Another WEC race, another Porsche overall pole at COTA

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AUSTIN, Texas – Porsche Team has captured its fifth consecutive pole position in as many races to kick off the FIA World Endurance Championship season, following a great run from Neel Jani and Marc Lieb in the team’s No. 18 Porsche 919 Hybrid.

This pole came as arguably the biggest surprise of the season; a boost issue was reported on Jani’s first lap but after a quick pit stop and check over, the car went back out and set the fastest lap time.

Jani, Lieb and Romain Dumas share the No. 18 car, which is yet to win this year after the No. 19 and No. 17 Porsche have won the last two WEC rounds at Le Mans and Nürburgring, respectively.

KCMG was due to score pole in LMP2 but only after 10 p.m. ET, the team had its pole canceled after the No. 47 Oreca 05 Nissan went the wrong way on track after stopping earlier in the session.

While Richie Stanaway and Fernando Rees secured the GTE-Pro pole in the No. 99 Aston Martin Vantage V8, the bigger story in the GTE ranks came in GTE-Am, where Patrick Long and Patrick Dempsey took the pole in their No. 77 Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR.

Long set the car’s fastest lap time but Dempsey was no slouch himself, en route to his first career pole position.

Those two share the car with the frequently overlooked but frequently fast German, Marco Seefried.

Saturday’s Six Hours of Circuit of the Americas goes green from 5 p.m. CT and local time.

Supercross: Talon Hawkins to debut in Houston in relief of Jalek Swoll

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Talon Hawkins, 19, will make his Monster Energy Supercross debut on a 250 this week in Houston, Texas as a fill-in rider for Jalek Swoll.

During the Anaheim 2 weekend, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team announced Swoll underwent successful surgery to repair a broken arm suffered in a practice crash.

That same weekend, Hawkins made some noise. He took the lead from teammate Casey Cohran on Lap 2 of the 250 SX Futures Main and led for three laps before he was overtaken by eventual winner Daxton Bennick. Cochran also got around him to push Hawkins to third.

This will not be Hawkins SuperMotocross professional debut, however; he made three Lucas Oil Pro Motocross starts last year with results of 19th at Spring Creek in Millville, Minnesota, 27th at Ironman in Crawfordsville, Indiana and a best finish of 17th in the season finale at Fox Raceway in Pala, California.

Hawkins also has a top-10 finish in the 125 All-Star division at Pala in 2019 riding a Husqvarna.

Speaking with RacerXOnline.com before the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals, Hawkins predicted his future with Husqvarna would come down to how he performed in that race.

“It all just comes down to how I perform at Loretta’s,” Hawkins said. “Say I do really well, I get a top three in both classes and do a pretty solid job, I would like to go pro and just kind of finish out the rest of the series. But there’s also the option of waiting a little bit longer, going back out to [Aldon] Baker’s [Factory] or going anywhere and training, and just being prepared. I’m also open to that too. Honestly, it’s whatever the team wants. Whatever we think is the best option is what we’re going to go with. So, I don’t really have a plan right now, just looking into the future.”

Hawkins finished third overall in the 125 B/C and Schoolboy divisions at the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals.