The Weekend Motorsport Digest (August 4)

Jose Maria Lopez

HITC Motorsport brings you up to speed with the best of the weekend's racing action, including DTM, World Touring Car and WRC.

Scott Dixon took his fifth IndyCar win in eight years at Mid-Ohio, despite starting from the very back of the grid in his Ganassi machine. The Kiwi has been enduring a torrid season by his lofty standards, but finally returned to victory lane thanks to an alternate fuel strategy. Poleman Sebastien Bourdais was second, while Will Power re-took the points lead from team-mate Helio Castroneves.

READ MORE: Dixon adds to his legacy with big Mid-Ohio assist

Indy Lights ran a double-header event in Mid-Ohio and, after utterly dominating proceedings, Jack Harvey will wish they did the same every weekend. The Brit grabbed his first series win in race one and repeated the feat in the second outing. Harvey also took pole and the fastest lap in both races. He is now in title contention, moving to within 18 points of long-time leader Gabby Chaves who took a brace of podiums in Mid-Ohio.

READ MORE: Harvey sweep creates three-driver title chase

Scott Dixon

Marco Wittmann took his third win of the season at the Red Bull Ring to open up a 39-point advantage atop the DTM standings. The German led a BMW sweep of the top four spots, with Augusto Farfus, Timo Glock and Martin Tomzcyk following him home. The youngster’s nearest title challenger, Audi’s Mattias Ekstrom, could only finish fourth, while the leading Mercedes of Robert Wickens was hit with a contentious penalty.

READ MORE: Marco Wittman wins controversial Spielberg race


In the supporting FIA European F3 event, championship leader Esteban Ocon had his first poor weekend of 2014 with one DNF and a pair of finishes outside the points. The wins were shared by Tom Blomqvist, Antonio Fuoco and first-time victor Antonio Giovanazzi. Ocon still leads the standings by 94 points from Max Verstappen - who also had an off-event - with Blomqvist third.

READ MORE: Race 1 | Race 2 | Race 3

Citroen’s Jose Maria Lopez won both races at his home World Touring Car Championship event in Argentina to open up a commanding lead atop the standings. Lopez beat Norbert Michelisz in race one and pole-sitter Rob Huff in the second outing, though the Brit could be content with scoring Lada’s first WTCC podium. The second Citroen of Yvan Muller was third in both races, and Lopez now heads him by 60 points with four Asian-based events remaining.

READ MORE: López does the double at home

Lopez WTCC

Having been dominated by local drivers since its inception in 1951, Rally Finland had become strangely French in recent years with two wins for Sebastien Loeb and one for Sebastien Ogier. But Jari-Matti Latvala put that right last weekend, winning the event for a second time ahead of VW team-mate Ogier. The Frenchman still enjoys a healthy World Rally Championship lead, however.

READ MORE: Fearless Latvala clinches Finland win

It was a costly weekend for reigning BTCC champ Andrew Jordan at Snetterton. A heavy practice crash left the Pirtek-Honda driver with concussion, forcing him to miss qualifying and the weekend’s final race. Meanwhile two wins for MG’s Jason Plato put him back in championship contention, with the third victory falling to Aron Smith. Colin Turkington still leads the standings from Gordon Shedden and the back-in-business Plato.

READ MORE: Plato reignites championship challenge with Snetterton double

Ashley Sutton was the star of the supporting British Formula Ford event, winning twice to add to the victory he took last time out at Croft. Max Marshall took the final contest, but Harrison Scott still leads the standings - albeit by a slender 14 points - from South African racer Jayde Kruger.

READ MORE: Ashley Sutton wins again at Snetterton


And finally, Rubens Barrichello won his first race in the Stock Car Brasil championship by narrowly clinching Sunday's Corrida do Milhao from pole position. That earned Rubinho a cool $440,000 in prize money, but the former Ferrari driver plans to give the lot away, sharing it between his team and the foundation he runs with Tony Kanaan.

READ MOREBarrichello scoops maiden Stock Car Brasil win and $440,000 prize pot