The Weekend Motorsport Digest (July 28)

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HITC Motorsport brings you up to speed with the best of the weekend's racing action, including GP2, GP3, and the 24 Hours of Spa.

He hasn’t won a race since May, but Jolyon Palmer is going the right way about securing the GP2 Series title. The DAMS driver again picked up solid points at the Hungaroring, extending his lead over Felipe Nasr in the process. Arthur Pic scored his maiden series win in the Feature Race, while McLaren protege Stoffel Vandoorne took Sunday morning’s Sprint. Palmer now leads his Brazilian rival by a handy 43 points.

READ MOREArthur Pic wins GP2 feature race at the Hungaroring

READ MOREStoffel Vandoorne sprints to second GP2 win in Hungary

In the GP3 Series Richie Stanaway is fast emerging as Alex Lynn’s biggest challenger for the title. Stanaway won the Feature Race from pole, while Lynn failed to make the podium on a Saturday for the first time this year as Nick Yelloly and Robert Visoiu beat him into fourth. Sunday’s Sprint was won by Patric Niederhauser, with Dino Zamparelli second and Jann Mardenborough third. Lynn, who was fourth again on Sunday, now leads Stanaway by 33 points with four weekends to run.

READ MORERichie Stanaway holds on to win first Hungaroring GP3 race

READ MORENiederhauser returns to the top step in second Hungaroring race

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The Hungarian Grand Prix support action was completed by the Porsche Supercup, where championship leader Kuba Giermaziak extended his advantage with a third victory of 2014. The Polish driver beat reigning champion Nicki Thiim and Kiwi racer Earl Bamber to the win, and now leads the latter by nine points. Four races remain to be run, one a piece at Spa and Monza before a season-closing double-header at Circuit of the Americas.

READ MORE: Giermaziak extends Porsche Supercup lead with Hungarian victory

In NASCAR's Sprint Cup, Jeff Gordon won the Brickyard 400 for the fifth time on Sunday after what he called the best restart of his life. The Hendrick driver beat Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin to the win, extending his lead atop the standings in the process. Meanwhile, Tony Stewart still remains without a race victory in 2014. In the supporting Nationwide Series event, Ty Dillon beat Sprint Cup regulars Busch and Matt Kenseth to bag his first win of the year.

READ MOREJeff Gordon takes record fifth win at Indianapolis

The WRT-Audi of Rene Rast, Markus Winkelhock and Laurens Vanthoor won the 24 Hours of Spa by just seven seconds, though the race was perhaps more notable for a number of scary crashes. The worst resulted in a red flag flying shortly before the six hour mark, with Marcus Mahy airlifted to hospital. Thankfully, the British racer appears to have escaped serious injury.

READ MORE: WRT Audi Beats Marc VDS BMW to Hard Fought Spa 24 Win

The supporting British F3 race had its best grid of the season, though the fact that this consisted of just 13 cars tells you everything about how badly the series is struggling. Ed Jones won all three races aboard a European F3-spec machine, with class wins going to Roberto Merhi, who took two victories, and John Bryant-Meisner.

READ MORE: Ed Jones completes Spa hat-trick

Formula Renault 2.0 NEC was also at Spa - and with rather larger grids. Kevin Jorg won the first race from Ben Barnicoat and Louis Deletraz. He also took the chequered flag in race two, but was later demoted to 20th for jumping the start. That handed the win to Steijn Schothorst, who beat Deletraz and Gustav Malja to the victory. Schothorst leads Barnicoat by 13 points with Deletraz a further five in arrears. Three rounds remain to be run at Assen, Most and the Nurburgring.

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READ MORE: Kevin Jorg dominates first Formula Renault NEC race at Spa

READ MORE: Schothorst inherits Spa race two win after Jorg penalty

Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi took a dominant United SportsCar Championship win at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Action Express car finished almost 50 seconds clear of the Ganassi machine of Scott Pruett and Sage Karam, while the PC class was won by Chris Cumming and sportscar debutant Jack Hawksworth.

READ MORE: Action Express Dominates for Indy Victory