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Motor Sport News - - Racing News - Pho­tos:jakob Ebrey, Gib­son By Rob Lad­brook

Fer­rari ju­nior Charles Le­clerc con­tin­ued his good start to the GP3 sea­son at the Red Bull Ring last week­end as he won the open­ing race. The ART driver lost the lead at the start but had passed Ralph Boschung and team-mate Alexander Al­bon by the end of the open­ing lap. A rain shower threat­ened his ad­van­tage later on, but Le­clerc had built such a lead that a brief off-track mo­ment didn’t stop him from beat­ing Al­bon across the line. There was very lit­tle rac­ing in a sod­den sec­ond con­test, with Boschung tri­umph­ing af­ter pole­man Jake Hughes was clipped by fel­low Brit Matt Parry at the first cor­ner. Al­bon was sec­ond, while Le­clerc re­tired af­ter col­lid­ing with Ta­tiana Calderon – an in­ci­dent which has given a him a grid penalty for the next race… Mclaren 650S duo Rob Bell and Al­varo Par­ente led through­out the Blanc­pain GT Se­ries Sprint Cup en­counter at the Nur­bur­gring last week­end. The Audi R8 LMS of Will Stevens and Rene Rast was sec­ond… Brad Ke­selowski claimed the win in the NASCAR Sprint Cup night race at Day­tona last week­end from Kyle Busch. The race fea­tured a mas­sive pile-up at mid­dis­tance when Jim­mie John­son and Jamie Mcmurray col­lided, trig­ger­ing a crash that wiped out half the field… Lando Nor­ris ex­tended his Eurocup For­mula Re­nault 2.0 points lead af­ter win­ning the open­ing race at Monza last week­end. The Brit could only manage sev­enth in race two af­ter mak­ing a mis­take, and ended his week­end with a sec­ond place in the fi­nale de­spite a dam­aged car… Ford has ex­tended its World En­durance Cham­pi­onship and IMSA Sportscar se­ries pro­grammes for a fur­ther two years, with the man­u­fac­turer com­mit­ting to the cat­e­gories un­til the end of 2019. Ford won the GTE Pro class at Le Mans last month on its re­turn to the en­duro…

Mclaren Au­tosport BRDC Award win­ner Will Palmer will make his de­but in the BRDC Bri­tish For­mula 3 Cham­pi­onship this week­end at Spa af­ter re­join­ing HHC Mo­tor­sport.

Reign­ing BRDC For­mula 4 cham­pion Palmer will han­dle HHC’S third Tatuus-cos­worth chas­sis for the triple-header event in the Bel­gian Ar­dennes. HHC will also run other cars for reg­u­lar driv­ers Ben Hin­ge­ley and Sisa Nge­bu­lana.

Palmer is the lat­est in a line of guest driv­ers to han­dle the car, fol­low­ing

Ford has ex­tended its WEC and IMSA pro­gramme to 2019

Har­ri­son Scott also rapced­hh­cathird car Palmer and HHC dom­i­nated in 2015 Palmer is reign­ing BRDC F4 cham­pion

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