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ELMS 3H of Red Bull Ring Review

LMP2: TDS wins, Jota again with bad luck

TDS Racing wins the 3H of Red Bull Ring with Beche/Thiriet ahead of Signatech Alpine and Morand Racing.

It’s their 2nd win of the season.

The Zytek Z11SN Nissan from Jota Sport with Turvey/Dolan was on pole after the actual pole time from the Signatech Alpine was cancelled because it was set under yellow flags.

So Sigantech Alpine had to start from the back of the LMP2 class.

Jota Sport had great start with Oliver Turvey dominating the race.

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But when Turvey was coming to his first pitstop, he was to fast on the pit straight and got a 30 seconds stop & go penalty.

Turvey was on P4 and then came for a driver change with Simon Dolan, who then made a spin on his outlap.

Dolan had then a great battle for P3 afterwards with the Race Perfomance Oreca 03 from Michel Frey.

Dolan came then for his final pitstop coming in for fuel and then had to settle for 4th.

TDS Racing however wasn’t the fastest on the track, but the consistent.

Despite of small problem at their 2nd pitstop the Oreca 03 Nissan didn’t had any problems and Thiriet was running away with the win.

Boutson Ginion Racing who were the favourites of the race with WEC Lotus LMP2 drivers Holzer/Kraihamer had problems with their Oreca 03 and finished on a disappointing 8th in class.

Also Murphy Prototypes with Hirschi/Hartley had early problems with their Oreca 03 Nissan, they had to retire.

The No. 48 Team Endurance Challenge Oreca FLM 09 with Paul-Loup Chatin and Gary Hirsch took victory in the LMPC class, with

Hirsch holding off a charging Nicolas Verdonck in the final laps for the win ahead of the Algarve Pro Racing PC car.

GTE, GTC: Ferrari all the way

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RAM Racing won with Ferrari F458 Italia GTE car, even making a 1-2 ahead other Ferrari from JMW.

The Porsche’s however from Proton Competition, Prospeed and IMSA Perfomance Matmut couldn’t go the pace of the Ferrari’s and were lacking topspeed.

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In GTC, we had a great battle between SMP Racing and AF Corse (both Ferrari) in the first hour.

But after a pitstop problem from the AF Corse Ferrari, SMP Racing made a 1-2 win in GTC.

3rd was Ecurie Ecosse Team with the BMW Z4 GT3, maintaining a 100% podium record this year.

The next race of the European Le Mans Series is going to be the 3H of Hungaroring in Hungary at the 14th of September.

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WRC Rally Mexico 2013, Ogier wins

Sebastian Ogier won his 2nd Rally with of the season ahead of Mikko Hirvonen and Thierry Neuville.

At Day 1 he had a close battle with the two Ford drivers Mads Östberg and Thierry Neuville.

But Östberg was losing time and Ogier dominated the rally after then.

Östberg retired at the end of Day 3.

Neuville had a battle with Dani Sordo for 3rd and secured his first podium finish of his WRC career and that on a gravel rally.

Nassar Al-Attiyah was driving to a excellent 5th position, also his best position in his WRC career yet.

Ken Block showed that he can also drive competitve like the other drivers and proofed it with 7th.

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I’m quite impressed by the perfomance from Ogier and VW, we all know that VW had good chances to win some rallys this year.

But i would have never expected to see VW destroying Citroen and Ford and they are way longer in the WRC and have more experience.

Ford and Citroen have to think to avoid Ogier winning every rally.

But the season has just began, i hope for more action to come.

The next Rally is at Portugal on the 14th April.

Top Results from the Rally Guanajuato Mexico 2013:

1 8 S. Ogier Volkswagen Polo R 4:30:27.0
2 2 M. Hirvonen Citroen DS3 4:33:55.9 +3:28.9
3 11 T. Neuville Ford Fiesta RS 4:34:50.8 +4:23.8 +54.9
4 3 D. Sordo Citroen DS3 4:36:33.7 +6:06.7 +1:42.9
5 6 N. Al-Attiyah Ford Fiesta RS 4:39:01.6 +8:34.5 +2:27.8
6 10 C. Atkinson Citroen DS3 4:41:55.0 +11:28.0 +2:53.4
7 43 K. Block Ford Fiesta RS 4:42:15.3 +11:48.3 +20.3
8 14 B. Guerra Citroen DS3 4:43:16.8 +12:49.8 +1:01.5
9 21 M. Prokop Ford Fiesta RS 4:44:56.0 +14:29.0 +1:39.2
10 5 J. Nowikow Ford Fiesta RS 4:47:42.3 +17:15.3 +2:46.3
11 4 M. Östberg Ford Fiesta RS 4:57:07.4 +26:40.4 +9:25.1
12 48 A. Al-Kuwari Ford Fiesta RRC WRC2 5:01:10.3 +30:43.3 +4:02.9
13 41 N. Fuchs Subaru Impreza WRC2 5:10:24.9 +39:57.9 +9:14.6
14 38 R. Trivino Mitsubishi Lancer WRC2 5:18:44.5 +48:17.5 +8:19.6
15 62 J. Montalto Subaru Impreza 5:21:39.0 +51:12.0 +2:54.5
16 7 J. Latvala Volkswagen Polo R 5:25:30.3 +55:03.3 +3:51.3
17 33 A. Kremer Subaru Impreza WRC2 5:49:13.1 +1:18:46.1 +23:42.8

Do you want to see all rallys from the WRC 2013 season? Here is my WRC 2013 playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7soBaJf2Do-IBDfmmE-Mq9jXuWXjfkxJ