Williams finally score first point of the season

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Having endured their worst ever start to a Formula One season, Williams have finally attained some success by scoring their first point of 2013 at today’s Hungarian Grand Prix.

Pastor Maldonado crossed the line in 10th place to pick up a solitary point that puts the team on the scoreboard for 2013 with the Venezuelan taking advantage of others’ misfortune to move into the points with just five laps remaining.

Maldonado had been battling with Sauber’s Nico Hulkenberg during the race but the German driver was forced to take a drive-through penalty after speeding in the pit lane during a stop. Then, with just five laps remaining, Nico Rosberg suffered from an engine failure whilst running in 9th position, elevating Maldonado into the top ten to pick up a point.

Valtteri Bottas was not as fortunate as his teammate, retiring from the race due to a hydraulics failure on lap 43 of the race. Regardless, the team will be delighted to get off the mark after such a disappointing start to the season.

“For me, it’s special. We did a great race starting from 15th. We are improving every time,” Maldonado told Sky Sports after the race.

Despite this result, Williams are still 52 points behind the total they had at this point last season.

Meyer Shank Racing wins second consecutive Rolex 24 at Daytona to begin GTP era

Rolex 24 Meyer Shank
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Grand Touring Prototype era began just as the previous one ended as Meyer Shank Racing’s Acura captured its second consecutive Rolex 24 at Daytona with star Tom Blomqvist emphatically starting and finishing the race.

The No. 60 ARX-06 won the 24-hour endurance classic at Daytona International Speedway by 4.190 seconds over Filipe Albuquerque of Wayne Taylor Racing with Andretti Autosport, giving Acura a sweep of the top two spots.

The Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac V-LMDh cars took the next two spots with Renger van der Zande (the No. 01) and Earl Bamber (No. 02) as four of the nine new GTP cars finished on the lead lap within 12 seconds of each other – quashing the prerace hand-wringing of mass failures for the highly technical cars in the debut of the hybrid prototype premier category.

There were major problems for the manufacturer newcomers Porsche Penske Motorsport and BMW M Team RLL, whose two pairs of cars all finished at least a dozen laps down or more because of major mechanical problems in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season opener.

Just as he capped the 2022 season by winning the Petit Le Mans season finale in the No. 60 Acura to clinch the final championship of the DPi division for MSR, Blomqvist was behind the wheel again for his third overall victory in IMSA.

“That was crazy,” Blomqvist told NBC Sports’ Kevin Lee. “I knew we had a fantastic car. I’ve been working hard. Unbelievable. Massive, well done, everyone being part of this project and worked together on this project. What a car we’ve built.

“I was just a bit nervous. The 10 was definitely second fastest car, but we held them off

It was the second consecutive Rolex 24 victory for MSR’s trio of Blomqvist and IndyCar teammates and Indy 500 winners Simon Pagenaud and Helio Castroneves. They were joined this year by Colin Braun, who won his first Rolex 24 overall.

Castroneves joined select company in winning the Rolex 24 in three consecutive years. His first win was with Wayne Taylor Racing in 2021.

“Can you believe that?” Castroneves told Lee. “Big props to everyone. Everyone did an amazing job. Everybody worked so hard together. We got it! Another one. I can’t believe it. This is absolutely a dream come true.”

The four-time Indy 500 winner led the team in his signature fence-climbing celebration afterward.

“It’s always fun to climb the fence with Helio,” said Pagenaud, who drove the second-to-last stint before Blomqvist closed it out: “The competition as amazing. It was tough out there. So much fun. Hope you had as much fun as we had. I’m going to savor this one.”

Winners in other classes were the No. 55 ORECA 07 of Proton Competition (which triumphed on a last-lap pass by James Allen on Ben Hanley), WeatherTech Racing’s No. 79 Mercedes in GTD Pro, Heart of Racing’s No. 27 Aston Martin in GTD and AWA’s No. 17 in LMP3.