Porsche sweeps opening day of WEC Prologue at Paul Ricard

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Porsche picked up where it left off at the end of last year’s FIA World Endurance Championship season by leading all three sessions on the opening day of collective testing at Paul Ricard in France.

The beginning of the WEC Prologue saw Porsche go head-to-head with LMP1 rivals Toyota and Audi on-track for the first time in 2016.

Porsche hit the ground running with the updated 919 Hybrid car to lead the majority of the day, the fastest time eventually being set by Neel Jani.

Jani recorded a best lap of 1:37.487 to finish eight-tenths of a second clear of Toyota’s Kazuki Nakajima in second place, finishing just one-quarter of a second behind the fastest time from 2015.

Audi failed to put up much of a challenge to the leading two manufacturers as it encountered a number of problems with the new R18 car.

Andre Lotterer suffered a stoppage during the final two-hour night-time session that brought Audi’s day to an early end, while an issue had also sidelined the German marque during the afternoon running.

In LMP2, Strakka Racing set the pace in the afternoon session, recording a best lap of 1:46.976 that would go unbeaten when night fell to leave the British team at the top of its class for day one.

The new AF Corse no. 51 driver pairing of Gianmaria Bruni and James Calado quickly got to work with the new Ferrari 488 GTE as they led the GTE Pro class, while the Larbre Competition Chevrolet Corvette was quickest in GTE Am.

The Prologue continues on Saturday at Paul Ricard with another two sessions.

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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