Monthly Archive: August 2011

Aug 31

Thunder Road and Bond help local food shelf

Cash donations to benefit the Waterbury Food Shelf

Thunder RoadBond Auto Parts logoThunder Road International Speedbowl and Bond Auto Parts have teamed up to help a local food shelf following Hurricane Irene. Fans are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to this weekend’s Bond Auto Labor Day Classic at Thunder Road in Barre on Sunday, September 4.

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Aug 31

Marc Gené at Ferrari Racing Days at Spielberg

Marc Gené will be a special guest at the event

 Ferrari - Corse Clienti logo 2011-04-30This coming weekend, the circuit at Spielberg will host the Ferrari Racing Days event, that features the Italian and European series of the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli and those Ferraris involved in the non-competitive programmes run by Maranello’s Corse Clienti department.

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Aug 31

Students link across continents to compete at F1 in Schools™ World Finals

The F1 in Schools World Finals 2011 take place at the Doubletree by Hilton in Kuala Lumpur

F1 in Schools - Kelly Ashbridge - Ross BrawnF1 in schools logoSome of the students competing at the upcoming F1 in Schools™ World Finals 2011 will meet other team members for the first time when they arrive at the event in Malaysia next month.

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Aug 31

Gold Coast codes come together to mark 50 days until Armor All Gold Coast 600

October 21-23

With the AFL and NRL regular seasons coming to a close this weekend, players from the Gold Coast Titans and Suns met with leading V8 Supercar drivers – Shane van Gisbergen and Alex Davison – in Surfers Paradise today to mark the 50 day countdown until the next major sporting event on the Coast – the Armor All Gold Coast 600, October 21-23.

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Aug 31

No fear of Monza after Red Bull’s Spa speed

Red Bull will travel to high speed Monza next week with less-than-expected levels of trepidation.

2011-08-28 - Red Bull Racing - Belgium - Mark Webber  1 2011-08-28 - Red Bull Racing - Belgium - Sebastian Vettel  4 The championship leading team was expecting its Renault engines to suffer on the long straights of Spa-Francorchamps, but Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber – with blistering tyres – delivered a one-two finish instead.

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Aug 31

Vettel ‘definitely’ headed for 2011 title – Sutil

Yet another member of the formula one paddock believes Sebastian Vettel is “definitely” cruising to the 2011 title.

2011-08-28 - Red Bull Racing - Belgium - Sebastian Vettel  2 2011-07-30 - Red Bull Racing - Hungary - Sebastian Vettel 11After a victory drought that extended throughout July, the Red Bull driver returned to the top step of the podium at Spa-Francorchamps, extending his lead to 92 points with just seven races to go.

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Aug 31

Time since 2008 title tilt ‘intense’ admits Massa

And Massa insists he is still a winning driver.

2011-07-09 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Britain - Felipe Massa 22011-06-26 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Spain - Felipe Massa 001Felipe Massa has acknowledged being beaten by Fernando Alonso this year but the Brazilian insists he is not afraid of his teammate. In the Ferrari drivers’ qualifying battle so far in 2011 – off the back of Brazilian Massa’s difficult 2010 season – Massa has outpaced Spaniard Alonso just three times out of twelve.

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Aug 31

Richards and billionaire eye embattled Renault – report

Richards was the team principal at Enstone based Renault when the team was known as Benetton

David Richards2011-08-28 - Lotus Renault GP - Belgium - Vitaly Petrov 02Renault is still in “big” financial trouble and David Richards has expressed interest in buying into the Enstone based team. That is the claim of the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, adding that one of the richest Dutch entrepreneurs Marcel Boekhoorn has been asked to support Prodrive chief Richards’ interest.

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Aug 31

‘No plan B’ as van der Garde eyes 2012 F1 debut

GP2 frontrunner Giedo van der Garde’s manager has revealed talks about the 2012 season with three formula one teams.

GP2 - Barwa Addax Team - Monaco - Giedo van der GardeGP2 - Silverstone - Racing Engineering Dani Clos - Dams Romain Grosjean - Racing Engineering Giedo van der GardeLast weekend at Spa-Francorchamps, where the Dutchman emerged in second place behind the new GP2 champion Romain Grosjean, 26-year-old van der Garde was linked with the 2012 Williams seat currently occupied by Rubens Barrichello.

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Aug 31

WSBK title rush under way with Nurburgring round

The first of these rounds will be held on Sunday at the 5.137 km Nurburgring

2011-02-27SBK - FIM Superbike World Championship logoJust one month after the last round, held at Silverstone, the 2011 Superbike World Championship gets down to the usual hectic action once again with the first of four rounds in a month and a half that will lead to the crowning of this year’s champion.

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Aug 31

Bridgestone MotoGP Round 13

San Marino preview

MotoGP logoSan Marino SuperbikeThere’s no rest for the MotoGP paddock as it travels from Indianapolis last weekend straight to Rimini and the Adriatic Coast for the San Marino Grand Prix on 4 September.

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Aug 30

Press says Vettel strolling to early second title

“The fans deserve a stronger battle than that” – Martin Whitmarsh

2011-08-28 - Red Bull Racing - Belgium - Sebastian Vettel  3 2011-08-28 - Red Bull Racing - Belgium - Sebastian Vettel  5 Sebastian Vettel will certainly win the 2011 world championship, according to the international press after the weekend’s Belgian grand prix. “Whoever thought the championship was wide open after the holiday was in all likelihood thinking again after Spa,” said Italy’s La Gazzetta dello Sport, referring to the Red Bull driver’s return to victory after McLaren and Ferrari had appeared to break his dominance in the month of July.

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Aug 30

Button wants McLaren to trigger 2012 contract

Jenson Button is pushing McLaren to trigger the one-year option the British team has on his services for 2012.

2011-08-28 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Belgium - Jenson Button 062011-08-28 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Belgium - Jenson Button 05The Daily Telegraph said the 2009 world champion would be happy with that solution for now, with the 2012 option expiring next month, “rather than hurrying into” a new longer-term deal.

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Aug 30

Renault team owner Lopez open to Spa buy-out

Renault team owner Gerard Lopez has confirmed his interest in buying into Spa-Francorchamps.

Spa-Francorchamps2011-06-12_0577The fabled Belgian circuit is a favourite among drivers and fans, but for financial reasons it might have to annually alternate a single race date in future with France.

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Aug 30

‘Emotional’ Heidfeld reaction ‘surprised’ Renault

“I was surprised” – Lopez

2011-07-30 - Lotus Renault GP - Hungary - Nick Heidfeld 032011-06-12_0553Nick Heidfeld’s response to the appointment of Bruno Senna in Belgium and beyond “surprised” Renault team owner Gerard Lopez. German Heidfeld attempted to win a court injunction prior to Spa-Francorchamps to enforce his contract to race in Robert Kubica’s cockpit this year until the Pole is ready to return.

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Aug 30

Kubica to test Toyota’s driver simulator – reports

Toyota will reportedly be selected because its simulator is much better than Enstone-based Renault’s.

F2 - Alex Brundle in simulator2011-02-03 - Lotus Renault GP - Valencia - Robert Kubica 01Robert Kubica’s return to the formula one cockpit will begin at the wheel of a sophisticated driver simulator, according to reports. The Swiss newspaper Blick, as well as Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport, said the first test will probably take place at Toyota’s state-of-the-art Cologne facility.

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Aug 30

Buemi’s father insists new Webber deal ‘no surprise’

Red Bull’s decision to re-sign Mark Webber for 2012 was not a surprise.

2011-08-28 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Belgium - Sebastien Buemi  3 2011-08-28 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Belgium - Sebastien Buemi  1 That is the claim of Antoine Buemi, the father of Toro Rosso driver Sebastien Buemi. According to Swiss newspaper Blick, Buemi was disappointed to learn the news about Webber’s new deal at Spa-Francorchamps because he was hoping to be promoted to the premier Red Bull team next year.

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Aug 30

Kolles staying at HRT in 2012 – advisor Sala

HRT has no immediate plans to replace team principal Colin Kolles, according to new team advisor Luis Perez-Sala.

2011-08-28 - HRT F1 Team - Belgium - Colin Kolles -  Jacky Eeckelaert- 012011-08-28 - HRT F1 Team - Belgium - Luis Perez Sala - Colin Kolles 01Sala, a former Minardi driver, was appointed by the former Hispania team’s new owners Thesan Capital amid rumours Kolles might be asked to step aside.

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Aug 30

Two independent DRS zones for Monza – reports

There will be two independent DRS zones in use during next weekend’s Italian grand prix at Monza.

2011-06-11_1148MonzaThere were also two rear-wing overtaking zones per lap in Montreal and Valencia, but due to the complexity of operating the system for the FIA, there was just one activation point per circuit.

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Aug 30

Investors to ‘bombard’ CVC over F1 bribery scandal

Investors in F1 rights owner CVC are set to ask tough questions at a forthcoming meeting, the Financial Times is reporting.

CVC Capital PartnersOne “large European investor”, concerned about the Gerhard Gribkowsky bribery affair involving Bernie Ecclestone, confirmed he will be asking some of those questions at the meeting in September.

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Aug 30

Qatar denies Silverstone lease reports

Reports that Qatar is the likely buyer of the $400m lease of British grand prix venue Silverstone have been denied.

Silverstone logoQatar 090412A British newspaper this week said the Arab emirate’s sovereign wealth fund is in exclusive talks for the 150-year lease with track owner The British Racing Drivers’ Club.

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Aug 29

Oliver Webb re-joins Jensen MotorSport Firestone Indy Lights team at Baltimore and Las Vegas

“Oliver is very professional and clearly has the speed and natural talent to win” – Eric Jensen

jensen motorsport logoIndyLightsFollowing an impressive 3rd place finish in his Edmonton race debut in the Firestone Indy Lights Championship, talented British race driver Oliver Webb has been re-signed to drive for Jensen MotorSport at the Baltimore Grand Prix and Las Vegas season finale.  Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 29

Ecclestone ‘has agreed’ to France/Spa alternation

France on Sunday made another clear step towards returning to the formula one calendar.

Spa-FrancorchampsPaul Ricard HTTTThe L’Equipe sports daily said race-day at Spa-Francorchamps was a “great day for French motor sport”, after Bernie Ecclestone apparently agreed to reinstate a French date on the 2013 calendar.

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Aug 29

Emotions run high over tyre blistering saga

Emotions were running high on Sunday between Red Bull and Pirelli, amid the situation at Spa-Francorchamps over blistering tyres.

2011-08-28 - Red Bull Racing - Belgium - Sebastian Vettel  1 2011-08-28 - Pirelli - Belgium Paul Hembery 01Pirelli chief Paul Hembery was spotted in a row with Sebastian Vettel, after the German driver and Mark Webber were told they could not start the Belgian race with new tyres. Red Bull argued that the tyre blisters that appeared in Q3 was a safety issue, with F1’s official supplier hitting back that the phenomenon was the team’s own fault.

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Aug 29

Vettel title took ‘brutal lunge’ at Spa – de la Rosa

Niki Lauda has scoffed at Spa winner Sebastian Vettel’s claim that the fight for the 2011 world champion is still on.

2011-08-28 - Red Bull Racing - Belgium - Sebastian Vettel  5 2011-08-28 - Red Bull Racing - Belgium - Sebastian Vettel  4 “Things can change quickly, two races you are out and others have good races,” the Red Bull driver said after extending his runaway points lead into the 90s with now just seven races to run.

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Aug 29

‘Whamilton’ admits fault for Kobayashi crash

“After watching the replay, I realise it was my fault today 100 per cent.”

2011-08-28 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Belgium - Lewis Hamilton 042011-08-28 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Belgium - Lewis Hamilton 02British tabloid The Sun called the McLaren driver ‘Lewis Whamilton’ after another bad day at the office for the 2008 world champion. On Saturday, Hamilton was reprimanded at Spa-Francorchamps for his bizarre qualifying crash with Pastor Maldonado, and the Williams driver said after Sunday’s grand prix: “He did the same today … I think he needs to be more focused on his race”.

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Aug 29

Manager says Kubica will definitely race again

Robert Kubica will definitely return to the cockpit, his manager insists.

2011-06-12_05732010-11-13 - Renault F1 Team - Robert Kubica 00The Pole had a fifth and final operation on Sunday to restore mobility in his elbow that was seriously injured in his February rally crash.

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Aug 28

Wet-dry action for Pirelli tyres during the GP2 and GP3 Belgian round

GP2 GP3 Spa-Francorchamps review 

GP2 - DAMS - Romain Grosjean2011-07-09 - Pirelli - Britain 1Pirelli’s GP2 and GP3 medium compound tyres along with the P Zero wets enjoyed an action-packed Spa-Francorchamps round, equipping Formula One’s feeder series under extremely changeable conditions during the Belgian Grand Prix weekend.

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Aug 28

Stoner victorious at Indy as tyre management proves crucial

Round 12: Indianapolis GP – Race

MotoGP - Indianapolis - Stoner - PedrosaMotoGP - Indianapolis - Repsol Honda Team - Casey StonerIn particularly tricky conditions because of the high temperature and the new tarmac at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Casey Stoner and the Repsol Honda Team delivered a masterclass in consistency and tyre management to romp to a comfortable victory. It’s the Australian’s seventh of the season and his third in succession, extending his championship lead to 44 points with six races remaining.

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Aug 28

IRC Barum Czech Rally Zlin day two report

Intercontinental Rally Challenge, round 7 of 11

IRC - Intercontinental Rally ChallengeJan Kopecký has claimed his first victory in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge for more than a year after triumphing on a thrilling Barum Czech Rally Zlín. The ŠKODA Motorsport ace, roared on by approximately 300,000 home fans, beat Freddy Loix by 1.2s, the closest finish in the history of the IRC. Team-mate Juho Hänninen took third to make it a ŠKODA podium lockout.

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