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Norwich’s James Blyth Comes Away With More Championship Points at an Eventful Mini Challenge Event at Oulton Park..full story
Turkey’s number one saloon car racer Erkut Kizilirmak enjoyed an outstanding return to action in his homeland at the weekend, 26th/27th May, by taking a comfortable double victory in the opening two rounds of the 2007 Turkish Touring Car Championship at the Pinarbasi Circuit in Izmir…read more.
Virginia's Liam Kenney gets set to return to the California Speedway this weekend, Saturday 2nd -- Sunday 3rd June, as the Formula TR Pro Series 2000 Championship kick starts back-to-back race weekends with Rounds 7 and 8 at Fontana. Read more
Ultimate Motorsport expect their competitive race to continue on home shores this weekend when they chase a double points finish in the fourth round of the British F3 International Series at Snetterton…read more
After a four week break, Carlin rookies Henry Surtees and Oliver Webb head to Croft this weekend for the fourth event in the Formula BMW Championship. The 16 year-olds currently lie third and fourth in the rookie standings, and after demonstrating blistering pace at the last round, a win can't be far away.Webb was unlucky not to secure pole last time out at Thruxton and lined up a close second behind team mate Surtees. The two rookies were unable to covert their qualifying result into a Carlin one-two however, and had to be satisfied with a second and sixth place. Surtees has finished second on three occasions so far this season with the top step of the podium so far eluding him
Nick Sanderson kicked off his 2007season on the Ford Fiesta Championship last weekend at Anglesey with a win and a second place, not a bad start…full story
Sarah Bennett-Baggs and new sponsor ADRIAN FLUX INSURANCE have signed to do the next four rounds of the Britcar Championship in Paul White's Class winning M3 BMW in class 1 run by Butler Motorsport. Paul White was unable to compete in this weekends round at Oulton Park on Bank Holiday Monday due to family commitments. Sarah's partner established Porsche racer and Dutch Supercar competitor Tony Brown stepped up to race with her for the Oulton round. The duo put the BMW on class pole position in qualifying, positioned 12th overall in a strong grid of 25 cars. The weather at Oulton was fine all day until the cars collected for the race when the heavens opened. "all the cars left the collecting area to change for wet tyres, some teams were changing to wets in the collecting area, there were cars coming and going it was chaos!" Tony started the race and as it continued to tip down conditions went from wet to treacherous! There were numerous safety car stints as cars were struggling to stay on the circuit, at one point the BMW got up to 4th position overall in the race, maintaining its position of 1st in class, however luck was not on side as due to a puncture a long unscheduled pit stop had to be made to change tyres and driver. Dropping the couple back to 3rd in class and down the field. As the second half of the race started the wet weather which had eased off came back with a vengeance, hail storm, thunder lightening and when 4 cars all came off the circuit at different places at the same time was the race was red flagged. Leaving Tony and Sarah finishing 3rd in class 16th overall. Paul White & Tony Brown will be back out with Sarah Bennett-Baggs at Spa Francorchamps for the 4hr night race on 15th June.
The Volkswagen cross-country rally team will be back in action later this week for the first time since its successful assault on the Dakar Rally in January. Read more
Montreal driver Maxime Pelletier and his managing team have finally decided to move on to another team for the rest of the Formula BMW USA 2007 season and will join for the next rounds the Austrian HBR Motorsport Team USA. After his selection as a BMW Junior scholar last year in Spain, Pelletier was never able to materialize the hopes many experts expected from him. He qualified mid-pack most of the time and was probably the driver with the highest rate of overtaking throughout the season. While the scenario was the same at the first weekend at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah, a change seemed like the best decision. “Last year, the training sessions were great, claimed Pelletier. But from the top of the season the results never came. We looked for many solutions but it always came back to the same point: we were lacking speed in qualifying and I had to start from far into the field. We had to change something after the first program at Miller in order to give me a better racing environment. It is my decision and my father approves. Now, it’s up to me to deliver.”
2007 has already seen the British F3 lap records at Oulton Park and Donington Park smashed and, if the recent test times are anything to go by, Richard Antinucci’s four year Snetterton lap record is set to go the same way when the world’s leading Formula 3 Championship visit the Norfolk circuit on Sunday 3rd June….read more
Six rounds into the Formula BMW UK season and this year's Rookies are proving tough to beat with Swede Marcus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsport) leading the Championship as the series heads north this weekend. ..read more
Team West-Tec enjoyed a weekend to remember at Estoril for rounds 5 and 6 of the 2007 Spanish Formula 3 Championship...read more
Aston Martin is preparing for a double 24 hour challenge in June. Not only are six Aston Martin Racing DBR9s competing at Le Mans on 16th and 17th June, but a week earlier four Aston Martins will enter a lesser known but just as gruelling race -- the 24 hours of Nurburgring on 9th and 10th June. Read more
Motorsports events. Summer is on it's way and in June you have the chance to drive four wonderful airfield tracks. These superb venues offer exciting track designs, outstanding value and are the place in which to push your car to it's limits and to hone your driving skills...more
Mark Dryden takes his first win of the year in Scottish Mini Challenge at Knockhill on Sunday(27th May) while Paul Wilson wins second race of the day. Guest driver David Leslie takes fourth place in race two .full report
Juno had four cars on the grid for the first time, as the third round of the VdeV Championship took place at Magny Cours on Sunday. full report
Formula TR – Rounds 7 & 8 – June 2-3. After a long four week break the action resumes this coming weekend for the Formula TR Pro Series on the infield course at California Speedway. The series joins the ASA Speed Trucks and the Touring Car Racing Association for the weekend. The Formula TR PRO series consists of twenty races conducted over 10 race weekends for two classes of Formula Renaults, the 1600cc and the 2000cc. With less than half of the races complete the two Series Championships are very tight and virtually every participant still has chance to do very well by the end of the season. In the 1600 Series Championship Sergio Pena holds an eighteen point lead over Ryan Booth who is charging hard and won round 6. The 2000 Series Championship has series regular John Knudsen with a 19 point lead over Luis Martinez Jr.
Dan Ludlow won the MGCC’s Peter Best Insurance Challenge race at Snetterton at the weekend.. Ludlow’s Metro GTI beat the MGB GT of David Brooke to the line with 1.156 seconds to spare. Third, also in a MGB GT was Andrew Young a further 8 seconds adrift. In the Universal Services Classic Formula Ford 1600 race Rory Farrell came out on top in his Crossle 45f ahead of the Van Dieman RF81 of Simon Davey And the RF79 of Stuart Kestenbaum. In the FF2000 race Judd Coupland took the laurels by beating Clive Wood to the line by just ).672secs. David Flory was third. The Kumho BMW race was won by Mark grady’s M3 with Dan Stringfellow second and Ian Crisp third.
Andretti Green Racing's Dario Franchitti has joined an exclusive club by winning both the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring and the Indy 500. Franchitti won the LMP2 class in March with Bryan Herta and Tony Kanaan in the American Le Mans Series. Franchitti, who won at Indianapolis on Sunday, finished second overall at Sebring with his Andretti Green Racing teammates. He and Mario Andretti are the only drivers to win both in class at Sebring and the Indy 500 in the same year. Andretti's did the job in 1969 when he, like Franchitti, won his class and placed second overall in the 12 Hours. Franchitti was 'slightly' overwhelmed at the end, "I can hardly believe it. Who would have thought it? I have to thank the entire Canadian Club team. The reason we went for that strategy was because we cut a tire on some debris and had to make the pit stop. And these guys called a great race. I was saving fuel under the yellow. I was saving so much fuel. I just can't believe it. I have to thank everybody at AGR and all of our sponsors. I couldn't believe it, just driving in there. It's fantastic. To be a member of this club is fantastic. It could have been any one of the five of us (AGR team members) today. We were unlucky in the first stint of the race and I'm really glad we got to run the second part (after the rain). I kind of have half an idea of what it means to win this race now. I couldn't be happier." full report
At Oulton Park over the holiday weekend the Austin Kinsella and Richard Ince partnership won both the Radical Enduro.Biduro races beating the Austin Reynolds/Nick Padmore car by 4 seconds in race 1 on Saturday and 5 seconds on Monday. James Swift and John Stanley were third on Saturday while Stuart Mosely and Derek Johnston took the final podium spot on Monday . In the Ace Deliveries/Hillside of Heywood Salon car race MarkTaylor’s (pictured below)ex-BTCC Nissan Primera ran and hid, winning by a massive margin from te Lotus Europa of Mark Primett.
At Oulton Park In the Mini Challenge races Oli Mortimer won both events.The Scottish Championship winner took the honours in the first race from Jason Greatrex by 3.3secs. In race two Mortimer’s rival from the Scottish series Garry Meikle kept him honest finishing 3 seconds behind in second. Third on both occasions was Peter Budd. In the Mini Se7en race Paul Thompson won from Max Hunter and Andrew Deviny while Kelly Rogers just held off Bill Sollis to win the Mini Miglia race by 0.317secs. The Dunlop Sport Maxx Cup saw Simon Gusterson’s Renault Sport 230 and Martin Wallbank’s Vauxhall Astra VXR share the spoils with a win and a second place each. ShawnTaylor was a distant third in both races, his Nissan 350Z half a minute behind the leading pair.
After leading from start to finish, Alvaro Parente took his first win of the season. It was also Tech 1 Racing's first win in World Series Formula Renault 3.5. Sebastian Vettel's (Carlin Motorsport) runner-up spot means that he remains the championship leader. Although Monaco driver Clivio Piccione was third for long periods, the final podium spot went to Salvador Duran (Interwetten.com). read more
Turner Motorsport BMW M3 driver Bill Auberlen survived a late challenge from Spencer Pumpelly in the No. 49 Marcus Motorsports Porsche 997 to win Monday's Grand-Am KONI Challenge Grand Sport (GS) race at Lime Rock Park, giving Auberlen and co-driver Chris Gleason their second consecutive GS victory at the 1.53-mile, seven-turn track. Auberlen--who moved into a four-way tie for eighth in overall KONI Challenge Series career victories--took advantage of a slight mishap by Pumpelly on Lap 86 and took the lead when Pumpelly slid wide and off the racing surface coming onto the front straightaway. While Pumpelly trimmed the lead down to .222 seconds--or less than two car lengths--near the end, Auberlen masterfully worked his way through traffic during the waning laps to win by 3.760 seconds in the two-and-a-half hour, 138-lap race. The victory was the first for Turner Motorsport in 2007.
Casey Mears won the Nascar Nextel |Cup Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte with six laps to go to claim his first Nextel Cup Series win. He then promptly ran out of fuel seconds after crossing the line. "I can't believe it," he said after the race. "I can't believe we're in victory lane," said Mears, who joined Hendrick Motorsports this season after four years with Chip Ganassi Racing.
Mike Wright and Mark Robinson came away from the the inaugural race weekend at Anglesey with a win a-piece at the weekend. Wright won by half a second on Saturday from Robinson who took his revenge on Sunday after tailing Wright for half the race Robinson slipped by exiting the 'corksrew' and sailed off into the distance. Steve Cheetham and Will Penrose won the two Lodge Sports Porsche 924 races. Cheetham led Alastair Kirkham and Gareth Broadbent across the line on Saturday but it was Penrose(pictured below) who stole the show on Sunday with a superb drive from the back of the grid. After retiring on Saturday Penrose had to start from the back of the grid for race 2 and he drove magnificently in damp conditionsy taking car after car until by half distance he was into the lead, eventually crossing the line 7 seconds ahead of second placed Alastair Kirkham. Graham Heard was third and Cheetham fourth.
In the Ford Fiesta races at Anglesey newcomer Nick Sanderson won the first race from Dan Rose despite power steering problems on his new Fiesta ST. The former Scottish XR2 Champion led from pole and looked comfortable up front until the steering problem allowed Rose to close up.in the latter stages. Sanderson held on however to win by 0.359secs at the flag.Third and first of the Fiesta Si's was David Abbot. On Sunday Sanderson was beaten off the line by Rose and Abbot and it was tweo laps before Sanderson was past the slightly slower Fiesta Si and able to chase down Rose. His power Steering gave up again however so he settled for second. Third was Richard Durham with Abbot fourth. Steve Scott won both the MIll Street Ford Saloon races at the Welsh track in his Escort Cosworth. In the opening encounter he was kept honest by David Matthias Escort Cossie who was second just 2 seconds behind but in race two he simply vanished up the track to win by nearly half a minute. Second on this occasion was Graham Wait in a Sapophire with Terence Clark third in a Fiesta ST.
Stuart Gough and Tom Bradshaw both won a race in the Club Formula Ford NW Championship (Class A &B). In the first race on Saturday Bradshaw beat James Cole by 0.620seconds with Gary Jones third. In Sunday's race Stuart Gough took a lights to flag victory in his Ray GRS07 in very slippery conditions. He was followed all the way by Gary Jones's Van Dieman RF91 who finished just 0.323 secs behind at the finish. Third was Bradshaw in a Van Dieman RF04.
Northwest Autosport ’s preparations for Round Five of the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear during the upcoming Mazda Grand Prix of Portland are intensifying as the team works on cars for Eric Freiberg, Phil Fogg Jr, and Steve Cook. With the weekend rapidly approaching the only letdown is the news that Vancouver , British Columbia resident Lorenzo Mandarino, winner of the previous round at Miller Motorsports Park , will be unable to compete due to budget constraints. ...read more
Britain's hottest new female karting prospect Jessica Hawkins enjoyed her best national level results to date in the latest round of the 2007 Dunlop Honda Cadet British Championship at Rowrah in Cumbria on 19th/20th May, the youngster capping an excellent outing by claiming her first race win of the campaign at the mid-season point....full story
Aldershot-based racing driver Dan Boys continued his short track apprenticeship in NASCAR racing last week, placing his first 2007 championship points on the board at Seattle’s Evergreen Speedway. Dan returned to competition with Concept Racing on the venue’s tight, unpredictable 0.375-mile oval for the fourth and fifth races of the NASCAR All-American Series. read more
A record-breaking 330 Lotus and Caterham Sevens will race at Donington Park next weekend (2/3 June) in celebration of the Seven's 50th anniversary. The Seven's Golden Jubilee is believed to be the biggest-ever gathering in Britain of racing cars from a single manufacturer, and the number of entries received eclipses the three Caterham Festivals held in 2000, 2002 and 2004....read more
Another fabulous 40-car field will gather at Snetterton over the weekend of 2/3 June for the third weekend of racing in the 2007 Charterhouse Heritage GT Car Challenge. read more
The British Formula Ford Championship returns from a month-long sabbatical next weekend (2/3 June) for a triple helping of race action at Snetterton...read more
SEAT Sport UK dominated the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race meeting at Croft last year, with the SEAT Leon qualifying on pole and scoring two wins, two 2nds, a 3rd and a 5th place finish. read more
As the build up to Britain’s most exhilarating summer sporting event stepped up a gear, Silverstone today presented Gemma Atkinson as the Female Face of the 2007 FORMULA 1™ Santander British Grand Prix. read more
Last week’s official Formula Renault UK test at Croft Circuit saw front-runner Will Bratt underline his recent form as one of the most consistently quick drivers in the series and with the North Yorkshire venue hosting rounds seven and eight of the season next weekend, 2nd/3rd June, he stands a superb chance of adding to his 2007 podium tally…read more
The 2007 Blaupunkt SEAT Cupra Championship heads to Croft with plenty of the drivers desperate to make up points. Read more
The sweeping Norfolk circuit of Snetterton is the venue next weekend (2/3 June) for the latest instalment of the Volkswagen Racing Cup in association with Hankook. The championship reaches its half-way stage at Snetterton, and a bumper field of Volkswagens will be on the grid for the twin races - including several familiar faces from seasons past.
Team Sonic Formula Ford Driver Tim Blanchard established himself at the top of the leaders board with a dominating display of driving during a very tricky weekends racing at Winton Raceway. One by one his championship rivals removed themselves from challenging him, and he took out the full 61 point haul.
Jeremy Metcalfe aims to challenge for nothing less than victory at Croft Circuit next weekend, 2nd/3rd June, during the seventh and eighth rounds of the 2007 Formula Renault UK Championship after comfortably topping the times in official testing at the North Yorkshire venue last week
Sunday Prema will take to the streets of Monaco where the World Series
by Renault will contest a single race at the principality, the same weekend as the
Monaco Grand Prix. Last year Prema took an unforgettable pole position
by there ex-driver Christian Montanari. After the good results claimed
by Ben Hanley at Nurburgring, Prema is hoping to repeat its role as one
of the big players, not only on the streets of Monaco but also in their
pursuit of the Championship.
On Sunday May, 27th at the autodrome "ADM", the first race of the season takes place for Formula Russia. Recent tests were dominated by 23 year old Arcady Mejtin who made his debut in the series last year. Alongside Mejtin, the first man to test the cars, Maxim Travin was second in the opening session while another regular was Chemakin Stanislav was third fastest overall.
A1 Team USA is talking to former Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Rice about the possibility of racing for the team in A1GP next season. The American squad is co-entering Rice’s IndyCar in this weekend’s Indy 500. Rice and A1 Team USA seat holder Rick Weidinger have worked throughout May preparing and qualifying for the race, and Weidinger has admitted he has spoken with the 31-year-old about the possibility of him driving in A1GP races in the ‘We the People’ car next season.
The KONI Challenge Series will be close to the Bill Fenton Motorsports shop in Keene, New Hampshire this weekend for round five at Lime Rock Park, and the Street Tuner team will be aiming for a home track victory. The two rounds that Bill Fenton Motorsports has competed in so far this season have been successes - for half of the team, anyway. The No. 27 Acura RSX-S of Todd Lamb and Dave Thilenius took fourth during the opener at Daytona, thanks to a last-minute pass by Lamb and during round two at Homestead, Bill Fenton and Bob Beede got on the podium with a third-place finish in the No. 29 car. Now the team is not only aiming for victory, but for top finishes for both of their Acuras. Fenton and Beede set a precedent last year by finishing third at Lime Rock, and they are no strangers to the top step of the podium in Connecticut. It will be the first time that Lamb and Thilenius have driven at Lime Rock together, but given their record so far this season, that is unlikely to slow them down. Their performances at Daytona and prove that they know how to find the fast line around the track with minimal practice time. "I know Lime Rock has a lot of nuances, even though it's a relatively short layout, but I'm confident we can learn it and be on pace," commented Lamb. "The team has plenty of experience there for us to tap into, and that will give us a head start."
Team BRM driver John Magro finished the final race of the Australian Formula Ford Championship at last weekend’s round at Winton Motor Raceway in 10th position after a race one shunt left his car battered and, even worse, at the back of the grid. Sporting new sponsorship from Unit Clothing, Magro’s #20 car hovered around the top 12 in practice earlier in the weekend before a stunning lap from the 20-year-old Queenslander saw him line up seventh on the grid, less than eight-tenths from pole. In race one Magro got as far as turn one before unfortunately collecting the rear of another competitor’s car, sending the Unit Clothing car out of the race. Starting 23rd and last for the second race – held in wet conditions on Saturday evening – Magro charged through the field in the seven-lap dash to finish a strong 14th, less than 10 seconds outside the top ten. Magro was able to make up those positions in the third and final race, crossing the line in 10th position to add a championship point to his score. He now sits 13th in the championship after with 16 points, only eight behind 10th placed Taz Douglas with three of the scheduled eight rounds completed
PEAK Antifreeze today announced its sponsorship of Andretti Green Racing for the 2007 IndyCar Series season. Marketed and distributed by Old World Industries, one of the largest privately-owned companies competing in the automotive aftermarket, PEAK Antifreeze is an associate sponsor of Andretti Green and is also the "Official Antifreeze & Coolant" of Danica Patrick's #7 Team Motorola entry."We're delighted to have PEAK onboard for the 2007 IndyCar Series season," said Michael Andretti, who co-owns Andretti Green Racing with partners Kim Green and Kevin Savoree. "PEAK has a standard of excellence in the automotive industry that is second-to-none and we're proud to add their brand to the Andretti Green family."
Northwest Autosport and Canadian racing driver Lorenzo Mandarino cruised into victory lane with their first victory of the season this weekend in Round Four of the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear at Miller Motorsports Park during the American Le Mans Series Larry H Miller Group Utah Grand Prix race weekend.
Oliver Jarvis took to the top step of the podium once more with a commanding win at Japan’s Twinring Motegi circuit in Round 5 of the All Japan F3 Championship driving for TOM’S.Jarvis made a great start in the first race from third on the grid to take the lead when both Tsukakoshi and Oshima suffered wheel spin. Darting between them, Jarvis pulled to the inside of the track to take the lead. He then delivered some consistent lap times to take a comfortable win and fastest lap..“It was great to get this second race win in Japan,” said Jarvis “I really felt happy with the car and we definitely were setting the pace.” Race 2 (Round 6) didn’t have the same happy ending as when Jarvis was challenged by Roberto Streit off the line he closed the door forcing Streit to take to the pit exit to pass. As the pit narrowed, Streit continued on the grass. Heading into the corner and despite some over-steer midway, Jarvis braked late to keep his lead and pulled away on exit to build up a comfortable gap, soon opening this by nearly 4 secs.. However the move was deemed overly aggressive by the race stewards who penalized the British driver with a drive- through penalty. Commenting after the race, Jarvis said: “I congratulated Streit on his win who conceded that I’d been very fair into the first corner. He tried to make the move but believed that if it didn’t come off, there was potential to create a penalty given the strict regulations in Japan on ‘safe driving’. You learn your lesson as it appears that over the years many other European drivers have been caught out in similar situations. In Europe, it is just considered to be hard, but fair, racing! On the plus side, we have shown that we have very good pace throughout the weekend so I’m really looking forward to Okayama in June.”
T-Sport driver, Sergio Perez, added another victory to his championship tally ion the F3 National Class at Bucharest. The win came after a second-placed finish during Saturday’s race and showed the fantastic pace the Mexican had around the tight streets of Bucharest. Rodolfo Gonzalez had a harder time in Romania. He took a top ten finish in race one and finished fifth in race two, but he was punished by the stewards for some defensive driving; the five-second penalty he received pushed his good final result down to tenth.
James Walker travels to Monaco this weekend for the fifth race of the 2007 World Series by Renault. The Monaco Grand Prix, arguably the most famous street race in the world, is the event that gives Formula One its glamorous reputation, where the racing is an added attraction to one of the premier social events of the season. Famously described by Nelson Piquet as “like riding a bicycle around your living room”, the Monte Carlo track is tough. As well as being narrow it has a low-grip, bumpy surface, and the tight twists and turns make it a gruelling physical challenge. “I can’t wait to finally get to Monaco,” said James. “I’ve raced on a street circuit before, in Pau, in Formula 3, and I managed to adapt quickly to that so I’m keen to get stuck into this new challenge. It’s a bit of a daunting prospect but I’ve done my research and I feel that I am well prepared. I think the fact that the F1 teams are there adds a bit more pressure but it’s the type of pressure I look forward to.”The World Series by Renault competitors have just one race in Monaco. The drivers will have a 40-minute free practice session on Thursday at 0830hrs before qualifying takes place at 0900hrs on Saturday. The 25-lap race gets underway on Sunday morning at 1115hrs, just before the Monaco Grand Prix.
For Jens Klingmann of Team Eifelland Racing, the EuroSpeedway Lausitz proved to be winning territory this weekend when he won both Saturday's and Sunday's race in the Formula BMW Germany event. But he also made his mark by setting the fastest practice time and taking pole position twice. The 16-year-old driver from Leimen now occupies the top slot in the championship rankings. In the third race of the season, Klingmann was first across the finish line ahead of his Spanish team-mate Daniel Campos-Hull and Josef Kaufmann driver Marco Wittmann of Markt Erlbach. The fourth race saw Klingmann beat Campos-Hull and Mücke driver Kevin Mirocha.
Carlin F3 race winners Maro Engel and Sam Bird will join seven time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher in a charity game of football ahead of the 65th Monaco Grand Prix on Tuesday evening. While the Carlin World Series team prepare for their own race around the streets of Monaco, the F3 duo will join Nazionale Piloti, a charity football team headed by Michael Schumacher. 21 year-old Engel played in the charity match last year, as did team mate Sam Bird, who arrives in Monaco fresh from his first British F3 victory in Romania. Engel and Bird will be joined by fellow racing drivers Jarno Trulli, Giancarlo Fisichella, Robert Kubica and Vitantonia Liuzzi.
After 3 rounds of the 2007 DTM season, reigning Formula 3 Euro Series Champion Paul di Resta is the DTM Championship leader, all done with a 2005-spec Mercedes C-Class! “For me, Paul currently does in DTM what Lewis Hamilton does in Formula 1,” praised Mercedes-Benz Motorsport Director Norbert Haug. “Just like Lewis he is a newcomer and currently holds the championship lead.” Di Resta caused a stir as early as in his DTM debut race at Hockenheim where he held the lead for a long time and finished fifth. In round two, held at Oschersleben, he was the first driver in DTM’s history to secure a podium finish with a two-year old car finishing second to Gary Paffett. Last weekend, di Resta proved at Lausitz that his finish at Oschersleben wasn’t a fluke by coming second behind fellow Mercedes driver Mika Häkkinen. The Scot now is the championship leader, 8 points ahead of Gary Paffett, Martin Tomczyk and Mattias Ekström who tie for second place. Paul di Resta is the big surprise of the 2007 DTM season. For the young gun himself, however, even these successes are a kind of normal. “I always race to win,” he says, “But I have to admit that I’d never expected to travel to my home race, held at Brands Hatch, as championship leader.”
World Speed Motorsports,who took Adrian Carrio to the 2006 Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear, returned to the scene of one of Carrio's victories at Miller Motorsports Park for Round Four of the Star Mazda Championship. "As administrators of the Russell Pro Series and Star Mazda West Coast Championship it has been a very busy season for everyone at World Speed Motorsports so it was nice to return to a track that has fond memories for the team," explained team owner Telo Stewart. "We were able to work the schedule so this race would also count towards the West Coast Championship and fielded four drivers for the event." Leading the charge for World Speed Motorsports last weekend was Richard Fullerton in the #55 RBF Capital Mazda and Canadian Chris Cumming in the #26 90-degree Software Mazda. Joining them was Stan Kohls and Claudio Cornali . Fullerton took top spot for West Coast Championship competitors, finishing 14th, Cumming was 17th, Kohls 19th Overall and Cornali 21st.
This weekend (May 25-28), the Northern European Cup Formula Renault 2.0 finally is back in action after a long winter break. Drivers from ten different countries, representing 14 teams, will be on the grid for the season-opening double-header weekend at Circuit Park Zandvoort. The traditional circuit in the Dutch seaside resort will be hosting the first of this season's eight racing weekends, during which the NEC Formula Renault 2.0 will be racing in The Netherlands, Germany and Belgium.
Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship driver and independent team owner Simon Blanckley is busy preparing for his home event on June 3rd at Croft, North Yorkshire, for rounds 10, 11 and 12 of the season - and is confident he can score more outright championship points. Blanckley, born in Durham and currently living just south of the city in Tudhoe, is about an hour's drive away from Croft. He has raced at the circuit many times since he took up racing in 2001, mainly in the popular Northern Saloons Championship. Now, having satisfied his dream of racing in the BTCC, Blanckley is relishing his return in front of his home crowd. "I know the track really well; I've been there countless times. This should give me an advantage so you never know what we could achieve. I'm really looking forward to it and I'll be putting my all into getting the best result we can in all three races on Sunday
The third and fourth rounds of the FIA GT3 Championship saw Trackspeed Racing travel to the new street circuit venue of Bucharest in Romania. Trackspeed Racing were pleased to come away as double winners of the Porsche class after securing their first pole position and podiumk finish of the year with the bonus of coming home with little damage in an event which often reverted to carnage
Performance Racing returns from Bucharest with two more podium finishes as Cong Fu “Frankie” Cheng and Hamad Al Fardan each scored a 3rd place in the British Formula 3 National Class. Due to slippery track conditions, the first race started behind the safety car. Cheng’s race ended on lap 11 when he touched the wall, losing control and crashing into Leo Mansell. Al Fardan kept everything under control through all the incidents and safety car periods to finish 3rd, the first podium of the season for the Bahraini driver. The second race also started behind the safety car. This time it was Al Fardan who ended his race on, coindicendally lap 11, crashing as he pushed hard in 2nd place. Cheng meanwhile moved up to 3rd, holding on to the championship lead in National Class. Ricardo Teixeira, the team’s only entrant in the Championship Class, had a difficult weekend. Having qualified badly for both races, 28th and 26th it was always going to be hard to get a result. Ricardo did his best to stay out of trouble but sadly only managed 21st and 17th. Team Manager Bobby Issazadhe commented: “It was a difficult weekend for us, but we came away with two podiums. Frankie is still leading the National Class, and Hamad did very well to get his first podium of the year! We are heading to Snetterton next, and are looking forward to it as all our drivers had good results there in testing.”
Two sixth place finishes at Euro Speedway, Lausitz means Dunboyne racer Niall Quinn lies just 22 points off the championship lead in the German Formula BMW championship.An excellent 6th place from tenth on the grid in race one was matched by an impressive performance in race two. In race one Quinn passed one driver off the startline, thenl made up another two places in the early running before he was elevated to sixth when another driver ran wide late in the race.Niall started from seventh in race two and made up one spot on the run round the first corner, a position he maintained to the flag despite pressuring the fifth placed runner for several laps.Afterwards Niall was satisfied to have scored two solid points finishes "The first race was very enjoyable and it was a relief to have a car we could race with after qualifying,"he said. "the second race was much tougher because we tried to further refine the handling and induced too much oversteer in our efforts to counteract the understeer.We're still right in the hunt and this series is all about consistent points scoring so we're still on target. Next up is Norisring, a massive weekend in the German motorsports calendar and a track that is unique in motor racing. It'll be very interesting to see how we get on."
Roberto Streit (INGING) won the race 2 of All-Japan Formula 3 Championship at Twinring Motegi, as pole sitter Oliver Jarvis (TOM's) was penalized for a dangerous move! The race began with a fight between Jarvis and Streit, both starting from the front row. Streit made a superb start before Jarvis checked his move into first corner, Jarvis staying ahead. Kazuya Oshima (TOM'S) jumped up to the third behind Streit, but he overran at the second corner and fell to the rear before he was penalized for a jump start Hiroaki Ishiura (TOM'S) was now third behind Streit with Takuya Izawa (Honda Team Real) fourth. By lap 7, Jarvis led Streit by 3 secs when he was penalized for his move on the opening lap with a stop-go penalty. Jarvis eventually returned in fifth place but by then the race was lost. Streit therefore held on to win from Ishiura in second with Izawa third. Kodai Tsukakoshi was the fourth, Jarvis fifth, and Ben Clucas (ThreeBond) who was standing in for Marko Asmer, sixth.
BMW USA driver Philip Major came up one lap short of his first top 10 of the year. After starting 11th, Major steadily made his way forward, up to ninth place.“Starting 11th was a big help today,” Major said. “I was able to settle in and start picking off drivers. It is very hard to pass here with all the fast corners – you pick up a huge aero push.” Major was stuck in ninth, but had the pace to move up if he could mount a charge. He tried just that with time running out. Unfortunately, there was contact between the two drivers, with both going off course, and it regulated Major to an 18th place finish. “It’s definitely hard to take, but I look at the positives,” Major said after the race. “We were fast, and at Montreal, if we qualify well, we should be okay in the races there.” Major’s next race is at the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal on June 8-10.
At the weekend’s GP Live event at Donington Park, A1GP’s TV commentator and five times Grand Prix winner John Watson was determined to break the one-minute barrier around the circuit's two-mile National layout.Watson drove the A1 Team Ireland car in four, 15-minute sessions during the course of the two day event, setting a best lap of 65.8 seconds on Saturday. He then took more time off the clock setting a lap of 63.4 on Sunday morning.Sunday afternoon’s run was his last chance to achieve his goal and he immediately improved his time before setting at flying lap of 59.9 seconds. "That’s as hard as I’ve pushed an A1GP car and it was fantastic fun," Watson said. "I’ve really enjoyed the event and the warm welcome I’ve received. Everyone here has done an amazing job. Now I can’t wait to get back in the cockpit at the start of the next A1GP season."
In Sunday's Rolex Sports Car Series U.S. Sports Car Invitational at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Alex Job Racing's Jorg Bergmeister and team mate Patrick Long won the race, but only just. After pitting on lap 33 it was doubtful if he had enough fuel to make the flag, but just when it looked as though he would run out of petrol Bergmeister, driving a Porsche Crawford was ‘gifted’ two late-race cautions, one on lap 83 and the second on lap 89 which gave him the breathing space to save enough fuel to take his first win of the year after 91-laps
Mike Meadows notched up another victory in the British F3 International Series this weekend in his first street circuit race. With a tally of two wins, four podiums and three fastest laps from six races, Meadows looks every inch a a rising star of British motorsport.The first of the two races was held on Saturday and Meadows made quick work of jumping into the lead at the start, taking Jackson on the first lap after the race had been forced to start under safety car condition. Many drivers fell victim to the tight street circuit, so further safety car periods interrupted the flow of the 24 lap race, but Meadows kept himself away from the barriers to take his second victory of the season.For the second race Meadows lined up for the start with four class contenders ahead of him in the National championship. As in the first race, the cars lined up behind the safety car for the start, with the green flag flying on lap three. Meadows was up to third by lap eight when Hamad Al Fardan clipped the wall, while Meadows was able to slow down to avoid contact, Albert Costa behind him didn’t manage to stop, hitting Meadows’ car and forcing him out. Although unable to finish, Meadows s did get a point for the fastest lap.Meadows said of his Bucharest weekend, “I really enjoyed racing in this environment and it wasn’t as difficult as I expected, although I did brush the wall a couple of times, and quickly realised that precision is very important in these situations. It was definitely very different than the big, open tracks I’m used to racing on. You also have to have faith in the drivers around you, and make sure that others have enough room, as it’s easy to squeeze someone into the wall.” Meadows lies third in the National class championship with six of 22 races completed. Next stop for him is Snetterton with rounds seven and eight taking place from 2 – 3 June at Snetterton, Norfolk.
The first heat of the South African National Formula Vee race in East London, produced an awesome race long battle for the lead, with the lead bunch six strong, for most of the race. Positions where changing all the way around the circuit, with other duels and three car battles, raging all the way down the field as well. It was however the battle at the front, which had the crowd on their feet. Alan Holm (Lasersprint Rhema 2), Dennis Johns (Geyser Attorneys Rhema 2), Jaco Schriks (Lasersprint Rhema 2), Peter Hills (Vacuform Rhema 2), Symm Grobler (Auto Mecca Rhema 2) and Kyle Bennett (AIE Plastics Rhema 1) fought a battle royal, throughout the race. Read more
Jim Geddie took his second one-hour victory of the 2007 Apex Tubulars Porsche Open season at Silverstone, sharing his 997 GT3 Cup with fellow Scot Gordon Shedden on the way to an impressive victory. Closest challenger was Colin Willmott - the only car to finish on the same lap despite two spins at Becketts. Steve Rance took fourth and headed up Class Two, while Mike Johnson won Class Three having battled with Mark Chilton before the latter suffered a smoky demise on the pit straight.
Worswick Engineering’s Rossi took victory in round two of the Formula Renault BARC Championship at Croft on Sunday, 20th May. Alpine Racing’s Dean Stoneman (pictured left - pic Jakob Ebrey) won round three later the same day as both drivers made their first trip to the top step of the podium of 2007. Pearson Engineering Services’ Ian Pearson took the Club Class win in both rounds. Round one victor Hywel Lloyd now leads the FR2000 Class drivers’ standings by just one point, with Pearson heading the Club Class standings
Nick Sanderson Racing tested their Fiesta ST’s at Knockhill recently prior to their debut in the Ford Fiesta ST Championship this weekend. Both cars performed well but the the weekend wasn't without it's problems, Sanderson’s car died in the paddock and the immobiliser did "exactly what it says on the tin" - it immobilised the car!!! After checking all the wiring, the team tried to run diagnostics but we couldn't talk to the ECU. Eventually, by swapping parts from the second car, through a process of elimination, they discovered that one of the ECU relays had blown and resolved the problem. Sanderson’s team-mate John Findlay managed a 30 minute test on the Saturday in the second car while Nick did two short sessions on the Sunday, both cars performing well. The cars head for Anglesey on Wednesday(23rd) with testing all day on Friday 25th before qualifying on Saturday morning. The first race is Saturday afternoon at 3pm with race 2 on Sunday.
Mark McAleer took a brace of wins at the Silverstone National circuit in an Apex Tubulars Porsche Club Championship double-header. With McAleer putting his title charge firmly on track after his win at Snetterton last month, Ben Demetriou also doubled up in Class Two - and took fourth overall in the second race. In Class Three Mark Taylor and Neil Harvey split the honours….full report
Experienced single-seater racer Stuart Prior is to join the British Formula Ford Championship early next month. The 42-year-old London-based investment banker will be joining the JTR team for the 2/3 June Snetterton rounds of the Ford-backed championship as the team's 'third man' alongside Nick Tandy and Freddie Hunt. Prior, who will race an ex-Peter Dempsey Ray, said: "At the moment it's just an exploratory outing for me. I'll see how it goes before committing to the rest of the season." Prior used to race against JTR team chief Joe Tandy Jr in Formula Palmer Audi, in which category Prior raced for five seasons from 2001. Joe won the championship in 2005 with Prior claiming third overall. The son of 1970s European drag racing champion Ros Prior, Stuart first competed, in his teens, in a top fuel 'funny car'. 'I've never raced a Formula Ford,' he said. 'In fact you could say I'm almost having my racing career in reverse. I'm sure it will be great fun.' Prior's campaign will be backed by City investment firm Glass Holdings. The JTR team plans several days of testing at the Norfolk venue for Tandy, Hunt and Prior ahead of rounds seven, eight and nine of the series.
Sam Bird headed a Carlin 1-2 in Round 6 of the 2007 Lloyds TSB Insurance British F3 International Series, becoming the third different winner and the first Rookie to take a win this season. Niall Breen was second, with pole man Stephen Jelley coming home in third after dropping back following an incident with Alberto Valerio in Turn 1.Sergio Perez scored his second win of the year in the National Class, ahead of Viktor Jensen, who stormed through from the back of the grid and 'Frankie' Cheng, who leaves Bucharest with some points after suffering in qualifying and the first race. British F3 International Series also had the opening race of the weekend where Marko Asmer became the first driver ever to win a race in Bucharest. The Estonian took the chequered flag in Race One dominated by safety car periods ahead of Carlin Motorsport teammates Alberto Valerio and Sam Bird. Read more
Smart pit strategy by the SAMAX Motorsport crew at the start of Round 5 of the 14-race Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series at Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California on Sunday required Ryan Dalziel to come in on lap one for a stop and go when the race went full course yellow. Read more
Alan Racing’s Salvatore Gatto claimed his place in motorsport history on Saturday in Valencia by becoming the first International Formula Master (IFM) race-winner ever. 31 cars got away from the grid safely, a testament to the Formula S2000 performance, followed by 19 laps full of action with motorsport’s stars of tomorrow fighting it out on-track. The following 35 minutes were packed with non-stop action, with drivers overtaking each other throughout the field. Pole-sitter Maximiliam Goetz led for most of the race after his pace dropped which saw him fall back to a tenth place finish. This benefited Italy’s Gatto who went on to claim the historical win. Valencia-born Arturo Llobel maintained his position behind Gatto throughout the race as did Ombra Racing’s Johnny Cecotto Jr, finishing second and third respectively
Rising open-wheel star Dane Cameron retained a 16-point lead in the 2007 Star Mazda Championship points battle, racing his No. 19 Lynx Racing Ocean Tomo 300 mockett.com JDC Motorsports Pro Formula Mazda to a hard-fought 4th-place finish today at Miller Motorsports Park. The race was won by Lorenzo Mandarino, his first victory of the season. Read more
Safety car causes confusion in the DTM. Total confusion was created by a safety car period caused by Mercedes driver Mathias Lauda when Lauda pushed the Audi driven by Markus Winkelhock against the barrier in turn 3. After the incident, the safety car did not move in the position ahead of the front runner, and the light at the pit lane exit was not working properly, causing several drivers to gain a lap. An attempt by race control to correct the picture by deploying the safety car a second time caused additional confusion among the spectators. At 5:15p.m. -- about two hours after race end -- the stewards declared that the result was official, despite admitting that they had made mistakes. In the interest of sport, Audi decided not to lodge a protest against the race being counted in the Championship.
Doncaster-based Formula Renault BARC entrant Russell Racing enjoyed a double points finish at Croft earlier today during the second and third rounds of the 2007 season, Manchester racer Mark Gillibrand finishing ninth in the first encounter and then adding another hard-fought top 10 to his tally in the second race of the weekend..
On Sunday at Silverstone Martin Riman was the victor in the Fiat Racing Championship race by 0.512 seconds from Sandro Proietti, the pair having raced off in the distance leaving the field some 17 seconds behind them at the flag. Chris James led the chasing pack taking third place ahead of Simon McFie by less than a second. In the BRSCC's Club Formula Ford races Gavin Wills came out on top in both events. In te midday race he beat James Cole by over 10seconds with peter Daly third. In teh later race he won by a slightly reduced margin of 6 seconds over Cole with Daly again third.
At Croft yesterday Gavin Seager took two wins from two starts in the Pickups. In race 1 he beat Steve Dance to the flagf by 2.364seconds with Mark Willis a distant third some 10seconds off the winners time. In the second race Seagers only just managed to keep Dance at bay winning by a margin of just 0.764secs. Kelly-Jane Wells was third 3.64 seconds behind. In the DDMC's Northern Salooon race for Classes A, E and F, perennial winner Robert Pritchard took is Vauxhall Caterham to victory ahead of Phil Morris's Caterham 7. Tim Evans completed the podium in a Sylva Phoenix. In the Class B,C & D race Andrew Morrison took his MG ZR south from Stirling to take the victory Laurels beating Tony Caig's Ford Focus by 8 seconds. Mark Campbell was third in a TR8. Also on the bill at the North Yorkshire circuit were the MaX 5s. Paul Sheard won the opening race by half a second from Jonathon Greensmith while.Wayne le Montas was third a further second up the road. In race 2 Sheard had to settle for second when Tony Roche beat him to the line by 6 tenths of a second. Keith Penman was third. The Legends had races on both Saturday and Sunday, John Higgins winning twop on Saturday with Christopher Grieve taking the third. On Sunday Grieve won the opening race before Dave Newsham and Lawrence Davey won the remaining two races.
The Top Hat series was at Silverstone on Saturday and Jamie Boot won the Cloth Cap race in his TVR Griffiths. Charles Allison was second in a Marcos while third was Tony Bianchi in a Alard Farralac Mk5. In the Oldies but Goldies encounter Rae Davis won in his Austin A35 from the A40 of Richard Postins while the Sebring Salute race was won by Robert Harvery in a Chevron B19. Second, a long way behind was the Morgan Plus 8 of Graham Bryant while Andrew Hill in third was even further back in his Chevron B8. The Top hat race was won by the Plymouth Barracuda of Bryant and Bryant from Leo Voyazides Falcon by the smallest of margins, just 0.921secs. Third, in a Mustang, was John Young. Nigel Webb took the honours in the 1950's Challenge race from John Chisholm. Both were driving Ja XK120's whilst third placed Trevor Groom came home 13 seconds behind the winner in a Jaguar 140.
Alexander Rossi was the star of a thrilling encounter at Miller Motorsports Park ’s East track. On a circuit notoriously difficult to pass on Rossi made a series of brilliant passing maneuvers and raced wheel-to-wheel for 17 mesmerizing laps.
ULTIMATE MOTORSPORT enjoyed a successful overseas debut on the streets of Bucharest when both drivers showed enough pace to finish in the points in Round 3 of the series..
Lorenzo Mandarino was the winner of the Star Mazda race at Miller Motorsports Park yesterday. Second, 1.235 secs behind was James Davidson with Jonathon Goring third.(see below)
Andersen Racing's Jonathan Goring started second and finished third in Saturday's non-stop Star Mazda race at Miller Motorsports Park. read more
Mika Hakkinen won the DTM race at Lausitz today beating Scotland's Paul Di Resta by 1.6 seconds. Bruno Spengler was third for an all Mercedes podium.
James Thompson did the double for Alfa Romeo in the two WTCC races at Valencia today. Yvan Muller took second in race 1 for Seat while Jorg Muller took the runner up spot on in his BMW in race 2.
Sam Bird led a Carlin one two in the Romanian round of British F3 today, ahead of team mate Niall Breen. The Carlin rookies concluded a successful outing for the team, which saw the Hampshire based squad take home five trophies. Headed up by Alberto Valerio, Carlin also dominated Saturday's standings, finishing second, third, fourth and fifth in race one.Saturday's race was incident packed, the race starting under the safety car due to difficult track conditions. As the safety car came in at the end of lap one, Valerio maintained his second position while Bird began pressurising third place man Sebastian Hohenthal. The young Brit put in an impressive overtaking manoeuvre on lap six to take third place and join Carlin team mate Valerio on the podium. With mayhem unfolding behind, Niall Breen picked his way through various incidents to cross the line fourth ahead of Maro Engel in fifth. Mario Moraes finished just out of the points in 11th.
Marko Asmer and the Hitech Racing team have extended their lead in the Lloyds TSB Insurance British Formula 3 International Series with a solid performance in today’s sixth round at Bucharest. The Silverstone-based team arrived in the Romanian capital city leading the series after three wins from four rounds.Yesterday’s historic fourth victory by the young Estonian, to become the first ever winner of a race around the streets of the Eastern European country, was followed up today by a strong fifth place finish around the tricky 1.9mile track. Starting from the fifth row, after yellow flags put paid to him repeating his earlier pole position, Marko drove a steady and mature race to bring his Dallara F307 Mercedes HWA home in one piece and extend his lead to 47 points over Stephen Jelley.
NSR (Nick Sanderson Racing) have signed up two major sponsors for their 2007 Ford Fiesta ST Championship - Kempster Ford. a family owned Ford dealership in Heywood, North Manchester. It has been part of the Ford family for over 50 years. They are the complete garage with new and used car sales, service and repairs with staff trained to the latest Ford Standards.Visit www.kempster-ford.co.uk for information. The second sponsor is Orion Engineering The Orion Group are a global leader in recruitment engineering. The Orion Group supplied over 5,000 personnel in the last year with an estimated turnover for the current year of £150 Million. The recruitment engineering business is complemented by Energy, IT & Telecoms, Rail, Office People and Industrial division Visit www.orioneng.com for information. The next round of the Ford Fiesta championship is next weekend, May 26/27 at Anglesey where NSR will make their series debut.
Motorsport fans were treated to another superb race from the brand-new International Formula Master Series today for round two in Valencia.J.D. Motorsport’s Kasper Andersen won the race after a thrilling performance which saw the Danish driver speed to victory following a first-class overtaking move on pole position man Alberto Costa.Euronova Racing’s Costa protected his lead from the start, putting Juho Annala on the grass in process, which gave Andersen second place. Costa’s moves weren’t enough to keep the J.D. Motorsport driver behind for long however and the Danish took the lead half-way through the first lap. Even a safety car couldn’t keep Andersen from the top spot, despite the best effort of Cram Competition’s Jerome D’Ambrosio. The Belgian finished in second place, less than half a second away with Spain’s Oliver Campos Hull claiming third place.
John Watson lined up alongside fellow legends Sir Stirling Moss OBE and Mario Andretti at Donington Park yesterday. Moss was present in his role as patron of GP Live before he takes part in a special event tomorrow, where he’ll be reunited with a period Vanwall, perfectly restored to its original condition by Tom Wheatcroft and the Donington Grand Prix collection. Both Wattie and Andretti were out on track today, Andretti in the Lotus 49B in which he claimed pole position on his debut GP in 1968 and Wattie in A1 Team Ireland’s award-winning car.
Oliver Jarvis (TOM'S) secured his first ever pole position in All-Japan Formula 3 Championship and won the race 1 at Twinring Motegi circuit . Jarvis that made the best star to lead into the first corner passing the front row pairing of Tsukakoshi and Oshima.Streit. Second was Streit with Tsukakoshi third and Ishiwra fourth.
Tim Blanchard continued on his merry way at
Winton Raceway yesterday winning race three of the Australian Formula
Ford Championship in style and picking up maximum points for the
meeting, giving him the Championship lead. Blanchard qualified fastest
yesterday morning and won all three races to be the dominant driver of
the round, while team mate James Moffat encountered problems off
the start line resulting in mayhem for drivers on the starting grid.
Moffat missed the start leaving Taz Douglas to cannon straight into the
back of Moffat's Mygale, effectively ending both their races before they
had started as drivers did their best to avoid the two stranded on the
grid. Blanchard on pole, and missed all the commotion, leading from
start to finish in his Jaylec Mygale opening up a sizeable gap after
holding off early challenges from Nick Percat and CAMS Rising Star
Kristian Lindbom who finished second and third for race three and the
round respectively. "Obviously there was some trouble off the line on
the grid, so I was fortunate to be on pole and stay out of the way,"
explained Blanchard. Championship Points
after Three Rounds:1. Tim Blanchard 156, 2. James Moffat 126, 3 .
Kristian Lindbom 112,
Alexander Rossi on the podium in Formula BMW USA first Time Out at Miller Motorsports Park He has already won a championship, he has already won national class races, and he’s only 15 years old. But such has been the meteoric nature of Alexander Rossi’s brief career to-date, that much was expected from him in the opening round of the 2007 Formula BMWUSA championship. If such a weighty burden was affecting him it didn’t show as he put in a combative drive during which he made a bold passing maneuver and soaked up relentless pressure from behind. Quiet and contemplative before the race, Rossi exploded away from the grid at the tail of the leading four-car train. Sensing his moment on the opening lap, the Californian driver lunged down the inside of Tooele Turn when those ahead banged wheels and he scraped past the pole-sitter to slot into third position.Thereafter Rossi drove brilliantly; while being forced to defend his position from repeated attacks, he still managed to maintain a race-long challenge of his own on the driver in second place, despite the distractions in his mirrors.Lap after lap Alexander drew up to the rear wing of his opponent, but there just wasn’t the room to make a move. With only a few laps to go, Rossi’s plans were thwarted by two deployments of the safety car; the second of which resulting in the race ending under yellow.Nevertheless, Rossi was ecstatic to come home in third place and score a podium on his first FBMW outing – and rightly so. “It’s awesome,” he said, “I’m really looking forward to round two tomorrow and it’s definitely going to be a show.”
Ultimate Motorsport continued to cli8mb the ladder in the British F3 Int Series when they secured their first ever top-tem spot in opening qualifying for Round 3 in Bucharest. Irishman Michael Devaney picked his way around the narrow street circuit in the Romanian Capital to lead home team-mate Esteban Guerrieri, who finished the session in 14 th place after being involved in two incidents during the 30-minute session peppered with red flags.
Team manager Jonny Ostrowski said: "Michael put in a fantastic performance on the tricky street circuit to secure what I am sure will be the first of many top ten grid spots for Ultimate Motorsport and the Mygale car. Esteban was also on the pace but suffered from a few incidents in the end. "Both cars were building pace all the time and they were working up to their quick runs when, unfortunately, Esteban had a brush with the wall. The resulting red flag prevented Michael from making it into the top six. Esteban visited hospital for an X-ray but we expect him to be ready after attention overnight.
"This circuit has already proven a great challenge as the cars go quicker and quicker and success in tomorrow's second qualifying session and in the races tomorrow and Sunday will be very much down to how quickly the teams develop their set-ups. We are confident we are going in the right direction." Devaney said: "The car felt good and it was pleasing to get it into the top ten for the first time. It is exciting the way things are going here as we keep improving race by race. Being as high up the grid as possible is essential on a street circuit like this, so it will be interesting to see where we get to tomorrow."
Guerrieri added: "We made a good start and it was unfortunate our positive pace suffered from a couple of incidents during the session. 'Frankie' Cheng collided with the back of my car and then late in the session I made a mistake and ended in the tyre barriers when it looked like being a very quick lap."
Reigning Caterham Superlight Challenge Champion Graham Fennymore is to return to the Avon Tyres-backed championship at Donington Park next month. It's part of an ambitious five-race programme for Fennymore at the Seven Golden Jubilee meeting over the weekend of 2/3 June. In addition to the two Superlight Challenge races, Graham will also defend his evo Caterham Eurocup Superlight series lead. In all he will contest four 30-minute sprints and a one-hour endurance race."It's going to be a busy weekend," said Graham, "but one I am looking forward to. It will be great to be a part of the 50th birthday celebrations."My plan at the moment is to concentrate on my commitment to the Eurocup but if things go well in the UK championship it's possible that we may be able to find the budget to complete the season in that also and try to defend my title." Fennymore, who is backed by Taylor Made Joinery and Sherlock Interiors, missed the start of the UK season, at Oulton Park at Easter, clearing the way for 2005 Champion Will Mitcham to take twin wins. Mitcham will be defending his championship lead at Donington not only from Fennymore but also from Peter Ratcliff and Rachel Green, both of whom pushed him hard at Oulton. A 25-car field is expected. A record 320 racing Caterhams are expected at the Leicestershire circuit, with hundreds more road-going cars due to attend to make the Seven's 50th birthday bash the largest-ever gathering of the machine which Lotus founder and automotive design genius Colin Chapman unveiled in 1957.In addition to the two days of thrilling race action visitors will be able to see a multitude of static displays, including a collection of historic Lotus and Caterham Sevens owned by Caterham founder Graham Nearn, plus historic Lotus Formula 1 cars owned by Clive Chapman's Classic Team Lotus and cars from the Historic Lotus Register. On the track there will be races for the novices of the Circuit Driver Caterham Academy, the intermediate-level racers of the Motorsport News Caterham Roadsport Challenge, as well as the stars of the Avon Tyres Caterham Superlight Challenge and the evo Caterham Eurocup. There will also be races for historic Sevens, the French national Caterham championship and the Caterham Graduates Club.
Alexander Rossi ended the opening practice day at Miller Motorsports Park as the second fastest driver, and he carried that form over to the second day, holding second place for the majority of the mid-day session before being piped right at the end. The field were so closely matched that although Rossi’s time was a mere 1/10th of a second from the fastest time, he was fourth overall. Read more
JHR Developments’ Robert Lawson set the fastest time of the day during official ELF Renault Clio Cup testing at Croft on Thursday, 17th May. The 30-year-old in his second season of Clio Cup racing set a time of 1min 32.715s (82.51mph) in the third and final stint. He will be hoping to score his first Clio Cup victory at his home circuit when round four takes place at the North Yorkshire venue on 2nd/3rd June. Momo UK’s Stefan Hodgetts and Total Control Racing’s Ben Winrow were quickest in the first and second sessions respectively read more
Up to 35 cars from the charismatic era of 1980s endurance racing will battle it out at this year’s Silverstone Classic, in association with Bonhams, taking place on 27/28/29 July. Powerful Group C cars from the World Sports-Prototype Championship take on their brethren from the US-based IMSA GTP series in the ACO Plate Award, on Saturday, and the Silverstone Classic Trophy, on Sunday…read more
Derek Bell has also been confirmed in the Grand Prix Masters field for the Silverstone Classic. He will race a Formula 1 Surtees TS9B.
The Conquest Racing Atlantic team concluded a productive two-day test at Gingerman Raceway in South Haven, Michigan yesterday. After taking a short break from the three week stint in April, rookie drivers Giacomo Ricci and Matt Lee took to the track while the team worked on collecting data. Coming back from a short break from his driving duties, 22-year old Italian Giacomo Ricci and his team was able to make good progression with the car. Ricci also had an opportunity to get a good feel for his new engineer, Tom Hoke. 18-year old Matt Lee also had a good experience at Gingerman Raceway. The test was a good chance for Lee to improve and get more experience behind the wheel. Comment
AKA Cobra’s Jeremy Metcalfe set the fastest time during two days of testing at Croft on 16th/17th May. The North Yorkshire venue is set to host rounds seven and eight of the Formula Renault UK with Michelin Championship on 2nd/3rd June and the 19-year-old will now be looking to add to his round one victory.
Formula Renault UK driver Alexander Sims went to the top of the timesheets during the second session of official testing at Croft Circuit yesterday, the Manor Competition driver overcoming a spectacular accident to reassert himself as a genuine contender. The 19-year-old produced his quickest lap during the second of the day’s 4 sessions at the 2.1-mile Yorkshire venue with a time of 1m 17.975 seconds (98.11mph), a 10th of a second faster than series leader Duncan Tappy. Sims was second fastest during the first of the day’s sessions with a 1:19.825 seconds, all following a spectacular crash at Clervaux on Wednesday. With rain falling hard during the afternoon, he hit a puddle as he braked for the first corner and from that point on he was a passenger as he aquaplaned off the track and ploughed backwards into the barriers,his Formula Renault suspended in mid-air in the catch-fencing. "We made a big step forward over the last couple of days and I'm now starting to drive much better and returning to the kind of pace we showed at the end of last year", said Alexander at the conclusion of the two day official test outing. Reflecting on Wednesday's accident, Alexander added: "It was pretty spectacular but thankfully I didn't have any injuries and the car escaped relatively unscathed. The rear wing was destroyed and we had some suspension damage but it could have been much worse. All of the guys in the team did a fantastic job, working into the night to make sure the car was ready for this morning. I really did appreciate that."
Young Auckland racing driver Gene Rollinson will make his Australian debut in the Fujitsu V8 Supercar series at Victoria's Winton Motor Raceway this weekend after a last-minute callup to drive the Prodigy team's second BA Falcon. It will be an all-new experience for the 22-year-old five-time New Zealand kart champion and one he is going into with his eyes open. "The first time I've even sat in a V8 Sueprcar was yesterday when we did a seat and pedal box fitting, but the team was keen and as far as I am concerned you don't say no when something like this turns up."
SAMAX Motorsport will field a strong line up of drivers for Round 5 of the 14-race Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series held this weekend at Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. Team principal Peter Baron is pleased to have regular driver Patrick Carpentier back in action after missing the last race in Virginia, and Ryan Dalziel returning for his third start of the 2007 season with the South Florida-based team. "This promises to be a good weekend," said Baron. "These two drivers worked well together in the season opener at Daytona and Ryan proved in the last race that he can raise his level of intensity when the occasion arises. I am hard pressed to find a better duo for this Sunday's U.S. Sports Car Invitational 250-mile race. We are currently third in the standings and we are seriously thinking that we can close the gap to second-place or even move up in the team standings."
Team Australia driver Simon Pagenaud has marked a successful two-day test by beating the 2003 Champ Car pole time around the Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course in Lexington, Ohio this week. Pagenaud again exhibited the pace and potential of both he and the new-for-2007 DP01 Champ Car, going quicker than the 2003 pole time of 1:07.058 set by Paul Tracy at the last Champ Car event staged at the circuit as the Frenchman set a best lap time of 1:06.28.
Next TV slots for Heritage GT Car Challenge.
Schedules for the next round of TV coverage for the Charterhouse
Heritage GT Car Challenge have been announced. Coverage of the pair of
races on the Brands Hatch GP circuit during the A1GP meeting at the end
of April will first be screened in Sky Sports Xtra during the evening of
Tuesday 29 May.
AIM Autosport will introduce a new face to the Star Mazda Championship this weekend. The Canadian team has signed Swiss driver Natacha Gachnang to drive the No. 35 Pro Formula Mazda in the next seven series races, starting with this week's race at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah. Gachnang's talent was evident in her first auto-racing competition, when she finished fourth of 64 drivers in a test for the 2002 German Formula BMW Championship. She contested the series for three years, moving up to sixth in series before graduating to Formula 3 in 2006. She planned to return to Formula BMW this year, but her entry was denied because of her experience. "Formula 3 was too expensive to continue. We thought it was better that we go one step back and pay to go in the best team and race for the best sponsor, but it was not possible to drive BMW," she explained. "So we chose another option and now we are here in Mazda." Gachnang is a third-generation driver, following in the footsteps of her grandfather Georges, an endurance racer who competed in 24-hour races at Le Mans and the Nurburgring. "I heard a lot about Natacha and that she was coming to North America. I'm very pleased that she's come to AIM Autosport to run in the Formula Mazda series. I'm looking forward to having a front-running woman driver," AIM co-owner Keith Willis said. "With running in the Formula 3 series, she should have the skill level to jump in the car and go quick right away. She's very keen and eager; she's here wanting to prove a point that she's fast."
SILVERSTONE ON SUNDAY . The BRSCC Midland Centre’s busy schedule continues this weekend at Silverstone with two separate meetings at the Towcester circuit. Although the BRSCC meeting isn’t until Sunday, the Centre will be organising the Saturday race meeting on behalf of Masters Top Hat. On Sunday there a total of six races featuring both the Apex Tubulars Porsche Open & Club Championships, the Club Formula Ford MS Championship and the www.motorlawyers.co.uk Fiat Racing Challenge.
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BRSCC SOUTH EASTERN CENTRE DINNER DANCE . A date for the diary – the BRSCC South Eastern Centre Dinner Dance will be held at Brands Hatch on Saturday 8th December 2007. More information about tickets will follow later in the year from the BRSCC.
The two-day test in Valencia for International Formula Master (IFM) drew to a close yesterday, marking the teams’ last opportunity to prepare before the first race, this weekend. Scuderia Fama’s Luca Persiani was the quickest in this morning’s session with a 1:27.696, improving his time from Tuesday by almost 0,2 secs. The afternoon’s session was as close with Maximilian Goetz from ISR claiming fastest time with a 1:27.998.There were marked improvements throughout the field, reflecting the hard work occurring up and down the paddock. Spain’s Oliver Campos Hull showed great form by climbing to fourth from 21st on Tuesday and Alan Racing’s Pablo Sanchez Lopez claimed fifth. Series Founder Mauro Sipsz, said “I am happy with how the two days of testing have gone, the timings are extremely close which is a good indication of the Formula S2000’s good performance. I am very much looking forward to Saturday and Sunday’s races. I think it is important for everybody to remember that we literally started with a clean sheet nine months ago. The Formula S2000 is a completely new car and the way the Series has developed so far has been superb.” Times
Two weeks after the exciting weekend of Misano, the "Campionato Italiano Formula 3" circus will reach Umbria, racing at Magione track. Mauro Massironi got last year's victory in race one, while Davide Rigon obtained the highest place of the podium in race two. The top of the classification is this year quite uncertain with Paolo Maria Nocera having an advantage on the trio Marchese-Lopez-Crestani. The Mexican driver of the Alan Racing team will be absent, and this will give a good opportunity to his opponents.
TO APPEAL OR NOT TO APPEAL! What do you do when your race has finished? Kick the tyres; inspect the engine; load the car onto the trailer; have lunch, or tea or dinner; have a chat with your mates in the paddock? How many of you actually go and check the official results sheets – as your first job – as soon as your race has finished? If the answer is ‘not me guv’ then you are denying yourself the opportunity to query errors or omissions by the race organisers. Section ‘O’ of the MSA Competitors Year Book (the Blue Book to you and me) clearly sets out the time limits for Protests and Appeals. In general you have a scant 30 minutes from the time of publication of the results (look at the bottom of the results sheet as it will have a publication time) to Appeal any matter relating to those results. There are other time limits for eligibility and other matters – so check out that all important Section ‘O’. So, in future, go and look at the result sheet rack immediately after your race. Because, if that 30 minute time period has elapsed, and you find a mistake then the chances are that the C of C and/or Stewards will deem your Protest or Appeal as ‘out of time’. The onus is on you, so make sure you know your judicial time scale, as time really is of the essence.
Will Bratt continued to prove his and the Apotex Scorpio Motorsport team’s front-running pace during the first day of official Formula Renault UK testing at Croft yesterday posting the fourth fastest time overall. On a dry track during the morning, Bratt did a best lap of 1m 18.227 seconds (97.80mph) to go fourth quickest less than two 10ths of a second adrift of the top of the timesheets. Rain throughout the afternoon session meant nobody would get anywhere close to matching times from the morning although a time of 1m 29.373 seconds (85.60mph) from Will during session two saw him placed an impressive third fastest. Importantly, the two drivers ahead of him set their times in drier conditions at the start of the session. Jeremy Metcalfe concluded the third fastest, the AKA Cobra driver reinforcing his position as a genuine contender for podium finishes during the next two rounds of the season which take place at the North Yorkshire venue just over a fortnight from now.The 19-year-old, ended the morning session with a best lap of 1m 18.180 seconds (97.86mph) to place him third on the timesheets just over a 10th of a second adrift of the fastest time of all.
The Carlin F3 team make their way to Bucharest this week for the third event in the 2007 British F3 championship. Carlin drivers Maro Engel, Sam Bird, Niall Breen, Alberto Valerio and Mario Moraes will be racing on a new circuit which winds through the streets of the Romanian capital. Four of the Carlin drivers currently lie in the top ten in the drivers' standings, with Maro Engel presently joint second in the championship after a victory at the season opener at Oulton Park Team Principal Trevor Carlin said, "This race will be a bit of an unknown not just for us but for the entire F3 paddock. It will be important for the drivers to learn the circuit quickly and work with their engineers to find the right set up with very little track time. The circuit looks quite quick with some long straights, and could be quite hard on brakes, so it should be an interesting race."
This weekend will see Bucharest play host the first overseas race of the 2007 Lloyds TSB Insurance British F3 International Series. The event sponsored by Vodafone, also marks the furthest that the British F3 grid has travelled in the 43-year history of the championship. As the event is a first for the city none of the F3 drivers have raced on the Romanian circuit and Hamad Al Fardan, who is currently 9th in the National Class with eight points, will be hoping to use this to his advantage and put pressure on his championship rivals. Commenting on the race ahead he said: "I can't wait for Bucharest and I really hope to do well. It's a level playing field in terms of circuit experience so everybody will start the weekend in the same position. This will be the first time in my career that I have raced on a street circuit but I feel very confident and ready. I have spent a lot of time in Bahrain training and preparing myself." Before returning to racing this weekend the F3 teams were back out on track for an official test at Snetterton earlier this month. Hamad once again showed his driving talent over the two day test topping the National Class time sheet on day one. The GFH backed driver posted a time of 1:02.896 around the 1.9 mile track, with an average speed of 111.71mph, just 1.654 seconds behind the quickest Championship Class driver, Raikkonen Robertson Racing's Stephen Jelley.
Six different drivers occupied the six podium positions of the 2007 DTM season's first two races. In addition to Audi drivers Mattias Ekström and Martin Tomczyk as well as Daniel la Rosa at the wheel of the 2006 TrekStor AMG Mercedes C-Class in Hockenheim, Gary Paffett (2006 Laureus AMG Mercedes C-Class), Paul di Resta (2005 JAWA4U.de AMG Mercedes C-Class) and Mike Rockenfeller (2006 Audi) were at the top in Oschersleben. Last year, Bernd Schneider repeated his victory in the season opener in the second race; Tom Kristensen (Audi) came home second twice. Only third place changed: Mika Häkkinen (AMG Mercedes C-Class), third at the Lausitzring, followed Heinz-Harald Frentzen (Audi), third in Hockenheim.
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Silverstone this weekend sees races five and six in the 2007 Apex Tubulars Porsche Club Championship, with already the season shaping up to be a good one with large grids and some great racing. James Neal has won three of the four races so far, but only bad luck has denied Tom Segrue victory in his new 968 CS.
The Apex Tubulars Porsche Open series provides a home for some of the most exciting Porsches racing anywhere in the UK - and this weekend at Silverstone will be no exception. The battle at the front of the field features some ferociously-powerful machinery taking on the latest 997 GT3 models, a classic duel of power versus handling around the Silverstone National circuit.
Pacific F2000: Barrett to Drive in MX-5 Cup at Laguna Seca this Weekend. Patrick Barrett will step away from formula racing for a weekend and drive in the SCCA Pro Racing SIRIUS Satellite Radio Mazda MX-5 Cup at Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway this weekend(May 17-20). The event will be part of the US Sports Car Invitational which features the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototypes and GTs as well as the Koni Challenge GS and ST classes. Barrett’s normal ride is in the 2007 Pacific F2000 Series where he leads the championship after capturing 4 wins and 2 seconds in six starts for PR1 Motorsports. An opportunity to drive the MX-5 with 2006 Cup champion Team MER was hard to pass up for the Los Osos, Calif. teenager who considers Laguna Seca his home track and where he has several wins in the Skip Barber formula cars series. “I’ve always had an interest in sports car racing and this opportunity was something that I had to take advantage of.” says Barrett. “I feel very confident about my chances for a good result this weekend.” Barrett will drive the Marc Miller owned #29 car, which in addition to Team MER sponsors, has an awareness partnership with AutismSpeaks.org. Patrick will carry one of his personal sponsors, Alpinestars to the event.
JJ O'Malley scored his second successive Circuit Driver Caterham Academy event win on Saturday (12 May) when the championship's Group 2 tackled the Harewood hillclimb course…
The Lola Group, a worldwide leader in design, engineering and manufacturing, today announced the appointment of Andrew Manahan as their new Group Managing Director. Read more
With four different cars and nine different drivers visiting Victory Lane through the first four races in the 2007 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve, the series is poised to set a new record should another different car take the win in Sunday's U.S. Sports Car Invitational delivered by Luggage Express at Laguna Seca. Read more
A1 Team Ireland will be part of the GPLive event at Donington Park this weekend with John Watson carrying out demo runs. This won't be the first time that Watson has taken to the track in the team's car; he also got behind the wheel at Zandvoort at the beginning of the season. GPLive is billed as the ultimate celebration of grand prix racing featuring the fastest cars with the greatest stars. The event will feature action on and off the track and visitors will enjoy a wide variety of motorsport this weekend,(18- 20 May). Several drivers will be present including A1 Team GBR's Robbie Kerr, who famously became the first driver to win a race for his nation in the team's home race at Brands Hatch. The public will also have a chance to become a mechanic for the day, and will get the opportunity to change a wheel on a A1GP car. Mark Kershaw, A1 Team Ireland CEO & Franchise Principal: "We're delighted to be representing A1GP and helping to promote the series. It's also great to have 'Wattie' behind the wheel again at a fantastic event with so many other legendary drivers around. With our season over we're glad to be able to help introduce A1GP to fans of all types of grand prix racing by giving them the chance to see our car in action."
LMA Euro Saloon driver and ARDS Senior Grade Instructor John Hammersley writes on driving standards..read more
Over seventy-five Sports 2000 drivers will be gathering to celebrate this popular class' 30th "birthday party" at the historic Road America track in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Pro-Motion principal and Pro Formula Atlantic promoter Vicki O' Connor will be an honoured guest as well as Olympian medal-winner and Historic GP driver, Divina Galica, winner of the first Sports 2000 race at Brands in 1977 in a Lola T-490. Cars manufactured by such famous marques as March, Chevron, Lola, Swift, Tiga and Royale will be present. Several former SCCA National champions, 2007 champ Mark Mercer and 2006 champ Marc Walker, are confirmed to attend and race this weekend. This weekend also commemorates thetwenty-fifth anniversary of the inaugural "Road America Cup," the first organized Pro series for these cars, with series veterans John Stagl, Don Braaten and Scott Livingston attending. Sports 2000 was created in England by circuit owner and promoter John Webb to fill the gap of 2-liter FIA Group 6 sports racers as those racers became too expensive to compete and too rare. Sports 2000 cars, a majority of which boast aluminum monocoque "tubs," similar in construction to airplanes and Can-Am cars, became the third most popular class in SCCA for nearly a decade, behind Formula Vee and Formula Ford. Indy pole winner Scott Sharp and Cart Champ Jimmy Vassar plied their trade in this wonderful sports car class throughout the 1980's. Even television commentator and personality Calvin Fish finished second to third place Indy 500 finisher Steve Knapp in the 1985 Sports 2000 Pro Series.
The next clash in the DTM is this weekend(18-20 May) at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz where 76,000 spectators poured through the gates last year. In 2007, the fans can see a modified first corner which should encourage overtaking - and something exceptional to savour: Mattias Ekström, EuroSpeedway winner in 2005, goes head to head in a drag race with his Audi A4 DTM against the Red Bull Formula 1 car. The "Puhdys", the new German States' most famous rock group, are charged with livening things up before the start.
International Formula Master’s (IFM)
first day of testing today in Valencia took place yesterday as teams
prepared for the Series' inaugural race on Saturday.Whilst some drivers
completed as many as 35 laps this morning alone, others had some last
minute preparations to do and none more so than Spanish driver Adrian
Campos Jr, son of GP2 Campos Racing team owner, Adrian Campos.The
18-year-old was added to Euronova Racing’s driver line-up at the last
minute and replaces Japan’s Keiko Ihara due to his commitments in
Japan. Other additions include Englishman Jon Barnes who was confirmed
as Team JVA’s driver alongside Tor Graves.Luca Persiani claimed the
day’s fastest time in the morning with a 1:27.865. The afternoon
session saw Cram Competition’s Jerome D’Ambrosio seta top time of
1.28:799. Adrian Campos Jr, Euronova Racing “I only found out I was
racing yesterday afternoon so today was about getting used to the car. I
didn’t do as many laps as I wanted but I know the track very well which
should help. I don’t know the car at the moment but it seems easy to
drive.” Luca Persiani, Scuderia Fama “The car has been going really
well, it’s well hooked up I think. I feel really good on this track too
so I can’t wait for the weekend. I think I’m ready and the team has been
working really hard, they’re very good. It’s okay to be at the top at
the moment but the hard part is to stay there!” Jerome D’Ambrosio, Cram
The LMA Euro Saloons were at Pembrey last weekend. Nick Williams Escort Cosworth won both races in in appalling conditions.
Notes and Information for all Top Hat racers…read more
'Pongo's Tale', a little light reading from the LMA Euro Saloons...read on
The Ultimate Motorsport team are relishing the chance to secure more points in their debut season of British F3 when they travel to Bucharest in Romania this weekend. read more
Mishael Abbott and the rest of the 2007 IMSA Lites Presented by Hankook competitors head to Utah for the third and fourth rounds after a two month break in the schedule since the season opener in Sebring, FL. She will race her #63 B-K Motorsports prepared Elan DP02 at Miller Motorsports Park next week in the IMSA Lites 1 Championship. Read more
Bridgestone, exclusive tyre supplier to the GP2 Series, took the first finalist of the 2007 Bridgestone e-reporter competition to Barcelona for the Spanish Grand Prix (11-13 May). Read more
The GT teams descend on Bucharest this week for round three of the 2007 FIA GT Championship where they will be racing around the streets of the Romanian capital. The track circles the largest building in Europe - the second largest in the world after the Pentagon - the 'People's Palace', built during former dictator Ceausescu's regime. The palace will provide a magnificent backdrop to the stunning array of GT cars and the sound of the engines reverberating around the buildings will be quite something to behold. After a difficult race at Silverstone the Scuderia Ecosse team is keen to get back on track and return to its usual top form. In terms of logistics the Romanian race is tough for the teams as it is a new environment and for the truckies, who drive the team transporters to each race, it is a very long way from home. Stewart Roden, Scuderia Ecosse team principal said’ "This is something new for us but the whole team is excited about doing a street race. It makes things a little more difficult logistically but I think it will be well worth the effort. We have got a lot to do after our problems at Silverstone and we are working hard with Pirelli to make sure we are up at the sharp end again next weekend." Read drivers quotes
Miller Motorsports Park, in Tooele, Utah, will be the site of the opening two rounds of the 2007 Formula BMW USA Championship this weekend as some 20 young competitors will line up to begin the fourth season of one of the world's leading entry-level Formula racing series. Miller Motorsports Park 2.25-mile, 14-turn East Circuit will no doubt prove a challenge to those making their first Formula BMW USA start and the 13 new drivers will have to make the most of the May 16th pre-event test day. Returning teams and drivers Yannick Hoffman, Sebastian Saavedra, Robert Thorne, Maxime Pelletier, Phillip Major, Jordan Dick, Daniel Morad, Race Johnson and Steven Guerrero may have an advantage from a two-day official test at Miller in 2006, but early season testing at Road Atlanta and Virginia International Raceway have shown the freshmen will give the sophomores a run. Morad, the highest finishing (4th) Formula BMW USA driver in last year's Formula BMW World Final, Saavedra and Johnson have proven the quickest so far this year with new drivers Esteban Gutierrez, Alexander Rossi and 2007 BMW Junior Jeffrey Petriello also showing early speed.
Fourteen-year-old Malaysian racing driver Jazeman Jaafar will take a step closer to realizing a career in Formula 1 following an invitation by Sir Frank Williams to test in the F1 AT&T Williams Toyota team’s Formula 1 racing simulator this week at its factory in Oxfordshire, England. Jazeman has had by any measure a dream start to his professional motorsport career, with two wins and a 2nd place finish during the opening rounds of the 2007 Formula BMW Asia season held at Sepang two weeks ago, the youngest and first ever Malaysian winner in the series. On Tuesday (May 15), Jaafar will get his first taste of Formula 1 racing when he gets to drive the team’s simulator which, according to team driver Nico Rosberg, “is as close to the real thing as it gets.”
Alexander Sims made his second appearance of the year in the French Formula Renault Championship over the weekend, 12th/13th May, at Dijon-Prenois. The 19-year-old finished as top British driver during the sixth round, after his impressive debut at Ledenon last month where he took excellent fifth and seventh place finishes respectively. The second of the weekend’s races was the best for the J.O Sims, Ocean Spray, Northern Fruit Company, H.K Wing Long Packaging and Clink Street Properties-backed driver, Alexander climbing from 12th on the grid to 8th by the flag Sims had been confident of a top five result until broken front wing on lap four, resulted in a serious lack of downforce for most of the race as the final two corners before the long straight at Dijon requiring lots of grip and downforce, the damage to Alexander’s car meant he had his work cut-out to remain in the top 10. “The end plate and the flap on the front wing snapped off after the other guy cut across me on lap four and so it meant we lost time at each corner with the lack of downforce”, explained Alexander, “That was particularly true for the corners leading onto the straight, you really need to be flat-out there and that’s where I ended up losing most time. Without the damage I think we stood a good chance of being in the top five or six, we made a good start and passed a few cars during the first couple of laps. Even though we had to settle for eighth I think, on the whole, it was a very positive end to the weekend
Round three of the 2007 Australian Formula Ford Championship gets underway at Winton Raceway on Friday,(18 May) with yet another new chassis to set to make its debut in the National Series as Brad Lowe steps into a new Spirit WL07.
Lewis Hamilton’s record-breaking season continues following his second-place podium finish at the Spanish GP (13 May 2007), where the driver from Hertfordshire became the youngest leader of the Formula One World Championship. Read more
Henri Karjalainen made it a clean sweep in the Sentul Asian F3 Pacific event winning all three races. He took a lights to flag win in the first of three races at the Sentul, Indonesia AF3 Pacific event, Dillon Battistini finished second with Moreno Soeprapto a close third while Paul Ip was the Promotions Class winner. In race 2 Karjalainen won again from Moreno Soeprapto and Dillon Battistini. Unlike race one it was not a lights to flag win with Battistini and Soeprapto jumping the Finn at the start. Paul Ip was once again the winner in the Promotions Class.At the start Karjalainen suffered too much wheel spin allowing Battistini into the lead. He made a move to pass at turn three and ran wide allowing Moreno past. This is how the order remained until mid-distance when Karjalainen forced his way up the inside of Battistini at the final turn. They rubbed wheels and Battistini ran wide allowing Moreno to draft past on the run to turn one. That’s how they finished with Robin Tato in fourth and Promotions Class winner, Paul Ip, in fifth just finishing in front of Don Tacos after an entertaining race long dice.In the final race Karjalainen was triumphant again, Moreno Soeprapto was second and Dillon Battistini third. Karjalainen made a reasonable start to lead the field away whilst Battistini had his hands full of Guest driver John O’Hara and a slow starting Soeprapto. O’Hara forced his way Battistini and closed in on Karjalainen who ran wide on the exit of the final turn. This allowed O’Hara into the lead although the Finn re-took the lead at the following corner. He quickly opened up a gap and Battistini was soon in second place when O’Hara pitted with electrical gremlins. The team were able to repair the car and he re-joined but was later excluded for entering the pit garage during the race. “The race was lost so we decided to work on the car to ensure we had solved the problem for the next event” said O’Hara.Soeprapto fought his way past Battistini in a brave move up the inside into turn one on lap four, the Indonesian almost on the grass in the braking area. Once by that’s how the top three finished with Robin Tato again fourth and Paul Ip winning the Promotions class after another entertaining race with Don Tacos. Karjalainen has reduced Battistini’s series lead to a mere three points with Soeprapto third in the points a further 32 points behind the second placed driver.
The 2007 Formula BMW USA championship kicks off in Utah next weekend, at Miller Motorsports Park. Since signing with Hearn Motorsports in December 2006, Alexander Rossi has racked up a hundreds of miles of testing in his FB2 racecar.
The Classic Saloon and Touring Car Club were at a very wet Mallory park yesterday(Sunday) and both the weather and jumped starts played their part in deciding the results. In the Hammerite Racing Classic Group 1 race Stavy Vickers took a lights to flag victory in his Mazda RX 7 over Jim Mcloughlin’s 3 litre Capri, Vickers winning by just under a second. Dave Thomas came third in another Capri. In the York Fitness Post Historic race Simon Kinsey won on the road, but a 10 second penalty for jumping the start saw him relegated to second handing the win to Stephen Primett’s Escort. Dave Thomas assumed third place yet again. The Toyo Tyres Pre-93 race also saw the first car penalised for a jump start, Jim McLoughlin receiving the additional 10 seconds on this occasion pushing him back to 6th place. Ken Lark was th3e man who inherited the win in his VW Corrado with Brian Steven’s Jag XJ12 second and Anthony Goram third in a BMW M3. THE Thermex Classic Saloon and Touring Car race was won by Phil Manser in his Mini Cooper with Roger Sanford second in a Mk1 Cortina and Roger Bowman third in his Jag Mk1.
In the Easytrack BMW Championship race at Mallory Park Robin Welsh beat Michael Daly to the flag with 5.7seconds to spare while Andrew Partridge came hone in third. In the first of the two Pirelli Ferrari Classic races Peter Everingham won from Gary Culver and David Tomlin. Culver came good in the second race winning from Tomlin with Everingham third. The IBIS Classified Mod Saloons race was won by Gerard Faber in a Camaro from Gareth Porter’s Peugeot 205 and Tim Watson’s Ford Fiesta.
After his second place and first victory two weeks ago at Hockenheim, Carlo van Dam was on the top step of the podium again after winning the final race at Oschersleben (Germany). Yesterday the Dutchman finished third in a bizarre rain race. After four podium finishes and two wins the S-T-A-R-T driver is now leading the championship with 38 points. In the Rookie Cup Van Dam shares the lead with Frédéric Vervisch, both drivers have 34 points..
Jeff Gordon took the lead from teammate Jimmie Johnson when he stayed out during a late yellow flag period to take his third win from the last four races ion the NASCAR Nextel Cup at Darlington yesterday(Sunday). It was his second in the new Car of Tomorrow. "We had our hands full today," Gordon said in victory lane. "It wasn't pretty. We had a great car, but we didn't have the track position. When Jimmie Johnson and those guys came in to pit, it was just a great call by (crew chief) Steve Letarte." Gordon's DuPont Chevy was spouting steam in the closing laps and he was surprised that it made it to the end. "Obviously the first thing I need to do is thank the guys at the Hendrick engine shop," said Gordon. "There is no way that thing ever should have made it. We were pegged on all the gauges. When you see the water pressure go up that high and it's spewing out water, there is no way that thing should make it." Denny Hamlin had the best car early on and was leading the race from lap 35 until a scheduled pit stop on lap 101. He then reclaimed the lead from Carl Edwards in the pit road during a yellow flag stop on lap 118. He led 178 laps in all but despite this a couple of slip ups in the pit put him down into second. Jimmie Johnson was third after pitting late on for fresh tyres, "It was a long day out there," said Johnson, who finished third and picked up his fourth straight top five finish. "Now that it's over, I can say it was fun, but when I was out there it wasn't fun. I made a mistake early and hit the wall and we had to come back from that. I was really happy to be back in it by the end."
The historic East London Grand Prix Circuit hosts the third round of the 2007 South African National Formula Vee Championship, on the 19th May. The event is also the third round of the new Pro Tour Series and includes races for Hollard Shellby Can Am, Investchem Formula Ford Zetec, Altech Porsche Unlimited, Altech Porsche 924, Altech Kawasaki ZX10R Masters Cup and Goldwagen VW Challenge, as well as Regional Eastern Cape Saloons. The second heat, for Hollard Shellby Can Am and Altech Porsche Unlimited, will again be a combined race, a format which produced a stunning race at the Kyalami event. If the first two races of the season are anything to go by, the battle for the lead in East London should be another close fought battle of Champions. Heading the entry list, is the current Champion Alan Holm (No1 Lasersprint Rhema 2) and he will once again have to deal with the likes of the 1999 Champion and last years runner up, Peter Hills (No2 Vacuform Rhema 2), the 2004 Champion, Symm Grobler (No5 Auto Mecca Rhema 2) and the 2000 Champion, Dennis Johns (No8 Geyser Attorneys Rhema 2). Holm's teammate, Jaco Schriks (No3 Lasersprint Rhema 2), has produced some of his best results at the East London Grand Prix Circuit and will be hoping to repeat that form and make his presence felt in the lead bunch as well.
Tim Bridgman took his second successive win in the eighth round of the 2007 Visma Formula Palmer Audi Championship at Snetterton, conquering the field in torrential rain to close within two points of Luciano Bacheta at the top of the table. Bridgman had already made one giant leap for his Formula Palmer Audi title ambitions in Round 7 at Snetterton, winning the second race of the triple-header to take maximum benefit of Luciano Bacheta's collision with Jack Clarke on the opening lap. Earlier Luciano Bacheta won a drama-filled sixth round at a damp Snetterton after Tim Bridgman threw away victory with an off at Russell with just two laps to go.
At Pembery Adrain Hollis won the Mighty Mini race with a lights to flag victory, but it was Neil Slark who was the star of the race. Starting 17th on the grid Slark was 15th at the end of lap 1,up to 8th by lap 7 and 6th on lap 9. By the end of lap 10 he was in fifth, but only for two laps as he moved into fourth on lap 12. With three laps remaining he had gained second on the penultimate tour, finally crossing the line a mere 0.223 seconds behind the winner. Third just 2 tenths further back was James Layford while Ian Slark came in fourth. The first 4 corsing then line just with just 7 tenths of a second separating them. Gary Patterson won the Super Mighty Mini race by 3.565 seconds from Patrick Ford with Craig Rogers third.
Cole Morgan, driving a borrowed car, captured the win in Round Four of the F2000 Championship Series at Road Atlanta last Sunday. Standing alongside the St. Clair Motorsports race winner in the victory lane celebrations were Andersen Racing rookie Juliana Gonzalez and Kevin Firlein Motorsports driver Rob Nicholas.
Simon Hadfield dominated the HSCC's Derek Bell Trophy race at Silverstone winning by over half a minute in his Lola T332. Second, also in a Lola, was Mark Dwyer with Frank Lyon third in a T400 completing Lola clean sweep of the podium places. In the Guards Trophy race Michael Schryver took his Chevron B6 to victory ahead of Stuart Tizzard's Lenham Spider and Sean McClurg's B6. In the Historic Formula Ford race Neil Fowler won in a Lola T200 from the Crossle 20f of Nelson Rowe by the smallest of margins, just 0.064secs! Third in a Merlyn Mk20 was Westie Mitchell. Bill Coombs won the Classic F3 race in a race where Ralt Rt1 's occupied the first three places. Behind Coombs in second was Peter Williams, 2,2 secodns behind the winner while third was Paul Smith. In the HSCC/HRSR Historic Saloons race Les Ely won in a BMW 2000 from the Anglia 105 of Bob Bullen with Nigel Vaulkhard third in a Ford Mustang. The Road Saloons race went to Paul Anderson's Porsche 928 from Charles Barter's Datsun 240Z with Paul Conway third in a Morgan Plus 8. In the HSCC's Historic Road Sports Simon Crompton took the honours in his Ac Ace Ford , 5.1seconds ahead of the Morgan Plus 8 of James Paterson. Frazer Gibney was a distant third in a Lotus Elan.
Penske's Helio Castroneves has snatched pole for the Indy 500 from Andretti Green's Dario Franchitti in a last gasp attempt at Indianapolis with an average speed of 225.817 miles per hour around the 2.5 mile oval. "This pole position means a lot to me, to the team. I had a great car and a great opportunity," Helio said. "I learned from Sam (Hornish) to hold the car through turn one (against a ten mile per hour wind), and it was just what I needed to do."
Renault World Series: Guillaume Moreau, forced to finish fourth at the Nürburgring. Guilaume Moreau scored his first World Series points last week-end at the Nürburgring. Finishing 9th on Saturday put the Frenchman on the front row of Race 2’s grid. He managed to drive his KTR car home fourth despite the damages caused by the first lap chaos. read more
Clarke takes maiden pole in Round 7 at
Snetterton.Jack Clarke produced a
jaw-dropping lap late in qualifying for tomorrow's seventh round of the
Visma Formula Palmer Audi championship to take the first pole position
of his car racing career.
Noah Bystrom captured his first career F2000 Championship Series pole position on Friday morning at Road Atlanta, after the provisional pole winner Cole Morgan was disqualified for being underweight. Joining the Andersen Racing pilot of the front-row for Round Three will be his teammate Terrick Mansur. ..more
Henri Karjalainen took a lights to flag win in the first race of the Sentul, Indonesia AF3 Pacific event. Dillon Battistini finished second with Moreno Soeprapto a close third. Paul Ip was the Promotions Class victor.Karjalainen made a slow start from pole allowing Battistini and Soeprapto alongside but the flying Finn was just able take the lead into the first turn and steadily drew away to take a consummate win. Moreno slotted into second and held off Battistini for the first five of the fifteen lap race but conceded the place when he ran wide into turn 3.
Clint Bowyer took Pole winner in Darlington, South Carolina for the next round of the Nascar Nexel Cup. Racing the Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet on the 1.366-mile oval, Bowyer earned his first NASCAR Nextel Cup Series pole tonights race with a time of 29.806 (164.987mph). Second was Greg Biffle forRoush Fenway Racing with a lap of 29.826 (164.876mph). Third Giving was Jamie McMurray on 29.907. Fourth quickest was Carl Edwards, adrift of McMurray by 0.021-seconds, with a with a time of 29.928 while in fifth was Kahne in his Evernham Motorsports Dodge. Rounding out the top ten were Kenny Wallace (Chevrolet), Denny Hamlin (Chevrolet), Ken Schrader (Ford), Kevin Harvick (Chevrolet) and Jeff Gordon (Chevrolet).
Formula Palmer Audi heads for Snetterton. The third meeting of the 2007 Visma Formula Palmer Audi Championship takes place at Snetterton this weekend with Rounds 6, 7 and 8 of the 20-race season set to shake up the championship table once again...
The Finnish F3 Championship starts this weekend at Botniaring. There are 13 full season entries in the Championship including last years top drivers and some new races and teams. There are also three guest drivers at the 1st meeting of the season: Pekka Rinne in his Ralt-VW and Valtteri Bottas and Joonas Kostiainen in Koiranen Bros. Motorsport Formula Renaults. Some of the drivers have already started their season: At the Finnish Championship Racings media day, Koiranen Bros' Anssi Kela won a simulator race against some Finnish top race drivers and beating his new team mate Rami Räikkönen (Kimi's older brother). ADRF's (co-operation of last years champion TCB Racing and Alan Docking Racing) drove ADR's Formula Ford in British championship and Jegor Popov competed in the opening round of German F3 Cup.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. has ended months of speculation about his contract with Dale Earnhardt Inc, the organization that his father founded, by announcing that he is leaving at the end of the season. Earnhardt Jr. said that his decision to leave the race team came about after a fundamental disagreement about how to put him in a position to win races and championships. "We both worked extremely hard to find common ground," Earnhardt said from his JR Motorsports shop on Thursday. "We both want to be and get to the same place, but we both had different visions on how to get there. I felt it was best for both of us to move on and focus on our future. It's time for me to compete on a consistent basis and compete for championships now.
V8 Supercar drivers Will Davison and Jamie Whincup will take on the role of Ambassadors for the Australian Formula Ford Championship in 2007, offering advice and support to the next generation of Australia's motorsport talent. Davison and Whincup were Australian FFord Champions in 2001 and 2002 respectively before moving into V8 Supercars. "There is no doubt that Formula Ford is the breeding ground and feeder category for V8 Supercars and many other top categories around the world," said Will Davison- now racing for DJR's Jim Beam sponsored team, He continued, “I have fantastic memories of my days in Formula Ford and am genuinely very pleased to be able to offer some help and support to the young guys coming up through the category.,". Team Vodafone's Jamie Whincup is equally upbeat about FFord . "I am proud to be able to support the category that boosted my career into V8 Supercars", explained Whincup. “We need to make sure that our future talent have the right opportunities to show their potential. Formula Ford is the best category to improve a young driver's race craft and setup skills, without aerodynamics the drivers can understand mechanical grip which is the back bone to any good race car", he said. The Australian Formula Ford Championship continues at Winton next weekend May 18-20, where teams will gather for round three of the 2007 championship
After months of anticipation and hard-work, International Formula Master (IFM) will make its racing debut on 19 May at Valencia as part of the FIA World Touring Car Championship race weekend.The Series has already gathered an impressive following and fans of IFM are not alone in eagerly waiting for the fleet of Formula S2000 to take to the track. IFM’s young drivers have been expecting this moment for months, ever since the Series’ single-seater was launched in January at the Autosport International Show in Birmingham, United Kingdom
Mike Nealy, President of Global Events Group, announced today that Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) has signed on as title sponsor of the Mazda Champ Car Grand Prix of Portland Presented by Joe’s Sports and Outdoor. “To have a title sponsor with the international stature of Mazda is an honour for us,” said Nealy. “They have a reputation as a company ‘that does things right’, and we know they will bring their spirit to an already great event” . “We are excited to be part of the Champ Car Grand Prix of Portland,” says Jim Jordan, Alternative Marketing Manager for Mazda North American Operations. “ We are extremely happy to forge a stronger relationship with Champ Car, its other properties and having the opportunity to maximize our involvement in the community. It will also give us the ability to promote awareness in Mazda through major events and our local dealer groups. We look forward to a great race weekend which features The Cooper Tires Presents The Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda, the Star Mazda Series and the Mazda MX-5 Series.” The Mazda Champ Car Grand Prix of Portland Presented by Joe’s Sports and Outdoor is on June 8-10.