Last weekend was a great one for touring car fans. The Castrol EDGE
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Castrol-backed SEAT driver Gabriele Tarquini brought a halt to Chevrolet's run of wins in the 2011 World Touring Car Championship at Zolder. The former champion just missed the podium in race one, but converted his pole position for race two into his first victory of the season. "Zolder is a very technical track that suits our car, and this helped me today," Tarquini said. "When I was able to stay ahead after the first lap I knew that it was an opportunity to go for victory."Polestar Racing gets it on the podium
The Castrol EDGE
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The Castrol-backed Team Allgauer outfit got the 2011 European Truck Racing Championship off to a solid start at Donington Park. British star Stuart Oliver and Russian Alexander Lvov were unable to break into the top half of the pack in the four-race meeting, but posted consistent top-10 finishes, ultimately ending the event 11th and 13th in the points standings. Audi and BMW star in Le Mans 24 Hour test
Preparations for this year's Le Mans 24 Hours race got underway at the famous La Sarthe circuit, with a one-day test for all entrants. The Castrol EDGE
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