Daily Archive: March 27, 2011

Mar 27

Formula One teams Australian Grand Prix race report

Australian Grand Prix Formula One race report

Australian Grand PrixToday’s report from Formula One teams & drivers in Melbourne.

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Mar 27

Last-lap pass gives Harvick win at Fontana (+result)

Kevin Harvick won Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway

Kevin Harvick Fontana winNASCAR Sprint Cup SeriesHarvick, who restarted fifth with nine laps remaining, surged to the front on the final two laps, passing Kyle Busch and Johnson in the process. The victory was Harvick’s first of the season and the 15th of his career. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 27

Melandri and Checa share the biggest spoils at Donington

New rider to WSBK racing Melandri took only three races to record his first win

WSBK - Donington - Marco MelandriWSBK - Donington - Carlos Checa finishThe two riders who won races at Donington today, Carlos Checa and Marco Melandri, are the two who leave at the head of the championship chase, with Checa now on 91 points and Melandri on 72. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 27

No need for KERS as Vettel strolls to Melbourne win

Rivals eye Red Bull’s KERS, flex, dominance

2011-03-27 - Red Bull Racing - Australia - Sebastian Vettel 22011-03-27 - Red Bull Racing - Australia - Sebastian VettelRed Bull admitted it did not use KERS at any time on Saturday or Sunday after Sebastian Vettel dominantly won the Australian grand prix. Finally quashing rumours that the RB7 features a ‘mini-KERS’ that is used only for grand prix starts, team boss Christian Horner said the energy-recovery systems in Vettel and Mark Webber’s cars were actually removed altogether after Friday practice. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 27

Red Bull will use KERS at some tracks – Marko

There will be other grands prix at which Red Bull does not use KERS this season, Helmut Marko has revealed.

2011-03-26 - Red Bull Racing - Australia - Sebastian Vettel - Mark Webber 22011-03-26 - Red Bull Racing - Australia - Sebastian Vettel - Mark Webber 3After all the talk about ‘mini-KERS’, it emerged on Sunday that the reigning champions had actually removed the energy recovery systems from both cars before Sebastian Vettel dominated qualifying and the Australian grand prix. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 27

Vettel buys custom motorbike to celebrate title

Sebastian Vettel’s secret title-indulgence has been revealed.

-2011-03-26 - Red Bull Racing - Australia - Sebastian Vettel 4Earlier, we reported that the German had bought himself an elaborate gift to celebrate his 2010 triumph. “All I can say is; I have it ordered but it hasn’t arrived yet.  So you’ll have to work a bit harder,” said the reigning world champion. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 27

Webber had chassis problem in Australia – Marko

Helmut Marko has suggested Mark Webber suffered with a chassis problem in Melbourne.

2011-03-27 - Red Bull Racing - Australia - Mark Webber2011-03-26 - Red Bull Racing - Australia - Mark Webber 8The Australian was almost nine tenths off dominant teammate Sebastian Vettel in qualifying, before finishing almost 40 seconds down in Sunday’s 2011 season opener. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 27

Button wants permission for Japan charity visit

Jenson Button is hoping McLaren lets him fly into disaster-ravaged Japan.

2011-03-26 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Australia - Jenson Button 062011-03-26 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Australia - Jenson Button 08The 2009 world champion, a long-time Honda driver with a Japanese girlfriend, is raising money for the country’s anguished citizens following the recent and unfolding earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 27

Saubers disqualified for illegal rear wings

Both Sauber cars were disqualified from the Australian grand prix.

2011-03-26 - Sauber F1 Team - Australia - Sergio Perez 042011-03-26 - Sauber F1 Team - Australia - Kamui Kobayashi 04With an unique and surprising one-stop strategy, Mexican rookie Sergio Perez finished an impressive seventh on debut, one place ahead of teammate Kamui Kobayashi. But the stewards excluded the two Ferrari-powered C30 cars from the results after ruling that the rear wings were illegal. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 27

F1 ‘laughing’ at struggling HRT – reports

The media centre fell into sarcastic applause on Saturday when an HRT completed a flying lap.

2011-03-26 - HRT F1 Team - Australia - Narain Karthikeyan 42011-03-26 - HRT F1 Team - Australia - Narain Karthikeyan 3Germany’s Bild newspaper claims the entire paddock “is laughing at Hispania”, whose cobbled-together F111 car failed to qualify in Melbourne and was refused special dispensation to race by the stewards. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 27

Marko to watch Buemi race ‘with interest’

Helmut Marko has indicated Sebastien Buemi’s place at Toro Rosso may not be secure.

2011-03-26 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Australia - Sebastien Buemi 42011-03-26 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Australia - Sebastien Buemi 3Red Bull’s famously-brusque driver manager Marko was openly disappointed with the young Swiss after 2010, with the appointment of Daniel Ricciardo as Friday driver adding even more pressure now. But Buemi, 22, was impressive on Saturday, out-qualifying his teammate Jaime Alguersuari and securing the Red Bull junior team’s first Q3 appearance since 2009. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 27

Relief but ‘no joy’ after Virgin survived 107pc rule

“Although there’s a sense of relief, there’s not joy because we are such a long way off the pace”

2011-03-26 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Australia - 012011-03-26 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Australia - Timo Glock 04Team boss John Booth admitted to relief on Sunday after his Virgin drivers managed to qualify for the Australian grand prix. Based on practice pace in Melbourne, it was feared the MVR02 would fall foul of the new 107pc qualifying rule. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 27

Fitzpatrick finishes 20th in ‘Royal Purple 300’

Ontario racer continues NASCAR development

J.R. Fitzpatrick - NASCAR Nationwide SeriesRoyal Purple 300J.R. Fitzpatrick claimed a 20th place finish in Saturday’s ‘Royal Purple 300’, Round 5 of the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series, at California’s Auto Club Speedway. The 22-year-old Canadian combated a lively No.27 Schick Hydro/Energizer Baker Curb Racing Ford Mustang but went the distance to see his first checkered flag of the season having been forced to retire 10 laps into his debut at Daytona last month. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 27

Checa wins Superpole at impressive pace

“What can I say? Everything is working so well here at Donington” – Carlos Checa

WSBK - Donington - Riders SuperpoleWSBK - Donington - Carlos ChecaCarlos Checa (Althea Racing) took his second pole of the 2011 season by posting the fastest lap of the weekend in Superpole three, a 1’28.099. Local rider Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) will line up behind Checa at Leon’s home track, with another British rider, Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike) third. The last spot on the front row will be taken by Czech star Jakub Smrz (Effenbert – Liberty Racing Ducati). Read the rest of this entry »

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