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Craig Lowndes emerges victorious at Hidden Valley
Craig Lowndes emerges victorious at Hidden Valley © UE Images/Red Bull Content Pool
By Tim Sturtridge

Craig Lowndes emerges victorious at Hidden Valley

The Hidden Valley Raceway played host to all-sorts of action during the Skycity Triple Crown in Darwin at the weekend. At the end of the final race the man walking away with the win was Craig Lowndes of Red Bull Racing Australia.

A seven-car pile up in the weekend’s main event led to a shortened race and amid the confusion Lowndes managed to keep Pepsi Max FPR's Mark Winterbottom at bay.

"With all the accidents and safety cars that went on at the start of the race we knew it would be a reduced race. We thought we could push on but we pushed it a bit hard. We burnt the rears up quite quickly and with that Frosty pounced." Lowndes said.

The 92nd win of Lowndes’s career sees him move to within 159 points of his Red Bull Racing Australia team-mate Jamie Whincup in the 2013 International V8 Supercars Championship. Whincup was penalised in Darwin for spinning his wheels at a pit stop.

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Dominant win for Gary Paffett at Lausitzring
Dominant win for Gary Paffett at Lausitzring ©

Paffett puts Mercedes-Benz on the straight and narrow

A dominant lights-to-flag victory for British driver Gary Paffett at Lausitzring sees Mercedes-Benz making a strong comeback in the battle for the DTM title. The 2005 champion crossed the finish line to collect his 20th winner’s trophy in the DTM.

In the drivers’ standings, Paffett moves up to third place behind Bruno Spengler (BMW) and Mike Rockenfeller (Audi), who share the championship lead.

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Salom takes the win in Barcelona
Salom takes the win in Barcelona ©

Spanish riders clean up at Montmelo

There was an all-Spanish podium at the 2013 MotoGP Grand Prix of Catalonia as Jorge Lorenzo led home Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez. Title holder Lorenzo now trails Pedrosa at the summit of the 2013 MotoGP Championship by just seven points with rookie Marquez also in the mix in third.

The host nation also dominated the other categories at Montmelo with local hero Pol Espargaro winning the Moto2 race while the top five Moto3 riders, including winner Luis Salom, also hailed from Spain.

MotoGP race report: Red Bull

Moto2 & Moto3 race reports: Red Bull

Eyes on the prize
Eyes on the prize © Getty Images/Red Bull Content Pool

Infiniti Red Bull Racing get their man

Infiniti Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner has been discussing Sebastian Vettel's contract extension.

“We have a long-term agreement with Sebastian, and it was just perfect timing for both sides to extend for another year.” Horner told Sporting Life, “The fact he has signed this extension shows his commitment to Red Bull, and hopefully the relationship will go beyond 2015, which is already some way into the future.”

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Jose Froilan Gonzalez
Pretty little policemen in a row ©

Ferrari say a fond farewell to ‘Cabezon’

An icon of Ferrari’s Formula One story passed away this week when José Froilán González died at the age of ninety in his native Buenos Aires. The Argentinian racer will forever be linked to Ferrari after taking the Prancing Horse’s first victory in a Formula One World Championship Grand Prix when he won at Silverstone sixty two years ago.

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