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Porsche Carrea Cup Deutschland, race 14 in Oschersleben: Title favourites Rast and Edwards on one-two

Now with the championship in the decisive phase, the fight for the title turns into a classic duel. Clinching his sixth win of the season, René Rast (Germany, Team Deutsche Post by tolimit) further extended his points lead. Sean Edwards finished second at the 14th race of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. After Saturday's race in the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben, Rast's British teammate lies 14 points behind the German. Nicki Thiim (Denmark, Hermes Attempto Racing) was flagged off in third position. With their one-two result, Rast and Edwards handed the victory in the team classification to their Team Deutsche Post by tolimit squad with three races left on the calendar.

Starting from pole, René Rast immediately took the lead of Germany's fastest one-make race series, to bring home an unthreatened sixth victory of the season after 17 laps – keeping out of the wheel-to-wheel racing behind him. Rast brims with confidence – just one week ago the 25-year-old celebrated his third overall win in the international Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in Monza. Making a superb get-away, fourth qualifier Nicki Thiim immediately overtook Rast's teammate Sean Edwards who fell back to third. In the sixth lap Edwards managed to snatch back the second spot. Finishing fourth at Saturday's race, Kévin Estre (France, Hermes Attempto Racing) extended his points' lead in the rookie classification.

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Indian teenager Parth Ghorpade picks up first win in 2012 Formula Pilota Championship

Young Indian racer Parth Ghorpade continued his great start to Round 4 of the 2012 Formula Pilota Championship when he won Race 1 at the Guangdong International Circuit. This was his first win in an international series and moves him to third in the championship. Parth finished only in 8th position in Race 2 when he was hit from the back by Ren Nagabuchi in the first corner and had to recover after that.

Starting P4, Parth had a terrific start and was able to make his way through to P1 at the end of the first lap. He crossed the first lap in the lead which he was able to control till the end of the 18 lap race. He came under pressure from Ren Nagabuchi in the middle half of the race, but was able to pull away in the last 4 laps to secure his maiden win in Formula Pilota. The two front runners were able to establish a considerable lead over the rest of the packand by lap 6 it had become a two-way battle for the win. The win was Parths 3rd consecutive podium in the overall class and 4th in the Asian class.

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Ameya Walavalkar clinches Third Successive Pole Position at the Volkswagen Polo R Cup 2012

Ameya Walavalkar continued his domination in the JK Tyre Volkswagen Polo R Cup 2012 by claiming his third successive pole position for Race One of Round Four at the Madras Motor Race Track in Chennai. Ameya set the fastest time of 1:59.979 as the Race Polo went under the two minute bracket for the first time since its inception in 2010. Ameya will be joined on the front row by Avdumber Hede, who finished 1.009 seconds behind. Rahil Noorani and Munjal Savla will start on the second row, as they finished 1.072 seconds and 1.685 seconds respectively behind the leader.

Ameya was ecstatic to be the first driver to go under the two minute bracket in a Race Polo. Ameya said, "I am very happy to claim my third successive pole position and even happier to break the two minute barrier in the Race Polo. The car felt great and I would like to thank the entire Volkswagen Motorsport team for making it possible to set this quick lap time. I look forward to a clean and flawless race tomorrow."

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World Endurance Championship, round 5 in Sao Paulo/Brazil, qualifying: Porsche pilots second on grid in South America

A good start for Porsche at the premiere of the World Endurance Championship in Sao Paulo: In qualifying on the Autodromo José Carlos Pace in a suburb of the Brazilian city of Interlagos, Porsche works driver Marc Lieb (Germany) posted the second quickest time in the particularly competitive GT field in the Felbermayr-Proton Porsche 911 GT3 RSR. He contests the race on Saturday with his works driver teammate Richard Lietz (Austria), with whom he won the race in Spa-Francorchamps this season.

"We've constantly improved from practice to practice over the weekend," said Marc Lieb. "We tried a couple of things for the qualifying, but the changes didn't work as well as we'd thought they might. The gap to the pole-setting time is not very big. I'm looking forward to tomorrow's race – because there aren't so many race tracks left in the world that are as diverse as this one here in Sao Paulo."

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FIA World Endurance Championship: Wurz helps land Toyota on Pole for Six Hours of Sao Paulo

Toyota Racing took its first pole position thanks to a brilliant lap from Alex Wurz in qualifying for the Six Hours of Sao Paulo at Interlagos, the fifth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship. In only its third race, the TS030 HYBRID, which Alex shares with Nicolas Lapierre, was 0.784 seconds faster than the competition to earn top spot on the grid for tomorrow's race.

The team played a strategic waiting game in qualifying, remaining in the pits until only six minutes from the end. But Alex wasted no time in taking top spot with his first flying lap and he improved his time immediately with his next effort.

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Parth Ghorpade takes first ever pole position in 2012 Formula Pilota Championship

Young Indian racer Parth Ghorpade got his maiden pole position of the 2012 Formula Pilota Championship when he went fastest in qualifying for Race 3 at the Guangdong International Circuit. He qualified in 4th position for Race 1 after making a mistake on his fast lap. Earlier in the day Parth set the fastest time in practice as he went half a second faster than anyone else.

In the morning practice session Parth set a time of 1:14:33m to go six tenths of a second faster than second placed Dan Wells. He was on course for a similar time in qualifying for Race 1 but made a mistake in the final sector and did a 1:15:22, good enough for 4th position. He made sure this was not repeated in the qualifying for Race 3 as he set a 1:14:12 to claim his first ever international series pole position. The Race 2 grid is determined by fastest lap set during Race 1.

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FIA World Endurance Championship: JRM Racing Team impresses on opening day in Sao Paulo

Indian racing star Karun Chandhok and his JRM Racing Team finished the first day of practice for the Six Hours of Sao Paulo as the fastest petrol car and the highest classified privateer team. The #22 HPD-ARX 03a driven by Karun Chandhok, David Brabham and Peter Dumbreck recorded a time of 1:24.265, putting it fourth overall and just 0.3secs from the #1 Audi of Fassler, Lotterer and Treluyer. Over the two 90 minute sessions the crew completed 77 laps running through a programme of tyre evaluation, set up and circuit familiarization.

Chandhok, who has never driven at the famed Interlagos circuit, had to contend with rain in both sessions as Peter, who last raced at Interlagos two years ago in GT1, set the quickest time of the day in the second 90-minute practice session.

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