Honda: Tsunoda “showed how much he has grown” with F2 win – F2

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Honda Formula 1 boss Masashi Yamamoto has hailed Yuki Tsunoda’s progression after the Japanese driver scored his first FIA Formula 2 race win last weekend at Silverstone.

Carlin man Tsunoda was the main beneficiary when Prema team-mates Robert Shwartzman and Mick Schumacher collided with each other while fighting for the lead late in the sprint race at the British track on Sunday.

Tsunoda had been running just behind the leading duo for the entire race up to that point, having started from third on the reverse grid after finishing sixth in the feature race.

After an incident-packed start to the year, which yielded a pole position and a second-place finish at the second Red Bull Ring round but has also seen six non-scores in the first eight races, Yamamoto said he was impressed by Tsunoda’s approach to the Silverstone race that ultimately yielded his maiden F2 victory.

“Immediately after the

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‘Verstappen’s win has made the title fight interesting’

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Date published: August 11 2020

Toto Wolff believes Mercedes has a title fight on its hands after Max Verstappen moved up to second with his 70th Anniversary GP win.

Mercedes began this year’s championship in flying form with Valtteri Bottas claiming the first victory at the Austrian GP and Lewis Hamilton winning the next three.

Such was his win at the British GP, which handed him a 30-point lead in the standings, that the reigning World Champion lamented the lack of a fight.

“This is not how I imagined the fight for the championship to go,” Hamilton is quoted by Sky Sports.

“This is not how I want to win the title, I would much rather have a very good fight with Max and Charles, that is what makes me happy. I’m a racer through and through, that’s what I get out of my bed for every morning.”

“I think

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2013 BTCC champion Jordan takes win as he races in support series – National

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2013 British Touring Car champion Andrew Jordan made a winning return to a BTCC event at Brands Hatch last weekend, racing a Mini Miglia in one of the support categories.

Jordan was due to drive for West Surrey Racing in this year’s BTCC but was unable to drive for the team after losing a sponsor as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last year’s runner-up said at the time that “the worst phone calls” led to his exit from the championship, having raced in the series every year since 2008.

Instead, Jordan purchased a Miglia machine and the Jordan Racing Team he runs with father Mike entered the car at Brands Hatch.

Jordan took a win and two other podiums as the category made a guest appearance alongside the BTCC.

INSIGHT: The popular 50-year-old series set to shine on the BTCC bill

Jordan soon got to grips with the Mini

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KTM says first MotoGP win didn’t come “by accident” – MotoGP

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KTM boss Pit Beirer says the Austrian marque’s debut MotoGP win courtesy of Brad Binder at the Czech Grand Prix “didn’t come by accident”.

Binder dominated the Brno race on Sunday by 5.2 seconds to take a sensational debut victory for himself and KTM in MotoGP.

The Austrian manufacturer came into the premier class in 2017, scoring a podium in a wet Valencia race in 2018, and started the 2020 campaign aiming for dry rostrum results on its improved RC16.

PLUS: Why a MotoGP rookie’s Czech GP win wasn’t a total shock

Last year KTM signed ex-Honda rider Dani Pedrosa as official test rider, and Beirer says everything it has learned through its test programme brought it to this point.

“The goal we set ourselves was to get on the podium in a dry race,” KTM’s motorsport boss said.

“If we did it on a bumpy track with little grip

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Czech MotoGP debut win after three races “scary”

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a man looking at the camera: Binder: Debut win after three races


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Binder: Debut win after three races

MotoGP Czech Grand Prix winner Brad Binder says his dream of scoring a premier class victory coming in just his third race is “scary”.

Binder stunned on Sunday at Brno by charging to the front of the Czech GP on lap 13 to dominate by 5.2 seconds to score his and KTM’s first MotoGP victory.

The MotoGP rookie showed great pace during practice and qualifying for the two Jerez races last month, but two mistakes ruled him out of possible podium contention.

Now the first rookie winner since Marc Marquez in 2013, Binder was left stunned by the result.

“Today, it was the most incredible day in my life so far,” he said.

“It’s that day I’ve dreamed of since I was a child.

“Gosh, for it to come true in my third grand prix is scary.

“I honestly, I can’t

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GT World Challenge Misano: Vanthoor, Weerts claim double win in Sprint Cup opener – GT

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Team WRT Audi duo Dries Vanthoor and Charles Weerts recorded two out of three race wins as the GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup kicked off at Misano.

With the original Sprint calendar reduced by one weekend due to the outbreak of COVID-19, three races were held in a single weekend for the first in series history.

Vanthoor and Weerts won the first and third races, while AKKA ASP Mercedes pairing Timor Boguslavskiy and Raffaele Marciello won race two.

The Silver Cup entry of Aurelien Panis and Thomas Neubauer surprised with two poles for Lexus with Marciello and Boguslavskiy topping the second session.

Neubauer started race one and vigorously fended off an attack from the CMR Racing Bentley Continental of Jules Gounon at Turn 1 to maintain the lead.

The Lexus was never more than a second ahead of the Bentley and led right up until the pit window opened

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Binder “doing the job I couldn’t” at KTM after Czech MotoGP win – Zarco – MotoGP

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Johann Zarco says Brad Binder is “doing the job that I was not able to do” at KTM, after he took his maiden MotoGP win at the Czech Grand Prix.

Rookie Binder dominated the race at Brno on Sunday to score his and KTM’s first ever MotoGP victory in just his third race, which he described as a “scary” achievement.

The South African was promoted to the factory KTM team following Zarco’s dismissal after last year’s Misano round, with Binder having initially been signed to Tech3.

Zarco struggled massively on the KTM last season, with the high point being a front row qualifying at a wet Brno, before a week later terminating his two-year deal after Austria – two rounds before KTM dropped him altogether.

But Zarco holds no ill will towards both KTM or Binder, saying the 2016 Moto3 champion’s “fresh mind” is helping to make the difference he

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Verstappen 70th Anniversary GP win an “amazing performance” – Horner – F1

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Red Bull Formula 1 boss Christian Horner has called Max Verstappen’s victory in the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix an “amazing performance”, adding that the Dutchman’s race pace came “so easy”.

Verstappen was the only top runner to start on the hard tyre, and he converted that into a surprise race win with a brilliant performance where he ran a long first stint.

He was ultimately able to pit and come out just behind Valtteri Bottas, who he then passed, before he gained the lead for the final time later in the race when Lewis Hamilton made his second stop after a long middle stint.

“It was an amazing performance today,” Horner told Sky F1. “I mean, the pace in the race was beyond what we expected. We started on that sort of reverse strategy, and Max was just chilling out to the beginning of the race.

“And the pace in

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Binder: Czech MotoGP debut win after three races “scary” – MotoGP

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MotoGP Czech Grand Prix winner Brad Binder says his dream of scoring a premier class victory coming in just his third race is “scary”.

Binder stunned on Sunday at Brno by charging to the front of the Czech GP on lap 13 to dominate by 5.2 seconds to score his and KTM’s first MotoGP victory.

The MotoGP rookie showed great pace during practice and qualifying for the two Jerez races last month, but two mistakes ruled him out of possible podium contention.

Now the first rookie winner since Marc Marquez in 2013, Binder was left stunned by the result.

“Today, it was the most incredible day in my life so far,” he said.

“It’s that day I’ve dreamed of since I was a child.

“Gosh, for it to come true in my third grand prix is scary.

“I honestly, I can’t believe it.

“It’s been from the day of starting

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Czech Republic MotoGP: Binder stuns for KTM to take maiden win at Brno – MotoGP

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Brad Binder dominated the Czech Grand Prix to claim a shock maiden win for him and KTM in MotoGP, while points leaders Fabio Quartararo, Maverick Vinales and Andrea Dovizioso struggled.

In just his third race in the premier class, 2016 Moto3 champion Binder was promoted to the factory KTM team from Tech3 for 2020 after Johann Zarco’s exit from the squad and eased to the chequered flag for an historic victory.

Poleman Johann Zarco botched his launch off the line at the start and dropped to sixth, while Franco Morbidelli put his Petronas SRT Yamaha into the lead having been tipped by many pre-race as the favourite for victory.

Team-mate Fabio Quartararo followed him in second, but Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro took the position away from him at Turn 4.

Quartararo regained the position when Espargaro went wide at Turn 1 on lap two, but Morbidelli was already a second clear

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