Rankings: Spengler moves into all-time high spot after win
||Monday, July 4th 2011, 15:43 GMT
The weather may not exactly have fitted the occasion, but Bruno Spengler made light of a rain-shortened DTM race at the Norisring to take the race victory, championship lead and his best Rankings spot to date in one fell swoop.
Rain was the big challenge at the famous German circuit, but Spengler led the whole race aside from his pitstops, denying his Mercedes team-mate Jamie Green a fourth consecutive victory at the track.
Spengler moved up three places to 41st in the Castrol EDGE Rankings as a result - higher than he has been before.
A packed weekend of racing led to improvements across the board, and Sebastien Bourdais (105) was one of the biggest gainers as he and his co-driver Anthony Davidson (82) gave Peugeot a little consolation for their Le Mans defeat by leading a 1-2 at the Imola six hours and climbing 105 and 54 places respectively.
Alain Menu and Rob Huff (49) shared the WTCC victories in Porto, with Menu gaining nine spots to sit 87th and Huff remaining inside the top 50 as a result.
In Spain, the GT1 World Championship held its sixth round of 2011 and as Lamborghini dominated, its drivers leapt up the Rankings. Markus Winkelhock jumped 30 places to 147th, while Marc Basseng (261), Nicky Pastorelli (270) and Dominik Schwager (270) all made over 70 places to move inside the top 300.
Moving across the Atlantic, NASCAR was at its most destructive at Daytona but Roush Fenway Ford duo David Ragan (58) and Matt Kenseth (20) kept their noses clean to come first and second.
Ragan's maiden Sprint Cup victory promoted him nine places and on to the brink of the top 50, while Kenseth continued his superb recent form by progressing two places and into the top 20 for the first time.
2010 British F3 champion Jean-Eric Vergne (64) and Virgin F1 reserve driver Robert Wickens (86) continued their progress through the Rankings as Formula Renault 3.5 visited the Hungaroring - Vergne in particular impressing as he took a clean sweep of victories to move up seven places.
Mirko Bortolotti was similarly dominant as Formula 2 visited the Nurburgring, the Italian's victories in both races moved him up 60 places to 126th.
British F3 shared the bill at the legendary German circuit, with Felipe Nasr (187) winning the third race to move up seven spots in the Rankings.
F3 Euro Series was also on show in Germany at the Norisring, and Marco Wittmann (110) was the big winner as he took two race wins to move onto the brink of the top 100.
To see the full Castrol EDGE Rankings and the latest positions in the Race for 2011, please visit www.castroldriverrankings.com.