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LIVE COMMENTARY: RACE CENTRE LIVE - BARCELONA MOTOGP, INDYCAR MILWAUKEE, DTM LAUSITZ
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As it happened: Barcelona MotoGP, IndyCar Milwaukee, DTM Lausitz
By Matt Beer, Mark Glendenning, Jamie O'Leary, Glenn Freeman, Charles Bradley, Peter Mills and Scott Mitchell
The live commentary has ended. No further updates will be posted.
Fri 07:49 Good morning and welcome to AUTOSPORT Race Centre Live for the Barcelona MotoGP, Lausitz DTM, Valencia GP3 and Milwaukee IndyCar weekend.

Fri 07:52 Here's the full coverage schedule for this weekend - all times in GMT, which is one hour behind BST.

Friday June 14

7:55: MotoGP Barcelona practice one
12:05: MotoGP Barcelona practice two
14:45: IndyCar Milwaukee practice one
17:45: IndyCar Milwaukee practice two
19:35: NASCAR Michigan qualifying
20:45: Indy Lights Milwaukee qualifying
21:45: IndyCar Milwaukee qualifying

Saturday June 15

7:20:
DTM Lausitz practice
7:30: GP3 Valencia practice
7:55: MotoGP Barcelona practice three
10:35: Moto3 Barcelona qualifying
11:30: MotoGP Barcelona practice four
12:10: MotoGP Barcelona qualifying
12:30: GP3 Valencia qualifying
12:40: DTM Lausitz qualifying
13:05: Moto2 Barcelona qualifying
18:00: Indy Lights Milwaukee race
20:00: IndyCar Milwaukee race
All day: Euro RX Hell updates

Sunday June 16

7:40: MotoGP Barcelona warm-up
9:00: GP3 Valencia race one
9:00: Moto3 Barcelona race
10:20: Moto2 Barcelona race
11:30: DTM Lausitz race
12:00: MotoGP Barcelona race
13:00: GP3 Valencia race two
17:00: NASCAR Sprint Cup Michigan race
All day: Euro RX Hell updates

Fri 07:55 MotoGP - Barcelona: The green light comes on and the first MotoGP session of the weekend commences. Riders are pouring out on track at a sunny Barcelona.

Fri 08:04 MotoGP - Barcelona: As the riders complete their first couple of flying laps, Dani Pedrosa leads on a 1m42.654s, 0.239 seconds ahead of Valentino Rossi.

Alvaro Bautista, Jorge Lorenzo and Stefan Bradl complete the early top five.

Mugello MotoGPFri 08:07 MotoGP - Barcelona: Pedrosa still holds the championship lead after five rounds, but after a spell in which Honda seemed to be taking control, Lorenzo and Yamaha closed back in with a commanding performance at Mugello.

Championship positions after five of 19 rounds:


1 Dani Pedrosa 103
2 Jorge Lorenzo 91
3 Marc Marquez 77
4 Cal Crutchlow 71
5 Andrea Dovizioso 50
6 Valentino Rossi 47

(25 points for a win)

Fri 08:10 MotoGP - Barcelona: Cal Crutchlow has now put in his first quick lap and moved into second place.

Fri 08:16 MotoGP - Barcelona: Michele Pirro is again on the second Pramac Ducati this weekend in place of Ben Spies, whose season continues to be plagued by the shoulder injury he suffered in late 2012.

The really interesting bit is that Pirro is actually racing the factory Ducati team's development 'lab bike' in Pramac colours as the team continues to push with its upgrade programme.

Factory readers Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden weren't hugely impressed with the lab bike when they recently tested it, though...

Fri 08:17 MotoGP - Barcelona: Dani Pedrosa is on a mission this morning. He improves to a 1m42.445s, very close to the race lap record.

Fri 08:20 MotoGP - Barcelona: Jorge Lorenzo responds and does a 1m42.422s to knock Dani Pedrosa off first place.

Tim SladeFri 08:24 V8 Supercars - Hidden Valley: Earlier today V8 Supercars held its Friday practice sessions ahead of this weekend's races at Darwin's Hidden Valley track.

Craig Lowndes, Scott Pye and Mark Winterbottom topped a session each, but the most eye-catching performance came from the Mercedes of Tim Slade, which was a breakthrough second fastest in final practice.

Fri 08:26 MotoGP - Barcelona: Pedrosa has improved to a 1m42.445s, which is just 0.023s behind Lorenzo.

Crutchlow also raises his pace and is now within 0.070s of the top spot.

That bodes very well for an extremely close race up front.

Fri 08:28 MotoGP - Barcelona: Marc Marquez is back in a quiet ninth at present.

This will be interesting weekend for Marquez, after his string of crashes at Mugello two weeks ago.

Here's AUTOSPORT MotoGP correspondent Toby Moody's thoughts on the weekend Marquez suddenly looked less than invincible:

Marquez comes down to earth

Fri 08:30 MotoGP - Barcelona: The only incidents so far this morning have been several riders skating off the track and over the run-off at the Turn 10 hairpin.

Nicky Hayden is the latest to do so, following the trail laid by Dani Pedrosa, Aleix Espargaro and Andrea Iannone earlier on.

And now it's Lukas Pesek's turn, and the Ioda man is struggling to get the bike going again.

Aleix EspargaroFri 08:35 MotoGP - Barcelona: Aleix Espargaro is, as usual, the quickest of the CRT bikes in 11th place.

At the press conference yesterday he declared that his aim is to get among the Ducati prototypes. He's right on the tail of Iannone's Pramac example right now.

Fri 08:36 MotoGP - Barcelona: Pedrosa is following Lorenzo on track. The Yamaha team signals this to Lorenzo on the pitboard and he backs off to let his title rival past - rather than giving him a tow or a glimpse of any riding secrets.

Fri 08:39 IndyCar - Milwaukee: A bit of IndyCar news ahead of this weekend's Milwaukee race. It's Ana Beatriz's turn to get back in Dale Coyne Racing's second car, which she has shared with Pippa Mann and Mike Conway so far this year.

Fri 08:40 MotoGP - Barcelona: Alvaro Bautista crashes at Turn 1, sliding into the run-off with a low-side accident. He is unhurt.

Fri 08:41 MotoGP - Barcelona: The chequered flag is out, looks like the last improvement will be Esparagaro jumping to 10th and demoting Iannone.

Fri 08:42 MotoGP - Barcelona - practice one results: 1 Lorenzo; 2 Pedrosa; 3 Crutchlow; 4 Rossi; 5 Dovizioso; 6 Bautista; 7 Bradl; 8 Hayden; 9 Marquez; 10 Espargaro.

Fri 09:01 MotoGP - Barcelona: So with the top three covered by just 0.070 seconds in first practice, this could be a very competitive MotoGP weekend in Spain.

Barcelona MotoGP practice one full report

Race Centre Live will take a pause now while the riders are in the garages, but will be back in action for MotoGP practice two at 12.05pm GMT/1.05pm BST.

Fri 12:05 MotoGP - Barcelona: The action is back underway at Barcelona, where the sun is shining.

Fri 12:13 MotoGP - Barcelona: Lots of early changes as nearly the whole field hits the track early on. Morning pacesetter Lorenzo currently leads the way, improving every time he crosses the line on this first run.

Fri 12:15 MotoGP - Barcelona: Stefan Bradl is the first to fall in this session. The German lost the front end on the entry to Turn 10 at the end of the backstraight. It's a pretty straightforward accident, and while Bradl is OK, his bike is not.

Fri 12:20 MotoGP - Barcelona: After that early flurry of activity there are only a handful of bikes out on track now. 15 minutes down, 30 still to go in this session. Bradl has just returned to the pits, where his team is readying his spare bike.

Fri 12:22 MotoGP - Barcelona: Bradl - whose bike has now returned to the paddock - is still sixth quickest following that crash. Ahead of him, the top five is as follows: 1 Lorenzo; 2 Dovizioso; 3 Pedrosa; 4 Rossi; 5 Crutchlow.

Fri 12:26 MotoGP - Barcelona: Aleix Espargaro has a small moment at Turn 4, running wide onto the grass but keeping the bike out of the gravel.

Fri 12:28 MotoGP - Barcelona: The track is busy again with just over 20 minutes to go. Recent improvements near the top include Bautista (2nd) and Rossi, who briefly went third just before that.

Fri 12:33 MotoGP - Barcelona: Bradley Smith is hobbling away from his crashed bike. No sign yet of exactly what happened or which corner he has fallen at.

Fri 12:36 MotoGP - Barcelona: As we enter the final 15 minutes, Dani Pedrosa goes second fastest. He's still 0.2s slower than Lorenzo, who is sitting (crash helmet on) in the pits watching.

Fri 12:41 MotoGP - Barcelona: After an animated conversation at the back of his garage with his engineers, Lorenzo heads back out with less than 10 minutes to go.

Fri 12:45 MotoGP - Barcelona: With 5 minutes to go the order at the front is: 1 Lorenzo; 2 Pedrosa; 3 Bautista; 4 Marquez; 5 Crutchlow; 6 Hayden.

Fri 12:48 MotoGP - Barcelona: Rossi - with a soft rear tyre - goes fastest with a 1m42.297s.

Fri 12:50 MotoGP - Barcelona: Dovizioso takes to the Turn 1 asphalt run-off, having got the bike out of shape on the bumps under braking. He responds with a personal best through the same sector on the following lap.

Fri 12:54 MotoGP - Barcelona: Lorenzo goes fastest of all through the first sector as the flag comes out, but the lap is ruined by traffic and he tours back to the pits.

Result: 1 Rossi; 2 Lorenzo; 3 Pedrosa; 4 Bautista; 5 Crutchlow; 6 Marquez; 7 Hayden; 8 Dovizioso; 9 Bradl; 10 Espargaro.

Fri 13:15 MotoGP - Barcelona: So, was that one-two for Rossi and Lorenzo an ominous sign for the rest of the weekend at Barcelona?

Free practice two report

IndyCar, MilwaukeeFri 13:17 The next track action on Race Centre Live comes from the famous Milwaukee Mile, where IndyCar practice will kick off at 15:45 BST (14:45 GMT).

Fri 14:59 IndyCar - Milwaukee: The IndyCar Series is currently in the middle of a stretch of seven events in eight weekends (two of which are double headers), which is sure to have a big impact on the destiny of the title.

Earlier this week, reigning champion Ryan Hunter-Reay said it was hard to pick any favourites in the 2013 field from what we have seen so far this year.

Fri 15:02 IndyCar - Milwaukee: Green flag for the first practice session.

Fri 15:17 IndyCar - Milwaukee: The first 30 minutes of this one-hour session are reserved for cars outside the top 10 in the points. On that basis, it still feels weird to see Will Power on track so early. He's currently P2 behind Josef Newgarden.

Fri 15:23 IndyCar - Milwaukee: Meanwhile, we have the qualifying order for later today: Castroneves, Kimball, de Silvestro, Sato, Hinchcliffe, Rahal, Franchitti, Saavedra, Hunter-Reay, Viso, Wilson, Kanaan, Tagliani, Carpenter, Newgarden, Briscoe, Andretti, Vautier, Power, Pagenaud, Jakes, Dixon, Bourdais, Beatriz.

Amusing note about Ana Beatriz: Dale Coyne Racing still hasn't officially announced that she's in the car this weekend. The fact that she just drove past the media centre window is a pretty strong hint though.

World Rickshaw Championship, MilwaukeeFri 15:26 IndyCar - Milwaukee: The two-day race weekend at Milwaukee makes for a packed schedule, as does a support bill that includes Pro Mazda, Indy Lights and ... a World Rickshaw Championship round. It seems that someone named Kris Lacrnski set a new rickshaw track record in testing here yesterday with a best lap pf 4m03.27.

There will be 17 rickshaws on the track for their race, which is just over double the number of this weekend's Lights field.

Fri 15:35 MotoGP - Barcelona: Marc Marquez had a pretty quiet day (by his standards) in free practice, but he believes he made a lot of progress over the two sessions.

"I am pretty happy with how the day went. In the first session we were ninth, over one second from the top, then in the second session we cut the gap to half a second and finished sixth in the combined times.

"We still have things to improve and there are points on the track where I am still not comfortable. I have to improve my adaptation to the circuit and some details with the setup but the most important thing is that we have cut the gap and are working in the right direction."

Fri 15:37 IndyCar - Milwaukee: The phase that IndyCar refers to as 'Group A Practice' is over, and the track is now open to all cars. AUTOSPORT is contemplating the thought of actual Group A touring cars trying to race around the Milwaukee Mile.

Fri 15:38 IndyCar - Milwaukee: We're snapped out of our Group A reverie by James Hinchcliffe hitting the wall at Turn 2. It wasn't much more than a brush, and he's already back in the pits.

Fri 15:42 IndyCar - Milwaukee: And as expected, the session is quickly restarted. Last year's winner Ryan Hunter-Reay currently holds the fastest time.

We've seen a lot of smaller teams upset the giants this year, but they're going to have to break with tradition to do it this weekend: since 2004, every Milwaukee race has been won by Andretti, Ganassi or Penske.

Fri 15:51 IndyCar - Milwaukee: Just under 10 minutes left, and Marco Andretti leads the times ahead of team-mate Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Fri 16:10 MotoGP - Barcelona: Stefan Bradl, who crashed in the second practice session this afternoon, has admitted that he was "a bit aggressive" when he fell at Turn 10.

However, he also says his LCR team needs to find "some small improvements to make the bike more stable in the corner entry".

Fri 16:13 IndyCar - Milwaukee: The first session ends with Andretti in P1. The top three: Marco Andretti, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Josef Newgarden.

Fri 16:20 DTM - Lausitz: AUTOSPORT has finally arrived in East Germany on a very sunny afternoon. No DTM on-track action until tomorrow morning and no Formula 3 European Championship either; but there is German F3 and Carrera Cup Germany to keep those here entertained over the weekend.

Fri 16:33 DTM - Lausitz: And when we say no DTM action, there is of course 'roll-out', which has been reintroduced for the first time in 2013 this weekend. Roll-out is really just a public shakedown, with cars not allowed to have their wings attached for the very short session, which starts in about 10 minutes and runs for 15.

Fri 17:01 IndyCar - Milwaukee: As the teams and drivers prepare for their second practice session, Texas winner Helio Castroneves has offered his thoughts on the penalty his Penske team picked up after the race last weekend:

Castroneves shocked by Texas infringement

Fri 17:03 DTM - Lausitz: A nice bit of benevolence from series promoter the ITR. Earlier today it handed over €300,000 to help victims in three towns in this region of Germany that were decimated by floods recently. The mayors of Meissen, Pirna and Herzberg all recieved cheques for €100,000 each to help the effort from, respectively, Timo Scheider (Audi), Timo Glock (BMW) and Christian Vietoris (Mercedes).

Fri 17:48 IndyCar - Milwaukee: A stroll through the IndyCar Fan Zone in Milwaukee proves revealing on several fronts. For starters, it was nice to see big queue of people waiting for autographs from Pro Mazda drivers. And second, it's possible to buy a Charlie Kimball shot glass for $1. AUTOSPORT's wallet was back in the press room, but watch this space.

Fri 18:01 IndyCar - Milwaukee: The second practice session has begun.

Fri 18:07 IndyCar - Milwaukee: Caution for a track inspection. After five minutes of running. EJ Viso is currently P1.

Jason Leffler tribute, IndyCarFri 18:09 IndyCar - Milwaukee: IndyCar teams have added tributes to NASCAR driver Jason Leffler to their cars for this weekend's race following the 37-year-old's fatal sprint car accident on Wednesday. The decals were organised by Ed Carpenter Racing team manager Tim Broyles. Leffler was a former rival to Carpenter in USAC.

Fri 18:12 IndyCar - Milwaukee: The session has restarted, and two-thirds of the field head straight out.

Fri 18:21 IndyCar - Milwaukee: Twenty minutes into the session, and the current leader is Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Fri 18:39 IndyCar - Milwaukee: After 40 minutes the session is still green, Hunter-Reay is still quickest, and not a lot is happening. If you're looking for something amusing in the meantime, the clip of Alice Cooper's Milwaukee history lesson from Wayne's World can be found here.

Fri 18:47 IndyCar - Milwaukee: Someone - we believe it's Alex Tagliani - has a damaged tyre, and we're back under yellows for a track inspection. Just before the flag came out, Takuma Sato went to P1. There's currently 12 minutes still on the clock.

Fri 18:54 IndyCar - Milwaukee: A bit of news while we wait for the green flag: up to a dozen IndyCar drivers will take part in a test at Pocono on June 25. AUTOSPORT understands that the remaining teams will test at Mid-Ohio at a later date.

Fri 18:55 IndyCar - Milwaukee: Green flag with five minutes remaining.

Fri 19:02 IndyCar - Milwaukee: A couple of late flyers take Marco Andretti and Ryan Hunter-Reay to P1 and P2, with Takuma Sato hanging on for third-fastest.

Fri 19:12 IndyCar - Milwaukee: The rickshaws are on their dummy grid ahead of their first race. Lest you think this is some sort of gimmick, they actually have three 30 minute races on the schedule this weekend.

Fri 20:10 NASCAR - Michigan: With 18 of 44 cars having set their qualifying times so far, Carl Edwards is leading the way from Aric Almirola and Matt Kenseth. So far, six drivers have managed an average speed of over 200mph.

Fri 20:30 NASCAR - Michigan: 30 cars have qualified now. Edwards is still on top, while Kasey Kahne has gone second fastest. Youngster Austin Dillon has just got himself into the top five.

Fri 20:45 IndyCar - Milwaukee: Currently in the middle of Indy Lights qualifying, with the big cars preparing to come out for their turn in about half an hour.

In other news, the weekend schedule was thankfully misleading regarding the 'three 30 minute rickshaw races' thing. There are three 30 minute breaks with five minute rickshaw races shoehorned into them.

Fri 21:01 NASCAR - Michigan: Qualifying result: 1 Carl Edwards; 2 Kurt Busch; 3 Kasey Kahne; 4 Paul Menard; 5 Aric Almirola; 6 Joey Logano; 7 Austin Dillon; 8 Matt Kenseth; 9 Kyle Busch; 10 Juan Pablo Montoya

That was an agonising wait for Edwards, who was the sixth car on track and then had to wait for the rest of the 44-car entry to run their laps to see if his lap would turn out good enough for pole.

Fri 21:18 IndyCar - Milwaukee: Green flag for IndyCar qualifying. First cab off the rank is Helio Castroneves, who sets the bar at 167.169mph. Decent, but you'd have to think that's beatable.

Fri 21:26 IndyCar - Milwaukee: And indeed, it is beatable. Charlie Kimball and Simona de Silvestro fell short, but Takuma Sato was able to better Castroneves' time. Before he had time to celebrate, James Hinchcliffe went faster still. The Canadian's 170.418mph two-lap average is a new track record.

Charlie Kimball shot glassFri 21:33 IndyCar - Milwaukee: For the fan who has everything: the Charlie Kimball shot glass. At the equivalent of 52p, it might be the best value piece of racing merchandise on the planet.

Fri 21:35 IndyCar - Milwaukee: Ten cars in and the grid is currently an Andretti 1-2-3, with Hinchcliffe still on top ahead of Hunter-Reay and Viso. There are 14 cars still to come, so plenty of time for things to change yet.

Fri 21:46 IndyCar - Milwaukee: Marco Andretti goes to the top with a 170.515mph two-lap average. It's now an Andretti 1-2-3-4, and there's the very real chance that it will stay that way. Seven cars left to run.

Fri 21:50 IndyCar - Milwaukee: Andretti's plans for locking out the first two rows have been thwarted by Will Power, who has just gone third-fastest.

Fri 21:58 IndyCar - Milwaukee: Last driver Ana Beatriz is halfway through her run, but unless she has a hidden nitro switch for the second lap it's not going to be fast enough, which means that Marco Andretti will start tomorrow's race from pole ahead of Hinchcliffe, Power and Hunter-Reay.

Fri 22:26 That's the end of the action on AUTOSPORT Race Centre Live today. We'll return tomorrow morning, where highlights include MotoGP at Barcelona, DTM at Lausitz, GP3's standalone race at Valencia and more from IndyCar's Milwaukee event.

DTM LausitzSat 07:00 Welcome back to AUTOSPORT Race Centre Live for Saturday June 15. Today we've got qualifying for the Barcelona MotoGP race, DTM's Lausitz round and GP3's standalone event at Valencia kicking off, plus the Milwaukee IndyCar race.

Sat 07:01 Here's the full schedule for today. Times are in GMT, which is one hour before BST.

7:20: DTM Lausitz practice
7:30: GP3 Valencia practice
7:55: MotoGP Barcelona practice three
10:35: Moto3 Barcelona qualifying
11:30: MotoGP Barcelona practice four
12:10: MotoGP Barcelona qualifying
12:30: GP3 Valencia qualifying
12:40: DTM Lausitz qualifying
13:05: Moto2 Barcelona qualifying
18:00: Indy Lights Milwaukee race
20:40: IndyCar Milwaukee race
All day: Euro RX Hell updates

Bruno SpenglerSat 07:06 DTM - Lausitz: Bruno Spengler's win at Spielberg a fortnight ago moved the reigning champion into the points lead.

Mike Rockenfeller is Audi's lead man in second, while rookie Marco Wittmann's excellent start puts him fourth behind round one winner Augusto Farfus.

Mercedes has not begun well: no wins yet, top man Christian Vietoris 28 points back in the standings and concerns over continued poor qualifying form.

Championship standings after three of 10 rounds:

1 Bruno Spengler 53
2 Mike Rockenfeller 41
3 Augusto Farfus 33
4 Marco Wittmann 32
5 Christian Vietoris 25
6 Dirk Werner 22

25 points for a win

Sat 07:15 DTM - Lausitz: AUTOSPORT has made the quick blast down the motorway from Dresden to the track on what is another glorious day in old East Germany. Practice is due to start in around five minutes.

Sat 07:21 GP3 - Valencia: All set for free practice at Circuit Ricardo Tormo for GP3's standalone event. Bamboo's Lewis Williamson told AUTOSPORT that the recently-resurfaced track, with expected asphalt temperatures of over 50C, should pose a real test for Pirelli's medium-compound rubber this weekend.

GP3 BarcelonaSat 07:22 GP3 - Valencia: It's been a quiet start to 2013 for GP3, this is only the series' second outing of the season.

The Valencia round is the only time all year when it runs away from the Formula 1 bill.

Tio Ellinas holds the early advantage after winning the season opener. New team Koiranen took a one-two on its debut weekend in race two, Aaro Vainio leading Kevin Korjus.

Championship standings after two of 16 rounds:


1 Tio Ellinas 39
2 Patric Niederhauser 28
3 Aaro Vainio 25
4 Conor Daly 21
5 Kevin Korjus 18
6 Nick Yelloly 12

25 points for race one win, 15 points for race two win


Sat 07:24 DTM - Lausitz: practice is underway with Timo Scheider the first man to set a competitive lap time. Initial markers are around two seconds off last year's qualifying pace.

Sat 07:25 GP3 - Valencia: On the subject of tyres, Pirelli's Mario Isola says: "Valencia tests every aspect of a tyre's performance, which is why we have chosen the medium compound - the most versatile of the entire range. The two races should reveal a lot about which drivers are capable of managing their tyres most effectively."

Sat 07:31 DTM - Lausitz: 10 minutes in and the top six is Scheider; Ekstrom; Wickens; Paffett; Vietoris; Mortara.

Timo Glock has had a spin coming onto the back part of the oval at Turn 5, but has continued without suffering any damage.

Sat 07:40 V8 Supercars - Hidden Valley: Over in Australia, race one of the V8s' Darwin weekend is already complete.

It was yet another win for Jamie Whincup, but that was far from the whole story, with controversy aplenty in his wake.

V8 Supercars Hidden Valley race one report

Sat 07:42 GP3 - Valencia: Conor Daly is the early pacesetter, but he's just had a wild trip over the kerbs at Turn 12, the quick right-hander. Tio Ellinas takes over at the top of the times now with 10 minutes of the 45 gone already.

Carl EdwardsSat 07:45 For anyone out on Friday night in Europe, here's a recap of how qualifying unfolded in America's premier series, as Colin Edwards and Marco Andretti took poles for the Michigan NASCAR Sprint Cup and Milwaukee IndyCar races respectively.

Michigan NASCAR qualifying report

Milwaukee IndyCar qualifying report

Milwaukee Indy Lights qualifying report

Sat 07:45 GP3 - Valencia: Did you know that Valencia's Turn 12 is named after Manuel 'Champi' Herreros, the last 80cc motorbike world champion? You do now. In the meantime, local hero Carlos Sainz Jr has hit the top of the times.

Sat 07:53 GP3 - Valencia: Kevin Korjus has just deposed Nick Yelloly from the top of the timesheets with the majority of the 28-car field back in the pits after the first free practice runs.

Sat 07:56 MotoGP - Barcelona: Free practice is underway in sunny Spain.

Sat 08:05 MotoGP - Barcelona: Jorge Lorenzo has crashed in the early minutes of practice. The Spaniard lost the front end on the way into the downhill Turn 5. Lorenzo had a quick look at the bike in the gravel before giving up and heading for the pits and his spare bike.

Sat 08:07 MotoGP - Barcelona: The cool morning track temperatures mean Valentino Rossi's best lap from Friday has already been surpassed. Dani Pedrosa is currently fastest on a 1m41.9s

Sat 08:08 DTM - Lausitz: Roberto Merhi misses Turn 1 and skipped half a lap by running straight round the oval. No harm done.

Previously his Mercedes looked the worst for porpoising down the straights. He's currently 13th.

Sat 08:08 DTM - Lausitz: Top 10 at the halfway point of practice: 1 Scheider; 2 Mortara; 3 Ekstrom; 4 Rockenfeller; 5 Tambey; 6 Paffett; 7 Green; 8 Wickens; 9 Albuquerque; 10 Vietoris.

The whole field is covered by 1.7s.

Sat 08:09 MotoGP - Barcelona: Yonny Hernandez walks away from a shunt, while Lorenzo is back in the pits and frantically trying to get ready to head back out.

Sat 08:09 GP3 - Valencia: Practice pacesetter Kevin Korjus has just suffered a minor off-track excursion in free practice. Despite Circuit Ricardo Tormo's vast expanse of gravel traps, nobody has investigated them yet. Korjus remains 0.247s quicker than Nick Yelloly with just a few minutes remaining.

Sat 08:11 MotoGP - Barcelona: Lorenzo heads back out on his spare bike with 29 minutes of practice remaining.

Sat 08:16 GP3 - Valencia: Conor Daly and Daniil Kvyat each get the naughty-boy flag for exceeding track limits at Turn 1.

Sat 08:16 GP3 - Valencia - practice results: 1 Korjus; 2 Yelloly; 3 Niederhauser; 4 Sainz; 5 Williamson; 6 Vainio; 7 Ellinas; 8 Kvyat; 9 Regalia; 10 Daly.

Sat 08:18 GP3 - Valencia: The flag falls on free practice with Kevin Korjus, who ends the session chilling in the pitlane, fastest ahead of Nick Yelloly, Patric Niederhauser, Carlos Sainz Jr and Lewis Williamson. Points leader Tio Ellinas was seventh fastest.

Mark WinterbottomSat 08:21 V8 Supercars - Hidden Valley: Part two of race one in Darwin was an increasingly miserable experience for Ford Performance Racing.

Its cars had finished one-three-four in the first segment, but in the second, the grimaces in the garage grew ever wider.

FPR was infuriated that arch-rival Triple 8 was allowed to go back onto the grid to top up Jamie Whincup's dry ice for his cool suit after a team mistake, then saw David Reynolds lose the lead to Whincup, Will Davison get taken out in the lap one shunt, Mark Winterbottom punt Reynolds out of second, and Winterbottom get a penalty for the tangle.

The team insisted that in V8s the unwritten rule is that team-mate tangles will be left to the team to sort out in-house and not penalised on-track...

Sat 08:22 GP3 - Valencia: Not everyone makes it back to the pits under their own steam, however. Eric Lichtenstein stops out on track and needs a tow back. He shunted in the recent Hungaroring test, but Carlin's James Harris tells us it didn't need too much work to get it ready for this weekend.

Sat 08:25 MotoGP - Barcelona: Pedrosa (currently quickest) has a moment at Turn 1 when his back wheel steps sideways as he hits the brakes. The Honda rider catches the wobble, but has to take to the asphalt run-off on the outside.

Sat 08:31 MotoGP - Barcelona: As we enter the final 10 minutes of practice the action is stepping up a notch. Lots of riders are improving as everyone battles to earn a Q2 spot for qualifying this afternoon.

Sat 08:34 MotoGP - Barcelona: While those at the bottom of the top 10 are scrapping to get into Q2, Marc Marquez has just knocked team-mate Pedrosa off of top spot. A lap later he goes even faster.

Sat 08:38 MotoGP - Barcelona: Hiroshi Aoyama has crashed. After sitting in the gravel for a while, he eventually gets up, and seconds later team-mate Hector Barbera pulls up at the side of the track and parks his bike.

Sat 08:44 MotoGP - Barcelona: Free practice is over, giving us 10 of the 12 bikes that will compete for pole in Q2 this afternoon:

1 Marquez; 2 Hayden; 3 Pedrosa; 4 Rossi; 5 Crutchlow; 6 Lorenzo; 7 Bradl; 8 Dovizioso; 9 Bautista; 10 Espargaro.

Sat 08:46 DTM - Lausitz: Six minutes to go and Jamie Green leaps to the head of the timesheets with a lap 0.1s quicker than the marker set after 20 minutes by his Abt Audi team-mate Scheider.

Sat 08:53 DTM - Lausitz: That's the end of practice with four Audis in the top six and the best BMW a surprising seventh:

1 Green; 2 Paffett; 3 Scheider; 4 Wickens; 5 Tambay; 6 Rockenfeller; 7 Spengler; 8 Ekstrom; 9 Wehrlein; 10 Mortara.

Sat 09:04 GP3 - Valencia: Word from the drivers' briefing is that any infringement of track limits at the exit of Turn 1 will result in qualifying times being deleted. So expect some "Driver X takes pole" followed by "oh no he doesn't" this afternoon!

Sat 09:11
DTM - Lausitz: And here's how DTM practice looked in the flesh from the top of the main grandstand at Lausitz. A truly awesome view. AUTOSPORT may well venture back there for the first German F3 race later this morning.

Sat 09:38 In updates from around the motorsport world's promotional activities this week, we'll be bringing you pictures of Aaro Vainio seemingly battering Tio Ellinas with a Spanish flag, Tony Stewart catching a small fish, Craig Lowndes catching a bigger fish, Jason Bright catching a weird fish, and a child racing a motorised bathtub.

Sat 09:41 But in the meantime, here's a recap of this morning's practice sessions from around Europe, as Jamie Green, Marc Marquez and Kevin Korjus set the pace in the DTM, MotoGP and GP3 respectively:

Lausitz DTM practice report

Barcelona MotoGP practice three report

Valencia GP3 practice report

GP3Sat 09:42 GP3 - Valencia: And this is Vainio, Ellinas and the flag. On first glance we were convinced Ellinas was being beaten around the head with it. Now we realise they're bullfighting.

Sat 09:47 We're into a quiet period now before the MotoGP sessions resume and then qualifying for both GP3 and the DTM kicks off. We'll keep bringing updates from the paddocks, and here's the schedule for the rest of the day:

(All times GMT, BST -1)

10:35: Moto3 Barcelona qualifying
11:30: MotoGP Barcelona practice four
12:10: MotoGP Barcelona qualifying
12:30: GP3 Valencia qualifying
12:40: DTM Lausitz qualifying
13:05: Moto2 Barcelona qualifying
18:00: Indy Lights Milwaukee race
20:40: IndyCar Milwaukee race
All day: Euro RX Hell updates

Rallycross HellSat 10:24 Euro RX - Hell: Free practice has started to get underway in Norway for round five of the European Rallycross Championship. Heavy rain overnight is starting to make way for hot sunshine.

Sat 10:40 DTM - Lausitz: The main support series here this weekend in German F3, and AUTOSPORT has just watched Brit Emil Bernstorff (a 2011 McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award finalist no less) win the opening race of the weekend. He took the lead from (Motopark-run) Lotus team-mate Marvin Kirchofer at the start and led all the way.

Sat 10:42 Championship leader Kirchofer dropped to fourth at the start, but passed Gustavo Menezes and Artem Markelov on laps eight and 18 respectively, each time at Turn 1, to take second. Markelov - second in the points - completed the podium.

Sat 10:45 MotoGP - Barcelona: A nasty moment for Moto3 championship leader Maverick Vinales early in qualifying.

Just after setting provisional pole on a 1m51.802s, Vinales crashed heavily on his next lap, shooting over the handlebars in a high-side.

He was unhurt and immediately got the bike going again and returned to the pits.

Sat 10:45 DTM - Lausitz: Here's one for the talent-spotters out there... Sixteen-year-old Sebastian Balthasar. He finished eighth in the F3 race just now, right on Nabil Jeffri's tail, despite running an FIA-spec Mercedes engine, not equipped with the overboost facility of the VW 'Power' engines used by most of the field. Very impressive. Jeffri's no slouch either; second in last year's JK Asia series.

Sat 10:48 MotoGP - Barcelona: Big news in Moto3 so far this weekend has been the withdrawal of title contender Jonas Folger.

Currently fourth in the championship, the German injured his wrist in a motocross crash last week. He tried to compete in Spain but struggled in practice and is sitting out the rest of the weekend.

Sat 10:56 MotoGP - Barcelona: While Vinales still sits in the pits following his crash, Alex Rins pinches provisional Moto3 pole off him by 0.010s.

Sat 11:00 MotoGP - Barcelona: Vinales is back out. He has a sore foot but is otherwise uninjured and now has a 0.2s gap to Rins to close down to get Moto3 pole back.

Sat 11:06 MotoGP - Barcelona: This is not turning out to be a good Moto3 qualifying session for Maverick Vinales.

Having got back out following his crash, his bike just erupted in a cloud of smoke with what looks like an engine failure.

No spare bikes in Moto3, so his session is over, but he's still hanging on to second on the grid next to Alex Rins.

Augusto FarfusSat 11:09 DTM - Lausitz: Bad news for BMW driver Augusto Farfus. He's been given a five-place grid penalty for tomorrow's race because he used a set of tyres that were not in his allocation during practice this morning.

Sat 11:13 MotoGP - Barcelona: Luis Salom just blasted 0.4s clear of all his Moto3 rivals with a blinding lap going into the final two minutes of qualifying.

Sat 11:16 MotoGP - Barcelona - Moto3 qualifying results: 1 Salom; 2 Rins; 3 Oliveira; 4 Marquez; 5 M Vinales; 6 Vazquez; 7 I Vinales; 8 Miller; 9 Antonelli; 10 Masbou.

Sat 11:18 MotoGP - Barcelona: So not too bad for Moto3 championship leader Maverick Vinales in the end. A heavy crash and an engine failure, and still fifth on the grid.

Luis Salom held off Alex Rins to take pole by 0.3s, with Miguel Oliveira completing the front row.

Marc Marquez's brother Alex is fourth, Maverick Vinales's cousin Isaac is seventh.

Sat 11:29 MotoGP - Barcelona: As the new-for-2013 qualifying is about to kick off with its FP4 segment, the news from Spain is that Hiroshi Aoyama will sit out the rest of the weekend due to injuries sustained in his crash in FP3. He will be replaced by Javier del Amor, who now has 30 minutes of track time to get up to speed before Q1.

Sat 11:32 MotoGP - Barcelona: FP4 is underway. Once the 30 minutes are up, it will be time for Q1, where two riders can earn places in Q2 to complete the top 12.

Sat 11:39 MotoGP - Barcelona: 10 of the 30 minutes down in FP4, and Dani Pedrosa leads the way. He's just posted a new best lap of 1m42.0s, which is around 0.2s shy of what Marc Marquez managed in FP3 this morning.

Sat 11:50 MotoGP - Barcelona: Star CRT runner Aleix Espargaro has fallen at Turn 4. Fortunately for the Spaniard, his performance in free practice this morning means he has a bit of time to get himself sorted for qualifying as he does not have to take part in Q1.

Sat 11:51 MotoGP - Barcelona: We're inside the final 10 minutes now, and the order at the front is: 1 Pedrosa; 2 Lorenzo; 3 Crutchlow; 4 Rossi; 5 Bradl.

Sat 12:02 Euro RX - Hell: Full-time drivers Timmy Hansen and Knut Ove Borseth both suffered suspension problems in free practice. Hansen Motorsport has repaired Hansen's DS3 already.

Sat 12:03 MotoGP - Barcelona: That's the end of FP4. Dani Pedrosa leads the way, and he (along with the rest of the top 10 from FP3) can now sit out Q1 before fighting for pole in Q2.

FP4 result: 1 Pedrosa; 2 Crutchlow; 3 Lorenzo; 4 Rossi; 5 Bradl; 6 Marquez; 7 Hayden; 8 Espargaro; 9 Dovizioso; 10 Bautista.

Bradley SmithSat 12:11 MotoGP - Barcelona: Q1 has started. The top two from this session will progress to Q2, where 12 riders will fight for pole.

Based on what we saw in practice this morning, the fight at the top of this session should be between Bradley Smith, Michele Pirro, Andrea Iannone and the CRT bike of Randy de Puniet.

Sat 12:19 MotoGP - Barcelona: So far it's looking good for the Pramac Ducati team, with Iannone and Pirro (on the factory development bike) holding those crucial top two spots. Smith is third, half a second adrift of Pirro.

Sat 12:23 MotoGP - Barcelona: Smith has just pulled out a quick lap to go fastest. Iannone was just a few seconds behind him on track and looked on course to go faster, but in the end he was 0.053s slower.

Iannone has half a second of an advantage over de Puniet, who is currently third.

Sat 12:25
DTM - Lausitz: Question. What do you do if you happen to have an ex-Tora Takagi Reynard Champ Car lying around?

Answer: You turn it upside down and stick it on your ceiling of course. Crazy stuff in the circuit shop.

Sat 12:26 MotoGP - Barcelona: That's the end of Q1. Those late laps from Smith and Iannone put them well clear of the rest of the field, and they now progress to Q2 with this morning's top 10.

Q1 result: 1 Smith; 2 Iannone; 3 de Puniet; 4 Pirro; 5 Barbera; 6 Edwards.

KvyatSat 12:30 Valencia - GP3: Thirty minutes of qualifying kicks off with the temperature at Circuit Ricardo Tormo officially 'scorchio!' Of the 27 cars present, most head out straight away.

Sat 12:32 Valencia - GP3: Points leader Tio Ellinas is a cool customer, one of only three cars not to get straight into the action.

Sat 12:35 MotoGP - Barcelona: The bikes leave the pits for Q2, the session that will decide pole position.

The 12 riders fighting it out are: Lorenzo, Rossi, Pedrosa, Marquez, Crutchlow, Hayden, Dovizioso, Espargaro, Bradl, Bautista, Smith and Iannone.

Sat 12:38 Valencia - GP3: Ryan Cullen gets it all wrong on the exit of Turn 1 and spins wildly into the gravel. Annoyingly for Manor, his team-mate Tio Ellinas was just leaving the pits when the red flags flew. Now he's sat in the baking sun, while everyone else is back in the pits.

Sat 12:40 Valencia - GP3: The session restarts without Cullen. For the record, Daniil Kvyat is on provisional pole, with a 1m22.861s, but most people were still on warm-ups or their first flying lap when the reds flew.

Sat 12:40 MotoGP - Barcelona: Drama at Yamaha. Lorenzo aborts his first run, and he is very animated with his mechanics and engineers as he returns to the garage. While he is in the pits, Pedrosa goes quickest ahead of Crutchlow and Marquez.

Sat 12:44 Valencia - GP3: First driver on the Turn 1 track limits naughty step is Carlos Sainz Jr. We suspect he won't be the last after what was said in the drivers' briefing.

Sat 12:45 MotoGP - Barcelona: Five minutes to go - 1 Pedrosa; 2 Crutchlow; 3 Lorenzo; 4 Marquez; 5 Dovizioso; 6 Rossi.

Sat 12:45 DTM-Lausitz: Qualifying is underway and Green and Molina instantly make it an Audi 1-2. Q1 is a 16-minute session from which the top 15 progress to Q2 and the slowest seven are eliminated.

Sat 12:46 Valencia - GP3: Current poleman Kvyat lowers his own benchmark - by just 0.038s! This boy is consistent. Robert Visoiu is just 0.082s slower in second.

Sat 12:48 Valencia - GP3: The good news for Tio Ellinas is he's up to third fastest; the bad news is he's just been rattling through the gravel at Turn 12. He escapes.

Sat 12:48 MotoGP - Barcelona: Pedrosa has just beaten Casey Stoner's 2008 lap record by nearly three tenths of a second. The Spaniard is 0.7s clear of the rest of the field with two minutes to go.

Sat 12:52 Valencia - GP3: Oh, there you are Aaro! As AUTOSPORT was scanning the times trying to find his name, suddenly it pops up at the top of the charts out of nowhere. His 1m22.780s is 0.043s faster than Daniil Kvyat.

Sat 12:53 DTM-Lausitz: Paffett is the first man to dip below the magic 1m18s barrier in Q1, the Mercedes man knocking team-mate Vietoris off the top spot. With less than four minutes remaining the drivers ripe for elimination are: Jucadella, Wittmann, Tomczyk, Glock, Priaulx and Hand - five out of six of them in BMWs!

Sat 12:53 MotoGP - Barcelona: Nobody gets near Pedrosa as the flag falls, but Crutchlow responds to Lorenzo taking second place from him by stealing it back at the death.

Qualifying result: 1 Pedrosa; 2 Crutchlow; 3 Lorenzo; 4 Bautista; 5 Hayden; 6 Marquez; 7 Rossi; 8 Iannone; 9 Dovizioso; 10 Bradl.

Sat 12:53 Valencia - GP3: The times are tumbling now. Facu Regalia, no doubt spurred on by the massive Argentinian flag above the pit boxes, goes P1 on 1m22.603s.

Sat 12:55 DTM - Lausitz: Martin Tomczyk has parked it. A broken splitter for the RMG BMW driver. His nightmare season continues. He'll start P21 at best.

Sat 12:56 Valencia - GP3: Big improvers of late are Kevin Korjus, up to second fastest, and Conor Daly, who moves up to fifth. Points leader Ellinas has fallen to seventh.

Sat 12:57 Valencia - GP3: Having obviously just read that, Ellinas shows his class by leaping to P2, 0.158s off Regalia's top time.

Sat 12:59 DTM - Lausitz: End of Q1 and the drivers eliminated are: 17 Scheider; 18 Ekstrom; 19 Wittmann; 20 Hand; 21 Priaulx; 22 Tomczyk.

Spengler was fastest, rescuing some pride for BMW as it lost four cars, while Miguel Molina, ninth, stopped coming out of Turn 1 on his slow-down lap.

Sat 13:00 Valencia - GP3: With less than 5mins to go, the improvements are drying up. However, Dino Zamparelli has jumped up to sixth, as Kvyat matches his earlier time to the thousandth. I told you he was consistent!

Sat 13:02 Valencia - GP3: Nick Yelloly grabs P1 with a 1m22.597s. Very impressive, can he hold on? No! Kvyat and the Conor Daly improve to go 1-2. And what's that screech of tyres we can hear outside...

Sat 13:04 Valencia - GP3: A Status GP car has spun at Turn 11 and stopped the session with 1m55s left on the clock. It's Adderly Fong. He became stranded right on the apex of the bend.

Sat 13:05 DTM - Lausitz: Q2 is now underway. That means 12 minutes from which the top 10 drivers will progress. Miguel Molina won't be among them though; he's walking back down the pitlane and will start 15th at best (16th if Farfus qualifies 10th or better).

Sat 13:06 Valencia - GP3: There's a scramble at the end of the pitlane, but they'll do well to get another lap in after this second stoppage. The order, after that late flurry of times, is: Daly, Kvyat, Yelloly, Regalia, Vainio, Korjus, Ellinas, Zamparelli.

Sat 13:07 Euro RX - Hell: British driver Liam Doran wins the first Supercar race of the weekend, but he forgets to take the joker lap and incurs a 30 second penalty.

Sat 13:10 Valencia - GP3: Just a couple of minutes separate Conor Daly from his first GP3 pole. Will his 1m22.329s be bettered on this restart?

Sat 13:11 DTM - Lausitz: Three minutes left of Q2 and it's an all-Mercedes top three. In the drop zone are Tambay, Albuquerque, Wehrlein, Glock, Juncadella, and, of course, the sidelined Molina.

Sat 13:14 Valencia - GP3: Pole for Conor Daly, his first in GP3. A few people came close to improving their times in the frantic final lap, but the order remained: Daly, Kvyat, Yelloly, Regalia, Vainio, Korjus, Ellinas and Zamparelli.

Sat 13:17 DTM - Lausitz: Q2 ends in dramatic style with an all-Mercedes top three topped by Paffett.

At the other end, Wehrlein looked to have done enough to make Q3 with the ninth best time just as the chequered flag went out. He hadn't bargained on flyers from Tambay and Merhi (for P3) knocking him back down to 11th.

Sat 13:18 DTM - Lausitz: Eliminated in Q2 are: 11 Wehrlein; 12 Werner; 13 Albuquerque; 14 Glock: 15 Juncadella; 16 Molina.

Carlos Sainz JrSat 13:19 GP3 - Valencia: News from the stewards' room is... there is no news! Carlos Sainz Jr was the only driver to have a time deleted for going over the track limits at Turn 1 during that session, but he recovered to set a better time anyway and will start ninth.

Sat 13:25 Euro RX - Hell: Norwegian drivers Andreas Bakkerud and Petter Solberg both win their heat one races in commanding style at Hell in Norway, and head the table after the first set of heats, ahead of another Norwegian, Alexander Hvaal.

Current standings: 1 Solberg, 2 Bakkerud, 3 Hvaal, 4 Timerzyanov, 5 Hedstrom, 6 Rustad.

Sat 13:26 DTM - Lausitz: Q3 has just started and that means 10 drivers are in with a shout of making the four-car, single-lap Q4 shoot-out. Paffett is first to blink and is already quicker than he managed in Q2.

Sat 13:29 MotoGP - Barcelona: Halfway through Moto2 qualifying and Pol Espargaro is 0.666s clear of Pons team-mate Tito Rabat on provisional pole, with Takaaki Nakagami next up.

Championship leader Scott Redding is fifth behind Alex de Angelis, who had a fall early on.

Tom Luthi was quickest in practice, showing his strongest form since his winter arm injury, but is currently only eighth in qualifying.

Sat 13:31 DTM - Lausitz: Halfway through Q3 and it's looking like three Mercedes and one Audi heading into Q4 - a turn up for the books by the form shown so far this season. Spengler is sixth, but don't be surprised to see him sneak into Q4, as he usually does.

Sat 13:37 DTM - Lausitz: Great Q3 for Mercedes. Paffett fastest as he and Mercedes team-mates Wickens and Vietoris make Q4 with Green's Audi.

Eliminated are: 5 Spengler; 6 Rockenfeller; 7 Tambay; 8 Mortara; 9 Merhi; 10 Farfus.

Farfus, of course, drops five places due to his grid penalty, so that means Wehrlein starts 10th and the Brazilian goes back to 15th.

Sat 13:45 DTM - Lausitz: Seventh represents Tambay's best grid spot since Valencia last year, so a good result from the Frenchman. Q4 is now underway with Green the first man out.

Sat 13:46 MotoGP - Barcelona: After a long period of no improvements, Moto2 qualifying has ramped up going into the closing minutes.

Championship leader Scott Redding jumps to second, but Pol Espargaro is still 0.6s clear.

Sat 13:47 GP3 - Valencia: Conor Daly reports that he "crossed his fingers as hard as possible" as he sat and watched his rivals shoot at his pole position time at the end of qualifying. He was unhappy to be blocked on the run on his second set of tyres, and elected to take a third set, and of his pole lap said: "I bolted those suckers on and went for it!"

Pol EspargaroSat 13:54 MotoGP - Barcelona: Pol Espargaro claims Moto2 pole by 0.6s over championship leader Scott Redding.

Espargaro's Pons team-mate Tito Rabat comes close to grabbing second back from Redding with his final lap but falls short.

Moto2 qualifying results: 1 Espargaro; 2 Redding; 3 Rabat; 4 Nakagami; 5 de Angelis; 6 Zarco; 7 Torres; 8 Krummenacher; 9 Cortese; 10 Luthi.

That's Moto3 champion Cortese's first top-10 start in Moto2.

Sat 14:00 DTM - Lausitz: Pole for Christian Vietoris, for the first time in his DTM career. Paffett failed by 0.2s to overhaul his German Mercedes team-mate. Green and Wickens start third and fourth.

Sat 14:09 GP3 - Valencia: AUTOSPORT just bumped into Marussia F1 team boss John Booth who's popped in to see his Manor GP3 team in action. His championship-leading charge Tio Ellinas blamed traffic and outbraking himself at Turn 8 for his seventh on the grid, reckoning he could have been in the top three or four at least.

Sat 14:16 DTM - Lausitz: Great exchange in the post-qualifying press conference between interviewer Peter Reichert, Jamie Green and Gary Paffett.

Q: Jamie Green, you've had lots of strong races for Mercedes. How does it feel to be in the top three for Audi?

Gary Paffett: "We do train the best drivers at Mercedes, don't we?"

Jamie Green: "Thanks Gary."

Sat 14:27
DTM - Lausitz: Look what's on track now. This is called the Kia Lotos Cup, for little Picantos, all of which are driven by Polish guys. They look good fun, albeit very slow when you stick some of the DTM's wide-angle cameras on them.

Sat 14:50 A quick round-up of all the qualifying news from the sessions that took place over lunchtime.

Dani Pedrosa set a record pace as he beat Jorge Lorenzo and Cal Crutchlow to Catalunya Grand Prix pole in MotoGP.

MotoGP Barcelona qualifying report

Christian Vietoris ended Mercedes' miserable DTM qualifying run as he took his first career pole at Lausitz.

DTM Lausitz qualifying report

Conor Daly topped qualifying for GP3's sole standalone event of the year at Valencia

GP3 Valencia qualifying report

Sat 14:53 Euro RX - Hell: Petter Solberg again fastest in heat two, ahead of Liam Doran.

Andreas Bakkerud is having a great home event, fourth in heat two puts him second after two heats.

Former circuit racing star Tommy Rustad drove a brilliant last lap of his race in heat two with collapsed right front suspension. He still managed to finish second in the race.

After two heats: 1 Solberg; 2 Bakkerud; 3 Timerzyanov; 4 Marklund; 5 Rustad; 6 Jeanney.

Kurt BuschSat 15:01 NASCAR - Michigan: Kurt Busch continued his strong recent form with the fastest time for Furniture Row in Saturday morning practice.

Polesitter Carl Edwards and championship leader Jimmie Johnson were next up.

Another practice session takes place between Nationwide qualifying and race later today.

Sat 15:03 Race Centre Live will continue rolling through the afternoon with news snippets from the international motorsport paddocks, before full coverage resumes from 6pm GMT/7pm BST with the action from the Indy Lights curtain-raiser and IndyCar race at Milwaukee.

Sat 15:16 Euro RX - Hell: Full report from day one, as Petter Solberg hits peak rallycross form in time for his home event.

Sat 15:22 WRC - Sardinia: The next round of the World Rally Championship is a week away, but here's a pre-rally tweet from Mikko Hirvonen:

"F......ng H..... It is sooooooooo warm in Sardinia. This one is going to be the hottest of the year. Well, cold beer will fix that :-)"

Sat 15:48 IndyCar - Milwaukee: In Milwaukee, the IndyCar paddock has woken up to a wet track after early morning rain, and further sprinkles are forecast throughout the afternoon.

Sat 15:50 GP3 - Valencia: Post-qualifying 10-place grid penalty for Patrick Kujala, who overtook team-mate Aaro Vainio under a red flag. He qualified 19th, so will start last.

But our jungle drums are also beating about some technical infringements - we're just waiting to have it clarified who and what exactly. We're hearing it will affect the top 10 for tomorrow's first race...

Sat 15:50 NASCAR - Michigan: Austin Dillon has taken a record fourth consecutive pole in Nationwide Series qualifying, and set a track record pace for the series too.

It's a good weekend for Dillon so far - he qualified seventh for his latest Sprint Cup outing with Richard Childress Racing yesterday.

Nationwide qualifying results: 1 A Dillon; 2 Menard; 3 Scott; 4 Bayne; 5 Bowman; 6 Sweet; 7 Allgaier; 8 C Buescher; 9 Vickers; 10 Logano.

Sat 16:10 DTM-Lausitz: Turns out waiting our turn to talk to front-row starter Gary Paffett paid off for AUTOSPORT as instead we were treated to a superb Porsche Carrera Cup Germany race while we waited.

Attempto team-mates Kevin Estre and Nicki Thiim battled all race long with Thiim passing the Frenchman with a lap and a bit to go to take the win.

Sat 16:11 DTM - Lausitz: More significantly, one of the cars dumped a lot of oil down at Turn 1, which is still being cleared up. The result is a sizeable delay to the start time of the second German F3 race, which was due to be underway by now.

Sat 16:20 DTM - Lausitz: Whatever broke Martin Tomczyk's splitter in qualifying also put a hole in his radiator. This, according to the German, was the real reason parked his car before the end of Q1.

Sat 16:23 DTM - Lausitz: Whenever we do get underway with the second German F3 race, it will be Sebastian Balthasar (remember we mentioned him earlier?) on pole on the reversed grid. Race one winner Emil Bernstorff starts eighth, behind team-mates Marvin Kirchofer and Artem Markelov.

Sat 16:58 GP3 - Valencia: As predicted earlier, there are a couple of big changes for the race one starting grid after post-qualifying scrutineering checks: third-placed qualifier Nick Yelloly and 13th-placed Lewis Williamson have been banished to the back of the grid for technical infringements.

Yelloly's Carlin car didn't meet with specified dimensions, while Williamson's Bamboo machine didn't have the high roll back caliper seals.

Sat 17:46 DTM - Lausitz: The second German F3 race was won by American Gustavo Menezes of Van Amersfoort Racing. Thomas Jager was second while points leader Marvin Kirchofer passed Lotus (Motopark) team-mate Artem Markelov for third on the finish line. Brit Emil Bernstorff was sixth, passing Matteo Cairoli late on.

Timo GlockSat 17:53 DTM - Lausitz: Quick bit of news regarding Timo Glock. He has been given a three-place penalty on tomorrow's grid for impeding Daniel Juncadella while he left the pits during qualifying earlier on.

He drops from 14th to 17th, elevating Timo Scheider a spot to 16th. Juncadella and Miguel Molina both gain two spots and move up to 13th and 14th on the grid because they also benefit from the five-place penalty to Augusto Farfus, who starts 15th.

Sat 18:05 IndyCar - Milwaukee: Grid penalties have been announced for Graham Rahal and Dario Franchitti for today's race, both due to engine changes. To be honest, neither of them qualified that well anyway, so it won't make much of a difference.

Sat 18:11 IndyCar - Milwaukee: The IndyCar start is still a couple of hours away, and in the meantime we're 20 laps into the 100 lap Indy Lights race. Right now, Zach Veach leads by 5.0s and is already lapping backmarkers, and the rest of the field is strung out. Hold onto your seats, etc.

Sat 18:22 IndyCar - Milwaukee: It's been a very tough season for Indy Lights, with only eight entries this weekend and the planned new technical package postponed.

Earlier this year AUTOSPORT's US editor Mark Glendenning got the inside story from series chief Tony George Jr.

Interview: Tony George Jr on Indy Lights' future

Sat 18:24 IndyCar - Milwaukee: Halfway into the Lights race now and Zach Veach still leads, although Sage Karam has closed the gap down. Veach lost a lot of time trying to clear lapped traffic, and it's possible that he's also killed his tyres. Carlos Munoz in third is also within sight of the lead group, but nobody else is in the same postcode.

Sat 18:27 IndyCar - Milwaukee: Lead change! Sage Karam goes around Zach Veach in Turn 2 to take the lead, and is already pulling away.

Sat 18:33 IndyCar - Milwaukee: Thirty laps to go. Karam's lead is growing, and Munoz has passed Veach for second and also opened a buffer. Only five of the eight cars are still on the lead lap.

Sat 18:41 IndyCar - Milwaukee: Seven laps remaining, and the top three now have the lead lap all to themselves.

Sat 18:44 IndyCar - Milwaukee: Potentially interesting development! Peter Dempsey has a big spin and is lucky to only lightly brush the wall, and we're under yellows with five laps left. That leaves Munoz with a chance to attack Karam at the restart ... but we've just gone green and nothing happened. Typical.

Sat 18:45 IndyCar - Milwaukee: Chequered flag for the Lights race; Karam, Munoz and Veach are the top three. We've had some good Lights races so far this year, but thank heavens that one's over.

Sage KaramSat 19:00 IndyCar - Milwaukee: Here's the full story of how Sage Karam took his first Lights win:

Milwaukee Indy Lights race report

Sat 19:52 DTM - Lausitz: Who knew nineties band M People would still be popular in East Germany nearly 20 years on? The band playing 'Don't Look Any Further' in Dekra hospitality tonight certainly seemed to be enjoying it.

Sat 19:57 Bit of Superstars news for Saturday evening: Nicola Larini will team up with old friend Fabrizio Giovanardi in the Petri Porsche squad at Zolder.

Sat 20:35 IndyCar - Milwaukee: Drivers have just received the order to start engines here in Milwaukee.

Sat 20:39 IndyCar - Milwaukee: Present at Milwaukee this weekend is recent free agent JR Hildebrand. You'll have to wait for next week's AUTOSPORT to find out more about what he's up to though, because we're about to have the green flag ...

Sat 20:41 IndyCar - Milwaukee: And here we go. It's a clean start, Marco Andretti holds his lead ahead of Ryan Hunter-Reay, and Will Power and James Hinchcliffe are arguing over third.

Sat 20:49 IndyCar - Milwaukee: The first caution of the day comes courtesy of Simona de Silvestro, who has spun up into the wall in Turn 4. The pits are open and a lot of cars are taking advantage of it, but the leaders have stayed out.

Sat 20:55 IndyCar - Milwaukee: Shortest restart ever. The leaders got across the line, but further back Alex Tagliani spun going into Turn 4 and brought the yellows back out again. He was right in the middle of the track, and fortunate not to be hit by anyone. Graham Rahal tagged the rear of team-mate James Jakes while trying to avoid the spinning BHA car, and has had to pit for a new nose.

Sat 20:56 IndyCar - Milwaukee: Restart. This time, everyone kept it clean.

Regan SmithSat 20:58 NASCAR - Michigan: Nationwide points leader Regan Smith has extended his advantage to 48 points by holding off Kyle Larson to win at Michigan.

Smith's cause was helped by main title rival Sam Hornish Jr's car picking up damage from debris (so those debris cautions aren't always just phantom excitement-builders...)

Nationwide results: 1 Smith; 2 Larson; 3 Menard; 4 Kyle Busch; 5 Bayne; 6 Sweet; 7 C Buescher; 8 Sadler; 9 Piquet; 10 Scott.

Sat 21:01 NASCAR - Michigan: Shortly before the Nationwide race began, the Sprint Cup drivers had their final practice session, and in a repeat of morning practice, it was Kurt Busch setting the pace.

Could this be the weekend when the Furniture Row man finally turns his recent pace into a big result?

Final practice results: 1 Kurt Busch; 2 Kahne; 3 Martin; 4 Johnson; 5 Edwards; 6 Kenseth; 7 Menard; 8 Kyle Busch; 9 Biffle; 10 Keselowski.

Sat 21:08 IndyCar - Milwaukee: Sebastien Bourdais has made an unscheduled stop, and then ran over his own airhose after the team thoughtfully left it right in front of his car. Consequently, he's just been issued a drive-through penalty. This would be a good time to tune into his in-car radio if you want to learn to swear in French.

Sat 21:09 IndyCar - Milwaukee: New race leader: Ryan Hunter-Reay goes past Marco Andretti.

Sat 21:13 IndyCar - Milwaukee: The leaders have started to pit under greens, and Sato - who stopped under yellows earlier - now leads. Marco Andretti had a slow stop, and has lost at least seven positions.

Sat 21:17 IndyCar - Milwaukee: Current top five are Sato, Castroneves, Wilson, Newgarden and Franchitti, all of whom elected to pit under yellows just over 50 laps ago. Sixth, and first of the 'on-sequence' cars: EJ Viso.

Sat 21:22 IndyCar - Milwaukee: The lead group stop, and EJ Viso cycles into the lead, 2.0s ahead of Ryan Hunter-Reay. Sato has managed to rejoin in third.

Sat 21:23 IndyCar - Milwaukee: Marco Andretti led every session yesterday, but his luck has run out: the Andretti car has come to a stop on the track.

Sat 21:26 IndyCar - Milwaukee: While crews work to rescue Andretti's car, many of the lead pack have taken advantage of the yellows to stop. Sato now leads again, and Hunter-Reay has leapfrogged Viso. We're at lap 101 of 250.

Sat 21:30 IndyCar - Milwaukee: Back underway.

Sat 21:32 IndyCar - Milwaukee: Marco Andretti:

"Nothing worked in the car. The clutch didn't work, the gears didn't work, the dash went off, so it was obviously electrical."

Sat 21:35 IndyCar - Milwaukee: We're almost at the halfway point, and the current top five are Sato, Castroneves, Hunter-Reay, Viso and Hinchcliffe. Bear in mind that Sato and Castroneves have about 10 laps less fuel on board than the cars behind them.

Sat 21:41 IndyCar - Milwaukee: Marco Andretti is getting back into his car and preparing to rejoin the race in the hope of salvaging some points. He was second in the standings coming into this weekend.

Sat 21:50 IndyCar - Milwaukee: Nice save from Ed Carpenter, who wanders a bit high, loses the rear, and manages to catch it again.

Meanwhile, Sato and Castroneves have just pitted under greens, and Hunter-Reay moves back into the lead.

Sat 21:53 IndyCar - Milwaukee: Castroneves came out of those stops ahead of Sato, only to get momentarily bogged down behind Ana Beatriz and allow Sato to sneak past him. They've rejoined sixth and seventh.

Sat 21:57 IndyCar - Milwaukee: The top five have all pitted over the last few laps, and Sato leads again. Current order: Sato, Castroneves, Hunter-Reay, Viso, Hinchcliffe. There are 78 laps left to run.

Sat 22:04 IndyCar - Milwaukee: Heart-in-mouth moment for Sato, who wandered up high, lost the rear, and did an extraordinary job to catch the car before it looped into a full spin. Even more remarkably he managed to retain the lead, although Castroneves is very much back in play now.

Sat 22:07 IndyCar - Milwaukee: Hunter-Reay passes Castroneves for second, and immediately closes up onto Sato's rear wing ...

Sat 22:08 IndyCar - Milwaukee: ... and he passes him to take the lead. Sato is now under pressure from Castroneves, and responds by pitting for a less-thrashed set of Firestones.

Sat 22:13 IndyCar - Milwaukee: Beatriz has clipped the wall, and the yellows are out.

Sat 22:16 IndyCar - Milwaukee: As you'd expect, the yellows prompted a pitting frenzy amongst the leaders. Hunter-Reay has rejoined in the lead ahead of Castroneves, Power, Viso and Dixon. Sato is currently in P7.

Sat 22:20 IndyCar - Milwaukee: Here we go again. Great restart by Hunter-Reay, who has already build a small gap over Castroneves. There are 28 laps to go.

Sat 22:22 IndyCar - Milwaukee: Hunter-Reay was 3mph faster than Castroneves on that last lap. The gap is now 2.6s.

Sat 22:28 IndyCar - Milwaukee: Hunter-Reay has 'backed off' now. It's using the term in a loose sense, as in this case it means that he's now just lapping at the same speed as everyone else. He leads by 4.3s with 10 laps left.

The battle for second is far from over though, as Power has cut Castroneves's gap down to 0.3s.

Sat 22:29 IndyCar - Milwaukee: If Hunter-Reay can hold on, he'll become the first back-to-back winner at Milwaukee since Tony Kanaan in 2006 and 2007.

Sat 22:34 IndyCar - Milwaukee: Ryan Hunter-Reay crosses the line, punches the air, and pulls a couple of celebratory burn-outs. He joins James Hinchcliffe as the only multiple race-winners so far this year.

Castroneves held Power off for second, with Viso and Hinchcliffe completing the top five. First Honda-powered driver was Scott Dixon in sixth. Takuma Sato was seventh, although he earned a point for most laps led.

Sun 07:28 Good morning and welcome to AUTOSPORT's Race Centre Live coverage for Sunday June 16.

Highlights today include MotoGP from Barcelona, DTM at Lausitz and GP3 at Valencia, where that series is enjoying the rare treat of having a standalone event rather than being part of the Formula 1 support bill.

Here's a full list of today's action. Remember, all times are GMT (as is our clock on the left hand side of this page), which is one hour behind BST in the UK:

7:40: MotoGP Barcelona warm-up
9:00: GP3 Valencia race one
9:00: Moto3 Barcelona race
10:20: Moto2 Barcelona race
11:30: DTM Lausitz race
12:00: MotoGP Barcelona race
13:00: Valencia GP3 race two
17:00: NASCAR Sprint Cup Michigan race
All day: Euro RX Hell updates

Carlin tribute nose, GP3Sun 07:38 GP3 - Valencia: It's a sunny start (again) in Spain as the GP3 field gets set for its standalone raceday. In a nice touch, Eric Lichtenstein has asked to have a 'black armband' put on his Carlin machine to honour the passing of Jose Froilan Gonzalez. Team boss Trevor Carlin is not only too happy to oblige, he's making it himself! What a top bloke.

Sun 07:46 While we wait for today to fire into life, here's what happened yesterday:

Home favourite Petter Solberg was in charge after day one of the Norweigan leg of the European Rallycross Championship.

Euro RX day one report

Record-setting Dani Pedrosa took a dominant pole position for the MotoGP race at Barcelona.

MotoGP qualifying report

Christian Vietoris took his maiden DTM pole position at Lausitz.

DTM qualifying report

Conor Daly will start the first GP3 race in Valencia from pole.

Full GP3 qualifying report

Sun 07:49 MotoGP - Barcelona: The MotoGP riders are out for the warm-up session. Jorge Lorenzo and Cal Crutchlow head poleman Dani Pedrosa with just over 10 minutes to go in the session.

Sun 07:51 MotoGP - Barcelona: ...Although Lorenzo's time of 1m42.328s is some 1.5s slower than Pedrosa's record qualifying effort.

Sun 07:54 V8 Supercars - Hidden Valley: We've already seen two V8 Supercar races today. Mark Winterbottom claimed his first win in the series since May last year in the second race but was denied by Craig Lowndes in the third. That one needed a full restart after a hefty shunt on the opening lap, which wiped out seven cars.

Hidden Valley race two report

Hidden Valley race three report

Sun 07:57 MotoGP - Barcelona: Randy de Puniet highsides at Turn 4, shortly after Lukas Pesek had a heavy fall at Turn 7. Both riders are fine. Meanwhile, Cal Crutchlow has gone fastest with a 1m42.270s lap.

Sun 08:03 GP3 - Valencia: Team boss Trevor Carlin has voiced how "gutted" he is about Nick Yelloly's grid penalty for today's first GP3 race, but accepted the ruling. He believes Yelloly would have had the pace to win today.

Sun 08:07 MotoGP - Barcelona: Crutchlow's effort was good enough for him to top the session - by one-thousandth of a second from Lorenzo. Interestingly, they both put in several times below lap record pace.

Warm-up results: 1 Crutchlow; 2 Lorenzo; 3 Valentino Rossi; 4 Pedrosa; 5 Nicky Hayden; 6 Alvaro Bautista; 7 Andrea Dovizioso; 8 Marc Marquez; 9 Stefan Bradl; 10 Andrea Iannone.

Sun 08:24 DTM-Lausitz: AUTOSPORT has braved a quite awful queue to get in to Lausitz this morning and is now in place, ready for what (hopefully) will be an exciting race, which starts at 12:30 UK time today (11:30 GMT).

Christian Vietoris starts from pole for the first time in the DTM and the first time in anything since a GP2 race at Spa in 2011. A potentially good omen for the German is that he won that race ahead of F1 drivers Romain Grosjean and Jules Bianchi...

How Vietoris took his maiden pole

Petter SolbergSun 08:36 Euro RX - Hell: Free Practice has finished on Sunday morning. Petter Solberg (pictured) was unofficially fastest. Mats Lysen missed the session with oil pressure issues.

Sun 08:54 GP3 - Valencia: Cars are heading to the grid for race one at Circuit Ricardo Tormo, perhaps the only track in the world to have it's name spelt in massive letters by shrubbery. Conor Daly starts from pole, with Daniil Kvyat alongside.

Sun 08:56 Moto3 - Barcelona: The grandstands are starting to fill as the bikes are making their way to the dummy grid. It's an all-Spanish front row but points leader Maverick Vinales lines up fifth.

Sun 08:58 IndyCar - Milwaukee: Another nod to yesterday's action before today sparks into life: defending IndyCar champion Ryan Hunter-Reay's Milwaukee Mile win moved him to second in the points.

At the same place Hunter-Reay kickstarted his 2012 title charge, the Andretti driver closed Helio Castroneves' points lead to 16.

IndyCar standings after nine of 19 rounds:

1 Helio Castroneves 299
2 Ryan Hunter-Reay 283
3 Marco Andretti 249
4 Takuma Sato 223
5 Scott Dixon 221
6 Tony Kanaan 215

Full season statistics on FORIX

Sun 09:03 Moto3 - Barcelona: Following a frantic first lap Alex Rins leads, but it's hard to see it staying that way.

Sun 09:07 Moto3 – Barcelona: A group of seven riders have established a break of over a second from the pack. Only one of them isn't Spanish - Australian Jack Miller.

Sun 09:08 GP3 - Valencia: Conor Daly aced the start and leads race one but ART team-mate Facu Regalia is keeping him very honest in the early going. Daniil Kvyat threw away second place on the opening lap when he ran wide at Turn 4. He's dropped to fourth behind Kevin Korjus.

Sun 09:11 Moto3 – Barcelona: The magnificent seven are: Rins, Alex Marquez, Vinales, Efren Vazquez, Luis Salom, Miguel Oliviera and Miller, who's just drifting off the back of the Spanish sextet.

Sun 09:13 GP3 - Valencia: Regalia continues to hound leader Daly, regularly just 0.3-0.4s between them every lap. Battles behind are developing between third-placed Kevin Korjus and Daniil Kvyat, and Carlos Sainz and Tio Ellinas over fifth.

Sun 09:18 GP3 - Valencia: Fascinating battle developing for eighth, the coveted race two reversed-grid pole position spot, between Dino Zamaparelli and Robert Visoiu. At the front, Daly has a 0.988s lead, the biggest it's been in the whole race so far.

Sun 09:19 Moto3 – Barcelona: A group of four - Rins, Vinales, Marquez and Salom - have just opened up a gap on the other three. It's still anyone's guess who will win.

Sun 09:20 GP3 - Valencia: We've just hit lap 10, the point at which the Pirelli tyres should begin to feel the heat of this intense Spanish sun. Laptimes are currently 2s off the fastest, set by Sainz on lap five.

Sun 09:22 GP3 - Valencia: Regalia's bid for victory appears to be wilting with his tyres. He's 1.3s back now, lapping three-tenths off leader Daly.

Sun 09:23 Moto3 – Barcelona: Vazquez has almost breached the gap to make it a lead five. Rins' 0.2s lead is about the biggest we've had so far.

Sun 09:25 Moto3 – Barcelona: We're into the second half of the race. Salom has taken the lead, followed by Vinales, Marquez, Rins and Vazquez.

Sun 09:26 GP3 - Valencia: An overtaking move! Well, a change of position at least. Visoiu has passed Zamaparelli for eighth, and reversed-grid pole for race two. Ole! With three laps to go, there's no apparent big drop-off with the tyres.

Petter SolbergSun 09:27 Euro RX - Hell: Petter Solberg and Liam Doran had a big battle in last race of heat three, before Solberg's front left suspension then broke. He dragged the car to the finish, and here it is being worked on by his crew.

Sun 09:29 GP3 - Valencia: Victory for Conor Daly, the American keeping his ART team-mate Facu Regalia at bay for the 18 laps. Kevin Korjus finishes third, ahead of Daniil Kvyat, who'll be kicking himself for that first-lap error, and Carlos Sainz Jr.

Race one results: 1 Daly; 2 Regalia; 3 Korjus; 4 Kyvat; 5 Sainz Jr; 6 Tio Ellinas; 7 Aaro Vainio; 8 Robert Visoiu; 9 Dino Zamparelli; 10 Jack Harvey.

Sun 09:33 Moto3 – Barcelona: Worth mentioning the 10-bike battle for eighth - too many riders to name though! Six laps to go and Vinales leads for what it's worth at the moment.

Sun 09:33 GP3 - Valencia: Conor Daly, you might have won but you're in trouble. Stewards report that 'car number 1 under investigation - driving the wrong direction after the chequered flag'. Looks like they didn't appreciate his slow-down lap celebrations...

Sun 09:34 DTM - Lausitz: Nicki Thiim - son of ex-DTM champ Kurt - makes it a double win in the Porsche Carrera Cup, beating Sean Edwards and Jeffrey Schmidt. Thiim is now right back in the title hunt after his Attempto team-mate - and championship leader - Kevin Estre collided with Jaap van Lagen on the first lap and put both out.

Sun 09:35 Moto3 – Barcelona: Salom has a lead of almost 0.5s which is huge by the standards of this race. Can he make the break stick?

Sun 09:37 Moto3 – Barcelona: Salom has turned up the heat. Marquez and Vazquez are struggling to make the pace and it's a lead trio now.

Sun 09:39 DTM - Lausitz: AUTOSPORT has just been handed a new grid sheet for today's race. Marco Wittmann, Joey Hand, Andy Priaulx and Martin Tomczyk have all been given 10-place grid penalties because their cars have been taken out of Parc Ferme.

Tactically that's a sound move by BMW. They occupied the final four places on the grid anyway, so actually retain their starting spots, despite the penalties.

With Parc Ferme rules not applying to those cars, major set-up changes will now be allowed.

Sun 09:40 Moto3 – Barcelona: It's the last lap and we're going to have a Spanish winner, that's for sure. But will it be Salom, Rins or Vinales?

Sun 09:42 Moto3 – Barcelona: Salom fends off Rins to take a great win. Vinales keeps up his 100 per cent podium record in third.

Results: 1 Salom; 2 Rins; 3 Vinales; 4 Marquez; 5 Vazquez; 6 Oliveira; 7 Miller; 8 Alexis Masbou; 9 Zulfahmi Khairuddin; 10 Arthur Sissis.

Sun 09:55 DTM - Lausitz: Tyre selection for the start of the race is as follows...

Vietoris, Paffett, Green, Spengler, Wehrlein, Molina, Wittmann and Priaulx start on the softer option Hankook rubber.

The remaining 14 drivers - including fourth-placed starter Wickens - start on the standard tyres, probably aiming to switch when the pit window opens and run long during the middle part of the race. Expect long first stints from the front three.

Sun 10:01 GP3 - Valencia: Conor Daly was in good form in the press conference after his victory. When AUTOSPORT asked about his celebratory donuts, and whether he was looking forward to his trip to the race stewards, he replied: "I don't know what you saw... I don't think there's any problem is there? I was investigating Turn 1 a little, that's all... I was happy!" As we walked in, he was overheard telling team-mate Facu Regalia that he was going to blame it on his culture!

Sun 10:14 GP3 - Valencia: You can understand Daly's delight. It was a good win for the young American, and you can read exactly how he did it right here:

GP3 Valencia race one report

Sun 10:19 Moto2 – Barcelona: It's formation lap time in Moto2. Pol Espargaro is on pole, but Scott Redding was fastest in the warm-up this morning and starts second.

Sun 10:24 Moto2 – Barcelona: A fantastic opening lap for Espargaro who leads from Esteve Rabat. Redding drops to fourth after running wide at Turn 1.

Sun 10:26 Moto2 – Barcelona: Redding sets the fastest lap as he works his way into third. He'd dropped as low as seventh through the first corner.

Sun 10:33 Moto2 – Barcelona: There's a clear top four now. Espargaro has a small lead from Rabat, Thomas Luthi - who made a great start - and Redding.

Sun 10:44 Moto2 – Barcelona: Redding is dropping back from the leaders, who are still Espargaro, Rabat and Luthi and separated by less than a second.

Sun 10:46 Moto2 – Barcelona: Luthi is struggling to keep pace now. This one seems to be a head-to-head between Espargaro and Rabat.

Sun 10:53 Moto2 – Barcelona: Rabat hit the front a few laps ago and upped the pace considerably. The Pons team-mates are now over two seconds clear of Luthi, who's three ahead of Redding.

Sun 10:58 Moto2 – Barcelona: Having retaken the lead, Espargaro tried to break Rabat's resolve but there's still just 0.4s between them with 3 laps to go.

GP3, Valencia media centreSun 10:59 GP3 - Valencia: Apart from Adderly Fong clattering into David Fumanelli on the opening lap of race one, the biggest shunt at Valencia concerns this doorhandle from the press office to the viewing balcony! Press officer Pablo Pernia clearly doesn't know his own strength, as he was responsible for it when he was locking up last night...

Sun 11:01 Moto2 – Barcelona: It's the last lap and all to play for between Espargaro and Rabat for the win - there's just 0.055s between them. Luthi is over 6 seconds behind now as the Pons riders really turned up the wick.

Sun 11:04 Moto2 – Barcelona: Espargaro does it - just! There's only 0.081s between him and Rabat. A first podium of 2013 is a great result for Luthi in third.

Results: 1 Espargaro; 2 Rabat; 3 Luthi; 4 Redding; 5 Nakagami; 6 Krummenacher; 7 Zarco; 8 Aegerter; 9 Kallio; 10 Corsi.

Sun 11:04 GP3 - Valencia: Conor Daly has been reprimanded for his post-race donuts, so he can have his lunch (he's currently in a very long queue) safe in the knowledge his win will stand. We're also expecting a grid penalty for Fong's opening lap assault on Fumanelli - just waiting on confirmation.

Sun 11:05 Moto2 – Barcelona: Redding was a distant fourth, but with Nicolas Terol - second in points going into the race - finishing 16th and out of the points, it won't hit his championship charge too hard.

Sun 11:11 DTM - Lausitz: Splitting the end of the Moto2 race and the beginning of MotoGP is the start of the DTM race. The top two in the championship - Bruno Spengler and Mike Rockenfeller - line up side-by-side on row three. Spengler starts on the soft tyre but Rocky is on the standard Hankooks.

On the front row, Christian Vietoris and Gary Paffett will hope to convert their strong qualifying into an equally strong, championship-kickstarting result.

Sun 11:18 V8 Supercars - Hidden Valley: Before the DTM race roars into life, a quick look at the V8 Supercars points. Jamie Whincup may have been smacked with a drive-through penalty in race three at Hidden Valley, finishing 19th while his teammate - and nearest rival - Craig Lowndes went on to win, but he's actually extended his championship lead after this weekend's trio of races.

That's largely down to his race one win, in which third placed Will Davison retired - leaving him almost 300 points back. Race two winner Mark Winterbottom has jumped to seventh.

V8 Supercars standings after 19 of 33 rounds:

1 Jamie Whincup 1423
2 Craig Lowndes 1264
3 Will Davison 1148
4 Shane van Gisbergen 1127
5 Fabian Coulthard 1108
6 Jason Bright 1101

Full season statistics on FORIX

Sun 11:29 DTM - Lausitz: The grid is being cleared with the race due to start in just a few moments. Today is a golden chance for Mercedes duo Christian Vietoris and Gary Paffett - 28 and 31 points behind Bruno Spengler in the championship - to kick-start their title campaigns. There are 25 points for a win and the pair are on the front row while Spengler starts fifth in his BMW.

Sun 11:37 DTM - Lausitz: A frantic start as Paffett launches off the line to grab the lead from Vietoris into the first corner. Further back Werner is spun around as a gaggle of BMWs squabbled over the same bit of track. Glock and Farfus - who looked to be the man that spun Werner - have lost out while Priaulx and Wittmann have each gained at least five spots.

Sun 11:39 DTM - Lausitz: End of first lap: 1 Paffett; 2 Vietoris; 3 Green; 4 Spengler; 5 Wickens; 6 Rockenfeller; 7 Tambay; 8 Merhi; 9 Mortara; 10 Albuquerque.

Sun 11:41 DTM - Lausitz: Some great early moves from Wehrlein. He has got by Scheider, Albuquerque and Mortara in separate moves on laps two and three to move into ninth.

Sun 11:48 DTM - Lausitz: All the drivers that started on standard tyres have now stopped within the first seven laps. An interesting move as Ekstrom and Scheider make their second stops on lap nine. They've both now used the standard and option tyres, so could conceivably run to the finish now.

Priaulx, meanwhile, has had a drive-through penalty for jumping the start.

Sun 11:51 Lausitz - DTM: Martin Tomczyk's season goes from bad to worse, he's just spun after hitting RMG BMW team-mate Andy Priaulx.

Sun 11:57 DTM - Lausitz: We doubt the 'start on options and run long' strategy of Wittmann will work. He's lapping in sixth in the mid-1m20s while Wickens and Rockenfeller - both of whom have stopped - are in the low 1m19s and are the fastest two drivers on the track.

Fractionally slower are Mercedes drivers Merhi and Juncadella, both of whom have just moved up the order to 10th and 12th with neat Turn 1 moves on, respectively, Tambay and Mortara.

Sun 11:59 MotoGP – Barcelona: It's getting close to race time. Can anyone stop it being a Spanish hat-trick? Cal Crutchlow seems the man most likely after heading the warm-up times, but a Pedrosa/Lorenzo duel is surely on the cards.

Sun 12:00 DTM - Lausitz: Order after 20 laps: 1 Paffett; 2 Vietoris, +2.7s; 3 Greenl 4 Spengler; 5 Wehrlein; 6 Wickens; 7 Rockenfeller; 8 Molina; 9 Merhi; 10 Tambay.

Sun 12:02 MotoGP – Barcelona: Lorenzo springs off the line to take an early lead, while an excellent getaway for Marc Marquez moves him into third.

Sun 12:03 MotoGP – Barcelona: Big shame for Alvaro Bautista who crashes out after qualifying a superb fourth. He walks away in frustration.

Sun 12:06 MotoGP – Barcelona: Two laps in and Lorenzo leads Pedrosa by 0.4s. Marquez is third just ahead of Crutchlow and Rossi. Then there's a gap to Bradl and the rest.

Sun 12:08 DTM - Lausitz: Looks like the strategy of starting on standards is working for Wickens and Rockenfeller. Paffett, Vietoris, Green and Spengler have all stopped in the last few moments and only the leader is now ahead of the Audi driver.

Rockenfeller, who passed Wickens at Turn 1 just as Green was exiting the pitlane, is now right on Paffett's tail. That's a net gain of five places for the Phoenix man, who might just be in a position to retake the championship lead from Spengler at this rate.

Sun 12:11 MotoGP – Barcelona: The top five - Lorenzo, Pedrosa, Marquez, Crutchlow, Rossi - are covered by 1.9s. Bradl and Hayden are fighting over sixth, 5s back.

Sun 12:12 MotoGP – Barcelona: Crutchlow is out! He loses the front end and slides into the gravel. Hayden suffers an almost identical fate and drops out of sixth.

Sun 12:14 MotoGP – Barcelona: The top three have dropped Rossi. There's just 0.7s covering them now.

Sun 12:18 DTM - Lausitz: Rockenfeller's Audi is supreme on the brakes compared to the Mercedes. He's being dragged along at Paffett's sub-1m20s pace; the pair now over 6s clear of third-placed Vietoris. Wickens made his second stop five laps ago, but the standard tyres are not working for him.

He's missed his chance of gaining track position over Rockenfeller, lapping consistently 0.7s slower.

Sun 12:22 MotoGP – Barcelona: As we approach half-distance it's stalemate at the front. Lorenzo has led every lap so far with the Respol Hondas of Pedrosa and Marquez tucked into his slipstream. It's all building up to an epic crescendo (hopefully).

Sun 12:23 DTM - Lausitz: Paffett, for all the pressure Rockenfeller is exerting on him, looks the essence of cool. He is still taking textbook swooping lines through the turns, resisting the urge to drive defensively. These two are a cut above today.

Sun 12:29 DTM - Lausitz: The race reaches its key moment. Paffett makes his final stop from the lead on lap 40 and replaces old standards with new standards, which should, in theory, be faster than Rockenfeller's 37-lap old options.

Meanwhile Vietoris and Green make their final stops apart; the Mercedes man holding his net third spot... just.

Sun 12:29 MotoGP – Barcelona: Lorenzo is turning the screw. Marquez is now over a second behind the leader in third. Is it now a two-bike race?

Sun 12:30 DTM - Lausitz: Rockenfeller's in, having run to lap 42 on softs (a 38-lap stint). His stop is quick, but he exits behind Paffett, who failed to lose time on that crucial lap, despite being tucked up behind Mortara's Audi which also dived into the pits.

Sun 12:31 MotoGP – Barcelona: Bradley Smith is enjoying a strong race. He's in seventh place at the moment just 2.7s behind Dovi in sixth.

Sun 12:33 DTM - Lausitz: Unseen by the TV cameras, Vietoris and Green both failed to make up the necessary ground on Wickens since their last stops, meaning the Canadian is now on course for a second DTM podium in three races.

Top 10 with 10 laps left: 1 Paffett; 2 Rockenfeller; 3 Wickens; 4 Vietoris; 5 Green; 6 Spengler; 7 Juncadella; 8 Mortara; 9 Ekstrom; 10 Merhi.

Sun 12:34 MotoGP – Barcelona: Was that the killer lap? Lorenzo adds 0.4s to his lead over Pedrosa. It's 1.2s now and 1.4s to Marquez.

Sun 12:36 MotoGP – Barcelona: Five laps to go and it might not be all over. Both Repsol Hondas were quicker than Lorenzo that lap and the gap is back to 1s.

Sun 12:38 DTM - Lausitz: Juncadella puts a stonking move on Spengler at Turn 1 to take sixth spot with four laps left. That's significant as if it finishes this way, Spengler and Rockenfeller will now be level on points at the top of the standings.

Sun 12:38 MotoGP – Barcelona: Marquez is now right on Pedrosa's tail. I wonder how this will end?

Sun 12:42 MotoGP – Barcelona: Marquez hits the back of Pedrosa but they both stay on! That should settle matters: Lorenzo, Pedrosa, Marquez the top three.

Sun 12:44 MotoGP – Barcelona: Lorenzo takes his 26th MotoGP win with a lights-to-flag victory. Pedrosa survives an assault from Marquez to take second and limit the damage to his championship lead. Rossi fourth less than six seconds back. Career-best sixth for Smith.

Results: 1 Lorenzo; 2 Pedrosa +1.763s ; 3 Marquez; 4 Rossi; 5 Bradl; 6 Smith; 7 Dovizioso; 8 Espargaro; 9 Edwards; 10 Pirro.

Sun 12:44 DTM Lausitz: Top 10: 1 Paffett; 2 Rockenfeller, +6.8s; 3 Vietoris; 4 Wickens; 5 Green; 6 Juncadella; 7 Spengler; 8 Ekstrom; 9 Mortara; 10 Merhi.

Sun 12:46 GP3 - Valencia: Cars head to the grid for race two, with Robert Visoiu on reversed-grid pole. One of the few people to pull off a passing move today at twisty Circuit Ricardo Tormo, can he keep Aaro Vainio et al behind him?

Sun 12:47 DTM - Lausitz: Paffett wins for the first time in over a year from Rockenfeller, who is now level on points with Spengler at the top of the table. Vietoris managed to grab third back from Wickens in the final couple of laps to take the final podium spot.

Euro RX, HellSun 12:56 Euro RX - Hell: The cars are lining up for the semi-finals here.

Sun 13:05 DTM - Lausitz: Championship top 10: 1 Rockenfeller, 59; 2 Spengler, 59; 3 Paffett, 47; 4 Vietoris, 40; 5 Farfus, 33; 6 Wittmann, 32; 7 Wickens, 27; 8 Werner, 22; 9 Ekstrom, 20; 10 Hand, 16.

Sun 13:08 GP3 - Valencia: Robert Visoiu makes a fine getaway to lead race two, followed by Aaro Vainio. Carlos Sainz made it past Tio Ellinas for third on that opening lap, that'll please the locals.

Sun 13:17 MotoGP - Barcelona: It was a seriously impressive ride from Lorenzo to bag that victory. Here's how he beat qualifying record-setter Pedrosa:

Full MotoGP report online

Sun 13:20 GP3 - Valencia: Robert Visoiu is bossing this second race, holding a 2.2s lead after 11 laps. Behind Aaro Vainio in second, Carlos Sainz is holding off series leader Tio Ellinas. Further back, Nick Yelloly, who was meant to have started race one from P3, is up to 11th.

Sun 13:22 GP3 - Valencia: Yelloly now up to 10th, taking full advantage of a twitch at Turn 1 by Alex Fontana to surge past before Turn 2.

Sun 13:25 GP3 - Valencia: Another lap, another Yelloly pass. This time it's on Dino Zamparelli for ninth - on a circuit that it's supposedly impossible to overtake on! Great stuff.

Sun 13:28 DTM - Lausitz: Mercedes head of motorsport administration Wolfgang Schattling points out that today's win was Gary's 20th in the DTM and the 150th for the three-pointed star (not including ITC).

Sun 13:32 DTM - Lausitz: Paffett wasn't going to be denied - even Rockenfeller's brilliant strategy wasn't enough to stop him.

You can read just how commanding a performance the Brit put in here:

DTM race report

Sun 13:33 GP3 - Valencia: Victory for Robert Visoiu in race two, a dominant performance and a victory margin of 7.7s. Aaro Vainio's pace dropped off massively at the finish, and Carlos Sainz was just 0.136s behind him at flagfall. Tio Ellinas and Daniil Kvyat were next up.

Driver of the day had to be Nick Yelloly, who tigered through to ninth from well back in the early stages. He finished in the wheeltracks of race-one winner Conor Daly.

Sun 13:59 GP3 - Valencia: Race two winner Roberto Visoiu tells AUTOSPORT that the key to his success was passing Dino Zamparelli for eighth in race one this morning to get reversed-grid pole: "I've finished ninth in race one twice already this year, once in GP3 [at Barcelona] and once in Auto GP [Silverstone]. It's the worst feeling in the world: I'd rather crash than finish ninth again! I pressured him into a mistake at Turn 1 and jumped to the inside to pass him at Turn 2."

Sun 14:00 That's it for the track action for a bit here on Race Centre Live, but stick with us for reaction from the paddocks in Spain and Germany. We'll have more from European Rallycross and NASCAR later on as well.

Sun 14:18 Euro RX - Hell: British driver Liam Doran won the fifth round of the European Rallycross Championship, taking his joker on the first lap of the final and setting a string of strong laptimes to claim victory, having previously won his semi-final.

Reniss Nitiss won the Super1600 category, while local man Lars Oivind Enerberg won TouringCar.

Result: 1 Doran; 2 Timerzyanov; 3 Jeanney; 4 Hvaal; 5 Bakkerud; 6 Hedstrom.

Sun 14:43 MotoGP - Barcelona: Dani Pedrosa has blamed his failing to translate his record-setting qualifying pace into victory on tyres.

The Spaniard reckons an inability to push hard was the reason he was unable to challenge race winner Jorge Lorenzo and ended up under attack from his teammate, Marc Marquez.

Pedrosa bemoans front tyre performance

Sun 14:47 MotoGP - Barcelona: But while Pedrosa was left to rue what could have been, his teammate Marquez was rather happy to be on the podium in third. Though that's probably due to his rather nervy moment less than two laps from home, which nearly threw him off the bike a la Mugello...

Sun 14:50 MotoGP - Barcelona: Here's what Marquez had to say having shadowed his teammate throughout despite just lacking behind the lead two in practice in qualifying:

"I’m very happy. All weekend we were struggling and worked so hard to be with the front guys [but] the gap was too big. The bike was exactly the same [in the race] but I was so focused, and I tried to follow them."

And of his near-miss with Pedrosa? "I was racing on the limit, it’s part of the game. I tried to follow Dani - some laps were too fast and some were too close. I tried to attack but in the wrong place.

"I made a mistake. I tried to push on the last lap but I wasn’t close enough."

Sun 15:05 GP3 - Valencia: Carlos Sainz Jr believes he's turned a corner with his MW Arden car's set-up after struggling terribly in the opening round at Barcelona. After scoring his first podium in the series in race two, he said: "It's a massive step forward. Despite a bad qually [he was P9 after brake issues and having a time deleted for exceeding track limits] we showed we really have the pace. I think this is the start of things for me in GP3."

Sun 15:08 GP3 - Valencia: Less happy is ART's Jack Harvey, who had to watch his team celebrate a 1-2 in race one while he finished 10th. The British F3 champ was 12th in race two and told AUTOSPORT: "It's just no gelling or flowing for us. Barcelona was a good platform, and the team has clearly made a step forward, but although I feel I'm ticking most boxes I'm clearly missing one. I've got to make a mark at Silverstone and start scoring some big points."

Nick YellolySun 15:12 GP3 - Valencia: Nick Yelloly agreed with his team boss Trevor Carlin's suggestion from this morning that he could have won race one had he not been sent to the back of the grid for a rideheight infringement: "I was cruising in that race, and made 14 places [from 26th on the grid]. I could have won that, it was a really good run. I learnt a good lesson in race two about how to pick people off, so it's not bad really despite not scoring a point."

Sun 15:47 DTM - Lausitz: The third German F3 race of the weekend was won by championship leader Marvin Kirchofer, who passed Lotus/Motopark team-mate Emil Bernstorff at Turn 1 at around half-distance. Artem Markelov made it a one-two-three for the team.

Sun 15:48 DTM - Lausitz: Bruno Spengler has been fined €1000 for a one-fingered salute at the end of the race, following a whack from Mattias Ekstrom on the run to the line.

The pair were battling over seventh; Spengler taking it by less than three hundredths of a second.

Spengler might have got away with it had his BMW not been fitted with a driver-facing onboard camera!

Sun 15:51 DTM - Lausitz: A fine is not Spengler's only worry after Lausitz - he's also lost the championship lead. So while the defending champion has little reason to celebrate tonight, the top two (pictured right) had plenty to be happy about.

Paffett's win kickstarted his 2013 season while Rockenfeller's impressive drive to second means he takes the lead of the championship on countback.

DTM standings after four of 10 rounds:

1 Mike Rockenfeller 59
2 Bruno Spengler 59
3 Gary Paffett 47
4 Christian Vietoris 40
5 Augusto Farfus 33
6 Marco Wittmann 32

Full season statistics on FORIX

Sun 15:53 DTM - Lausitz: Bruno Spengler: "When things aren't going your way, you get a bit over-emotional and I did a bit of a 'hello' there. We had a talk afterwards and there will be no trouble between us."

Mattias Ekstrom: "Is that how we say hello in Sweden?"

Sun 16:00 GP3 - Valencia: Consistency is paying off for Tio Ellinas who, despite not being on the podium since the first race of the championship, reclaimed the GP3 points lead with fourth place in the second race at Valencia.

Race one winner Conor Daly drops to second after eighth in the second encounter.

GP3 standings after four of 16 rounds:

1 Tio Ellinas 55
2 Conor Daly 51
3 Aaro Vainio 43
4 Kevin Korjus 37
5 Patric Niederhauser 28
6 Carlos Sainz Jr 24

Full season statistics on FORIX

Sun 16:08 Euro RX - Hell: Liam Doran's Norweigan European Rallycross Championship round got off to the worst possible start after he made a self-confessed "stupid" mistake, but it turned out rather nicely for the Brit in the end.

Read exactly what that error was, and how he recovered to take his second event win of the season, here:

Full Euro RX event report

Sun 16:11 DTM - Lausitz: BMW motorsport chief Jens Marquardt has had his say on a disappointing return to Lausitz, where the manufacturer took the first win of its comeback in 2012. This year Bruno Spengler could only manage seventh place as the highest BMW finisher.

"Bruno's seventh place was a successful case of damage limitation," Marquardt said. "In the DTM if you are not 100 per cent on the ball then you will be well down the field. Our opponents experienced this in the past few races, and this time it was our turn to suffer.

"We will now analyse the race weekend in detail and draw our own conclusions. We hope to get back to the kind of good results we enjoyed at the start of the season."

Sun 16:14 MotoGP - Barcelona: Back to Spain very quickly, and a look at the MotoGP riders' championship.

Jorge Lorenzo's home grand prix win means he’s cut Pedrosa's championship lead to just seven points after back-to-back victories.

MotoGP standings after six of 18 rounds:

1 Dani Pedrosa 123
2 Jorge Lorenzo 116
3 Marc Marquez 93
4 Cal Crutchlow 71
5 Valentino Rossi 60
6 Andrea Dovizioso 59

Full season statistics on FORIX

Sun 16:26 MotoGP - Barcelona: Lorenzo may have won the race and edged even closer to Pedrosa in the points, but he's still not a totally happy man.

Following Pedrosa's lamenting of poor front tyre performance, the defending champion has also criticised the tyres - saying Bridgestone should introduce a harder compound.

Lorenzo wants tyre changes on safety grounds

Sun 16:30 The lull in on-track action will soon be over! Thank you for sticking with us - your reward will be the NASCAR Sprint Cup Michigan race, starting at 17:00 GMT - that's one hour behind BST.

So while we wait for Stateside entertainment to close out the weekend, here's a reminder of today's action from Race Centre Live:

Gary Paffett claimed his first DTM win in more than a year with a strong drive to victory at Lausitz

Jorge Lorenzo controlled the Spanish MotoGP from start to finish

Liam Doran bounced back from an early-event mistake to win his second European Rallycross Championship meeting of 2013

The standalone GP3 event in Valencia saw wins for Conor Daly and Robert Visoiu

And right at the start of the European day, Mark Winterbottom and Craig Lowndes shared the V8 Supercars successes at Hidden Valley

Sun 16:48 NASCAR - Michigan: The 15th race of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup will be headed away by Carl Edwards and Kurt Busch.

Edwards ran early - sixth on track in his Roush Fenway Ford - in qualifying to claim pole position. Defending champion Brad Keselowski will line up in 16th, one place ahead of points leader Jimmie Johnson.

You can view the qualifying report here

Sun 16:55 NASCAR - Michigan: Michigan is a 400-mile, 200-lap brute of a race - but we already know on lap 20 there will be a competition yellow. Organisers say it will give teams chance to adjust after a lot of rain fell overnight.

Sun 17:04 NASCAR - Michigan: National anthem time, but before that, a moment to remember Jason Leffler, the Sprint Cup driver who died in mid-week from injuries sustained in a short-track race. Nice touch, NASCAR.

Sun 17:11 NASCAR - Michigan: Niklas Kronwall utters those famous words - Drivers, start your engines. We're fired up, ready to go at Michigan International Speedway. Carl Edwards gets ready to lead the field away to start lap one of 200.

Sun 17:21 NASCAR - Michigan: We are racing! Carl Edwards leads the field away on the outside, but almost immediately slips back after what looks like slight contact with Kurt Busch. He's down to fifth.

Sun 17:25 NASCAR - Michigan: Six laps in, and we have our first caution. Jeff Gordon and Bobby Labonte come to blows - the latter lost control and spun, with Gordon having nowhere to go. The pair hit the barrier on the outside and slewed on to the infield.

Sun 17:32 NASCAR - Michigan: Green again in Michigan. Kurt Busch leads the pack away - during that caution, points leader Johnson pit, and restarted in 31st.

Sun 17:38 NASCAR - Michigan: There's that competition yellow. This is the top 10 after 20 laps. 1 Busch; 2 Kenseth; 3 Logano; 4 Menard; 5 Edwards; 6 Kahne; 7 Stewart; 8 Kyle Busch; 9 Earnhardt Jr; 10 Montoya.

The big movers so far are Stewart (up seven places from 14th) and Greg Biffle, who is 12th having started 19th. Jimmie Johnson, meanwhile, has recovered to 14th already!

Sun 17:41 NASCAR - Michigan: Only eight - EIGHT - cars stay out on track in the first pitstops. Most drivers who pit take on two tyres, and it's Edwards who emerges in front having gained four positions.

Sun 17:46 NASCAR - Michigan: Lap 25 - we are green again. Kyle Busch restarts in 34th after a penalty. Michael McDowell leads away but Edwards is the effective leader.

Sun 17:50 NASCAR - Michigan: A caution again! Lap 29, and it's Kurt Busch! He spins from fourth at Turn 2.

Sun 17:55 NASCAR - Michigan: Joey Logano, from the outside lane, leads Edwards away as the race restarts on lap 32.

Sun 18:02 NASCAR - Michigan: Lap 41 - Another Kurt Busch-inspired caution. There's debris from his car at Turn 1. The leaders pit, and once again it's Edwards who emerges in front.

Sun 18:09 NASCAR - Michigan: Lap 46: Restart. Danica Patrick, who was fifth by virtue of the leaders all stopping, falls to 15th immediately. Jamie McMurray and Austin Dillon head de facto race leader Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson, who has put in a great drive so far.

Sun 18:12 NASCAR - Michigan: Update as we pass quarter-distance, this is your top five: 1 McMurray; 2 Dillon; 3 Johnson; 4 Edwards; 5 Kahne.

Sun 18:26 NASCAR - Michigan: Lap 75, and Jimmie Johnson has been at the front for 12 laps. It's an impressive performance from the points leader so far - he fell out of the top 20 after a poor start, then pit, rejoining in 31st place. His ascension has been metronomic - picking cars off lap after lap.

Behind him, 1.5s back, is Kahne, with the duo well clear of Dale Earnhardt Jr, Martin Truex Jr and Joey Logano (who led for 17 laps). Recovering from his penalty in 15th is Kyle Busch.

Sun 18:31 NASCAR - Michigan: We did think it was becoming too clear a run...debris high at Turn 1 brings out the yellow. Jimmie Johnson leads the cars down pit road.

Earnhardt Jr. jumps him to take the lead. Which means there's no better time to show Dale's special National Guard livery for this weekend, encompassing the release of the new Superman movie, Man of Steel.

Sun 18:34 NASCAR - Michigan: Away again after the fifth caution of the race. Earnhardt leads but Johnson has been swamped.

Sun 18:46 NASCAR - Michigan: 100 laps down, 100 laps to go. Kasey Khane has passed Earnhardt and pulled out nearly a four second lead. Johnson, incredibly, is scrapping with Matt Kenseth for third having slipped out of the top 10 following his poor restart. Completing the top five is Kevin Harvick, who had run second for a short while.

The rest of the top 10 looks like this: 6 Biffle; 7 Logano; 8 Almirola; 9 Stewart; 10 Edwards.

Sun 18:51 NASCAR - Michigan: Drama for Kasey Kahne! The race leader hits the wall hard at Turn 2. A blown right front tyre led to a hefty impact. There's a fire, a lot of smoke, and a lot of fluid apparently running down the track...

Sun 18:52 NASCAR - Michigan: That caution sparks a rush to the pits, with Earnhardt turned around quickly but Johnson looking like the biggest loser of the leaders - yep, he's dropped down to 17th now (which, in fairness, becomes 7th once the stops have shaken out). Still, if the #48 car wins today, it'll be one of the hardest it will have seen.

Sun 19:04 NASCAR - Michigan: So as we resume on lap 112, Earnhardt is again the leader. Kenseth, Biffle, Logano and Edwards make up the top five. There have been 11 leaders so far, but these five have been there or thereabouts throughout.

Sun 19:08 Kasey Kahne on wrecking from the lead: "I had no indication. We were kinda cruising. I knew it was going to be a battle with Jimmie today, he's fast, but I thought we were really good. I felt really good about it."

However, amid his disappointment, Kahne recognises there are sometimes more important things than crashing out of the lead. "I know it's been a tough week for a lot of people," he added. "Jason Leffler was a good buddy of mine. It's neat to see how everybody supported him over the last four/five days. It tells you what kind of person he was."

Sun 19:15 NASCAR - Michigan: Earnhardt is slowing, and running on the inside of the track. He was two seconds slower than the chasing Johnson the lap before he pulled to one side. He's continuing - but for how much longer? That means Johnson, incredibly, leads again - ahead of Biffle and Kenseth.

Sun 19:17 NASCAR - Michigan: There you go - Earnhardt's Hendrick Chevrolet goes up spectacularly in smoke, which means the seventh caution of the race.

Johnson leads the train into the pits and fits four news tyres, dropping a number of places as a result.

Sun 19:24 NASCAR - Michigan: 65 laps to go and it's green again in Michigan.

Sun 19:27 NASCAR - Michigan: Earnhardt on his engine blowout: "Real proud of the car, we were really struggling in practice and that car was just flying there. They [the team] will figure it out. I hate it. We ought to be out there running at the front still."

Sun 19:33 NASCAR - Michigan: Crunch time, 50 laps to go. Edwards leads Logano, Biffle, Kenseth and Truex Jr. The poleman leads with 75% of the race run - but there's been a right mess of action in between.

The driver in sixth is an interesting one - Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski. He's had a near-anonymous race thus far but is now in the top six. Jimmie Johnson, having taken on more tyres than anyone else during that last caution, has made it back up to 12th.

Sun 19:44 NASCAR - Michigan: Carl Edwards pits having lost the lead to Greg Biffle several laps previously. He takes on four new tyres - he's aiming to go to the end. There's a caution for McMurray, who's blown a tyre, so this should be fascinating. The crucial point of the race?

Sun 19:47 NASCAR - Michigan: Still under caution with just over 30 laps to run. Those green flag stops had handed Logano the lead, but he took on four tyres. Johnson only took on two tyres but still dropped places because it's a slow stop.

Could Keselowski come to the fore now? Does Johnson have enough left? Or will the four new tyre-shod cars of Edwards or Logano come through?

Sun 19:57 NASCAR - Michigan: 25 laps to go, can we stay green all the way?

Sun 20:06 NASCAR - Michigan: 10 to go and this is really building to a crescendo. Biffle leads ahead of Harvick but Johnson's charging, getting the gap down to just 1.5s to the leader. He'll have to pass Harvick if he's to have any chance of passing for the win, though - and he does! Game on.

Sun 20:11 NASCAR - Michigan: Johnson's charge ends with a brush against the wall! He's now in the pits with front right tyre damage. It's Biffle's now, surely.

Sun 20:14 NASCAR - Michigan: Greg Biffle claims his first win of the season at Michigan International Speedway! That's his fourth win at the circuit, Ford's 33rd - and also the manufacturer's 1,000th in NASCAR's top level.

Results: 1 Biffle; 2 Harvick; 3 Truex; 4 Kyle Busch; 5 Stewart; 6 Kenseth; 7 Bowyer; 8 Edwards; 9 Logano; 10 Burton.

Greg BiffleSun 20:49 That's it from Race Centre Live for this weekend. We'll leave you with our report from that NASCAR race.

Biffle takes Cup win at Michigan

Keep up with all the latest motorsport news at autosport.com all week, before we're back in action next weekend with the Le Mans 24 Hours taking centre stage.

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