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Sarath Kumar, Sumit Lucas Toppo stamp their class at Round 3 of National Motorcycle Racing Championship

It was a day where most of the favourites produced races that matched their potential, Sarath Kumar continued his brilliant form on his return to the MMSC - Sidvin FMSCI Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship with another dominant win in the Honda CBR 250R Open category. After a layoff of nearly a year, Sarath proved that he hadn't lost any of his magic as he blitzed the field to take another win. Sumit Lucas Toppo, Arun Muthukrishnan and K. Jagan too, proved that they were in a class of their own as they doubled their wins over the weekend here at the Madras Motor Race Track in Sriperumbudur.

An action packed day of racing with 16 races in total started with the Group D 130cc Novice category where Sparks Racing's Kamlesh Thakur from Jalgaon took the win ahead of Chennai riders, Ramesh Kumar (MotoRev India) and K.Y Ahamed (TVS Racing). The second Group D 130cc Novice race saw a change in the top two with Ramesh Kumar this time narrowly beating Kamlesh Thakur to the finish line 5 seconds ahead of K.Y Ahamed. The Group D 165cc Novice class witnessed the notable Arun Muthukrishnan win both races with P. Sandesh and Ramesh Kumar finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively in Race 1. Not much changed for Arun in Race 2 as he took yet another win as the Chennai rider crossed the finish line 4 seconds clear of Ramesh Kumar with P. Sandesh finishing in third position this time around.

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René Rast clinches 20th Supercup win and third championship title

Thrills and spills at the season final of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in Monza - and a formidable René Rast as the big winner: At the wheel of his 450 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup fielded by the Lechner Racing team, the title defender from Germany clinched his fifth victory of the season on the Grand Prix circuit in the Royal Park – and earned himself his third straight championship title in the world's fastest international one-make race series.

In the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, all signs indicated an unforgettable finale. The five drivers who had travelled to Italy still with title chances, lined up on the first five grid spots for the race. Suspense guaranteed. Holding the best cards in the title fight were René Rast and Frenchman Kévin Estre (Hermes Attempto Racing), who sat at the top of the points' table separated by just one point. But their pursuers weren't about to give up. Especially Norbert Siedler who still believed he had a chance: Taking up the sprint from pole position, the Austrian driving for VELTINS Lechner Racing immediately took the lead, but despite running on new tyres was unable to build a decisive gap. Britain's Sean Edwards (Konrad Motorsport) overtook Kévin Estre shortly after the start and glued himself to the bumper of the front runner. Behind the Frenchman came René Rast in fourth.

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Hamilton completes pole to flag victory at Monza, Perez and Alonso complete the podium

hamilton_wins_monzaLewis Hamilton sealed a fantastic victory at the Italian Grand Prix at the royal park in Monza this afternoon to cap a perfect weekend, having started on pole alongside teammate Jenson Button. The other McLaren had a less memorable day as Button retired from second with a fuel pump issue. Sergio Perez produced the drive of the day, perfectly executing an alternate one-stop strategy starting the race on hard tyres to outwit the majority of the field in a climb from 12th to second for a third career podium. Fernando Alonso had a feisty drive to extend his championship lead, finishing third ahead of teammate Felipe Massa. It was a disaster of a race for Red Bull Racing as both cars suffered retirement, a first non-scoring weekend for 23 races.

The McLarens began on the front row, followed by Massa and Michael Schumacher’s Mercedes in fourth. Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg were on row 3, while Alonso was starting tenth after a problem in qualifying. All the drivers except Lotus stand-in Jerome d’Ambrosio (15th), Nico Hulkenberg (24th), Perez and Pastor Maldonado (22nd) started the race on medium compound tyres.

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Double trouble for Red Bull team in a disastrous Italian GP; Vettel and Webber suffer DNFs

The Red Bull team knew they had a battle on their hands this weekend as they suffered from a lack of top end pace, but even they would be absolutely gutted that they leave Monza with no points added to the board. Sebastian Vettel was in the running for a podium finish but a drive through penalty, followed up by an alternator failure wrecked the race for the German as he registered yet another DNF this season. Mark Webber was huffing and puffing his way through a topsy-turvy race but had a huge spin at the exit of the Ascari chicane as the Aussie was forced into retirement as well.

After a lackluster qualifying session, the Red Bull duo of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber got off to a quick getaway with reigning champion Vettel taking over 4th place from Michael Schumacher, whilst Mark Webber with a mountain to climb in the race, did not make the progress he would have wanted, as the "Gritty Aussie" was running in a lowly 10th place.

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Tyre troubles haunt Mercedes yet again this season; Schumacher and Rosberg battle hard to finish 6th and 7th in Monza

The Achilles team of the Mercedes team was exposed yet again as Michael Schumacher running as high as 4th place at one point in the Italian Grand Prix, finished the race in a battling 6th place. Nico Rosberg made sure of a decent points haul as he finished the race in 7th place, with the German duo having a late dash to the flag, as they gained numerous positions on fresher tyres.

The German marquee had a blistering start to the race as both Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg made good use of their superior Mercedes power in the run into turn 1. However, Schumacher lost ground as the German ace dropped to 6th place, with Vettel and Alonso through on the veteran German as tyre problems came back to haunt the Mercedes team.

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Unflustered Hamilton takes gripping victory at Monza; Button gutted as mechanical failure ruins chance of a podium finish

The McLaren team had mixed fortunes at Monza, as Lewis Hamilton was barely under pressure as he took a sensational victory having started from pole position. However, Jenson Button running in a strong 2nd place for most of the race, suffered from yet another mechanical failure this season, as the British ace missed out on a definite podium finish. Lewis Hamilton as a result of this victory climbs into 2nd place in the driver's standings, 37 points in arrears of fellow podium finisher Fernando Alonso.

The Woking based team had a quick start to proceedings as its British driver duo of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button made it through the tricky run into turn 1 unscathed. Button however failed to get off the line quickly enough as he lost 2nd place to the charging Ferrari of Felipe Massa, whilst Hamilton got into race mode setting a string of fastest laps to pull away from the chasing pack.

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Italian GP: Raikkonen finishes in an efficient 5th place for Lotus; Ambrosio finishes outside the points

Kimi Raikkonen made the most of retirements around him as he finished the Italian Grand Prix in 5th place, whilst his teammate Jerome d'Ambrosio finished the race outside the points in 13th place. With retirements around him, Raikkonen however makes up ground to 3rd place in the driver's standings, just 1 point behind Lewis Hamiton in 2nd place.

The Lotus duo of Kimi Raikkonen and Jerome d'Ambrosio had a risk-free getaway into turn 1 as the black and gold E20 of the "Flying Finn" Kimi Raikkonen lost 5th place to Fernando Alonso as the "Iceman" could not defend owing to a lack of top end speed. The young Belgian d'Ambrosio did not make headway into the head of the field as he was boxed in the midfield running cars running in a lowly 15th place.

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