21. February 2017
Marcos Ambrose hit the heights of International motorsport success as a regular in the NASCAR series. But in 2015 Ambrose returned to Australia to restart his local Supercar career with the newly formed Team Penske/DJR team, then after only three races and a co-drivers stint at Sandown, Bathurst and Surfers Paradise, it was over. Ambrose […]Continue reading...
20. February 2017
Rick Kelly’s #15 Sengled Racing Altima has been revealed ahead of the 2017 Supercars Championship. This year marks Kelly’s second season in Sengled Racing colours and his fifth driving the #15 Nissan Altima Supercar. The launch photography used to welcome in the new season incorporates the striking new livery as well as lighting from Sengled’s LED products - including Pulse and Snap. “It’s terrific to continue the journey with Sengled,” said Kelly. “I’m very proud to represent their brand and support their marketing activity around their highly innovative lighting products. “It’s an exciting time to reveal the #15 Sengled Racing Nissan Altima,” said Kelly.Continue reading...
4. February 2017
A brilliant lap from Finish driver Toni Vilander has put Ferrari on pole for the 2017 Bathurst 12 Hours. Driving the Maranello Motorsport Ferrari 488 Vilander was the last of the drivers in the top-ten shootout and took advantage of some late cloud cover to edge out Australian Supercar driver Chas Mostert. It was an emotional pole for the Melbourne based team with the awarding of the Allan Simonsen Trophy. Simonsen, who died in an accident at Le Mans in 2013 was a former lap record holder at Mount Panorama driving a Maranello Motorsport Ferrari. “These guys are obviously very emotional about it," said Vilander's co-driver Craig Lowndes. "...you can see by their reaction. The first session went well, the second was tight, and Toni pulled something out at the end – we’ve done stage one, now we have to do stage two.” BMW will start from second place after a storming drive by Mostert. Driving the MARC GT BMW M6, Mostert chased down and beat the previous fastest time set by DTM star Marco Wittmann also in a BMW.Continue reading...
3. February 2017
This weekend the eyes of the motorsport world are fully focused on the New South Wales regional city of Bathurst which will become the epicentre of the racing world with the annual Bathurst 12 Hour race. This year's race will be the biggest ever and the line up of champion drivers in factory supported cars reads like a who's who of international sportscar racing. BMW will challenge the famous mountain circuit with an impressive line up of superstars from both their own international line up, as well as some names familiar to fans at Mount Panorama. Former Bathurst 1000 winners Mark Skiafe, Russell Ingall and Tony Longhurst have joined forces and will be joined by DTM star and ex F1 driver Timo Glock. Fellow BMW factory driver Marco Wittmann will join Steve Richards and Mark Winterbottom, also in a BMW M6. Also aboard a BMW will be Chaz Mostert he'll drive with Australian GT regulars Morgan Haber and Max Twigg. Supercar series veteran Garth Tander will join a host of factory Audi drivers as part of the two-car JAMEC-PEM racing squad. Tander will be joined by works Audi drivers Christopher Mies and Christopher Haase are are expected to start as onre of the favourites for the event.Continue reading...
2. February 2017
Toyota have officially announced that they will be fielding three LMP1 TS050 cars at both Spa and the La Mans 24 Hours. In a media statement on the eve of the official series launch the team said that the move to an expanded three car team for the ear's biggest race demonstrated its commitment to endurance racing, and would "enhance its chances of victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours," New team member José María López joins for 2017 and will compete alongside WEC race winners Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi. José María, 33, competed in GP2 before moving to the World Touring Car Championship where he won the last three titles. “It’s great to be part of TOYOTA GAZOO Racing." Lobez said. "This is a dream come true for me and I can't wait to get to the first race. Mike and Kamui are both great team-mates; I will learn plenty from them I am sure. Driving an LMP1 car is very different compared to WTCC cars but I am enjoying this challenge. The power and grip of the TS050 HYBRID is incredible and TOYOTA’s hybrid technology is impressive. I am looking forward to my first experience of WEC and particularly Le Mans which is a very special race.”Continue reading...
2. February 2017
The 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship and the Le Mans 24 Hour race will announce their teams for the upcoming season with a live stream. With the loss of Audi and Rebellion and several LMP2 teams choosing to sit out the year, all eyes will be on just how many cars will take to the starting grid at the first round at Silverstone later this year. Also will Toyota run a third car at Le Mans, and will Porsche join them?Continue reading...
21. August 2016
An incredible day of racing for day one of the Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion with close racing, great weather and thankfully few incidents Sunday see the final day of action with the highlight the appearance of classic Formula One cars of the 1970’s.
The event relives motorsport history at the iconic circuit, which has been the scene of America’s golden years of sports car racing since its inception in 1957. In addition to the entertaining on-track action, there are always engaging autograph opportunities with legendary drivers, Q&A sessions, and fine wine and cheese tastings among the myriad activities.
Saturday’s action kicks off Monday morning at 5:30 AM Australian Eastern Time so you’ve got time to catch some action before the trip to the office.
Better still call in sick and catch it all right here…
6. May 2016
The promise of straight-line speed for the new Toyota’s that was hinted at Silverstone has realise in early running for this weekend’s Spa 6 Hour Race, Round Two of the FIA World Endurance Championship.
The new Toyota TS 050 HYBRID made it a 1-2 sweep of Free Practice 2. Kazuki Nakajima’s time of 1m58.556s heads teammate Stephane Sarrazin’s 1m58.711s around the famous Belgian circuit with Porsche third and fourth.
However the Porsches still set the quickest time of the day with a 1:58.012 by Brendon Hartley.
It was a tough day for Audi as No.7 driven by Marcel Fassler in fifth and the No.8 R18 failing to take part after technical problems.
20. November 2015
Markus Pommer edged out provisional pole position man Felix Rosenqvist in final practice for the Suncity Group Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix on Friday, as he produced the fastest lap of the event so far.
The Motopark driver moved to the top of the timesheets just past the halfway point of the 40-minute session, and then set about delivering a series of quicker laps to produce the fastest time of 2m11.103 seconds in the closing minute.
SJM Theodore Racing by Prema’s Rosenqvist, who had been fastest overall in first qualifying, could not quite match his German rival, who was particularly strong in the second sector.
But, after ending up 0.321 seconds behind, Rosenqvist is still well placed to defend his top spot in the afternoon’s final qualifying session.
Van Amersfoort Racing’s Charles Leclerc, who briefly topped the timesheets early on, ended up third quickest ahead of Carlin’s Antonio Giovinazzi, whose team had fixed the brake problem that ended his qualifying run early on Thursday.
Prema’s Lance Stroll recovered from an incident at the Melco Hairpin, where he had run straight on in to the barriers, to set the fifth fastest time as he continued to build up his pace on his first visit to Macau.Continue reading...
23. October 2015
Popular Touring Car Masters and Australian GT driver Keith Kassulke is in a serious condition in the Alfred Hospital after a fiery crash in practice for this weekend’s Victorian State Circuit Racing Championships at Phillip Island.
Mr Kassulke was air-lifted to Melbourne’s Alfred hospital after suffering significant burns.
He was driving his Ascari KZ1R GT3 for this weekend’s Victorian Sportscar Championship final round.
An enthusiastic part time racer, he is also a regular on the International long distance Sports Car racing scene, most recently driving in Ryan McLeod’s Queensland-built Focus V8s in the Creventic series.
He recently scored a class victory in the Dubai 24 Hour.
Kassulke also drives a fast XB Falcon Coupe in the popular Touring Car Masters.
CAMS has commenced an investigation into the incident.
Keith and the Ascari were a featured story on In Pit Lane last year and the thoughts of all our cast and crew go out to Keith and his family at this very difficult time.
19. September 2015
The tension continues to build in the ADAC GT Masters title chase. On the penultimate race weekend of the season at Zandvoort in the Netherlands, championship leaders Sebastian Asch (29, DEU) and Luca Ludwig (26, DEU/both Team Zakspeed) in the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG are coming under intense pressure from their two closest pursuers driving a Porsche and a BMW respectively. In qualifying at Zandvoort, the main rivals of the Mercedes-Benz duo for the 2015 title shared out the two pole positions between themselves. First place on the grid for Saturday´s race went to Martin Ragginger (27, AUT) who is supporting the challenge of second-placed Klaus Bachler (24, AUT/both GW IT Racing Team Schütz Motorsport), his co-driver in the Porsche 911. On Sunday, it will be the turn of third-placed Jens Klingmann (25, DEU) and Dominik Baumann (22, AUT/both BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert) in their BMW Z4 to start from the front. “The cooler weather conditions are helping us here,” said Ragginger. “If it stays this way, we have a good chance of converting the pole into a victory.” Ludwig and Asch go into the two races on the former F1 circuit in the North Sea dunes from grid positions three and nine respectively.
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24. August 2015
Lewis Hamilton has started the second half of the season with a dominant win over teammate Nico Rosberg at the Belgian Grand Prix.
Hamilton nailed his start under the new clutch regulations while the field behind him bunched up at the first turn.
The championship leader, who stretched his advantage to 28 points over Rosberg with the collection of another Mercedes one-two finish, survived a temporary scare when Sergio Perez passed him down the Kemmel straight, but the Briton wrested the place back in the second sector before streaking away in the lead.
“For me, an amazing weekend,” said Hamilton. “Today was a dream. The whole weekend the car was fantastic.
“Again, an incredible job done by the team throughout the whole weekend.
“Nico obviously had good pace, but I was able to answer most of the time.”
Rosberg dropped down to fifth place, letting Sergio Perez, Daniel Ricciardo and Valtteri Bottas jump him over the line, cutting his work out for him.Continue reading...