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ALMS Round 7: One-two in qualifying for Porsche 911 GT3 RSR at Elkhart Lake

In his Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, Marco Holzer posted his first pole position in the American Le Mans Series at Elkhart Lake. On the legendary Road America race track in the US state of Wisconsin, which hosts round seven of the American Le Mans Series on Saturday, the Porsche works driver from Germany set a new qualifying record in the GT class. The second quickest time, a mere 0.01 seconds behind the leader, went to his factory pilot colleague and five-time Road America winner Joerg Bergmeister (Germany) in the second Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.

For Porsche, Marco Holzer's top time marks the first pole position so far this season in the American Le Mans Series. With Holzer sharing driving duties with team owner Seth Neiman (USA), the #44 Flying Lizard Porsche takes off into the race from the head of the strong GT field for the first time ever in the race series featuring the world's fastest sports cars.

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Mid-season review: Five way race for Formula 1 Drivers' Championship

And then there were five!

As the five red lights went out in Australia, the 2012 Formula One season began in earnest, dishing out an edge of the seat action thriller to its devoted fan base all over the world! The curtain-raiser in Albert Park justified all the hype and hoopla in the build-up to the season, presenting a snapshot of what was to unravel in the remainder of the season.

After numerous thrills and spills, 11 rounds of the championship have whizzed past us complete with drama, loads of overtaking maneuvers, strategies, records tumbling left right and centre and natural talent of the drivers coming to the fore. At this point, it is a safe bet that it's going to be a Five, er 'Horse' race for the driver's crown.

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Valentino Rossi back at Yamaha in 2013-14

Speculation regarding Valentino Rossi's future was put to bed Friday as Yamaha Factory Racing announced a two year deal, securing the seven-time champion's services for 2013-2014. The move marks Rossi's return to the Japanese squad following a difficult couple of years with Ducati.

The Italian dominated Moto GP for much of the past decade, winning his first three titles with Honda. A sensational move to Yamaha in 2004 worked wonders for the previously uncompetitive team as 'The Doctor' racked up back-to-back titles. The partnership was to last for seven years, yielding two more championships in 2008 and 2009.

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Moto GP: Mid-Season State of Play

The world of two-wheeler Grand Prix racing is currently in a lull with a 3-week break, resuming action at Indianapolis in just over a week's time. A perfect opportunity for us to take stock of the season gone by. Moto GP heralded a new era in 2012 with the introduction of a revised 1000cc, 4-cylinder formula. Despite the change, the Honda and Yamaha factory teams have continued their 2011 battle at the top of the field, albeit on more level terms.

Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo, consistency personified, headed into the break on top of the pile at 205 points. Hot on his heels are the two Repsol Honda riders Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner, trailing by 23 and 32 points respectively. The trio have regularly locked up the podium spots over the year and this battle royale looks set to thrill through the remainder of the races.

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Chevrolet edge out Porsche in Round 6 of American Le Mans Series

On the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Porsche works drivers Joerg Bergmeister (Germany) and Patrick Long (USA) came so close to scoring their second win of the season in the American Le Mans Series. At the wheel of the Flying Lizard Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, the pair battled to the finish for victory in the very competitive GT class. In the gripping sixth round of the race series featuring the world's fastest sports cars, the Lime Rock winners were pipped to the flag by just 0.283 seconds.

After putting in a strong qualifying effort, Patrick Long took up the race from the third grid spot to immediately pull past an opponent. When the leader was too late on the brakes and took a trip into the greens, the Porsche pilot grabbed the chance to slip into the lead. As in the previous races, the GT class was again fiercely contested on the storied 3.621 kilometre circuit in the US state of Ohio. Spectators sitting on the grass hills around the track were treated to thrilling fights for positions and changes at the head of the field. When Patrick Long handed the #45 Porsche to Joerg Bergmeister with an hour to go to the finish he was running in second. Whilst the double Mid-Ohio winner managed to chip away at the gap to the leader, he was no longer in a position to overtake the front-runner to claim victory. For the Mid-Ohio winner of 2009, this result marked his second podium placing this season.

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Coming Up After the Break...

Formula One fans have been served up with a golden season of motor racing so far in 2012. Eleven races in and this year is already set to go down as a classic, perhaps providing more on-track action than multiple past seasons combined.

Fernando Alonso, in imperious form leads the championship at 164 points, 40 clear of nearest pursuer, Red Bull Racing's Mark Webber. We examine the factors that could shape the campaign post the 5-week August summer break.

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Timo Bernhard makes comeback on the Nürburgring after injury lay-off

Porsche works driver Timo Bernhard (Germany) returns to the race track after more than four months of recuperation following an injury. This coming Saturday, Bernhard competes for Manthey-Racing in a Porsche 911 GT3 R with Porsche factory pilot Romain Dumas (France) as well as Manthey driver Jochen Krumbach (Germany) at the season highlight of the Nürburgring Long Distance Championship.

The six hour race is contested on the combination of the Grand Prix circuit of the Nürburgring and the Nordschleife. As the innocent victim of a crash during an Audi test drive in Sebring (USA) in March this year, Timo Bernhard sustained multiple injuries involving the cervical spine.

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