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Bathurst 12 Hour 2018: Qualifying results, Audi on provisional pole

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SEVERAL big contenders will watch the Top 10 Shootout from the sidelines at the Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.

Reigning winner Jamie Whincup will start the race from 16th place aboard the No. 75 Mercedes, while neither of the major factory Porsche entries cracked the first five rows of the grid for Sunday’s race.

Audi and BMW again dominated the session, but five different manufacturers will be represented in Saturday afternoon’s one-lap shootout.

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Kelvin Van der Linde took provisional pole for the No. 22 Jamec-Pem Audi, but Chaz Mostert came just 0.02 of a second short of knocking the young South African off.

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F1 2020, Renault, Fernando Alonso test, Daniel Ricciardo replacement

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Fernando Alonso will step up his preparations for a return to Formula One next year with a two-day test in Bahrain next week, his Renault team said Friday.

The former two-time world champion will try out the R.S.18 model from the 2018 season, having driven an F1 car for the first time in nearly 18 months in Barcelona in mid-October.

Alonso, 39, had not been in an F1 car since a test session for McLaren in Bahrain in April 2019 and had not raced one since the 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, also with McLaren, at the end of his 17th season.

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Ricciardo sent spinning in Q2

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IndyCar: Scott McLaughlin, Supercars, news, Team Penske, Indy500,

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Not content with dominating Down Under, Scott McLaughlin is set to be the top dog in America within three years.

That’s the time frame for success Team Penske has placed on their newest IndyCar recruit.

“Tim Cindric (Team Penske President) said a couple of top tens, top 15 next year, maybe push the top five bracket in ‘22 and then if we can challenge for wins and potentially a championship in my 3rd year that would be good progression,” McLaughlin told Fox Sports’ Loud Pedal Podcast.

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McLaughlin will be a "beast"

McLaughlin will be a “beast”

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F1 2020: Lewis Hamilton vs Michael Schumacher, the problem for British star’s legacy

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Lewis Hamilton may go on to win 10 world titles, but his status as the greatest could be undermined by a lack of true rivals, according to two of Britain’s best-known former racers.

Martin Brundle and Damon Hill both agreed that the six-time champion is a relentless and deserved record-breaking success story, Brundle saying he felt privileged to witness his feats.

Hamilton last Sunday became the sport’s most successful driver when he claimed a record 92nd win, moving one clear of seven-time champion Michael Schumacher’s 14-year record of 91 wins.

Hill, the 1996 world champion, believes Hamilton needs to be challenged by and beat another driver of the same calibre if he is to silence the doubters.

“There’s a risk that Lewis’s achievements will be measured against the intensity of his competition,” said Hill, who had to beat Schumacher to win his title.

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