Thursday, June 27, 2013

What to watch this weekend (June 27th - July 3rd)

  • WRC. 2013 action from Rally Greece. Thursday @ 7pm - 8pm (MAVTV)
  • Formula 1 - British Grand Prix; from Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire, England. Practice (1). Friday @ 6am - 7:30am (NBCSN(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - British Grand Prix; from Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire, England. Qualifying. Saturday @ 11am - 12:30pm (NBCSN(HD)) live
  • Australian V8 Supercars. Skycity Triple Crown, from Hidden Valley Raceway in Darwin, Australia. Saturday @ 12pm - 2pm (SPEED(HD)) delayed-airing from 6/15-6/16 
  • Formula 1 - British Grand Prix; from Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire, England. Race. Sunday @ 7:30am - 10:30am (CNBC(HD)) live; replay on NBCSN @ 11:30am
  • Rolex Sports Car Series. 6 Hours of the Glen, from Watkins Glen Raceway. Sunday @ 11am-5:30pm (SPEED(HD)) live
  • Top Gear (UK). Mini-marathon of past seasons. Monday @ 6pm - 3am (BBCAmerica(HD)) great replays
  • Motorweek. Nissan Sentra. Tuesday @ 8pm - 8:30pm (VelocityHD) new
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Where are they now? Tuesday @ 10:30pm - 11pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • Wheeler Dealers. Mini-marathon. Wednesday @ 4pm - 8pm (VelocityHD)
Say hello to a stacked weekend folks. We got V8 supercars, WRC (on some channel I don't even know if I get), Grand-Am endurance racing at Watkins Glen and F1 at Silverstone Circuit. Where we left off in F1 was Vettel showing his skill in the RB9 to try sticking it to Lewis and Alonzo in Canada; but they all ended up on the podium together. He pushed closer to qualifying laps than the field in order to maximize field separation rather than holding back for the sake of the tires. Pirelli brought a new compound out that wouldn't separate as badly when pushed to the limit, but it didn't seem to make much of a difference in the outcome. There weren't any tires falling apart in super slow-mo, but there were some other items of note. Massa crashed the car in qualifying again, but came from the back of the field to finish 8th. Vettel took pole and the win. Lewis did a great job snagging third given Webber was on the hunt. Lotus Renault had some bad luck with setup and didn't really compete that well. Jean-Eric Vergne took his Torro-Rosso Red Bull to 6th, surprising many behind him. Force India had another solid outing. Lastly, we're still waiting for McLaren to show us something other than the fact that Sergio wants to win more than Jenson. Current driver standings are Vettel, Alonso, Raikkonen, Hamilton and Webber respectively. Given we're nearing the halfway point of the season it'll be interesting to see who figures out what's needed to keep Vettel from scoring bundles of championship points on Sunday.

There are scattered thunderstorms forecast over the next several days, but there will be sunshine mixed in there. Enjoy your weekends.

Video courtesy of EnduranceRacingVids.

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