Monthly Archive: June 2009

Jun 30

Happy Birthday, Ralf!

The DTM weekend in Nuremberg wasn’t the only reason to celebrate for Ralf Schumacher

In the DTM season highlight at the Norisring the German finished sixth and on Tuesday, the Mercedes-Benz driver celebrates his 34th birthday. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 30

Jacques Villeneuve confirms: serious negociations for F1 return

In talks with teams

The 1997 World Champion was at the Grand Prix de Mirabel at ICAR circuit last week-end and confirmed that a return to formula 1 is seriously possible for 2010. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 30

Brawn to field improved car in Germany

We have some new improvements for the Nurburgring

Red Bull crushed the championship leaders at Silverstone, but a double-dose of car improvements has Brawn GP hopeful of fighting for the German grand prix crown next weekend.

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Jun 30

Ferrari to confirm Alonso at Monza – report

Alonso could be the “surprise guest” at an event

2009-05-24 - MonacoGP - Renault - Fernando Alonso 02September 11 2009 could be the date on which Fernando Alonso is revealed as a Ferrari driver for the next five formula one seasons. The Spanish newspaper Diario AS claims that the sport’s best-known secret may already be scheduled for official confirmation on the Friday of the Italian grand prix at Monza. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 30

Sauber tried to sign Button in 2002

Jenson Button could so easily have now been at the wheel of a BMW-Sauber

2009-06-06 - Turkish GP - BrawnGP - Jenson Button 04The Swiss team’s founder, Peter Sauber, revealed in his latest column for the newspaper Blick that he tried to employ the Briton at the end of 2002. “Button entered formula one in 2000 as a super-talent,” Sauber, who sold the Hinwil outfit to BMW at the end of 2005, told the Swiss publication. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 30

FIA figure doubts Todt to succeed Mosley

“It wouldn’t surprise me if Max Mosley runs for re-election” -Gracia

Carlos Gracia, the highest ranking Spanish motor racing official and an FIA World Council member, doubts the federation’s president Max Mosley is grooming Jean Todt to succeed him. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 30

Webber, Newey, enjoy sporting break from F1

Britcar Spa Euro Race, Formula 2,  superbikes and Australian cricket

Adrian Newey2009-04-17 - Red Bull - Mark Webber 01Mark Webber is filling F1’s three-week calendar break by taking a first-hand look at a range of other sports. First, the Australian lover of outdoor activities took in a weekend of speedway and superbikes, before joining a training session of the Australian cricket team led by his friend Ricky Ponting.  Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 30

Yas Marina Circuit’s ‘Virtual Driver Experience’ goes live

The Virtual Driver Experience can be played online

Motorsports fans around the world can now drive the spectacular new Yas Marina Circuit, months before Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, and the rest of the professional drivers arrive for the first Formula 1™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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Jun 30

Subaru’s Richard wins Rallye Baie des Chaleurs

Subaru teams claim all three podium positions

Subaru Rally Team Canada driver Pat Richard and co-driver Alan Ockwell, have won the 2009 Baie des Chaleurs rally. It was a record third win for Richard at Baie des Chaleurs – widely considered to be one of the most challenging events of the Canadian Rally Championship season – and puts the team alone at the top of the 2009 standings.

Click on the picture for our exclusive album from this event

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Jun 30

Haga’s surgery a success

He will return to Italy today

At 5pm yesterday afternoon Ducati Xerox rider Noriyuki Haga underwent successful surgery at the Derby City Hospital. Having fractured the ulna in his right arm in yesterday’s crash at Donington Park, Noriyuki today had a plate and screws inserted to set the bone. The surgical team deemed the surgery a success and there were no unforeseen complications. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 30

A promising first run

The new GP3 car had a successful first test today at Paul Ricard

The first official shakedown of the new GP3 car took place today at Le Castellet in the South of France. After months of careful development, this session marked the first performance and the reliability test of the Dallara chassis, combined with a Renault 4 cylinder, 2 litres turbo charged engine and Pirelli slick tyres. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 30

Raikkonen to contest Rally Finland

It’s one of the world’s fastest rallies and double the length

Kimi Raikkonen will shortly step up his foray into the world of professional rallying. After recently contesting three minor events in Finland and Italy, the 2007 world champion and Ferrari driver has now signed up for Finland’s round of the World Rally Championship at the end of July. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 30

Formula One design legend impressed with Formula Two

Adrian Newey impressed after tour of the F2 set up

F2 - Adrian NeweyRed Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey has hailed the FIA Formula Two Championship after taking a tour of the series’ operation at Spa-Francorchamps last weekend (27/28 June). Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 29

Campos on track despite no budget cap

Our car will be 2WD without the possibility to refuel and without KERS

The 2010 debut of the new Spanish formula one entrant Campos is still on track despite the scrapping of budget cap rules. The Spanish outfit signed up for next year’s championship on the basis of the FIA’s published regulations to limit technical spending to 45m euros per team per season.

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Jun 29

Coulthard – I quit F1 one season too soon

I almost certainly would have had the energy to handle a season

David Coulthard believes he might have quit formula one at least a season too soon. The Scot, 38, contested nearly 250 races over 17 seasons, before retiring at the end of 2008. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 29

2009 Brawn is ‘most expensive car’ – Wurz

With the lowest operating budget ever

2009-03-29 - Brawn GP 00After the car won three-quarters of every race so far under the 2009 regulations, Alex Wurz has revealed the secret of the Brawn BGP001. At times last year, the team’s predecessor Honda had five wind tunnels at its disposal, according to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport, as well as a half-billion euro budget. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 29

Mosley claims ‘pressure’ to stay FIA president

Mosley wants Todt as FIA chief – FOTA source

Max MosleyMax Mosley insists he is not only personally aggrieved, but that he is also “under pressure” to retain his role at the top of F1’s governing body the FIA. After committing only last Wednesday to stepping down, however, it is an unhappy prospect for the rebel FOTA teams, but the 69-year-old Briton has no sympathy following their reaction to the Paris peace deal. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 29

Ferrari-Le Mans foray now ‘impossible’

Ferrari to focus on 2010 car ‘soon’

2009-01-12_0003Luca di Montezemolo has now stepped away from hinting that Ferrari could field a works prototype in next year’s famous 24 hours Le Mans race. At the height of the FOTA teams’ power struggle with the FIA, the Ferrari president officially started June’s fabled Le Mans event and hinted that sports car racing is a real alternative to formula one for the Italian marque. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 29

Refuelling still to be banned in 2010

2010 technical regulations are still yet to be finalised

2009-04-26 - Bahrain GP - Williams - 01Although this year’s rules are to now remain essentially in place in 2010, the proposed ban on in-race refuelling will still be introduced. As peace between FOTA and the FIA was declared last Wednesday, the World Motor Sport Council agreed that “the rules for 2010 onwards will be the 2009 regulations”. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 29

Cosworth engine no advantage in 2010 – Head

Cosworth last raced in F1 with Williams in 2006

It is not true that small teams equipped with Cosworth engines next year will enjoy an unfair technical advantage. That is the insistence of Williams’ Patrick Head, amid a recent controversy between FOTA teams and the FIA about formula one’s mandatory 18,000rpm rev limit.

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Jun 29

Kubica eating through engine allocation

Kubica is already using his fifth engine

2009-01-20 - Robert Kubica 44780The 2009 season is not quite at its mid point, but BMW’s Robert Kubica is already more than half-way through his allocation of eight engines. The Pole had an engine failure during Friday practice at Silverstone recently, but what was less well known is that the V8 unit’s fresh replacement also had to be changed the following day. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 29

Victory for Lauzière at ICAR (+photos)

Octane Motorsport back on-track July 10-11-12 for INDY car Grand Prix of Toronto

2009.06.28_276Alain Lauzière, driver of the Octane Motorsport MINI Cooper S, captured win number 3 this year in the Touring class, part of the Castrol Canadian Touring Car Championship, during the event disputed at the ICAR circuit in Mirabel, Québec on Saturday June 27, 2009. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 29

DTC: Thompson and Poulsen claims first 1-2 win for Honda

The Japanese cars dominated the final of the third DTC round

James Thompson managed to maintain his points lead in the Danish Touringcar Championship, when for the second championship round in a row he won the prestigious final at Jyllandsringen, where his main opponent turned out to be team-mate Per Poulsen, driving a similar Honda Accord. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 29

Rally Poland: Rally Reactions

Some comments from participants and managers after the Poland rally

This has been the best rally of the season so far. The roads here are fast and narrow and the crowds provided a superb atmosphere. It’s the first time I have won two consecutive rallies and it has put me into the lead of the championship ahead of my home rally in Finland. – Hirvonen Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 29

Spies closes gap at the top

With double triumph at Donington

Ben Spies (Yamaha World Superbike) pulled off another amazing double triumph in the ninth round of the Hannspree FIM Superbike World Championship in front of 61,000 spectators at Donington Park. The Texan has now reduced the 48 point gap at the top of the table to 14 from Noriyuki Haga (Ducati Xerox), who crashed in race 2, picking up a broken vertebra in the process. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 28

McCormick edges Szoke for wild win (+result)

Kevin Lacombe finished third on the Team Toyota Yamaha / OTSFF Yamaha YZF-R1

Saskatoon’s Brett McCormick passed Jordan Szoke two turns from the finish to win Sunday’s third round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship, presented by Turple Bros. Ltd. and Suzuki, at Calgary’s Race City Motorsport Park. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 28

Second victory for Andrew Wojteczko at Grand-Prix de Mirabel Sunday

No news, reports or results from the Grand Prix de Mirabel or the CCTC Sunday evening at 8.45pm

Flagworld’s only representative at Mirabel today was our young friend and photographer Yanick Gougeon who posted his Sunday album early this evening. It is with one of his podium photo that we could find out who were the winners today as we have not received any information from the Series and/or the Mirabel Grand Prix.

Grand Prix de Mirabel photos album

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Jun 28

Logano wins first as rain shortens New Hampshire, Carpentier out early!

Teenager becomes youngest winner in Cup history

Teenager Joey Logano became the youngest winner in the history of the Cup Series on Sunday, winning the rain-shortened race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The precocious 19-year-old rookie came back from a crash that put him a lap down earlier in the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 and won in his 20th Sprint Cup start. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 28

Dixon wins Richmond as Penske falters

Scott Dixon headed a Target Chip Ganassi 1-2 in the SunTrust Indy Challenge at Richmond International Raceway

Dixon and Dario Franchitti made the most of early exits for both their Penske rivals. Dixon completed the 300 laps just three tenths ahead of Franchitti as another IndyCar Series race proved just how hard it has become to pass with the current spec of Dallara-Honda, but the Scot should have been first across the line, having been caught out by the timing of one of the race’s four accident-inspired cautions. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 28

Ben Hanley wins ahead of his team-mate Onidi

Next race of Euroseries 3000 in Donington on the 2nd of August

The 24-years-old English Ben Hanley won race-2 in Magny-Cours at his debut in Euroseries 3000. The Fisichella Motorsport International driver beat at the chequered flag by just 9 tenths of a second his team mate Fabio Onidi, who led the race for the first five laps. Read the rest of this entry »

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