Buemi quickest again on day two of first Formula E test at Donington Park

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DONINGTON PARK – Sebastien Buemi carried over his good Monday form into Tuesday by finishing fastest once again on the second day of the first FIA Formula E pre-season test.

Renault e.dams driver Buemi posted a fastest lap time of 1:31.050 with just 22 minutes remaining in the six-hour long day of running at Donington Park, beating DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird by four-tenths of a second at the top of the timesheets.

Tuesday saw the teams conduct more representative running with their cars after dialling them in on Monday, as just 1.3 seconds separated the top ten drivers at the end of the day.

Top spot changed hands a number of times, but it was Buemi who ultimately finished fastest once again for e.dams following a late quick lap.

ABT Schaeffler driver Daniel Abt had threatened to knock the Swiss driver off his perch, posting the fastest time in the first two sectors before tailing off in the final part of his lap. The German driver eventually finished the day in third place, 0.487 seconds down on Buemi.

Nick Heidfeld and Bruno Senna continued Mahindra’s strong start to life with the season two car, finishing fourth and sixth on Tuesday. The duo were split by e.dams’ Nicolas Prost.

Venturi endured something of a mixed day yet again at Donington Park. Stephane Sarrazin’s running was relatively trouble-free en route to P8 overall, but the same could not be said of teammate Jacques Villeneuve. The Canadian driver was limited to just 15 laps due to a number of problems, one of which left him to push his car back to the garage from pit entry. He eventually finished 12th overall.

Amlin Andretti had another day to forget at Donington. After failing to get the car out on track at all on Monday, the team was keen to get started early on Tuesday by sending Simona de Silvestro out early on. However, she stopped on her out lap, prompting a red flag.

In total, the American team tried to get de Silvestro out five times, only for her car to stop on its out lap on every single occasion due to software issues.

However, it was not alone in its plight as NEXTEV TCR failed to get out on track at all. Oliver Turvey and Nelson Piquet Jr. were on site in the morning, but the team opted to call an early end to its first test due to a problem with its powertrains, which have since returned to Germany.

Trulli also failed to get out on track once again for its first run with the season two car. A team spokesperson confirmed to MotorSportsTalk that it would be aiming to run for the first time at next week’s test at Donington.

Meyer Shank Racing wins Petit Le Mans to take final DPi championship in dramatic finale

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Meyer Shank Racing outdueled Wayne Taylor Racing to win the Petit Le Mans and clinch the championship in a thrilling final race for the DPi division.

Tom Blomqvist, who started from the pole position, drove the No. 60 Acura ARX-05 to a 4.369-second victory over Pipo Derani in the No. 31 Action Express Cadillac.

“That was incredible,” Blomqvist told NBC Sports’ Matt Yocum. “I’ve never dug so deep in my life. The adrenaline. I did that for the guys. I was so motivated to win this thing this weekend. But I’ve got to thank everyone on the whole team.”

With co-drivers Oliver Jarvis and Helio Castroneves, Blomqvist helped MSR bookend its season-opening victory in the Rolex 24 at Daytona by winning Saturday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season finale at Michelin Road Atlanta.

In between those two victories, the No. 60 earned five runner-up finishes to stay in the thick of the championship hunt and trail WTR’s No. 10 Acura by 14 points entering Saturday’s race.

WTR’s Filipe Albuquerque had a lead of more than 10 seconds over Blomqvist with less than 50 minutes remaining in the 10-hour race.

But a Turn 1 crash between the Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillacs brought out a yellow that sent both Acuras into the pits from the top two positions.

Though he entered in second, Blomqvist barely beat Albuquerque out of the pits, and he held the lead for the final 45 minutes.

Blomqvist said he gained the lead because of a shorter fuel fill after he had worked on being efficient in the second-to-last stint.

“The team asked a big job of me with the fuel; I had a big fuel number to hit,” Blomqvist said. “We knew that was probably our only chance. The yellow came at the right time and obviously we had a bit less fuel to fill up, so I was able to jump him and then it was just a matter of going gung-ho and not leaving anything on the line. And obviously, the opposition had to try too hard to make it work. I’m so thankful.”

Albuquerque closed within a few car lengths of Blomqvist with 14 minutes remaining, but he damaged his suspension because of contact with a GT car in Turn 1.

It’s the first prototype championship for Meyer Shank Racing, which also won the 2021 Indy 500 with Castroneves.

“We’ve had in the last four years, three championships for Acura, the Indy 500 win and the Rolex 24, it doesn’t get any better,” team co-owner Mike Shank told NBC Sports’ Kevin Lee.

It’s the third consecutive runner-up finish in the points standings for Wayne Taylor Racing, which won the first Daytona Prototype international championship in 2017. The premier category will be rebranded as the Grand Touring Prototype (GTP) class with the LMDh cars that will establish a bridge to racing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Kamui Kobayashi finished third in the No. 48 Cadillac of Action Express that also includes Jimmie Johnson and Mike Rockenfeller.

The podium showing marked Johnson’s last scheduled race in IMSA’s top prototype division. The seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion has raced in the No. 48 Ally Cadillac lineup as the Action Express entry has run the Endurance Cup races.

Johnson said a lack of inventory will preclude him having a 2023 ride in the top category. But he still is hopeful of racing the Garage 56 Next Gen Camaro in next year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans and possibly running in a lower class for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

“I’d love to be at Le Mans next year,” Johnson told NBC Sports’ Dillon Welch after his final stint Saturday. “I’d love to be at the Rolex 24. The series is going through a shake-up with the reconfiguration of the rules and classes, so I don’t have anything locked down yet, but I’m so thankful for this experience with Action. The support Ally has given us, Mr. Hendrick, Chad Knaus, all of Hendrick Motorsports. It’s been a fun two years, and I certainly hope I’m on the grid again next year.”