WEC: Audi to debut new aero kit at Spa ahead of Le Mans

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Audi has confirmed that two of its three cars racing at this weekend’s 6 Hours of Spa will be running with a low downforce aerodynamic configuration in preparation for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June.

The new package has been fitted to the no. 7 and no. 8 cars for the race at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, which acts as the second round of the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship.

Audi heads to Le Mans in June seeking a sixth consecutive victory at the Circuit de la Sarthe, and hopes to put itself in the best possible position by testing these new aero kits at Spa.

“Because downforce at Le Mans is not as important as it is at other tracks, we developed other solutions and new body shapes,” Audi head of aerodynamics Jan Monchaux said.

“In this way, we reduce the drag. All the turning vanes, wings and similar elements are no longer mounted so steeply in the airflow; the curvature of the wing profile is less.

“The cooling system’s requirements are different. We were able to re-evaluate and adapt the flow across the cooler, because at Le Mans less air mass flow is necessary due to the higher speeds.”

Audi’s third car will also make an appearance at Spa ahead of Le Mans, but will be running with the higher downforce aerodynamic package that was used by the German marque en route to victory at Silverstone three weeks ago.

The no. 9 Audi will be piloted by Marco Bonanomi, Rene Rast and Filipe Alberquerque.

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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