Max Verstappen favored in PointsBet odds for 2022 Australian GP

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After winning Round 2 in Saudi Arabia, Max Verstappen is this week’s odds favorite at PointsBet Sportsbook to take the 2022 Australian Grand Prix, Verstappen’s odds this week are +135, which is only a slight deduction from last week’s line of +150. Verstappen is also favored to win the pole with odds of +125.

Verstappen rebounded from a 19th-place finish in Bahrain to win the Saudi Arabian GP and earn his 21st career victory. With the win, Verstappen now has a seven-year streak of winning at least one Formula 1 race. Sunday’s race will be the first time the series has returned to Australia since the COVID-19 pandemic and Verstappen finished third in the most recent running in 2019.

One way to view American Odds is to move the decimal point two positions to the left. That will let a bettor know what they will make on a $1 bet, so the return on investment this week for Verstappen is $1.35 for the race and $1.25 if he wins the pole. For bettors more comfortable with fractional odds, a bet of +300 is the same as 3/1.

Points leader and winner of Round 1 in Bahrain, Charles Leclerc is ranked second with a line of +165. Leclerc finished second to Verstappen last week by a slim margin of about six-tenths of a second. In 2019, Leclerc finished fifth in Australia with his teammate Sebastian Vettel also recording a top-five.

Third-ranked Carlos Sainz, Jr. shows a significant drop-off to +850 for his outright win odds. Sainz stood on the podium in both races this season with a second-place finish in Bahrain and a third in Saudi Arabia. Racing for McLaren at the time, Sainz was the first driver to retire in 2019 on the Australian circuit when his engine expired on Lap 9.

Verstappen’s Red Bull Racing teammate Sergio Perez is the fourth-ranked driver with a line of +1300. Perez and Verstappen both experienced fuel pump failures in the season-opener with the race winding down. After winning the pole in Saudi Arabia, Perez led 14 laps there and finished 14th. If Perez is able to win back-to-back poles, that will be worth +1400.

One of the perennial favorites last year, Lewis Hamilton is ranked only fifth this week with a line of +1600. Hamilton has complained his Mercedes is struggling to find pace despite a third-place finish in Bahrain. He was proved correct in Saudi Arabia with a 10th-place finish, more than 1 minute, 13 seconds behind the winner.

The winner of the 2019 Australian GP, Valtteri Bottas is a dark horse this week with a line of +12500. Bottas’ best finish of 2022 was a sixth in Bahrain.

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Final 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona results, stats

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona overall results were all streaks: two consecutive victories in the endurance classic for Meyer Shank Racing and three in a row for Acura.

And Helio Castroneves became the second driver to win three consecutive Rolex 24s and the first to win in three straight years (Peter Gregg won in 1973, ’75 and ’76; the race wasn’t held in ’74 because of a global oil crisis).

Starting from the pole position, Tom Blomqvist took the checkered flag in the No. 60 ARX-06 that led a race-high 365 of 783 laps with co-drivers Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud and Colin Braun.

RESULTS: Click here for the finishing order in the 61st Rolex 24 at Daytona l By class

Meyer Shank Racing now has two Rolex 24 victories and the 2022 championship since entering the premier prototype category of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2021.

“I think what’s so special about this team is we are a small team compared to some of our opponents, but the atmosphere, the way we work, enables people to get the best out of themselves, and I think that’s why we’re such high achievers,” Blomqvist said. “I think there’s no egos. It’s a very open book, and that just enables each and every one of us to reach our potential. I think that’s why we’ve achieved so much success in really a short time at this level of competition.”

It’s the 16th IMSA victory for MSR.

The 61st running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona marked the debut of the Grand Touring Prototype category that brought hybrid engine technology to IMSA’s top level.

In other categories:

LMP2: James Allen passed Ben Hanley on the final lap and delivered a victory in the No. 55 ORECA by 0.016 seconds. It’s the second IMSA victory for Proton Competition, which last won at Sebring in 2012. It was the first Rolex 24 victory for Allen and co-drivers Gianmaria Bruni, Fred Poordad and Francesco Pizzi.

GTD Pro: Cooper MacNeil won in the last start of his IMSA career as the No. 79 Mercedes-AMG GT3 scored the first Rolex 24 at Daytona for WeatherTech Racing and the team’s fourth career victory.

MacNeil, who co-drove with Maro Engel, Jules Gounon and Daniel Juncadella, earned his 12th career victory and first at the Rolex 24.

“Winning by last IMSA race is tremendous,” MacNeil said.

GTD: The No. 27 Heart of Racing Team delivered the first Rolex 24 at Daytona for Aston Martin, which has been competing in endurance races at Daytona International Speedway since 1964. Drivers Marco Sorensen, Roman De Angelis, Darren Turner and Ian James (also the team principal) earned the victory in the English brand’s 13th attempt.

It’s also the first Rolex 24 at Daytona win for Heart of Racing, which has seven IMSA wins.

LMP3: Anthony Mantella, Wayne Boyd, Nico Varrone and Thomas Merrill drove the No. 17 AWA Duqueine D08 to victory by 12 laps for the team’s first class win in IMSA.


STATS PACKAGE FOR ROLEX 24 HOURS OF DAYTONA:

Fastest laps by driver

Fastest laps by driver after race (over the weekend)

Fastest laps by driver and class after race

Fastest lap sequence

Lap chart

Leader sequence

Race analysis by lap

Stint analysis

Time cards

Pit stop time cards

Best sector times

Race distance and speed average

Flag analysis

Weather report

NEXT: The 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season will resume with the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring March 18 with coverage across NBC, USA and Peacock.