Monthly Archive: June 2011

Jun 30

Minor paces Thursday practice

Tim Minor was fastest followed by Rémy Audette

Masters Class veteran Tim Minor ended up on the top of the combined time sheets after three twilight practice sessions for the F2000 Championship Series at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in his #88 Ski Motorsports Van Diemen. Minor was followed by Championship leader Remy Audette, who was second fastest ahead of Zach Veach, for ArmsUp Motorsports, Kyle Connery and John LaRue.

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Jun 30

Team USA to provide opportunities

The scholarship was founded in 1990

F2000 new logoF1600 F Championship logoThe highest placed American drivers under 20 years-old in both the F2000 Championship Series and the F1600 Formula F Championship Series prior to the conclusion of the season (following F2000 at Mosport and F1600 at Mid-Ohio) will be included among the list of candidates for prestigious Team USA Scholarships. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 30

McCormick streaks into Shannonville

There’s a streaker on the loose

2011-05-25_00072011-05-29If you’re in the vicinity of Shannonville Motorsport Park this weekend, cover your eyes. There’s a streaker on the loose. Brett McCormick comes into the second and third rounds of the Canadian Superbike Championship by Parts Canada with a couple of winning streaks on the go, and the 19-year-old from Saskatoon is in a good position to keep the string going. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 30

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series ready for Summer sretch

Competitors ready for Toronto, Montreal and all points in between 

Nascar Canadian Tire Series2011-06-05_0052As the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series season hits its stride, competitors in the series are beginning to as well, both at home and at other NASCAR-sanctioned events across North America. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 30

Ricciardo drives for Hispania Racing

Daniel Ricciardo joins Narain Karthikeyan and Vitantonio Liuzzi as official drivers

2011-02-11 - Red Bull Racing - Jerez - Daniel RicciardoHispania Racing logoHispania Racing and Red Bull Racing signed a collaboration deal today which allows young Australian talent Daniel Ricciardo to join the Spanish team as its official driver.  Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 30

Porsche returns to Le Mans in 2014

Development programme confirmed for LMP1 sports prototype

2011-01-13_0271PorschePorsche returns to Le Mans with a works-run LMP1 sports prototype. The first outing of the completely new developed race car is planned for the year 2014. With 16 overall victories, Porsche is the most successful manufacturer in Le Mans. The most recent win was in 1998 with the Porsche 911 GT1. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 30

Ferrari happy with V6 engine rules compromise

Ferrari is happy with F1’s engine formula for the future.

2011-06-12_05322011-06-10_0016The FIA had earlier announced controversial four-cylinder engines for 2013, but in the face of opposition from teams and engine makers has now agreed to let the sport be powered by 1.6 litre V6s in 2014 and beyond. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 30

Ricciardo to replace Karthikeyan at HRT (updated²)

Daniel Ricciardo is poised to make his formula one race debut at Silverstone next weekend.
HRT not confirming Ricciardo reports
Ricciardo confirms Silverstone F1 debut

2011-06-12_04082011-03-26 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Australia - Daniel Ricciardo 6Australian media reports say the 21-year-old, backed strongly by Red Bull and until now the Friday driver at Toro Rosso, will replace HRT regular Narain Karthikeyan at Silverstone. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 30

Clampdown to cost Red Bull five tenths – Horner

“How this affects us compared to the others, we will only see at Silverstone.”

2011-06-10_01562011-06-11_1138Red Bull could lose up to five tenths of a second per lap when the exhaust blowing clampdown takes effect at Silverstone next weekend. But team boss Christian Horner has thrown a cat amongst the pigeons by saying on Austrian television Servus TV that, until now, the RB7 has only been benefitting from “cold blowing”, not the “hot” concept that is so effective when the drivers are off the throttle under braking and in corners. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 30

McLaren slapped Lauda with three-race ban

After Montreal, Austrian legend Lauda called McLaren’s Hamilton “completely mad”

2011-06-11_11702011-06-11_0198McLaren slapped a three-race ban on Niki Lauda after the triple world champion’s hefty criticism of Lewis Hamilton recently. After Montreal, Austrian legend Lauda – now the regular pundit for Germany’s RTL coverage – called McLaren’s Hamilton “completely mad” and warned that his aggressive driving “will result in someone getting killed”. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 30

Buemi insists ‘clearly faster’ than Alguersuari

Sebastien Buemi has hit back at claims he has become the driver under pressure at Toro Rosso.

2011-05-20 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Spain - Sebastien Buemi 12011-05-07 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Turkey - Sebastien Buemi 4Rumours in Valencia had indicated the Swiss’ teammate Jaime Alguersuari was most in danger of losing his race seat to Daniel Ricciardo after struggling to match Buemi’s pace so far in 2011. But Spaniard Alguersuari, 21, drove strongly to two consecutive eighth places in Montreal and Valencia, triggering new speculation that it is Buemi whose future is now most in doubt. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 30

FIA rubber-stamps V6 engine rules for 2014

As expected, the FIA has rubber-stamped the revised engine rules for the future.

Flagworld - FIA2011-06-09_0006The F1 Commission met recently and decided to scrap the ratified four-cylinder rules for 2013 in favour of a turbocharged V6 formula, to debut in 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 30

Pirelli swerves Ferrari’s call for softer tyres

“We are confirming the decision we took a few weeks ago, after once more consulting all the teams”.

2011-06-11_11172011-06-10_1133Italian tyre supplier Pirelli has shown it does not favour Ferrari by deciding to take its hardest compound to Silverstone next week. Team boss Stefano Domenicali as well as Ferrari driver Felipe Massa had openly admitted they hoped Pirelli would swerve the hardest tyre because the Italia 150 car has struggled on it elsewhere this season. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 30

Council votes to put US GP back on track

It seems the next twist in the road will be efforts to move the race’s provisional debut date

Circuit of the AmericasFormula 1 United States Grand PrixThe 2012 US grand prix is back on the right track after the Austin council signed off the Circuit of the Americas’ Texan state funding. After a vote was delayed last week and a dissenting new member was sworn in, it was feared a negative outcome could sound the project’s death knell. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 30

Marco Wittmann and Daniel Abt just can’t wait for contesting their home races

Norisring race this week-end

F3 Formula 3 EuroseriesStreckenplan 2011Following two consecutive abroad races – held at Zandvoort, Netherlands and Spielberg, Austria – the Formula 3 Euro Series now returns to Germany. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 30

Magalhaes vows to hit back in the Azores

Bruno Magalhaes plans to make up for his Ypres woe by winning in the Azores

PRi - IMAGE DOWNLOADPRi - IMAGE DOWNLOADBruno Magalhaes has vowed to hit back from the disappointment of retiring from the GEKO Ypres Rally last week by winning his home event, Sata Rallye Acores next month. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 30

Zytek’s Le Mans Winner Races At Imola

+Lola aim high at Imola ILMC

Le Mans - Zytek MotorsportGreaves Motorsport seeks third victory of the year with its Zytek-Nissan. The Le Mans class winning Zytek-Nissan of Greaves Motorsport will be seeking its third victory of the year at Imola, Italy this weekend. Lola LMP customers head to the fourth round of the inaugural Intercontinental Le Mans Cup and third race of the 2011 Le Mans Series at Imola near Bologna this weekend on the crest of a wave after exceptional results at the Le Mans 24 Hours earlier this month.

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Jun 29

Midpoint of 2011 at Mid-Ohio

Audette is coming off a double-win at Mid-Ohio

F2000 new logoSix races down, eight to go, the F2000 Championship Series heads for the mid-point of the 2011 title fight this weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Championship points’ leader Remy Audette is coming off a clean sweep at Watkins Glen one month ago, winning both races and extending his lead to 67 points over rookie Kyle Connery, who has two wins on the season to Audette’s three. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 29

F1600 gears up for Mid-Ohio

Kautz leads the points with two wins in four races

F1600 F Championship logoTim Kautz and Bill Valet lead a highly competitive 29-car field to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend for rounds five and six of the 2011 F1600 Formula F Championship Series. Both are coming off strong runs at Watkins Glen, where they each took a victory, with Kautz extending his points to lead to 21 over Valet heading into Ohio. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 29

Andrew Ranger: Sixth place finish at Road America (+ photos)

Ranger was qualified 21st in his first NASCAR Nationwide start this year

2011-06-24-00682011-06-24-0094Two-time NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Champion Andrew Ranger finished sixth, while competing in the NASCAR Nationwide Bucyrus 200 held at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

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Jun 29

Antoine L’Estage and Nathalie Richard set their sights on a Sixth Consecutive Canadian Victory‏

Round 3 : Rallye Baie-des-Chaleurs

Antoine L’Estage - Nathalie Richard b- Pennsylvania STPR rallyAntoine LestageQuebec driver Antoine L’Estage (of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC) and his co-driver Nathalie Richard (of Halifax, NS) will contest this weekend’s Rallye Baie-des-Chaleurs, Round 3 of the Canadian Rally Championship and Round 8 of the North American Rally Cup. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 29

Pirelli announces tyre choices up to Hungary

Pirelli today has confirmed the tyre choice for the forthcoming British Grand Prix

2011-06-10_08062011-06-10_0021Pirelli today has confirmed the tyre choice for the forthcoming British Grand Prix, which is PZero Silver hard (prime) and PZero Yellow soft (option) as previously announced a month ago. The Italian company also revealed the choices for the next two grands prix in Germany and Hungary. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 29

Gamberini makes F2 debut at the Nürburgring this weekend

Gamberini formed a reputation as an accomplished karter

F2 - Fabio GamberiniBrazilian driver Fabio Gamberini has today (Wednesday) confirmed that he will join the 2011 FIA Formula Two Championship this weekend at the Nürburgring in Germany. The 18-year-old will make his debut in the series during rounds seven and eight at the famed F1 circuit. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 29

Eastern Canadian Karting Championship Mosport International report

Eastern Canadian Karting Championship Race 5 report

Eastern Canadian Karting ChampionshipMosport International RacewayDrivers of the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship finally got what they’ve been craving Sunday as Race 5 was run on a dry track under clear skies. After enduring changing weather conditions through races three and four, drivers were finally able to carry knowledge from one session to the next at Mosport International Karting and produced some very impressive racing as a result. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 29

Red Bull set for Renault engine deal extension

Adrian Newey admitted this week that he is relieved he will not be working with a four-cylinder

2011-06-12_05412011-06-11_1145Red Bull appears likely to extend its engine supply agreement with Renault Sport F1 through to the end of the current V8 regulations. The sport looks likely to adopt turbocharged V6 engines for 2014 and beyond, and in the meantime Red Bull is enjoying a significant sponsorship deal with the Renault-linked Nissan brand’s Infiniti label. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 29

Experts predict Vettel to win title by Suzuka

Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali is reserving his judgement until after Silverstone

2011-06-12_04652011-06-11_0151Despite Lewis Hamilton no longer thinking the 2011 title fight is effectively over, not everyone in the F1 paddock agrees with him. Renault’s departing team manager Steve Nielsen told Brazilian O Estado de S.Paulo correspondent Livio Oricchio that he thinks Sebastian Vettel will wrap up his second championship long before the 2011 season has ended. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 29

New Webber deal ‘very, very likely’ – Horner

Speculation has linked Lewis Hamilton with a high-profile switch from McLaren

2011-06-12_04582011-06-10_0712Christian Horner has revealed it is “very, very likely” Mark Webber will be signed up to stay at Red Bull in 2012. Australian Webber, one of the only key members of the Austrian team not already contracted for the foreseeable future, has struggled this season alongside Sebastian Vettel. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 29

Ferrari hopes Pirelli swerves hard tyre for Silverstone

“If it is very cold, you will not want to have the very hard compounds” – Paul Hembery

2011-06-11_1168d2011-06-10-1123Felipe Massa has admitted he is worried Ferrari will struggle if the team has to use Pirelli’s hard tyres. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 29

F1 reliability better than ever in 2011

Technical reliability in formula one has taken a great leap forward in 2011.

Didier SévignyLast Sunday at Valencia was the first-ever 24-car finish in F1 history, with every competitor entered in the world championship making it to the chequered flag. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 29

Track says Barcelona axe reports ‘invented’

Officials have played down reports Valencia is set to be the only Spanish host of formula one.

Circuit de CatalunyaValencia Street Circuit logoCurrently, both the port city as well as Barcelona host annual grands prix, but Bernie Ecclestone said recently that each country should have only a single race. On Tuesday, Cadena SER and Radio Valencia reported that Valencia will be the only Spanish race from 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

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