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Motorsport Weekend

 

Formula One, IndyCar & V8 Supercars

Ferrari took a one-two win in the first round of Formula One in Bahrain on the weekend, led by two-time champion Fernando Alonso, and followed by teammate Felipe Massa.

It was Alonso's debut race for the Ferrari team, after switching from Renault. And, it was a special comeback for Massa, who suffered serious head and eye injuries in an accident last year.

Lewis Hamilton was third for McLaren, with teammate Jenson Button manging seventh.

In his comeback race, Michael Schumacher was sixth.

It was a scorching hot day at the Bahrain circuit, and Alonso preserved his tyres and engine perfectly, and drove meticulously, overtaking one-time leader Sebastian Vettel, who finished in fourth.

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New Zealand's Scott Dixon has finished sixth after crashing early in a wet opening IndyCars round in Sao Paulo, Brazil this morning.

Will Power eventually won the race, benefitting from an error by teammate Ryan Briscoe.

Briscoe threw away the win with a crash in the last moments of the race.

Second was Ryan Hunter-Reay while Vitor Meira was third.

Dario Franchitti led the first half of the race, and a crash on the first lap took out Marco Andretti and Mario Moraes, along with a handful of other cars.

Raphael Matos was fourth, Dan Wheldon fifth, Dixon and Dario Franchitti sixth and seventh respectively, followed Mike Conway in eighth, Helio Castroneves in ninth and Tony Kanaan in tenth.

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Holden Racing Team driver Garth Tander won the V8 Supercar Clipsdal 500 round on the weekend, after a black flag period that saw championship leader Jamie Whincup penalised with a drive-through pit period with eight laps to go.

Whincup's Team Vodafone car was nudged by Ford's James Courtney, leaving the bumper dangling. it was eventually knocked off and fell clear of the track.

Whincup is now 57 points ahead of second-placed Mark Winterbottom, who finished third on the weekend, behing Tander and Courtney.


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