WATCH LIVE: Austrian GP qualifying on NBCSN and Live Extra at 8am ET

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After returning to Austria following an 11-year absence last season, Formula 1 heads back to the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg this weekend for the first of a five consecutive races in Europe.

Mercedes teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg once again appear set to fight for top honors at the front of the grid, but Ferrari has displayed an impressive pace during practice and could yet be in the running for pole position on Saturday.

After rain fell towards the end of FP3, conditions in Austria have not improved a great deal, suggesting that we could be poised for a wet qualifying session.

You can watch qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 8am ET on Saturday. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

The biggest talking point of the weekend so far has been the reliability – or lack of it – displayed by McLaren, who looks set to enter the race with an astonishing 50 places worth of grid penalties.

Williams is also thought to be getting in the mix at the front, 12 months on from its shock pole position in Austria, whilst Toro Rosso displayed a very impressive wet-weather pace towards the end of FP3.

All of this sets the stage for a quite thrilling qualifying session from the Red Bull Ring, so make sure that you don’t miss as second of the action.

You can watch qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 8am ET on Saturday. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

Travis Pastrana leads flag-to-flag in Nitro Rallycross as the series returns to America

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Travis Pastrana waited until the final trip around ERX Motor Park to take his Joker Lap – a longer way around the course that all drivers must do at least once in a race – and came out cleanly to win his first Nitro Rallycross race of 2022. With this win, Pastrana is the third driver to visit Victory Lane in the first three rounds of the 2022-23 season.

“This is the closest to a motocross track,” Pastrana told Katie Osborne on Peacock. “Thank you so much for a beautiful facility. It’s been a rough start to the season and I’m so thankful to be back out here. We had a good run in the side-by-side and now for this. This is much needed.”

Another thing needed was the sense of improvement. And Pastrana earned that affirmation each time he completed a lap around the course.

“I get my lap times read out and they said ‘fastest time of the week,’ ‘fastest time of the week’ (each time around) ” Pastrana said. “This is really special. We’re a long way behind in the championship, but welcome to America.”

In a pre-race press conference, Pastrana said that as Nitro Rallycross heads back to America, it was time for an American to win and he made good on his promise. Pastrana took the early lead over Robin Larsson and let the back of his Subaru hang out, taking risks he might not otherwise take if not for his need to win.

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Larsson’s second-place finish completed a perfect sweep of the podium in three rounds. In fact, he has not yet finished worse than second after winning the opening round at Lydden Hill in the United Kingdom and finishing second at Strangnas in Sweeden.

Fraser McConnel rounded out the podium for his best result of the season. He finished fourth in each of the first two rounds.

Last year, Pastrana finished second in this race to Scott Speed before narrowly edging his teammate for the championship.

Andreas Bakkerud crashed in prelims, but rebounded to finish just off the block in fourth. Bakkerud won the second round ahead of his teammate Larsson.

Oliver Bennett completed the top five.

Minneapolis is the first of three rounds scheduled in the United States. Next on the schedule is Glen Helen, Calif. on Octo 30 and then Phoenix at Wild Horse Pass on November 12th. Nitro Rallycross will then head to Saudi Arabia in December to continue their 2022-23 season.