Audi Sport’s No. 7 Audi R18 will continue with just two drivers at this weekend’s FIA World Endurance Championship 6 Hours of Mexico City, with Benoit Treluyer still sidelined following a bicycle accident.
Treluyer sat out the series’ most recent round at the Nürburgring but was expected to compete this weekend alongside usual teammates Andre Lotterer and Marcel Fassler.
But after participating in first practice and determining he wasn’t up to full fitness, he’s now been ruled out. It’s the second manufacturer car in LMP1 to only have two drivers for the weekend, Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Anthony Davidson also having been ruled been out of action as well.
“That was a good opportunity to get used to the car again,” Treluyer said after running in first practice.
Head of Audi Motorsport Dr Wolfgang Ullrich added: “In the race though, Benoît needs to be absolutely fit. In agreement with our team physician, we have decided to give Ben more time to recover and to build up his fitness again in order to be one hundred percent fit for the 6-hour race in Austin in two weeks’ time.”
Alex Marquez of Spain won the inaugural MotoGP #StayAtHomeGP Virtual Race as the world’s premier bike racing series followed other motorsports into online racing.
The #StayAtHomeGP, which was streamed Sunday on several platforms including the Motorsports on NBC YouTube channel, featured a field of 10 riders competing on their console gaming systems at home.
Francesco Bagnaia was the runner-up, and Maverick Vinales rounded out the podium.
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Defending MotoGP premier series champion Marc Marquez, the older brother of the rookie race winner and his teammate at Repsol Honda Team, finished fifth.
Here’s a recap of the race from the MotoGP site.
The premier class of MotoGP has yet to hit the track this season as its opener was canceled and the next three races were postponed, including the Grand Prix of the Americas being moved from April 5 to Nov. 15.
Several other racing series have tried online racing in recent weeks.
IMSA held a “SuperSaturday at Sebring” March 21 in place of the postponed Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. NASCAR started its Pro Invitational Series last Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway and will continue Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway. IndyCar kicked off its six-race IndyCar iRacing Challenge with a Saturday race at Watkins Glen International that was won by Sage Karam.