“But Honda and Toyota could easily ask the FIA for permission and join in.”
Pirelli’s 2013 motorsport season gets underway
The latest evolution of the company’s Formula One tyres – the third in three years – and the new 17-inch tyre for Superbikes: a fresh direction for the highest profile championship derived from road bikes. Also presented were the latest range of 2013 products for more than 250 other championships that Pirelli is involved in – fewer than half of which are a single-make tyre supply – taking place in more than 40 countries all over the world from America to the Far East.
Risi, Dempsey back for full season; Audi debuting R18 hybrid in U.S.
The first race of the 2013 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón will mark the return of two legendary teams to racing in America and a Hollywood star’s debut at one of sports car racing’s toughest tests. Risi Competizione is back to full-time competition in the ALMS’ GT class, Audi will race its R18 e-quattro hybrid prototype for the first time in North America, and Patrick Dempsey and Dempsey Racing embark in a new full-season partnership.
Experienced Merendino, Di Benedetto set to share driving duties aboard and Audi R8 GTS3
The race fans in Sicily are renowned to be incredibly passionate and supportive, and that affection generated an history that started in 1906 with the first edition of the Targa Florio race. SUPERSTARS will line-up at Pergusa, near the city of Enna, to add another spectacular chapter to that glorious history and many of the strongest racecar drivers of the region answered the bell for the last 2012 round of the GTSPRINT INTERNATIONAL SERIES.
Andrea Palma (Ferrari) scores GTSprint pole to edge Del Castello-Benedetti (Corvette)
It’s been a great day for Audi at Vallelunga, as the German manufacturer’s Audi RS5 racecars dominated qualifying for round 7 of SUPERSTARS. In the end, the pole went to young Swede Johan Kristoffersson (KMS), while Gianni Morbidelli (Audi Sport Italia) fell just short after having to deal with a suspension issue.
BMW ace Thomas Biagi to be partnered by Max Mugelli and Giovanni Berton
While the Fisichella-Liuzzi challenge will be one of the highlights of the Superstars weekend at Vallelunga, the fight for the lead in standings will be an equally exciting show with several car brands battling out front in a classic spectacle for the series.
Four car brands (Mercedes, BMW, Audi & Chevrolet) stand in the series’ top-5 as Tonio Liuzzi clinches the championship lead
After having reached its half point for 2012, Superstars can draw a really positive balance in terms of on-track competition. The series has experienced a sensational run in the first part of the championship, featuring an unprecedented performance balancing between the cars and drivers taking part in it. Seven drivers scored victories so far, representing five different car brands, while six manufacturers ended up on the podium so far.
Mercedes, BMW men to share front row in Budapest followed by Audi’s Gianni Morbidelli and Schöffler
Andrea Palma (Ferrari 458 Italia) dominates in GTSprint
The Mercedes C63 AMG driven by Vitantonio Liuzzi, and wearing the manufacturer’s colors of Mercedes-AMG, will take off from the Pole Position tomorrow in Race 1 of the Superstars International Series weekend at the Hungaroring. The Italian former F.1 racer clocked a sensational laptime of 1:52.513 and was followed by the crowd’s home favorite, Norbert Michelisz, who raced the Scuderia Giudici-prepared BMW M3 to an outstanding front row position.
Ferrari was a Le Mans winner at the weekend, but so too was Williams.
In the top GT category of the fabled 24 hour race, former grand prix winner Giancarlo Fisichella was one of the drivers of the winning Ferrari 458 Italia. But British F1 team Williams has also pointed out that it was a part of Audi’s overall victory in the top prototype class, LMP1.
As the first hybrid vehicle to win Le Mans
The Audi R18 e-tron quattro, supported by Williams Hybrid Power’s (WHP) innovative electric flywheel technology, has won the 80th running of the 24 hours of Le Mans and in the process made history as the first hybrid powered vehicle to finish on the podium.
Luca di Montezemolo has hailed Ferrari’s victory at Le Mans.
First qualifying session in the books for race’s 80th running
The 80th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans began in earnest today with the first of three qualifying sessions at the 8.469-mile circuit in the Sarthe region of France. The American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón was well represented, with two teams on the provisional pole position in their class.
More than 25 drivers with formula one experience will be on the grid at this weekend’s 80th running of the fabled 24 hour Le Mans race.
Near the front, in the premier LMP1 prototype class, will be Allan McNish and Marc Gene, driving for Audi. Scot McNish raced in F1 with Toyota in 2002, while Gene drove for Minardi and is still a Ferrari test driver. Toyota has since left F1 and for 2012 has entered Le Mans, and the Japanese marque’s number 8 entry is a grand prix-superteam featuring Anthony Davidson (Super Aguri), Sebastien Buemi (Toro Rosso) and one-off 1999 Minardi driver Stephane Sarrazin.
Round of performance balancing announced, a new challenge for Audi
The 2012 Superstars International Series season has been one of the most balanced and spectacular in the history of the sport so far, both in terms of qualifying laptimes and racing excitement. Three different car brands scored wins in the first three rounds and six brands managed to hit the podium.
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