20. October 2016
Recent guest on In Pit Lane Hugh Barter and several other young Australian drivers are this weekend competing in the Rotax Max World Finals in Italy. Action is live all weekend right here on In Pit Lane.COMContinue reading...
9. October 2016
The No. 19 WedsSport ADVAN Lexus RC-F driven by Yuhi Sekiguchi and Yuji Kunimoto will start from pole for today's Super GT round in Thailand. Despite the normally hot tropical climate of Thailand, the skies over Chang International Circuit were mostly cloudy and the temperature only rose to 30 degrees Celsius, making it relatively comfortable for the competitors. The 15-minute GT500 Q1 session saw Kazuya Oshima in the No. 6 WAKO'S 4CR RC F make an outstanding lap of 1’24.462 to break the former course record (1’24.704) set in 2014 and finish the Q1 session with the fastest time. The second fastest time was run by Tomoki Nojiri in the No. 8 ARTA NSX CONCEPT-GT. Meanwhile, among the Nissan GT-R teams, the No. 46 S Road CRAFTSPORTS GT-R (Katsumasa Chiyo) that won last year’s race here in Thailand was only able to finish in 6th place in Q1. The GT500 class’ 12-minute Q2 session began at 16:05 under harsher conditions than Q1 had. The first to record a fast time of 1’24.466, faster than the best time of Q1, was Joao Paulo Lima De Oliveira in the No.12 CALSONIC IMPUL GT-R that had barely managed to qualify for Q2 by finishing 8th in Q1. It was a long wait before this time was finally beaten at the very end of the session with a fantastic run by Yuhi Sekiguchi in the No. 19 WedsSport ADVAN RC F. Sekiguchi’s time of 1’24.307 gave him his first pole position in the GT500 class.Continue reading...
8. October 2016
Jamie Whincup and Paul Dumbrell will start from pole position for tomorrow's Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama. Whincup, who has set the pace since Thursday's opening practice sessions, grabbed the pole despite a close scrape with the wall with a fastest lap of 2:05.4263. “The car is obviously very good and I’m happy to get the result,” said Whincup. “It’s not every day you get to qualify at Bathurst so you have to have a crack.” Volvo driver Scott McLaughlin will start from the front row for the second year straight after a fastest lap of 2:05.4915.Continue reading...
2. October 2016
Franck Perera gave the #74 ISR Audi pole position for the final qualifying race of the 2016 Blancpain GT Series season at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya this afternoon. The French driver pipped Mirko Bortolotti in the #63 Grasser Racing Lamborghini to pole, with Robin Frijns – team-mate of Sprint Cup points leader Enzo Ide – claiming third in the #33 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT. Blancpain GT Series overall leader Maxi Buhk will start from eighth, two positions behind his main competitor Rob Bell. In the 10-minute-long final part of the qualifying session the 17 drivers effectively had only two or three flying laps to try and claim pole position for tomorrow morning’s qualifying race. At a certain point the top-four was covered by just 0.05s, but then Franck Perera crossed the line to lower the provisional pole time by more than a tenth. That was enough to claim his second pole position of the season, after also being top of the timing sheets at Brands Hatch.Continue reading...
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...
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...