Latest Motorsports News (Week 2 August 2018)

Kevin Harvick posts 7th win of the year at Michigan

Kevin Harvick has put in another feather in his cap winning the NASCAR Cup at the Michigan International Speedway. This gives him a record high of 7 wins in a year in NASCAR history. His No. 4 Ford finished at three plus seconds ahead of teammate Brad Kaselowski’s No.2 Ford on Sunday. Kyle Busch finished third with his No.18 Toyota though he started with a points lead and was followed by Austin Dillion in his No.3 Chevrolet on third and Ryan Blaney’s No.12 Ford came in close fourth. Martin Truex Jr. was the other driver of the Big 3 including Harvick and Busch in the race and he came in with a 14th place finish in the 40 car field in his No.78 Toyota. Busch has won six times this season and Martin Truex Jr. has posted four wins while the rest of the field combined won six of the total 23 races completed this season. Harvick beat Busch after leading 120 of 200 laps at the Consumer Energy 400. Harvick took the lead from Truex Jr. at the 109th lap.

Rene Rast unhappy with Pascal Wehrlein’s behaviour on track

Rene Rast made his second podium finish of the season in Sunday’s second Brands Hatch race. This was his second podium finish among the three races at the Kent venue following his first win at Zandvoort in 2018. He made a third place finish behind Mercedes pair Paul di Resta and Gary Paffett. Rast and ex Formula 1 driver PascalWehrlein were involved in a battle in the early stages of the race when Wehrlein forced out Rast off road twice at Druids once in the very first lap and once again during the fourth lap after a safety car restart. Wehrlein came in fourth behind Rast after he was forced to take the mandatory pit stop allowing Audi driver Rast to take advantage of the situation emerging ahead of his Mercedes Rival. Wehrlein escaped sanction inspite of his faults on track but drew backlash from Rast and others from the community during the post race commentaries.

Leclerc thinks that Sauber’s progress seems big because he took time to get settled in

Leclerc and his teammate Marcus Ericsson started ninth on th grid and did not even qualify on the first rounds of the opening three races. But Leclerc with a Formula 2 champion distinction under his belt made a sixth position finish after starting at 13th at Azerbaijan and this was the impetus required for a huge change in form. Since then Leclerc has posted points four times and has made it to the Q3 in three of the last five races.