Nissan NISMO scores Bathurst 12 Hour win


We meant to get to this yesterday but alas, it’s still very much worth noting: Nissan’s NISMO Global Athlete Team took the win in the weekend’s Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour race in Australia. It marks Nissan’s first win at Bathurst since 1992.

The lineup of Katsumasa Chiyo and Nissan GT Academy winners Wolfgang Reip and Florian Strauss – the latter a last-minute fill-in for Alex Buncombe, who was unable to attend the race due to the birth of his first child – completed an improbable comeback win in their No. 35 Nissan GT-R after a crash in qualifying on Saturday.

The crew worked tirelessly through the night to get the rear of the car repaired in order to make the start at 5:50 a.m. local time on Sunday. A consistent drive from the three of them, particularly by Reip in the early stages and Chiyo in the later ones, put them into position to win.

Chiyo’s heroics came in the final stint of the race off the last restart – the Nissan’s straight-line speed edge playing to the car’s benefit as Chiyo made several passes to get into the lead of the race.

“It is just unbelievable because I couldn’t imagine that end of the race, with a strong Audi and Bentley and we are still in the amateur class,” said Chiyo.

“The car is very good, it is very strong on the straight. I tried to imagine, it was just amazing, we couldn’t know what would happen in this race, but we just tried our best in the moment and then I had a chance in the final restart. It was just awesome. The car was amazing, and so was the team.”

Meanwhile there was an intense scrap for the final podium positions at the final few corners.

The polesitting No. 15 Phoenix Audi R8 LMS ultra of Marco Mapelli, Markus Winklehock and Laurens Vanthoor emerged second and the No. 97 Craft-Bamboo Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT3 emerged third, with Stefan Mucke, Alex MacDowell and Darryl O’Young behind the wheel.

Those two cars, with Vanthoor and Mucke driving at the end, made aggressive moves to displace Matt Bell, who fell to a hard luck fourth place in the No. 10 Bentley Continental GT3 he shared with Guy Smith and Steven Kane.

The dramatic finish prompted a few tweets from some sports car aces not pleased with either the Nissan’s horsepower or Mucke’s final corner move.

The dramatic finish came after an incident-plagued 12-hour race, which featured 20 safety car periods. One of them was for an incident where Red Bull Stratos space jumper Felix Baumgartner, in the sister Phoenix Audi, knocked Ivo Breukers’ Mazda off the road at high speed at the top of the mountain. Breukers emerged unscathed but it was a nasty looking incident.

The race also failed to include the usual guest stars from the Australian V8 Supercars championship, who were on a test session this weekend to conflict. Nonetheless, the presence only increased the star potential of those who were at Mount Panorama this weekend.

IndyCar results, points after Detroit Grand Prix


DETROIT — Alex Palou topped the results of an NTT IndyCar Series race for the second time this season, extending his championship points lead with his victory in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver, who also won the GMR Grand Prix (and the Indy 500 pole position) last month, holds a 51-point lead over teammate Marcus Ericsson (ninth at Detroit) through seven of 17 races this season.

Ganassi, which placed all four of its drivers in the top 10 at Detroit, has three of the top four in the championship standings with Scott Dixon ranked fourth after a fourth at Detroit.

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Indy 500 winner Josef Newgarden is third in the standings after taking a 10th at Detroit. Pato O’Ward slipped to fifth in the points after crashing and finishing 26th

Here are the IndyCar results and points standings after the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix:


Click here for the official box score from the 100-lap race on a nine-turn, 1.645-mile street course in downtown Detroit.

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Here is the finishing order in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix with starting position in parentheses, driver, engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (1) Alex Palou, Honda, 100, Running
2. (7) Will Power, Chevrolet, 100, Running
3. (9) Felix Rosenqvist, Chevrolet, 100, Running
4. (4) Scott Dixon, Honda, 100, Running
5. (13) Alexander Rossi, Chevrolet, 100, Running
6. (12) Kyle Kirkwood, Honda, 100, Running
7. (2) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet, 100, Running
8. (11) Marcus Armstrong, Honda, 100, Running
9. (6) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 100, Running
10. (5) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 100, Running
11. (24) Colton Herta, Honda, 100, Running
12. (17) Devlin DeFrancesco, Honda, 100, Running
13. (8) Simon Pagenaud, Honda, 100, Running
14. (20) Agustin Canapino, Chevrolet, 100, Running
15. (15) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 100, Running
16. (18) Christian Lundgaard, Honda, 100, Running
17. (25) Jack Harvey, Honda, 100, Running
18. (14) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet, 100, Running
19. (23) Helio Castroneves, Honda, 100, Running
20. (19) Benjamin Pedersen, Chevrolet, 97, Running
21. (22) Santino Ferrucci, Chevrolet, 97, Running
22. (26) Sting Ray Robb, Honda, 97, Running
23. (21) David Malukas, Honda, 85, Contact
24. (3) Romain Grosjean, Honda, 80, Contact
25. (27) Graham Rahal, Honda, 50, Contact
26. (10) Pato O’Ward, Chevrolet, 41, Contact
27. (16) Callum Ilott, Chevrolet, 1, Contact

Winner’s average speed: 80.922 mph; Time of Race: 02:01:58.1171; Margin of victory: 1.1843 seconds; Cautions: 7 for 32 laps; Lead changes: 10 among seven drivers. Lap Leaders: Palou 1-28; Power 29-33; O’Ward 34; Palou 35-55; Power 56-64; Palou 65; Rossi 66; Newgarden 67-68; Kirkwood 69; Ericsson 70-76; Palou 77-100.


Click here for the points tally in the race.

Here are the points standings after the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix:



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Pit stop performance

Top 10 in points: Palou 273, Ericsson 222, Newgarden 203, Dixon 194, O’Ward 191, Rossi 176, McLaughlin 175, Power 172, Herta 149, Rosenqvist 148.

Rest of the standings: Grosjean 145, Kirkwood 142, Lundgaard 136, Ilott 116, VeeKay 108, Ferrucci 105, Armstrong 101, Rahal 99, Malukas 91, Daly 88, DeFrancesco 81, Castroneves 80, Harvey 78, Canapino 77, Pagenaud 72, Pedersen 61, Robb 55, Takuma Sato 37, Ed Carpenter 27, Ryan Hunter-Reay 20, Tony Kanaan 18, Marco Andretti 13, RC Enerson 5, Katherine Legge 5.

Next race: IndyCar will head to Road America for the Sonsio Grand Prix, which will take place June 18 with coverage starting at 1 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock.