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RACING ROUND-UP - PUBLISHED ON AUGUST 3RD 2009
Racing review: All the results
AUTOSPORT brings you the definitive who won what, and where, round-up from throughout the racing world last weekend

  By Matt Beer
 
 

Not so long ago, bets were being taken on whether Sebastien Loeb would win every single round of this year's World Rally Championship, but after Ford's fourth consecutive win, he faces a real fight to retain his title. Mikko Hirvonen came out on top on his home ground in a straight fight with the French legend, giving the Finn a slightly bigger points lead and a massive confidence boost.

In America, the weather did its best to spoil the weekend, with weepers and rain intervening at both the IndyCar and NASCAR events. But when the track died, the IndyCar Series produced its finest race of the season at Kentucky as the technical changes made to improve the racing succeeded at the first attempt.

There was another turnaround at Oschersleben, as DTM champion Timo Scheider took the first win of his title defence in dominant fashion. At the same event Formula 3 Euro Series title rivals Jules Bianchi and Christian Vietoris claimed a win apiece - although while Bianchi's success was a case of business as usual, Vietoris' bizarre Sunday win came as 21 of the 23 finishers were penalised for yellow flag infringements.

And a week after he impressed the Formula 1 fraternity in Hungary, Jaime Alguersuari proved that flitting from series to series is no problem for him by claiming his first Formula Renault 3.5 victory in Portugal.

THE ACTIONMikko Hirvonen

V8 Supercar: Davison dominates Sandown race one

V8 Supercar: Tander leads HRT one-two in race two

F3 Euro: Bianchi takes dominant fifth '09 win

F3 Euro: Mass penalties hand Vietoris victory

Formula Renault 3.5: Lancaster scores first victory

Formula Renault 3.5: Alguersuari wins feature race

IRC: Basso clinches Madeira victory

NASCAR Nationwide: Keselowski beats Busch to win

NASCAR Sprint Cup: Pocono Cup race postponed

LMS: Pescarolo wins Algarve night race

IndyCar: Briscoe beats Carpenter to victory

WRC: Hirvonen secures Finland win

BTCC: Giovanardi wins bruising race one

BTCC: Giovanardi cruises to race two win

BTCC: Nash claims maiden BTCC victory

BTCC: Nash exclusion hands Turkington win

Superleague: Wissel takes Basel's first victory

Superleague: Gommendy scores Porto's first win

Superleague: Rangers win Donington dash for cash

DTM: Scheider takes first win of 2009

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  ABOUT MATT BEER
Matt Beer originally joined autosport.com as a weekend editor in the website's early days from 1998 to 2001, before spending several years writing for other motorsport websites, covering UK national racing, working for teams and drivers, and getting some degrees.

He returned to the autosport.com fold for the start of the 2006 season and has remained on board ever since. Alongside his journalistic career, Matt is a director of a company that runs several award-winning theatres at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
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