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Karun Chandhok to make Le Mans debut this weekend

Karun Chandhok will create history this weekend by becoming the first Indian driver to start the historic Le Mans 24 hours race at the La Sarthe circuit in the North of France. The Le Mans 24 hours race, part of the FIA World Endurance Championship, is also widely regarded as part of the Triple Crown of Motorsport, along with the F1 Monaco Grand Prix and the Indianapolis 500.

This will be a first not only for Karun, but also for his JRM Team, who are making their debut in the Le Mans 24 hours race. JRM Racing will enter its Honda HPD ARX-03a in the Le Mans Prototype 1 (LMP1) class, with former winner David Brabham and Peter Dumbreack joining Chandhok at the wheel. Brabham will be racing here for the 18th time while Dumbreck will have his 5th go at the famous venue.

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Bruno Senna wins the 2012 Lorenzo Bandini trophy

Williams F1 Team driver Bruno Senna is to be the recipient of the 2012 Lorenzo Bandini Trophy, and will receive his award at a ceremony in the Italian town of Brisighella on Sunday 15th July.

Established in 1992, The Lorenzo Bandini Trophy is a prize awarded in memory of Italian race car driver Lorenzo Bandini by his hometown of Brisighella, near Imola. Bruno is the 19th recipient of this prestigious award, with past winners including former Williams F1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya, current Williams F1 driver mentor Alex Wurz, and past World Champions Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher.

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India to host Superbike World Championship from 2013

Infront Motor Sports has signed an agreement with Jaypee Sports International Ltd (JPSI), a subsidiary of the private Indian engineering and construction conglomerate Jaypee Group, to host a round of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship calendar at the Buddh International Circuit. The contract runs for four years, from 2013 to 2016. Next season, the Indian Round of the championship is scheduled to take place on 10 March.

World Superbike is set to open up a new frontier in India as it becomes the first international bike racing championship to be hosted at the Hermann Tilke-designed track at Greater Noida (Uttar Pradesh) near Delhi. Indian motorsport enthusiasts, who flocked to the Formula 1 Indian Grand Prix at BIC last year, now have a chance to enjoy some of the most exciting two-wheeled racing in the world.

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Hamilton takes Chequered flag at Canadian GP; Grosjean, Perez surprise with podium places

hamilton_canada1It was indeed a 7th different winner in the 7th race as Lewis Hamilton finally won his first Grand Prix of the 2012 season. In a stunning race that was determined by tyre choice and ability to make a tyre last, Hamilton bit the bullet, made two pit stops and drove a series of fastest laps to take a superb third win on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Romain Grosjean drove a masterful controlled race and made his tyres last for 50 laps to pick up a career best second place. Sergio Perez also drove a one stopper to make it to his second podium of the season in a superb drive from 15th on the grid.

Sebastian Vettel who started on pole struggled with outright straight line speed and was forced to make a last minute tyre change to finish 4th ahead of Fernando Alonso who was made to pay for a poor strategic decision as the decision to make the solitary pitstop threw away the podium place. The Spaniard who led the championship going into the race now is in second place two points behind Hamilton as he dropped 4 places in the last 5 laps to go from hero to zero at the very end.·Nico Rosberg finished 6th in the only surviving Mercedes as Michael Schumacher was forced to retire with a stuck open rear wing. Webber & Raikkonen were next in the second cars of their respective teams, while Kobayashi and Massa rounded off the top 10. Jensen Button had a miserable afternoon finishing a lap down in 16th place.

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Red Bull charge halted as Vettel finishes 4th in Canada, Webber a lowly 7th

Sebastian Vettel’s late charge could not yield a podium finish as the Red Bull driver finished the Canadian Grand Prix in 4th position. Mark Webber winner of the last race in Monaco was 7th after a complicated afternoon where he was stuck behind a train of cars for a majority of the race. The result drops the Red Bull duo in the Drivers' standings to 3rd and 4th places, with Vettel just 3 points off leader Lewis Hamilton with 85 points, and Webber not far behind with 79 points.

Sebastian Vettel cast aside talks of an illegal floor on his Red Bull, and looked serene in his progress to claim pole position on Saturday. The German ace said this week that he had learnt a few tricks on managing his tyres better and that it helped him to extract maximum performance over the race weekend. His teammate Mark Webber was baffled with the lack of his pace in his Red Bull as he was six-tenths down on Vettel after Q3 to start from 4th place on the grid. The Red Bull team hoped to make it two wins on the run after Webber drove a controlled race in Monaco to claim victory.

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Rosberg brings home points with 6th place finish in Canada, Schumacher registers yet another DNF

The Mercedes team having promised so much this weekend left Canada crestfallen as Nico Rosberg was the sole Mercedes driver in the points. Rosberg steered his Mercedes to 6th place in a race in which he rarely troubled the front running cars. Michael Schumacher registered yet another DNF with a broken DRS wing plate the culprit on lap 43, leaving the legendary driver languishing in 17th place in the drivers' championship.

The German team had a disappointing Qualifying session as Nico Rosberg was the leading Mercedes in 5th place on the grid. The weekend promised lots for the Mercedes team with their super DRS giving them an edge over the rest of the chasing pack. Rosberg though had encountered wretched luck in FP3 with a fuel connector problem and despite that managed to get onto the 3rd row on the grid. Michael Schumacher after a stellar Qualifying lap in Monaco could not repeat the feat here as his team advised him against running a second lap on his new set of super-soft tyres in Q3. The veteran German had to be content with 9th place on the starting grid.

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McLaren Wrap: Hamilton reigns supreme in Canada, Button a miserable 16th

The McLaren team had varied fortunes at the Canadian Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton scored a brilliant victory in a riveting race, while teammate Jenson Button was a humble 16th. This was Hamilton’s third career win in Montreal, Canada as the Briton took full advantage of fresh tyres in the closing stages of the race to get past rivals Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel with consummate ease. Hamilton takes charge of the drivers' championship courtesy his win as he leads the pack with 88 points. Button’s meager run of results continued as he never threatened the front running cars and ended in a dismal 16th place.

The McLaren team had mixed fortunes in Qualifying as Lewis Hamilton qualified in a strong 2nd place while Jenson Button was a modest 10th on the starting grid.  Hamilton saved a set of the super-soft tyres for Q3 and it bore fruit as the Briton qualified on the front row of the grid. His teammate however encountered a lack of grip on his McLaren as he surprisingly ran on the soft tyres in Q3, and opted to conserve tyres for what would be a long and hot race.

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