Daily Archive: April 20, 2012

Apr 20

Formula One teams Bahrain Grand Prix free practice report

Bahrain Grand Prix Formula One free practice report

Bahrain International CircuitToday’s report from Formula One teams & drivers in Sahkir.

 

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Apr 20

Bottari Group joins forces with Superstars International Series

The Italian firm has been active in the last 40 years in producing auto accessories

Superstars logoBottari Group logoBottari Group, a leading company in the car accessories market, has partnered with FG GROUP in a co-operation that confirms the Mantua-based brand’s high-profile involvement in motorsports. Read the rest of this entry »

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Apr 20

Patrick Laperle looks to defend ACT Serie Castrol title

Patrick Laperle of St-Denis, QC dominated the field on his way to his second Serie ACT Castrol Championship.

2011-07-16- ACT-CASTROL-EDGE - ASE - 0522011-07-16_0002After a historic season in which he posted 11 top fives in 12 starts with an average finish of 3.66, he will look to make an attempt at back-to-back championships in 2012, a feat that has never been done in the series. Read the rest of this entry »

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Apr 20

The long offseason has finally come to a close as drivers prepare for the first race at “The Nation’s Site of Excitement” Thunder Road

Drivers gear up for Merchants Bank 150

ACT - Nick Sweet celebrates his second straight Merchants Bank 150 win in 2011Nick SweetThe Late Model stars of the Northeast will be looking to send a message in their respective championship hopes at The Merchants Bank 150. After a fierce battle for the win at the ACT season opener at Lee USA Speedway, the pressure heats up at Thunder Road for the second race of the 2012 ACT season. Many drivers will have a chip on their shoulder from missed opportunities in the opener, and will look for vengeance at The ‘Road. Read the rest of this entry »

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Apr 20

Guintoli quickest rider on the Assen storm

Bad weather at Assen

SBK - Assen_LowesSBK - Assen_GuintoliSylvain Guintoli (Ducati Effenbert Liberty Racing) set the quickest time in this afternoon’s first qualifying session at Assen, which was finally conditioned by bad weather. The riders first went out on slicks but soon after it began to rain, making the track slippery and holding back ultimate lap times. The competitors just about managed to get back to the pits in reasonable conditions and then just a few riders ventured out at the end in the wet.

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Apr 20

All about tyres in Bahrain heat – Rosberg

Bahrain 2012 is all about tyres, said Shanghai winner Nico Rosberg on Friday.

Bahrain2012-04-15 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Chinese Grand Prix - Nico Rosberg 10More specifically, Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport revealed that the key to victory this weekend will be the management of Pirelli’s rear tyres in the hot Sakhir desert. Read the rest of this entry »

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Apr 20

Teams not targets of Bahrain violence – Crown Prince

Bahrain’s Crown Prince on Friday ruled out cancelling the troubled island kingdom’s grand prix.

Bahrain International Circuit“I think cancelling just empowers extremists,” he told reporters, whilst standing alongside F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone. Read the rest of this entry »

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Apr 20

Davide Valsecchi flies to Bahrain pole position

DAMS racer pockets second pole of 2012 season 

GP2 - Davide Valsecchi (DAMS)

GP2 Series

Davide Valsecchi was once again untouchable during today’s qualifying session at the Bahrain International Circuit: he put his DAMS car at the top of the timesheets early on and his laptime of 1:41.200 was never bettered. With this result, Valsecchi pockets his second pole position of the 2012 season. Esteban Gutiérrez and Felipe Nasr finished P2 and P3 respectively. Read the rest of this entry »

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Apr 20

Sauber reveals brush with Bahrain firebombs

Sauber has become the second formula one team to reveal a brush with Bahrain’s civil unrest.

2012-04-15 - Sauber F1 Team - Chinese Grand Prix - Kamui Kobayashi 012012-02-24 - Sauber F1 Team - Kamui Kobayashi 02Force India was involved in a Molotov cocktail attack earlier this week, resulting in two team members returning to the UK and Nico Hulkenberg and Paul di Resta sitting out the second practice session on Friday. Read the rest of this entry »

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Apr 20

Button ‘big favourite’ for title – Fittipaldi

“I think this season is best suited to his style” – Fittipaldi.

2012-04-15 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Chinese Grand Prix - Jenson Button - Mike Collier 012012-04-15 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Chinese Grand Prix - Jenson Button 01Emerson Fittipaldi, the successful Brazilian driver of the 70s, has tipped Jenson Button as a strong contender to match his own tally of two world championships come the end of the 2012 season. Read the rest of this entry »

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Apr 20

Ferrari is ‘sixth or seventh’ best team in 2012

Fernando Alonso has admitted Ferrari currently has the “sixth or seventh” best formula one car.

2012-03-24 - Scuderia Ferrari - Malaysian Grand Prix - Fernando Alonso 012012-03-24 - Scuderia Ferrari - Malaysian Grand Prix - Fernando Alonso 00The Spaniard took issue with a pre-season analysis in the specialist press that predicted the famous Maranello based team’s F2012 car was better only than the three struggling backmarkers and perhaps one or two other minor rivals. Read the rest of this entry »

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Apr 20

Mercedes’ double-DRS ‘not massive’ gain – Button

Jenson Button doubts other teams will be pushing too hard to rush a Mercedes-style ‘double-DRS’ to their 2012 package.

2012-04-15 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Chinese Grand Prix - Michael Schumacher 022012-04-15 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Chinese Grand Prix - Nico Rosberg 04The F-duct-style concept is, so far, the highest profile innovation of the season. So with the FIA declaring it fully legal, and Nico Rosberg breaking through with his maiden pole and win in Shanghai last weekend, it seems a no-brainer that the other teams will now be following suit. Read the rest of this entry »

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Apr 20

Force India to limit running for anxious staff

Fearful Force India could skip second practice in Bahrain
Force India, Ecclestone, deny Bahrain GP boycott

2012-04-15 - Sahara Force India F1 Team - Chinese Grand Prix - Nico Hulkenberg - Paul di RestaDeputy team boss Bob Fernley confirmed to Reuters that Nico Hulkenberg and Paul di Resta will therefore run limited second practice programmes, and may skip the session altogether. Read the rest of this entry »

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Apr 20

Barrichello takes credit for Williams surge

Rubens Barrichello has revealed he feels partly responsible for Williams’ surge in form so far in 2012.

2011-11-26 - AT&T Williams - Brazil - Rubens Barrichello 012012-04-15 - Williams F1 - Chinese Grand Prix - Bruno Senna 02For the veteran Brazilian’s final season in F1 last year, the famous British team had its worst performance, scoring just 5 points and slumping to ninth in the constructors’ standings. Read the rest of this entry »

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Apr 20

French broadcaster TF1 not in Bahrain

Another television broadcaster has pulled out of this weekend’s Bahrain grand prix.

Bahreïn 2012-04-08BahrainIt had already emerged that Sky Deutschland, MTV3 Finland and Japan’s Fuji TV would not be reporting from the scene of the race in the troubled island Kingdom. Read the rest of this entry »

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Apr 20

Changes at Monaco after Perez’s 2011 crash

Monaco has made changes to its famous street circuit in the wake of Sergio Perez’s high-speed crash last year.

2011-05-28 - Force India F1 Team - Monaco - Adrian Sutil 032011-05-28 - Force India F1 Team - Monaco - Paul di Resta 05Ahead of his debut Monaco race, Mexican Perez lost control of his Sauber on the exit of the tunnel in qualifying, sustaining concussion when he hit the chicane barrier. Read the rest of this entry »

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Apr 20

Davide Valsecchi leads the way

DAMS racer sets the pace in Free Practice at Bahrain International Circuit

GP2 Series

GP2 - Davide Valsecchi (DAMS)Davide Valsecchi showed he will be the man to beat for pole position today. The Italian set the best laptime in this morning’s thirty minutes free practice session in Bahrain, a clear 0.6s ahead of Carlin’s Max Chilton Read the rest of this entry »

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Apr 20

GP2 Bahrain preview (+ standings)

The story so far

GP2 Series

BahrainIt’s been three weeks since the 2012 GP2 Series™ season opened in Malaysia. This first round lived up to everyone’s expectations providing heart-stopping action and stellar performances from both experienced drivers and the young guns.

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Apr 20

Rally San Marino set to be another IRC highlight in 2012

The second of four gravel rallies on the IRC schedule this year

IRC - Intercontinental Rally ChallengeSan MarinoIntercontinental Rally Challenge bosses are promising another exciting addition to the all-action series when Rally San Marino hosts a round of the IRC for the first time from 5-7 July. Read the rest of this entry »

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