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.
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