Monthly Archive: April 2012

Apr 30

A dreamy goal for Dempsey

ALMS debut and spot at Le Mans at the forefront 

Foster - DempseyDempsey Racing Lola 2Acting has opened a lot of doors for Patrick Dempsey, “Dr. McDreamy” of the ABC TV show Grey’s Anatomy and star of a number of motion pictures. But he has put in some long hours and plenty of hard work to turn the dream of being a professional race driver into reality.

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Apr 30

Teams look ahead to novel Mugello test

Like Ferrari, Red Bull is another team looking keenly ahead to this week’s test at Mugello.

Mugello Circuit logoMugello“Not only do we have many new parts in the luggage,” promised team advisor Dr Helmut Marko, according to Auto Motor und Sport on Monday. “For the first time in a long time, we are also going to give much more attention to the car setup.  There are still gaps in our understanding,” he said, a week after Sebastian Vettel’s breakthrough first win of 2012 in Bahrain. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 30

Race with us at this year’s British Grand Prix

Faces for charity 2012 – Be our Wing Man at this year’s British Grand Prix

2012-04-30 - Red Bull Racing - SV and MW Wings for Life2012-04-30 - Red Bull Racing - Heinz and Hannes with MW and SVRed Bull Racing is offering fans the chance to put their faces and pictures on Sebastian Vettel’s and Mark Webber’s Formula One cars at this year’s British Grand Prix, 6-8 July 2012. Organised for Wings for Life, the charity that is striving to find a cure for spinal cord injury, the initiative is open to anyone around the world who wants to race with our drivers at this year’s Silverstone race and support this incredible cause. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 30

Webber back on Ferrari’s radar – report

Mark Webber might have signed a pre-contractual agreement with Ferrari, one of Spain’s leading F1 correspondents has revealed.

2012-04-22 - Red Bull Racing - Bahrain Grand Prix - Mark Webber2012-04-20 - Red Bull Racing - Bahrain Grand Prix - Marc Webber 99000Raymond Blancafort, writing for El Mundo Deportivo, referred to widespread speculation in the paddock about Sergio Perez’s likely future alongside Fernando Alonso. “There may be a pre-contract,” he said, “but between Ferrari and Webber.” Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 30

‘B’ Ferrari not ready yet – reports

Ferrari will not run all of its planned car improvements at the Mugello test this week.

2012-04-22 - Bahrain Grand Prix - Scuderia Ferrari - Felipe Massa 012012-04-22 - Bahrain Grand Prix - Scuderia Ferrari - Felipe Massa 02“My information is that the new single seater is not ready,” reported Livio Oricchio, the correspondent for O Estado de S.Paulo newspaper. There has been speculation that, following Ferrari’s troubled start to the new championship with its F2012 car, the changes for the forthcoming Barcelona race will be so sweeping that it might be called a “B” version. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 30

F1 a job, ‘not my life’ – Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen insists he is “not interested” in formula one — except the cars, and winning.

2012-04-22 - Red Bull Racing - Bahrain Grand Prix - Sebastian Vettel - Kimi Raikkonen2012-04-15 - Lotus F1 Team - Chinese Grand Prix - Kimi Raikkonen 02Asked by the reporter for Bild am Sonntag newspaper if the famous Finnish character might remove his sunglasses for an interview, 2007 world champion Raikkonen replied simply: “No.”

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Apr 30

Grosjean told ‘Kimi faster than you’

Romain Grosjean was given a familiar instruction by his team during the recent Bahrain grand prix.

2012-04-22 - Red Bull Racing - Bahrain Grand Prix - Sebastian Vettel - Kimi Raikkonen - Romain Grosjean - Christian Horner2012-04-15 - Lotus F1 Team - Chinese Grand Prix - Romain Grosjean 01The Finnish broadcaster MTV3 reports that the Frenchman was told that his teammate “Kimi (Raikkonen) is faster than you”. “Do not hold him up,” the radio message reportedly ended. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 30

Sauber confirms Chelsea sponsor rumour

Rumours that a top English premier league football club is entering formula one as a sponsor have proved correct.

2012-04-15 - Sauber F1 Team - Chinese Grand Prix - Sauber C31-Ferrari2012-04-30 - Sauber F1 Team - Welcome Chelsea FC - Sauber C31Ever since Sauber has been running teaser ‘Out of the blue’ and ‘True blue’ graphics on its engine cover livery in China and Bahrain, speculation about the identity of the forthcoming sponsor have been swirling in the F1 paddock. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 30

Manager Panis happy with Pic so far

Olivier Panis is happy with the early progress of French rookie Charles Pic’s 2012 season.

2012-03-24 - Marussia F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - Charles Pic 012012-04-15 - Marussia F1 Team - Chinese Grand Prix - Charles Pic - Timo GlockPanis, the 1996 Monaco grand prix winner and veteran of over 150 formula one races, now manages the career of 22-year-old Pic on behalf of the Lagardere group.

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Apr 30

Pirelli situation ‘good for F1′ – di Grassi

Pirelli test driver Lucas di Grassi has defended the F1 tyre supplier following Michael Schumacher’s criticism.

2011-07-24 - Pirelli - Germany - Lucas di Grassi 012011-07-06 - Pirelli - Lucas di GrassiSchumacher attacked the Italian marque’s 2012 product after the Bahrain grand prix, complaining that the tyres wear so fast that drivers often have to take corners at half-pace like the safety car. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 30

Sponsorship ‘only problem’ for di Grassi

Lucas di Grassi has admitted that even his continuing role at Pirelli is not a ticket back onto the F1 grid.

2010-11-06 - Virgin Racing - Lucas di Grassi 92010-06-27 - Virgin Racing - Lucas di Grassi 2“I’m in the best possible position technically, as the driver with knowledge of the tyres – almost choosing them for next season – it puts me in a very comfortable position. “Of course I want to race again with a team and I’m working on it,” said the 2010 Virgin driver, who was replaced by the now Marussia team with Jerome d’Ambrosio at the end of his only season in F1. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 30

Brother Ralf says own F1 career ‘over’

Ralf Schumacher has ruled out following his older brother Michael back into formula one.

DTM - Ralf Schumacher2010-10-10 - Mercedes GP - Ralf Schumacher - Norbert Haug - Michael SchumacherAt the weekend, 36-year-old Ralf kicked off his fifth consecutive season driving a Mercedes in the German touring car series DTM. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 30

Politics still threatening French GP

Politics are still in play, as France pushes to return to the formula one calendar.

Grand Prix de FranceGrand Prix de FranceAccording to Bernie Ecclestone, a financial deal is in place that will see Paul Ricard join the 2013 calendar, alternating annually thereafter with the fabled Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 30

F1 returnee Bahrain eyes Olympic bid

Bahrain could launch a bid for the Olympic Games, off the back of its highly controversial return to the formula one calendar.

2012-04-22 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Bahrain Grand Prix - Nico Rosberg 01 - TeamsBahrain International Circuit“Why not?  Yes, we will,” an official for the island Kingdom’s ministry of works said. The Olympics will take place in London later this year, and in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro four years later.

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Apr 30

IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama Race 2 Report

Utah Grand Prix

2012-04-27_00832012-04-27_0078Sean Johnston gave pole-sitter and hometown favorite Madison Snow a run for his money at the end of the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama series second race in the Utah Grand Prix, but he came up half a second short of stopping Snow from collecting his second victory of the weekend.

(Flagworld’s Utah Grand Prix photo album)

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Apr 30

Brian Hoar claims elusive ACT Merchants Bank 150

Patrick Laperle finishes 3rd

Serie ACT Castrol Champion - Patrick LaperleACT - NH Gov. Cup winner Brian HoarEight-time and defending ACT Champion Brian Hoar, of Williston VT, rode a hot streak on his way to his second win in a row on the ACT Tour in the Merchants Bank 150 on Sunday, April 29 at Thunder Road. Hoar fought off former Lee USA Champion Wayne Helliwell Jr, of Dover NH, and two-time Serie ACT Castrol Champion Patrick Laperle of St. Denis, QC for his first ever Merchants Bank 150 win. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 29

Superb Stoner seizes first Jerez victory

Round 2: Spanish MotoGP™ – Race 

MotoGP - 2012 Jerez MotoGP Race Winner Casey StonerMotoGP logoRepsol Honda’s Casey Stoner scored his first MotoGP™ victory at Jerez after fending off Factory Yamaha Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo in a closely contested Spanish GP.

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Apr 29

Luciano Bacheta makes it four from four in Portimão

Briton finishes ahead of Tuscher and Pommer to extend title lead

F2 - FIA Formula Two ChampionshipF2 - British driver Luciano Bacheta celebrates  his double win in the Algarve to make him the first F2 driver to secure four conLuciano Bacheta continued his domination of the 2012 FIA Formula Two Championship by securing victory during today’s (Sunday) round four at Portimão, and becoming the first driver to win four consecutive races. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 29

Third Hockenheim success for Prema Powerteam

Newly-founded FIA Formula 3 European

Hockenheimring Baden-WürttembergF3 Formula 3 EuroseriesIn the third race of the Formula 3 Euro Series at the 4.574 kilometres long Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg, that counts towards the newly-founded FIA Formula 3 European Championship, just like the first race, a Prema Powerteam driver claimed victory. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 29

Mathéo Tuscher storms to Portimão pole

Swiss teenager overcomes hailstorm to take front-row start

F2 - FIA Formula Two ChampionshipF2 - Matheo Tuscher secured his second pole of the season during today's rain-affected F2 qualifying session in PortimaoMathéo Tuscher overcame hailstorms during a tricky qualifying session at Portimão to secure pole for today’s (Sunday) second Formula Two race. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 29

IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama Race 1 Report

Utah Grand Prix

Porsche IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama Series logoMiller Motorsports Park logoThe clear, sunny skies over Miller Motorsports Park couldn’t hold back the rush of a sudden “Snow-storm” during the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama at the Utah Grand Prix today. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 28

Lorenzo strongest in Spanish qualifying showdown

Round 2: Spanish MotoGP™ – Qualifying Practice

MotoGP - Jorge Lorenzo 2012 Jerez MotoGP QPMotoGP - Dani Pedrosa 2012 Jerez MotoGP QPYamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo emerged from a captivating contest with compatriot Dani Pedrosa to qualify on pole position for the Jerez MotoGP™ with a time of 1m 39.532s.

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Apr 28

Raffaele Marciello claims second Prema victory of the weekend

In summerly conditions, the Italian, who is backed by the Ferrari Formula 1 team, took the lead in the first corner.

F3 Formula 3 EuroseriesHockenheimring Baden-WürttembergRaffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) decided the second season round of the Formula 3 Euro Series at the 4.574 kilometres long Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg in his favour. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 28

Daniel Juncadella wins from Carlos Sainz

A Spanish 1-2

Hockenheimring Baden-WürttembergF3 Formula 3 EuroseriesDaniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam) has won the first season round of the Formula 3 Euro Series at the 4.574 kilometres long Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg, which also marked the inaugural round of the FIA European Formula 3 Championship, newly created this year. Carlos Sainz (Carlin) finished second, Felix Rosenqvist (Mücke Motorsport) came home in third place. After the start of the race, the Swede had taken first place, but had to succumb to Juncadella’s attacks on lap five. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 28

Luciano Bacheta continues unbeaten record with third win at Portimão

Briton finishes ahead of Mathéo Tuscher and Kevin Mirocha

F2 - Luciano Bacheta made it three wins from three races during today's F2 race in the AlgarveF2 - FIA Formula Two ChampionshipLuciano Bacheta continued his unbeaten record to secure his third victory from three races during today’s (Saturday) FIA Formula Two race at Portimão. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 28

Dillmann defeats Razia to take maiden GP2 win

Rapax rookie victorious in Sprint Race at the Bahrain International Circuit 

GP2 - Tom Dillmann (Rapax)GP2 - Luiz Razia (Arden International), Tom Dillmann (Rapax), Davide Valsecchi (DAMS)

Victory never tasted so good for Tom Dillmann: the French rookie took a lights-to-flags win in today’s Sprint Race after having to hold off a charging Luiz Razia in the final laps. He took the chequered flag 0.1s ahead of the Arden man and thus pocketed his first ever GP2 win. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 28

Luciano Bacheta secures Portimão pole

Brit takes maiden front-row start ahead of Pommer and Tuscher

F2 - FIA Formula Two ChampionshipF2 - Luciano Bacheta secures pole for today's F2 race in PortugalLuciano Bacheta will start from pole for today’s (Saturday) FIA Formula Two race at Portimão with Markus Pommer alongside him on the front row. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 27

IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama qualifying report

Utah Grand Prix

IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama qualifying for the Utah Grand Prix was a display of young talent flexing its muscles to break Miller Motorsports Park track records. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 27

Carlos Sainz claims pole position at Hockenheim (+ results)

Carlos Sainz (Carlin, 1:33.709 minutes) was fastest in Formula 3 Euro Series qualifying

F3 Formula 3 EuroseriesHockenheimring Baden-WürttembergCarlos Sainz (Carlin, 1:33.709 minutes) was fastest in Formula 3 Euro Series qualifying at the 4.574 kilometres long Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg and achieved a great comeback for his team Carlin in the world’s strongest junior racing category. Second fastest in qualifying, Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam, 1:33.995 minutes) was 0.286 seconds slower than his compatriot. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 27

“Dash 4 Cash” Bonus Program returns To NASCAR Nationwide Series In 2012

Potential $1 Million Bonus, Four Consecutive Races, Fan Element Drives Excitement 

2011-08-18_0364Dash 4 CashFor the fourth consecutive year, NASCAR and Nationwide Insurance have combined to bring the popular – and exciting – “Dash 4 Cash” bonus program back for NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers and fans alike.

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