Monthly Archive: March 2011

Mar 31

James Cole graduates to F2

McLaren Autosport Award finalist signs up after impressive pre-season tests

F2 - James ColeJames Cole is the latest driver to confirm he will be competing in the 2011 FIA Formula Two Championship, after a standout performance at the recent pre-season tests at Silverstone and Snetterton. The 22-year-old Briton impressed by frequently running in the top ten over both days and even topping a session at the new Snetterton 300 circuit yesterday (Wednesday), despite his previous lack of experience in the Williams JPH1B F2 car. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 31

Tony Fernandes receives CBE from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

“I am extremely humbled to have received this award today”

2011-03-31 - Tony Fernandes Receives CBE From Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II2011-03-26 - Team Lotus - Australia - Tony Fernandes 02The Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) award will serve to further facilitate the promotion of commercial and cultural ties between the United Kingdom and Malaysia, says Dato’ Sri Tony Fernandes who was honoured with the award by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in London today. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 31

iSport get Grouped on

“This is a great opportunity for anybody to come and see the inner workings of a top class motorsport team”

iSport - GrouponiSport InternationalInternet marketing phenomenon Groupon are offering motorsport fans a dream ticket on their website today, having signed their first ever deal with a sports team in the UK. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 31

Formula Two joins forces with Base Performance

To launch state-of-the-art F2 simulator

F2 - Alex Brundle in simulator overheadF2 - Alex Brundle in simulatorFormula Two has joined forces with double Le Mans winning Aston Martin works driver Darren Turner to promote driver development by launching a new state-of-the art F2 simulator. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 31

RACMSA Rally of Scotland to run from 7-9 October

Pierre Campana hopes success in Italy will lead to Tour de Corse outing

PRi - IMAGE DOWNLOADPRi - IMAGE DOWNLOADRACMSA Rally of Scotland, the penultimate round of the 2011 Intercontinental Rally Challenge, will take place from 7-9 October, one week earlier than scheduled.  Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 31

Red Bull exhaust copycats ‘a pain’ admits Newey

“It’s a form of flattery but it’s a bit of a pain if they then beat you with it”

2011-03-26 - Red Bull Racing - Australia - Sebastian Vettel 92011-03-27 - Red Bull Racing - Australia - Sebastian Vettel 3Adrian Newey admits it is flattering but also “a pain” that the latest trend in F1 is to copy the exhaust layout on Red Bull’s new RB7 car. Sebastian Vettel easily won the 2011 opener from pole in Melbourne last weekend, but in second place was McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton, after the British team ditched its own complex ‘octopus’ exhaust system. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 31

Hamilton ‘a topic’ for Red Bull in 2012 – Marko

“First we have to see how the season goes for Mark and what he decides

2010-09-26 - Red Bull Racing - Dr Helmut Marko2011-03-26 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Australia - Lewis Hamilton 03Helmut Marko is not ruling out making a move for Lewis Hamilton, perhaps as imminently as in time for the 2012 season. After a recent round of speculation, during which Red Bull team boss Christian Horner described Hamilton as a “great driver”, the 2008 world champion insisted he is committed to McLaren. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 31

‘Far ahead’ Red Bull hard to catch – Rosberg

Red Bull is “far ahead” and it will be very difficult for rivals including Mercedes to catch up.

2011-03-26 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Australia - Nico Rosberg 102011-03-26 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Australia - Nico Rosberg 05That is the claim of Nico Rosberg, who after a promising winter campaign for Mercedes struggled for pace in the new silver W02 in Australia. “We have to say that Sebastian (Vettel) and Red Bull are far ahead of everyone,” he told Sport Bild. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 31

‘No dismissals’ after Melbourne rear wing saga – Sauber

“For me, the wounds are definitely far from being healed”

2011-03-26 - Sauber F1 Team - Australia - 022011-03-26 - Sauber F1 Team - Australia - Sergio Perez 04Peter Sauber has denied rumours the disqualification of the C30 cars in Australia cost technical director James Key his job. Briton Key, who has been with the Swiss team only a year after switching from Force India, is ultimately responsible for the 3-5 millimetre rear wing breach that cost Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Perez their points in Melbourne. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 31

Ricciardo to skip race for Chinese F1 duty

He kicked off his duties in Melbourne, and will be back in action in Malaysia next weekend.

2011-03-26 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Australia - Daniel Ricciardo 62011-03-26 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Australia - Daniel Ricciardo 3Daniel Ricciardo will sit out the opening round of the Formula Renault 3.5 season next month as his F1 duties take precedence. Putting enormous pressure on Toro Rosso’s race lineup this year, the Australian has been appointed by team owner Red Bull to drive on the morning of every initial F1 practice session. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 31

HRT to beat Lotus and Virgin by May – owner

HRT’s budget for this year is EUR 45 million

2011-03-26 - HRT F1 Team - Australia - Vitantonio Liuzzi 42011-03-26 - HRT F1 Team - Australia - Narain Karthikeyan 8HRT failed to qualify after an embarrassing display in Australia, but owner Jose Ramon Carabante insists the Spanish team will be beating rivals Virgin and Lotus by May. He confessed that the Melbourne debacle, where mechanics spent the official practice sessions cobbling together the F111 which ultimately fell outside the 107 per cent qualifying rule, was due to financial problems. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 31

Simone-Meade Autosports announces 2011 racing season plans

Simone-Meade Autosports is pleased to announce their plans to campaign two full time entries

Nascar Canadian Tire SeriesDan Clarke - Anthony Simone - Donald MeadeSince joining forces mid way through last season Simone Autosport and business leader Donald Meade have begun implementing their strategy to take their racing program to the front of the field and also create awareness to the serious problem of injurious micro-organisms and eliminate the mould pandemic.

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Mar 31

2011 Team Canada: three more drivers!

Parker Thompson, Nicholas Latifi and Michael Vincec

2010 Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals - Team CanadaRotax Max ChallengeNow that the two American winter series are finished, we have three additional drivers who will join Team Canada at the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals in Al Ain, U.A.E. next November. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 30

The Grand Evening of the Grand Prix du Canada returns in 2011

Bernard Ecclestone and Michael Fortier to be Honorary Co-Chair of the event

The Grand Evening logoLe Grand Soir - The Grand Evening - Pilotes F1 Drivers 2010Following the resounding success of last year’s inaugural edition, the Grand Prix du Canada announced today the return of the gala “The Grand Evening”. The exclusive social event, which will once again this year serve as the inaugural soirée of the 2011 Grand Prix du Canada, will be held on Thursday, June 9 at Windsor Station’s Salle des Pas Perdus. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 30

Intercontinental Trophy Cup completes first official test

Series Principal and officials express confidence and excitement.

ITC Cup logo, Intercontinental Trophy Cup Series logoITC-VIRIntercontinental Trophy Cups (ITC) series officials are expressing excitement and confidence following the series’ first official test this past week at Virginia International Raceway. The test was a prelude to the opening round for the National Auto Sport Association (NASA), sanctioning body of the ITC series. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 30

Gabby Chaves back on top at Silverstone‏

The session was less than smooth with a flurry of red flags

GP3 SeriesGP3 Series - Addax Team - Gabby ChavesOnce again it was Addax Team’s rookie Gabby Chaves who was the quickest man on track at Silverstone Circuit, after setting the best time of 1:50.799 on day two of second 2011 official GP3 Series testing. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 30

Miki Monras tops final F2 pre-season test at Snetterton

Capacity field present at new ‘300’ circuit 

F2 - Miki MonrasF2 - Jack Clarke - Alex BrundleMiki Monras topped the final FIA Formula Two Championship test of the season as the series took to the new Snetterton 300 circuit for the first time today. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 30

Ford Blue Oval Challenge has lots of new competition

The popularity of the Ford program will be in evidence

ACT logoFord Racing logoThe Ford Blue Oval Challenge for ACT Late Model teams will see some administrative changes and a whole lot more competition in the upcoming 2011 race season. The American Canadian Tour (ACT) and Ford Sportsman Circle Track Racing, a division of Ford Racing, announced today the second year of the “Blue Oval Challenge” for the Ford competitors racing in ACT events or at ACT affiliated Late Model tracks. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 30

Red Bull wing flex not illegal – Whiting

Charlie Whiting has dismissed fears Red Bull could fall afoul F1’s rules prohibiting flexible aerodynamic components.

2008-06-05_00492011-03-26 - Red Bull Racing - Australia - Mark Webber 2As was the case in 2010, the dominant team has again been accused of running a car whose front wing extremities bend to the track — so much in Australia that mechanics were constantly repairing damage to the endplate undersides. But FIA technical delegate Whiting told Germany’s Bild newspaper: “We have found nothing unusual.  The car is in order.” Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 30

Formula 3 Euro Series season kick-off

At Le Castellet

F3 Formula 3 EuroseriesPaul Ricard HTTTThis weekend, the Formula 3 Euro Series is going to kick off the ninth season of its history – in France, at Le Castellet’s 5.791-kilometre circuit. And the entrants will have to cope with several innovations: for the first time since the Euro Series’ creation in 2003, series partner Kumho provides a completely new tyre spec – and the race weekends comprise three instead if two races. Read the rest of this entry »

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