Daily Archive: September 6, 2012

Sep 06

Christopher Zanella ends Hungaroring test on top

Swiss racer sets pace during F2’s first visit to Budapest track

F2 - Christopher Zanella secured the honours during today's pre-event F2 test at the HungaroringF2 - FIA Formula Two ChampionshipSwiss racer Christopher Zanella ended on top during today’s (Thursday) Formula Two pre-event test at the Hungaroring. The 22-year-old, who currently lies third in the drivers’ standings, put in a stunning lap late in the final sun-soaked session to finish ahead of fellow countryman Alex Fontana. Romanian Mihai Marinescu, competing on his adopted home circuit, finished third overall closely followed by Kevin Mirocha and Markus Pommer. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 06

New GP3/13 car revealed in Monza

Second generation car unveiled to the world’s media in Italy

GP3-13 Car - ActionGP3-13 Car - officialThe wait is over! This evening all eyes were on the new GP3/13 car which was revealed to the world’s media in Monza. The second generation car was unveiled in the GP3 hospitality ahead of the final round of the 2012 season. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 06

Superstars International Series: Francesco Sini (Chevrolet Lumina) tops Vallelunga test

Team Durango lines-up two BMWs for Berton, Durante

Superstars - berton duranteSuperstars - Chevrolet LuminaA one-day Superstars test was held at Vallelunga and although a late shower conditioned the activities, some new faces lined-up on the last 5th of September. The racetrack close to Rome will be the next venue in-line for the championship, which will re-fire on October 6 and 7. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 06

Lewis Hamilton put up his defenses on Thursday when asked about his current situation at McLaren, and a possible future beyond the British team.

Hamilton says ‘no idea’ about Mercedes rumours

2012-09-02 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Belgium - Lewis Hamilton 022012-09-02 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Belgium - Lewis Hamilton 00A week after the damaging ‘Twittergate’ affair, pundit Eddie Jordan thinks the 2008 world champion is set for a shock switch to Mercedes. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 06

Antoine L’Estage and Nathalie Richard going for their 7th event win !

Round Four : Rallye Défi…

2012-07-14-1008Solidly leading the 2012 Canadian Rally Championship and the North American Rally Cup, Quebec driver Antoine L’Estage (of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu) and his co-driver Nathalie Richard (of Halifax, Nova Scotia) are ready to get back into competition for the Rallye Défi, one of the highlights of the Canadian performance rally scene.

(Flagworld will be there to cover the event on video and photo)

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Sep 06

High Speed and Drama on Tap for ALMS at VIR

First trip to historic circuit includes championship implications

ALMSA new venue for the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón looks to play a huge role in determining the 2012 ALMS champions. The VIR 240 is the first race at Virginia International Raceway for America’s premier sports car racing championship. The four-hour race – hence the ‘240’ – pays two additional points per position, a critical factor with all but two titles up for grabs. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 06

Lazare wins at Calabogie (updated)

Jesse Lazare victorious in OFFC

2012-09-02_02742012-09-02_0291Newly crowned Canadian National Champion in Rotax Max Senior, Quebec based Jesse Lazare had little time to enjoy his new title before returning to action. Lazare was back behind the wheel of his www.doordoctor.com/ BGR Piper entry last weekend at Calabogie, Ontario for the OFFC championship.

(Flagworld’s photo album)

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Sep 06

Boss insists ‘no plan B’ amid Hamilton exit rumours

Martin Whitmarsh has rejected claims McLaren is now frantically looking around for a new teammate for Jenson Button.

2012-06-09_00752012-09-02 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Belgium - Lewis Hamilton 05Stories are circulating widely that Lewis Hamilton could be about to jump ship for 2013 to Mercedes. Paul di Resta, Kimi Raikkonen and even Nico Rosberg have been touted as potential candidates to replace the 2008 world champion. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 06

GP2 Series round 11 preview: Monza, Italy

The title race is on!

GP2 SeriesGP2 - MonzaLast week in Spa, the tenth round of the 2012 GP2 Series™ season was not short of action and drama. It was a weekend of firsts: Rio Haryanto surprised the rest of the field and stormed to a maiden pole position. On the Saturday, it was Marcus Ericsson’s turn to shine as he pocketed his first win of the season whilst on the following day Josef Kral finally enjoyed a maiden GP2 victory. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 06

Closed cockpit idea ‘ridiculous’ says Mika Salo

Former F1 driver Mika Salo has slammed suggestions F1 should put a roof over the drivers’ heads.

Mika SaloThe calls for better cockpit protection follow the terrifying first-corner crash at Spa last Sunday, when the now-banned Romain Grosjean’s flying Lotus came close to making contact with Fernando Alonso’s hands and helmet. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 06

Button doesn’t enjoy Monza podium

It is perhaps the most feted podium on the F1 calendar, but Briton Jenson Button doesn’t enjoy standing on it.

2012-09-02 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Belgium - Jenson Button 00a2012-09-02 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Belgium - Jenson Button 05In McLaren’s official pre-race preview of the Italian grand prix, the British team said Monza’s famous “Tifosi” are “sure to give every team a lot of support” this weekend. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 06

McLaren says Hamilton-to-Mercedes claims ‘untrue’

Rumours about Lewis Hamilton’s future have exploded.

2012-09-02 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Belgium - Lewis Hamilton 032012-09-02 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Belgium - Lewis Hamilton 01F1 team owner turned television pundit Eddie Jordan told the BBC he understands the 2008 world champion is on the verge of quitting McLaren to join Mercedes in 2013. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 06

Massa ‘needs’ many more good results – Domenicali

Felipe Massa must continue his race-by-race quest for a new Ferrari contract, boss Stefano Domenicali has suggested.

2012-09-02 - Ferrari - Belgium - Felipe Massa 2Felipe Massa - photo © J.F GaleronAfter F1’s five-week summer break, he went into the Belgian grand prix last weekend acknowledging that the remaining races of 2012 are crucial “regarding my future”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 06

Raikkonen enjoying ‘storybook’ F1 comeback

One pundit has changed his mind about Kimi Raikkonen’s return to F1.

2012-09-02 - Lotus F1 Team - Belgium - Kimi Raikkonen 022012-09-02 - Lotus F1 Team - Belgium - Kimi Raikkonen 01“Before it happened, I was actually very sceptical when he decided to return to formula one,” said former grand prix driver Hans-Joachim Stuck, who is now president of the German motor sport association DMSB. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 06

Toro Rosso appoints James Key as technical director

Key started work at the Faenza facility on Monday 3 September

08 - Scuderia Toro Rosso2010-04-17 - BMW Sauber F1 Team - James Key 02Toro Rosso says Key new technical boss. Toro Rosso finally confirms Ascanelli exit.

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Sep 06

Louis-Philippe Dumoulin ready for the final sprint

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series : three events remaining

2012-08-04_04452012-08-03_0700Louis-Philippe Dumoulin is ready to compete with the n°47 WeatherTech Canada/ Bellemare Dodge and make it in the championships’ top-5. The tenth event in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series will take place this Saturday September 8th on Barrie Speedway’s oval track.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 06

Ray Courtemanche Jr. and Bonzaï Racing tackle last three races of the NCaTS season

It is now time to get back to some real work over the next three weekends

Ray Jr Courtemance 2011-09-17Bonzaï Racing logoThe long break since the Montreal round of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series (NCaTS) allowed Ray Jr. Courtemanche and his Bonzaï Racing Team to spend a busy weekend on the magnificent Calabogie road course, just west of Ottawa.

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Sep 06

ACT set for Showdown

US teams take on Canada in Showdown at Chaudière

Showdown at ChaudiereAutodrome Chaudière - Vallée-Jonction logoChampionship point battles will go on hold this Saturday, September 8, when American Canadian Tour and Série ACT Castrol teams go head-to-head at Autodrome Chaudière. The “Showdown at Chaudière” will pit the US Tour’s best versus the elite of the Série ACT Castrol in an epic 200-lap battle for ultimate bragging rights. Read the rest of this entry »

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