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Three in One

My eyes are a little glazed over right now and I am probably a little cross-eyed to boot. One thing is for sure though I have race-addled brains. You can’t really blame me. I woke up this morning, and instead of indulging in an extended lie-in, watching re-runs of Supernatural (hey, it’s Sunday); I rushed down for the Chinese Grand Prix. I gritted my teeth, screamed, gasped and yelled my way through the race.

I barely caught my breath when it was time for some SBK action. It has been forever since the first race of the season, so needless to say, I was excited. Tom Sykes won the Superpole…again and it promised to be a brilliant race. It was. What more could a girl want?

Then, it was time to see the World Endurance Championship at Silverstone, before returning to Aragon for more SBK action with Race 2. I missed the British Superbike Championship amidst all the channel surfing. But do forgive me.

The most sense, of course, is to do a quick rundown of everything that happened today, before writing more details posts through the week. What do you think? There is after all, only this much my poor brain can take. Besides, it IS Monday tomorrow.

Fernando Alonso works his moves to grab a first in Shanghai. Image courtesy Ferrari (For editorial use only)

Fernando Alonso works his moves to grab a first in Shanghai. Image courtesy Ferrari (For editorial use only)

So, F1 had all of the drama we want it to have. There they were, the three unlikely front-runners – unlikely because we are just too used to seeing Sebastian ‘The Finger’ Vettel in front. This time however, he was stuck way behind at 9th. It didn’t stop him though and soon Vettel was fighting for a podium finish. It was within his grasp, and then it wasn’t – a seesaw that continued till the very end. There were phenomenal fights to be seen, a heartbreak too as Mark Webber came to a rolling stop after his wheel spun out in front of him. The incident earned Red Bull a fine of 5000 Euros. It was Fernando Alonso who was king, as he took Ferrari to victory, even as his teammate Felipe Massa struggled with pace.

The Ice Man ran a formidable race to end 2nd. But refused to crack smile on the podium. We still love him. Photo: Glenn Dunbar/Lotus GP; Image courtesy Lotus F1 Team (for editorial use only)

The Ice Man ran a formidable race to end 2nd. He refused to crack smile on the podium. We still love him. Photo: Glenn Dunbar/Lotus GP; Image courtesy Lotus F1 Team (editorial use only)

Then came Kimi Raikkonen. The Ice Man was formidable even with a car that had a broken nose. He swept past Lewis Hamilton to take 2nd place. Lew-Lew though had a tough time towards the end of the race staying ahead of The Finger. The German tried every trick in his book, but Hamilton stayed stubborn and drove home to take 3rd. It was also his first podium finish since his shift to Mercedes.

Chaz Davies was the man of the hour at Aragon. A well-deserved win! Image courtesy BMW (For editorial use only)

Chaz Davies was the man of the hour at Aragon. A well-deserved win! Image courtesy BMW (For editorial use only)

Meanwhile, chaos reigned at the World Superbike Championship. After a break that seemed to last forever (and it did), the mad hatters returned to Aragon for their 2nd round. Eugene Laverty tried to play the determined force as he swept past Tom Sykes, now all recovered from his injuries, to take 1st place during Race 1. But a technical problem saw his podium dreams come to a screeching halt. It was Sykes’ turn less than a minute later, as the Kawasaki rider retired. Aragon though was a day to set the record straight. Chaz Davies came to the fore, formidable and focused as he swept through Race 1 and Race 2 to score his first double-win. It goes without saying that the Welshman is not going to play second fiddle to his more experienced teammate Marco Melandri. The stunned Italian will probably spend some time wondering exactly what happened at Aragon this weekend. Race 2 didn’t prove to be lucky for Sykes or Laverty. Laverty crashed after leading the race, at lap 1, while a run on the kitty litter left Sykes to take the podium at the 3rd spot.

Kawasaki fared better at the World Superstock Championship with the Mahi Racing Team taking its second win this season. Kenan Sofuoglu retired with a braking issue, but his teammate Fabien Foret rose to the occasion to grab 1st place.

The icing on the cake: Aston Martin and #97 took home victory in the GTE Pro category.

The icing on the cake: Aston Martin and #97 took home victory in the GTE Pro category.

Of course, my racing cup overfloweth with news of Bruno Senna running a superb first race for Aston Martin at the FIA WEC 6 Hours of Silverstone. Bruno and his teammates Darren Turner and Stefan Muecke won the GTE Pro class in their Aston Martin #97. It was Bruno’s maiden run in WEC and boy it was brilliant.

But more about in future posts. For now, it’s good night from tired ole’ me. Here is to many mad-ass racing Sundays!

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