WEC: Porsche earns front row for Sao Paulo; Mark Webber’s car on pole

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Porsche appears to be the team to beat in Brazil for tomorrow’s World Endurance Championship season finale at Interlagos.

After leading this morning’s third practice session for the 6 Hours of Sao Paulo, the twin 919 Hybrids locked out the front row in qualifying with Mark Webber and Timo Bernhard pushing the No. 20 to pole with a four-lap average of 1 minute, 17.676 seconds.

On the outside of Row 1 will be Porsche’s sister car, the No. 14 919 Hybrid. Neel Jani and Marc Lieb put the car P2 with an average of 1 minute, 17.783 seconds.

Porsche is coming off their first LMP1 double-podium run in the most recent WEC race in Bahrain, and are now looking to claim their first WEC LMP1 win in the final event of 2014.

Anthony Davidson and Sebastien Buemi, the newly crowned WEC driver’s champs from Toyota, put their No. 8 TS040 Hybrid third on the grid with an average of 1 minute, 18.070 seconds.

The No. 2 Audi R18 e-tron quattro of Marcel Fassler and Benoit Treluyer will start fourth (average of 1 minute, 18.889 seconds), while the soon-to-retire Tom Kristensen and Lucas di Grassi put the No. 1 Audi in sixth directly behind the No. 7 Toyota.

In LMP2, current class championship leader G-Drive Racing earned their seventh pole of the year – and perhaps their most critical one – for Olivier Pla, Roman Rusinov, and their No. 26 Ligier/Nissan (which they’ll share Sunday with Julien Canal).

Their average of 1 minute, 24.463 seconds was enough to beat out the No. 47 KCMG Oreca/Nissan for top honors. Meanwhile, title rival Sergey Zlobin of SMP Racing will have to start fourth after his No. 27 Oreca/Nissan (shared with Nicolas Minassian and Maurizio Mediani) qualified with an average of 1 minute, 25.400 seconds.

Aston Martin had themselves a great day in the GT-based categories with their Vantage V8s. In GTE-Pro, Stefan Mucke and Darren Turner earned the pole in the No. 97 Aston with an average of 1 minute, 30.111 seconds, and in GTE-Am, the No. 98 and No. 95 Astons swept the front row altogether.

Only the efforts of the No. 92 Porsche Team Manthey 911 RSR (second in GTE-Pro with an average of 1 minute, 30.259 seconds) stopped Aston Martin from taking a 1-2 qualifying finish in both GT classes.

The 6 Hours of Sao Paulo is scheduled to begin tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. ET.

Adam Cianciarulo sweeps to second straight Pro Motocross 450 win

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Adam Cianciarulo (450) and Dylan Ferrandis (250) swept both motos of their divisions Saturday in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship event at Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, Minnesota, significantly impacting the points standings.

After scoring his first career victory Sept. 8 at RedBud, Cianciarulo made it two consecutive victories on his Monster Energy Kawasaki. He won the first moto by 1.7 seconds over Blake Baggett and the second moto by 2.7 seconds over Baggett.

“Man, what a dream come true,” Cianciarulo said. “I really wanted to go 1-1 last round at RedBud and had that silly mistake. Today, we got the job done and made it happen. Two consecutive victories in the 450 Class just feels really good. I just want to keep the ball rolling.”

With three rounds remaining, Cianciarulo is ranked second in the standings at a 15-point deficit to Zach Osborne, who won three of the first five rounds.

In the 250 standings, Dylan Ferrandis jumped ahead of Jeremy Martin (who won three consecutive events earlier in the season) by three points (257-254).

Dylan Ferrandis swept both motos for his second win of the season in the 250 class (Align Media).

Ferrandis beat third-ranked RJ Hampshire in the first moto and nipping Martin by 0.4 seconds in the second.

“That was a difficult race in the second moto and the pressure was on,” Ferrandis said. “It was really good for me to have that battle and come out on top in the second moto. The championship is really close and I think that we were able to put on a good show for everyone today. Jeremy [Martin] and I have a good relationship I think and we congratulated each other and talked about the battle after the race.”

NEXT: The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will hold its seventh round Sept. 26 with the Geico Motorcycle WW Ranch National at Jacksonville, Florida.


RESULTS

Thor Spring Creek National (Spring Creek MX Park, Millville, Minnesota)

450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)

  1. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (1-1)
  2. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (2-2)
  3. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha (5-4)
  4. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda (8-3)
  5. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (6-5)
  6. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (3-10)
  7. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda (7-6)
  8. Joey Savatgy, , Suzuki (9-7)
  9. Max Anstie, United Kingdom, Suzuki (10-8)
  10. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (4-16)

450 Class Championship Standings

  1. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna – 235
  2. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki – 220
  3. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 215
  4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 196
  5. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha – 194
  6. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM – 190
  7. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda – 173
  8. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda – 141
  9. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha – 134
  10. Joey Savatgy, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki – 122

250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)

  1. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha (1-1)
  2. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda (5-2)
  3. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki (4-4)
  4. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda (3-6)
  5. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha (9-3)
  6. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna (2-11)
  7. Hunter Lawrence, Australia, Honda (7-5)
  8. Jo Shimoda, Japan, Honda (12-8)
  9. Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, Mich., Kawasaki (11-9)
  10. Derek Drake, San Luis Obispo, Calif., KTM (8-12)

250 Class Championship Standings

  1. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha – 257
  2. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda – 254
  3. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna – 202
  4. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki – 194
  5. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., Yamaha – 186
  6. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha – 164
  7. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda – 162
  8. Cameron McAdoo, Sioux City, Iowa, Kawasaki – 140
  9. Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, Mich., Kawasaki – 123
  10. Brandon Hartranft, Brick, N.J., KTM – 114
Adam Cianciarulo won the holeshot in both motos at Spring Creek (Align Media).