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Bentley scores maiden Bathurst 12 Hour win

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Jules Gounon survived a late-race tire puncture and an ongoing threat of rain to give Bentley their first victory in the Bathurst 12 Hour at Mount Panorama Sunday afternoon.

Gounon and co-drivers Maxime Soulet and Jordan Pepper dominated nearly the entire event, with the No. 7 Continental leading at both the race’s half and three-quarter marks.

While it appeared that Gounon was comfortably in control of the race with just over an hour remaining, a right-rear tire puncture sent the Frenchman into the pits.

Despite the tire mishap, Gounon was able to maintain his lead and finish 37 seconds ahead of the No. 999 GruppeM Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo of Raffele Marciello.

However, Marciello was assessed a 30-second penalty for his car not being turned off during its final pit stop, and the No. 60 59Racing McLaren 720S GT3 of Tom Blomqvist, Alvaro Parente and Ben Barnicoat was promoted up to second place.

The No. 888 Mercedes of Shane van Gisbergen, Jamie Whincup and Maximilian Goetz finished third.

Sunday’s win is the first marquee endurance race victory for Bentley since the manufacturer’s debut in GT racing in 2013.

Rolex 24 winners come up short

While 23 of the drivers in Sunday’s race competed in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona a week prior, none were able to win to reach victory lane at Mount Panorama.

Though Scott Dixon and Renger van der Zande were part of Wayne Taylor Racing’s overall victory at Daytona seven days earlier, both drivers had to settle for less-than-stellar finishes down under.

The No. 76 R-Motorsport entry Dixon shared with Rick Kelly and Jake Dennis finished 16th overall, while electrical issues prevented van der Zande from completing the entire race.

Other Rolex 24 competitors who were in Sunday’s race included Earl Bamber and Laurens Vanthoor, who along with Craig Lowndes, co-drove the No. 1 Earl Bamber Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 R.

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Indy 500 qualifying: Today’s schedule, TV times, how the 33-car field is set

Indy 500 qualifying schedule
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The 33-car field of the 104th Indianapolis 500 will be set through the two-day Indy 500 qualifying schedule Saturday and Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Today’s session will determine the nine cars that will compete for the pole position and starting positions 10-30.

On Sunday, the pole position then will be determined in a Fast Nine Shootout (the top nine qualifiers also received NTT IndyCar Series points).

All on-track activity will be on NBC Sports Gold’s IndyCar pass (click here for streaming Saturday and here for Sunday), and Indy 500 qualifying will be on NBC from 3-5 p.m. ET Saturday and Indy 500 pole qualifying from 1-3 p.m. ET on NBC.

Last year, Simon Pagenaud captured the pole position on the way to winning last year’s Indy 500.

Qualifying speeds at Indianapolis Motor Speedway are determined by a four-lap average around the 2.5-mile track.

Here is the Indy 500 qualifying schedule and how to watch on TV:

Saturday, Aug. 15

5:30 a.m. – Garage opens

6 a.m. – Tech inspection

8:30-9:30 a.m. – Indianapolis 500 practice (NBC Sports Gold)

11 a.m.-5 p.m. – Indianapolis 500 qualifying (NBC Sports Gold; NBC coverage from 3-5 p.m.; NBCSN 5-6 p.m.)

7:30 p.m. – Garage closes

Sunday, Aug. 16

8 a.m. – Garage opens

9 a.m. — Tech inspection

11-11:30 a.m. – Indianapolis 500 practice (NBC Sports Gold)

1:15-2:15 p.m. – Fast Nine pole qualifying (NBC begins at 1 p.m., NBC Sports Gold)

3:30-6 p.m. – Indianapolis 500 practice (NBCSN, NBC Sports Gold)