April 16, 2007 in Sports

Bourdais stays on course, wins at Long Beach

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Sebastien Bourdais dominated on the way to his third straight victory in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday, just a week after crashing in qualifying and in the race at the season opener in the streets of Las Vegas.

Bourdais, who has won 24 of 61 starts and three straight season titles in the Champ Car World Series, was certainly the class of the field this week. He started from the pole and raced away to a nearly 25-second lead – about a third of a lap on the 1.968-mile, 11-turn downtown street circuit.

Oriol Servia settled for the runner-up spot, finishing 2.614 seconds.

Will Power grabbed third while Justin Wilson took fourth.

Formula One

Felipe Massa of Ferrari won the Bahrain Grand Prix in Sakhir, Bahrain, and Lewis Hamilton of McLaren finished second, becoming the first driver to start his Formula One career with three straight top-three finishes.

Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari was third, and Nick Heidfeld of BMW-Sauber was fourth.

Hamilton, Formula One’s first black driver, finished third at the Australian GP and second at the Malaysian GP.

NHRA

Robert Hight edged Funny Car leader Ron Capps in the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals, giving John Force Racing a victory less than a month after driver Eric Medlen was killed in a testing accident.

Hight was joined in an emotional winner’s circle at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway by Medlen’s good friend Brandon Bernstein, who raced to his 13th Top Fuel win, and Greg Anderson, who claimed a track-record fifth Las Vegas trophy in Pro Stock.

Since Medlen’s death in a test session, Force has hired engineers and scientists to make drag racing safer. NHRA is allowing Force to run extra tests and is open to listening to his team’s findings.


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