Monthly Archive: March 2012

Mar 31

Sykes takes Tissot-Superpole win number two in two attempts

This was Sykes’ fourth career Superpole win

WSBK - Imola - Tom SykesWSBK - Imola - Tissot-SuperpoleThe best possible starting position was taken by Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) for the second round in succession after he set a new track best of 1 minute 46.748 seconds in Superpole 3. This was Sykes’ fourth career Superpole win and the second at Imola, as he took the pre-race prize on the previous model of Ninja ZX-10R here in 2010.

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Mar 31

Superstars: Pigoli (Jaguar), Pellegrinelli-Giammaria (Ferrari F430) share poles in opener at Monza

While the Jaguar XF scores its maiden pole with Pigoli, Liuzzi and Morbidelli were forced to miss Qualifying

Superstars - pellegrinelli-giammariaSuperstars - max-pigolijThe Autodromo Nazionale of Monza is ready to host the first 2012 round of the SUPERSTARS SERIES. The highly-spectacular races will be paired by top-notch paddock animation, star drivers and a sensational crowd, in search of a perfect recipe for success. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 31

Portugal Rally: Hirvonen: Conditions were exceptional (+result)

 Citroen’s Mikko Hirvonen will take a 36.3 second advantage into Saturday’s third day of Rally de Portugal 

Mikko Hirvonen Citroen 1Rally Portugal logoCitroen’s Mikko Hirvonen holds the lead at the end of the second day of Rally de Portugal and following the cancellation of the repeat loop he will now take a 36.3 second advantage into Saturday’s third leg. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 31

FXDD Ferrari 458 secures front-row start for Barber

AIM Autosport Team FXDD delighted with car’s performance

Barber Motorsport Park logoThe Ferrari 458 Italia GT Grand-Am fielded by AIM Autosport Team FXDD will start from the outside of the front row in tomorrow’s Porsche 250 at Barber Motorsports Park. With a lap of 1m 30.985s, averaging 146.457km/h, Emil Assentato secured the spot with just under three minutes remaining in a 15-minute, late-morning qualifying session. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 31

Eni becomes Title Sponsor and Official Supplier of the FIM Superbike World Championship

Eni, the multi-national integrated energy company becomes Title Sponsor as well as Official Supplier

Claudio Calabresi, Wholesale Executive Vice President, eni spa; Paolo Flammini, CEO Infront Motor Sports; Lamberto Dolci, Brand SBK logoThis was announced by eni and Infront Motor Sports today at a press conference in Imola. The first SBK round in Europe marks the start of this partnership, which complements eni’s previous role of technical partner alongside teams, riders and manufacturers. As a consultant to eni, the ISA International Sports Agency brokered the agreement with Infront Sports & Media, the parent company of WorldSBK promoter Infront Motor Sports. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 31

At just 16 Sergey Sirotkin became the youngest race winner of the Auto GP history taking a stunning success in today’s Race 1 in Valencia.

Sirotkin clinches Race 1 win in Valencia

Auto GP - Valencia - Euronova Racing - Sergey SirotkinAuto GP - Valencia - Euronova Racing - Sergey Sirotkin 2The only driver of the whole grid to start on a set of new medium tyres (all the others were on used softs), Sirotkin made the most of the extra grip he had available to make a great start that allowed him to jump ahead of poleman Adrian Quaife-Hobbs. The brit pushed as much as he could to stay close to his rival, but Sirotkin’s pace in the first laps was impossible to match, and by lap 7 he had already built a gap of more than 4 seconds. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 30

Rogers SportsNet One bolsters ALMS TV Distribution

Canadian network adds to already expansive international coverage

ALMSCanadian motorsport fans are among the most passionate and knowledgeable in the world. The American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón is making certain that its loyal following north of the border can follow North America’s premier road racing championship throughout 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 30

ACT returns to historic Sanair Super Speedway

The ACT Late Model Tour held its first ever event on April 26, 1992 when they joined the headlining ACT Pro Stock Tour at Sanair Super Speedway.

Ben Rowe SanairACT logoFor the first time in six years and just the second time in over a decade, the ACT Late Model Tour will return to where it all began, Sanair Super Speedway in St-Pie, Quebec, during the 2012 season. On Saturday, August 11, the ACT Late Model Tour and the Série ACT Castrol will visit the 1.3-kilometer speedway for a 100 lap combination event. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 30

International Superstars Series, GTSprint ready for sensational kick-off

The Superstars weekend started today at Monza with free testing.

Superstars - Maserati - Mika SaloSuperstars logoMika Salo (Maserati Quattroporte), Andrea Larini (Mercedes) and Giammaria-Pellegrinelli (Ferrari 430) hit the top of the charts. The International Superstars Series and GTSprint Series went on-track today at Monza for an official round of testing. The first meeting of the two FG GROUP-promoted championship will be kicking-off at the Italian venue tomorrow featuring new stars, returning characters a the same great action. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 30

Valencia, Qualifying: second pole for Quaife-Hobbs

Adrian Quaife-Hobbs will start from pole tomorrow in the first race of the Auto GP Valencia weekend.

Auto GP - Valencia - Adrian Quaife-HobbsAuto GP World SeriesAfter clinching pole in Monza, the young Brit did the same on the Spanish track after a session that saw him post the fastest lap a first time after 10 minutes and then improve it twice up to a 1’23”480 that nobody could beat. Sergey Sirotkin tried as hard as he could and even managed to post the quickest first sector with two minutes to go, but he stopped the clock on a 1’23”681 that was two tenths shy of pole.

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Mar 30

Unpredictable 2012 Expected

What will 2012 bring?

F2000 Championship Series logoThe seventh F2000 Championship Series season, which starts April 12-15 at VIR, may be the most unpredictable one yet, with a full, one-class, 30-car plus field expected, and a chassis shuffle happening throughout the grid. 2011 Series Champion Remy Audette is off to sports cars, but the men who finished behind him in the points are all expected back, along with a contingent of young aspiring and proven rookies ready for more than four and a half hours of track time in Virginia. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 30

Smrz heads up astoundingly close first qualifying session

Right at the very end of the day

WSBK - Imola - Jakub SmrzWSBK - Imola - Max BiaggiJakub Smrz (Liberty Racing Effenbert Ducati) took provisional pole position in the first qualifying session at Imola, right at the very end of the day, displacing the potential Kawasaki 1-2 of Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki Racing Team) and his team-mate Tom Sykes. Smrz’s time of 1 minute 48.146 seconds was only 0.030 faster than Lascorz after a day characterized by extraordinarily close competition. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 30

Valencia, Free Practice 2: Regalia leads the pack

Quaife-Hobbs confirmed that this weekend he will be one of the men to beat
Auto GP World SeriesAuto GP - Valencia - Facu RegaliaThe second Free Practice session of the Auto GP weekend in Valencia brought very good news for the Spanish and Argentinian fans, as home team Campos Racing topped the timesheets with Facu Regalia. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 30

Donnelly Group Circuit of Ireland Rally, 6/7 April

2012 Intercontinental Rally Challenge, round three of 13 preview

Alastair Fisher CircuitIRC - Intercontinental Rally ChallengeThe Donnelly Group Circuit of Ireland Rally will be a thrilling addition to the Intercontinental Rally Challenge when it hosts the all-action, Eurosport-backed series for the first time next week (6/7 April).

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Mar 30

John McCusker Enters F1600 Series

Add another young aspiring racer to the F1600 field.

John McCusker, son of longtime F2000 veteran Jeff McCusker, will enter the 2012 F1600 Formula F Championship Series in a Van Diemen/Honda. The 16 year old will take over his father’s car, which has been converted to F1600 spec, as Jeff moves onto a RFR in F2000 competition. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 30

Mathieu and Rémy Audette to rotate through the Canadian Touring Car schedule!

Audette Racing Team 2012 program…

Remy Audette 2011-05-312011-08-05_0499The Audette Racing Team will return to competition this season, contesting all rounds of the Canadian Touring Car Championship. While awaiting the build of a brand new car, brothers Mathieu and Rémy Audette will participate in a rotating program for a total of four races each, using the team’s Dimensions Doors/Novatech Acura RSX. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 30

Sirotkin tops first Valencia practice

Sergey Sirotkin was quickest in the first Free Practice session of the Valencia Auto GP weekend.

Auto GP World SeriesAuto GP - Euronova Racing - Sergey SirotkinThe Russian driver, who was already second in yesterday’s test, showed again how quick he can be leading the field by a full 2 tenths with a 1’24”522. While the times of this first practice don’t tell a lot on the drivers’ potential as everybody was lapping on used tyres with different mileages, Sergey’s achievement is still impressive, especially considering that just a few minutes before he was lapping the track in an F3 car: that’s because Sirotkin is taking part also in the Italian F3 championship, that is part of the support races package in Valencia.

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Mar 30

Vettel not in trouble, Marko insists

“Sebastian did nothing – absolutely nothing – that was against our wishes.”

2011-05-20 - Red Bull Racing - Spain - Mark Webber - Dr Helmut Marko2012-03-23 - Malaysian Grand Prix - Sebastian Vettel 299009Dr Helmut Marko has denied reports Sebastian Vettel was summoned to Red Bull’s headquarters this week to explain his behaviour at the recent Malaysian grand prix. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 30

No Mercedes talks with Hamilton – Haug

Norbert Haug has dismissed reports linking Lewis Hamilton with a switch to Mercedes for 2013.

2010-11-06 -  Mercedes GP - Norbert Haug 012012-02-24 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Lewis Hamilton 05With the 2008 world champion’s McLaren contract expiring, speculation had linked Briton Hamilton with the race seat currently occupied by Michael Schumacher. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 30

Sauber undecided on copying Mercedes F-duct

Sauber has revealed it cannot afford to simply jump in and copy Mercedes’ innovative F-duct solution.

2012-03-24 - Sauber F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - Sergio Perez 042012-03-18 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Sunday #5 843The small Swiss team had almost winning race pace in Malaysia last weekend even without the extra straight-line speed that would be provided by a system along the lines of Mercedes’ DRS-complimenting concept. Read the rest of this entry »

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