Manor making good progress as WEC adventure begins

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Manor enjoyed a successful first test with its new LMP2 car across the two days of the Paul Ricard Prologue ahead of its debut in the FIA World Endurance Championship next month.

Former Manor Formula 1 bosses John Booth and Graeme Lowdon announced in February that they would be entering the WEC this year.

Although the Manor name does still remain in F1, ‘Manor Racing’ is of no relation to the operation being run by Booth and Lowdon as they begin a new adventure in motorsport.

The Manor team enjoyed its first run with the ORECA 05 LMP2 car at Paul Ricard earlier this week with ex-F1 driver Will Stevens and recent IndyCar racer James Jakes enjoying track time.

All involved were pleased with the progress made over the two days of testing ahead of the team’s race debut at the 6 Hours of Silverstone on April 17.

“It was great to see the car run for the first time and I am really happy with the mileage that we have achieved,” Booth said.

“We are now starting to really understand the car which should put us in good shape for Silverstone. This is the first time that this team have all worked together and they have done a great job.”

Stevens raced for Manor in F1 last year, but was left without a seat after the new team opted for a fresh line-up in Rio Haryanto and Pascal Wehrlein.

The Briton soon struck a deal to keep working with Booth and Lowdon, with his Friday running being his first in an LMP2 car.

“It has been really nice to get to grips with an LMP2 car over the last few days,” Stevens said.

“We have focused mainly on gathering data but we had an opportunity at the end to push a little more and I am very happy with where we have got to in such a short space of time.

“I am now looking forward to my home race at Silverstone.”

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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