race Mike Rockenfeller ended the day second fastest.The Phoenix driver jumped to the top of the second session with a 1m29.080s best 26 minutes in, before improving to a 1m29.007s five minutes from the end, having just been displaced from P1 by Muller.Mattias Ekstrom was in the top three in both sessions, going second fastest in FP1, before a late 1m29.11s lap put him third in FP2.BMW’s Maxime Martin was another late improver in FP2, going fourth fastest on his final flying lap, making him the best non-Audi in the second session.However, the best overall BMW performance of the day was points leader Marco Wittmann. The young German was fastest in the morning session with a 1m29.101s, the third fastest time of the entire day.He couldn’t quite replicate the same pace in the second session, finishing seventh, behind Timo Glock and Miguel Molina.After success on the streets of Nuremberg last time out, Mercedes had a tough day in Moscow.Gary Paffett set the best time for a Mercedes driver across the two sessions with a 1m29.420s in the second session, which left him ninth fastest.In the first session, Pascal Wehrlein was the best-placed Mercedes also in ninth, while Norisring winner Robert Wickens could manage just 18th and 19th across the two sessions.Practice 1 Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap Laps 1.

Penske Front Row at Pocono, Kimball Crashes

August 22nd, 2015 by

By Dave Moulthrop -During¬† day one of the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway,¬†Helio Castroneves watched Will Power claim the provisional pole as the second car to qualify, Power was able to hold on for the next 10 attempts before his teammate Simon Pagenaud moved to the point. As the 19th car to make an … Read the Rest »

Stevens on pole, title rivals struggle

November 10th, 2014 by

Will Stevens led a British lockout of the top three places in Formula Renault 3.5 qualifying at Jerez, while title contenders Carlos Sainz Jr and Roberto Merhi struggled.Strakka driver Stevens, who has struggled for much of the year with his team to get the most out of FR3.5’s Michelin tyres over a single lap, went to the top of the times with three minutes remaining.His lap came just seconds after Oliver Rowland and Will Buller had moved to the front, and nobody would challenge their places at the head of the field after that.While most of the attention in the session focused on whether Merhi and Zeta Corse could bounce back from a bad Friday of free practice, the championship outsider ended up having a better session than title favourite Sainz.Merhi – one of the only drivers to improve with his final lap – was able to salvage 10th on the grid, while Sainz was left languishing in 15th.”It was a stange session,” Sainz told AUTOSPORT.