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The Week That Was: Impressive Performances in Pikes Peak, Southwick, and More

by Chris Leone // Website // Twitter
Images via Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (1); Ned Leone (2)

Last weekend was an eclectic one for racing fans, as the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb joined Formula 1, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and Lucas Oil Pro Motocross on the action motorsports calendar. Today, we take a look back on the racers that made their mark over the past weekend with winning performances:

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb: Robin Shute

Shute and a passionate group of friends, which had already run PPIHC in 2017 with Faraday Future, banded together to buy a Wolf GB08 and added a two-liter turbocharged Honda engine to it for this year’s Race to the Clouds. While the overall record wasn’t in doubt this year, the result was still impressive, as they were more than 11 seconds clear of their nearest competitors.

Pro Motocross 450: Zach Osborne

Yeah, Marvin Musquin took the overall victory, for both the second year in a row at Southwick and the second weekend in a row in 2019. But Osborne scored his first career 450 moto victory in the second race of the day, as he continues to fight within the top five of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross standings in his first year on the larger bike. Expect plenty more victories to come from this point forward.

Pro Motocross 250: Adam Cianciarulo

The only reason Cianciarulo seemed like he had a bad weekend last weekend was because he was four for four on overall victories coming into Florida. If anyone genuinely thought there was reason to worry, though, the Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider set them straight with his fifth 250 moto win of the season in the first race and fifth overall victory in six tries so far in 2019.

Formula 1: Max Verstappen

You’ll probably cry foul if you’re a Ferrari fan, but Verstappen’s aggressive Lap 69 pass on Charles Leclerc decided Red Bull’s home race in the team’s favor. Verstappen became the first non-Mercedes driver to stand atop of the podium in 2019, ending a 10-race winning streak for the German squad dating back to last year. The most recent winner prior to Mercedes? Also Verstappen, in Mexico.

IMSA: Mazda Team Joest

It’s been a long, difficult road for Mazda’s prototype program in IMSA, one fraught with unlucky breaks and countless mechanical failures along the way. Finally, though, the team earned some well-deserved redemption at Watkins Glen International on Sunday, not only winning the Sahlen’s Six Hours at the Glen but also making it a 1-2 sweep on the podium with their two teams.

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