Archive for the ‘Nascar’ Category
Carlos Sainz won the sixth stage and strengthens its lead in the Dakar
The Spanish rider Marc Coma on a bike, and Carlos Sainz in the case to keep leading the overall standings in the Dakar 2011.
This takes sixth stage took place between Iquique and Arica of 456 kilometers, was won by Portugal’s Ruben Faria, at the controls of a KTM, who used a time of 5:35.27.
His compatriot Helder Rodrigues arrived seconds to 50 seconds, while behind the Frenchman Cyril Despres arrived at 3:54 and 5:20 Catalan Marc Coma.
The Frenchman was able to cut short the stage, so Coma leads overall in 8:48 ahead of Despres.
In auto mode the Spaniard Carlos Sainz won the stage with a time of 4:53.53, which allows you to establish itself as a leader in general.
His teammate, Qatari Nasser Al Attiyah, finished second to 9 seconds, while Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel lost big options on this day, to finish fifth at 12 minutes and 25 seconds.
Sainz leads the Qatari Al Attiyah in 2 minutes and 42 seconds, while Peterhansel is now third with almost 15 minutes.
On Saturday there will be rest day in the Dakar, while Sunday will face another challenging stage between Arica and Antofagasta, with a special of 631 kilometers.
Carlos Sainz stays in front of Dakar
The Spaniard Carlos Sainz won Monday’s second stage of Dakar, and thus get a foothold in the lead overall.
Although the differences are bleak and the most difficult of Dakar has not yet arrived, it is important for Sainz to take confidence and keep the lead.
Today’s stage, which had 300 competitive kilometers, joined the cities of Cordoba and Tucuman, and Sainz used a time of 3 hours, 11 minutes and 28 seconds.
In general, the Volkswagen driver now enjoys a lead of 3:05 over Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (BMW) and 3:19 of Qatari Nasser Al Attiyah (Volkswagen).
In the motorcycle competition has a new leader, Frenchman Cyril Despres, who managed to win this stage with a record of 3:19.11.
Despres, winner of the last edition of the Dakar, beat for 1 minute and 49 seconds into Catalan Marc Coma, who arrived second at the finish.
Now dominates the French general with a lead of 2:35 on Coma and 6:13 of Portuguese Ruben Faria won the first stage.
The Dakar caravan moves on Tuesday from Jujuy Tucuman to play a very long stage with 521 miles of stages.
He holds a world champion Sebastien Loeb for might have not special anymore. Because since 2004 he is the ruler of the World Rally. However, make sure the world title this season in the Rally of France ended on Sunday (3 / 10) feel special, why? The answer is simple because this is her seventh world title that he won in a row since the 2004 season. Throughout the history of the World Rally Championship (WRC / Rally World), there has never been able to reach racer. Let alone in a row, matched in number only nobody ever could. The more ideal for Loeb won the seventh such title without ever changing co-driver. Since joining the World Rally season 2002, Loeb was always paired with co-driver from Monaco, Daniel Elena.
In addition, he achieved victory this time was the 60th victory, which of course also record a victory for a racer in the World Rally event. Still less? This could be just a coincidence, because the new season French Rally of Corsica to move the location of the region to the Alsace region. And, finishing the rally this time taking place in the city of Haguenau, which turned out to be the hometown of Loeb.
“Of course, this makes a very special rally.’s Incredible for me to be able to reach his seventh here in Haguenau. I do not think so many people will attend. Ensuring world title here is the best thing that happened to me this season, “Loeb exclaimed with delight. 60 Loeb’s victory means leaving the nearest competitor in terms of record win, Marcus Gronholm, be exactly half. Seven titles are also leaving the more distant second place, Tommi Makinen and Juha Kankkunen, with four titles. As for succession, just like it Makinen.
Born on February 26, 1974, Loeb was previously known as a gymnast. He was still the French gymnastics team before attracted to the world of motorsport in 1995. He just really down racing in 1998. Within a short Loeb has competed in the World Rally series in the 2001 season, but has not been as regular racer. He just fell in some series only. Surprisingly, she was able to finish in second place in Sanremo Rally for the year. This is what eventually brought in as a rally driver Loeb Citroen regular when the manufacturer is officially enter the WRC in 2002. Just need two seasons, in the 2004 season Loeb has won the first world champion title.
The fourth edition of the NASCAR race in Montreal will be crowned with three experts on road circuits, but also three very different drivers.
Max Papis, who had to settle for second place by a few centimeters, was happy to join Boris Said and Jacques Villeneuve on the podium and he summed up this winning combination perfectly.
“Can you believe it: me, an Italian, Jacques, a Canadian and an … Boris Said, NASCAR make a podium?” He said with humor.
At first glance, this may seem like the revenge of the road racing specialists who finally reaping dividends for their efforts before the experts of the ovals, but Papis wanted to go for accuracy.
“All I can say is that NASCAR drivers are good, full stop!”
Because of the many twists and turns, only 19 out of 43 drivers were able to complete the race that lasted over three hours which put a strain on the fitness of athletes.
“I am almost 48 years, I’m tired,” admitted Said while Villeneuve has said that it is rather for the towers on the yellow flag and stops that fatigue comes into play.
All three drivers had fun discussing this so hotly contested it will make history.
“Who won? , Was quick to say Said. “I do not even know when we crossed the finish line. It was a really good battle with Max that I like. He fought until the end and it’s not for nothing that they call Mad Max. ”
“I wanted to win so I pushed my body into my seat belt (as do the children) during the final stretch,” said Papis, laughing.
“It’s always exciting to Montreal because it’s played in the final laps with reminders during which we take risks,” Villeneuve told the driver with the instinct.
Villeneuve could find a different fate, but his team decided to make a move to pit with a few laps to go.
“It was a good decision to stop thinking about out of gas in addition to darken with new tires,” he said.
The last word goes to one who has brought a smile to fans of Quebec drivers. With a world championship in Formula One, a triumph at the Indianapolis 500 and several other experiments including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where a class podium in Montreal in NASCAR who still clings to find a permanent steering this series or in F1?
“It’s fun as a result, but this is not a win and what are the victories that are special to me,” says Villeneuve by demonstrating that his thirst for driver is not satisfied.
There will be only one major race in North America this Sunday and it was around Montreal that attention be turned.
The third edition of the race of the Nationwide Series promises to be up to the expectations, which are very high.
The first two editions of the NAPA Auto Parts 200 was memorable.
In 2007, Kevin Harvick finished before Patrick Carpentier after a late race of the most spectacular. Last year, the big NASCAR cars rolling through the rain, which had not seen for many years. Carpentier finished second again behind the Ontario driver Ron Fellows.
This year’s race hotel enjoys a showcase previously absent since the race will be presented Sunday. The Nationwide Series is featured as the Sprint Cup takes a break this week. Montreal will take the opportunity to boost its bid to obtain a possible step in Sprint Cup.
They are racing fans who will benefit first from this situation. The public may attend the duel between Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards, who is battling the title. Busch, who is the leader in the standings, will attend the Montreal event for the first time. Driver talented but controversial, Busch has won six Nationwide races since the start of the season and he takes very good business on road circuit.
Edwards, gentleman, has three victories this season. He finished 6th in Montreal last year.
The five drivers Quebecers will also monitor starting with Patrick Carpentier who could win in 2008 if the rain had not shortened the race.
Jacques Villeneuve and Andrew Ranger drove to the forefront last year and will be even better prepared this year.
Then we could also see Alex Tagliani and Jean-Francois Dumoulin cause some surprises.
Friday viewers will have free access to the bleachers. But the NASCAR cars will make their first outing on the track Saturday morning. The first trials in NASCAR Canadian Tire will be held at 7 am 45. Qualifications will be held Saturday afternoon. Then Sunday, the race for the Nationwide Series will be given 14 hours 30.
The qualifying session of the Cup Sprint presented at Pocono was canceled because of rain.
Quebecer Patrick Carpentier will therefore rank 41st in the wheel of the No. 36 car, while Tony Stewart will start the first position.
Only 43 cars are registered, which means they take all the race on Sunday.
It also appears that Carpentier will be able to finish the race, as sponsor of last minute – Guy Fieri – manifested itself.
Recall that Tommy Baldwin Racing team is suspected of practicing Start and Park, a strategy to pocketing a cash prize of last place with no real intention to finish the race.