Charles Leclerc favored in PointsBet odds for 2022 Romagna GP

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With two wins in the first three rounds of 2022, Charles Leclerc is this week’s odds favorite at PointsBet Sportsbook to take the 2022 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. Leclerc posted a commanding win in Round 3 in Australia after winning the pole, leading flag-to-flag, and beating Sergio Perez to the checkers by more than 20 seconds.

This week, Leclerc boasts odds of +120 to win the race and +110 to win the pole. One of Leclerc’s four previous wins came in Italy, home to his manufacturer Ferrari, on the Monza circuit in 2019. Notably, all of Leclerc’s wins have come from the pole.

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 $1.20 for the race and $1.10 if he wins the pole. For bettors more comfortable with fractional odds, a bet of +300 is the same as 3/1.

The Autodromo Ferrari reappeared on the Formula 1 calendar in 2020 after a 14-year hiatus as part of a realignment because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it seems to have comfortably found its place. Lewis Hamilton won in 2020 with Max Verstappen taking the honors in 2021.

As the defending race champion, Verstappen also has low odds of +190. He won Round 2 in Saudi Arabia, but had fuel system problems in the other two rounds that forced him to retire. As a result, Verstappen is currently sixth in the points’ standings, 46 behind Leclerc. He still shows odds under 2/1 to win the championship with the second-lowest line of +190.

Leclerc is the current championship favorite with a line of -164.

Carlos Sainz, Jr. is ranked third this week at +700 after finishing on the podium in the first two rounds of 2022. He crashed in Australia on the first lap.

At +1300, Perez is fourth on the list one round after scoring his first podium of the season.

Hamilton rounds out the top-five with a line of +1500. He has two podium finishes in the first three races, but a 10th-place finish in Saudi Arabia earned only one point and he is currently 43 behind the leader.

George Russell is currently second in the standings, but that has not positively impacted his odds as he is listed at +2200.

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Starting lineup grid for IMSA Petit Le Mans: Tom Blomqvist puts MSR on pole position

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IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship contender Tom Blomqvist put the Meyer Shank Racing Acura at the front of the starting lineup for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta.

Blomqvist turned a 1-minute, 8.55-second lap on the 2.54-mile circuit Friday to capture his third pole position for MSR this season. Earl Bamber qualified second in the No. 02 Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ricky Taylor was third in the No. 10 Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing, which enters Saturday’s season finale with a 19-point lead over the No. 60 of Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis (who will be joined by Helio Castroneves) for the 10-hour race.

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With the pole, MSR sliced the deficit to 14 points behind WTR, which will field the trio of Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Brendon Hartley in Saturday’s race.

“We really needed to put the car in this kind of position,” Blomqvist said. “It makes our life a little less stressful tomorrow. It would have given the No. 10 a bit more breathing space. It’s going to be a proper dogfight tomorrow. The guys gave me such a great car. It’s been fantastic this week so far, and it really came alive. I’m hugely thankful to the boys and girls at MSR for giving me the wagon today to execute my job.

“That was a big effort from me. I knew how important it was. It’s just awesome for the guys to give them some sort of reward as well. It’s always nice to be quick. If you do the pole, you know you’ve got a quick car.”

Though WTR has a series-leading four victories with the No. 10, MSR won the Rolex 24 at Daytona and has five runner-up finishes along with its three poles.

The strong performances of the ARX-05s ensure that an Acura will win the final championship in IMSA’s premier Daytona Prototype international (DPi) division, which is being rebranded as Grand Touring Prototype in the move to LMDh cars next season.

Taylor qualified third despite sliding into the Turn 5 gravel during the closing minutes of qualifying while pushing to gain points.

“Qualifying was important for points,” Taylor said. “Going into it, if we outqualified the No. 60 Meyer Shank Acura, they had a lot to lose in terms of championship points. So, we were trying to increase the gap over 20 points which would’ve made a big difference for tomorrow. We would have loved to get the pole and qualify ahead of the No. 60, but in the scheme of the points, it didn’t change a whole lot. I’m feeling good since it’s such a long race, and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura team does such a good job strategizing and putting us in a good position.

“I’m very confident in our lineup and our team compared to them over the course of 10 hours. I’d put my two teammates up against those guys any day. I think we are all feeling optimistic and strong for tomorrow.”

In other divisions, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (LMP2), Riley Motorsports (LMP3), VasserSullivan (GTD Pro) and Paul Miller Racing (GTD) captured pole positions.

The broadcast of the 10-hour race will begin Saturday at 12:10 p.m. ET on NBC, moving at 3 p.m. to USA Network.


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