Daily Archive: March 2, 2012

Mar 02

2012 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Rookie Ray Courtemanche Jr Impressive in Bristol Test

In preparation for his K&K Pro Series East debut

2011-09-24_0178NASCAR K&N Pro SeriesImpressive yes, but also impressed. Ray Jr plans to run in three K&K Pro Series East races this summer, with the first one this coming March 16. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 02

Lotus Racing set for tarmac and grassroots

Official team for 2012 FIA European Rally Championship

Lotus Exige R-GTLotus LogoThe Lotus International Rally team is set to make its race debut in April in the FIA European Rally Championship. In partnership with Italian team United Business, who won the title last year, the hotly anticipated Exige R-GT will be painted in Lotus’ iconic black and gold colour scheme. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 02

Veteran Claude Leclerc files Série ACT Castrol full season entry

Leclerc began competing on the former NASCAR North Tour during its inaugural 1979 season.

ACT Castrol logoClaude LeclercAmerican Canadian Tour veteran Claude Leclerc of Lanoraie, Quebec has filed a full season entry for the 2012 Série ACT Castrol season. Leclerc is coming off an 8th place effort on the series in 2011. It was his fifth straight top ten in the final standings. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 02

Husqvarna North-America and BMW-Motorrad Canada launch all-out assault

On 2012 Canadian Enduro Championships

Husqvarna North-America logoTeam Eight – O - One logoNewly-formed Team Eight – O – One will field three riders in the Canadian Enduro Championship and in eastern Enduro events in Canada and the Northern US with the official support of Husqvarna. The return to Canadian off-road racing of the great Swedish-Italian manufacturer is an exciting piece of news for the sport.

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Mar 02

Formula One teams testing, Barcelona report day 2

Formula One day 2 test report

Circuit de Catalunya logoToday’s testing report from Formula One teams & drivers at Circuit de Catalunya.

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Mar 02

Monza, Official Test: Campana tops the timesheets

Italian F3 champion Sergio Campana emerged as the quickest at the end of the first official test of the 2012 Auto GP World Series.

Auto GP World SeriesAuto GP - MLR71 - Sergio CampanaAfter a morning session that saw the teams focus mainly on the set-up with used tyres, in the afternoon all the outfits on track went for performance using all the sets of tyres available. Laptimes dropped especially in the last hour, when all the cars were fitted with soft tyres and the session became a sort of qualifying practice. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 02

Lotus F1 Team announces iRise as Technical Partner

iRise® and Lotus F1 Team also agree to co-produce executive roundtable at the Monaco GP.

05 - Lotus F1 TeamLotus F1 Team is pleased to announce that iRise®, the global leader in enterprise visualization solutions, has joined the team as a Technical Partner. The team will leverage iRise software visualization to accelerate time-to-market for its critical software development initiatives. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 02

Monza, Official test: Guerin tops the morning session

Smooth run for the Auto GP World Series cars in the first session of the collective test

Auto GP World SeriesAuto GP - SuperNova International - Victor GuerinThe teams gathered on the Monza circuit for the first official outing on the new Kumho Tyres, aiming to prepare their cars for the upcoming race weekend and to put both the available tyre compounds to the test. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 02

Webber backs Hamilton to bounce back

Mark Webber has backed his rival Lewis Hamilton to bounce back in 2012.

2011-07-24 - Red Bull Racing - Germany - Sebastian Vettel - Mark Webber - Lewis Hamilton2010-11-13 - Red Bull Racing - Sebastian Vettel - Fernando Alonso - Lewis Hamilton - Mark WebberMcLaren’s 2008 world champion had a tumultuous season on and off the circuit last year, but has returned having reunited with his girlfriend and with extra support in the form of Mika Hakkinen’s former manager Didier Coton. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 02

Pundits agree Ferrari struggling in 2012

Former Jordan and Jaguar designer Gary Anderson has singled out Lotus and Force India to impress in 2012.

03 - Scuderia Ferrari2012-02-07 - Scuderia Ferrari - Fernando Alonso 08The Irishman stood trackside at the Barcelona test on Thursday and later told the German-language Speed Week magazine that Mark Webber in the Red Bull suffered from “a bit too much understeer” in the new title-defending RB8. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 02

Brawn admits Mercedes ‘slower than Red Bull’

Ross Brawn has admitted Mercedes’ new 2012 car is not ready to take on the best teams in formula one.

2012-02-24 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Ross Brawn 012012-02-21 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Nico Rosberg - F1 W03 Launch“We are slower than Red Bull; we need to find more speed,” the Briton plainly told Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport. Other team figures for the German marque’s Brackley outfit this week said the target for 2012 is third place, with the title not a realistic goal until 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 02

Lotus back on the pace after chassis problem

Lotus has overcome a serious chassis flaw to lead the field as the final pre-season test began at Barcelona.

05 - Lotus F1 Team2012-02-24 - Lotus F1 Team - Romain Grosjean 03The former Renault team had to sit out last week’s running at the Circuit de Catalunya as designers grappled to fix a problem with the front suspension mounting. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 02

Williams Grand Prix Holdings Board announcement

Claire Williams will join the Board

Williams Grand Prix Holdings logo2011-02-09 - AT&T Williams - Patrick Head - Sir Frank Williams 02Williams Grand Prix Holdings PLC (Ticker: WGF1) today announced that Claire Williams will join the Board with effect from 1 April 2012 as Director of Marketing and Communications. The key marketing position at Williams has become available following the decision of Dominic Reilly to leave the Company at the end of March. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 02

Williams names Adam Parr as future successor

Sir Frank Williams has named Adam Parr, the Oxfordshire based team’s current chairman, as his obvious successor.

2010-12-20 - Sir Frank Williams2011-10-29 - AT&T Williams - India - Adam Parr 0169-year-old founder Williams remains the major shareholder and team principal, but he has already handed over the day-to-day running of the once-great outfit to fellow Briton Parr, 46. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 02

Tongues were wagging in the Barcelona paddock on Thursday when some drivers hit the Spanish circuit wearing odd-looking Pirelli tyres.

Hembery explains ‘blank’ Pirelli tyres in Spain

2011-10-09 - Pirelli - Japan - Paul Hembery 012011-11-13 - Pirelli - Abu Dhabi 11Some of the tyres, whose compounds are normally visibly differentiated with coloured branding, featured significantly different markings. The big rumour was that, now just two weeks before the start of the season in Australia, teams had requested the blank tyres in order to hide their test programmes from their rivals.

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Mar 02

Strike could derail season opener

A strike could force this month’s 2012 season opener into the gravel trap.

Flagworld - F12011-03-26 - Force India F1 Team - Australia - Adrian Sutil 07The local Herald Sun newspaper said hundreds of security guards have threatened to boycott the event over a pay dispute.

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Mar 02

Valencia on verge of F1 exit – reports

Valencia could be mere days from dropping off the formula one calendar.

Valencia Street Circuit logo2011-06-26 - Force India F1 Team - Paul di Resta 01El Pais newspaper claims the regional government is yet to pay Bernie Ecclestone the fee for June’s European grand prix street race. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 02

France, Belgium yet to agree race fee with Ecclestone

Bernie Ecclestone is leading the negotiations as France tries to return to the formula one calendar.

Grand Prix de FranceSpa-FrancorchampsThe country’s government is pushing hard to include Paul Ricard on the 2013 calendar, with a deal to alternate annually a single race date with Belgum’s Spa Francorchamps. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 02

F1 has already banked Bahrain race fee

Bernie Ecclestone will keep the 2012 race fee even if he is forced to cancel the Bahrain grand prix at the last minute.

Bahrain International CircuitFlagworld - F1The F1 chief executive made the revelation to fend off speculation he is only supporting the Kingdom’s controversial return to the calendar for financial reasons. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 02

Rubens Barrichello has finally confirmed reports he will race in America’s premier open wheeler Indycar series in 2012.

Barrichello confirms Indycar move for 2012

Randy Bernard - Rubens BarrichelloRubens Barrichello KV Racing seat fittingAfter 19 consecutive seasons in formula one, the 39-year-old Brazilian makes the switch with the backing of the sponsor BMC Brasil Maquinas. Read the rest of this entry »

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