27. September 2016
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24. September 2016
The no21 Dragonspeed Oreca 05-Nissan was the quickest car on track during the first Free Practice session of the 4 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps weekend in Belgium. Reigning 24 Hours of Le Mans LMP2 Champion Nico Lapierre set a 2m08.629 lap, just 93 thousandths ahead of the no32 SMP Racing BR01, with Stephano Coletti posting a 2m08.722. Olivier Pla was third fastest in the no40 Krohn Racing Ligier and Mathias Beche posted the 4th best time of the 90 minute session in the championship leading no46 Thiriet by TDS Racing Oreca. Championship challengers G Drive Racing could only manage 11th quickest, with Giedo Van Der Garde setting a 2m10.957. In LMP3 Championship leaders United Autosport was quicker than the rest of the 18 car field with Alex Brundle setting a 2m15.517 lap in the no2 Ligier-Nissan. The no16 Panis Barthez Competition Ligier was second quickest with Simon Gachet posting a 2m16.128 lap, just 0.1 seconds ahead of the no18 M.Racing YMR entered car of Yann Ehrlacher. In the LMGTE category the no56 AT Racing Ferrari 458 that was the quickest GT entry despite serving a five minute stop and go penalty for abusing track limits. Alessandro Pier Guidi posted a lap of 2m19.130, 0.29 seconds ahead of the championship leading no66 JMW Motorsport Ferrari with Andrea Bertolini at the wheel, with the no77 Proton Competition Porsche of Wolf Henzler third quickest just 14 thousandths of a second behind the second placed Ferrari. Qualifying for tomorrow's four hour race will be streamed LIVE at 9:15PM AEST (11:15 UTC) right here.Continue reading...
17. September 2016
Audi have continued their great qualifying form locking out the front row of the grid for round six of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin Texas. As previously at Silverstone and the Nürburgring, car number 7 was unbeatable in qualifying. Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer will be starting the race at Austin (Texas) on Saturday from pole position. “The car felt great,” said Lotterer, who set the fastest single time of 1m 45.703s. “This is fantastic for the whole squad that has been working hard lately.” Marcel Fässler completed the result – number 7 posted the best time of all entrants at 1m 45.842s. “Our Audi simply felt perfect in all turns. That was huge fun,” said the Swiss. The number 8 sister car had to admit defeat by a very narrow margin, as Lucas di Grassi/Loïc Duval/Oliver Jarvis (BR/F/GB) were lacking only 141 thousandths of a second in the end. “We were the fastest in all three free practice sessions,” said Oliver Jarvis. “Obviously, we’d have liked standing in front again as we previously did in Mexico, but I just didn’t catch a clear lap.” Loïc Duval, who achieved the second-best single time of all drivers, added: “Unfortunately, we had a little too much understeer. For the team it’s great that both Audi cars are at the very front. Now it’s about being top-class in the race as well.”Continue reading...
14. September 2016
The Supercar circus rolls into Melbourne this weekend with the running of the traditional Sandown 500. New Zealand Supercar driver Andre Heimgartner from Lucas Dumbrell Racing joined us live in the In Pit Lane studio fresh from a big test day at Winton to talk about how he prepares for the race, his new c0o-driver Aaren Russell, memories of supercar drivers of the past and the why are there so many great young New Zealand drivers? Also news from the Shannons Nationals and our patented in 35 countries International Wrap as watched and recommended by Formula One Management. REMEMBER YOU CAN WATCH IN PIT LANE LIVE EVERY TUESDAY RIGHT HERE ON THE IN PIT LANE YOUTUBE CHANNEL 9:00PM AEST 11:00PM NZST 11:00AM UTCContinue reading...
3. September 2016
Audi will start Saturday's inaugural Six Hours of Mexico race from pole position following a thrilling qualifying session on Friday. Audi drivers Lucas Di Grassi and Loic Duval, in the car they will share with Oliver Jarvis, combined to beat the Porsche 919 Hybrid of Neel Jani and Marc Lieb by just 0.042s. Lucas di Grassi was happy about his first pole position with Audi. “I had a clear track and was able to extract everything from the car,” said the Brazilian. “We owe our grid position to a strong performance by the whole squad.” Loïc Duval added: “The result shows how well Lucas, Oliver Jarvis and I have gelled as a team." The Audi R18 of Andre Lotterer and Marcel Fassler will head the second row 0.281 seconds behind their teammates and just 0.05 ahead of Mark Webber and Brendon Hartley in their Porsche 919 Hybrid. “The team did a great job overnight to improve our car" said Webber. "Everybody did their best, but for us the session wasn’t ideal. Congratulations to Audi for a strong performance. As always for our six-hour races, pole position is only one percent of the game. It’s going to be a long race tomorrow.”Continue reading...
29. August 2016
The Australian GT Championship continues it's rapid growth with confirmation of two new Nissan GT-Rs for season 2017. Volvo Endurance Series driver David Wall will join former V8 Supercar development series driver Brett Hobson to campaign the two cars, starting with the Bathurst 12 Hour race in February. It will be a busy weekend for Wall whose team will also run the two Class B Porsches run in this years event. “We are extremely happy to announce that we will be back at the Bathurst 12 Hour with an expanded program with four cars (two class A and two class B),” said Wall. “The opportunity to run the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 cars in Australia is very exciting for the team. We can’t wait to be involved and work with a global brand such as Nissan. To be able to step up to four cars and work with a Nissan is an exciting step forward for the growth of our team.” “Not since 2011 have we been in the outright class for the 12 Hour, finishing fourth. It is going to be great to be back not only in the outright class but also to back it up in Class B once again.” The two Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 cars were purchased from the USA-based team Always Evolving who run the brand in the Pirelli World Challenge with Australian driver James Davison.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.
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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...