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...
28. August 2016
Enzo Ide withstood intense pressure from Tristain Vautier to claim his and Belgian Audi Club Team WRT co-driver Christopher Mies’ third Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup victory of the season in this evening’s Qualifying Race at the Hungaroring. The #33 Audi took the chequered flag just 0.6s clear of the pole-sitting AKKA ASP Team Mercedes-AMG after running nose-to-tail for much of the second stint, while Frederic Vervisch and Laurens Vanthoor made it two WRT-run R8s on the podium. An accident on lap one involving the #101 Attempto Racing Lamborghini and #25 Sainteloc Racing Audi necessitated a short Full Course Yellow period. Pole-sitter Felix Rosenqvist had maintained his lead first time around and duly vaulted clear of the chasing pack once racing resumed when his nearest pursuer Mies struggled to get away. Indeed, Rosenqvist’s advantage grew to as much as 3.8s over the following laps while he and Mies, who had hung on to second, traded fastest times. Their pace was such that Vanthoor - up to third after passing Dominik Baumann’s AMG-Team HTP Motorsport Mercedes-AMG at the restart - dropped back into a relatively lonely third.Continue reading...
28. August 2016
The Australian Supercar season of endurance may be just around the corner with the traditional Sandown 500 in three weeks time, but in Japan one of their biggest endurance races kicks off this Sunday. The live stream of the 45th Suzuka 1000 will start at 2:30PM Australian Eastern Time and it's a Honda starting from pole. The No. 15 Drago Modulo NSX CONCEPT-GT driven by Hideki Mutoh and Oliver Turvey won pole position with a course record time of 1’47.587. ?The SUPER GT qualifying is run in a competitive two-session “knock-out” format (Q1 and Q2), with the cars failing to qualify among the designated top group in Q1 being knocked out of the final qualifying in Q2. In the GT500 qualifying, the top eight cars of the 15 entries in Q1 proceed to Q2. Light rain began to fall before the morning free practice, but by afternoon there were mid-summer blue skies over Suzuka circuit. The GT500 Q1 session began at 14’55. The first driver to take to the track after the session’s start was the GT500 rookie Mitsunori Takaboshi in the No. 46 S Road CRAFTSPORTS GT-R, replacing Katsumasa Chiyo who had to withdraw following a crash in the last round. With a valiant time attack, Takaboshi managed to qualify 7th in the session and move the team on to Q2. The fastest time in this Q1 session was the 1’47.638 lap recorded by Oliver Turvey in the No. 15 Drago Modulo NSX CONCEPT-GT. Car No. 15 had also recorded the fastest time in the morning’s free practice, proving its speed on the Suzuka course. In Q2, the No. 15 Drago Modulo NSX CONCEPT-GT continued in top form. After “Mr. GT-R” Satoshi Motoyama in the No. 46 S Road CRAFTSPORTS GT-R set a record time of 1’47.587 (beating the former record of 1’47.630) to top the time board, the No. 15 Drago Modulo NSX CONCEPT-GT’s top driver, Hideki Mutoh, rounded the Suzuka course with an outstanding time of 1’47.456. With little time left in the Q2 session, neither Motoyama nor the winner of the last round, the No. 12 CALSONIC IMPUL GT-R, were able to better that time, giving pole position to the No. 15 Drago Modulo NSX CONCEPT-GT.Continue reading...
20. August 2016
Melbourne, Victoria, AUSTRALIA , August 19 — Australia's longest running primetime motorsport show In Pit Lane brings its 20 year celebration to an end with one final broadcast series on C31 Melbourne. In Pit Lane will return to the television screens of Melbourne and Geelong every Wednesday night at 9:30 starting September 7th. But for longtime fans of the series the big news is that they will be able to see the show LIVE every Tuesday night on the In Pit Lane YouTube channel. In Pit Lane host Brett Ramsey said that it was the best of both worlds, and a fitting way to mark the end of broadcasting on C31 and the transition to the online future. “ As people would be aware, the federal government have withdrawn community television’s access to the broadcast spectrum as of the end of 2016.” said Brett. “It’s a sad decision, that after more than 20 years of hard work and being responsible for giving so many people their start in the television industry that the government would shut the sector down, seemingly at the behest of major media companies.” “We have been very fortunate to have had the chance to be a part of C31 and to be invited into so many people’s homes over the past 20 years. I regret that future generations will not have that chance.”Continue reading...
20. August 2016
The GT Asia Series arrives at the Shanghai Formula One circuit in China for the penultimate event of the 2016 season. The series continues it's upward trend with Mercedes-AMG announcing they would make an all-out assault on the Shanghai round, with the addition of two new Mercedes-AMG GT3s, whilst points leaders FFF Racing Team by ACM had an announcement of their own, adding a second Huracan GT3 for Lamborghini Squadra Corse drivers Jeroen Mul and Richard Antinucci They aren’t the only ones either, 2014 podium place-getters Zhang Dasheng and Li Chao will make a welcome return, joining Tim Sugden and Jono Lester in the GruppeM Racing team in a second Porsche GT3 R, whilst Lin Yu and Jun San Chen will share a Lamborghini Super Trofeo in the GTM category, run under the same AAI banner as the two Merecedes-AMG GT3s. The new teams will be looking to ‘shake things up’ because they’re not in championship contention, but don’t discount the title contenders, any and all points will contribute to the overall standings as they head towards the final event of the season, so they’re not going to just lay down and let the new teams dictate. Two-time 2016 race winner Marchy Lee topped the opening session, punching out an impressive 2:05.796 just eight one thousandths faster than his Phoenix Racing Asia team-mate Alex Yoong, the two Audi veterans laying down the gauntlet for their rivals, who were ultimately unable to match them. That experience - especially of the Shanghai circuit - was the feature of day one, the local stars and experienced GT Asia Series crews the ones who emerged on top at the conclusion of the three 60-minute sessions. In the end, despite some spirited driving and some qualifying simulations late in the day, Lee’s opening session best was the fastest of the day, Yoong retaining P2 overall, whilst their Nurburgring 24-Hour team-mate Franky Cheng in the Absolute Racing Audi R8 LMS, was fastest in sessions two and three to finish fourth fastest for the day. WATCH THE RACE LIVEContinue reading...
16. August 2016
As widely predicted Holden have announced that Tripe Eight Racing will take over from Walkinshaw Racing as the official factory team in the Australian Supercar Championship. The new team will be known as the RedBull Holden Racing Team. Holden chairman and managing director Mark Bernhard said in a statement that the move was " ... a great move for Holden that reinforces with our fans and our customers our commitment to motorsport and especially our long term future in this country." Mr Bernhard also confirmed that Triple Eight will develop and race the new generation Commodore scheduled to debut in 2018. The new Commodore is believed to be based on the Opel Insgnia model and will run with a turbocharged V6 engine. The move is a major blow to Walkinshaw Racing although the team says it will continue to race the Commodore next year.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...