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Nov 9

Sports Cars: Audi Wins FIA WEC Six Hours of Shanghai

The No. 01 Audi piloted by Benoit Treluyer, Andre Lotterer and Marcel Fassler takes the checkered flag in Saturday's Saturday's Six Hours of Shanghai. (Photo: DPPI/WEC)

The No. 1 Audi piloted by Benoit Treluyer, Andre Lotterer and Marcel Fassler takes the checkered flag in Saturday’s Six Hours of Shanghai. (Photo: DPPI/WEC)

The first four-and-a-half hours of Saturday’s Six Hours of Shanghai saw a commanding performance from Toyota. Yet when the checkered flag flew on the on penultimate round of the FIA World Endurance Championship, it was Audi reigning supreme.

Benoit Treluyer, Andre Lotterer and Marcel Fassler combined for victory, their third of the season, while a third place finish for teammates Allan McNish, Tom Kristensen and Loic Duval was enough for the trio to clinch the 2013 Drivers’ World Championship.

What looked to be a sure-fire win for Toyota, which ran 1-2 for much of the race, began to unravel in the fifth hour. Anthony Davidson was forced to retire his No. 8 TS030 Hybrid from the lead with suspension failure.

Nov 9

MotoGP: Marquez Makes Statement With Fastest Ever Valencia Lap

Marc Marquez rides during Free Practice 3 at Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia. (Photo: Getty Images)

Marc Marquez rides during Free Practice 3 at Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia. (Photo: Getty Images)

With the MotoGP Saturday activity at the GP Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana getting under way in FP3, Repsol Honda’s title chasing rider Marc Marquez recorded a scorching 1:30.803 lap, topping the timesheet ahead of Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi.

Despite the cloudy conditions Marquez put in his fast lap at the end of the morning practice, going quicker than Dani Pedrosa’s 2012 pole record of 1:30.844 at the Spanish track.

Nov 8

F1: Flashback Friday – Coulthard And Red Bull Racing Tear Up Texas

Everything is bigger in Texas – at least when Red Bull is involved.

Flashback to August, 2011, when David Coulthard drove a Red Bull Racing showcar across Austin, Texas, putting on a display of raw power and Texas-sized emotion.

Coulthard and the Red Bull crew ripped through Red McCombs’ ranch, did donuts in front of the Texas State Capitol building in Austin and became the first race car to drive on the Circuit of The Americas, which held the inaugural F1 United States Grand Prix one year later.

Nov 8

MotoGP: Lorenzo Believes The Pressure Is On Title Rival Marquez

Jorge Lorenzo rides during Free Practice 2 at Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia. (Photo: Getty Images)

Jorge Lorenzo rides during Free Practice 2 at Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia. (Photo: Getty Images)

As one of the two candidates for the title this weekend, Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo said the pressure was on Friday’s fastest rider and championship leader Marc Marquez after free practice.

The World Champion was third fastest overall on day one, with only a 0.158s gap to pace man and title rival Marquez, and with Dani Pedrosa sandwiched between them.

Although Lorenzo feels the pressure is on Marquez rather than himself this weekend, he will be trying everything he can to beat his compatriot in Valencia and he knows that he must improve his pace in order to do so.

Nov 8

MotoGP: Rossi Decision To Split – Burgess Was “Blindsided”

MotoGP: Rossi Decision To Split With Burgess Was A Surprise

Yamaha Factory Racing’s Italian rider Valentino Rossi waits in the pits during the second Moto GP free practice of the Valencia GP. (Photo: Getty Images)

The ruthless decision by Valentino Rossi to cut adrift his legendary Australian crew chief Jeremy Burgess continues to dominate the paddock in Valencia in the build-up to Sunday’s title deciding race.

Rossi and Burgess attended a hastily convened press conference in the Yamaha hospitality on Friday to further explain the spilt after winning seven world titles and 80 races together.