Daily Archive: November 24, 2011

Nov 24

2011 Rotax Grand Finals: Day 5 – heat races

The first two qualifying heats took place today in each classes.

As a reminder, drivers will race in three heat races and they score points in each. After the 3rd heat, top 28 in the standings point system will go directly to the final round on Saturday while the last 6 spots available will be determined by the Second chance race.

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Nov 24

Antoine L’Estage and Nathalie Richard eye a victory to end their 2011 Championship-Winning Season !

Final Round : Rally of the Tall Pines…

2011-09-10-3323 2011-09-10-1912Antoine L’Estage (of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC) and his co-driver Nathalie Richard (of Halifax, Nova Scotia) are set to contest this weekend’s Rally of the Tall Pines, in Bancroft (Ontario), the last round of the 2011 Canadian and North American Rally Championships. For the Rockstar Royal Group duo, this event will be an opportunity to claim yet another victory and conclude their 2011 on a high note after already clinching the Canadian and North American titles earlier this year.

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Nov 24

A special helmet for the last race of the season

It will be a very special edition because this time Tonio has been the person behind the design of the helmet.

Sao Paulo stages the last Grand Prix of the 2011 season and Vitantonio Liuzzi has decided to make the most of the occasion by wearing what will be his last helmet of the season.

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Nov 24

Red Bull Racing goes SKY high in Brazil

“It’s with great pleasure that we welcome back Sky as a commercial partner” – Christian Horner

2011-10-10 - Red Bull Racing - Christian Horner 2010-11-06 - F1- Interlagos - Sao Paulo - BrazilRed Bull Racing is pleased to announce that SKY, the largest high-definition satellite TV provider in Latin America, will once again join the team as a Race Partner for the Brazilian Grand Prix. Following the team’s success last year in Brazil, when Red Bull Racing claimed the 2010 Constructors’ Championship, the partnership has been increased for this year.

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Nov 24

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series 2012 Schedule Announced

12-race slate includes return to Edmonton

Nascar Canadian Tire Series2011-06-03 - Vendredi NASCAR announced today the 2012 schedule for the sixth season of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, which includes many of the top racing facilities throughout Canada.

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Nov 24

Kamui Kobayashi sports helmet design by Linkin Park

Online auction of one-off helmet to boost Japanese aid from Music for Relief

2011-11-24 - Sauber - Brazil - Kamui Kobayashi - Helmet - Linkin Park Design 01

2011-11-24 - Sauber - Brazil - Kamui Kobayashi - Helmet - Linkin Park Design 04Sauber F1 Team driver Kamui Kobayashi will be lining up on the Sao Paulo grid for the FIA Formula One World Championship final wearing a special helmet design in a good cause. An encounter with rock band Linkin Park in Singapore sparked the idea for a helmet auction to support aid for Japan through the internationally renowned charity organisation Music for Relief, initiated by Linkin Park.

Nov 24

Jan Charouz to make F1 debut with HRT in FP1 at the Brazilian Grand Prix

Charouz got his first taste of the F111 last week at the Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi

2011-10-29 -  HRT F1 Team - India - Daniel Ricciardo 03 Jan Charouz  portraitCzech driver Jan Charouz will be behind the wheel of the #23 F111 and partner Daniel Ricciardo for the first free practice session at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace. Charouz got his first taste of the F111 last week at the Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi where he completed 56 laps, summing up a total of 311 kilometres and qualifying him for a Superlicence, which enables him to drive this week.

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Nov 24

Daniel Abt ends Valencia test on top

Reigning champions Lotus ART and Daniel Apt quickest on Day 2 in Valencia

GP3 - Daniel Abt, Lotus ARTToday marked the final day of GP3 Series™ second post-season testing at Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo, and the teams were greeted with sunny but cool conditions in the morning. There were some new faces in the paddock with GP3 runner-up James Calado returning for the day with reigning champions Lotus ART alongside Aaro Vainio. Gabby Chaves joined Status Grand Prix and Alex Fontana joined Tech 1 Racing.

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Nov 24

World Superbike lines up in Moscow for triple celebration

Russian Round presentation, new championship identity and 25 exciting years

SBK logo WSBK - Magny-Cours - GiuglianoInfront Motor Sports, the organizers and promoters of the FIM Superbike World Championship, will be embarking on a visit to Moscow this week for the presentation of the Russian Round of the championship, which will be held on the morning of Friday 25 November. Infront Motor Sports, together with their partners YMS Promotion, are organizing the event at one of Moscow’s top hotels, the Lotte Hotel, in the centre of the Russian capital.

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Nov 24

Exciting IRC calendar for 2012 revealed (updated)

Exciting IRC calendar for 2012 revealed

IRC - Intercontinental Rally Challenge Andreas Mikkelsen Rally Scotland More events in the emerging Eastern European marketplace, visits to unchartered territories plus the inclusion of several classics, such as Rallye Sanremo and Tour de Corse, are among the highlights of the revamped Intercontinental Rally Challenge schedule for 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 24

Lola target new generation of engineering talent

Lola Group is looking to continue the expansion of its workforce of 170

Lola logoRenowned engineering company Lola Group is specifically targeting the next generation of engineers as it continues to build on its legacy as a leader in high-tech manufacturing and expand into the future.

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Nov 24

Manager slams Renault claim Kubica not ready for 2012

Robert Kubica’s manager has angrily denied Renault’s claim that the Pole ruled himself out of F1 for the start of the 2012 season.

2011-07-30 - Lotus Renault GP - Hungary - Robert Kubica 01 Robert Kubica 2011-11-01 In a media statement on Wednesday, the team said Kubica has confirmed “it is still too early for him to commit to driving in the 2012 championship”.
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Nov 24

‘Liegate’ scandal’s Dave Ryan returns to F1

Dave Ryan, best remembered for being at the centre of the 2009 ‘liegate’ scandal, is back in the F1 paddock.

Dave Ryan 2011-11-13 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Abu Dhabi - Lewis Hamilton 01McLaren’s long-time sporting director was sacked more than two years ago for lying during a stewards enquiry involving Lewis Hamilton.

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Nov 24

Softer 2012 tyres to benefit Ferrari – Hembery

Ferrari will be happy with the move towards even softer tyre compounds for 2012, Pirelli’s F1 chief Paul Hembery has admitted.

2011-10-29 - Pirelli - India - Stefano Domenicali - Paul Hembery 2011-11-13 - Pirelli - Abu Dhabi 08The famous Italian team has struggled on the harder compounds offered this year by the sport’s new tyre supplier.
Next year the compounds will be generally softer, Hembery said during an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport.

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Nov 24

Vettel’s talent not obvious at BMW – Heidfeld

“With empty (fuel) tanks he had good times but compared to Robert and I he was too slow” – Heidfeld

2011-05-07 - Lotus Renault GP - Turkey - Nick Heidfeld 01 2011-10-30 - Red Bull Racing - India - Sebastian Vettel (3)Nick Heidfeld has admitted that Sebastian Vettel’s forthcoming dominance was not obvious when the back-to-back world champion’s F1 career began four years ago.

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Nov 24

Red Bull to place Vergne at Lotus in 2012 – report

“Red Bull could park one of their juniors Ricciardo and Vergne at Lotus (Caterham)”

2011-07-24 - HRT F1 Team - Germany - Daniel Ricciardo 01 Jean Eric VergneRed Bull’s Dr Helmut Marko could switch the driver agreement with HRT to the Lotus/Caterham team for 2012, according to German magazine Auto Motor und Sport.

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Nov 24

Red Bull knows why Ferrari wings flutter – report

Red Bull knows why flexible front wings flutter, according to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport.

2011-11-13 - Red Bull Racing - Abu Dhabi (2)2011-11-13 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Abu Dhabi - Felipe Massa - 01With the 2011 title chase over, Ferrari began experimenting with Red Bull-like front wings recently but have struggled to solve a “fluttering” phenomenon seen mainly on the car driven by Felipe Massa.

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Nov 24

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Lewis Hamilton is “sure” he will be treated badly by some Felipe Massa fans during this weekend’s Brazilian grand prix.

International Challenge of Go-Kart Champs - Felipe Massa 2011-09-09 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Italy - Lewis Hamilton 03In 2008, Briton Hamilton gutted the excitable and highly partisan Interlagos crowd by pipping Brazilian Massa to the world championship. And throughout this season the pair have been at odds with a series of on and off-track incidents.

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Nov 24

Two drivers not using safer visors after Massa injury

“Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton don’t use it because it saves them an extra 50 grams”

2011-10-29 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - India - Michael Schumacher 02 2011-07-30 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Hungary - Lewis Hamilton 01At least two F1 drivers are still refusing to update their helmets with the new feature designed in the wake of Felipe Massa’s 2009 head injury.

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Nov 24

Senna still unsure as Kubica continues recovery

“We will have to see what the team decides.” – Senna.

2011-10-07 - Lotus Renault GP - Ayrton Senna Foundation 2011-10-14 - Lotus Renault GP - Korea - Bruno Senna 01With Robert Kubica now out of the picture for early 2012, Bruno Senna insists the driver situation at Renault remains far from clear.

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