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Leclerc, in Ferrari debut, tops opening day of Hungary test

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Charles Leclerc has made his first day in the Ferrari SF-17 a good one, topping the charts in the first day of the two-day test post-the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The Monegasque driver has dominated the Formula 2 season and enjoyed his first run in a Formula 1 car this year by taking over the Ferrari after the team’s 1-2 finish in Hungary this weekend.

Leclerc completed nearly 100 laps on the day with a best time of 1:17.746, set on Pirelli’s soft compound.

A pair of race drivers were next up with Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren Honda) and Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) in second and third. Vandoorne was only 0.088 off pace with Bottas nearly a second off.

Mercedes junior George Russell also had his first day in an F1 car, completing more than 100 laps himself in a busy day’s work. With Bottas doing 155, it was a crazy day for Mercedes AMG Petronas with 274 laps banked.

Other young drivers that tested today included Nikita Mazepin and Lucas Auer, who split running at Force India, Canadian Nicholas Latifi with Renault, Sean Gelael at Toro Rosso, Santino Ferrucci with Haas and Gustav Malja with Sauber.

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Get your motor running: American Flat Track’s new season premieres Sunday on NBCSN

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If you like racing two-wheel style, make sure you catch the debut of a new multi-year TV broadcast deal featuring the American Flat Track motorcycle racing series on NBCSN.

The 18-round series debuts this Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN with the season-opening race that was held at Daytona International Speedway on March 15.

Going forward, all 18 rounds of the series will be televised on NBCSN in highly-coveted weekend afternoon programming slots without two weeks of each event.

Last season, AFT drew nearly two million viewers on NBCSN with regular primetime coverage on Thursday nights.

This season, the one-hour, tape-delayed telecasts will be part of NBCSNโ€™s regular weekend programing, following or preceding coverage of NASCAR, INDYCAR and Pro Motocross.

AFT is now in its 65th season, with two distinct classes: powerful, twin-cylinder rides in the AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines division, and the competition in the 450cc AFT Singles division.

โ€œWe are very excited to kick-off our second season of AFT on NBCSN,โ€ NBC Sports Group Senior Director of Programming Jeff Macaluso. โ€œThe 2017 season provided us with some incredible racing and showed us how passionate the riders and fans are of this historic sport.

โ€œThe move to weekends this year, around other marquis motorsports properties, is sure to raise the level even higher.โ€

Hereโ€™s the 2018 AFT schedule on NBCSN:

Round Track, Location Track Type Premiere Time (ET) Time (PT)
1 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL TT Sun, 3/25 2:00 PM 11:00 AM
2 Dixie Speedway, Woodstock, GA Short Track Sat, 4/14 5:30 PM 2:30 PM
3 Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TX Half-Mile Sun, 5/06 4:00 PM 1:00 PM
4 Calistoga Speedway, Calistoga, CA Half-Mile Sun, 5/20 12:00 PM 9:00 AM
5 Turf Paradise, Phoenix, AZ Mile Sat, 5/26 3:00 PM 12:00 PM
6 Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA Mile Sun, 6/03 2:00 PM 11:00 AM
7 Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL Mile Sat, 6/09 5:00 PM 2:00 PM
8 Red Mile, Lexington, KY Mile Sat, 6/16 12:00 PM 9:00 AM
9 Remington Park, Oklahoma City, OK Mile Sat, 6/23 5:00 PM 2:00 PM
10 Allen County Fairgrounds, Lima, OH Half-Mile Sat, 7/07 2:30 PM 11:30 AM
11 Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport, NY Short Track Sun, 7/15 6:00 PM 3:00 PM
12 Buffalo Chip Campgrounds, Sturgis, SD TT Sat, 8/11 12:30 PM 9:30 AM
13 Black Hills Speedway, Rapid City, SD Half-Mile Sat, 8/18 2:00 PM 11:00 AM
14 Peoria Motorcycle Club, Peoria, IL TT Sat, 9/01 3:00 PM 12:00 PM
15 Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL Mile Sat, 9/22 2:30 PM 11:30 AM
16 Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA Half-Mile Sun, 9/23 5:00 PM 2:00 PM
17 Canterbury Park, Shakopee, MN Mile Sun, 10/14 5:00 PM 2:00 PM
18 Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, NJ Mile Sun, 10/21 2:00 PM 11:00 AM


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