Start of GP2 race in Monaco marred by 14-car crash

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Today’s GP2 feature race at the Circuit de Monaco got off to a chaotic start as a 14-car pileup ensued in the first corner just after the start of the race. Pole sitter Johnny Cecotto was blamed for the incident and has been kept out of the remainder of the GP2 weekend in Monaco.

Cecotto got off to a poor start from the lights and then broke too late at Turn 1, taking himself and Fabio Leimer into the tire barriers. With Leimer coming over the top of Cecotto, a series of crashes occurred behind them at St. Devote, which was subsequently clogged up with cars as the red flag came out. Nine of the cars were unable to restart.

Among the cars involved was that of eventual race winner Sam Bird, who was tagged by Kevin Ciccon and needed to replace his rear wing as a result.

This is not the first time Cecotto’s driving has drawn criticism. At the GP2 round in Malaysia, he was disqualified from qualifying when he ran Bird off the road. He also dodged a penalty in Spain after going across Sergio Canamasas when they were battling for fifth position in the sprint race.

Video highlights from Stage 12 of Dakar Rally, 2 stages remain

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Thursday’s Stage 12 of the 40th Dakar Rally not only closed the overall standings gap in at least two classes (cars and trucks), two other classes (bikes and quads) failed to get going due to weather conditions.

The full video highlights of Stage 12 will air on NBCSN on Friday at 7 pm ET, but here are some of the highlights from Thursday’s action:

CARS

2018 Dakar Rally: Nasser Al-Attiyah wins Stage 12 of cars

BIKES

 Stage 12 cancelled due to weather conditions

 

TRUCKS

Ton van Genugten edged out Martin Kolomy in Stage of, while Federico Villagra and Eduard Nikolaev both faced an uphill battle to finish fourth and third respectively.

QUADS

Even though the Quads were also impacted by weather issues on Thursday, Ignacio Casale, the 2014 Dakar winner, continues to make his case for a second overall victory in the quads.