The Weekend Motorsport Digest (July 7)

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HITC Motorsport brings you up to speed with the best of the weekend's racing action, including IndyCar, GP2 and V8 Supercars.

Juan Pablo Montoya continued his impressive IndyCar comeback on Sunday by winning from pole position at Pocono Raceway. The Colombian is now up to fourth in the championship, while his Penske team-mates Will Power and Helio Castroneves are level at the top of the points standings after a controversial late-race incident. 

READ MOREMontoya wins first IndyCar race since return

Meanwhile, in the supporting Indy Lights race Montoya's fellow countryman Gabby Chaves won for the fourth time this season. It wasn't quite the same feat however, with a mere eight cars entering the race.

READ MORE: Gabby Chaves takes Indy Lights win at Pocono

NASCAR's Coke Zero 400 at Daytona didn't go quite to plan. Delays caused by rain and a few epic crashes punctuated the green flag action, but in the end victory went to Aric Almirola and Richard Petty Motorsports - 30 years after 'The King' scored his 200th Cup win at the same circuit.

READ MOREMaiden triumph for Aric Almirola as chaos reigns at Daytona

In Australia's V8 Supercars championship Jamie Whincup strengthened his bid for title number six with a brace of wins at the Townsville circuit in Queensland. The Triple Eight-Holden ace is now in ominous form, winning four times in his past six outings. 

READ MOREWhincup takes double win to close on V8 Supercars points lead

Mitch Evans grabbed his first GP2 Series win at Silverstone. Mark Webber's protege beat points leader Jolyon Palmer and McLaren youngster Stoffel Vandoorne to victory on Saturday, before Felipe Nasr triumphed in the Sprint Race. Ferrari's Raffaele Marciello was also impressive, taking pole for the Feature, but was sidelined by gearbox issues.

READ MORE: Evans bags maiden GP2 win at Silverstone

Jimmy Eriksson denied Alex Lynn a home victory in GP3. The Swede secured his maiden triumph in the Feature Race despite late pressure from the Red Bull-backed Brit. Richie Stanaway won the Sprint Race from Nick Yelloly to secure a Status Grand Prix one-two.

READ MOREEriksson denies Lynn GP3 victory on home soil

Mitch Evans

Max Verstappen won the Zandvoort Masters F3 race to emulate the success of his father Jos. Max wasn’t even born when his old man triumphed in 1993 - in fact the hottest property in junior motorsport is still just 16 years old.

READ MORE: Max Verstappen extends incredible winning streak at Zandvoort Masters

And in other news...

WRT Audi pairing Rene Rast and Enzo Ide won the headline Blancpain Sprint Series race at Zandvoort. Ide was in P3 when we he handed their Audi R8 over to Rast, but the three-time Porsche Supercup champion emerged in second behind the HTP-Mercedes of Max Buhk.

As rain began to fall Rast homed in on Buhk and snatched the lead with 20 minutes remaining. Rast eventually won by a little over a second after coming under late pressure from Dominik Baumann (Schubert-BMW).

Behind them Buhk spun, dropping out of podium contention in the process, with the Team Herberth pairing of Robert Renauer and Jaap van Lagen grabbing the final rostrum spot.

Poland’s Artur Janosz took the Euroformula Open points lead at the Hungaroring. The RP Motorsports driver was in scintillating form, clinching a perfect result in race one by winning from pole and setting the fastest lap. He started first for the second outing but had to settle for P2, with Spaniard Alex Palou snatching victory. However a lacklustre weekend from erstwhile leader Sandy Stuvik - who could only manage a P4 and a DNF - sees Janosz take a three-point lead to the next event at Silverstone.

Clemens Schmid won the British Grand Prix-supporting Porsche Supercup race at Silverstone. The Austrian started from pole and beat championship rivals Kuba Giermaziak and Earl Bamber to the victory. It was an impressive performance from series newcomer Bamber, who climbed from eighth on the grid to secure the final podium spot. He now trails Polish racer Giermaziak by 13 points in the standings, with Britain’s Ben Barker - who could only manage ninth on home turf - currently third.

And finally, Mattias Ekstrom won the World Rallycross Championship event in his native Sweden, securing home victory ahead of Andreas Bakkerud and former WRC star Petter Solberg. Championship leader Reinis Nitiss was third ahead of Brit Liam Doran.


GP2 image courtesy of Adam Warner/GP2 Series Media Service