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LIVE COMMENTARY: RACE CENTRE LIVE - SARDINIA WRC, IOWA INDYCAR
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As it happened: Sardinia WRC, Iowa IndyCar
By Matt Beer, Mark Glendenning, Jamie O'Leary, Andrew van Leeuwen, Glenn Freeman, Kevin Turner, Peter Mills and David Evans
The live commentary has ended. No further updates will be posted.
Fri 05:46 Good morning and welcome to AUTOSPORT Race Centre Live for the Rally Italy, Iowa IndyCar, Sonoma NASCAR, Moscow FR3.5 and Croft BTCC weekend.

Fri 05:48 The focus for Friday is on rallying. This year the World Rally Championship's Italian round is a two-day event, which means a packed Friday of eight stages, starting just before 8am local time and running into darkness.

Fri 05:50 As well as all the action as it happens from Sardinia, we'll also bring you news from the paddocks as Formula Renault 3.5's Russian weekend gets underway with practice at Moscow Raceway, and NASCAR's weekend of turning left and right commences with practice at Sonoma.

Fri 05:52 We'll also be keeping abreast of the major Formula 1 news, with a verdict due in the FIA International Tribunal's examination of the Mercedes/Pirelli tyre test affair, and will have the latest from the Le Mans 24 Hours paddock on the event's rest day before qualifying and the start.

Fri 06:03 WRC - Italy: Mikko Hirvonen (@MikkoWRC) is feeling the early start...

"I really need an orange juice... Or f*** loads of coffee!"

Khalid Al-QassimiFri 06:04 WRC - Italy: Very slight delay to the first stage, but Khalid Al-Qassimi's Citroen should now be commencing the 31.08 kilometres of Monte Lerno.

Fri 06:19 WRC - Italy: It's been over two months since dominant championship leader Sebastien Ogier won a rally.

He was defeated by the visiting Sebastien Loeb in Argentina, then had technical problems right at the start in Greece, where his Volkswagen team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala took a breakthrough first win for his new employers.

That brought Latvala up to second in the standings behind his team-mate.

Championship standings after six of 13 rounds:

1 Sebastien Ogier 126
2 Jari-Matti Latvala 74
3 Sebastien Loeb 68
4 Mikko Hirvonen 63
5 Thierry Neuville 50
6 Dani Sordo 47

25 points for a win

Fri 06:24 WRC - Italy: Al-Qassimi completes in a time of 21m21.2s. With plenty of dust to sweep away and struggling with brake issues, the Citroen driver's time is likely to be among the slowest.

Elfyn EvansFri 06:32 WRC - Italy: WRC Academy champion Elfyn Evans completes his first competitive stage in a World Rally car, 10s down on current pacesetter Michal Kosciuszko.

It's been an amazing week for Evans. When M-Sport Ford driver Nasser Al-Attiyah had to withdraw due to illness, Evans was entered to replace him - but using his regular RRC Ford not Al-Attiyah's WRC machine.

But when the FIA pointed out that the rules only allow one element of the entry to be changed at this late stage, Evans found himself in the top-class car instead. He also has to work with Al-Attiyah's co-driver Giovanni Bernacchini.

"It's not feeling great at the moment," Evans admits at the stage end, "but I've got to be patient."

Fri 06:35 WRC - Italy: A bad start to PG Andersson's WRC return with the AT Rallye Sport Ford. He picks up a puncture, and his dust is a hassle for the following Martin Prokop too.

Fri 06:38 WRC - Italy: Times tumbling at the head of the order now as road conditions improve and the works cars start coming through. Andreas Mikkelsen, Dani Sordo and Mads Ostberg each go fastest in turn.

Fri 06:41 WRC - Italy: Temperature hits 30 degrees for the first time this morning. That's according to VW's usually wholly accurate clock thermometer.

Fri 06:47 Moscow - FR3.5: Practice for the mid-way race of the season is underway. It has been a long trek for the teams. The Carlin team's truck left its factory in Farnham for Moscow on Monday June 10th, for a journey via Latvia.

Fri 06:48 WRC - Italy: The service park is now emptying itself of mechanics and technicians as they head for the remote service in Sassari, 65 miles west of Olbia.

Fri 06:49 WRC - Italy: Trouble already for qualifying pacesetter and Acropolis winner Jari-Matti Latvala, who loses nearly two minutes with a puncture.

His VW team-mate Sebastien Ogier is fastest.

Fri 06:51 WRC - Italy - SS1 results: 1 Sebastien Ogier 19m20.2s; 2 Mikko Hirvonen + 5.3s; 3 Evgeny Novikov + 8.5s; 4 Mads Ostberg + 12.8s; 5 Dani Sordo + 17.2s; 6 Thierry Neuville + 20.1s.

Latvala is 1m56.4s off the pace in 11th overall.

Fri 06:53 WRC - Italy: It's a brutal start to the rally with only a remote service between the first two loops of three stages each - 120 kilometres in total for SS1-SS6.

Then there's a full service before the two evening runs through Gallura, the second of which will take place in darkness at 9.30pm local time.

Fri 06:55 WRC - Italy: Puncture for Latvala after 8km.

Mads OstbergFri 06:56 WRC - Italy: Mads Ostberg is not in good shape...

"Starting the event with an inflammation of the throat. Not feeling well, and have a fever as well. Hopefully medication ready at remote."

Fri 06:57 FR3.5 - Moscow: Pre-season favourite Antonio Felix da Costa is racing on a circuit he knows, having joined the series one round before the Moscow meeting last year.

The Portuguese is third in the standings on 71 points, and is attempting to bridge a 15-point deficit to Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup champion Stoffel Vandoorne. DAMS racer Kevin Magnussen leads the championship on 115 points.

Fri 06:58 WRC - Italy: Volkswagen Motorsport technical boss Francois-Xavier Demaison is doubling up as Latvala's rally engineer in Italy. Latvala's usual rally engineer Fabrice van Ertvelde is at home waiting to become a father - good luck with that!

Antonio Felix da CostaFri 07:00 FR3.5 - Moscow: "We obviously had a difficult time in some of the opening rounds, but the last event in Spa was very important in terms of improved pace and consistency," said da Costa. "Also [in terms of] not making mistakes, we did better and had another podium.

"I think Moscow will be important as far as turning our championship around and confirming ourselves as title contenders."

Fri 07:03 Moscow - FR3.5. A red flag has interrupted the session after 10 minutes. AV Formula's Yann Cunha is the likely culprit as the remaining competitors have returned to the pits.

Fri 07:04 WRC - Italy: Robert Kubica makes a superb start to his latest WRC2 event. After SS1 he's 31s clear of nearest rival Sepp Wiegand.

Fri 07:07 Moscow - FR3.5: The session has restarted with 45 minutes remaining. Da Costa is fastest on 1m22.963s, 0.316s ahead of Magnussen on 1m23.279s. Dutch racer Nigel Melker is third for Tech 1, ahead of 2013 Moscow victor Arthur Pic, Mikhail Aleshin and Marco Sorenson.

Arthur PicFri 07:10 Moscow - FR3.5: Arthur Pic is the lap record holder in FR3.5 at Moscow Raceway, and was the race winner here last year. The regular frontrunners will face a determined Russian contingent of former champ Mikhail Aleshin, Nikolay Martsenko, veteran Daniil Move and impressive rookie Sergey Sirotkin.

Fri 07:13 Moscow - FR3.5: Sirotkin is the highest placed of the Russians in the standings, and made his FR3.5 debut here last year among his Auto GP and Italian F3 commitments for Euronova Racing.

"In 2012, I didn’t have time to prepare," said Sirotkin, "and when you’re in a rush, it’s very difficult to get good results. So I watched and learned.

"This year, we’ve done things properly. It doesn’t matter where you get your victories… I really hope to get some good results in Moscow more than anywhere else."

The 17-year-old scored his maiden podium for 2013 at Motorland.

Fri 07:15 Moscow - FR3.5: Russian TV's Formula 1 commentator Alexey Popov reported some amusing banter with Fortec’s Oliver Webb in the build up to the race.

After Webb light-heartedly made a reference to some safety concerns in Moscow, Popov said he felt the same whenever he arrived at Heathrow. Popov said Webb subsequently deleted his comment from Twitter, and in a recent tweet on @oliverjameswebb made reference to the "beautiful views" from his Moscow hotel...

Fri 07:25 WRC - Italy: Massive traffic congestion in host town Olbia after a huge road accident. With the crews out for six stages and only stopping for remote service rather than returning to base, it shouldn't affect the event.

Fri 07:26 Moscow - FR3.5: At the session's half-way stage, Marco Sorensen was fastest on 1m22.316s, just 0.012s ahead of Felix da Costa. Championship leader Magnussen was third ahead of Monaco winner Nico Muller. Eurocup champion Stoffel Vandoorne held fifth from Will Stevens.

Debutant Will Buller was a repectable 19th for Zeta Corse. The FIA European Formula 3 racer was 1.5s off Sorensen's pace.

Bryan BouffierFri 07:26 WRC - Italy: 2011 Monte Carlo Rally winner Bryan Bouffier stormed through with the fastest WRC3 time on SS1 by 33s, but then pulled up after the stage to attempt frantic repairs to a loose engine mount.

The WRC3 field is again entirely composed of entrants in the Citroen Top Driver one-make series.

Fri 07:31 WRC - Italy: For those just joining us, Acropolis winner Jari-Matti Latvala is already in trouble having lost two minutes with a front puncture on SS1.

He pondered stopping to change it but decided to press on. In the end, the time loss was about the same anyway.

Fri 07:48 WRC - Italy: Next stage starts at 10.46 local time, which is 9.46 in the UK and 8.46 GMT.

Fri 07:49 FR3.5 - Moscow: The session has been stopped. The clock continues to count down with less than three minutes remaining. Kevin Magnussen is fastest on 1m21.314s, ahead of DAMS team-mate Norman Nato and Da Costa.

Fri 07:50 FR3.5 - Moscow: Confirmation has come through from race control that the session will not be restarted.

Kevin MagnussenFri 08:01 FR3.5 - Moscow: A strong start for DAMS, as Magnussen and Nato take first and second in the opening FR3.5 practice session. Championship leader Magnussen's time of 1m21.314s was over half a second clear of Eurocup graudate Nato.

Red Bull Junior driver da Costa was third, just 0.007s behind the Frenchman. Championship challenger Stoffel Vandoorne was fourth, from Mikhail Aleshin and Zoel Amberg.

Pons Racing's Amberg was potentially involved in the red flag incident that cut the session short by three minutes.

Fri 08:18 FR3.5 - Moscow: Zeta Corse team boss Claudio Corradini told AUTOSPORT his latest signing Will Buller's new tyre run in FP1 was interrupted by the session's late red flag.

"We don't want to put any pressure on Will," said Corradini. "It's important he takes his time. Unfortunately, the red flag meant he wasn't able to get much of a feeling for new tyres. But you have to remember all of the other guys have done four rounds plus all the winter testing, so he did a good job."

Fri 08:26 FR3.5 - Moscow: Formula 3 racer Will Buller could see the positives after finishing FP1 in 25th on his FR3.5 debut for Zeta Corse.

"I am definitely comfortable in the car, but it's my first race weekend and also my first time in Russia," said Buller, who replaces Carlos Sainz Jr at the Italian team.

"The track has a lot of corners so there's quite a bit to get used to, but I'm sure there's definitely much more [performance] to come."

Fri 08:42 WRC - Italy: SS2 is only minutes away in Sardinia.

Sebastien Ogier has taken an early lead ahead of Mikko Hirvonen and Evgeny Novikov, while Jari-Matti Latvala has already lost two minutes with a puncture.

Robert Kubica is blitzing the field in WRC2, already half a minute clear of his nearest rival, VW protege and former Intercontinental Rally Challenge frontrunner Sepp Wiegand.

Fri 08:57
Big news at Le Mans this morning is that Nissan has launched its 'Garage 56' entry for next year's 24 Hours.

The ZEOD RC, which has been designed by DeltaWing creator Ben Bowlby - Nissan's new head of motorsport innovation - will trial electric technologies with a view to creating an all-electric LMP1 in the future.

No surprise it looks like, erm, a DeltaWing.

Fri 09:06 WRC - Italy: Minor impact for Elfyn Evans on SS2, bit of damage to a wheel but tyre stays intact. He is second fastest of the cars through so far, 14s behind Michal Kosciuszko.

Fri 09:10 WRC - Italy: Speaking of Kosciuszko, he's another driver in a different car this weekend.

The Pole had planned a full year in Motorsport Italia's Mini, but after a troubled start to the season in which 10th in Monte Carlo was followed by 14th in Sweden then three straight retirements, his backers had a rethink.

Kosciuszko is now in a customer Ford for a limited programme over the remaining rounds.

And that may well mean the end of the Mini John Cooper Works WRC in the world championship with no sign of Prodrive's example reappearing. A sad end to a programme that showed so much promise early on.

Fri 09:14 WRC - Italy: Into the big guns now, and Dani Sordo sets the fastest stage time so far ahead of Andreas Mikkelsen.

Sordo arrives with stage-end reporters laughing about the excursion he just had after the flying finish.

Fri 09:18 WRC - Italy: Mads Ostberg is now fastest on the stage, 3s up on Sordo. Next through will be Mikko Hirvonen and Sebastien Ogier.

Fri 09:23 WRC - Italy: Reports coming through that Evgeny Novikov might have rolled on SS2. He had been third overall.

Sebastien Ogier now fastest on the stage.

Fri 09:25 WRC - Italy: Jari-Matti Latvala says he nearly hit Novikov's crashed Ford as there was no warning triangle on display.

"I was a bit scared when I saw it. It was a very close call but luckily it was OK."

Fri 09:26 WRC - Italy: Latvala was quickest on the stage by 2s over VW team-mate Ogier. It won't help him much in the overall standings though after his SS1 puncture.

Jari-Matti LatvalaFri 09:28 WRC - Italy - SS2 results:

Stage: 1 Latvala; 2 Ogier + 2.2s; 3 Sordo + 8.4s; 4 Ostberg + 9.0s; 5 Neuville + 9.9s.

Overall: 1 Ogier; 2 Hirvonen + 14.3s; 3 Ostberg + 19.6s; 4 Sordo + 23.4s; 5 Neuville + 27.8s.

Fri 09:30 WRC - Italy: Straight onto SS3, it commences in four minutes.

Fri 09:31 WRC - Italy: M-Sport confirms that Novikov and co-driver Ilka Minor were unhurt in the crash, which happened just 200 metres into SS2.

Fri 09:46 WRC - Italy: Robert Kubica is having an outstanding morning in WRC2.

On stage two he added another 23s to his lead over Sepp Wiegand and is now 55s ahead.

Now remember Kubica's Citroen is an RRC and Wiegand's Skoda is an S2000, so that's a slight technical advantage for the Pole.

Their levels of gravel rallying experience aren't too different as German Wiegand grew up as an asphalt ace.

But Wiegand has more overall rallying experience than Kubica and benefits from VW patronage.

Fri 09:54 WRC - Italy: Should also add that Kubica was eighth fastest overall on SS2 in his WRC2 spec car...

Fri 09:57 WRC - Italy: AUTOSPORT was about to type out the points permutations of Kubica's WRC2 title chances... but that might be tempting fate after just two stages of a very tough rally, hadn't it?

Let's hold off on that till Sunday.

PG AnderssonFri 10:03 WRC - Italy: PG Andersson is back in World Rally Car action this week, and for another five rounds, in a Ford supplied by Ukraine's Alex Tamrazov, who Andersson has been driver coaching of late.

Andersson's return got off to a tough start though, as he got a puncture on SS1, leaving him without any spares and slightly spooked.

He was back in 14th after SS2, but is fastest of the early SS3 runners right now.

Don't underestimate Andersson when he's up to speed, though. He won the Junior WRC title twice in the 2000s and had some storming underdog drives with Suzuki's shortlived factory WRC programme.

Fri 10:08 WRC - Italy: We've already had Mikko Hirvonen pleading for 'orange juice and a f*** load of coffee' and Mads Ostberg pleading for throat medication this morning.

Now it's lunch that's on the Norwegian's mind as he tweets this picture of Ford chef Mick's remote kitchen at service.

Fri 10:09 FR3.5 - Moscow: Pons Racing's Zoel Amberg was indeed the cause of the final red flag that curtailed the opening free practice session. However, the Swiss was cheered by sixth fastest time, after a tough start to the season in which he has failed to register a point.

"I was pushing and braked a bit too late," said Amberg. "I went into the gravel, but there was no major damage done. I think the team discorvered some set-up problems after the last race at Spa, so perhaps, finally, we can have a better weekend."

Fri 10:11 WRC - Italy: Ostberg is fastest so far on SS3, 3s up on Dani Sordo.

Fri 10:17 WRC - Italy: Mikko Hirvonen is a second slower than Ostberg. With Novikov upside down on SS2, this pair are battling for second now, with the Citroen 4s ahead.

Fri 10:19 WRC - Italy: Mikko Hirvonen's thoughts after SS3:

"Ogier is so fast. I feel I have to push so hard and then make little mistakes here and there. It's difficult to find the right pace."

Fri 10:20 WRC - Italy: Ogier is cruising this. He beats Hirvonen by another 5s on SS3, where he says he was playing it safe, and now leads by 20s overall.

Fri 10:28 WRC - Italy - SS3 results:

Stage: 1 Ogier; 2 Latvala +0.3s; 3 Ostberg +5.3s; 4 Hirvonen +6.2s; 5 Sordo +8.8s; 6 Neuville +12.5s.

Overall: 1 Ogier; 2 Hirvonen +20.5s; 3 Ostberg +24.9s; 4 Sordo +32.2s; 5 Neuville +40.3s; 6 Mikkelsen +55.7s.

Fri 10:29 WRC - Italy: Robert Kubica loses a little of his WRC2 lead on SS3 as Sepp Wiegand goes 5s quicker. But the Pole is still 50s ahead.

Fri 10:30 WRC - Italy: The reason for Kubica's delay becomes apparent as he arrives at the stage end with some rear-end damage.

AUTOSPORT will get more details from him at remote service shortly.

Fri 10:32 WRC - Italy: Earlier we mentioned Bryan Bouffier's frantic efforts to repair his WRC3-leading Citroen after the SS1 finish.

He was unsuccessful and had to retire. The Frenchman had been quickest in his class but hit a rock and damaged his car along the way.

Fri 10:56 No track action at Le Mans today, but various pieces of news coming out.

The big announcement was Nissan's electric 2014 project, but also a bit unusual was the Kodewa-run Lotus outfit revealing plans to build 'the first Lotus motorcycle'.

It will be designed by film automobile designer Daniel Simon (remember his involvement with HRT in Formula 1?) and built by Kodewa and the Holzer Group.

Here's what Simon says about the project:

"With the Lotus C-01, we have only one ambition: to create a unique state-of-the-art machine that carries its brutal forces with elegance and style, a high-tech monster in a tailored suit.

"The C-01, with all its top notch components and materials, is first and foremost emotional, heartbreaking, at times playfully retro, and always clearly a Lotus."

Fri 10:59 FR3.5 - Moscow: The second, hour long, FR3.5 practice session has kicked off. Can anyone topple the dominant performance of the DAMS cars of Kevin Magnussen and Norman Nato from FP1?

Fri 11:02 AUTOSPORT is running its usual comprehensive Le Mans 24 Hours service, with Live coverage of all sessions (click here to relive Thursday's action), a spectacular package of features evoking classic races as well as bringing all you need to know about this year's field, exclusive insight from Caterham's Mike Gascoyne, and an ever-growing gallery.

Fri 11:10 FR3.5 Moscow: The session has been interrupted after just 12 minutes owing to an incident involving Carlin's British Formula 3 graduate Jazeman Jaafar.

Fri 11:12 FR3.5 Moscow: Last year's Moscow race two winner Arthur Pic has set the fastest time of 1m21.445s.

The Frenchman is a little over a tenth slower than Kevin Magnussen's benchmark time of the day from the morning session.

Fri 11:16 FR3.5 - Moscow: The incident has been dealt with swiftly and we're back up-and-running. Behind pacesetter Pic, Antonio Felix da Costa holds second position, 0.052s ahead of Briton Will Stevens.

Monaco winner Nico Muller is fourth, ahead of the in-form Nigel Melker and SMP by Comtec racer Lucas Foresti.

Elfyn EvansFri 11:25 WRC - Italy Cars just leaving remote service in Sassari. Elfyn Evans looks more relaxed heading out than he did coming in.

The Welshman admitted his World Rally Car debut had been even tougher than he’d expected.

"There was so much loose on the roads," he said, "I couldn't find any grip and when the car's moving around underneath you at those speeds it’s not good. I need to find some confidence."

Fri 11:26 WRC - Italy Rally leader Sebastien Ogier felt his VW Polo R WRC might have been a bit too soft for the morning, otherwise he's happy. He admitted he didn't push as hard as he might have done on the third stage… but he was still fastest.

Fri 11:29 WRC - Italy Jari-Matti Latvala says he was unlucky to get his first stage puncture. He thought about stopping and changing, but the WRC 2 cars only have one minute gaps.

"If we had fallen behind them then we could have had a lot of dust and lost even more time," said the seventh-placed Finn.

Fri 11:31 WRC - Italy Runaway WRC 2 leader Robert Kubica said he was cross with himself for a third-stage spin which cost time. The Pole had, for the first time, put new tyres on the front of the car while leaving worn rubber on the rear.

"Maybe I should have tried this for the first time in a test," he told AUTOSPORT, "it was a bit stupid."

The rear of his Citroen DS3 RRC was showing slight damage, but Kubica said it was driving straight.

Fri 11:31 FR3.5 - Moscow: There's a slight lull in activity as the session reaches the mid-way mark; only seven cars are on track.

Marco Sorensen moved to top of the timing screens shortly after the session resumed from the interruption caused by Jazeman Jafaar. The Dane's time of 1m21.405s has edged out Arthur Pic by 0.040s.

Antonio Felix da Costa is third, from Will Stevens and Sergey Sirotkin. Sorensen's Lotus (Gravity-Charouz) team-mate Marlon Stockinger completes the top six.

Jafaar has not returned to the track since the session restarted.

Andreas MikkelsenFri 11:33 WRC - Italy Probably the busiest driver at the remote service was Andreas Mikkelsen who was busy working on spare steering parts when he arrived in Sassari.

The Norwegian had suffered a bearing failure in the steering on his Polo R WRC. Team principal Jost Capito said the car was in perfect condition when it left service and headed back to the stages.

Fri 11:40 WRC - Italy: Rally cars back up the coast towards Castelsardo for the next stage, AUTOSPORT back down 100 hairpins to the main road to Olbia...

Fri 11:42 FR3.5 - Moscow: After a long period holding fastest time, Oliver Webb has been demoted to second by Antonio Felix da Costa.

The Red Bull Junior driver's lap of 1m21.097s finally surpasses Kevin Magnussen's quickest morning time of 1m21.314s.

Fri 11:53 FR3.5 - Moscow: The DAMS cars of Norman Nato and Kevin Magnussen have moved into second and third behind da Costa.

Marlon Stockinger has jumped into fourth spot for the Lotus branded Gravity-Charouz team.

A lap of the Moscow Raceway is relatively short compared to other circuits on the World Series by Renault calendar, but the session is proving extremely competitive. The first 22 cars are covered by a second.

PhoneFri 11:55 WRC - Italy: If anybody was in any doubt about just how hot it is in Sardinia, AUTOSPORT's iPhone has wilted.

Fri 11:58 The news everyone in Formula 1 has been waiting for is out:

Mercedes gets reprimand and young driver test ban

Fri 12:03 FR3.5 - Moscow: Antonio Felix da Costa said he was looking to up his championship challenge entering round six at Moscow, and the Portuguese has delivered a strong start to the weekend by setting the fastest time in the second collective test.

Norman Nato repeated his morning position of second, but the Frenchman took inter-team honours at DAMS by finishing ahead of Kevin Magnussen.

Marlon Stockinger was an impressive fourth, edging out Will Stevens and Nigel Melker.

Fri 12:07 FR3.5 - Moscow: The margins between the leading runners in Friday afternoon's second practice session have been supremely tight.

Pacesetter da Costa was 0.048s faster than FR2.0 graduate Nato, who in turn was 0.071s faster than third-placed Kevin Magnussen. The top-23 runners were within a second of each other.

Robert KubicaFri 12:11 WRC - Italy: Here's a look at the damage Robert Kubica did to his Citroen with that high-speed spin and rear impact on SS3.

It didn't slow him much, he still leads WRC2 by 50 seconds.

Fri 12:26 WRC - Italy: Ogier is only one tenth of a second quicker than Hirvonen on SS4, but says he's taking it easy and driving in the middle of the road.

And it's only Friday afternoon...

Fastest man on the stage was actually Thierry Neuville.

The M-Sport man took six seconds out of Dani Sordo as he chases the fourth-placed Citroen having lost a little time with a spin this morning. They're now 2.4s apart.

Fri 12:28 WRC - Italy - SS4 results:

Stage: 1 Neuville; 2 Ogier +1.4s; 3 Hirvonen +1.5s; 4 Latvala +2.2s; 5 Mikkelsen +4.3s; 6 Ostberg +4.4s.

Overall: 1 Ogier; 2 Hirvonen +20.6s; 3 Ostberg +27.9s; 4 Sordo +36.5s; 5 Neuville +38.9s; 6 Mikkelsen +58.6s.

Fri 12:30 WRC - Italy: Robert Kubica adds another 18s to his WRC2 lead over Sepp Wiegand.

As he gets to the end of the stage he's a little puzzled to see Wiegand's time has been written on the board as a blistering 10m05s, not the 11m05s it really is.

"Whatever car you give me, I don't think I could do a 10m05s," Kubica laughs.

"Well maybe not now. Maybe in the future..."

WRC pacesetter Neuville did a 10m18s, incidentally.

Fri 12:56 WRC - Italy: SS5 of today's eight is now running, Khalid Al-Qassimi has already completed.

Fri 13:04 WRC - Italy: PG Andersson is limping through this afternoon. His AT Ford has a broken driveshaft.

He's losing a lot of time but reckons the Fiesta will make it to service.

Fri 13:05 WRC - Italy: Elfyn Evans is starting to make progress. He takes 3.4s out of Michal Kosciuszko on SS5 and gets the gap in their battle for ninth down to 5.7s.

He also reveals that co-driver Giovanni Bernacchini's Welsh is progressing...

Felix RosenqvistFri 13:07 Some Formula 3 news: Although Raffaele Marciello is skipping the Masters, his European series title rival Felix Rosenqvist is definitely going.

Fri 13:12 WRC - Italy: Storming pace from Thierry Neuville. He's fastest on SS5 so far, taking seven seconds out of nearest rival Dani Sordo and flying past the Citroen into fourth overall as a result.

Fri 13:14 WRC - Italy: Neuville plays down his rapid times.

"It was just a good run," he says. "I feel very comfortable in the car, especially when the grip is high - then I know I can go fast without doing mistakes.

"We haven't taken risks. It's a very clear run. I feel like I'm driving on a circuit."

Fri 13:27 WRC - Italy: Neuville emerges with another stage win, while Ogier's lead blossoms to half a minute as Hirvonen comes through with a slow time that leaves him only 2.1s ahead of Ostberg, and with Neuville closing in too.

Fri 13:28 WRC - Italy - SS5 results:

Stage:
1 Neuville; 2 Ogier +0.2s; 3 Latvala +1.4s; 4 Ostberg +5.7s; 5 Sordo +7.4s; 6 Mikkelsen +8.4s.

Overall: 1 Ogier; 2 Hirvonen +31.3s; 3 Ostberg +33.4s; 4 Neuville +38.7s; 5 Sordo +43.7s; 6 Mikkelsen +1m06.8s.

Fri 13:30 WRC - Italy: Robert Kubica marches on. His WRC2 lead is now up to 1m09s.

This was the stage on which he mangled his Citroen's rear end this morning, and he admitted he had some more close calls.

"We were a bit lucky," he giggles. "I still have a lot of things to learn in rallying!"

Fri 13:50 FR3.5 - Moscow: Friday pacesetter Antonio Felix da Costa tells AUTOSPORT that he could have gone even quicker if he had got the most out of the marginal (by FR3.5 standards) tyres:

"We weren't really expecting the tyres to go off like that," he said. "I think it's something we missed - my first lap was not too good. But our car is strong. The key will be just to nail a lap."

Fri 14:23 Le Mans: Today at Le Mans there has been zero track action, but some interesting words from the teams as the paddock has gone press conference-crazy.

Fri 14:24 Some WTCC news: the field for next weekend's Porto street races is up to a season-high 25 as Campos runs three SEATs and Tom Boardman returns.

Fri 14:26
Le Mans: Toyota has never won the 24 Hours here, but did claim one accolade earlier today; that of having procured the longest table in history to sit its drivers and top team staff down at during its pre-race press conference.

Fri 14:36 WRC - Italy: Christian Riedemann leads WRC 3 after SS5. Britain's Alastair Fisher retired on the opening stage, blinded by dust, he hit a bank in his Citroen DS3. Triple British Rally champion Keith Cronin has fared little better, dropping more than three minutes, the Irishman is running sixth.

Stage six is coming soon...

Fri 14:40 WRC - Italy: Talking to Mikko Hirvonen before the last stage, the Finn admitted he was struggling to see a way past Sardinian leader Sebastien Ogier.

"He is very strong here," said the Finn. "I don't think he can be beaten."

Hirvonen smiled. "I'm just kidding. He can be beaten. We have to drive faster."

Hirvonen is now more than half a minute down on Ogier and coming under big pressure from Mads Ostberg in third and Thierry Neuville in fourth.

Cars at the start of SS6.

Fri 14:49 Latest motorsport news comes from Superstars, where another F1 veteran joins the field in the form of sometime Simtek man Mimmo Schiattarella.

Race Centre Live will be following all the action from Superstars' visit to Zolder in Belgium this weekend. Nicola Larini is also joining the field.

Sebastien OgierFri 14:50 WRC - Italy: Stage six is poised to commence. It's a re-run of the 31km Monte Lerno stage that opened the morning.

Monte Lerno completes the second Friday loop, but today there are still two more night stages to come after service.

Sebastien Ogier holds a half-minute lead, with Mikko Hirvonen, Mads Ostberg, Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo right together battling for second.

Fri 14:55 WRC - Italy: In WRC 2, Kubica is not only 1m09s ahead of nearest class rival Yuri Protasov, but also right behind WRC runners Michal Kosciuszko and Elfyn Evans' battle for ninth overall.

And although AUTOSPORT earlier pledged not to stoke excitement about Kubica's title prospects when this rally still has a long way to go, we couldn't help noticing that championship leader Abdulaziz Al Kuwari is only fourth right now.

Fri 15:04 FR3.5 - Moscow: Oli Webb was fastest for quite a while in practice two, but slipped back to eighth in the end.

“It is so close," said Webb. "We’re just missing 0.3s off P1, and I made an error in the last corner which we know cost me two tenths.

"We turned up here with slightly more worn tyres than the opposition, because of a good outing last time, so I wasn’t too worried about where we finished in FP1.

"As soon as I put on the new tyres we found 2.5s, they make a massive difference around here."

Fri 15:06 WRC - Italy: M-Sport confirms Evgeny Novikov won't restart tomorrow. The Russian rolled heavily on the opening stage this morning.

Fri 15:09 WRC - Italy: For a hint of just how heavy that Novikov crash was, have a browse of this spectator's video...

Fri 15:14 FR3.5 - Moscow: Championship challenger Stoffel Vandoorne’s relative lack of pace on new tyres in the second collective test is being investigated by his Fortec Motorsport team. The 2013 double winner was fourth fastest in the morning before dropping to 15th in the afternoon.

Fortec engineer Paul Heath told AUTOSPORT, "Everything was fine for Stoffel in the first session, it was just when he put the new tyres on in the afternoon that the performance didn’t come. The early indications are that it was the tyres, as it’s very unusual for him not to be up there."

Fortec team boss Jamie Dye was not unduly concerned by the issue. "We're investigating it now," said Dye, "but Stoffel’s got a great head on him, so I am sure he’ll be right up there in qualifying."

Fri 15:15 WRC - Italy: First car, Citroen Abu Dhabi driver Khalid Al Qassimi, is through the second run of Monte Lerno. The DS3 WRC driver reported a moment on the asphalt section in the middle of the stage.

Fri 15:16 WRC - Italy: Report that P-G Andersson has stopped on SS6. The Swede's Fiesta RS WRC has been running with a broken rear driveshaft since SS4.

Fri 15:25 WRC - Italy: Elfyn Evans continues to level his unbelievably steep learning curve with another solid run through SS6. Qatar M-Sport's Welshman admitted he'd cooked the brakes on the first half of the stage.

Andreas Mikkelsen ran out of grip for the last eight kilometres in his factory Polo R WRC.

"I used them too much on the first two stages," said the Norwegian.

Fri 15:29 WRC - Italy: Mads Ostberg reports a lot of oversteer from his Fiesta RS WRC. He also spun the Ford at the mid-point of the stage. The Norwegian has lost his position to a flying Thierry Neuville.

Fri 15:33 WRC - Italy: Thierry Neuville puts his afternoon pace down to Qatar M-Sport team's chilli and rice at lunchtime. Questionable... AUTOSPORT had the same for lunch, but our time from Sassari back to Olbia wasn't markedly quicker!

Fri 15:35 WRC - Italy: Cracking time from rally leader Sebastien Ogier who goes fastest in SS6. The Frenchman is the master at saving his tyres and he's done it again. He now leads by 42.4 seconds.

Fri 15:36 FR3.5 - Moscow: Jazeman Jafaar's driver coach Bruce Jouanny explained that the Carlin racer suffered an off at Turn 13 in the second collective test, which caused the session to be red-flagged.

"Jazeman was looking very strong on old tyres this morning," said Jouanny.

"But unfortunately he lost some track time by going into the gravel, so perhaps there’s still a little more work to do.

"He did a very good race at Monaco, finishing on the podium, and we've done a lot of preparation for this weekend, so let's see what happens tomorrow."

Mikko HirvonenFri 15:38 WRC - Italy: With Ogier moving further ahead, the scrap for a Sardinian second is really hotting up. Just 18 seconds separate Mikko Hirvonen, Thierry Neuville, Mads Ostberg and Dani Sordo going into the final two stages of the day.

Fri 15:39 WRC - Italy - SS6 results:

Stage: 1 Ogier; 2 Latvala +4.3s; 3 Neuville +8.4s; 4 Hirvonen +11.1s; 5 Sordo +16.7s; 6 Ostberg +20.9s.

Overall: 1 Ogier; 2 Hirvonen +42.4s; 3 Neuville +47.1s; 4 Ostberg +54.3s; 5 Sordo +1m00.4s; 6 Mikkelsen +1m27.8s.

Fri 15:39 FR3.5 - Moscow: Jouanny's own driving ambitions this season have been put on hold. The former British Formula 3 race winner, who is in his sixth season working with FR3.5 racer Jafaar, has only contested one race this year. The Roquefort-based Frenchman took a class win in the Bathurst 12 hours driving a Peugeot RCZ.

Fri 15:46 WRC - Italy: Robert Kubica whops his WRC 2 rivals to the tune of a second per kilometre through Monte Lerno. The Citroen DS3 RRC's lead is fast approaching two minutes over Sepp Wiegand. The factory Skoda driver admitted he had a strange feeling with his Fabia in SS6.

Wiegand said: "I don't know if I have a puncture, but the car was a little bit crazy."

Kubica was catching Wiegand towards the end of the stage and suffering in his dust.

Fri 15:46 FR3.5 - Moscow: Muscovite Mikhail Aleshin experienced little in the way of a home advantage in Friday afternoon's second collective test at the Moscow Raceway.

After a promising sixth fastest time in the opening session, the Tech 1 racer slumped to 22nd.

"I put a different set-up on in the afternoon compared to my team-mate [sixth-placed Nigel Melker], so we exactly know what's going on," said Aleshin. "Unfortunately it didn't work out; I had traffic and then picked up dirt on my tyres - just not very good at all.

"I have no more experience here than anyone else. I would love to do some driver coaching here, but there's not much opportunity for driving in Russia!"

Fri 15:51
AUTOSPORT has just had a very interesting chat with multiple Le Mans winner Dindo Capello, who is here in his capacity as an Audi ambassador.

The subject? A long reminisce about his time in Super Touring for Audi Sport Italia.

For the record, AUTOSPORT loves reminiscing about Super Touring.

(By the way, we couldn't find a picture of him in a Super Tourer, so here's one of his face instead).

Nissan ZeodFri 15:55 Recap of today's biggest motorsport news:

Sebastien Ogier is dominating the WRC in Italy, while Thierry Neuville and Robert Kubica are making waves in his wake

Nissan has unveiled the DeltaWing-style electric car it will enter at Le Mans in 2014

Red Bull rising star Antonio Felix da Costa got his FR3.5 season back on course by going quickest in practice at Moscow Raceway

And from late last night:

Loic Duval kept his Audi on Le Mans 24 Hours pole in a dramatic session

Fri 15:59 Rally Italy gets going again at 19.23 local time (18.23 UK, 17.23 GMT) and we'll have news from the service park before then, as well as updates from NASCAR's weekend on the road courses as that commences, and more from Le Mans and Moscow FR3.5.

Fri 16:23 This weekend NASCAR is all about road-racing. The Nationwide Series is at the gorgeous Road America, and the Sprint Cup field is at Sonoma.

Today is practice day for both series, with qualifying and the Nationwide race on Saturday, and the Cup race on Sunday.

Nelson Piquet JrFri 16:28 It's the NASCAR Nationwide Series that gets going first, with practice at a currently damp Elkhart Lake circuit just a few minutes away.

Last year Road America was the scene of ex-Formula 1 man Nelson Piquet's first win in the series, and an infamous collision between 1997 F1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve and Danica Patrick.

Fri 16:31 NASCAR - Sonoma/Road America: This weekend both Villeneuve and Patrick will be at Sonoma in Cup.

The most notable 'ringer' in Nationwide is long-time Corvette Le Mans/American Le Mans man Johnny O'Connell, who is out for JR Motorsports while his old colleagues are racing in France.

AJ Allmendinger is in Penske's Nationwide car, while his sometime Champ Car rival Andrew Ranger (Canada's big IndyCar hope before James Hinchcliffe came along) is driving for NDS Racing.

Fri 16:44 You'll need two AUTOSPORT windows for the rest of the weekend.

Le Mans Live will be in operation for every second of the 24-hour race, which commences on Saturday.

Meanwhile its younger brother Race Centre Live takes care of the rest of the racing action from around the world, covering the WRC in Italy, FR3.5 in Russia, IndyCar at Iowa, NASCAR at Sonoma, the BTCC at Croft and Superstars at Zolder.

Jorge LorenzoFri 17:18 Some MotoGP news before the rallying resumes for the evening.

AUTOSPORT editor in chief Andrew van de Burgt had an exclusive interview with world champion Jorge Lorenzo this week, in which the Spaniard tipped fellow Yamaha man Cal Crutchlow to get his first wins this year.

Meanwhile, Crutchlow's Tech 3 team-mate Bradley Smith says the finger surgery he's just had to repair his Mugello injury won't affect his Assen plans.

"Everything went as well as expected and now I am just resting my arm as much possible. The wrist shouldn't give me any problems now hopefully but we need a few more days to see whether the skin graft has taken."

If you're feeling brave, have a look at Smith's Twitter pictures of his injury and recovery, including this before and after... (warning: graphic images)

Fri 17:25 WRC - Italy: Stage seven in Sardinia is about to get underway.

This evening will feature two runs through the 13.55 kilometres of Gallura. The first should be in fading light, the second after dark.

Fri 17:37 NASCAR - Sonoma/Road America: NASCAR is willing to try racing in the rain on road courses, but Nationwide practice at Road America has been delayed by lightning.

Frankly that's fair enough.

Fri 17:41 WRC - Italy: In normal circumstances, you want to be as late in the running order as possible on a rally like Sardinia so others sweep the dust off the road for you.

But as day turns to night, that dust is likely to hang in the air, which could cause major visibility problems for leader Sebastien Ogier.

The Frenchman was concerned about that prospect, especially with two-minute gaps between cars starting, prior to the rally.

"I think night stages on gravel events are not so good, it's always a problem with the dust," said Ogier.

"We have to ask to get at least three minutes, it was terrible last time in Greece [in 2011]."

Mads OstbergFri 17:45 WRC - Italy: Speaking of the running order, since the advent of qualifying, rallies are trying increasingly inventive ways to jazz up the process of drivers selecting their starting spots.

In Italy, women in traditional Sardinian costumes held the numbers for drivers to pick. Mads Ostberg went about it in particularly polite fashion.

Fri 17:55 WRC - Italy: Setting sun through the dust is already making this stage a tough one.

That's not what Elfyn Evans needs in a World Rally Car he has little experience of. He takes it easy and loses 8s in his battle with Michal Kosciuszko, but keeping the car in one piece for Saturday is wise.

Fri 18:00 WRC - Italy: Mads Ostberg is quickest of the next batch of cars, taking a second back off team-mate Thierry Neuville.

Fri 18:05 WRC - Italy: Mikko Hirvonen adds a bit more of a cushion to his advantage over Neuville in their battle for second. The Citroen is 1.5s faster and the gap is now 6.2s.

Fri 18:07 WRC - Italy: Jari-Matti Latvala has just been clocked with a stunning time, 10s quicker than anyone else, VW team-mate Sebastien Ogier included.

That will bring Latvala right onto his other team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen's tail as they fight for sixth.

It also makes you wonder where Latvala would've been relative to Ogier but for his SS1 puncture.

Fri 18:10 NASCAR - Sonoma/Road America: Expect some shots of NASCAR in the wet later as the Nationwide field slithers round in Elkhart Lake practice right now.

Only four drivers have so far set times, led by ex-Formula 1/Champ Car racer Max Papis, who is about half a minute off last year's pole at present.

Fri 18:12 WRC - Italy - SS7 results:

Stage:
1 Latvala; 2 Ogier +10.9s; 3 Hirvonen +12.6s; 4 Ostberg +13.1s; 5 Neuville +14.1s.

Overall:
1 Ogier; 2 Hirvonen +44.1s; 3 Neuville +50.3s; 4 Ostberg +56.5s; 5 Sordo +1m06.3s.

Jari-Matti LatvalaFri 18:15 WRC - Italy: Jari-Matti Latvala on his astounding SS7 time.

"I came here in 2003 and this is exactly the stage that was used that time, and I love this kind of stage, it's such a great feeling to drive," he says.

"We still maybe have a chance for fifth place, so let's fight for that."

He is seventh right now, gaining on Mikkelsen.

Fri 18:18 WRC - Italy: Robert Kubica loses a lot of time. The WRC 2 cars are going into the stage just one minute apart, and in the setting sun that is causing huge dust problems.

The consolation for Kubica is that main rival Sepp Wiegand was even slower, but Abdulaziz Al Kuwari - first of the WRC 2 cars on the road - did not have that issue and is now second, 1m10s behind the Pole, who had been two minutes clear.

"We were driving 10km/h per hour and we couldn't see anything," said the disappointed Kubica.

Fri 18:22 WRC - Italy: The cars are now off to a regroup before tackling this stage again at 21.28 local time (20.28 UK, 19.28 GMT), by which time the dust will be accompanied by darkness.

Fri 19:14 WRC - Italy: This stage is going to be really tricky. Looking outside the press office window, it's not going to be completely dark for the first few cars. Half-light's a nightmare for a rally driver; constant indecision about whether it's better with the spotlights all on, just the bumper lights on, all off and just headlights on? And a distraction like that in a technical stage like Gallura is not what you need. There'll be some tales to tell in about 40 minutes...

Fri 19:16 WRC - Italy: And, in case you were wondering, it hasn't started raining. It's still positively boiling and very, very (very) dusty.

Fri 19:20 FR3.5 - Moscow: The weekend attendance at Moscow is anticipated to be in the region of 105,000. Alongside the regular World Series by Renault racecard, fans can expect to be entertained by David Coulthard. The 13-time grand prix winner is set to make his maiden demonstration run of the year in Red Bull's Formula 1 roadshow car.

Toro Rosso racer Daniel Ricciardo fulfilled similar duties this season at Motorland Aragon, while Alain Prost is pencilled in to break off from assisting with the development of Renault’s new turbocharged Formula 1 engine to make an appearance at Paul Ricard.

Fri 19:22 FR3.5 - Moscow: It might not quite rival the 'White Nights' of St Petersburg, but on the longest day of the year there is still eerily-good light at 23.00 in Moscow.

The Moscow Raceway stewards have announced that there will be 275 seconds use of the Drag Reduction System (DRS) in each FR3.5 race.

Fri 19:31 WRC - Italy: The final stage of day one is underway. Off into the darkness they go...

Fri 19:38 NASCAR - Sonoma/Road America: Both NASCAR's top series are now in action turning left and right.

Nationwide teams are starting to switch to dry set-ups at Road America, while Marcos Ambrose has just knocked Kurt Busch off the top spot in opening Sprint Cup practice at Sonoma.

Fri 19:41 WRC - Italy: Normally at the end of Friday, WRC drivers still have two days to go.

But Rally Italy is the latest rally to compact its schedule, so after today's eight-stage, 14-hour stint, the event concludes later on Saturday afternoon. A further eight stages will run tomorrow.

Fri 19:46 WRC - Italy: Mads Ostberg has come to a halt early on the stage. He was running fourth.

Fri 19:47 WRC - Italy: Elfyn Evans completes the final day and it's game on again in his fight with Michal Kosciuszko for ninth, taking 6.8s off the ex-Mini man and reducing the gap to 8.9s again.

Fri 19:48 WRC - Italy: Terrible news for Ostberg, he has rolled out of fourth place. Mads and co-driver Jonas Andersson are both unhurt.

That's the second M-Sport Ford to crash out after Evgeny Novikov's massive accident this morning.

Fri 19:54 WRC - Italy: It's been a very quiet rally for Dani Sordo so far. He drops further away from Thierry Neuville and admits that missing this rally last year (when he didn't contest a full programme) is hampering him in Italy.

Fri 20:13 WRC - Italy: Jari-Matti Latvala takes another stage win and in the process shoots past VW team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen into what is now fifth overall.

Sebastien Ogier continues to lead by a huge margin over the battling Mikko Hirvonen and Thierry Neuville.

Fri 20:16 WRC - Italy: Robert Kubica completes his day and still holds a 1m10s lead in WRC2 despite the dust issues that plagued his runs through the night stages.

Fri 20:18 WRC - Italy - SS8 results:

Stage: 1 Latvala; 2 Neuville +5.3s; 3 Ogier +5.9s; 4 Hirvonen +8.4s; 5 Sordo +19.0s; 6 Mikkelsen +25.6s.

Overall: 1 Ogier; 2 Hirvonen +46.6s; 3 Neuville +49.7s; 4 Sordo +1m19.4s; 5 Latvala +1m44.0s; 6 Mikkelsen +1m55.4s.

Fri 20:44 That concludes Race Centre Live for Friday June 21, the day that Sebastien Ogier reasserted his World Rally Championship authority, but couldn't overshadow superb drives from Thierry Neuville, Jari-Matti Latvala and Robert Kubica.

WRC Friday report: Ogier ahead as Latvala surges

Fri 20:46 NASCAR - Sonoma: Marcos Ambrose looks set to deny Juan Pablo Montoya the top spot in the opening Friday practice session, concluding any moment now, while sometime V8 Supercars racer Owen Kelly was quickest in Friday practice for the Nationwide Series' Road America round.

Fri 20:48 Race Centre Live will resume at 5.45am GMT (6.45am UK) with all the action from Formula Renault 3.5 in Russia, the final day of WRC Rally Italy, plus practice and qualifying from IndyCar at Iowa, NASCAR Sprint Cup at Sonoma, the BTCC at Croft and Superstars at Zolder, while our sister service Le Mans Live will cover every moment of the legendary 24-hour race.

Mikko HirvonenSat 05:41 Good morning from AUTOSPORT Race Centre Live for Saturday June 22.

It's race morning at the Le Mans 24 Hours and the deciding day of Rally Italy.

Sat 05:43 WRC - Italy: First news of the morning in Sardinia is that Mads Ostberg will rejoin under Rally 2 following his Friday evening crash.

The team chopped a section of roll cage out of the car at 0100 this morning and had the job finished two hours later. Eight mechanics worked through the night to make it happen.

An M-Sport car has finished the last 164 WRC rounds in the points (since Monte 2002) and Malcolm Wilson said that's the closest it's come to ending that run...

Sat 05:48 Here's the full schedule for today...

All times GMT, which is one hour behind BST.

Le Mans Live

7.00: Warm-up
13.00: Race starts - constant live coverage till finish at 13.00 GMT Sunday

Race Centre Live

5.55: Formula Renault 3.5 Moscow qualifying
6.06: WRC Italy SS9
6.36: WRC Italy SS10
7.05: Superstars Zolder practice one
7.19: WRC Italy SS11
8.27: WRC Italy SS12
8.30: BTCC Croft practice one
9.25: Superstars Zolder practice two
10.00: FR3.5 Moscow race one
11.00: BTCC Croft practice two
12.25: WRC Italy SS13
12.55: WRC Italy SS14
13.38: WRC Italy SS15/powerstage
14.10: BTCC Croft qualifying
14.45: Superstars Zolder qualifying
14.46: WRC Italy SS16
15.45: IndyCar Iowa practice
18.05: NASCAR Sprint Cup Sonoma qualifying
20.00: IndyCar Iowa qualifying

Antonio Felix da CostaSat 05:50 FR3.5 - Moscow:

Ahead of qualifying kicking off in Russia, here's a reminder of how Red Bull rising star Antonio Felix da Costa set the pace yesterday.

FR3.5 practice day report

Sat 05:57 FR3.5 - Moscow: Formula Renault 3.5 qualifying is underway at Moscow Raceway.

The consensus on Friday from teams and competitors who attended last year's meeting is that the fit and finish of the circuit facilties has improved markedly. That's entriely to be expected, as the 2012 event was only the circuit's second international meeting after the FIA European Truck Racing Championship

The sun is breaking through some patches of early morning cloud. The forecast for the rest of the weekend is largely fine, although there is possibility of light rain on Sunday.

Sat 05:59 WRC - Italy: We're a few minutes away from the first stage of the morning going live. Eight more tests today to decide the event.

Sebastien Ogier and Robert Kubica hold big overall and WRC 2 leads respectively.

The big talking points will be how far Friday stars Thierry Neuville and Jari-Matti Latvala can progress. The Belgian is right on Mikko Hirvonen's exhaust fighting for second place, while Latvala has flown up to fifth after a puncture early on Friday.

Sat 06:04 FR3.5 Moscow: A mild scare for championship leader Kevin Magnussen earlier. The Dane ran off the road on the exit of Turn 3, but has recovered to second position behind Stoffel Vandoorne.

Marcos AmbroseSat 06:04 NASCAR - Sonoma: Marcos Ambrose and Clint Bowyer were fastest in the two Friday practice sessions for the Sprint Cup's first road course round of the season at Sonoma.

Juan Pablo Montoya, Kurt Busch and Kasey Kahne were among the others looking rapid, while Denny Hamlin was first to find the barriers. His car will be repaired for qualifying.

For those following Jacques Villeneuve's progress, he was 30th in practice one and 29th in practice two.

Over at Road America, the Nationwide Series field is also in road mode. Former V8 Supercars man Owen Kelly was fastest on a practice day that began wet.

Sat 06:07 FR3.5 - Moscow The top of the timing screens is extremely fluid. Nigel Melker is on provisional pole from Antonio Felix da Costa and Marco Sorensen.

Sat 06:10 WRC - Italy: Monte Olia is underway. PG Andersson is first on the road after his Friday problems, followed by Mads Ostberg.

His M-Sport team-mate Evgeny Novikov's car was too badly damaged in the Russian's morning shunt.

Sat 06:11 F3.5 - Moscow: Amazing effort from debutant Will Buller: provisional pole!

Sat 06:12 FR3.5 - Moscow: Stoffel Vandoorne has demoted Melker from top spot. The Belgian, the only man on track, goes quickest by 0.037s.

Sat 06:27 WRC - Italy: Rally 2 runners Andersson and Ostberg are safely through Saturday's opener. No dramas so far on the splits.

It's a quick-fire morning: as soon as crews finish Monte Olia they're straight onto the nearby Terranova, which Andersson is due onto at 8.36am local time (7.36 UK, 6.36 GMT).

Sat 06:27 FR3.5 - Moscow: Stoffel Vandoorne takes pole, from Antonio Felix da Costa, Kevin Magnussen, Nigel Melker, Will Buller and Oliver Webb.

SuperstarsSat 06:34 Superstars - Zolder: In just over half an hour, we'll have our first Superstars International Series session of the weekend from Zolder in Belgium.

As usual, there are several fascinating newcomers in the field - led by sometime Ferrari Formula 1 driver Nicola Larini alongside Fabrizio Giovanardi (his long-time Alfa Romeo touring car team-mate) in the Petri Porsche squad, and ex-Simtek F1 racer Mimmo Schiattarella in a Solaris Chevrolet Lumina.

There are also two Belgian guests in the field: single-seater turned GT racer Laurens Vanthoor in an Audi and Renaud Kuppens at Giudici BMW.

Thomas Biagi leads the points, but with two wins already it's GT convert Giovanni Berton who's making waves this year. Ex-F1 man Tonio Liuzzi is the other main contender.

Championship standings after six of 16 rounds:

1 Thomas Biagi 105
2 Giovanni Berton 80
3 Tonio Liuzzi 76
4 Luigi Ferrara 57
5 Gianni Morbidelli 53
6 Andrea Bacci 40

20 points for a win


Sat 06:38 WRC - Italy: Jari-Matti Latvala is flying through SS9 and looks set to carve a big chunk out of Dani Sordo's advantage in their battle for fourth.

If he keeps up this pace, we might see Latvala in the podium fight before the rally is over.

Sat 06:54 WRC - Italy: Timing system is misbehaving again, both for round-the-world web viewers and in the service park.

We know that Mikko Hirvonen was quickest on SS9 and that Latvala will have gained on Sordo, but haven't got a reliable set of results yet or any indication of Neuville's time - and that's a fairly vital one given his battle with Hirvonen for second.

Sat 06:55 WRC - Italy: Meanwhile SS10 has got going and the first four cars are through. Mads Ostberg fastest so far.

Thierry NeuvilleSat 06:57 WRC - Italy: Timing system is waking up. Looks like Neuville was second fastest on SS9 but still lost five seconds to the flying Hirvonen.

Sat 06:59 WRC - Italy: Mikko Hirvonen is reported by stage-end officials to have rolled out of second place early on SS10.

Sat 07:01 WRC - Italy: Hirvonen had started the morning with a commanding fastest time as he fought to secure second place from the flying Neuville, but it looks like his rally is over.

That gives Neuville a comfortable second place and makes the prospect of a Latvala podium look very likely.

Sat 07:04 WRC - Italy: Latvala takes a couple more seconds out of Sordo on SS10. "I was waiting for that," Sordo admits. "It's very slippery in some places and I don't feel very comfortable."

Sat 07:05 Time for a second AUTOSPORT screen! Le Mans 24 Hours warm-up is underway on our sister service Le Mans Live.

Sat 07:09 WRC - Italy: Still waiting for proper times from both this morning's stages but we think the gap between new third place man Dani Sordo and his pursuer Jari-Matti Latvala is under 15s now with six stages to go.

Sebastien Ogier and Thierry Neuville are comfortable in first and second.

Sat 07:10 WRC - Italy: Ogier reckons Hirvonen might manage to continue. He says the Citroen is stuck off the road at the first hairpin, but didn't see any particularly severe damage as he passed.

Sat 07:16 Superstars - Zolder: Free practice one is underway here in Belgium, and it's local boy (and Superstars first-timer) Laurens Vanthoor leading the way for Audi 10 minutes into the session.

Sat 07:23 WRC - Italy: So much for Mikko's good mood first thing this morning. He was well up for the fight and was sensational on Monte Olia. Bit of a concern about the location of service – Citroen's just a hop, skip and a jump from the harbourside...

Sat 07:43 Superstars - Zolder: Great start to Laurens Vanthoor's Superstars career as he goes fastest in free practice one. Audi Sport Italia looking strong with Gianni Morbidelli making it an RS5 1-2.

1 Vanthoors; 2 Morbidelli; 3 Liuzzi; 4 Ferrara; 5 Biagi; 6 Mugelli; 7 Kuppens; 8 Giammaria; 9 N Larini; 10 Sini.

Sat 07:43 WRC - Italy: Hooray, the timing system is alive. As the first cars come through SS11, let's round up the results from SS9 and SS10:

SS9

Stage: 1 Hirvonen; 2 Neuville +5.4s; 3 Latvala +5.8s; 4 Ogier +6.1s; 5 Mikkelsen +18.3s; 6 Sordo +19.7s.

Overall: 1 Ogier; 2 Hirvonen +40.5s; 3 Neuville +49.0s; 4 Sordo +1m33.0s; 5 Latvala +1m43.7s; 6 Mikkelsen +2m07.6s

SS10

Stage: 1 Ogier; 2 Neuville +3.1s; 3 Latvala +3.3s; 4 Sordo +6.0s; 5 Mikkelsen +7.2s; 6 Prokop +20.8s.

Overall: 1 Ogier; 2 Neuville +52.1s; 3 Sordo +1m39.0s; 4 Latvala +1m47.0s; 5 Mikkelsen +2m14.8s; 6 Prokop +5m38.2s.

Stoffel VandoorneSat 07:51 FR3.5 - Moscow: Earlier this morning, Stoffel Vandoorne put himself on pole for race one of Formula Renault 3.5's Russian weekend.

Moscow FR3.5 qualifying report

Sat 07:53 WRC - Italy: The swap for third has happened. As Jari-Matti Latvala takes what looks like it will be another stage win, Dani Sordo spins and struggles to restart for a few seconds.

That puts Latvala up to third, 13s ahead of Sordo.

Sat 07:57 WRC - Italy: Rain-watch... big black clouds gathering on the mountains just beyond the service park. There has been some very light rain in the stages. There's a storm coming over from Africa, apparently.

Sat 08:06 WRC - Italy: Hirvonen's fastest time this morning was his 250th in the WRC. His 251st might have to wait a while.

CLWRC - Italy: We're not exaggerating about the Sardinia weather change, promise. Look at this picture: real clouds.

Sat 08:16 FR3.5 - Moscow: Championship leader Kevin Magnussen has been stripped of his two fastest laps from FR3.5 qualifying.

Sat 08:20 FR3.5 - Moscow: The stewards' decision no.1 in relation to Magnussen states that car #20, Magnussen, blocked car #3, Antonio Felix da Costa. Magnussen loses his fastest lap as a result.

Decision no.2 states that Magnussen also blocked #11, Carlin driver Carlos Huertas. The Dane therefore also loses his second fastest lap.

Sat 08:26 WRC - Italy - SS11 results:

Stage: 1 Ogier; 2 Latvala +6.5s; 3 Neuville +8.3s; 4 Mikkelsen +13.7s; 5 Ostberg +21.3s; 6 Sordo +27.7s.

Overall: 1 Ogier; 2 Neuville +1m00.4s; 3 Latvala +1m53.5s; 4 Sordo +2m06.7s; 5 Mikkelsen +2m28.5s; 6 Prokop +6m28.8s.

Sat 08:28 WRC - Italy: Robert Kubica's WRC2 lead is back up to over a minute.

Nearest rival Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari is furious that he is going onto the stages just one minute behind Kubica while the Pole has a two-minute gap after the last of the World Rally Cars.

Sat 08:32 FR3.5 - Moscow: Polesitter Stoffel Vandoorne was surprised by the margin to third-placed championship leader Kevin Magnussen, who has subsequently been stripped of his two fastest laps for blocking.

Vandoorne also welcomed the cooler temperatures that are expected for this afternoon’s race.

"Sure, we were a bit surprised that we had such a big gap to P3," said Vandoorne. "Yesterday was amazing. Five tenths off was P15, today it was P3. But it is only good for us. Antonio [Felix da Costa, who starts second] and I are really close.

"I need a good start, as here it is so difficult to overtake, then it will be about managing the tyres. I think the temperature is quite a bit lower than Friday. That will make it easier because yesterday they just fell off a cliff."

Sat 08:33 BTCC - Croft: Free practice one is underway, and the works Hondas lead the field out of the pits.

Jake Hill is coming out for his first laps in an official BTCC session too, driving Motorbase's S2000 Ford Focus.

Sat 08:35 BTCC - Croft: The track is a tad damp in places, but the rain is staying away and there is a strong wind.

Oulton ParkSat 08:37 BTCC - Croft: As usual at this stage in a BTCC season, the title battle is finely poised.

Matt Neal, Andrew Jordan and Jason Plato are all over each other, and reigning champion Gordon Shedden is not far behind.

Championship standings after 12 of 30 rounds:


1 Matt Neal 173
2 Andrew Jordan 169
3 Jason Plato 166
4 Gordon Shedden 142
5 Sam Tordoff 129
6 Colin Turkington 123

(20 points for a win)

Sat 08:38 BTCC - Croft: Joe Girling is back out this weekend in the Finesse Chevrolet after missing Oulton Park due to illness.

Will BullerSat 08:38 FR3.5 - Moscow: Zeta Corse team boss Claudio Cantelli was delighted with new signing Will Buller's provisional fifth place in qualifying.

Buller is set to gain a further place following Kevin Magnussen's penalty.

"We're delighted," said Cantelli. "The reason Will made such a sudden improvement at the end was that he made a small off on his first set of new tyres. But we were confident he could do the job.

"After he came out of the car he was really calm. I was impressed that he was already thinking about which areas we could find improvements in qualifying for race two tomorrow."

Sat 08:43 FR3.5 - Moscow: Magnussen is demoted from third to 17th position on the starting grid for this afternoon's race, after the imposition of his post-qualifying penalties for blocking.

Sat 08:45 BTCC - Croft: Frank Wrathall has a small off at the complex but is unharmed and continues.

Sat 08:46 WRC - Italy: Mads Ostberg reports a spin and a brush with a tree when he reaches the end of SS12. He is currently ninth and running under Rally 2 following his Friday crash.

Sat 08:47 BTCC - Croft: Practice has been stopped. Not sure why yet...

Sat 08:52 BTCC - Croft: Practice back underway, looks like the cause of the red flag was Sam Tordoff's MG.

Sat 08:54 WRC - Italy: VW has told Andreas Mikkelsen he's welcome to have a push and see if he can get fourth from Dani Sordo's Citroen. There are 22s between them.

Sat 08:55 BTCC - Croft: A quarter of an hour of first practice left, and Andrew Jordan is the pacesetter in the Eurotech Honda, a tenth ahead of Colin Turkington.

Sat 08:57 WRC - Italy: Three Volkswagen Polo R WRCs in the top four would be an incredible result for the team - and a great start to Andreas Mikkelsen's 24th birthday celebrations.

Sat 08:57 WRC - Italy: Having come back from 12th to third following his SS1 puncture, does Jari-Matti Latvala fancy a crack at closing the 53s gap to second-placed Thierry Neuville?

"No, I can't catch him. He's been driving so well in this rally. I could be driving like I did all day yesterday, but I can't do it - it's too risky. I really want the podium"

Sat 08:58 WRC - Italy: Sordo was only 1.9s slower than Mikkelsen on that stage. That leaves 20.8s between them with four stages left. Will be tough for Mikkelsen...

Sat 08:59 BTCC - Croft: An eye-catching time from Tom Onslow-Cole in Team Hard's VW - he goes third.

Sat 09:01 WRC - Italy: Neuville loses about 15s as he overshoots after a jump at high speed, but he remains calm.

Sat 09:05 WRC - Italy: Neuville's slip means Ogier's lead is now up to a very secure 1m15s with four stages to go.

Sat 09:06 BTCC - Croft: Jason Plato moves back up to second, a mere 0.072s behind Andrew Jordan.

Sat 09:07 WRC - Italy: No problems for Robert Kubica, his big WRC 2 lead remains intact.

We might start talking about his title prospects soon...

Sat 09:12 BTCC - Croft: First practice is over, and it's Andrew Jordan fastest from Jason Plato, Colin Turkington and Tom Onslow-Cole.

Jake Hill impressively tops S2000 on his debut.

Sat 09:14 WRC - Italy - SS12 results:

Stage: 1 Latvala; 2 Ogier +2.1s; 3 Mikkelsen +5.7s; 4 Sordo +7.6s; 5 Neuville +17.6s; 6 Prokop +29.3s.

Overall: 1 Ogier; 2 Neuville +1m15.9s; 3 Latvala +1m51.4s; 4 Sordo +2m12.2s; 5 Mikkelsen +2m32.1s; 6 Prokop +6m56.0s.

Sat 09:15 Superstars - Zolder: Just 10 minutes until free practice two here at Zolder. Track is dry, despite some dark clouds hanging around.

Series debutant Laurens Vanthoor was quickest in FP1 for Audi Sport Italia. The result was a lot to do with local knowledge; as the team's PR man put it, he can see the track from his breakfast table. In other words, he grew up very close to the circuit.

Sat 09:15 BTCC - Croft - free practice one results:

1 Jordan; 2 Plato; 3 Turkington; 4 Onslow-Cole; 5 Collard; 6 Shedden; 7 Neal; 8 Wrathall; 9 Newsham; 10 Tordoff.

Sat 09:18 BTCC - Croft: It turns out the red flag in free practice one was to retrieve Sam Tordoff's driveshaft from Tower! Not the best start to his weekend...

Sat 09:27 Superstars - Zolder: Free practice two is now underway at Zolder.

Elfyn EvansSat 09:43 WRC - Italy: The closest battle in the top 10 when the final loop starts will be the fight for seventh between Michal Kosciuszko and Elfyn Evans.

For Kosciuszko, the chance to show what he can do following his frustrating stint in the Motorsport Italia Mini is welcome, but a lot of fans - particularly in Wales - would love to see WRC Academy champion Evans, son of the legendary Gwyndaf, as high as seventh on his top-class debut.

There is just six seconds between Kosciuszko and Evans with four stages to go, and they've been inseparable all weekend.

Sat 09:48 FR3.5 - Moscow: We're not far away from the start of the first Formula Renault 3.5 race of the weekend at Moscow Raceway.

Championship contenders Stoffel Vandoorne and Antonio Felix da Costa share the front row, and the man they're chasing in the points - Kevin Magnussen - is way back in 17th after being penalised for blocking da Costa and Carlos Huertas.

In other intrigue, what can Formula 3 graduate Will Buller do from fourth on the grid on his debut. Buller is the latest occupant of what is turning out to be Zeta Corse's 'star car'.

Sat 09:51 A reminder that while Race Centre Live focuses on everywhere except Le Mans, our sister service Le Mans Live will be up and running for all the build-up and all 24 hours of race action on sportscar racing's biggest day of the year.

Andrew JordanSat 09:53 BTCC - Croft: Andrew Jordan was fastest in free practice a little earlier today.

This is what his Eurotech Honda looked like to you if you were just waking up from sleeping in the woods and wondered what the noise was.

Sat 09:54 FR3.5 - Moscow: DAMS general manager Francois Sicard has said he felt the two penalties for blocking handed to the team's championship leader Kevin Magnussen in Saturday morning's qualifying session were "too harsh".

"As soon as Kevin got back to the pits he said he'd had a problem with Antonio," said Sicard. "It was completely unintentional, but he didn't have time to get out of the way. For sure he impeded Antonio, he tried to get out of the way but it was too late. Regarding Huertas, he didn’t see anything, so Kevin is very annoyed.

"If we were penalised once we would have been P9, now we're P17. Kevin always says whenever he has done a mistake, he's very honest, and he has never been involved in bad standards of driving on the track this year, so we think two penalties is harsh."

Sat 09:59 Superstars - Zolder - Free practice two: Tonio Liuzzi goes fastest in FP2 here at Zolder. He finished half a second clear of Laurens Vanthoor, who is shaping up to be a real surprise package on debut.

1 Liuzzi; 2 Vanthoor; 3 Sini; 4 Giammaria; 5 N Larini; 6 Kuppens; 7 Morbidelli; 8 Giovanardi; 9 Mugelli; 10 Bacci.

Sat 10:07 FR3.5 - Moscow: The top three are already spaced out at the completion of the opening lap. Poleman Vandoorne leads Antonio Felix da Costa by 1.4s, with Nigel Melker 3.9s adrift in third.

Sergey Sirotkin stalled at the end of the formation lap and was pushed off the grid.

Sat 10:12 FR3.5 - Moscow: Oliver Webb was the driver who lost out at the start, dropping from fifth to ninth.

Sat 10:15 FR3.5 - Moscow: Will Stevens has passed Will Buller for fourth place, after lunging down the inside of the Zeta Corse driver at the last corner on lap seven.

Jake HillSat 10:17 BTCC - Croft: Jake Hill is confident he can challenge for Jack Sears Trophy victory on his BTCC debut, driving the Motorbase Ford Focus normally raced by Liam Griffin.

"I'm really comfortable," he told AUTOSPORT after topping the S2000 runners in first practice. "I know the the team really well and it's nice to be back at the top of something.

"I got used to the car really quickly and we're absolutely going for class wins."

Sat 10:20 Superstars - Zolder: The handicap weights for Zolder are as follows:

Berton +40kg
Biagi +40kg
Liuzzi +30kg
Morbidelli +10kg

The good news for Morbidelli (and Vanthoor) is that Audi has been given a break in terms of balance of performance. The RS5 is now 20kg lighter, and doesn't have to run its 35mm restrictor.

Sat 10:23 FR3.5 - Moscow: Lap 11, leader Vandoorne is the only man lapping in the 1m22s. The Belgian's lead has extended to 2.946s over da Costa.

The battle for fifth, held by Will Buller who is under threat from Andre Negrao, is the closest among the lead group.

Sat 10:26 WRC - Italy: A civilised midday break for the crews in Sardinia ahead of the final loop. The first of the deciding four stages is off at 14.25 local time (13.25 BST, 12.25 GMT)

Sat 10:28 BTCC - Croft: James Cole's Team Hard Vauxhall Insignia appears to be having some major engine work done ahead of second practice. The team has been frantically working around the TOCA unit, which has been taken out of the chassis.

It's been a tough first season in the BTCC for Cole, who has had a lack of testing and more than his fair share of bad luck already.

Sat 10:30 FR3.5 - Moscow: Fourth-placed Will Stevens is the fastest driver in the top six, and is closing in on Nigel Melker for third.

Sat 10:37 FR3.5 - Moscow: A nasty crash has just occurred at Turn 9. Lucas Foresti has been pitched at high-speed upside down into the gravel after clashing wheels with Nikolay Martsenko. Both drivers exited their cars unaided.

Sat 10:47 Superstars - Zolder: Here's a full recap of events from practice in Belgium this morning, as local star Laurens Vanthoor announced he will be a threat for victory on his debut.

Superstars practice report

Sat 10:52 FR3.5 - Moscow: Stoffel Vandoorne has followed up pole position and fastest lap with a dominant victory. The Fortec racer finished 6.7s clear of Antonio Felix da Costa.

Third place was more closely contested, Nigel Melker fought off Will Stevens by 0.8s.

Will Buller took fifth place on his series debut, while Andre Negrao completed the top six.

Sat 10:56 FR3.5 - Moscow - race one results:

1 Vandoorne; 2 da Costa; 3 Melker; 4 Stevens; 5 Buller; 6 Negrao; 7 Muller; 8 Stockinger; 9 Webb; 10 Sorensen.

Magnussen 11th.

Sat 11:00 BTCC - Croft: Free practice two is next up. Will Andrew Jordan's Eurotech Honda set the pace again?

Superstars - Zolder: Neither Thomas Biagi nor Luigi Ferrara set a timed lap in FP2. Would appear that the Roma Racing Team is fitting a new engine to Ferrara's C63 Coupe, while most of the action in the Romeo Ferraris pits seemed to be focused on the back end of Biagi's C63.Sat 11:06
Luckily for both teams there is a decent gap between FP2 and qualifying. Still three and a half hours until qualifying starts.

Sat 11:08 BTCC - Croft: Off we go for session two, just as rain has started to fall.

Sat 11:10 BTCC - Croft: James Cole will miss this session as his Team Hard squad continues to sort the engine on his Vauxhall Insignia.

Sat 11:16 BTCC - Croft: The rain seems set to prevent people going quicker than this morning's times. Rob Collard is fastest so far in his WSR BMW, but is almost four seconds slower than Andrew Jordan's FP1 best.

Sat 11:25 BTCC - Croft: Another red flag, with Adam Morgan off at Clervaux.

At least this gives the track a chance to dry as the laps have been well off the dry times set this morning.

Sat 11:36 BTCC - Croft: We're still waiting for the session to restart.

In the meantime, Rob Collard is enjoying his WSR BMW around here.

"The car's going very well this morning and I like the unpredictable conditions," he said.

"I hope it stays like this for the races."

Sat 11:36 Superstars - Zolder: Thomas Biagi confirms to AUTOSPORT that the problem with his C63 is rear suspension-related. Something seemed to break as he ran over a kerb. The car will definitely be ready for qualifying.

Gianni Morbidelli has also had some problems. His Audi Sport Italia team are currently fiddling with the rear diff. It will either be fixed or replaced in time for qualifying.

Sat 11:38 BTCC - Croft: Barrier repairs are required after Morgan's crash, so the session has been frozen.

The drivers will get 15 more minutes after lunch.

Adam MorganSat 11:41 BTCC - Croft: Adam Morgan and his car have returned from their crash at Clervaux.

"I just locked the brakes into the first corner," admitted Morgan. "I pumped the brakes but they wouldn't come off and we hit the barriers.

"Hopefully we'll be out for qualifying [this afternoon]."

Sat 11:46 FR2.0 Eurocup - Moscow: After a slightly unruly start procedure, the opening race is underway.

Championship leader Pierre Gasly has extended a 3.6s lead over Oliver Rowland on lap four. Both drivers topped their qualifying groups.

Sat 11:54 FR2.0 Eurocup - Moscow: Three drivers, D'Agosto, Pakari and Panis have been under investigation for a jump start.

Aurelien Panis and Ignazio D'Agosoto will have to serve drive-through penalties.

Up front, Gasly is romping away from the field. The Frenchman enjoys a 4.7s lead on lap 10. Rowland appears comfortable in second, 2.4s clear of Steijn Schothorst.

Guilherme Silva has spun out of the race at Turn 10.

Sat 12:03 WRC - Italy: Just under half an hour from the start of Sardinia's deciding loop.

It's a big afternoon for Thierry Neuville with a career-best result in sight, and for Elfyn Evans. The Welshman would love a points finish on his WRC debut but pushing to triumph in his rally-long dice with seventh-placed Michal Kosciuszko must be tempting.

Sat 12:08 And yes, AUTOSPORT realises that with Le Mans on, Race Centre Live might be quieter than its big brother service this weekend, but keep both windows open and flick across to keep up with WRC, BTCC, IndyCar, NASCAR, FR3.5 and Superstars when there's a long yellow, yeah?

We've got a picture of an American action sports hero trying to sell ice cream to a man in a tiger suit coming up later, for instance.

Sat 12:16 FR3.5 - Moscow: Here's the full story of how Stoffel Vandoorne slashed Kevin Magnussen's points lead with a dominant race one performance.

FR3.5 Moscow race one report

Croft barrierSat 12:23 BTCC - Croft: This is why second practice has been interrupted by an early lunchbreak...

Adam Morgan emerged in much better shape than the barrier his Toyota rearranged.

Sat 12:25 Superstars - Zolder: Laurens Vanthoor is making sure his debut weekend is a busy one. As well as driving the Audi Sport Italia RS5, he's also sharing the MTM Audi R8 with Thomas Schoffler in the GT Sprint races.

The pair are starting from what is effectively pole position for race one, which is about to get underway. I say effectively pole, because GT Sprint has been combined with the Dutch Supercar Challenge this weekend. That means the Audi starts fifth on the road.

The front row, meanwhile, features a McLaren MP4-12, and a Volvo S60. Together at last...

Sat 12:36 WRC - Italy: With the first cars onto SS13 out of 16, here's how the top 10 stands:

1 Ogier; 2 Neuville +1m15.9s; 3 Latvala +1m51.4s; 4 Sordo +2m12.2s; 5 Mikkelsen +2m32.1s; 6 Prokop +6m56.0s; 7 Kosciuszko +9m24.4s; 8 Evans +9m30.7s; 9 Ostberg +12m17.1s; 10 Al Qassimi +13m11.8s.

Kubica leads WRC 2 by 2m31.9s.

Adam MorganSat 12:47 BTCC - Croft: The barrier repairs at Clervaux have taken a while and the rest of the second free practice session has now been cancelled in order not to run out of time.

Practice summary to follow on AUTOSPORT.

Sat 12:52 WRC - Italy: Great start to the final afternoon for Elfyn Evans as he takes seventh place from Michal Kosciuszko on SS13.

Sat 12:55 The Le Mans 24 Hours formation lap is underway. Follow every moment with AUTOSPORT Le Mans Live.

Sat 13:16 WRC - Italy: Andreas Mikkelsen slashed Dani Sordo's advantage on SS13, but the VW is now showing as stopped on SS14...

Sat 13:18 WRC - Italy: Confirmation from VW that Mikkelsen is out after an "incident" on the stage.

He had been on course for fifth and had closed to within 11.5s of Sordo with three stages left.

Sat 13:23 WRC - Italy: Sordo's fourth place is now secure with sparring partner Mikkelsen out..

"I'm sorry for him because it's not nice," says Sordo, who admits he is off the pace. "I need to improve myself a bit and also improve the car. Now he's out we are OK in fourth place."

Sat 13:24 WRC - Italy: Another consequence of Mikkelsen's retirement is that Elfyn Evans is now up to a potential sixth place!

Sat 13:26 WRC - Italy: Mikkelsen's shunt was not a huge one, he simply went wide off the road and broke his VW's suspension. But that's fifth place, and possibly fourth, gone. And it's his birthday too.

Sat 13:27 FR3.5 - Moscow: Comtec team-manager Phil Blow confirms that Lucas Foresti has escaped serious injury from his frightening FR3.5 accident at Moscow Raceway.

"The doctors have taken a look over him and he's just a bit shaken-up and sore," said Blow. "Unfortunately, we're now starting the process of repairing the car and the damage is a bit galling."

Foresti was involved in a collision with Nikolay Martsenko that pitched him upside down into a gravel trap at high speed.

Sat 13:30 Superstars - Zolder: Dramatic end to the GT Sprint/Dutch Supercar Series race here. DSS frontrunners Glen Geddie (McLaren) and Henry Zumbrink (Volvo) crash into each other on the last lap.

As a result, Roger Gouwels wins despite being 13s behind the leader at the start of the last lap.

In GT Sprint, a drive-through penalty for a short pitstop cost Laurens Vanthoor the win. Peter Kox takes it instead.

Sat 13:37 WRC - Italy - SS14 results:

Stage: 1 Ogier; 2 Neuville +1.0s; 3 Latvala +1.4s; 4 Sordo +6.0s; 5 Ostberg +15.4s; 6 Prokop +15.8s.

Overall: 1 Ogier; 2 Neuville +1m16.1s; 3 Latvala +1m49.9s; 4 Sordo +2m23.9s; 5 Prokop +7m29.8s; 6 Evans +10m28.9s.

Sat 13:41 Megany Trophy Eurocup - Moscow: Former Formula 2 champion Mirko Bortolotti has sealed his fourth Megane Trophy win of the season from Pieter Schothorst.

The last lap was enlivened by a heated battle between Erik Janis and Kelvin Snoeks. The incident that led to Janis snatching the final place on the podium is under investigation.

Thierry NeuvilleSat 13:41 WRC - Italy: Powerstage ahead so time to think about who needs the bonus points.

Jari-Matti Latvala is currently second in the standings behind VW team-mate Sebastien Ogier, 52 points adrift. With Ogier set to win, Latvala could do with the extras to stop the Frenchman getting too far away. It's also going to pull Latvala much further clear of Sebastien Loeb and Mikko Hirvonen.

If Thierry Neuville picks up anything from the powerstage, he'll inch ahead of Loeb into third in the standings, as well as increasing his advantage over Dani Sordo - and charging well clear of his M-Sport team-mates Mads Ostberg and Evgeny Novikov.

Assuming Neuville completes the next two stages safely, he's on course for his third podium in five rallies and fifth top-five finish in seven rounds this year.

Sat 13:46 WRC - Italy: By the way, the powerstage doesn't have to be the final stage... and this time it isn't. After fighting for the bonus score on SS15 Monti di Ala, the crews will go to SS16 Coiluna-Loelle to complete the rally.

Sat 13:56 BTCC - Croft: Practice at Croft was a frustrating experience as rain hit for practice two and the session was first paused for an hour then abandoned altogether due to a barrier-mangling crash by Adam Morgan.

Before all that, Andrew Jordan went very quickly. Here's the full round-up from the morning:

BTCC Croft practice report

Sat 13:57 WRC - Italy: Mads Ostberg rules himself out of getting a powerstage point: his Ford has a shock absorber problem and had to slow down to dodge a stray bull. As you sometimes do, in rallying.

Sat 14:01 WRC - Italy: "We have to get to the finish of this rally," says Elfyn Evans, who has a very narrow lead over Michal Kosciuszko in sixth. "We're erring on the side of caution now."

Sat 14:02 WRC - Italy: Kosciuszko takes 3s back off Evans and gets the gap down to 2s.

The Pole says he's very keen to finish the rally on his debut in his new Ford... but that he'll definitely have a bit of a go at beating Evans to sixth.

Sat 14:02 Superstars - Zolder: Just over half an hour to go until qualifying, and there are spots of rain appearing on the media centre windows.

Maybe that rain dance that Gianni Morbidelli has been doing since round one at Monza is starting to work...

Sat 14:08 WRC - Italy: Now we're getting serious. Latvala blasts through with a time 26s quicker than the midfielders.

Sat 14:10 WRC - Italy: Sordo is only fourth quickest on the powerstage, 32s down on Latvala. He says he would rather be certain of fourth overall than take any risks to chase bonus points.

Sat 14:11 WRC - Italy: Thierry Neuville beats Latvala by 3s. But Ogier is quicker on the splits...

"When I saw I was up on Jari, I was quite happy and then I saw he gained some time back so I had to push again," says Neuville. "But I had to take it quite easily because I don't want to crash."

Sat 14:12 WRC - Italy: Sebastien Ogier pinches it, beating Neuville by one second. With the win all but certain, it's looking like a maximum 28-point score for championship leader Ogier.

"Thierry is driving quite fast so we have to drive fast to beat him," says a very happy Ogier.

Sat 14:15 Busy time approaching on Race Centre Live: qualifying for the BTCC and Superstars imminent, final WRC stage half an hour away, and not long till the American action starts with our first IndyCar and NASCAR sessions on the day.

And over on Le Mans Live, the 24 Hours is under green again.

Sat 14:15 BTCC - Croft: With the barriers fixed and, we think, all the cars repaired, BTCC qualifying will start shortly.

Sat 14:19 WRC - Italy - powerstage results:

Stage: 1 Ogier; 2 Neuville +1.0s; 3 Latvala +4.5s; 4 Ostberg +30.8s; 5 Andersson +35.6s; 6 Sordo +36.9s.

Overall: 1 Ogier; 2 Neuville +1m17.1s; 3 Latvala +1m54.4s; 4 Sordo +3m00.8s; 5 Prokop +8m09.4s; 6 Evans +11m17.4s.

Sat 14:21 BTCC - Croft: And we're under way with BTCC qualifying. Andrew Jordan was quickest this morning on 1m25.378s, while 2012 pole was taken by Matt Neal with 1m24.900s. Will the rain hold off?

Sat 14:24 BTCC - Croft: Matt Neal goes to the top of the times with 1m25.572, from Rob Collard and Colin Turkington

Sat 14:27 BTCC - Croft: Neal improves, but is jumped by Jason Plato and Andrew Jordan, who moves on to provisional pole with 1m24.826s.

Sat 14:28 BTCC - Oulton: Jake Hill currently leads the S2000 class on his BTCC debut.

Sat 14:28 FR3.5 - Moscow: Zeta Corse team boss Claudio Corradini continued his glowing appraisal of Will Buller after the County Down racer picked up fifth place on his maiden FR3.5 outing for the Italian-registered, Valencia-based team.

"One thing you have to remember is that today was the first time Will ran with full fuel, and that we weren't allowed to do any practice starts in testing on Friday," stressed Corradini.

"If you take that into consideration, his first lap was very mature. We've also seen other drivers get in the car and struggle physically, but he has done a good job."

Sat 14:31 BTCC - Croft: So, after the first runs the order is: Jordan, Plato, Neal, Wrathall, Collard, Jeff Smith, Turkington, Tordoff.

Reigning champ Sheds has had an off, so is 25th at the moment.

nullSat 14:32 FR3.5 - Moscow: Buller explained that a lack of familiarity with the FR3.5 car led him to adopting a more cautious approach than he would have liked on the opening lap.

“If I was in my F3 car, which I am used to, I wouldn’t have let [eventual third place finisher Nigel] Melker make that move,” said Buller.

“That’s why bit I was a bit cautious.. But generally, it has been a quite a good first race in the car. The team performed well, it’s a shame that my management of the DRS just wasn’t quite right at the beginning of the race, then with the safety car I wasn't sure if it was being deployed or not and I backed off a little bit too much.

"There’s a few things like race pace I need to work on but I think we can improve tomorrow."

Sat 14:34 BTCC - Croft: Neal snatches pole back with 1m24.630s.

Sat 14:36 BTCC - Croft: And Shedden gets a lap in to go third. It's a Honda Civic 1-2-3 at the moment, then the MGs of Plato and Tordoff.

Sat 14:38 BTCC - Croft: Now Plato moves to pole with 1m24.613s. Three tenths covers the top four.

Sat 14:40 Superstars - Zolder: Qualifying is underway here at Zolder. Track conditions are greasy, so everything is set up for an Audi pole.

Sat 14:41 BTCC - Croft: Shedden improves to third. He set two purple sectors, but lost out in the final sector.

Sat 14:42 WRC - Italy: Late drama in WRC 3 as leader Stephane Consani battles to sort electrical catastrophes in his Citroen at the end of the penultimate stage.

Sat 14:45 BTCC - Croft: Jordan improves but manages to lose fourth to Colin Turkington, who pops the WSR BMW up onto row two with 5 min to go.

Sat 14:49 Superstars - Zolder: Pole contender Laurens Vanthoor has stopped on circuit somewhere without setting a time. Would seem his session is done and he'll be starting at the back tomorrow.

Sat 14:50 BTCC - Croft: Session red-flagged with four minutes to go as Joe Girling crashes heavily. He's OK.

Sat 14:51 WRC - Italy: The final stage of Sardinia is live. Sebastien Ogier and Robert Kubica on the cusp of crushing outright and WRC 2 victories respectively.

Sat 14:58 BTCC - Croft: We're back under way and it's a mad dash for the last four minutes of the session. The target time is Jason Plato's 1m24.613s.

Sat 15:00 IndyCar - Iowa: Looks like a couple of days worth of uncomfortable conditions await the IndyCar field at Iowa, with temperatures of 32.C at 90 per cent humidity forecast for today, and similar temperatures tomorrow with thunderstorms thrown in for good measure. Indy Lights are currently opening proceedings with their first practice session.

PG AnderssonSat 15:01 WRC - Italy: First car to the finish is PG Andersson on his WRC return. It's been a troubled rally for the AT Ford with multiple problems, and he looks set to be classified 13th or 14th once the whole field is through.

Sat 15:04 BTCC - Croft: Colin Turkington moves on to pole with 1m24.465s with his WSR BMW. Team-mate Rob Collard goes sixth.

Sat 15:05 WRC - Italy: Mads Ostberg finishes and will be eighth. This season isn't going as he planned.

Before Sardinia he declared it would be absolutely flat-out for the rest of the year after numerous disappointments, but he after crashing on Friday night in Italy, he admits keeping the car in one piece is good too.

Sat 15:06 WRC - Italy: After the first two splits of the final stage, Kosciuszko is on course to beat Evans to sixth - by just one tenth of a second!

Sat 15:07 WRC - Italy: By split four, Evans has pulled some time back, looks like the Welshman will just pip Kosciuszko... but the stage isn't over yet...

Sat 15:08 WRC - Italy: Evans finishes the stage. At the final split it looked like he would just keep sixth.

Sat 15:09 WRC - Italy: Michal Kosciuszko is through and he doesn't quite beat Elfyn Evans.

The Welshman holds on to sixth on his World Rally Car debut by just 0.6 seconds.

Sat 15:09 BTCC - Croft: Well, that's it! The final order is: Turkington, Plato, Neal, Shedden, Jordan, Collard, Wrathall, Tordoff.

Lea Wood pipped newcomer Jake Hill to S2000 'pole'.

Sat 15:12 WRC - Italy: Martin Prokop takes fifth, his best result of 2013 so far.

He was still a long way behind the works cars, but his comfortable margin over Evans and Kosciuszko will be encouraging.

Sat 15:16 WRC - Italy: Jari-Matti Latvala reaches the finish and will be third. That's a very pleasing result after a puncture cost him two minutes within eight kilometres of the rally start on Friday morning.

"Overall, I wanted to win, but I think speed-wise I'm one more step forward," says Latvala, whose second place in the standings becomes more secure.

Sat 15:19 IndyCar - Iowa: Iowa has its own not-at-all-overcomplicated qualifying system based on a series of heat races. The time difference means that you'll miss it on Race Centre Live, but Ganassi team manager Mike Hull took to Twitter earlier this week to explain how it works, complete with a handy diagram.

Sat 15:19 Superstars - Zolder: Picked it! Gianni Morbidelli takes his first pole of the season, ahead of Tonio Liuzzi.

1 Morbidelli; 2 Liuzzi; 3 Kuppens; 4 Ferrara; 5 Mugelli; 6 Giammaria; 7 Berton; 8 Larini; 9 Biagi; 10 Sini.

Sat 15:21 WRC - Italy: Sebastien Ogier comes through and takes a commanding fourth win of the season ahead of Thierry Neuville, Jari-Matti Latvala and Dani Sordo.

Sat 15:25 WRC - Italy: And Robert Kubica secures his second consecutive WRC 2 victory by a massive margin.

"It's never easy to win, but it has been a good weekend - although very difficult with dust and intercom problems," he says.

"But we never lost concentration and whenever we weren't sure of our pace, we just took it carefully.

"To learn rallying, there is no other way than doing rallies. And if I go slowly, I don't learn anything..."

Sat 15:28 BTCC - Croft: Joe Girling is OK after his qualifying shunt, but the team is not sure it can fix the Chevy Cruze for tomorrow. Fingers crossed.

Sat 15:36 BTCC - Croft: AUTOSPORT is off to the BTCC paddock.

Report from a fine qualifying session here

Sat 15:47 IndyCar - Iowa: Green flag for the first IndyCar practice session. Actually this is the only practice session before qualifying and the heat races.

Helio CastronevesIndyCar - Iowa: Iowa is one of four consecutive ovals on the early-summer IndyCar schedule.Sat 16:04
Wins at Texas Motor Speedway and the Milwaukee Mile went to Helio Castroneves and Ryan Hunter-Reay respectively, and they're now edging clear in the championship.

Championship 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

(50 points for a win)

If you're looking for Dario Franchitti and Will Power, they're back in 10th and 11th.

Full IndyCar season statistics on FORIX

Sat 16:04 IndyCar - Iowa: Just over 15 minutes into practice, and Marco Andretti is the current leader ahead of team-mate Ryan Hunter-Reay. Not much is happening on the track, but there's a bit of news filtering out from the paddock that Panther Racing has split with chief engineer David Cripps.

Sat 16:24 IndyCar - Iowa: Yellows for track inspection, with Marco Andretti on top - his fastest lap was over 183mph, which is 3mph faster than anyone else has managed to go so far.

Sat 16:27 Tragic news from Le Mans. Aston Martin driver Allan Simonsen has died following a high-speed crash on lap four of the 24 Hours.

The Dane was 34 years old.

Allan Simonsen killed in Le Mans 24 Hours accident

Sat 16:34 IndyCar - Iowa: Session restarts with about 30 minutes remaining.

The mood in the press room has gone flat following the sad news coming out of Le Mans. This journalist has a lot of memories of Allan Simonsen being very fast in a Ferrari 360 GT in the Australian GT championship a few years ago.

Sat 16:41 IndyCar - Iowa: Top three in practice is still Andretti, Hunter-Reay and Newgarden. While we wait for something interesting to happen, here's the running order for the single-lap qualifying session. Remember, 'qualifying' only sets the fields for the heat races, not for the actual main race tomorrow:

1. de Silvestro 2. Kanaan 3. Dixon 4. Newgarden 5. Tagliani 6. Rahal 7. Wilson 8. Servia 9 Vautier 10. Pagenaud 11. Power 12. Andretti 13. Jakes 14. Saavedra 15. Castroneves 16. Hunter-Reay 17. Bourdais 18. Carpenter 19. Sato 20. Franchitti 21. Viso 22. Kimball 23. Hinchcliffe 24. Beatriz

Sat 16:43 IndyCar - Iowa: OK, times are starting to creep up now. Dixon and Carpenter have both posted times in the 181mph range and moved up to P2 and P3.

Sat 16:55 IndyCar -Iowa: Tony Kanaan jumps up to P1 with a 184mph lap, while Will Power has moved into P3. Less than five minutes left.

Sat 17:02 IndyCar - Iowa: Kanaan remains on top as the chequered flag waves. Power moved up to second ahead of Andretti.

Sat 17:29 IndyCar - Iowa: Here's the full report on Tony Kanaan leading the way in the sole free practice session ahead of qualifying at Iowa Speedway.

IndyCar Iowa practice report

Sat 17:33 Le Mans 24 Hours: Audi continues to lead a race overshadowed by the death of Aston Martin GT racer Allan Simonsen.

Le Mans hour four report

Sat 17:33 AUTOSPORT Live is providing full as-it-happens coverage of the Le Mans 24 Hours right through to the chequered flag tomorrow afternoon.

Ricky Stenhouse JrSat 17:50 NASCAR - Sonoma: Nearly time for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers to get their first taste of the series' new road course qualifying format at Sonoma.

Meanwhile at Road America, the Nationwide drivers recently finished qualifying, and it was a first pole position of a frankly odd year for AJ Allmendinger, who is in Penske's car this weekend.

Owen Kelly, generally seen these days as an enduro co-driver in V8 Supercars, will join Allmendinger on the front row for this afternoon's race.

Sat 17:54 NASCAR - Sonoma: Jimmie Johnson crashed late in a brilliant charging back-to-front performance at Dover last week, but still has a very comfortable Sprint Cup championship lead.

Championship standings after 15 of 36 rounds:

1 Jimmie Johnson 538
2 Carl Edwards 507
3 Clint Bowyer 489
4 Kevin Harvick 476
5 Matt Kenseth 456
6 Kyle Busch 452

(43 points for a win)

Full season statistics on FORIX

Sat 18:02 As Race Centre Live goes into the European evening/American afternoon with IndyCar and NASCAR qualifying, we'll also summarise some of today's racing action elsewhere.

Sat 18:05 NASCAR - Sonoma: Here's how the new Sprint Cup road-course qualifying system works.

The field is split into eight groups, starting with the slowest on combined practice times, and working through until Friday's five pacesetters go out.

Times are then combined from all eight sessions to set the grid, fastest man first, slowest man last.

So if one of the first group out is fastest of the whole afternoon, then they get pole. A rain shower could really shake this order up...

...but no rain is likely, so this ought to be fairly straightforward.

Sat 18:08 NASCAR - Sonoma: First out are Cup regulars David Stremme and JJ Yeley plus some unfamiliar faces in this series: Victor Gonzalez Jr, Justin Marks, Paulie Harraka and GT racer Tomy Drissi.

Puerto Rican driver Gonzalez's session starts badly as he spins into the tyres at Turn 10.

Sat 18:09 NASCAR - Sonoma: There's going to be a red flag as Gonzalez has brought a lot of dust onto the circuit. Each group gets five minutes of track time to qualify.

Gianni MorbidelliSat 18:13 Superstars - Zolder: Gianni Morbidelli's rain prayers were answered in Belgium today when slick conditions in qualifying allowed him to put his Audi back up front.

But while he secured pole, Formula 3 driver turned GT star and general local expert Laurens Vanthoor has to start last in the sister Audi. He had flown in practice on his Superstars debut but the car broke on him before he could set a qualifying time.

Superstars Zolder qualifying report

Sat 18:15 NASCAR - Sonoma: Only David Stremme and Justin Marks managed to set times before the stoppage. The clock has stopped while the clear-up takes place.

Sat 18:18 NASCAR - Sonoma: We're back underway to have another shot at deciding what is probably going to be the back few rows of the grid.

Colin TurkingtonSat 18:22 BTCC - Croft: It's been an eventful opening day in Yorkshire. Andrew Jordan set the early pace, before rain and a barrier-demolishing accident for Adam Morgan (who was unhurt) made practice two fairly pointless.

Then qualifying was squeezed into a four-minute shootout following a crash for Joe Girling, and it was former champion Colin Turkington who came out on top to give WSR's new NGTC BMW its first ever pole.


BTCC Croft qualifying report


Sat 18:25 NASCAR - Sonoma: That first group is done, David Stremme was fastest with a 1m16.819s.

Next up are Cup's three midfield Davids: Reutimann, Ragan and Gilliland, plus the latter pair's Front Row team-mate Josh Wise, newcomer Alex Kennedy with Humphrey Smith Racing, and the return of Boris Said with FAS Lane.

Sat 18:30 Le Mans 24 Hours: Here's the latest from Le Mans, where Audi is currently in control.

Le Mans hour five report

AUTOSPORT Live's Le Mans coverage can be found here.

The race is continuing in sombre mood following the first-hour accident that killed Aston Martin's Allan Simonsen.

Allan Simonsen: 1978-2013

Sat 18:32 NASCAR - Sonoma: David Ragan was fastest in that group and takes provisional pole on a 1m16.592s, a tenth ahead of Boris Said.

Stremme's lap from group one held up for third still.

Sat 18:36 NASCAR - Sonoma: Now for the showbiz group, which contains 1997 Formula 1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve, back in Cup for Phoenix Racing, and Danica Patrick.

Last time they met was when Villeneuve punted Patrick into the gravel at the end of last year's Road America Nationwide race.

Continuing the high-profile theme, Dale Earnhardt Jr is on track, as is Patrick's partner Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Compared to that lot, sportscar veteran Ron Fellows (driving for Circle Sport) and stand-in driver Justin Bowles (keeping Brian Vickers' Toyota warm while Vickers is racing in Nationwide at Road America) are somewhat under the radar.

Sat 18:36 NASCAR - Sonoma: Villeneuve goes fastest, his 1m16.576s beating Ragan.

There are still five more qualifying groups to go, but right now it's Villeneuve on top.

Sat 18:40 NASCAR - Sonoma: With five more groups (25 cars) to run, the order is Villeneuve, Ragan, Said, Fellows, Earnhardt.

Sat 18:42 NASCAR - Sonoma: The next group is out, led by Jimmie Johnson. The five-time champion is only sixth after his first lap.

Sat 18:43 NASCAR - Sonoma: Jacques Villeneuve doesn't think his provisional pole time will hold.

"It wasn't quick enough. We improved the car a lot overnight and I was still discovering it, and I wasn't aggressive enough."

Sat 18:43 NASCAR - Sonoma: Sure enough, first Bobby Labonte then Jimmie Johnson go ahead of Villeneuve.

Jimmie JohnsonSat 18:45 NASCAR - Sonoma: With tyre drop-off considerable here, most drivers have been treating this like a one-lap shootout, but Johnson went for two, grabbed provisional pole, then tried another lap before easing off.

Order now is Johnson, Labonte, Villeneuve.

Patrick went 11th quickest, Stenhouse is 17th.

Sat 18:48 NASCAR - Sonoma: Johnson doubts his lap will hold up for the top 10 once the remaining four groups have been out.

The next is now on track: Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards, Ryan Newman and Kasey Kahne.

Sat 18:50 NASCAR - Sonoma: Johnson wasn't wrong. First Kenseth, then Busch, then Edwards take provisional pole with comfortably faster laps as the first 1m15s of the session are produced.

Sat 18:57 WRC - Italy: Robert Kubica admits he told rally organisers he would walk away before day two unless he got a two-minute gap to the cars ahead in the starrt order.

All the WRC 2 runners were concerned about the one-minute gaps on Friday night, but only Kubica's situation was altered for Saturday.

Sat 18:59 NASCAR - Sonoma: Some very strong road racers in group six as Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin, Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick and Paul Menard take to the circuit.

None threatens pole though, Gordon and Stewart going to fourth and fifth.

Edwards - who describes this track as "the most fun" of all - is still first ahead of Kenseth and Kyle Busch.

Sat 18:59 NASCAR - Sonoma: Jacques Villeneuve update - he has slipped back to 12th with two more five-car groups to run.

Sat 19:01 NASCAR - Sonoma: Next group is Greg Biffle, Brad Keselowski, Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr and Joey Logano.

Bowyer's road course form has taken a big stride recently and he was fastest in one of Friday's practice sessions.

Sat 19:03 FR3.5 - Moscow: First race of the weekend was Formula Renault 3.5 in Russia.

Stoffel Vandoorne absolutely dominated, and with championship leader Kevin Magnussen struggling to recover from a qualifying blocking penalty that left him 17th on the grid, that closed the title fight right up.

FR3.5 Moscow race one report

Sat 19:05 NASCAR - Sonoma: Bad news for Martin Truex Jr, his Waltrip Toyota has pulled off course and parked a smoking car after Turn 3.

Biffle and Bowyer have jumped to second and third, but Edwards' pole still holds.

Sat 19:06 NASCAR - Sonoma: Just 0.006s separate Roush Fenway duo Edwards and Biffle on the front row right now.

A week ago they had a falling out at Dover, where Biffle declined to relinquish a dominant lead to drop back and try to dislodge rubbish stuck on Edwards' grill. Eventually the obstruction fell off by itself, but there was some disgruntled radio traffic beforehand.

Sebastien OgierSat 19:13 WRC - Italy: Celebrations are underway in Sardinia, where Sebastien Ogier took his fourth WRC win of the year.

Thierry Neuville and Jari-Matti Latvala starred with charges to second and third, while Mikko Hirvonen crashed out of second on the final morning.

Rally Italy final report

Championship standings after seven of 13 rounds:

1 Sebastien Ogier 154
2 Jari-Matti Latvala 90
3 Thierry Neuville 70
4 Sebastien Loeb 68
5 Mikko Hirvonen 61
6 Dani Sordo 59

(25 points for a win)

Sat 19:14 NASCAR - Sonoma: The pole fight is on as Marcos Ambrose, Juan Pablo Montoya, Kurt Busch, Jamie McMurray and Casey Mears come out.

Sat 19:14 NASCAR - Sonoma: Practice pacesetter and 2012 Sonoma polesitter Ambrose immediately grabs provisional pole, while Montoya only goes 11th.

And now Jamie McMurray goes top.

Sat 19:15 NASCAR - Sonoma: Ambrose responds but cannot topple McMurray, who is still 0.049s quicker.

Sat 19:16 NASCAR - Sonoma: McMurray backs off, and it looks like everyone else is doing the same...

...except Montoya, who is currently a disappointing 13th.

Sat 19:17 NASCAR - Sonoma: No improvement for Montoya, who will not be happy. It's Jamie McMurray who has pole.

1 McMurray; 2 Ambrose; 3 Edwards; 4 Biffle; 5 Bowyer; 6 Kenseth; 7 Kurt Busch; 8 Logano; 9 Kyle Busch; 10 Gordon.

Further back, Stewart is 11th, Montoya 13th, Johnson 19th and Villeneuve 22nd.

Sat 19:55 IndyCar - Iowa: Moments away from the start of the single-lap phase of qualifying here at Iowa. First driver out will be Simona de Silvestro. Conditions: hot, and very windy.

Sat 20:01 IndyCar - Iowa: Green flag, and de Silvestro heads out onto the track. Remember, this qualifying session sets the grids for this evening's heat races, which in turn decide the starting order for tomorrow.

Sat 20:03 IndyCar - Iowa: de Silvestro's 178mph effort was never going to be a threat, and indeed Tony Kanaan hits it out of the park immediately with a 183.713mph average.

Sat 20:11 IndyCar - Iowa: A third of the field have set their times, and Kanaan is still on top ahead of Oriol Servia and Scott Dixon. The top six from this session get a free pass into the 10-car heat race for pole later tonight.

Sat 20:15 IndyCar - Iowa: Will Power goes to P1 with a 184.240mph average. If you're in Europe and staying up late to watch Le Mans, you can also catch live streaming of the heat races on the official IndyCar website. It kicks off at 6:45pm US eastern time.

Sat 20:16 IndyCar - Iowa: Marco Andretti's 184.766mph average takes him to the top.

Sat 20:19 IndyCar - Iowa: Wow, that was fast. Helio Castroneves knocks Andretti off the top with an average of 185.687mph. The top four are all above the previous one-lap track record.

Sat 20:21 IndyCar - Iowa: ... and an awful lap from Ryan Hunter-Reay, who can only summon 177.966mph. Whatever changes they made to that car today, assume that they'll be un-changing them.

Sat 20:23 IndyCar - Iowa: As Dario Franchitti heads out onto the track, all of the top six places are occupied by Chevrolet-powered cars.

Sat 20:26 IndyCar - Iowa: Poor lap from Dario, who only manages a 178mph. Kimball, Hinchcliffe and Beatriz still to run, although there's talk that Beatriz will not post a time. Dale Coyne Racing was changing her engine earlier.

Sat 20:29 IndyCar - Iowa: Hinchcliffe goes fifth-fastest, bumping Ed Carpenter from sixth, and therefore an automatic place in heat race three. As expected, Beatriz's car is not on pitlane, so that's the end of the session.

Top six: Castroneves, Andretti, Power, Kanaan, Hinchcliffe, Servia.

Jamie McMurraySat 20:34 NASCAR - Sonoma: Everyone expected a Marcos Ambrose, Kurt Busch or Juan Pablo Montoya pole, but it was the latter's EGR team-mate Jamie McMurray who best mastered the brand new road course system.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Sonoma qualifying report

Sat 20:36 FR3.5 - Moscow: Lucas Foresti's wild upside-down trip through the gravel was a scary moment in race one today.

His Comtec team confirms the car cannot be repaired for tomorrow.

Sat 20:39 NASCAR - Sonoma: Ambrose's pole shot was spoilt by a technical glitch just as he started the lap.

"It was pretty fraught really," he said.

"The car was really dialled in and we had a really good shot at pole, but the motor cut out coming up to the green flag. I lost momentum coming up to Turns 1 and 2. I had to really try to get my composure back.

"I can't believe how close to pole we still came."

Sat 20:41 NASCAR - Sonoma: Poleman McMurray thought he'd be near the front, but expected Ambrose and Montoya (who ended up only 13th) to blow him away.

"We were second and fifth in practice so consistently we had a really good car this weekend, so you know you have a chance," said McMurray.

"But Juan and Marcos are able to pull these crazy laps out when they need to."

Sat 20:42 NASCAR: The Nationwide race at Road America gets underway in 20 minutes, with AJ Allmendinger on pole ahead of Australian Owen Kelly.

Race Centre Live won't be carrying in-race updates, but we'll let you know how it unfolded when we resume on Sunday morning European time.

Sat 20:56 IndyCar - Iowa: Helio Castroneves was fastest in qualifying, but the grid is far from settled. There are three heat races to come later this evening.

How's how the first part unfolded, and how those heats will line up:

IndyCar Iowa qualifying report

Sat 20:58 That's it for AUTOSPORT Race Centre Live for Saturday June 22.

We'll return at 9.30am GMT (that's 10.30am British time) on Sunday with race day action from the BTCC, Superstars, Formula Renault 3.5, IndyCar and NASCAR.

But the AUTOSPORT Live coverage continues all through the night in France, with non-stop updates from the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Sun 09:39 Good morning and welcome to AUTOSPORT Race Centre Live for Sunday June 23.

While our sister service Le Mans Live takes you to the finish of the 24 Hours, here's what we have lined up for today:

All times GMT (one hour behind BST)

10.00: Formula Renault 3.5 Moscow race two
10.00: Superstars Zolder race one
11.00: BTCC Croft race one
13.35: BTCC Croft race two
14.10: Superstars Zolder race two
16.10: BTCC Croft race three
19.00: NASCAR Sprint Cup Sonoma race
19.05: IndyCar Iowa main race

Stoffel VandoorneSun 09:42 FR3.5 - Moscow: Earlier this morning the Formula Renault 3.5 field qualified for race two in Russia, and Stoffel Vandoorne's weekend got even better.

His Saturday win closed him right up to championship leader Kevin Magnussen in the points, and he took pole again for today's race, as fellow title contender Antonio Felix da Costa strugged.

FR3.5 Moscow qualifying two report

Sun 09:49 Superstars - Zolder: Just 10 minutes until race one kicks off here in Belgium, and the rain has started to bucket down. That's great news for polesitter Gianni Morbidelli, as he's looking for his first win of the season in the four-wheel-drive Audi RS5.

There are two races today, and they're the seventh and eighth races of the season. The points are currently as follows:

1 Thomas Biagi 105
2 Giovanni Berton 80
3 Tonio Liuzzi 76
4 Luigi Ferrara 57
5 Gianni Morbidelli 53

Sun 09:53 Superstars - Zolder: Bit of pre-race one news. Marco Cassara (Roma Racing Mercedes) won't start thanks to an engine problem.

Francesco Sini will start, but has been moved from 10th to the back of the grid after failing scrutineering yesterday (his Camaro was too wide). And Roberto Benedetti's Cadillac seems to have stopped on the way to the grid.

Sun 09:58 Superstars - Zolder: There will be two formation laps, and the track is damp, but not soaked. Will still be slippery, though.

Something to watch will be Laurens Vanthoor's progress through the field in the second 4WD Audi. He's done enough laps here to know where to pass, and he'll have the grip advantage.

TractorSun 09:59 Superstars - Zolder: Here's a very special mode of pitlane transport at Zolder.

Check out the exhaust!

Sun 09:59 FR3.5 - Moscow: The grid is assembled for race two. Stoffel Vandoorne is on pole position for the second time this weekend. The Belgian has a shot at leaving Moscow with the championship lead.

Current points leader Kevin Magnussen lines up third. Will Stevens joins Vandoorne on the front row - a great effort for the Briton who was stuck in the pits with a hydraulic/gearbox issue for much of this morning's qualifying session.

Sun 10:07 Superstars - Zolder: And we're racing at Zolder! Morbidelli managed to hold off the more powerful Mercs at the start, and looks strong in these greasy conditions.

Sun 10:07 FR3.5 - Moscow: Championship challenger Antonio Felix da Costa was travelling very slowly on lap three and is pitting for a change of nose.

Sun 10:10 Superstars - Zolder: Two laps in and Vanthoor is already up to sixth. The local boy can drive...

Sun 10:12 FR3.5 - Moscow: Leader Vandoorne is pulling away from Magnussen. Stevens holds third after a slow getaway.

Daniil Move has been awarded 10-second penalty for a jump-start.

Sun 10:20 Superstars - Zolder: With eight minutes of the race left to run, Vanthoor is already in second.

Morbidelli has a five second lead, but Vanthoor still has time to win this thing. Interesting race from here.

Sun 10:29 FR3.5 - Moscow: The mandatory pitstops have been completed. Vandoorne leads Magnussen by 5.6s.

Third-placed Stevens has a 1.6s advantage over Nico Muller.

Monza winner Antonio Felix da Costa has brought his Arden machine into the garage to retire.

Sun 10:35 Superstars - Zolder: Morbidelli wins his first race of 2013. But the star of the race is Laurens Vanthoor, who charged from the back of the grid to second place.

Curiously, he's stopped on the cool-down and is out of the car. Rather strange.

Anyway, here is the top 10:

1 Morbidelli; 2 Vanthoor; 3 Ferrara; 4 Kuppens; 5 Liuzzi; 6 Giammaria; 7 Giovanardi; 8 Berton; 9 Liuzzi; 10 N Larini.

Colin TurkingtonSun 10:41 BTCC - Croft: Not long now before the first BTCC race here.

Colin Turkington's WSR BMW will line up on pole. MG driver Sam Tordoff told AUTOSPORT yesterday night that he believes the BMWs will dominate if it stays dry.

We've had spits of rain and the forecast isn't good, but the track looks dry at the moment.

Sun 10:46 FR3.5 - Moscow: There has been very little in the way of overtaking this afternoon, but Daniil Move has just grabbed seventh from Oliver Webb.

Sun 10:54 FR3.5 - Moscow: Vandoorne has picked up a commanding second win of the weekend at Moscow.

The Belgian finished 11.7s clear of championship rival Kevin Magnussen.

Will Stevens finished third, from Nico Muller. Former champion Mikhail Aleshin has bounced back from a tough race one to claim fifth, while Draco's Andre Negrao completed the top six.

Sun 10:57 FR3.5 - Moscow: Norman Nato enlivened the closing stages by making a last corner lunge on British F3 runner-up Jazeman Jafaar, in a dispute over 10th.

The DAMS driver punted Jafaar sideways and then ran over the Petrobras-backed Malaysian's front wing.

Nato crabbed over the finish in 10th, while Jafaar's damaged Carlin machine was knocked back to 13th.

Sun 10:58 BTCC - Croft: All the WSR BMWs are starting on the soft tyre, plus Adam Morgan, Rob Austin and Dan Welch.

Turkington will be wanting to get into the lead early and manage the tyres, as he did at Donington. The BMWs are kind to their rubber, so it could work.

Sun 11:06 BTCC - Croft: And they're off. Turkington holds the lead and Plato and Collard make contact into turn two.

Sun 11:09 BTCC - Croft: Plato runs wide at Tower, allowing Shedden into third, so it's now Turkington-Neal-Shedden-Plato-Jordan-Tordoff.

Sun 11:12 BTCC - Croft: Nick Foster has brought his WSR BMW up to sixth.

Collard, on his recovery drive, up to 18th after helping Jack Goff off the road.

Laurens VanthoorSun 11:14 Superstars - Zolder: The Audis started race one first and last... and finished first and second.

Here's how they did it:

Superstars Zolder race one report

Sun 11:15 BTCC - Croft: BTCC rookie Jake Hill leads the S2000 runners.

Mat Jackson hits tyre barriers exiting Clervaux but continues.

Foster passs Jordan for fifth.

Sun 11:17 BTCC - Croft: As Shedden starts pressuring Neal for second, spits of rain have started to fall.

Sun 11:20 BTCC - Croft: It's looking good for WSR. Turkington is now 5.7 seconds clear, Foster is closing on Plato for fourth, and Collard is closing on the top 10.

Sun 11:22 BTCC - Croft: And Foster passes Plato for fourth at Hawthorn!

Sun 11:23 BTCC - Croft: The soft rubber doesn't seem to be going off on the BMWs. It will be interesting to see how the front-wheel-drive cars handle the soft tyre later.

Sun 11:26 BTCC - Croft: Caine passes Collard and Morgan in one move at Hawthorn. Great move.

Sun 11:28 BTCC - Croft: Turkington completes a dominant victory, 9.3s ahead of Honda duo of Neal and Shedden, who finish in formation.

Foster is a remarkable fourth from 12th on the grid.

Sun 11:31 BTCC - Croft: So, the order after a fine race is:

Turkington, Neal, Shedden, Foster, Plato, Jordan, Tordoff. Caine and Collard are next, after passing Onslow-Cole on the final lap.

And on his BTCC debut, Jake Hill wins the S2000 class in Motorbase's Ford Focus in 18th overall.

Sun 12:15 FR2.0 Eurocup - Moscow: Championship leader Pierre Gasly is a first lap retirement in the final Eurocup race of the weekend.

Third-qualifier Oliver Rowland leads pre-season pace-setter Esteban Ocon by 0.8s. The leaders are 4.5s clear of Ignazio D'Agosto.

Sun 12:29 FR2.0 - Eurocup: After Stoffel Vandoorne's dominant performance in the preceding FR3.5 race, Oliver Rowland and Esteban Ocon have treated the Russian fans to a great duel in the Eurocup race.

Racing Steps-backed Rowland took victory by just 0.173s, having spent much of the final lap concentrating on his right rear-view mirror, waiting for a move which failed to materialise from ART Junior team driver Ocon.

Sun 12:30 The 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours is coming down to a 30-minute sprint in changeable weather after a late safety car.

Follow the denouement as it happens with AUTOSPORT Le Mans Live.

Sun 12:34 FR2.0 Eurocup - Moscow: Rowland's victory moves the Briton into the lead of the Eurocup on 84 points.

Saturday victor and today's opening lap retiree Pierre Gasly drops to second on 78. Ocon is third on 70 points, 13 clear of Gasly's Tech 1 team-mate Matthieu Vaxiviere.

Sun 12:39 Superstars - Zolder: Some reaction from the top three from this morning's first race...

Gianni Morbidelli (1st): It was a great race. I made a good gap at the start, and then in the second half of the race I could back off. I could hear some noises in the transmission so I was happy that the car was OK. It's a very important result for the championship.

Laurens Vanthoor (2nd): The car was great and I could use my track knowledge.

Luigi Ferrara (3rd): I've finished second a third already this year, now all that's missing is a win.



Sun 12:41 Superstars - Zolder: Audi has confirmed that it was a prop shaft problem that led to Vanthoor stopping on the cool-down lap after race one.

The car will definitely be fixed and ready for race two.

Sun 13:04 BTCC - Croft: Michael Caine and Rob Collard really enjoyed their dice in race one.

Caine, who thanked Collard for the clean battle, told AUTOSPORT: "The start was crap, but as I got used to it the car got better."

Sun 13:07 BTCC - Croft: Will Bratt is happy with the new TOCA engine in his Rob Austin Racing Audi, but now has a handling problem.

"Any bump in the track sets up a pogo-stick action," he told AUTOSPORT.

"We get one thing sorted and something else goes wrong."

AudiSun 13:11 The 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours is over. Tom Kristensen has a ninth win, Allan McNish a third victory and Loic Duval gets his first taste of the top step in the world's greatest sportscar race.

Le Mans 24 Hours race report

Sun 13:24 BTCC - Croft: Race two is about to get under way and we've just had a rain shower...

Sun 13:26 FR3.5 - Moscow: Red Bull junior driver Antonio Felix da Costa reveals it was damage resulting from contact with Matias Laine that caused his retirement from race two this afternoon.

Sun 13:35 BTCC - Croft: The rain is on and off, making tyre choice difficult. At the moment, the MGs of Jason Plato and Sam Tordoff are the only cars on the grid with wets on.

Sun 13:41 BTCC - Croft: Foster makes a great start to slot into second at turn one. But he then loses out again.

Sun 13:43 BTCC - Croft: The MGs have stormed through on their wets to first and second, with Plato 2.5s ahead after the first lap.

Sun 13:48 BTCC - Croft: As the track dries Plato loses pace and Turkington, Shedden and Onslow-Cole have moved into the top three.

Sun 13:50 BTCC - Croft: Plato continues to fall back as Shedden starts attacking leader Turkington.

Sun 13:55 BTCC - Croft: There is still the odd spot of rain, and Shedden is really pushing Turkington.

The two are clear of Onslow-Cole, who has a gap back to Matt Neal in fourth.

Sun 13:58 BTCC - Croft: Great three-way S2000 fight between Nye, Hill and Wood.

Sun 14:00 BTCC - Croft: Turkington and Shedden lap Plato. The wet tyre gamble didn't pay off.

Sun 14:05 BTCC - Croft: Turkington takes a brilliant win in tricky conditions, from Shedden and an impressive Onslow-Cole.

Neal takes fourth, while Collard battles his way by Jordan for fifth at the final corner.

Sun 14:06 BTCC - Croft: David Nye wins a great three-way battle for S2000 honours, while Lea Wood outdrags BTCC rookie Jake Hill on the run to the line.

Giovanni BertonSun 14:10 Superstars - Zolder: Race two is not far away here in Belgium. With the top eight from race one reversed, here is how the grid will look...

1 Giovanni Berton; 2 Fabrizio Giovanardi; 3 Raffaele Giammaria; 4 Tonio Liuzzi; 5 Renaud Kuppens; 6 Luigi Ferrara; 7 Laurens Vanthoor; 8 Gianni Morbidelli.

Polesitter Berton has been a race two specialist so far this season. He won the second race in both Brno and Slovakia. Can he make it a hat-trick? We'll know in a little over half an hour.

Sun 14:19 Superstars - Zolder: And we're green for race two. Huge start from Giammaria, who barges his way from third to the lead.

Tonio Liuzzi, meanwhile, arrived at turn one far too quickly and took a trip through the gravel. He's back on track, but in last place.

Sun 14:24 Superstars - Zolder: Vanthoor has already made his way to the front of the field. He's already finished second three times this weekend (twice in GT Sprint and once in Superstars), but it looks like a win is finally coming his way!

Sun 14:52 Superstars - Zolder: Crazy finish! Vanthoor loses heaps of time over the last three laps, and is passed by Morbidelli on the line. Second win of the weekend for Morbidelli, the fourth second place of the weekend for Vanthoor.

1 Morbidelli; 2 Vanthoor; 3 Giammaria; 4 Biagi; 5 Kuppens; 6 Berton; 7 Liuzzi; 8 Giovanardi; 9 Trentin; 10 Schiattarella.

Sun 15:36 BTCC - Croft: Rob Collard and Jeff Smith have both been penalised for gaining an unfair advantage in race two.

Collard (WSR BMW) has been given a one-second penalty to drop him from fifth to sixth, behind Andrew Jordan.

Smith (Eurotech Honda) has been given a three-second penalty, dropping him from ninth to 10th, behind Dave Newsham.

Because it is his third offence, Smith will also get a six-place grid penalty for race three later this afternoon.

Sun 15:40 Superstars - Zolder: Turns out Laurens Vanthoor's late-race loss of the lead in race two wasn't a drama, just a favour to team-mate Gianni Morbidelli.

Superstars Zolder race two report

Sun 15:46 Iowa: IndyCar: Good morning from Iowa. Hear that noise outside? That's thunder, and it's been going all morning - as has the rain and lightning. Last word was that we're still on target for the race to start on schedule, but in the meantime, the conditions are proving a stern test for Iowan umbrellas and disposable ponchos.

Sun 15:47 BTCC - Croft: Honda has confirmed Gordon Shedden ran a dry set-up and Matt Neal a half-wet, half-dry one in race two earlier, perhaps explaining why Sheds was quite a lot quicker.

Of the BMWs, Dynamics boss Steve Neal told AUTOSPORT: "It's their circuit this one, so they can have it, but all credit to Turkington."

Sun 15:54 BTCC - Croft: And the rain has returned, so tyre choice will be interesting again...

Sun 15:59 BTCC - Croft: Scratch that. AUTOSPORT has just taken a proper look outside and the track is drenched. Even if the rain stops, it would be a surprise to see people start on anything other than grooved rubber.

Sun 16:02 BTCC - Croft: The weather means the field will probably get two green flag laps so they can get a feel for the wet conditions.

Sun 16:06 BTCC - Croft: Gordon Shedden was the master of these conditions last year, on his way to the title, so it will be interesting to see what he can do from row four.

Sun 16:11 BTCC - Croft: Here's the full top 10 starting line-up on the reversed grid:

1 Morgan; 2 Foster; 3 Collard; 4 Jordan; 5 Neal; 6 Onslow-Cole; 7 Shedden; 8 Turkington; 9 Newsham; 10 Welch.

Plato starts 20th.

Sun 16:17 BTCC - Croft: This time the tyre choice is not a puzzle - nothing but wets will be any good in those puddles.

Sun 16:20 BTCC - Croft: All three BMWs surge off the line, and it's Foster who edges into the lead. No dramas at the first complex.

Sun 16:22 BTCC - Croft: As the first lap ends, Foster is 1.7s clear of Morgan, who has Neal and Turkington on his tail.

Shedden and Collard made a bit of contact as they foguht over fourth, with Jordan getting involved too.

Sun 16:24 BTCC - Croft: Morgan arrives into a right-hander completely broadside and Shedden follows him off the road too.

Shedden rejoins seventh, Morgan is down to 13th.

So now Neal and Turkington are into second and third, can they hunt down Foster?

Sun 16:24 BTCC - Croft: New leader already. Neal quickly eradicates Foster's 1.3s advantage and takes the lead. Turkington is now queuing up to pass his team-mate.

Sun 16:26 BTCC - Croft: Turkington gets past Neal too, the gap is 1.1s from Neal to his BMW pursuer. Jordan is next in line to attack Foster, with Newsham sniffing around too.

Sun 16:28 BTCC - Croft: Morgan is out. He repeats his practice crash and slides straight into the Clervaux barriers. No safety car at present.

Neal and Turkington remain 1.1s apart, while Jordan has tip-toed right around the outside of Foster into third, with Newsham following him through.

Plato is up to 10th.

Sun 16:34 BTCC - Croft: Neal, Turkington and Jordan are running within 1.6s of each other in first to third places, but their lap times are virtually identical. Six laps to go.

They've left the rest of the pack 6s behind.

Sun 16:35 BTCC - Croft: This should be a fairly straightforward Jack Sears Trophy win for Lea Wood - every other S2000 car has crashed.

Sun 16:40 BTCC - Croft: Three laps to go and the Neal, Turkington, Jordan train are holding station up front, despite Jordan having a brush with the grass at Tower.

Shedden is catching Newsham for fourth, Collard has spun down to the midfield, and the MGs of Plato and Tordoff are up to seventh and ninth.

Sun 16:43 BTCC - Croft: Neal runs wide at Tower on the very last lap at Tower, and then has a very big slide. Now Turkington is much closer...

Sun 16:43 BTCC - Croft: Well that was a heart-stopper in the end, those scares for Neal on the last lap mean his three-second lead became just 0.6s as he fends off Turkington across the line.

Sun 16:44 BTCC - Croft - race three results:

1 Neal; 2 Turkington; 3 Jordan; 4 Shedden; 5 Newsham; 6 Plato; 7 Tordoff; 8 Foster; 9 A Smith; 10 J Smith.

Wood wins Jack Sears Trophy class.

Sun 16:55 BTCC - Croft: Here's the full story of how Matt Neal ended his day with a wet win in Yorkshire, despite two big mistakes with victory in sight.

BTCC Croft race three report

Track dryersIndyCar - Iowa: The rain at Iowa has stopped, and the track dryers are out. The race is expected to start on schedule in just under two hours' time.

Sun 17:15 NASCAR - Sonoma: The NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Sonoma is the other half of Race Centre Live's American double-header today, also due off around 8pm British time, 7pm GMT.

We'll also be recapping the full weekend's action from Le Mans, the British Touring Car Championship, the World Rally Championship in Italy, Formula Renault 3.5 in Russia and Superstars in Belgium.

Sun 18:01 IndyCar - Iowa: Despite rumours to the contrary that were floating around yesterday, it's just been confirmed that Iowa will remain on the IndyCar schedule next year.

Sun 18:49 NASCAR - Sonoma: The command to start engines isn't far away at a cloudy Sonoma.

Two changes to the grid officially: Brian Vickers moves to the back because Jason Bowles qualified his Waltrip Toyota while Vickers was racing in Nationwide at Road America, and Victor Gonzalez Jr has switched to a back-up car.

That doesn't make any difference though as the reason Gonzalez needed a spare car was because he crashed in qualifying, so he was last anyway.

Sun 18:52 IndyCar - Iowa: The rain has cleared, the track is dry, the national anthem has been sung, and the command to start engines is coming shortly.

GeicoSun 18:53 IndyCar - Iowa: Here's a lucky charm on Tony Kanaan's car as it prepares to go through tech earlier on..

Sun 18:54 NASCAR - Sonoma: Polesitter Jamie McMurray on why late-race restarts on the road courses are always hair-raising: "There's always a guy 10 rows back who still thinks he can win"

Sun 18:58 IndyCar - Iowa: A host of engine change penalties mean the starting grid looks a bit different to the line-up set by Saturday night's heat races.

Erstwhile polesitter Helio Castroneves was among those demoted. Here's how they'll start:

1 Power; 2 Hinchcliffe; 3 Andretti; 4 Carpenter; 5 Kanaan; 6 Rahal; 7 Servia; 8 Pagenaud; 9 Tagliani; 10 Wilson; 11 Castroneves; 12 Hunter-Reay; 13 Vautier; 14 Kimball; 15 Dixon; 16 Viso; 17 Sato; 18 Saavedra; 19 Bourdais; 20 de Silvestro; 21 Franchitti; 22 Newgarden; 23 Beatriz; 24 Jakes.

Sun 18:59 NASCAR - Sonoma: Light rain is falling...

Sun 19:03 NASCAR - Sonoma: It's national anthem time. And it's being delivered with typical... passion... by James Durbin, who finished fourth on series 10 of American Idol.

Even by pre-NASCAR-race national anthem rendition standards, this is pretty... emphatic.

He's adjusted his look since the picture for his Wikipedia page was taken, it turns out. Less pirate these days.

Sun 19:05 NASCAR - Sonoma: Furniture Row Racing's view: "A little rock in that National Anthem"

That's what it was then. Rock.

Sun 19:08 IndyCar - Iowa: Slight delay to the start here due to a last-minute track repair, but the command to start engines is being given as I type this.

Sun 19:09 NASCAR - Sonoma: 'Start your engines' is roared by Darrell Waltrip and a fan.

Sun 19:09 IndyCar - Iowa: What with this race being the Iowa Corn 250, your Iowa correspondent has just been handed a press release containing 'Corn Quick Facts'. If we have any yellows, prepare to learn something.

Sun 19:11 NASCAR - Sonoma: As it's our first Cup road course race of the season, fancy a rundown of which current drivers have won on road courses in Cup the past?

Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Juan Pablo Montoya, Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne, Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, Clint Bowyer, Marcos Ambrose.

All except Ambrose (a double winner at Watkins Glen) have got at least one win at the-track-formerly-known-as-Sears-Point.

Sun 19:13 IndyCar - Iowa: Green flag! It's a clean start, and James Hinchcliffe has jumped Will Power for the lead.

Jacques VilleneuveSun 19:15 NASCAR - Sonoma: Road courses mean road course 'ringers'.

Old favourites and Chevy veterans Boris Said and Ron Fellows are out for FAS Lane and Circle Sport respectively, but the highest-qualifying interloper was 1997 Formula 1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve in 22nd for Phoenix Racing.

On his last NASCAR appearance in Nationwide at Road America last year, Villeneuve famously punted Danica Patrick off the road on the final lap. She starts 31st today.

Sun 19:18 NASCAR - Sonoma: Drivers reported very rapid tyre wear in practice (it all sounded rather F1-esque actually), but today's conditions are significantly cooler today.

Sun 19:20 NASCAR - Sonoma: Some pre-race comedy - Paulie Harraka ploughs into fellow debutant Alex Kennedy as the cars leave the pitlane. Heavy damage to Harraka's Go Green car. 'Start and park' taken to a new extreme there.

Also in trouble is Bobby Labonte, pitting with a radiator issue, while Jacques Villeneuve is reporting gearshift issues over the radio.

One more pace lap to go.

Sun 19:22 IndyCar - Iowa: James Jakes has just become the first driver to be lapped. The Brit was quick before crashing in his heat race yesterday. He's in the back-up car today.

Up at the front it's still James Hinchcliffe leading from Will Power, who is under pressure from Ed Carpenter and Tony Kanaan.

Sun 19:24 NASCAR - Sonoma: Slight delay to the start while the pitlane is cleaned up following a fluid spill from either one of the failed cars or one of the mangled ones.

Jacques Villeneuve's car is also in the pitlane while the Phoenix car try to resolve his gearshift issue.

And out on track, drizzle still falling.

Sun 19:25 IndyCar - Iowa: How's this for a lesson in clearing lapped traffic: 10 laps ago, Hinchcliffe's lead was 1.5s. A few lapped cars later, it's blown out to 5.0s.

Sun 19:27 NASCAR - Sonoma: View from pit crews is that Labonte's JTG Daugherty Toyota is to blame for the fluid spill. Still no start.

Sun 19:27 IndyCar - Iowa: There goes that lead. The yellows are out for debris. We haven't seen what happened yet but there's damage to Ryan Hunter-Reay's front wing. Pretty much everyone stopped under yellows. Tony Kanaan had a slow stop and has dropped back to ninth.

Sun 19:30 NASCAR - Sonoma: Away we go, Ambrose squeezes past McMurray and into the lead by Turn 3.

Sun 19:30 IndyCar - Iowa: There have been a couple of position changes up the front during that stop, mostly due to Kanaan's problem. Hinchliffe still leads but Power has reclaimed second from Carpenter. Andretti and Servia round out the top five.

Corn Quick Fact: An ear of corn averages about 800 kernels in 16 rows.

Sun 19:32 NASCAR - Sonoma: First lap down with no damage. Ambrose pulls out a one-second lead over McMurray, while Montoya - the man many expected to be head-to-head for the lead with Ambrose - has moved up from his disappointing 13th on the grid to 10th.

Sun 19:33 IndyCar - Iowa: Hunter-Reay's damage was the result of contact with the rear of Graham Rahals' car. Restart next time around.

Sun 19:33 NASCAR - Sonoma: Everyone who had a pre-race drama got patched up and sent out again.

Villeneuve has made it up to 36th, while Labonte joined in with a fresh radiator and oil cooler but has now parked in an escape road.

First shunt is David Stremme punting David Ragan around. No yellow.

Sun 19:35 NASCAR - Sonoma: Ah, second shunt already: Montoya clashes with Kyle Busch and pushes him into a spin as they battle for eighth.

Montoya was passing Joey Logano and slid into Busch too. Both keep going, back in 15th and 27th.

Sun 19:35 IndyCar - Iowa: First restart was waved off because there was still a truck on the track. We're back underway now though, and Carpenter has passed Power to reclaim second.

Sun 19:37 IndyCar - Iowa: Given that he's been in the pits twice, Hunter-Reay has done well to remain on the lead lap. Fastest man on the track is Carpenter, who is stalking Hinchcliffe.

Sun 19:38 NASCAR - Sonoma: A contrite Montoya asked his crew to apologise to Kyle Busch's people.

Got our first caution, looks like Harraka's fitted in a second crash of the day already, off at the first corner.

Sun 19:41 NASCAR - Sonoma: Several cars near the back go for an early pitstop to gamble on a three-stop strategy. Kyle Busch is among them.

Sun 19:43 NASCAR - Sonoma: About to go green on lap eight...

Sun 19:44 NASCAR - Sonoma: Ambrose holds his lead on the restart, as Kurt Busch sweeps from fourth to second ahead of McMurray.

Sun 19:46 IndyCar - Iowa: The leaders are struggling through traffic, and Andretti has taken second from Carpenter.

Meanwhile, it's worth asking whether Simona de Silvestro has somehow ended up with a Lotus engine again for this weekend, because she is is painfully, painfully slow. Her last lap was 17mph slower than Hinchcliffe's, and in the heat races yesterday she did three laps slower than Carlos Munoz's Indy Lights pole speed.

Sun 19:46 NASCAR - Sonoma: Montoya isn't hanging around, already back up to eighth having dropped to 15th in his clash with Kyle Busch.

Sun 19:51 IndyCar - Iowa: Dario Franchitti is reporting that his car is very loose in traffic. Given that he's currently running in 18th, he's unlikely to find clean air anytime soon.

Up front, it's worth keeping an eye on Graham Rahal, who has been making good progress through the field and is now fighting Andretti for second. Not much love lost between those two, so this could get interesting.

Sun 19:55 NASCAR - Sonoma: Ambrose got his lead up to two seconds for a spell, but by lap 16 Kurt Busch is within half a second of him again. They've broken clear of McMurray.

Sun 19:57 NASCAR - Sonoma: Change of lead! Kurt Busch slips inside Ambrose on lap 18 and takes first place away.

Sun 19:58 IndyCar - Iowa: We're into the second round of stops, and the leaders remain in the same order. Rahal has made up a bit of ground on Hinchcliffe, though.

Sun 19:58 NASCAR - Sonoma: Danica Patrick has a spin and continues while trying to pass Justin Marks.

Juan Pablo Montoya is now seventh, Jacques Villeneuve is 31st.

Sun 19:59 NASCAR - Sonoma: Now he's leading, Kurt Busch is storming away. Ambrose has to focus on McMurray attacking him.

Villeneuve is slowing, looks like the gearshift problems are back.

AJ AllmendingerSun 20:01 NASCAR: Both NASCAR's top series are on road courses this weekend, and yesterday AJ Allmendinger got his first Nationwide win at Road America.

It was his latest appearance in a Penske car, and just what he needed in a season that had brought lots of fresh opportunities, but few hard results.

Points leader Regan Smith was one of a few drivers caught up in incidents with rapid Australian guest Owen Kelly, last year's Elkhart Lake winner Nelson Piquet Jr ran into Brian Scott, and early lead contender Michael McDowell's engine wilted just a few laps in.

Sun 20:03 NASCAR - Sonoma: Montoya is now past Carl Edwards and into sixth. Next on his list is Matt Kenseth, then it's a six-second gap to Clint Bowyer.

Kurt Busch leads Marcos Ambrose by 1.4s and Jamie McMurray by 2.2s.

Sun 20:04 NASCAR - Sonoma: Yellow is out due to rain. Twenty four laps in, got to be worth pondering a pitstop. Jeff Gordon is already in.

Sun 20:05 IndyCar - Iowa: We were just about to tell you that we nearly avoided a yellow courtesy of a big lose and equally big save from Tristan Vautier, but Alex Tagliani had other ideas. He has spun up towards the wall at Turn 2, although there doesn't seem to be too much damage to the car.

Up at the front, Andretti has passed Rahal to move back into second.


Corn Quick Fact: Corn is produced in every continent of the world with the exception of the Antarctica.

Sun 20:08 IndyCar - Iowa: Back to green.

Sun 20:11 NASCAR - Sonoma: The majority of cars are now pitting.

Turns out Jeff Gordon's stop a lap ago was premature, by the time he committed, the yellow was already out and the pits were closed. It could've been a masterstroke, instead it's a penalty.

Looks like most of the leaders stayed out, so it's still Kurt Busch ahead of Marcos Ambrose, then Clint Bowyer, Jamie McMurray and now Juan Pablo Montoya up to fifth.

Sun 20:13 IndyCar - Iowa: Debris on the front straight. Rahal has reclaimed second, while Alex Tagliani rejoined the race and promptly began running around in the middle lane at 141mph, which obviously caused some consternation for the cars behind him. He's now back in the pits, and it looks like the team is preparing to retire his car.

Corn Quick Fact: One pound of corn has 1300 kernels.

Sun 20:16 IndyCar - Iowa: Restart. Rahal tries running alongside Hinchcliffe for a lap before settling back behind the Canadian to await another opportunity.

Sun 20:16 NASCAR - Sonoma: Drivers suggesting it's getting really quite wet now.

We're on lap 28 out of 110.

Sun 20:18 IndyCar - Iowa: Currently in third is Hunter-Reay, who has done a superb job to rebound from his earlier problems. He was stuck down in 19th earlier on. Things are going less well for Takuma Sato, who is in the pits with some sort of problem.

Sun 20:20 NASCAR - Sonoma: Back to green and Kurt Busch holds the lead ahead of an aggressive Marcos Ambrose.

Sun 20:21 NASCAR - Sonoma: Ambrose takes a look down the inside into Turn 11, almost touches Busch and lets the Furniture Row car go.

Sun 20:22 NASCAR - Sonoma: Another yellow, debutant Alex Kennedy is stopped with a mangled front end, possibly caught up in a chain reaction after Joey Logano pushed David Reutimann into a spin.

Kennedy seems to be out. But for a Humphrey Smith Racing car to still be running as late as lap 31 was pretty surprising anyway.

Sun 20:25 IndyCar - Iowa: Just as we were about to tell you about Hunter-Reay taking second from Rahal, Rahal got past him again. Just off the podium at the moment are Simon Pagenaud and Helio Castroneves, with 59 laps and one pitstop to go.

We haven't mentioned Power lately. He's been going steadily backwards and is currently 18th and two laps down.

Sun 20:26 NASCAR - Sonoma: Everyone who hadn't pitted already now pits, and a few further back top up too.

Ah, not everyone... Kurt Busch stays out in the lead.

Gibbs duo Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin both get speeding penalties.

Brad Keselowski and Aric Almirola are up to second and third. They had stopped under an earlier yellow.

Sun 20:27 IndyCar - Iowa: The leaders pit, and Ed Carpenter leads. It looks like Hunter-Reay has passed Rahal during the stop.

Sun 20:27 NASCAR - Sonoma: Swiftly back to green and Brad Keselowski is all over leader Kurt Busch, whose tyres are now very old.

Keselowski outbrakes Busch and now leads.

There are now three separate strategies unfolding, a three-stop for the likes of Keselowski, a hopefully-two-stop for the likes of Montoya and Ambrose (now back in the pit) and a two-stop for Kurt Busch, who's trying to retake the lead from Keselowski.

Sun 20:30 NASCAR - Sonoma: Lap 35 of 110 and Kurt Busch comes in. That's him committed to a two-stop. He'll rejoin near the tail of the field.

And he gets a pitlane speeding penalty.

Sun 20:32 NASCAR - Sonoma: That's a big blow for Busch. The stop had already dropped him back to 35th, while his former sparring partners Ambrose and McMurray - on a roughly similar strategy - are 15th and 19th after pitting under the previous yellow.

Montoya is third among cars on that tactic and running 20th.

On the road, it's Keselowski leading Kahne, Truex, Vickers and Biffle, all likely three-stoppers.

Basically this race will probably take until about lap 100 until it truly makes sense again, and then it'll be decided by who doesn't hit each other at late-race restarts.

Sun 20:32 NASCAR - Sonoma: Oh and as he pits to take his pitlane speeding penalty, Kurt Busch picks up another pitlane speeding penalty.

He's not going to be entirely chilled about this.

Sun 20:33 IndyCar - Iowa: Carpenter pits from the lead and is delayed by a problem with his right rear during the stop. Wilson briefly inherits the lead but pits a couple of laps later, and has an identical hold-up. Hinchcliffe cycles back into the lead ahead of Hunter-Reay and Rahal.

Sun 20:35 NASCAR - Sonoma: Four-car battle for the lead as Kahne, Truex and Vickers hassle Keselowski and each other. Truex gets up to second.

Meanwhile Ambrose, McMurray and Montoya are steadily picking off cars on alternate strategies in the midfield.

Sun 20:36 NASCAR - Sonoma: Martin Truex Jr goes into the lead ahead of Keselowski as the champion runs wide.

Sun 20:38 IndyCar - Iowa: The 5s lead that Hinchcliffe had over Hunter-Reay a few laps ago has been halved, but that owes a lot to Hinch having to deal with lapped cars. Hunter-Reay still has to clear that same traffic.

Sun 20:40 NASCAR - Sonoma: Keselowski is now down to fourth as Vickers makes it a Michael Waltrip Racing one-two.

Kurt Busch is among the lead quartet and unlapping himself after his multiple penalties.

Sun 20:41 IndyCar - Iowa: Kanaan passes Rahal for third.

Sun 20:45 IndyCar - Iowa: Hinchcliffe cruises across the line to claim his third win of the year ahead of team-mate Ryan Hunter-Reay and Tony Kanaan. Ed Carpenter passed Graham Rahal on the final lap for fourth.

Danish flag at Le MansSun 20:45 Le Mans 24 Hours: This weekend's biggest race was of course Le Mans.

It will go down in history as a tragic event following Allan Simonsen's fatal crash in the opening laps.

The Aston Martin driver's Danish compatriot Tom Kristensen went on to take a ninth win, and dedicated it to Simonsen.

Le Mans 24 Hours full report

Le Mans as it happened

Allan Simonsen: 1978-2013

Sun 20:48 NASCAR - Sonoma: Truex leads by 1.8s. Kurt Busch has assertively unlapped himself and is now trying to catch the tail of the field.

The man on the move, again, is Juan Pablo Montoya, who has charged up to 10th.

That's brought him ahead of Marcos Ambrose, whose car's handling has gone off. He is 14th.

Sun 20:53 IndyCar- Iowa: Great news for victor James Hinchcliffe from the Twitter feed of 2005 Indy Pro Series (now Lights) champion and sometime IndyCar driver Wade Cunningham.

@WadeCunningham: "I can't wait to give @Hinchtown a celebratory mouth kiss, on the mouth"

Sun 20:53 NASCAR - Sonoma: Truex has caught Kurt Busch again and re-lapped him with a smooth slip down the inside into Turn 11.

Sun 20:56 NASCAR - Sonoma: Truex's lead over team-mate Vickers is now 5s.

Montoya is up to seventh. And if you're wondering why we're mentioning him so much, it's not ex-F1 man bias, but that he's the highest runner on the two-stop strategy that might prove to be the winning choice.

Speaking of former F1 stars, Jacques Villeneuve is officially a retirement. His race never got going thanks to myriad mechanical problems.

Sun 20:58 IndyCar - Iowa - race results:

1 Hinchcliffe; 2 Hunter-Reay; 3 Kanaan; 4 Carpenter; 5 Rahal; 6 Pagenaud; 7 Servia; 8 Castroneves; 9 Andretti; 10 Viso.

Dixon, Power and Franchitti...? 16th, 17th and 20th.

Sun 21:00 NASCAR - Sonoma: Johnson passes Biffle for fourth as Montoya gains on both. They're 16s off the lead, with Truex leading Vickers by 8s and Kahne by 12s.

50 laps to go.

Sun 21:02 While the weekend's final race goes into its deciding half at Sonoma, we'll be recapping the rest of the weekend's action and the effects it had on the racing world's title chases.

Sun 21:04 NASCAR - Sonoma: Leader Martin Truex Jr pits with 49 laps to go. He'll need one more stop.

Kasey Kahne pits from third.

Sun 21:06 NASCAR - Sonoma: And just as the pitstops begin, Danica Patrick crashes and we have a yellow.

She drags her car out of the tyres and heads for the pits for repairs.

Looks like Patrick might've had a puncture to cause that shunt.

Sun 21:09 NASCAR - Sonoma: Most of the field pits. Every drop of fuel is squeezed into the cars as there are 46 laps to go and 42 is about as much as you can do on a tank without getting creative.

That's going to mean either extreme fuel-saving, gambling on a lot of yellow laps, or last-gasp splash-and-go stops.

Sun 21:14 NASCAR - Sonoma: McMurray now leads Truex, Edwards and Burton.

Truex pitted just before that yellow, the other three have only made one stop so far, a long while ago.

Truex is straight back into the lead at the restart.

Sun 21:17 NASCAR - Sonoma: Another yellow as Tony Stewart taps Denny Hamlin off the road on the approach to Turn 11.

Hamlin rejoins, but he set fire to the grass along the way.

Sun 21:18 NASCAR - Sonoma: Hamlin asks his crew who he needs to exact revenge on, while Stewart argues his innocence over the radio, saying Hamlin turned across him.

Sun 21:20 NASCAR - Sonoma: The majority of the field pits for a fuel top-up. Truex loses ground by stalling. Ambrose is one of the few to take fresh tyres too.

Forty one laps left, so those with a full tank now have a pretty good chance of making it to the finish without another pitstop.

Joey Logano and Dale Earnhardt Jr among those who stayed out. They lead.

Sun 21:23 NASCAR - Sonoma: Green, then straight back to yellow as the midfield gets entangled on the start/finish straight and Victor Gonzalez Jr (gosh, he was still running) finds himself facing the wrong way in a battered car.

Sebastien OgierSun 21:26 WRC - Italy: Sebastien Ogier hadn't won for a whole two rallies. He put that right in emphatic fashion in Sardinia.

Team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala recovered from an SS1 puncture to third, while Thierry Neuville took a career-best second and surged up the championship.

WRC Italy full report

WRC standings after seven of 13 rounds:

1 Sebastien Ogier 154
2 Jari-Matti Latvala 90
3 Thierry Neuville 70
4 Sebastien Loeb 68
5 Mikko Hirvonen 61
6 Dani Sordo 59

(25 points for a win)

Full season statistics on FORIX

Sun 21:29 NASCAR - Sonoma: Back to green with 36 laps left. Logano stays in the lead.

McMurray has had an incident and is limping over the grass with a flat tyre.

Truex, Johnson and Montoya are sixth, seventh and eighth, and all worth keeping an eye on.

Ambrose is now only 19th.

Robert KubicaSun 21:39 WRC - Italy: All weekend we'd refrained from jinxing Robert Kubica by talking about his WRC 2 title chances until his second straight dominant win was secured. But now let's go Kubica-for-champion speculation crazy.

Kubica is now fourth in the standings. WRC 2 drivers contest seven rallies of their choice from the 13, and their best six scores count.

Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari leads and has done five rallies, scoring in each. He's 35 points ahead of Kubica, and doesn't intend to enter the next two rounds.

Kubica has done three rallies, but insists he doesn't plan to do enough events to challenge for the title. He says he can't afford to and is already funding some of his programme out of his own pocket.

Nicolas Fuchs and Yuri Protasov are between Al-Kuwari and Kubica in the points but have each done six rallies already.

Sepp Wiegand is three points behind Kubica and has done four rallies - and is a very quick VW protege.

Then there's Esapekka Lappi, 33 points behind Kubica and 68 off Al-Kuwari, but he's only appeared twice, and he's a mega talent with a factory Skoda.

Fascinating or confusing or both?

Sun 21:40 NASCAR - Sonoma: Jeff Gordon has picked his way forward and now slips ahead of Joey Logano to lead.

Gordon's last pitstop was lap 64 out of 110. With his engineer urging him to charge, that suggests another stop is on the agenda.

Sun 21:42 NASCAR - Sonoma: Kyle Busch is in the tyres after a tap from Carl Edwards, yellow is out.

It was quite an impact, but Busch gets back on track and heads for repairs.

Sun 21:48 NASCAR - Sonoma: Another surge for the pits, as most of the field comes in for enough fuel to comfortably reach the finish, and either two or four tyres.

Those who stay out clearly reckon they can make it to the end on fuel, but they'll still have to be fairly conservative and have older tyres.

Truex leads from Kenseth, Montoya, Biffle, Edwards and Ambrose.

Highest-placed of the drivers who just pitted is Johnson in 16th.

Twenty-five laps to go.

Sun 21:49 IndyCar - Iowa: A 24 car field on a 7/8th mile oval is always going to cause some congestion, and Oriol Servia believes that some of his rivals raced more fairly than others:

'We had a top3 car today, some moves below the belt by a couple guys got the best out of me..'

Sun 21:51 NASCAR - Sonoma: David Stremme gets spun by Josh Wise mid-pack and scatters the midfield. Lots of smoke, lots of dirt, no damage, no yellow.

Sun 21:53 NASCAR - Sonoma: A lap down after his hit from Edwards, Kyle Busch spins by himself.

Truex has a 1.9-second lead over Kenseth. Johnson is up to 10th on his fresh tyres and ample fuel load.

Sun 21:55 NASCAR - Sonoma: Montoya passes Kenseth for second with 20 laps to go.

Sun 21:57 NASCAR - Sonoma: Stewart and Burton collide and spin at the hairpin, opening the door for Johnson to move up to eighth.

Sun 21:59 NASCAR - Sonoma: Gordon and the resurgent Kurt Busch both pass Johnson. They have four fresh tyres, Johnson only has two.

But up front, Truex is utterly in control and has pulled 4s clear of Montoya.

Sun 22:04 NASCAR - Sonoma: Edwards has taken third from Kenseth. Gordon has passed Ambrose and is now working on Kenseth for fourth.

There are 14 laps to go. If it stays green, Truex has got this covered and will finally take a second Cup win, six years after his first.

If we get a yellow, though... then anything could happen.

Sun 22:10 NASCAR - Sonoma: Nine laps left. Gordon passes Edwards for third. He's 4s behind Montoya and 9s behind Truex.

James HinchcliffeSun 22:13 IndyCar - Iowa: James Hinchcliffe has now take more wins than anyone else this year, and was a class apart at Iowa. Here's how the race unfolded.

IndyCar Iowa race report

Sun 22:13 NASCAR - Sonoma: Kurt Busch is still flying and is up to fifth. Truex is keeping the gaps to Montoya and Gordon stable.

Sun 22:15 NASCAR - Sonoma: While it's spread out at front, in the middle of the pack there are still plenty of cars banging wheels and doors. Truex would really, really, really like them all to behave and not cause a yellow.

Five laps to go and Montoya is 6s off the lead, Gordon is a further 3s back.

Sun 22:19 NASCAR - Sonoma: Kenseth, third not too long ago, is tumbling down the order as his tyres wear and he has to save fuel. So far, no one has hit him. This will be a relief for Truex. Two laps to go.

Sun 22:20 NASCAR - Sonoma: Truex onto the final lap. As long as the car keeps rolling, it's in the bag.

Sun 22:20 NASCAR - Sonoma: Heartbreak for Montoya, he's out of fuel and slowing. Second place is lost.

Truex pitted on the same lap as Montoya...

Sun 22:21 NASCAR - Sonoma: Martin Truex Jr wins at Sonoma, six years after his only previous Cup victory at Dover!

Sun 22:22 NASCAR Sprint Cup - Sonoma - race results:

1 Truex; 2 Gordon; 3 Edwards; 4 Kurt Busch; 5 Bowyer; 6 Kahne; 7 Ambrose; 8 Biffle; 9 Johnson; 10 Harvick.

Martin Truex JrSun 22:37 NASCAR - Sonoma: Martin Truex Jr wins again, six years after his first. This is how he did it:

NASCAR Sprint Cup Sonoma race report

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We'll be back next weekend for MotoGP's classic Assen TT, GP2 and GP3 on the British Grand Prix support bill at Silverstone, more NASCAR at Kentucky Speedway, the historic Ypres Rally in the European Rally Championship, and Sebastien Loeb's shot at Pikes Peak glory.

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