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IMSA: Motul Petit Le Mans after 7.5 hours — 2.5 hours remain

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Stay tuned for the conclusion of the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

The sun has set in Braselton, Ga. and the race to the checkers is in the final dash.

After 7.5 hours, the leaders are:

PROTOTYPE:

  • No. 77 Mazda Team Joest, Mazda DPi, Tristan Nunez
  • No. 6 Acura Team Penske, Acura DPi, Dane Cameron
  • No. 10 Konica Minolta, Cadillac DPi-V.R, Renger Van Der Zande

GTLM:

  • No. 3 Corvette Racing, Chevrolet Corvette, Jan Magnussen
  • No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing, Ford GT, Richard Westbrook
  • No. 62 Risi Competizione, Ferrari 488 GTE, Alessandro Pier Guidi

GTD:

  • No. 29 Montaplast by Land Motorsport, Audi R8 LMS GT3, Ricky Feller
  • No. 57 Meyer Shank Racing, Acura NSX GT3, Bia Figueiredo
  • No. 33 Mercedes-AMG Team Riley, Mercedes-AMGGT3, Jeroen Bleekemolen

Live coverage of the Motul Petit Le Mans moves to NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app at 3 p.m. ET. Click here to access the stream.

 

Valtteri Bottas wins chaotic season-opening F1 Austrian Grand Prix

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SPIELBERG, Austria — Valtteri Bottas won a chaotic season-opening F1 Austrian Grand Prix while six-time series champion Lewis Hamilton finished fourth after getting a late time penalty Sunday.

The Formula One race was interrupted three times by a safety car, and nine of 20 drivers abandoned, including both Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon – who tried to overtake Hamilton on the outside with 10 laps left, touched wheels and flew off track.

Hamilton was given a 5-second time penalty for causing the collision, having earlier been hit with a three-place grid penalty after an incident in Saturday’s qualifying was reviewed by stewards.

SHOW OF SUPPORT: Drivers take knee before race

Bottas led all 71 laps in the eighth victory of his career. It was the second consecutive victory in the season opener for the Finn, though he won four months earlier in 2019 after this season’s start was delayed by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Lando Norris of McLaren F1 celebrates after his first podium finish (Mark Thompson/Getty Images).

Bottas started from pole position and Hamilton from fifth, but it looked like a straight fight between the two Mercedes drivers as has been the case so often in recent years.

But late drama in Spielberg ensured otherwise and Hamilton’s time penalty meant Charles Leclerc took second place for Ferrari, and Lando Norris sent McLaren’s garage into raptures – and threw all social distancing rules out of the window amid the euphoria – with third place.

It was the 20-year-old British driver’s first career podium, and his superb final lap was the fastest of a dramatic season opener.

Norris became the youngest British driver to secure a podium finish and the third-youngest ever in Formula One.

Valtteri Bottas leads Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton during the Formula One Grand Prix of Austria (Mark Thompson/Getty Images).