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Severe weather delays Brickyard 400

Heavy rain and lightning delayed the NASCAR Brickyard 400 auto race by about 1 hour 47 minutes. The race was stopped after only 12 laps when the speedway officials came to know about the impending storm. The drivers were sent into the pit, and the red flag came out only minutes before the heavy rain hit Indianapolis.  The fans were instructed to move out of the stands and find cover around the tracks. Pole winner Kyle Busch who had maintained a steady lead through all the laps came in with a 3 second lead over others into the pit.
The rain lasted for about 35 minutes after which the fans were allowed back into the stands. The ground took about an hour to dry, and the race was announced official after the 81st of the 160 lap race.


Robert Kubica, staging a return to Formula One?

Robert Kubica is set to test a 2017 Renault car after which the path for his return to the F1 Circuit will become clearer. The Formula One website has posted that Kubica will test the car in Hungaroring Circuit after the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend. It has been six years since the Polish racer sustained a very serious injury on his right arm at an Italian rally which saw his exit from the competition. But speculation among the F1 community is growing as Renault’s F1 manager Cybil Abiteboul has confirmed that it will help “determine in what conditions it would be possible for Robert to return to competition in the upcoming years.”

Kubica tested a 2012 car in Spain earlier in Spain and France, but the actual 2017 Renault car is more physically demanding. Also, with limited right-hand movement, it will spell out the chances of Kubica’s return into the circuit.


Philippine teen superbike racer TJ Alberto motivated by Valentino Rossi

Pinoy teen superbike racer TJ Alberto met with the seven time MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi in his hometown, Tavullia, Italy with some other riders like Marco Bezzechi and Mattia Pasini. According to the teenager, Rossi has motivated him to work harder and be better at techniques.

Alberto also added that the Italians passion and knowledge of motorsports is impressive, to say the least. Alberto is a newcomer and the only Filipino rider on the MotorCorsa Team among the 35 riders competing in the Italian National Superbike Racing.


Jorge Lorenzo will have a successful campaign with Ducati feels Marquez

In spite of a rocky start to his campaign, Marc Marquez believes that Jorge Lorenzo will win races with Ducati in MotoGP this season. Jorge switched camps from Yamaha to Ducati, and it has seen an up and down season with him getting a podium finish at Jerez while also finishing 15th at Assen.

Lorenzo currently lies 9th on the point’s table 58 points behind teammate Andrea Dovizioso.

“There, in the consistency, is where he is lacking. But he’s making a lot of effort, and I’m convinced that victory will come” said Marquez who is currently leading the pack after his second win of the year at the Sachsenring.




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