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Thought you guys would find this interesting, here's the current standings in WRC2. The WRC calender is 13 rallies and for WRC2 the driver pick any 7 events to compete on. Sepp Weigand and Esapekka Lappi are works Skoda drivers and along with the current leader are Kubica's biggest opposition for the title.

Pos  Driver              Points  Rallies contested
 1.  Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari  93     (5)
 2.  Nicolas Fuchs        78     (6)
 3.  Yuriy Protasov       65     (6)
 4.  Robert Kubica        58     (3)
 5.  Sepp Wiegand         55     (4)
 6.  Armin Kremer         40     (4)
 7.  Ricardo Trevino      39     (5)
 8.  Rashid Al-Ketbi      26     (4)
 9.  Yazeed Al Rahji      25     (1)
10.  Esapekka Lappi       25     (2)
 
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This is why I love you Sleeper. No matter how much I comb the net you always have more racing stuff already in your brain. Like a human racing encyclopedia! 
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I know, I'm good at that, but Autosport.com is like a bible for me. LOL

Silverstone this weekend.



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Originally posted by JJLehto JJLehto wrote:

Wow.
The 24 hours of LeMans has been won by Tom Kristensen, his 9th win. He may very well hold the record forever.
Of course congrats to co drivers Allan McNish on his 3rd win and Loic Duval on his first ever.
Must be a strange feeling to win such a major race that had a tragedy in it.
 
Tom was visibly sad about the death of Allan Simonsen and dedicated his victory to the memory of Allan. He had planned to dedicate a possible victory to his recently deceased dad (who was too a great race car driver back in the day), but changed his mind in the light of the tragic events.
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Originally posted by UMUR UMUR wrote:

Originally posted by JJLehto JJLehto wrote:

Wow.
The 24 hours of LeMans has been won by Tom Kristensen, his 9th win. He may very well hold the record forever.
Of course congrats to co drivers Allan McNish on his 3rd win and Loic Duval on his first ever.
Must be a strange feeling to win such a major race that had a tragedy in it.
 
Tom was visibly sad about the death of Allan Simonsen and dedicated his victory to the memory of Allan. He had planned to dedicate a possible victory to his recently deceased dad (who was too a great race car driver back in the day), but changed his mind in the light of the tragic events.

Yeah, Simonsen had a lot of friends in the paddock, Fisichella was struggling to hold back the tears during a mid race interview.
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Big news, Webber has announced he'll be leaving Red Bull and F1 at the end of the season and joining Porsche's LMP1 team.

Favorites to take his seat are the Torro Rosso pair and Raikkonen.
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No big surprise there. Good to see he'll still be racing, but I'll miss the chin.
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If Kimi gets the second Red Bull seat, watch out Vettel.  
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As much as that would be awesome, imagine the insanity!

Maybe that just makes it more awesome.
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Storming lap from Lewis to take poll by 0.4s from Nico and almost a second clear of Vettel. Di Resta starting 5th should be interesting and Ricciardo starting 6th is making a good impression to take Webber's seat for next year.
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Yeah heard about the Webber news, can't say I'm surprised at all...and it's probably for the best instead of hanging around for too long.
And now: Start speculation on who takes his seat next year!!!


Yes, quite a lap and some neat results
Pos. No. Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
1 10 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:30.995 1:31.224 1:29.607 1
2 9 Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:31.355 1:31.028 1:30.059 2
3 1 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:31.559 1:30.990 1:30.211 3
4 2 Australia Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:31.605 1:31.002 1:30.220 4
5 14 United Kingdom Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:32.062 1:31.291 1:30.736 5
6 19 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:32.097 1:31.182 1:30.757 6
7 15 Germany Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:32.002 1:31.097 1:30.908 7
8 8 France Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:31.466 1:31.530 1:30.955 8
9 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:31.400 1:31.592 1:30.962 9
10 3 Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:32.266 1:31.387 1:30.979 10
11 5 United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:31.979 1:31.649
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12 4 Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:32.241 1:31.779
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13 18 France Jean-Éric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:32.105 1:31.785
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14 6 Mexico Sergio Pérez McLaren-Mercedes 1:31.953 1:32.082
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15 11 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1:32.168 1:32.211
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16 16 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:32.512 1:32.359
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17 17 Finland Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:32.664

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18 12 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:32.666

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19 20 France Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1:33.866

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20 22 France Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1:34.108

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21 21 Netherlands Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1:35.481

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22 23 United Kingdom Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1:35.858

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107% time: 1:37.364

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Bad news for Di Resta, he loses his best career qualifying after his car was found to be 2kg underweight and will start last..
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Alright, Button starts 11th!  Awesome!
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Well, that was nuts. Too much happened to fit into one post but great drives from Hamilton, Webber and Alonso and good win for Nico.
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Have to watch a replay since NBC sports also plays the Tour de France (which went a tad long) but while Im still watching it just had to pop on

Webber drops 15 spots on the start!? This is getting comical, well comically sad.
Holy sh*t Lewis! Wow. Leading the home GP, so much buzz about it...what a terrible way to have it end. Well IDK where he'll finish but I can't imagine he can win now.

Holy sh*t Felipe! This is nuts, and he was running so well atm Cry
10 laps in too

Edit: Now Vergne! Another rear left...hmmmm


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ture

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tfw **** would have come at least second if they had changed the tyres at the last safety car, if you know what i mean :*(


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WOW! Vettel.

holy f**k this has just been crazy.
Wonder if Nico can hold the lead, he's been strong.
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Well, it was sloppy but when they did race that was some of the best so far.
Kudos to Nico. He ran a clean race, obviously didnt over use his tires or run any curbs that helped cause issues, and when Webber came charging he upped the pace enough to keep him safely behind. Good winClap

Superb drives Webber, Alonso, Hami and Massa. Shame about Kimi. You would think he would've been no lower than 2nd if he did change tires, that hurts.
Helluva race.
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Honestly, that was the best F1 race so far this year, and not because of the tire issues, either.  The timing of Vettel's issues helping to bring out the last SC made the finish fantastic!  The push at the end by Alonso and Webber was awesome to watch.  And good win for Nico.
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Pirelli have anounced the causes of the punctures at Silverstone. Basically it was a combination of teams running extreme cambers, low tyre pressures, swapping left and right tyres over (apparently they're designed asymmetrically and all the tyres that failed were right hand tyres fitted to the left side) and the backs of certain kerbs being rather high (like that at turn 4, Aintree). Though they didn't mention it, I suspect this is in conjunction with the higher running tempretures of this years steel belt construction.

For the Nurburgring this weekend Pirelli will be bringing in the new kevlar belted rear tyres that were briefly tried at Montreal that several teams were against having introduced and they'll be laying the law down on pressures and camber use. They'll have an all new tyre which will effectively be a 2012 construction with 2013 compounds for the yound driver test, of which race drivers will now be aloud to take part in, to be introduced from the Hungarian GP onwards. Pirelli are also asking the FIA to have greater controle in mandating minimum tyre pressures and maximum camber angles that can be run as well as their engineers being given real time telemtry from all the teams regardign their tyres.

I expect these changes will solve the problems. As for Pirelli's suggestions, I'm surprised they dont have the telemetry already, but as for the rest I say it's up to the teams to do what they want with them and if the tyres fail then it's their own fault.  
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