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Vettel charges under the lights for Singapore victory, Button and Alonso complete the podium

vettel_wins_singaporeSebastian Vettel benefitted from a gearbox failure for McLaren's Lewis Hamilton to take a second consecutive victory at the Singapore Grand Prix. The Red Bull man managed the race perfectly from the front, after Hamilton stopped from the lead a third of the way into the race. Jenson Button came in a strong second place in the other McLaren, while Fernando Alonso finished on the podium for yet another race, gaining two places due to retirements for Hamilton and Pastor Maldonado who were ahead of the Ferrari. The win for Vettel takes the reigning champion up to second in the drivers' championship.

Hamilton began on pole alongside Williams’ Pastor Maldonado, the two having a history of coming together on track in the past. Practice pacesetter Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button started on the second row, while Fernando Alonso could only manage a fifth on the grid with a qualifying time eight tenths off the pace, followed by Paul di Resta in the Force India and Mark Webber’s Red Bull. Returning Romain Grosjean and the Mercedes of Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg rounded off the top ten.

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Hamilton on Pole for Singapore Grand Prix, Vettel third and Alonso fifth

hamilton_poleFormer world champion Lewis Hamilton continued his excellent recent run of form, taking his 3rd pole position in four races, and his 5th of the season with a stunning 1:46.362 lap early in Q3 at the Marina Bay Circuit in Singapore. Sebastian Vettel, who had topped each of the three practice sessions in the run up to today's Qualifying run failed to find his best when he needed it the most, posting two rather ordinary times in Q3 to earn a second row start for Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix. Separating Hamilton and Vettel was the Williams for Pastor Maldonado, which continued to show surprising pace this week. Jenson Button was fourth quickest, while current Drivers' Championship points leader Fernando Alonso was fifth.

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Vettel top of the charts in Singapore Grand Prix Friday Practice, Button and Alonso give chase

Sebastian Vettel retained top spot on the timesheets at the end of an exciting second session of Free Practice at the Marina Bay Circuit in Singapore on Friday. There had been little to choose between the reigning double world champion and Lewis Hamilton in the afternoon session, and the Red Bull driver only got better as the day progressed. Vettel's best lap of the day took 1:48.340 seconds to complete, and was three tenths of a second better than Jenson Button in second place. World championship leader Fernando Alonso was third quickest, more than six-tenths off Vettel's pace, but was marginally quicker than the second Red Bull of Mark Webber in fourth. Lewis Hamilton, who was right up there with Vettel in FP1, was suspected to be running a heavier fuel load and doing race simulation than actually opting to burn up the track on Friday.

 

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Vettel finds form in Singapore, quickest in FP1

There might have been less than 5 hundredths of a second separating them, but it was a morale boosting result for Red Bull Racing and Sebastian Vettel in particular as the reigning double world champion marked a much welcome return to form by finishing at the top of the time sheets in Free Practice 1 at the Singapore Grand Prix. A red hot Lewis Hamilton was second quickest, while his McLaren Mercedes teammate Jenson Button was third. Button's times though were not very inspiring, as he was almost a second off the pace set by the two leaders.

World Championship leader Fernando Alonso was fourth quickest in FP1 while Pastor Maldonado, despite his off-track excursions set the 5th fastest time of the afternoon. Mark Webber in the other Red Bull car was 6th quickest, and the Australian will also look to get his championship hopes back on track this weekend after a run of poor results.

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A. Sandeep Kumar wins Race Two of Round Four of the Volkswagen Polo R Cup 2012

A. Sandeep Kumar took his maiden Polo R Cup victory in Race Two of Round Four of the JK Tyre Volkswagen Polo R Cup 2012 at the MMRT in Chennai today. He completed the entire race in total time of 20:42.175 seconds. Saurav Bandyopadhay finished 3.848 seconds behind the leader and Diego Duez finished 5.344 seconds off Saurav.

Sandeep started on pole for the reverse grid Race Two and comfortably led from start to finish. Saurav and Diego started well but could not get close enough to race winner Sandeep. Behind the top three, Rahil Noorani finished in fourth position ahead of Prashanth Tharani Singh, Race One winner Ameya Walawalkar and Avdumber Hede. Sandeep's win has helped him close in on Championship Leader Ameya, and is just 26 points behind.

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Lorenzo dominates at Misano, extends championship lead over crashing Pedrosa

Jorge Lorenzo took a giant leap in the MotoGP championship stakes at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli for the San Marino and Coast of Rimini Grand Prix this afternoon as ill fortune finally caught up with championship rival Dani Pedrosa. The Yamaha rider cruised to an easy victory with Pedrosa crashing out in the first lap, his first non-finish this season.

Valentino Rossi had a magic weekend in front of his home crowd to take a first podium in the dry for Ducati this year, finishing ahead of Alvaro Bautista who had a maiden visit to the rostrum after earning a feisty third place.

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Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, race 15 in Oschersleben: Sean Edwards' bid for title still open after victory

Pole position, perfect start, victory: Race 15 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland in the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben couldn't have gone better for Sean Edwards. Claiming his fifth win of the season, the Briton driving for the Deutsche Post by tolimit squad cut the gap to his teammate and points' leader René Rast (Germany) to twelve points heading to the final weekend of the season. Second place at Sunday's race went to René Rast ahead of Nicki Thiim (Denmark, Hermes Attempto Racing). This now makes the fight for the title of Germany's fastest one-make race series on 19 to 21 October in Hockenheim between Rast and Edwards.

Initially it looked as though Edwards would earn more points towards catching his teammate. The two Hermes Attempto pilots Nicki Thiim and Kévin Estre forced their way past Rast at the start, which threw him back into fourth place. But the German who was crowned champion of the international Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup a week ago, kept his cool. He stuck tight to Estre and waited for his chance. And it came: At mid-race, when the Frenchman tried to overtake his Danish teammate he destroyed a tyre in the attempt and retired, Thiim lost not only his almost certain second place to Rast, but also his theoretical chance of clinching the title.

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