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F1: Lewis Hamilton wins record sixth British GP

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Lewis Hamilton has won his home Grand Prix for a record sixth time.

Hamilton would take the checkered flag in the British Grand Prix at the Silverstone Circuit Sunday afternoon for his seventh win of the 2019 season.

With his victory in the race, the Briton also became the winningest driver in British GP history, passing F1 legends Jim Clark and Alain Prost.

The Mercedes driver, who started second after he lost the pole position to his teammate Valterri Bottas by the slimmest of margins Satruday afternoon, took the lead in the race on lap 21 while the field behind the safety car due to Antonio Giovinazzi spinning into the gravel pit at Vale corner.

With Bottas having pitted a few laps earlier, Hamilton’s crew was able to perform a quick pit stop that allowed him to emerge in front of the pack and take the lead while the rest of the field was slow behind the safety car.

After he took the lead in the race, Hamilton never had to look back, as defending World Champion won by nearly 25 seconds over his teammate.

“[I] can’t tell you how proud I am to be here today,” Hamilton said following the race. “I’m forever grateful to [all the fans] who came. I couldn’t have done it without my team. I’m super proud to be a part of this”.

Charles Leclerc finished the race in the third position, while Pierre Gasly finished fourth for his career-best finish.

Max Verstappen was on-track for a podium finish, however the Austrian GP winner would have to settle for a fifth-place finish after Sebastian Vettel hit him from the back on lap 37, sending both cars off-track.

Both drivers managed to finish the race, however Vettel ended up finishing 16th after being issued a 10-second penalty by race control for causing a collision.

Carlos Sainz finished sixth for McLaren, while Daniel Riccardo, Kimi Raikkonen, Daniil Kvyat and Nico Hulkenberg rounded out the top 10.

Lando Norris, the only other British driver in the race, finished 11th in his first British GP.

Full race results are below. The next race of the 2019 Formula One World Championship is the German Grand Prix on July 28.

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‘One and Only’ Kyle Larson wins Outlaws opener at Knoxville Raceway

Kyle Larson wins Knoxville
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The magic of dirt racing wins for Kyle Larson continued Thursday night at Knoxville Raceway, where he scored his third consecutive World of Outlaws victory at the famed half-mile track to open “The One and Only.”

After starting 10th, Larson sliced through the field and passed pole-sitter Logan Schuchart to lead the final eight laps in the No. 57 of car owner Paul Silva.

“Just an awesome race,” Larson said after earning $10,000 for his second consecutive NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series victory (after winning at Pevely, Missouri, last Saturday), his sixth Outlaws victory this season and 14th of his career.

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“I was able to track Logan down and hit the bottom really well in (turns) 1 and 2 and got a run on him.  It felt like I needed to take advantage of that before we got to heavier traffic and slid him and felt some contact. So, glad to see him not in the wall or anything like that. Just, hard work there. Heartbeat is up again.”

Kyle Larson wins Knoxville
Kyle Larson scored his sixth World of Outlaws victory Thursday (Trent Gower/World of Outlaws).

It was the fourth Knoxville victory this year for Larson, who swept a World of Outlaws doubleheader weekend June 12-13 at the Sprint Car Captial of the World. He has more than 30 victories this year in sprint cars and midgets.

The One and Only continues Friday night with another $10,000 feature race that will set the starting lineup for Saturday’s Brownells Capitani Classic, which pays $50,000 to win.

The event is the Outlaws’ richest purse of 2020 and subs in for the annual Knoxville Nationals, which was canceled for COVID-19 concerns. Larson, a two-time Knoxville Nationals runner-up, has said winning The One and Only would be on the same as Knoxville’s signature event because of its tough three-day format.

Through the first of three nights, Schuchart and Larson are tied for second in The One and Only points standings, which factor in qualifying, heats, dash and feature races. Aaron Reutzel, an All Star Circuit of Champions stalwart who finished third Thursday, leads with 430 points.

A crash in Thursday’s 25-lap feature eliminated past Outlaws champions Brad Sweet and Donny Schatz after Cory Eliason spun in front of Sweet in Turn 1 to start the wreck, which also collected Sweet’s teammate, James McFadden. Sweet and Schatz finished outside the top 20, which moved Schuchart into the points lead for the 2020 season.

Schuchart still seemed slightly miffed after finishing second to Larson.

“As the race went on, I felt like I wasn’t hitting my marks as good,” he said. “I would have liked to of had a little bit better of a race with Kyle there. I wish his slide job was a little better there, but he’s got a reputation to live up to. That’s where you let other people make the rules and maybe we’ll get him next time.”


RESULTS

NOS Energy Drink Feature (25 Laps) – 1. 57-Kyle Larson [10]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1]; 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel [2]; 4. 2-Carson Macedo [24]; 5. 41-David Gravel [6]; 6. 21-Brian Brown [7]; 7. 71-Spencer Bayston [3]; 8. 18-Gio Scelzi [15]; 9. 12N-Joey Saldana [5]; 10. 5-Ian Madsen [19]; 11. 17A-Austin McCarl [21]; 12. 1A-Jacob Allen [11]; 13. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [16]; 14. 7S-Jason Sides [20]; 15. 24-Rico Abreu [22]; 16. 4-Terry McCarl [13]; 17. 2KS-Brooke Tatnell [18]; 18. O9-Matt Juhl [23]; 19. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [25]; 20. 83-Daryn Pittman [9]; 21. 11K-Kraig Kinser [17]; 22. 15-Donny Schatz [8]; 23. 26-Cory Eliason [4]; 24. 49-Brad Sweet [12]; 25. 9-James McFadden [14]; Lap Leaders: Logan Schuchart 1-17, Kyle Larson 18-25; KSE Hard Charger Award: 2-Carson Macedo[+20]

Kyle Larson wins Knoxville
Kyle Larson celebrated with his family and team after the first night of The One and Only (Trent Gower/World of Outlaws).