Davidson Racing wins 25 Hours of Thunderhill; NASCAR’s Kurt Busch 4th in class


Overcoming engine and transmission issues, the team of ex-IndyCar racer Alex Lloyd and sports car veterans Brian Frisselle, Randy Pobst, and Kyle Marcelli pushed the No. 17 Davidson Racing Norma to the overall and ESR class victory in the 25 Hours of Thunderhill yesterday in California.

The winning No. 17 Norma logged 682 laps and 1,910 miles en route to the victory and also set the fastest lap of the race on Lap 28 with a 1 minute, 38.371-second time.

Team owner Bob Davidson was called upon to take the Norma over the finish line. It’s his first Thunderhill win in four years of trying.

“It has been a few years of hard work trying to win this race,” said Davidson. “We felt really good coming into the race this year. We have a great crew and a great line-up of drivers.

“The Norma has been a good car for us for a couple of years. It really came into its own this year and we had lady luck on our side.”

Said Frisselle: “I am so happy for Bob. He really deserves this victory. I don’t know if there is a team owner in this whole paddock that is more passionate about the 25 Hours of Thunderhill than Bob. We have been hard at it for four years trying to win this for him.

“Bob has a lot of hard work into this project. We had some engine trouble at the end so we were a little worried. We were able to put Bob in at the end and let him bring the Norma across the finish line to take the checker, so it was perfect.”

Also taking part in the weekend’s events was former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kurt Busch, who co-drove the No. 61 Road Shagger Racing BMW in the E0 class.

The team held the class lead early on, but a later penalty cost them precious time in the pits. Problems with the car’s differential also plagued the BMW during the event and forced the team off the track with one hour to go. They eventually returned to the track, however, to pick up a fourth-place finish.

The No. 31 Hankook Tires/El Diablo Motorsports BMW (Lance Boicelli, Scott Smith, Dale Sievwright, William Brinkop) took the E0 class victory.

Other class winners include: ES (second place overall) – No. 00 Award Motorsports/Ehret Family Winery Porsche (Pierre Ehret, Kelly Collins, Tom Hacker, Spencer Trennery, Tommy Sadler); E1 – No. 67 BMW of Sparta Evo Brakes/Maxxis Tire/Bullet Performance (Brett Strom, Mickey Miller, Ralph Warren, Robert Green); E2 – No. 34 Team RDR Mazda RX-8 (Dennis Holloway, Joel Miller, Lee Papageorge); E3 – No. 23 RJ Racing Mazda Miata (Gary Brown, John Gibson, Rob Gibson, Roger Eagleton).

Max Verstappen is PointsBet favorite to score sixth staight in 2022 Singapore Grand Prix

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Max Verstappen is the PointsBet Sportsbook odds favorite to win the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay Street course to stretch his current win streak to six consecutive. He shows odds of -200 this week.

Formula 1 did not compete in Singapore in 2020 or 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Verstappen has podium finishes in his last two attempts on this track. he was second in 2018 and third in 2019. In the first 15 races of this season, he has failed to stand on the podium only twice and has an average finish of 2.73.

With minus odds, the way to determine a payout is by subtraction. In order for a bettor to earn $100, he must wager $200 this week; with that wager, he will get back his initial stake and winnings of $100.

For bettors more comfortable with fractional odds, a bet of +300 is the same as 3/1.

Charles Leclerc is ranked second this week with +400 odds. He has two previous Singapore GP starts to his credit with a best of second in 2019. He is coming off back-to-back podium finishes with a third in the Dutch GP and a second at Monza.

Ranked third is Carlos Sainz, Jr. with a line of +1100. He has top-five finishes in four of his last five starts, but only one of these, a third in the Belgian GP, was on the podium. Sainz is one of four winners other than Verstappen this season. His victory came in the British GP.

Lewis Hamilton shows a line of +1200. His last win came last fall in the Saudi Arabian GP and the Mercedes team has struggled to contend for victory in 2022. They are improving, however, with eight top-fives in the last nine races. Hamilton has two wins in his last three Singapore starts, which came in 2017 and 2018.

Rounding out the top five is Hamilton’s teammate George Russell at +1800. He has not won, but has shown remarkable consistency with top-fives in all but one race. Notably, his only bad finish came in his home GP in England. Russell has one previous start at Marina Bay; he finished last in the 2019 race. He finished fourth in 2019 as part of a four-race streak of top-fives.

The most recent Singapore GP winner from 2019, Sebastian Vettel is a longshot at +50000.

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