Porsche, Dempsey lead winners in wet, wild FIA WEC 6 Hours of Fuji

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Porsche Team has claimed its fourth straight win in the FIA World Endurance Championship, and third straight for the trio of Timo Bernhard, Mark Webber and Brendon Hartley in the No. 17 Porsche 919 Hybrid in Sunday’s rain-affected 6 Hours of Fuji.

The No. 17 car took the lead from the erstwhile dominant No. 18 car, driven by Neel Jani, Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb, in the final half hour following a team decision.

It had been an entertaining bout throughout the LMP1 field for the majority of the race, with the Audi R18 e-tron quattros showing well early in wetter conditions before the track came back over the second half of the race and the Porsches regained the momentum.

Other class winners though took the spotlight after some fascinating drives.

In GTE-Am, Patrick Dempsey finally got on the board with his first career international sports car victory, following a dynamic drive from he, Marco Seefried and Patrick Long in the No. 77 Dempsey Proton Racing Porsche 911.

Dempsey started and turned the car over to Seefried, with the German moving ahead following a stellar middle stint in changing conditions. Long, then Dempsey again, brought it home to the finish to end SMP Racing’s run of wins in the class.

LMP2 saw G-Drive Racing’s trio of Sam Bird, Roman Rusinov and Julien Canal win in the No. 26 Ligier JS P2 Nissan, although subject to a bit of controversy following several instances of contact between the No. 26 car and the sister No. 28 car, with KCMG’s Oreca 05 Nissan driven by Matt Howson, Richard Bradley and Nick Tandy.

Contact occurred between Gustavo Yacaman’s No. 28 car and Bradley’s No. 47 Oreca in the final 10 minutes, with the stewards analyzing the data to determine any potential post-race penalties.

GTE-Pro saw a less eventful race and wins from Gianmaria Bruni and Toni Vilander, sharing the No. 51 AF Corse Ferrari F458 Italia.

The WEC resumes in Shanghai in three weeks time.

IndyCar results, points after Detroit Grand Prix


DETROIT — Alex Palou topped the results of an NTT IndyCar Series race for the second time this season, extending his championship points lead with his victory in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver, who also won the GMR Grand Prix (and the Indy 500 pole position) last month, holds a 51-point lead over teammate Marcus Ericsson (ninth at Detroit) through seven of 17 races this season.

Ganassi, which placed all four of its drivers in the top 10 at Detroit, has three of the top four in the championship standings with Scott Dixon ranked fourth after a fourth at Detroit.

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Indy 500 winner Josef Newgarden is third in the standings after taking a 10th at Detroit. Pato O’Ward slipped to fifth in the points after crashing and finishing 26th

Here are the IndyCar results and points standings after the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix:


Click here for the official box score from the 100-lap race on a nine-turn, 1.645-mile street course in downtown Detroit.

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Here is the finishing order in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix with starting position in parentheses, driver, engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (1) Alex Palou, Honda, 100, Running
2. (7) Will Power, Chevrolet, 100, Running
3. (9) Felix Rosenqvist, Chevrolet, 100, Running
4. (4) Scott Dixon, Honda, 100, Running
5. (13) Alexander Rossi, Chevrolet, 100, Running
6. (12) Kyle Kirkwood, Honda, 100, Running
7. (2) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet, 100, Running
8. (11) Marcus Armstrong, Honda, 100, Running
9. (6) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 100, Running
10. (5) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 100, Running
11. (24) Colton Herta, Honda, 100, Running
12. (17) Devlin DeFrancesco, Honda, 100, Running
13. (8) Simon Pagenaud, Honda, 100, Running
14. (20) Agustin Canapino, Chevrolet, 100, Running
15. (15) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 100, Running
16. (18) Christian Lundgaard, Honda, 100, Running
17. (25) Jack Harvey, Honda, 100, Running
18. (14) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet, 100, Running
19. (23) Helio Castroneves, Honda, 100, Running
20. (19) Benjamin Pedersen, Chevrolet, 97, Running
21. (22) Santino Ferrucci, Chevrolet, 97, Running
22. (26) Sting Ray Robb, Honda, 97, Running
23. (21) David Malukas, Honda, 85, Contact
24. (3) Romain Grosjean, Honda, 80, Contact
25. (27) Graham Rahal, Honda, 50, Contact
26. (10) Pato O’Ward, Chevrolet, 41, Contact
27. (16) Callum Ilott, Chevrolet, 1, Contact

Winner’s average speed: 80.922 mph; Time of Race: 02:01:58.1171; Margin of victory: 1.1843 seconds; Cautions: 7 for 32 laps; Lead changes: 10 among seven drivers. Lap Leaders: Palou 1-28; Power 29-33; O’Ward 34; Palou 35-55; Power 56-64; Palou 65; Rossi 66; Newgarden 67-68; Kirkwood 69; Ericsson 70-76; Palou 77-100.


Click here for the points tally in the race.

Here are the points standings after the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix:



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Top 10 in points: Palou 273, Ericsson 222, Newgarden 203, Dixon 194, O’Ward 191, Rossi 176, McLaughlin 175, Power 172, Herta 149, Rosenqvist 148.

Rest of the standings: Grosjean 145, Kirkwood 142, Lundgaard 136, Ilott 116, VeeKay 108, Ferrucci 105, Armstrong 101, Rahal 99, Malukas 91, Daly 88, DeFrancesco 81, Castroneves 80, Harvey 78, Canapino 77, Pagenaud 72, Pedersen 61, Robb 55, Takuma Sato 37, Ed Carpenter 27, Ryan Hunter-Reay 20, Tony Kanaan 18, Marco Andretti 13, RC Enerson 5, Katherine Legge 5.

Next race: IndyCar will head to Road America for the Sonsio Grand Prix, which will take place June 18 with coverage starting at 1 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock.