Daily Archive: November 17, 2010

Nov 17

2010 Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals – Day 2 (+ video)

The Rotax Max Challenge World Final on Motors TV

Motors TV UKAfter the Welcome party of last night where we assisted to the first round of the Tire changing contest, drivers were going on track today for the first time with the first two practices. Up to now, the weather is fairly good but forecasts for next days give chances of rain. Today’s practices were not timed and the difference between the drivers who discover the circuit for the first time this morning was obvious. The difference much smaller this afternoon. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 17

Antoine L’Estage and Nathalie Richard one step away from the “Triple Crown”

Final Round of the Year…

2010-09-10_00222010-09-11_0003Antoine L’Estage and Nathalie Richard, both of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu (QC), are gearing up for this weekend’s Rally of the Tall Pines, in Bancroft, Ontario. This final round of the 2010 Canadian Rally Championship presents the Rockstar Royal Group team with the opportunity to put their hands on yet another 2010 championship title, which would automatically give them the “Triple Crown”, earmarked for the team winning the Canadian Rally Championship, the Rally America series, and the North American Rally Cup all in the same year. This is an extremely rare feat in the world of motorsports.  Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 17

Champion Vettel happy without a manager

“There are people in the team who I can turn to and also people from outside, like friends and family”

Sebastian Vettel-Red Bull-Abu Dhabi-11-20102010-11-13 - Red Bull Racing - Sebastian Vettel 1From a boyish test driver at BMW a few years to the 2010 world champion of today, Sebastian Vettel has had no manager — and he likes it that way. “I’m fine,” he said in March as he began his campaign to become the youngest drivers’ title winner in formula one history. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 17

Flying Lizard back with pair of Porsches for 2011

Eager to regain team championship in electric GT class

Flying Lizard Motorsports announced today preliminary details of its 2011 racing program. The Sonoma, Calif.,-based independent team will return to the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón, fielding two Porsche 911 GT3 RSRs – the No. 45 and No. 44 – in the GT class for the nine-race season. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 17

Formula One teams Abu Dhabi Young Driver Test Session, Day 2 (+ results)

Abu Dhabi Young Driver test

2010-11-13 - Renault F1 Team - Abu Dhabi Yas MarinaToday’s report from Formula One teams & drivers at Yas Marina.

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Nov 17

‘Tragic ex-hero’ Schumacher should retire again – Hakkinen

Michael Schumacher is a “tragic ex-hero” who should return immediately to retirement.

2010-05-08 - Mercedes GP - Michael Schumacher 02Hakkinenscooter2292That is the view of Mika Hakkinen, who was once named as the only rival the seven time world champion truly feared. The Finn has issued a harsh critique of Schumacher in a column for the Munich newspaper TZ, despite the pair always referring to each other with the greatest of respect. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 17

Champs Red Bull to spend $9m on staff bonuses

The $9 million in bonuses will be paid out of Red Bull’s extra FOM prize-money

2010-11-14 - Red Bull Racing 00102010-11-14 - Red Bull Racing 01Red Bull its paying its entire staff – about 550 people – a healthy championship bonus. Media reports say the bonus for the workers at the team’s Milton Keynes headquarters is 10,000 British pounds each. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 17

Report – Alguersuari eyes Red Bull test in Abu Dhabi

Alguersuari is under contract with Red Bull through 2013

2010-10-23 - Red Bull Racing - Sebastian Vettel 32010-11-06 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Jaime Alguersuari 4Jaime Alguersuari could test Red Bull’s title-winning RB6 in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, the Spanish sports daily Marca reports. Currently, only the new world champion Sebastian Vettel is scheduled to drive the Renault-powered car at Yas Marina later this week, when the F1 teams will get their first taste of the new Pirelli tyres for 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 17

‘Red Bull Ring’ approved for F1 races

It is set to be reopened in mid 2011

Flagworld - FIARed Bull Ring - A1-RingFIA official Charlie Whiting has inspected the reconstructed A1-Ring and approved it for events up to formula one standard. That is the news of the Austrian newspaper Kleine Zeitung, reporting that the former venue of the Austrian grand prix has been renamed ‘Red Bull Ring’. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 17

Alonso will challenge Vettel’s title in 2011 – Fittipaldi

Fittipaldi also thinks Michael Schumacher will be back to full strength in 2011.

2010-11-13 - Red Bull Racing - Lewis Hamilton - Sebastian Vettel - Fernando Alonso2010-11-13 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Fernando Alonso 8It will be “difficult” for Sebastian Vettel to defend his title in 2011 because Fernando Alonso is F1’s best driver. That is the view of 63-year-old Brazilian Emerson Fittipaldi, who like Spaniard Alonso is a double world champion. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 17

Italian rumour hints Massa out, Hulkenberg in

“Felipe is untouchable.”

2010-11-13 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Felipa Massa 72010-09-26 - AT&T Williams - Nico Hulkenberg 01According to a rumour in the Italian media, Nico Hulkenberg is a candidate to replace Felipe Massa at Ferrari in 2011. La Stampa newspaper said the rumour came from “a voice” within the famous Maranello based team, where Brazilian Massa – who already has an ongoing contract with Ferrari – struggled alongside Fernando Alonso this season. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 17

Friday could see Lotus naming dispute solution

This Friday has been marked out as a likely turning-point in the Lotus naming dispute.

2010-11-13 - Lotus F1 Racing - 062010-11-13 - Lotus F1 Racing - 01Finland’s Turun Sanomat reports that November 19 could see a settlement in the dispute, with Tony Fernandes’ team wanting to keep its name but the separate Group Lotus looking to enter F1 with a Renault collaboration next year. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 17

Chandhok to try Pirelli tyres on GP2 car

Karun Chandhok will test the 2011 GP2 car this week in France.

2010-11-13 - Hispania F1 Racing Team - Karun Chandhok - Vicky Chandhok - Mohammed Bin SulayemOcean Racing Technology 01The Indian driver has been asked by his old team ORT to give the new car its maiden test in Paul Ricard beginning on Thursday. “I really hope my experience in formula one and in GP2 will be helpful to the team,” he said. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 17

Changes need for ‘flawed’ Abu Dhabi layout – Whitmarsh

Circuit boss Richard Cregan did not rule out layout changes for the future.

2010-11-13 - Lotus F1 Racing - Abu Dhabi - Yas Marina 2Rally Abu Dhabi 091218The actual track layout of the impressive Yas Marina venue in Abu Dhabi is “flawed”, according to Martin Whitmarsh. “It is a great facility and everything else, but as we saw in GP2 and as we saw in F1 it is almost impossible to overtake here,” the McLaren and FOTA boss is quoted by The Guardian. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 17

Abu Dhabi F1 track eyes 2012 MotoGP race

The impressive floodlit circuit was built in 2009 at a cost of some $1bn.

2010-11-13 - Renault F1 Team - Abu Dhabi Yas Marina2011-11-13 - Force India F1 Team - Vitantonio Liuzzi 06The Yas Marina track, scene of the last two F1 season finales, is targeting a round of the MotoGP series. “We are working on it for 2012,” the Abu Dhabi venue’s boss Richard Cregan told emirates247.com. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 17

Melbourne may drop F1 race after 2014 – premier

Losses have grown to almost $50 million

Australian Grand PrixGrand Prix d'Australie - Melbourne 09-20102014 could be the last time Melbourne hosts the Australian grand prix, state Victorian premier John Brumby has admitted. The race’s annual taxpayer-funded losses have grown to almost $50 million, moving the ruling Labor Party to consider not renewing the current contract. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 17

Euro Series Champion Mortara wants to defend his Macau title

“I have fond memories of Macau as past editions went really well for me.” –  Edoardo Mortara

Macau-GPThis weekend, the motor-racing world is going to focus on the final important Formula 3 race of the 2010 season. The venue of the unofficial F3 world final: the 6.21-kilometre street circuit of the former Portuguese colony Macau. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 17

Jensen Motorsport joins Firestone Indy Lights Series

With Canadian driver David Ostella

Jensen MotorSport is pleased to announce our entry in the Firestone Indy Lights Racing Championship. The team is also pleased to announce the signing of talented young Canadian driver David Ostella to a long-term contract that will include driving one of our Indy Lights cars in the 2011 championship season. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 17

Yamaha Champions Riding School to share two dates

With Graves Yamaha at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Great opportunity for students to observe a professional racing team test, The Yamaha Champions Riding School, based at Miller Motorsports Park, will be sharing track time at its first two 2010-2011 winter schools at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with the Graves Yamaha AMA Pro Racing team. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 17

Teams get their hands on the new car

Ocean prepares 2011 season

Ocean Racing Technology 01Ocean Racing Technology 02This Thursday Ocean Racing Technology premieres the new car for the 2011 season. The singleseaters go on track for the first time November 18th, in the circuit of Paul Ricard, France. The new car signifies a clear evolution, with new aerodynamic package, similar to that of the Formula 1 and with Pirelli tires exactly like those the F1’s will use. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 17

Mitsubishi Brigade at the Tall Pines Rally: The moment of truth

6th round of the 2010 Canadian Rally Championship

2010-09-11_00062010-09-11_0007The 6th and final round of the Canadian Rally Championship will take place this coming weekend in Bancroft, Ontario, a small community west of Ottawa; 49 teams are entered in the 40th running of the Rally of the Tall Pines, the classic season finale known to offer winter roads and summer ditches! Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 17

Superkarts! USA 2011 Pro Tour venue update

Tucson and Grand Junction facilities confirmed for SpringNats and SummerNats

Superkarts! USA 2011 Pro Tour2010_08_08_EHB_1387The 14th annual Superkarts! USA SuperNationals may be just a day away, but this doesn’t mean that the growing organization isn’t still looking into the future and its 2011 Pro Tour. SKUSA released the schedule for the second edition of the program back in early September and can now confirm the venues that will play host to the SpringNationals and SummerNationals. Read the rest of this entry »