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Overtake Overview – 20th August 2018

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Whilst the Grand Prix circus took one more weekend in it’s summer break, the motorsport world continued to revolve with action throughout the world and here is your chance to catch up on the headlines that you might have missed throughout the weekend.

Let’s start over in the USA, where the Indycar Sereis headed to Ponoco for the second 500 mile event of the season. On Saturday, Penske’s Will Power moved up to equal second with AJ Foyt on 53 poles on the all-time combined Indycar statistics and only 14 behind the record holder Mario Andretti.

Sunday was a different matter as a dominant display by Alexander Rossi saw the American cut Scott Dixon’s lead at the top of the championship to 29 points. It was a lucky break for Dixon, who recovered to third from second half of the grid. This was all overshadowed by a huge crash that happened on lap ten of the race when Robert Wickens and Ryan Hunter-Reay touched at turn two causing an airborne Wickens to hit the top of the barrier, ripping a hole in catch fencing in a similar style to Dan Wheldon and Kenny Brack previously. Wickens was the only driver injured in the incident and was taken to hospital ‘awake and alert’ with a later statement being released that the Canadian has injuries to his ‘lower extremities, right arm and spine plus a pulmonary contusion’. We all wish Robert well in his recovery.

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It was also announced that controversial racer Santino Ferrucci will return to the Indycar Series for the final two rounds of the season at Portland and Sonoma. The American, who was dropped by his Formula 2 team, Trident, after being handed a two-round ban due to incidents with his Trident team-mate at Silverstone. Whilst Ferrucci was impressive on his debut in Detroit, his behaviour since makes this decision questionable…

In Germany, Toyota’s Ott Tanak clinched a second dominant victory on the rally ahead of championship leader Thierry Neuville and team-mate Esapekka Lappi. Fourth place and a power stage win meant that reigning champion Sebastien Ogier limited the damage of Neuville’s podium, leaving the Frenchman 23 points behind the Belgian. Tanak is a further 13 points back in third with four rounds left.

The biggest event in Britain this weekend happened at the home of British Motorsport, Silverstone, where the World Endurance Series rolled into town for their first event since Toyota dominated the Le Mans 24 hours in June. The 6 hours of Silverstone saw a first victory for the Rebellion Racing Gibson of Gustavo Menezes, Thomas Laurent and Mathias Beche ahead of their team-mates Neel Jani and Andre Lotterer (after Bruno Senna withdrew due to injury) after both Toyotas were excluded from their 1-2 in the stewards room. The GTE-Pro Porsche team also lost second place in stewards room. A busy night for the stewards at Silverstone.

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Also at Silverstone, the European Formula 3 campaign continued with Red Bull backed Daniel Ticktum claiming the opening win of the weekend on home soil. Mick Schumacher (race 2) and Juri Vips (race 3) took the other wins over the weekend. Results throughout the weekend means that Ticktum leads the points table by 18 points over Ferrari-backed Marcus Armstrong. Vips sits third whilst Schumacher moves into seventh. Red Bull wanted Ticktum to test in Hungary and the Brit is continuing to impress the management…

 

The big question being where do they place him next year? Surely must be Formula 2 unless there is a rule break allowing the youngster to take a Toro Rosso seat?

 

 

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