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Top 10 photos of the week: 2014-09-03

Your weekly dose of top-10 photos from around the world, shot by the award-winning photographers.

Battle at the beach for the Blancpain Sprint Series

The Dutch seaside resort hosts the third round of the 2014 season, after some spectacular action during the opening two rounds at Nogaro and Brands Hatch.

Saturday night fever at Paul Ricard

The race will start at 19.15 on Saturday June 28th and will run into the dark, with a finish at 22.15.

Macleod recovers to win at Snetterton

Second place went to Andy Chang and Matt Rao (Fortec Motorsport) was 3rd.

Rao takes surprise win at Snetterton

Matt Rao was a slightly surprised winner in what turned out to be a “crazy race”.

Andretti Formula E announces team's first FIA Formula E driver

Andretti Autosport will welcome French native Franck Montagny to the team's stable of full-time drivers.

Clean sweep for Grasser Racing Lamborghini at Brands Hatch

Jeroen Bleekemolen and Hari Proczyk dominated the feature Blancpain Sprint Series event of the weekend at Brands Hatch.

A new team in ELMS - Pegasus Racing

Pegasus Racing is one of the newcomers to the European Le Mans Series this year, but the team is not new to endurance racing.

Double podium for Aston Martin Racing at Spa-Francorhamps

As the chequered flag waved, the #95 crossed the GTE Am finish line in second place, leaving the team leading the WEC GTE Am teams and drivers championships.

Home comforts for Toyota Racing at Spa

The team heads to Belgium in high spirits, and in the lead of the World Championship.

Five teams pull out of Le Mans - no more reserves remain

It was announced this morning that three GTE and two LMP2 cars have pulled out of this years 24 Hours of Le Mans race.

Senna to race for Aston Martin Racing in WEC Spa

The Brazilian ex-F1 driver will join Darren Turner (GB) and Stefan Mücke (DE) in the #97 Vantage GTE.

Spa showdown

The FIA World Endurance Championship’s competitors now head to Belgium for the WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps on May 2/3.

Audi set on battling for victory at Spa

Two aerodynamic versions of the hybrid sports car on the grid.

Porsche eager to defend points lead in the Ardennes

The Porsche Team Manthey now heads to Spa-Francorchamps on May 3rd to tackle the six-hour race as the leaders of the GTE-Pro class.

8Star shows its potential in troubled 6 Hours of Silverstone

Enzo Potolicchio and 8Star Motorsports showed a great turn of speed, but were ultimately foiled by a driveshaft failure in the rain-shortened opening round of the 2014 WEC.

Craft-Bamboo Racing completes WEC debut

With five hours left on the clock, the start-stop rain came, making tyre choice a challenge.

Happy Easter: Young Driver AMR takes back-to-back victory at Silverstone

Young Driver AMR are back-to-back winners at Silverstone as the team also took the victory in England at last years season opening round.

Triple podium for Aston Martin at season-opener

Aston Martin finished first and second in the GTE Am class and third and seventh in the GTE Pro class in the opening round of the FIA WEC at Silverstone.

The Onroak Automotive Morgan LM P2s clinch a double podium finish

Pierre Thiriet, Ludovic Badey and Tristan Gommendy never relaxed the pressure and took the lead in the race less than six minutes from the chequered flag!

Sébastien Loeb Racing gains experience

Sébastien Loeb Racing took on Silverstone earlier today in the European Le Mans Series.

Daniel McKenzie switches to ELMS with JMW Motorsport

Daniel McKenzie made his debut in sportscar racing last year driving in the Pro-Am category.

Jan Charouz joins Sébastien Loeb Racing

Champion in 2009 with Aston Martin Racing, the Czech driver brings his experience of the series.

Huertas among four rookies in opening race at St. Pete

Carlos Huertas, 22, of Colombia, competed in Formula Renault 3.5 last year.

Peugeot announces return to Dakar in 2015 with Despres and Sainz

The French marque will return to the Dakar after 25 years of absence.

Vincent Capillaire and SO24! with Sébastien Loeb Racing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans !

Born in Le Mans and winner of the Volant ELF in 1996, Vincent Capillaire has raced in several disciplines.

Jack Clarke joins the BTCC with Crabbie’s Racing

New driver joins Crabbie's Racing in the BTCC

Red Bull signs video-gamer for GP3 season

Gran Turismo continues to give gamers a real shot at competing on a real stage.

The World Series by Renault heads into action for 2014

With less than two months before the first race of the year, a busy programme awaits the drivers and teams entered in Formula Renault 3.5 Series.

Papanastasiou switches to Formula Renault with Hillspeed

Dimitris Papanastasiou become Hillspeed’s first driver signing for the 2014 Protyre Formula Renault Championship.

Want to buy a piece of Peugeot history?

Sometimes great race cars come across the auction block. Today is one of those times.

Brands Hatch’s Grand Prix anniversary to be celebrated this May

The 50th anniversary of the first Formula 1 World Championship Grand Prix to be held at Brands Hatch will be marked at this year’s Masters Historic Festival on 24-25 May.

Big BTCC news and unveils at Autosport International

A look at all the big unveils and news about the BTCC that came from the Autosport International show.

Very good weekend for Pietro Fittipaldi on the Winter Series Formula 4 2013

Both qualifying on Saturday and Sunday were a gamble on whether to put rain tyres, or to stay on slicks.

Davies and Giugliano destined to race in Ducati colours for 2014

Ducati announce 2014 World Superbike riders: Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano with first pre-season testing getting underway at Jerez.

John Bryant-Meisner all set for FIA Formula 3 European Championship debut

The FIA Formula 3 European Championship grid contains approximately 30 drivers from across five continents.

A positive sixth place finish for Pirro and Team SBK Ducati Alstare today at Magny-Cours

Michele Pirro was sixth to cross the line in race one, before unfortunately suffering a crash in race two.

A second row start for Badovini and Team Ducati Alstare in tomorrow’s races at Magny-Cours

Ayrton Badovini qualified sixth while Michele Pirro, suffering a crash in the final stages, will start from tenth position in tomorrow’s races.

BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team claimed podium finish at Laguna Seca

Chaz Davies claimed second in first race of the US round of the 2013 FIM Superbike World Championship. His team-mate Marco Melandri missed the podium narrowly, finishing fourth.

A day of highs and lows for Team SBK Ducati Alstare today at Laguna Seca

Substitute rider Niccolò Canepa crashed out of the race while injured Ayrton Badovini finished in a valiant ninth position.

Seccessful day for BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team at Laguna Seca

Marco Melandri (ITA) set a new best lap at the famous Californian racetrack and secured provisional pole-position with his BMW S 1000 RR

BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team is ready to challenge the "Corkscrew" turn

After a long break the famous “Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca” near Monterey hosts the 12th round of the 2013 FIM Superbike World Championship.

Team SBK Ducati Alstare prepares to travel Stateside for the upcoming Laguna Seca round

The round 12 of the World Superbike Championship, to be held for the first time in almost ten years at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca circuit in California.

King and Guimarães share the wins, but King is crowned Champion

Tatiana Calderon becomes first female racer to achieve an International Class British F3 podium

King crowned at Nurburgring, Guimaraes wins, Calderon on podium

Guimaraes takes win in second race of the weekend at the historic Nurburgring where Calderon makes history as first woman on the podium. King claims the 2013 British F3 title.

Title in reach as Double R prepares for season finale at Nurburgring

Double R Racing’s Antonio Giovinazzi will have an opportunity to challenge for the coveted title in only his maiden season in the category.

Championship contenders ready to rock ‘The Ring’ in British F3 title decider

All eight full-season International Class entrants have a mathematical chance to win coveted 2013 title

2012 champion Checa is out for rest of season

Fractured pelvis puts World Superbike's defending champion, Carlos Checa, out for the rest of the season.

A not expected result in Istambul for BMW Motorrad

In the Manufacturers’ classification, BMW is currently third with 354 points.

BMW Motorrad not satisfied with qualifying results in Instambul

Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies will start tomorrow’s first ever Superbike races on Turkish soil from seventh and eighth on the third row respectively.

No track action for Badovini and Team SBK Ducati Alstare today at Istanbul Park

Ayrton Badovini and Team SBK Ducati Alstare will start tomorrow’s races at Intercity Istanbul Park from last position.

Team SBK Ducati Alstare prepares to face a new challenge: Istanbul Park

Carlos Checa and Ayrton Badovini pack their bags once more and head now to Turkey for round eleven of the 2013 World Superbike Championship.