Two FIA World Championships star on Motorsport.tv this weekend, as the FIA World Endurance Championship and World Rallycross take centre stage.
Austin’s Circuit of the Americas has been a feature on the WEC calendar since 2013, with extreme heat putting the high-tech LMP1 rocketships to one of their toughest tests of the season.
Porsche’s Brendon Hartley, Timo Bernhard and Earl Bamber currently sit on a hat-trick of wins since Le Mans, boosting them to a 41-point lead in the standings. Their nearest rivals are Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima, who will be without regular team-mate Anthony Davidson this weekend, with the veteran Stephane Sarrazin making his first start since Le Mans.
Only the three Asian rounds remain after this weekend – Hartley and Bernhard have won at COTA for the last two seasons – so the pressure will be on Toyota to take the fight to them.
After mechanical woes in Mexico, Jackie Chan DC Racing’s LMP2 lead has been cut down from 46 to 23 points by the Vaillante Rebellion pairing of Julien Canal and Bruno Senna. Eight points is all that separates the #67 Ford and #91 Porsche in the GTE-Pro class, with both Ferrari and Mexico winners Aston Martin close behind, while Clearwater Racing leads Dempsey-Proton and Aston Martin Racing in the GTE-Am classification.
Will we crown a WRX champion in Latvia?
Latvia is the host-nation for the antepenultimate round of the 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship, and UK viewers can catch the action at 5pm on Sunday. Johan Kristofferson has won a record four WRX events on the bounce, establishing a 46-point lead over his nearest rival Petter Solberg.
The Swede can mathematically win the championship in Riga, but would need his team-mate to have an especially off-weekend to do so. With the PSRX squad looking to wrap up the teams' title this weekend, it's unlikely that Kristofferson will be hoping for bad luck to strike the two-time champion.
The Bikernieki track holds its second World RX event, with last year’s race being Sebastien Loeb’s first, and so far only win in his rallycross career.
Live Australian Supercars
The first of the big Australian Supercars endurance races of the season comes to you this weekend, live from Sandown Raceway for European viewers.
Since moving to the 500km distance in 1984, the race has been the warm-up event for the legendary Bathurst 1000.
With co-drivers joining the regular stars, the addition of double Enduro champion Warren Luff, former WEC star Richie Stanaway, Supercars regular Alexandre Premat and Porsche Supercup race-winner Matt Campbell, is sure to keep the racing close as ever.
The overall Drivers’ Championship is headed by Scott McLaughlin who, after a setback in the first race at Sydney Motorsports Park, now only has a 12-point lead over Jamie Whincup. With 300 points on offer for the winner at Sandown, anyone down to fifth could be leading heading to Bathurst!
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