Weekend round up – 17th June 2012

This weekend saw the Le Mans 24, one of the great races around the world, plus another classic in the IndyCar race on the Milwaukee Mile. Backing that up the NASCAR circus rolled into Michigan, so some good action.

The Milwaukee Mile is probably the one Indy oval that we’d really like to see (besides Indy itself of course). It has history going back to the roadster days and if we ever win that lottery we will be over there.

So to the action:

#LeMans or #24LM saw another win for Audi, but the Toyotas were quick until they failed. With enough development who knows whether they could have sustained the challenge, but they certainly had the pace. Audi raced themselves happily well into the final hours when they started bouncing off the scenery and the number 1 car was left to run a lap ahead to the flag. Dindo Capello lost his chance of a swan song win when McNish bounced the number 2 Audi off the barriers in the Porsche curves near the end, but second is not a bad way to see out a distinguished career in the top flight at the Sarthe.

#IndyCar had a surprise winner in Andretti’s Ryan Hunter-Reay after a rain affected race. Tony Kanaan was a great second ahead of James Hinchcliffe giving Andretti two spots on the podium. Scott Dixon and Will Power finished together in the middle order, but the Kiwi was unlucky to have been given a penalty that was later confirmed as wrong.

Will Power still leads the title race, but Hinchcliffe’s good result moves him into second ahead of Dixon.

#NASCAR at Michigan featured some high speeds and Marcus Ambrose nailed pole for Petty at over 203mph. He managed to hand around the top ten until the end winding up 9th, but it was the forgotten man, Little E, who drove away from Smoke to win it convincingly. Kenseth and Biffle got their Fords home next in line followed by the #48 and #24 in tandem. Bowyer kept MWR’s strong run going with 7th ahead of JPM having his best result for a while.

The last 60 laps or so stayed green and showed that they can race flat out to the finish without all these messy restarts. Racing as it should be, so good on you all for that.

Kenseth leads the points from Little E and Biff.

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