Monthly Archive: September 2011

Sep 30

Davidson does it again in Petit LeMans qualifying (+result)

Second straight pole position for Peugeot’s British ace

Petit-LeMansAnthony Davidson  Peugeot mainSeeking a third straight victory at Road Atlanta, Team Peugeot Total is on pole position again for the 14th annual Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda. Anthony Davidson set a blistering 1:07.428 (135.611 mph) lap in qualifying Friday in the diesel-powered Peugeot 908 coupe that he will drive in Saturday’s 1,000-mile/10-hour race with Sébastien Bourdais and Simon Pagenaud. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 30

GP3R unveils date

The Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières is proud to announce the dates for its 43rd edition.

2011-08-07Indeed, the event will be held on 3, 4 and 5 August. We remind you that tickets will go on sale in early December, following the official unveiling of the programming at a subsequent press conference.

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Sep 30

Roberto Merhi ahead of Mücke duo in qualifying

Ricardo Tormo Circuit qualifying report

F3 Formula 3 EuroseriesIn Formula 3 Euro Series qualifying at the 4.005 kilometres long Ricardo Tormo Circuit near Valencia, title favourite Roberto Merhi (Prema Powerteam, 1:27.860 minutes) secured pole position for race three.

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Sep 30

Auto GP drivers shine again in GP2 testing‏

Four of them were on track on the Spanish track, and the outcome was very good

Fabio Onidi - JerezAutoGP - Lazarus - Fabio OnidiIt happens so often than it isn’t a surprise anymore: Auto GP drivers shone again in GP2, this time boasting some great performances in the Jerez testing sessions that were held in the last two days.

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Sep 30

Carlos determined to lead as penultimate round begins‏

Provisional pole in France

WSBK - Magny-Cours - RoccoliWSBK - Magny-Cours - Carlos ChecaA near record pace final lap from Carlos Checa (Althea Racing Ducati) and a very slightly slower mark from Eugene Laverty (Yamaha World Superbike Team) conspired to keep local favourite Sylvain Guintoli (Effenbert-Liberty Racing Ducati) off the provisional pole spot in France. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike) was once again on fine form as he joined the top four, with the second Effenbert-Liberty Racing Ducati of Jakub Smrz fifth fastest.

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Sep 30

Bortolotti sets the pace once more

21-year-old Italian dominates opening day in Monza

F2 - Monza - Mirko BortolottiMirko Bortolotti continued to lead the way during today’s (Friday) second free practice session in the FIA Formula Two Championship, with the Italian once again heading the timesheets in Monza.

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Sep 30

RACMSA Rally of Scotland preview

Intercontinental Rally Challenge, round 10 of 11

PRi - IMAGE DOWNLOADPRi - IMAGE DOWNLOADThe all-action Intercontinental Rally Challenge is back on gravel for the third running of RACMSA Rally of Scotland next week with six drivers still locked in combat for the coveted title.

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Sep 30

High-altitude scare for Vettel after Singapore

It was a failure of the aircraft’s instrument landing system (ILS)

Sebastian Vettel Singapour2011-09-24 - Red Bull Racing - Singapore - Sebastian Vettel 1World champion Sebastian Vettel had a high-altitude scare when returning to his home in Switzerland from Singapore earlier this week. Media reports say the Singapore Airbus A380 carrying the Red Bull driver, as well as other F1 personalities including Peter Sauber, encountered a problem just before landing in Zurich.

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Sep 30

Drivers ask for Hamilton discussion at Suzuka

Rivals have asked FIA race director Charlie Whiting to allow a conversation about his overly aggressive driving style

2011-09-23 - Singapore - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Lewis Hamilton 022011-09-09 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Italy - Lewis Hamilton 06Formula one drivers have asked to discuss Lewis Hamilton’s recent driving during a meeting ahead of the Japanese grand prix at Suzuka. That is the claim of Italian specialist magazine Autosprint after the McLaren driver’s latest run-in last weekend in Singapore, where Felipe Massa physically confronted the Briton.

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Sep 30

Brazil legend claims Ferrari slows number 2 drivers

Some F1 teams work to manipulate the performance of their two drivers, according to Fritz d’Orey.

2011-06-11_1168b2011-07-09 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Britain 01Now 73, Brazilian d’Orey contested grands prix at the end of the 50s and remains an eager spectator. He said on the SporTV programme ‘Linha de Chegada’ this week that Ferrari manipulated the situation some years ago to ensure Rubens Barrichello was not as fast as his number 1 teammate Michael Schumacher.

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Sep 30

Mercedes signs Costa and Willis

Both Costa and Willis will report to technical director Bob Bell

Aldo Costa2011-04-16 - HRT F1 Team - China - Geoff Willis 02Mercedes GP on Friday confirmed reports ousted Ferrari technical boss Aldo Costa is reuniting with his former colleague Ross Brawn. And the Brackley based squad also announced that HRT’s recently-departed Geoff Willis, who was with the German team in its Honda days until 2006, is joining up as technology director next month.

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Sep 30

Kubica to know 2012 readiness in ‘early November’

Robert Kubica and Renault may be out-of-sync on their deadlines as the Pole bids to return from injury to formula one.

2011-01-31 - Lotus Renault GP  - R31 Launch 0009 - Robert Kubica2011-02-03 - Lotus Renault GP - Valencia - Robert Kubica 01His doctor Ricciardo Ceccarelli and manager Daniele Morelli reported the good news this week that Kubica, 26, will almost certainly recover from his horror February crash to contest grands prix in 2012.

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Sep 30

Valencia opens door to Barcelona alternation

After a meeting with mayor Rita Barbera this week

Valencia Street Circuit logoCircuit de CatalunyaThe government of Valencia has left open the door to annually alternating its formula one street race with Spain’s other grand prix venue Barcelona beyond 2014.

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Sep 30

Report hints US GP project to lose promoter Hellmund

There are fears about the ongoing involvement in the 2012 US grand prix project of the race’s promoter Tavo Hellmund.

Formula 1 United States Grand PrixCircuit of the AmericasHellmund has been the driving force behind the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, scheduled to host its first formula one race next November. But the slowing of construction work at the venue has been “noticeable” lately, according to the local Austin American Statesman newspaper.

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Sep 30

No Olympic medals for F1 drivers – Rogge

Formula one-style motor racing is never likely to be seen at the Olympics.

Flagworld - F12011-09-24 - Pirelli - Teams - Singapore 02That is the claim of current International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge. “The most important thing must be the man, not the machine,” the Belgian said in an interview with Germany’s SID news agency.

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Sep 30

Leaders under lap record already after first day at Motegi

Round 15: Japanese GP – Free Practice One & Two

MotoGP - Andrea Dovizioso, Repsol Honda Team, was last year's pole-sitter here and finished third fastest today1MotoGP - Nicky Hayden, Ducati Team, was third fastest in FP1 and sixth quickest overallFittingly for Honda at their circuit, the leaderboard was dominated today by Honda machines: the Repsol Honda trio of Dani Pedrosa, Casey Stoner and Andrea Dovizioso in first, second and third respectively and San Carlo Honda Gresini Marco Simoncelli fourth fastest.

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Sep 30

Bortolotti goes top in opening practice session

Italian racer sets the early pace in Monza ahead of Marinescu and Zanella

F2 - Monza - Mirko BortolottiMirko Bortolotti headed the timesheets during today’s (Friday) opening practice session for rounds 13 and 14 of the FIA Formula Two Championship at Monza.

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Sep 30

GP3/13 car development underway

Valtteri Bottas helps define next generation car

GP3 SeriesGp3 Series - Valtteri Bottas, Lotus ARTThe GP3 SeriesTM has set up camp at Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona this week in order to start working on the design and solutions of the second generation car which will be introduced in 2013. At the wheel of the development car was 2011 Champion Valtteri Bottas freshly back from his first GP2 test in Jerez.

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Sep 30

That close: McNish, Audi set fastest practice time by a hair

Only 0.002 seconds separated Scotsman from Sarrazin’s Peugeot

Allan McNish Audi 2011-09-29Petit-LeMansIf qualifying Friday for the 14th annual Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda is as good as Thursday’s second practice session, fans at Road Atlanta will be in for a thrill. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 29

Vlok captures Rookie of the Year for BGR Team Grote

New Zealander Chris Vlok is the Formula Tour 1600 Series rookie of the year driving his BGR Team Grote Van Diemen.

2011-09-24_01822011-09-24_0183He finished fourth overall in the points narrowly missing 3rd with his 5th podium of the year at the fnal round at the Le Circuit Mont Tremblant. Entering the final weekend the rookie driver was still in contention for a top 3 placing in the Championship but a tough race on Saturday which saw him spin but recover to finish 10th meant it was a long shot to overtake 3rd in the points.

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Sep 29

Lazare continues to build momentum

Podium in Euro Challenge and Pan Am win latest for Lazare

Karting - Jesse LazareNews ImageReigning 2011 Canadian National Rotax Max Junior Champion, and Team Canada driver Jesse Lazare shows no sign of slowing down after being crowned Canadian Champion. The 14-year-old recently was on the podium in France at the Rotax Euro Challenge – the first Canadian to ever be on a podium in the Euro Challenge – and last weekend added the title of Pan Am Rotax Junior Champion with a solid win at New Castle, Indiana.

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Sep 29

Fabio Leimer dominates Jerez tests‏

Racing Engineering driver once again quickest on final day

GP2 - Jerez - Racing Engineering - Fabio LeimerGP2 - Jerez - Lotus ART - Jules BianchiThe final session of a two-day 2011 post-season test took place today at Circuito de Jerez. Twenty-six drivers sat behind the wheel of the GP2/11 car. While Arden International, Scuderia Coloni and Super Nova Racing did not change their line-up for today, the other teams welcomed new faces, including newcomers Rupert Svendsen-Cook at Racing Engineering, GP3 graduate Tom Dillmann at Barwa Addax, Giovanni Venturini at Dams, and Yuki Shiraishi at Ocean Racing Technology.

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Sep 29

Daisy Dalton repeats as Miss Milk Bowl

The Vermont beauty will be at the 49th Annual People’s United Bank Milk Bowl at Thunder Road

Thunder RoadThunder Road International Speedbowl - People’s United Bank Milk Bowl Joey Polewarczyk JrHarvest Hills Farm’s Daisy Dalton, an eight year old registered Ayreshire, has been selected as Miss Milk Bowl 2011, her second straight season earning the crown. The Vermont beauty will be at the 49th Annual People’s United Bank Milk Bowl at Thunder Road on Sunday, October 2 to deliver the victory kiss to one lucky driver.

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Sep 29

Rallye International Vert de Montréal : A first for the new Mitsubishi i-MiEV

Cars will take to the streets in downtown Montreal on McGill College Avenue Friday evening at 6 PM

Mitsubishi i-MiEV 2Mitsubishi i-MiEV 1Montreal will be hosting this weekend the 5th Edition of the Rallye International Vert de Montréal, the only North-American round part of the FIA Alternate Energies Cup. For the first time, Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada will enter two i-MIEV’s, the new fully electric subcompact that hits the Canadian market in December, 2011.

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Sep 29

Amul Official Partner of the Sauber F1 Team at Indian GP

Amul is Asia’s largest milk brand

Amul logoThe Sauber F1 Team is pleased to announce Amul as an Official Partner at the inaugural Indian Grand Prix. Its logos will appear on the rear wing front face and on the drivers’ helmets.

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Sep 29

2012 Pirelli tyres in action this week

Pirelli’s tyres for the 2012 season are up and testing this week in Barcelona.

2011-09-24 - Singapore - Pirelli - C Hallows2011-09-24 - Singapore - Pirelli - Paul HemberyThe official supplier’s test driver Lucas di Grassi has revealed he is in action at the Circuit de Catalunya. So how do the 2012 tyres feel?: “Can’t tell you, sorry,” the Brazilian said on Twitter.

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Sep 29

F1 must accept move from Europe – de la Rosa

Formula one needs to accept the steady move away from its traditional European homeland.

2011-09-09 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Italy - Pedro de la Rosa 01Flagworld - F1That is the claim of Spanish test driver Pedro de la Rosa, whose employer McLaren is based in the UK close to seven other formula one teams. The other four teams are based elsewhere in Europe but, next year for example, no fewer than 12 of the 20 scheduled races will take place on other continents.

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Sep 29

Red Bull has no plans to sell two F1 teams

Red Bull has no plans to scale back its involvement in formula one, owner Dietrich Mateschitz insists.

2011-09-11 - Red Bull Racing - Italy - Sebastian Vettel 2Dietrich Mateschitz 02Red Bull Racing’s Nascar equivalent is being wound up but it is a different story in F1, where Sebastian Vettel is on the verge of being crowned the youngest ever back to back champion.

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Sep 29

Horner, Ecclestone not writing off Webber

Red Bull has not written off Mark Webber despite his struggle to live with his teammate Sebastian Vettel in 2011.

2011-09-11 - Red Bull Racing - Italy - Christian Horner - Mark Webber2011-09-11 - Red Bull Racing - Italy - Mark WebberWhile Vettel, 24, has raced to a certain back-to-back title with nine wins so far this season, Australian veteran Webber has failed to win a single grand prix. But even though there might be question marks about his motivation to again take on the young German next season, Red Bull has signed up Webber for another campaign.

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Sep 29

Chandhok lost 26kg to chase F1 dream

Karun Chandhok is today a shadow of the boy who a decade ago dreamed of emulating his heroes.

2010-06-13_00442011-07-24 - Team Lotus - Germany - Karun Chandhok 01On a trip to Delhi this week, he revealed to the Daily Pioneer that when he left high school he peaked at 96 kilograms. “I was told that if I wanted to race I had to lose weight in order to first fit in the car,” said Chandhok, who as Team Lotus’ reserve driver is tipped to contest India’s inaugural grand prix late next month.

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