Era Motorsport commits full time to IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship

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After winning the LMP2 class in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, Era Motorsport has committed to running the entire 2021 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with Kyle Tilley and Dwight Merriman driving the No. 18 Oreca. Ryan Dalziel will join them for the three remaining North American Endurance Cup events.

Era Motorsport’s Rolex win came in just their second attempt at the Rolex 24.

“I’m thrilled to be able to announce our full-season effort,” said team owner and driver Tilley in a release. “Our season last year was cut short, but it looks like we’ll certainly be making up for the lost track time in 2021.

“We had a strong run in last year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, which was our first IMSA race as a team. This year, we won, which felt like an incredible feat considering how competitive the field was this year. It still hasn’t settled in yet.

“We had decided before the race that we’d enter the full season, and starting the season off with winning the biggest race of the year is just further motivation to run the entire schedule.”

Last year, Tilley and Era Motorsports competed in four IMSA events in a class that at times had only a handful of cars entered.

This year, the Rolex 24 featured 10 entries and Era Motorsport’s class victory was good enough for sixth overall. The competitiveness of this division could also be seen in the fact that the second place car in class finished on the same lap as the winner.

Additionally, Era Motorsport will compete in the Asian Le Mans Series with Tilley and Merriman. They will be joined there by Andreas Laskaratos. That series kicks off this weekend, February 13, at the Dubai Autodrome in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The next race on the IMSA schedule is the 12 Hours of Sebring on March 20, which is part of the four-race endurance championship mini-series that is part of the overall calendar.

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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