Jani retains pole at Le Mans, while No. 63 Corvette withdrawn from race

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LE MANS, France – With no major changes on Thursday, the grid for Saturday’s 83rd running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans doesn’t look too different from how it did after Wednesday.

Neel Jani’s new lap record of 3:16.887 in the No. 18 Porsche 919 Hybrid is now set as the pole position time, in the car he’ll share with Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb.

None of the three other class pole positions changed, either. Richard Bradley (LMP2, No. 47 KCMG Oreca 05 Nissan), Richie Stanaway (GTE-Pro, No. 99 Aston Martin Vantage V8) and Pedro Lamy (GTE-Am, No. 98 Aston Martin Vantage V8) retained their poles from Wednesday.

The biggest moment of drama on the day came during the second qualifying session when Jan Magnussen had a mechanical issue that took him into the barriers exiting Porsche Curves.

Sadly, the Corvette Racing team confirmed the withdrawal of the No. 63 Corvette C7.R late Thursday night as the damage was not repairable on-site. It denies Magnussen, Antonio Garcia and Ryan Briscoe a chance to win at Daytona, Sebring and Le Mans in the same year.

“We are thankful that Jan has been checked and released by the ACO medical staff,” said Mark Kent, Director of Chevrolet Racing. “We are disappointed that the No. 63 Corvette C7.R will be unable to compete at Le Mans this year. The Corvette Racing team put a lot of work into two C7.Rs for this event, and unfortunately only one will be in the race.”

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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